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Dark Night Oatmeal Stout - Santa Cruz Ale Works

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45 Ratings
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Ratings: 45
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 15.54%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Santa Cruz Ale Works visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: illidurit on 02-27-2009)
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2/5  rDev -41.3%

TimCasby, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of Murrhey
2.03/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A- Poured from a bomber into a pint glass, reviewed live. Massively over-carbonated. Quarter glass pour had the head (admittedly an attractive light cocoa brown) spilling over the top and into my hand. Good start. Very fluffy and foamy head and a deep black body.

S- Pronounced coffee and bitter dark chocolate notes, but otherwise smells like the average oatmeal stout. Maybe even a bit mealy.

T- Coffee and bitterness with some roast malts. Finishes bitter and somewhat soapy tasting. Not great.

M- Way too thin and the carbonation is too aggressive for the style for me.

O- Not utterly bad, but the negatives heavily outweigh the positives for me. Avoid.

Murrhey, Feb 22, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.5/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours an opaque black with a 1 inch puffy white head that settles to a small cap. Random streaks and dots of lace stick to the glass on the drink down. Smell is of roasted malt, toasted oats, cocoa powder, and slight coffee aromas. Whoa, the taste is not good on this one. I get some roasted malt, oats, and cocoa powder but the overall taste is very watery and not balanced. This beer has a low level of carbonation with a flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty bad beer which is surprising because this one pours and smells very good.

UCLABrewN84, Oct 09, 2011
Photo of biglite351
2.55/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Sliver of orange around the edges whit a creamy tan head

S - VERY mild bitter malts

T - Roasty malts, chocolate and an oak-aged like taste. Bitter turn at the end

M - thick feel but low coating. Quick tingle all over tongue

O - Not really my bag due to the bitterness

biglite351, Jun 13, 2012
Photo of KevMo84
2.75/5  rDev -19.4%

KevMo84, Jun 08, 2014
Photo of 2GOOFY
2.75/5  rDev -19.4%

2GOOFY, Oct 08, 2014
Photo of DankSinatra
2.88/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Serving type: 22oz bottle poured into a Kona Breweing Co. Pint glass.
A: Pours a dark, blackish, typical stout-looking color with a tan, quickly dissipating 1 1/2-finger head. I'd give it a 4 on the Appearance, based on the quickly dissipating head.
S: Not a particularly strong smell for a stout, but smells like chocolate & coffee. - 3.0
T: Taste is pretty good, though definitely has room for improvement - mildly chocolatey biter taste, almost like a watered-down Sheaf Stout. - 2.5
M: Mouthfeel is similar to most stouts, pretty good, I'd like it to be creamier, but this isn't a cream-based stout to my knowledge. - 3.5
O: Overall I'd say this is a decent oatmeal stout, though I was expecting better because I really liked SC Ale Works' Hefeweizen. I'll see what my ratings average out to, but overall I'd give it a 65-70%.
I was disappointed because I paid about $4 for a 22-oz. bottle, expecting this to be a premium product. I would much rather buy a 6-er of Anderson Valley's or Lost Coast's Oatmeal Stouts or a 22-oz of Sheaf because they are much cheaper per ounce and are superior beers. Definitely not one of SC Ale Works' better efforts.

DankSinatra, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of Samuel906
3/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark brown with a huge, fluffy tan head that stays for several minutes. Aroma is mostly bitter chocolate and some roasted notes. Taste is very similar, lots of bitter dark chocolate, with the faintest hint of brown sugar. Not as much oatmeal flavor as I would like. Feel is very thin with lots of carbonation. Would have liked it a little creamier. Decent beer, but nothing to write home about. The best thing this has going for it is the bitter chocolate, and is not the usual sugar bomb that stouts are turning into these days.

Samuel906, Sep 20, 2013
Photo of djaeon
3/5  rDev -12%

djaeon, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of DoubleJ
3.05/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap at Parish Public House, on to the beer:

It's black. The beer does feature some good lacing and good head retention. "Raw" oatmeal makes up most of the aroma. A little roasted, astringent malt in there too. For an oatmeal stout, it is on the more astringent side. The fact that the oats don't add a lot lot of sweetness hurts the beer as well. Bitter chocolate notes dominate. That oatmeal isn't doing a lot of good, rather raw and its cons cancel out its pros. There's a mild hoppiness found halfway through the sip. roasty and astringent. Lacks the creaminess I'd like from an oatmeal stout, kind of undecided about the drinkability.

An up and down beer. Sands the edges to this beer and it could be a good one.

DoubleJ, Feb 07, 2010
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3.08/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black. Very black. Black dynamite black. Khaki four finger head (my pour was a bit too vigorous in my snifter) stuck around for a bit. Left some lacing as the beer was consumed.

Very heavy roasted malt aroma, but that was pretty much it

Roasted malts and a bit sour. Generic bitterness and a semi-metallic finish.

Medium bodied with some astringency. Clean and semi-dry finish, but a bit thin in body overall.

The drinkability factor was very good, but the metallic taste was a bit of a turn off. A bit above average.

jeremy13586, Apr 02, 2012
Photo of htomsirveaux
3.1/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle tried 27 Jan 2010.

Think this got mixed up with some purchases made with my bil at Ledgers... sorry D...

