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Oatmeal Stout | Breckenridge Brewery

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Oatmeal StoutOatmeal Stout

Brewed by:
Breckenridge Brewery
Colorado, United States | website

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.95%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
It's a bold, smooth-bodied concoction that oozes dark-roasted coffee aromas and flavors of espresso and semi-sweet chocolate. We round out these heady pleasures with a dose of flaked oatmeal for a creamy body and a semi-dry finish. Unforgettable.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-25-2001

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Photo of OldSwampy
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The appearance might have been the highlight, though there's nothing really wrong with this stout. It just has lots of competition these days. On pouring the dark cream head stood up tall and proud and lacy remnants remained on the side of the glass even when the beer was finished. The carbonation never quit, with lots of small bubbles visible when I held the dark brown (but not muddy) liquid up to the light. The nose was straightforward, not remarkable, nothing unexpected, a bit hoppy, which was an accurate predictor of taste. The taste was likewise mild at first, with hops emerging. It was long developing, if never highly complex. The beer was a bit too cool when I first poured it, and once it warmed to the correct temperature the taste was better balanced and the mouthfeel a bit creamy with a hoppy dry finish.

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Photo of NatiBuck
3.1/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a regular pint glass.

A - Nice tan foam. Beer is a very dark brown. Leaves lacing.

S - smells are pretty faint. Bready, roast, and toffee and coffee aromas, but they are very quiet.

T - Very little bitterness, but is very heavy on carbonation. Has normal stout flavors of coffee, chocolate, and charred malts but they are more reserved than in other stouts. No oatmeal taste at all.

M - Heavily carbonated it’s one of the first things I noticed, you can feel the bubbles on your tongue and it sticks around the whole time. Has a watery finish. A heavy beer, but it doesn't feel full in your mouth.

O - Over carbonated to the point that it was distracting. It doesn't taste like oatmeal at all. Has flavors of a normal stout but they are more reserved. Not crazy about this one.

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Photo of Slowjamcdub
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark but not over done. This one doesnt over do the dark chocolates and thickness. Still nice hops in this, well balanced beer. A little Under rated I feel. Well made brew.

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Photo of PrincessMeriwhite
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance is bold and black with a 2 finger thick tan head with average lacing.
Smell is heavily aromatic and chocolatey, with a slight scent of coffee.
Taste is beautifully balanced and rich, with hints of chocolate. It mellows out with a mild taste of coffee.
Feel is incredibly smooth without being overly thick. It couldn't go down easier.

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Photo of lastmango
3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours black with a frothy 3 finger tan head. Very heavy lacing. Aroma is vey mild chocolate milk. Thin taste of toasted malt and milk chocolate and mild bitterness on the end. Smooth with a light body with moderate carbonation. Very drinkable but not complex.

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Photo of DrAnnaNemis
3.84/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice stout! Pours black with a thin tan head. Smells of roasted malts and toast. Tastes of roasted malts, dark bread, cereal and lightly of chocolate and coffee. The feel is a bit thin. Good beer!

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Photo of Extol
3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - black in color, head retention is decent. Lacing is there. Smell - I get hints of chocolate and perhaps oatmeal. Taste - definite chocolate and some oatmeal to smooth it out at the end. Overall - solid offering. Nothing to blow you away, but good for the winter months.

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Photo of PA-hunter
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured 12 oz bottle into glass. 5% abv

Appearance- Pours a dark mahogany. Light brown 2 finger head that lingers. Opaque.

Smell- Toffee, oatmeal and a touch of molasses.

Taste- Grainy flavor with a sweet milk chocolate flavor. Bits of coffee come later though subtle. Has a chalky/chewy quality. The finish is slightly bitter with an oat flavor.

Mouthfeel- Medium in body with active carbonation.

Overall- A well crafted oatmeal stout with a variety of flavors. Quite smooth and satisfying. Would get this again.

