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Oatmeal Stout - Breckenridge Brewery

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Oatmeal StoutOatmeal Stout

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Ratings: 1,269
Reviews: 507
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 13.74%
Wants: 20
Gots: 88 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Breckenridge Brewery visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  4.95% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-25-2001)
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Photo of RRC87
4.08/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very dark brown, almost black. The brew is opaque and allows virtually no light to pass through. There is a 1.5 inch light tan head that dissipates to a very thin layer.

S: Smells of darkly roasted malt with hints of dark chocolate. Has a good aroma but you have to look for it. I only wish that it were stronger.

T: Starts out with a sweet roasted malt flavor with dark chocolate bitterness balancing it out nicely. There is also a discernible creamy coffee flavor that serves to tie the whole thing together.

M: Heavy on the tongue with just enough carbonation to keep the beer from becoming too heavy. This beer goes down very smooth. This is just what I want from an Oatmeal Stout.

D: Very easy to drink. Smooth, but not so heavy as to prevent me from putting down a few of these at a time.

Overall: A very enjoyable beer. Nothing super surprising, but there doesn't have to be when it is done like this. For the price ($8.99 a 6 pack) it is a heck of a deal.

RRC87, Oct 15, 2010
Photo of LairdChisholm
2.6/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a dark brown, chestnut color. There is a little more than a half a finger mocha head that has sub-par retention with sub par lacing.

S - Virtually no nose here. The only reason I didn't give this a 1 is because it doesn't smell bad.

T - Everything is repressed into a mediocre Stout here. I feel like nothing really comes out here. It's just there. It's trying to be a good stout but it's not by a long shot. It's a weird mixture of chocolate, dark fruits, and alcohol in that order. It has a bitter after taste that is reminiscent of distorted hops. Eh.

M - WAY too light for a stout and WAY too much carbonation.

D - This is kind of a chore to finish. Light mouthfeel and warped taste make for a stout that goes down less than easy.

LairdChisholm, Oct 14, 2010
Photo of mirish72
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another gift from my trusty midwest connection. Poured into a goblet, pours jet black with little body and minimal head. Has a roasted malty aroma. Taste is lighter and a tad watery than you would think. Has a strong bitter aftertaste. Overall I was not impressed and this beer doesn't stand up to a decent porter.

mirish72, Oct 12, 2010
Photo of bens0n
4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Pours to an almost jet black, 100% opaque, but with a slight brown tinge. Even when held up directly to a light source you can't see anything through this. There is a small amount of light brown head that dissipates quickly.

S - Some chocolately undertones, but nothing really jumps out at me, its just mild.

T - Malty with a mild, bitter, unsweetened chocolate flavor with a hint of coffee.

M - I feel like it was a little bit thin and watery for an oatmeal stout, but still had a very nice level of carbonation (low).

D - Definitely drinkable to the last drop, even at less than cold temperatures this beer goes down smooth.

bens0n, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of TheSeeker61
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- poured black with an inch head which began to dissolve but
stayed around.

S- Smelled some chocolate, coffee, dark fruit.

T- Began with roasted malt, dark chocolate and bitter , moves into dark fruits, and finishes with a chocolate, coffee, slight bitter finish.

M- Mouthfeel is mild and creamy.

D- Could drink these every now and then. Not a favorite
Oatmeal stout, but decent.

TheSeeker61, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of SamN
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours deep obsidian black. Thick liquid pours slowly. No real head emerged, but swirling encourages a sligt, bubbly, Mocha colored froth. Good stout looks, spotty lacing at best.

S- Dark roasted oatmeal and barley malts, lactose sugary sweetness, sweet coffee, some very subtle bittersweet chocolate notes there, too.

T- A more bitter brew emerges on the palette, surprisingly. Definite oatmeal within, making a smooth taste experience. Sweet coffee, again, and a noticeable hops and burnt malt finish. A little too bitter than I prefer, but very smooth and dark and roasty.

M- Pretty thick on the palette, more body than I am used to from Breckenridge. Not overly carbonated, relaxed and smooth.

D- Big body, malty and surprisingly bittered, this is a great mountain state oatmeal stout. Sweet, smooth, big and relaxed. A very solid oatmeal stout, and probably Breck's best beer I've tried to date.

SamN, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of akorsak
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle from ncvbc. Thanks Walter. Originally reviewed on 17-Aug-08.

A: The stout is black, calm and settled in the glass like a cup of coffee. A small pool of tan head has congealed at the top of the glass.

S: The nose is thick with stout elements, roasted and toasted, dark and dry. Some oatmeal sweetness emerges but not much.

T: The stout has a touch of lactic sourness that mixes with the sweeter flecked oatmeal. The two mix nicely. The stout body is big but not overpowering, roasted with some baker's chocolate, cocoa and caramel.