Poured in a Celis shaker pint. Medium fluffy dark brown head. Medium carbonation. Basically pitch black in color. Aroma is like a chocolate chip cookie, sweet with a touch of cocoa. Flavor is roastier and much more bitter. Finish is a bit charred. Aftertaste of lightly sweetened coffee. Medium body. Expected more body and mouthfeel.

Think my bil got the better deal with whatever beer of mine he ended up with...

htomsirveaux, May 19, 2010
Photo of illidurit
3.15/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the Parish Publick House. Amazing cascading carbonation. Dark brown with red hues, light beige foam, lots of lacing. Powdery chocolate aroma with some roasted malt. Flavor is roasted with semisweet chocolate and a dry, burnt coffee finish. A little too watery overall.

illidurit, Feb 28, 2009
Photo of DrDemento456
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Damn I question if this is going to be good since the first pour explodes with a full two inch of head that takes a while to settle. Color is a nice tan head and the beer is a dark pitch black.

S - Hard to tell if any off smells but most dark chocolate, roast, bittering hops, and some charcoal.

T - Taste is kind of thin with not very much flavors in the chocolate department. Taste like roasted water with some smoke and coffee roast. Eh,,,

M - This is the worst aspect. Way too carbonated making this way too light to drink ruining all flavors associated with oatmeal stout...

Overall nothing to track down and a far step down from word class examples of the styles. Drinkable but barley passable.

DrDemento456, Sep 23, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

caverog, Jun 25, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

drgonzo2k2, Sep 16, 2013
Photo of Devinph
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Devinph, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
3.33/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of JohnCoctosin. Served in a Mikasa tulip.

Pours near black with a single-finger tan head. Good retention and some spotty lacing. Thin cap throughout. The nose brings forward some good roast and chocolate, tending toward the roast. The flavor is quite roasty with some espresso and chocolate behind. Mouthfeel takes a turn for the worse, as it's a bit thin and really harsh with an acrid roast character that is quite dry. Hurts the flavor as well. Okay, though I wouldn't seek this out again.

Thorpe429, Jun 17, 2011
Photo of Halcyondays
3.43/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours black with a solid light tan head, spots of lace.

S: Lots of dark chocolate, hint of acid.

T: Dark chocolate, some roasted malt flavours. Not terribly sweet, but a good stout flavour if not exactly to style.

M: Medium-bodied, fizzy carbonation, gets a bit acrid and chalky on the finish.

D: My first beer from Santa Cruz Ale Works is a solid beer. Not going to blow anyone away or approach the class of Sam Smith's, but a fine quaffing pint.

Halcyondays, Jul 24, 2010
Photo of comfortablynumb1
3.45/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into an Inland Empire Brewing pint glass...

A - Pours a deep brown with a two finger froathy head on a fairly passive pour. Head retention is decent at best, and there is next to no lacing to be had...

S - chocolate and dark roasted malts. Smells pretty roasty...

T - Chocolate, sweet caramel, coffee, and dark roasted malts. Ends roasty with some bitter chocolate lingering. Finish is pretty bitter. Abv is well hidden...

M - A little light for an oatmeal stout. Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Ends pretty dry...

O - Glad I got a chance to try this one, but not something I will purchasing again. The price is right at five dollars, but the lack of abv really kills this for me. An overall average oatmeal in my books. Spend another five and get a BORIS...

Cheers...

comfortablynumb1, May 14, 2011
Photo of mdfb79
3.45/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 3/6/10 notes. Tried at a local DC tasting.

a - Pours a dark brown with no head or carbonation.

s - Smells of oatmeal, chocolate, and roasted malts.

t - Tastes mostly of coffee and bitter chocolate. Thought the oatmeal wasn't very present in the taste. Decent.

m - Light carbonation and medium body.

d - A decent stout. Enjoyed the smell a lot more than the taste, but the taste was still decent if you like that bitter baking chocolate taste. Would try again.

mdfb79, Mar 15, 2010
Photo of alpinebryant
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A dark black ale with a lasting tan head. Smell of roasted malts, a light hop presence, some malt sweetness, Smoke, chocolate malt and some oat .

Taste of mainly black patent malt, a dry slightly bitter flavored stout. A bit of smokey malt adds some complexity. Relatively light in the body, at 6 percent this is ok though. Beer finishes a little dry for my preferences.

alpinebryant, Feb 07, 2010
Photo of bulletrain76
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle. Very dark brown with barely transparent edges and a lasting tan head of good size. The aroma is an almost awkward mix if oats, deeply roasted to almost burnt malt, and hops. The roasty, oaty, and hoppy combination works a bit better in the flavor. Things start of with some bitter chocolate and end with a firm hoppy bitterness. There is also a mineral quality. Relatively robust with creamy carbonation. Alright, but erring a little to hard and bitter for a sweet stout. The malt is there, but this seems to follow the SC Ale works model of high hop bitterness, and it holds the balance back here.

bulletrain76, Nov 10, 2009
Photo of mctizzz
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

mctizzz, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Look: Black as night (pun intended) 1/8 inch tan head and no retention with some spotty lacing

Smell: Copious amounts of oatmeal on the nose with just a touch of coffee and chocolate

Taste: Upfront is a touch of oatmeal sweetness backed up by some roasted malt and a very lingering ash flavor on the finish

Mouthfeel: A bit thinner than medium and mildly carbonated and a bit chewy

Overall: I think this is an above average oatmeal stout and I will happily drink this again

DarthKostrizer, Jan 07, 2012
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Dark Night Oatmeal Stout from Santa Cruz Ale Works
79 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.