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Dark Night Oatmeal Stout - Santa Cruz Ale Works

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44 Ratings
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Ratings: 44
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 15.5%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: illidurit on 02-27-2009)
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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev +17%

12-28-2012 03:25:08 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

2.5/5  rDev -26.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2011 07:41:56 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.33/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2011 16:45:01 | More by Thorpe429
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

01-08-2012 22:28:46 | More by nmann08
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

01-12-2012 06:18:01 | More by ygtbsm94
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mdfb79

New York

3.45/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2010 03:03:25 | More by mdfb79
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mactrail

Washington

4.03/5  rDev +17.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2010 02:47:23 | More by mactrail
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Halcyondays

California

3.43/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-24-2010 05:06:16 | More by Halcyondays
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DoubleJ

California

3.05/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2010 07:56:59 | More by DoubleJ
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2011 21:19:38 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2012 05:58:47 | More by DrDemento456
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illidurit

California

3.15/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-28-2009 04:45:32 | More by illidurit
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Gobzilla

California

4/5  rDev +17%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2011 04:04:58 | More by Gobzilla
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DarthKostrizer

California

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 03:33:39 | More by DarthKostrizer
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KevMo84

California

2.75/5  rDev -19.6%

06-08-2014 08:04:00 | More by KevMo84
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Arbitrator

California

3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2009 07:47:13 | More by Arbitrator
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djaeon

California

3/5  rDev -12.3%

01-22-2012 22:57:39 | More by djaeon
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yesyouam

New York

4.15/5  rDev +21.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2009 20:27:14 | More by yesyouam
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htomsirveaux

Texas

3.1/5  rDev -9.4%
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...

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2010 04:31:35 | More by htomsirveaux
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mctizzz

California

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

09-07-2013 04:35:10 | More by mctizzz
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Docer

Washington

3.9/5  rDev +14%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2010 00:11:45 | More by Docer
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alpinebryant

Connecticut

3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2010 23:57:06 | More by alpinebryant
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Murrhey

Montana

2.03/5  rDev -40.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2012 02:18:54 | More by Murrhey
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drgonzo2k2

California

3.25/5  rDev -5%

09-16-2013 13:56:16 | More by drgonzo2k2
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biglite351

Pennsylvania

2.55/5  rDev -25.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2012 11:04:17 | More by biglite351
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Dark Night Oatmeal Stout from Santa Cruz Ale Works
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