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Dark Night Oatmeal Stout - Santa Cruz Ale Works

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Reviews: 30
Hads: 50
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 11.3%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Santa Cruz Ale Works visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: illidurit on 02-27-2009

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Photo of Samuel906
3.01/5  rDev -12.8%
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. (542 characters)

Photo of DankSinatra
2.91/5  rDev -15.7%
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. (1,154 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.3/5  rDev -4.3%
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. (704 characters)

Photo of biglite351
2.54/5  rDev -26.4%
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 (275 characters)

Photo of jeremy13586
3.06/5  rDev -11.3%
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. (521 characters)

Photo of Murrhey
2.04/5  rDev -40.9%
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. (661 characters)

Photo of McD0uche
3.77/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle into a pint glass:

A: Pours an oily black obsidian that shows up brown/red at odd angles. A nice little head appears but subsides quickly. Spotted lacing here and there.

S: Mmmm. This smells really good. Roasted, toasted malts and coffee, chocolate, oats, maybe oak.

T: Burnt and toasted malts and oats. Bitter coffee is prevalent on the end. A bit less than the smell, but still decently flavorful.

M: Not terribly carbonated. Textured, with a medium body. Finishes dry. A good feeling.

O: This wasn't bad at all. I think if they beefed up the bite a little bit this one would rock. (613 characters)

Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.51/5  rDev +1.7%
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 (477 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.6/5  rDev -24.6%
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. (539 characters)

Photo of Gobzilla
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a dark brown in color with brown highlights when held up to the light and a thin brown head leaving a little frothy lacing sticking to the glass.

S: definitely got a whiff of the roasty chocolate malts some coffee notes, a bit of oat grains, and hints of booze lingering in the back ground.

T: the chocolate roasted malts pretty much dominated the palate with oat grain flavors, coffee accents, and a touch of booze.

M: the brew was medium in body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a sweet, roasty, malty, mild astringent, and slight boozy finish.

D: the brew was drinking real good for a stout and I am glad I picked this up while I was up in santa cruz. (679 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
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. (510 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brought out by Corpulent to watch the UFC Ultimate Fighter Finale ("who left their dirty socks on my bunk/whoever drank my last muscle milk is gonna pay!").

Black and brown pour, tan head. Super roasty notes, bitter aroma, more astringent than just about any oatmeal stout that comes to mind.

Same on the tongue, bitter, pronounced roast to it. Avoids being chocolatey, coffeeness, probably from the oatmeal addition. There are slight chocolate notes in it, no doubt, but whatever quotient the oats are in this, they don't seem to be high enough, you get more bitter than smooth here, which isn't bad, just unexpected in what labels itself an oatmeal stout.

Tons of smokiness to this, the most again, of any oatmeal stout. A definite recommend for rauchbier aficionados. I happened to like the beer for what it was, which was kind of an aberation given the label. Good price at under $5 a bomber make this an overall good beer at a good price. (947 characters)

Photo of comfortablynumb1
3.45/5  rDev 0%
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... (815 characters)

Photo of Ghenna
3.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a viscous inky plack below tightly bubbled milk chocolate head. Smells super roasty, but not burnt. MF is much lighter than I expected given the color, nice and creamy. Mild sweetness that is balanced by the roast flavor.

Pleasant beer, all told. Quality example of an oatmeal stout, though I'd prefer it with a bit less roasted malt flavor. (349 characters)

Photo of rembrant
3.78/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look I got a rather vigorous head. This was a bottle I bought and stashed about 6 mo ago,so maybe it built more carbonation in the bottle.

Aroma,solid stouty scents of raisins,dried cherries,and dates. Some molasses and dark chocolate lurking in a deep roastedness.
Not as aromatic as some but a good array.

Flavor. Pretty good. Not one of the best Oat Stouts though. There's a flash of Dark chocolate but overall more leaning to a coffee-ish,and even that's secondary to a dark roasted malt+grain
For an Oat Stout,leans more to the bitter/dry side than most though that could shift as it warms more.

Indeed,warmer it gained a bit of body and sweetness,the coffee taste steps up more and the finish is smoother. I'm getting a little Sherry in the flavor mix.

The finish isn't quite spot on,a little too English dry. Ideally the hops merge a bit with some chocolate or coffee note to do the finish,here it's more on it's own.

Drinkability...I had the whole bomber.. It's a bit burly to drink in bulk but a middleweight stout overall. Finishing it was a bit slow but painless.

It's good beer,and I'd agree with those who say a few tweaks could make it better. (1,163 characters)

Photo of Docer
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Snagged up a 22oz to try... pulled right out of my 12 deg. C cooler.

- Mocha fluffy head... down to a large wavy ring of lace, subtle amounts around the middle... rich solid black brew... not thin looking by any means.

- Light oats, sweet grains... chocolate.. sweet candies.. bitterness.. coffee.. all rather light and simple..

- Big bitterness.. grassy, oats, sweet grains, coffee.. chocolate... rather flavorful...

- Medium bodied.. creamy, slightly drying.

- Overall a solid stout... and that is about it. Bet it's great on tap locally. (549 characters)

Photo of mactrail
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What an amber ale would taste like if you tossed in a lot of black malt.

Opaque brownish black in the glass. Head is modest but nice carbonation lingers and contributes to the robust mouthfeel. Malty and rich for a stout. A touch of the burnt malt flavor, but without any unpleasant sourness. Hops discretely take over but bitterness doesn't overwhelm.

Maybe this doesn't match any of the classic stout profiles but I think it's very satisfying and full of flavor. (466 characters)

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. (480 characters)

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.12/5  rDev -9.6%
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... (536 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (469 characters)

Photo of alpinebryant
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
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. (372 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
3.06/5  rDev -11.3%
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. (722 characters)

Photo of yesyouam
4.2/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Santa Cruz Ale Works Dark Night Oatmeal Stout is a dark ruby black ale with a brown sugar colored, gel-topped dense foam that has outstanding retention and lacing. There is deep roast in the aroma with notes of oatmeal cookies, raisins and chocolate chips. It is medium bodied and very dry with an acidic finish. It's sweet at first, with notes of chocolate and berry. The finish is long and bitter. It kind of tastes like oatmeal cookies. It's bitter, dry and full flavored. I'm impressed. (490 characters)

Photo of bulletrain76
3.46/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (611 characters)

Photo of Arbitrator
3.82/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chilled bomber into a snifter, split with ramnuts in PDX.

A: Poured an opaque brown with a thin tan head. Retention is pretty short, and there isn't much lacing. Sadly, I think this category is going to be the deal-breaker for an otherwise enjoyable stout.

S: Milk chocolate, oatmeal, roasted malt, and coffee. Pleasant and solid.

T: Leads with chocolate and roasted malt. On the sweeter side, but oatmeal / grain characteristics mellow it out in the mid-taste, leaving room for coffee to bring it to a slightly bitter finish. Roast in the aftertaste. There are mild fruity characteristics throughout, mostly plum, but there isn't a specific point in which they enter.

M: Medium-full bodied; low carbonation. Very creamy and rests well on the palate.

D: This beer isn't an imperial this-or-that, so I think it'll get missed by most, but it is a pretty solid beer. Hopefully it'll get some recognition as a regular purchase by locals. I don't remember the price, but I think it was pretty affordable. While it's not as excellent as some others (Velvet Merlin comes to mind), it's solid enough that I'll buy it again. (1,124 characters)

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Dark Night Oatmeal Stout from Santa Cruz Ale Works
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