M: The taste is lively, engaging and will with the oatmeal and stout elements.

D: I'd enjoy another one, perhaps when the weather cools a bit.

akorsak, Oct 07, 2010
Photo of Bitterbill
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a pitch black, about an inch of tannish foam. Lacing is minimal.

It has a good roasted malt aroma, evidence of oatmeal and some hop bitterness.

The taste stands by the smell. Good roasted malt, definite flavour of oatmeal, some bitterness, dry finish.

Good mouthfeel and drinkability. I reckon this is a good example of the style and not bad for the price...$8.70 a 6 pack.

Bitterbill, Oct 02, 2010
Photo of Spider889
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black stout, brown around the edges. Nice frothy 1/2 finger head which receded slowly.

The smell was much less roasty than I had hoped. Lots of sweet caramel and fruit and some alcohol as well in the nose.

Tasted of dark creamy malts and bitter-sweet chocolate. Spot on for the style.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied, very creamy, and moderately carbonated. Extremely drinkable, I was wanting a second, sadly this was just a single in a mix-a-six.

I have been seeing Breckenridge around Columbus for some time now and always seem to find an excuse to buy something else. This beer proves I've been stalling for too long. Time to try some more of their stuff...

Spider889, Sep 13, 2010
Photo of Halcyondays
4.7/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours black with a finger of tan head. Some lace.

S: What strikes me immediately is the amount of smoke, it's like somebody gave me a glass of Alaskan Smoked Porter. With that there's also a real inviting true caramel aspect, making for a great scent. Little coffee in there too.

T: Heavy dark chocolate, bit of creamed coffee. The chocolate is where it's at. Slightly sweet, any fan of real dark chocolate will love this.

M: Smooth, medium-bodied, creamy. Pretty easy drinking.

D: This is chocolate city here. Like a dark chocolate bar transformed into a delicious beer. First Breckenridge made me a fan with their Vanilla Porter, now they've outdone themselves with this fantastic Oatmeal Stout. Stick with the dark dark beers with these guys. Super beer, it'll be a shame when my lone bottle of this is gone.

Halcyondays, Aug 10, 2010
Photo of Domingo
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at the Breckenridge Alehouse in Grand Junction. I don't think this beer is bottled and locally I've only seen it at the Breckenridge owned restaurants.
This one was on nitro and extra cool, however it was also a 100 degree afternoon and I honestly couldn't have been happier.
Arrived a deep brown with a typical nitro creamy white head.
Unlike most other nitro beers, there was quite a nose. Roasted malts, bready sweetness, chocolate, and molasses.
The flavor starts with a pretty healthy dose of molasses and follows with cocoa, a hint of a latte, and closes with a mild toastiness and bittering hops.
Mouthfeel was pretty standard for a nitro-tap although a hair thicker than most.
This was gone in a flash, and not just because it was cool and refreshing. It was genuinely really good and something I'll go back to for sure.
The flavor notes give me an impression that this is either an export stout and not just a typical oatmeal stout. Big molasses sweetness and clearly defined hops are definitely there.

One of Breck's best beers and worthy of the 471 label if they ever bottle it.

EDIT: This review was for the "Thunder Stout" which is what the beer handles say at their pubs. Not sure if it was always their Oatmeal Stout or not, but I could swear it tasted different last year. Now? Not as much.

Domingo, Aug 03, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my Dad for sharing this beer.

The beer pours a dark brown to black color with a tan head. The aroma is roasted malt with some chocolate. It smells a lot like I expect an Oatmeal Stout to smell. The flavor is roasted and burnt malt with some chocolate and oats. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Jul 30, 2010
Photo of JackieTH
2.85/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The pour was of only average viscosity with about a half-finger of head light brown head. Color was dark brown or black, but not opaque, with a ruby red hue when held to a light.

Holding my nose over the glass there was no discernable odor. Taking a deep whiff brings perhaps a hint of roasted barley and a trace of chocolate.

On the palate it was somewhat bitter with traces of chocolate and roasted malts. The texture, for a stout, was unimpressive and a bit too thin. It was quite dry on the finish.

All in all the lack of surprises here and unassuming nature seems overly dumbed down for mass appeal. I'd drink another, but only if somebody else was buying.

JackieTH, Jul 16, 2010
Photo of Slygato
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apperance- Leaves a lot of foam when poured the foam is a lighter brown but the beer is a darker brown

Smell- Can smell the malts right away and has a light chocolate smell to it

Taste- Dark malts and chocolate with a hint of vanilla in

Mouthfeel- Creamy mouthfell medium body goes down smooth

Drinkability- Like the beer would drink this again

Slygato, Jul 01, 2010
Photo of MbpBugeye
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Not totally black. At least the pour shows lots of red and root beer highlights. The head is small but dense. Its short lived with not much lacing.