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Photo of Pukstopper
3.96/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark almost black color with a head that faded leaving a little lace. Nice roasted malt and coffee on the back end. A drinkable stout for sure

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Photo of Bonkinishwa
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Breckenridge Brewery - Oatmeal Stout. 4.95% ABV. 12oz bottle poured into standard pint glass.

Look: Pours a solid black color, completely opaque. Non aggressive pour yielded a small, light tan head, that dissipates rather quickly, leaving only a ring of lacing.

Smell: Rich coffee, dark malts, and toasted oats on the nose. Some nuttiness detected too.

Feel: A lot of carbonation, but the body is rather thin. Incredibly smooth.

Taste: Immediate taste of bitter coffee, and toasty oat flavor. On the back end, it becomes unsweetened chocolate, and smokey coffee, and leaves a dry aftertaste of the same.

Overall: When I first saw this beer, I figured it would be thick and creamy; it is not, however as much as I had hoped. Don't get me wrong, this is still an enjoyable beer, but seems to be lacking a little bit in taste and smell. It is pleasantly smooth, and easy to drink, although it feels overly carbonated.

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Photo of Umdrunner
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Starts out a bit boring. I don't notice much flavor when the beer hits my mouth. It develops into a solid beer with notes of chocolate, coffee and charred malts. I notice the smoothness of the oatmeal but feel the beer is too heavily carbonated. On nitro, this beer would be pretty special!

Edit: when drinking from a bottle, I notice a much more balanced beer... Weird!

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Photo of lwillitz
4.01/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle into porter/stout glass

A - extreme amount of dark tan foam fills the glass (have to wait several minutes for it to subside before enjoying a sip), pitch black body with ruby highlights, excellent lace

S - sweet chocolate, coffee, smoke, earthy

T - chocolate, coffee, charred malts, nutty, light earthy and fruity notes, dry smoky finish

M - smooth medium body, high carbonation

O - more dry and less sweet than a typical oatmeal stout, but good nonetheless

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Photo of TheElectricOne
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a tulip:

Looks delicious-dark and frothy, with a thick mocha-colored head accompanied by a deep brown body. Lots of little bubbles. Head sticks around a while. Smell is faint roasted malt, with not much complexity. Slightly nutty, and only slightly roasty. Not very pungent for a stout, though lesser aroma is to be expected at the ABV on this one I suppose. Taste somewhat exceeds the aroma, with solid roastiness, and some milk chocolate mixed in. Tastes more like a porter than a stout, but it's got good flavor and some layers of roast, coffee, and some nuttiness from the oatmeal that makes for a darn good flavor profile overall. Feels medium-soft with a quickly dissipating finish. Would've liked a tad more thickness. Overall, it's a solid little dark beer, and I'd definitely drink it again.

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Photo of mmmbeer89
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

it's on the bitter side but it's still pretty smooth and it has an overall good taste. it's very dark in appearance and has a heavy cocoa smell. no complaints.

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Photo of barczar
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This one's not fresh, purchased on clearance.

Aroma is nutty, lightly roasty, and fairly chocolatey. There's a hint of dark fruit/sherry.

Flavor is more roast dominant, finishing fairly bitter and charred. Dark chocolate weaves throughout, along with a nutty malt backbone, but the bitterness overwhelms the finish.

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Photo of Brian_L-2056
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a typical pint glass. Pours a very dark brown color with a thin tan head. The head dissipates fairly quickly but the lacing is very good and really stays with you throughout your enjoyment. Smells kind of a strong roasted malty note. Initial taste flavor is an explosion of dark roasted malts and a strong black coffee, mellows out to a dry finish with a dry coffee aftertaste. Definitely a good full flavored beer. I enjoyed this brew as a learning experience but would probably not buy a 6-pack of it. I would drink it again but would not really seek it out.

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Photo of TheDrunkenDwarf
3.84/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pour - (From bottle) Jet black with 2-finger off-white head that dissipates quickly to a persistant ring. Decent lacing in glass.

Smell - slight chocolate notes.

Taste - Smooth with a tinge of bittersweet chocolate on finish. Finish does leave a slight roasted bitterness in aftertaste. Mouthfeel a little bit lighter than many oatmeal or dry stouts, but nothing way off the mark.

Overall - A relatively smooth stout with a lower ABV. This could be a good session stout, and I would have no problem tossing back 5 or 6 of these.

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Photo of Carrier4
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Over killed on the oatmeal, was not Breckenridge;s best. Samuel Smith's Oatmeal stout is a better oatmeal stout if were being tbh. I did appreciate the nice coffee complex they added though. It was a good try to say the least.

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Photo of Beerma
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

very week stout so you could drink a lot if you wanted to but was a little bitter. I have had stouts that are way better but are very strong. This wasn't that bad.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Undated bottle at 50 degrees into shaker
Aroma weak roasted malt
Head large (5.5cm, aggressive pour), light brown, creamy with rocks, slooowly diminishing to 3 mm ring and broken frothy layer
Lacing good – irregularly curtains the inside
Body dark brown, opaque
Flavor of lightly roasted malt, start slightly sweet, ends slightly bitter; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, slightly creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 4.75, Aroma 3, Flavor 3.75, Palate 4, Overall 3.75

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Photo of CoffeePorter
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pitch black with a thin tan head.
Smells of chocolate and some cream. Smelled toasted bread like as well.
Tastes some what buttery with notes of chocolate and very little coffee.
Mild carbonation. Smooth body.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

My browser crashed so here we are again. Typing in notepad.

Appearance : Chocolate brown to black, almost no light penetrating. The beige head is about 1 finger tall and leaves some lace on the sides of the glass.

Aroma : Burnt and charred malts, followed faintly by dark chocolate and some root/earthy notes, as well as some dirty hop. No oatmeal to be detected.

Taste : The burnt malts come out in a big way immediately, taking up most of the flavor profile. As the beer slides down there is some faint dark chocolate that rests politely on the palate and also some very muddy earthy notes and dark hop.

As the beer warms up a bit it starts taking on a garbagey antiseptic property. Points deduced.

Mouthfeel : The burnt notes mixed with an intense carbonation gives the sensation of the tongue being on fire almost, which depending on who you are is either interesting or displeasing. To me it's a little too carbonated, I could have gone for smoothness instead of the stabbing prickliness, but it drinks fairly well aside from that. It ends dry like a drought and fairly dusty.

Overall : I enjoy the beer but there's a lot wrong with it. First off, there's no oatmeal. If you're going to advertise "oatmeal stout" on the label, I should be able to detect it with one of my five senses. This is very much an English Stout, as it's a bit too intense for a milk or sweet stout and is wreaked with kilned malts. Drink it ice cold, because as it warms up its flaws become glaringly clear. It's basically very burnt and charred, mixing with some dark chocolate and dirt and hop. It's decent but not outstanding.

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Photo of bgillespie
3.51/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pitch black with a very thin tan head.

Smell: A little dull, hint of coffee, dark chocolate.

Taste: Much stronger than the smell, but similar. Some espresso, a little sweet from chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Super smooth, medium body.

Overall: A solid stout beer, very drinkable. I would have it again.

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Photo of Joe_Howard
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black with a small tan head. Smells like roasted malt and coffee. Taste is mostly roasted malts with a little bit chocolate. Has a medium mouth feel, more light than it is full.

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Photo of leantom
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed their Vanilla Porter. Let's see how this one goes. Here goes:

A: Pretty good. Pours pitch-black with a small head. Leaves good lacing.

S: Coffee, some dark chocolate, some oats. The smell is pretty muted, however, relative to other oatmeal stouts.

T: Good. Roasted grains impart tastes of coffee and dark chocolate. These tastes are also complimented by oatmeal and dark fruit (plum, raisins, etc.). Good compliment of flavors, but relatively mild on the palate (not robust like in other oatmeal stouts/porters).

F: Light and watery but well-carbonated.

O: Solid beer; probably won't have again, though.

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