S- Nice faint chocolate, oats, grain and plenty of hops. Lemony and grassy hops are fairly strong.

T- Again, grassy hops are fairly strong especially at the end. Bittersweet chocolate and roast gives more bitterness.

M- Lighter, soft and smooth.

D- A real session stout.

MbpBugeye, Jun 22, 2010
Photo of suretolose
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a bottle. Black with a medium head that disappears quickly.

Smell like coffee and chocolate slightly burnt.

Tastes smokey with coffee and chocolate. Very smooth and tasty.

Very little carbonation makes it easy to drink.

suretolose, Jun 12, 2010
Photo of SAtaMi
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Nice black color with a creamy thick off white head. Good lacing.

Smell - Nutty, Coffee with a burnt chocolate. Malty goodness.

Taste - Smokey coffee with a nutty mocha back.

Mouthfeel - A great body with a smooth feel.

Drinkability - I like it and would buy it again.

SAtaMi, Jun 04, 2010
Photo of danielharper
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown, slightly black, with a thin brown head that disappears quickly. Smells sweet, lots of roasted coffee, some hints of raisins. Flavor is dark, sweet, lots of oats with some yeasty dryness on the finish. Mouthfeel is moderate but creamy, with low carbonation and low hoppiness.

Does this seem a little perfunctory? Why am I speeding through the review? I'm not, really, I just don't have a lot to say here. It's... decent. Worth drinking, sure. Worth talking about? Not so much. Pretty much just a dead average version of an Oatmeal Stout.

danielharper, May 27, 2010
Photo of beveritt
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into an Imperial pint glass. My label is completely different than the one shown here. Mine depicts a smiling moon with a night cap. No freshness date.

Appearance: Pours with 2 1/2 fingers of medium-dark tan head. This settles very slowly, more just collapsing in some areas. Very nice, thick lacing. The beer itself is very dark brown and opaque. Some light creeps in around the edges, showing a deep mahogany coloration. No sediment.

Smell: Dry roastiness with hints of cocoa.

Taste: Dry roasted barley bitterness upfront with a slight huskiness. Some bitter baker's chocolate in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is very good.

Drinkability: A smooth, flavorful beer. Nothing over the top spectacular, but a nice session ale.

beveritt, May 19, 2010
Photo of Duff27
3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Dark brown/black. Quickly disappearing head, some lacing.

S- Smokey, coffee notes.

T- Coffee, roasted malts. Taste lingers...

M- Little carbonation. Smooth.

D/O- This has 'stop at one' written all over it. Not terrible, but I wouldn't seek it out again.

Duff27, Apr 22, 2010
Photo of JamesS
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a very nice deep brown, near black color, although with just a bit of head and no lacing. Nice scent, some roasted grains with a little extra sweetness, but nothing very deep. Nice flavor; good roasted grains and a nice near coffee taste, with a nice extra bit of sweetness and fullness from the oats. Went down quite smooth, a very nice oatmeal stout.

JamesS, Apr 19, 2010
Photo of j37geogaddi
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid offering by Breckenridge, this pours a deep brown, black color with minimum lacing.

Smells slightly of smokey cocoa and maybe some caramel malt, but doesn't do enough for me.

Tastes nice, more cocoa and smokey malt, nothing too over-powering. Maybe lacks a bit of sweetness, as its pretty dry tasting- which is common for an oatmeal stout so I shouldn't complain.

Has a comfortable mouthfeel- good carbonation.

Because of the low ABV, its drinkable, but it lacks enough flavor to keep you coming back. I've had this at the pub in CO before and remember it as being better. Could be that it simply isn't as fresh, but the smoke-ness stands out right now. Depending on your tastebuds that could be a bad or a good thing I suppose.

j37geogaddi, Mar 28, 2010
Photo of biglite351
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - very dark, no bleed through. Tall tan head. Rootbeer like bubbles.

S - strong rich scent. Very appealing.

T - mild but nice and full flavored. Mild after taste tinge of bitterness.

M - a bit thin but a nice all over tingle.

D - not bad but nothing to write home about. Certainly drinkable but not a first choice.

biglite351, Mar 19, 2010
Photo of pmcadamis
4.47/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm surprised that I've never tried this one. I usually gravitate towards oatmeal and milk stouts in the beer aisle. Huh.

A - Rich brown beer the color of Hershey's Dark Chocolate Syrup as it pours. Looks purely obsidian in the glass with no trace of light getting through. The head is thick, rich, pillowy, and dark brown like the color of chocolate milk made by a five year old (three parts chocolate, one part milk). Lacing is abundant and sticky, and head retention is outstanding. I've not seen a more beautiful stout in quite a while.

S - Toasted grains, dark roasted coffee beans, sausage smoke, and what smells like the black stuff that can be peeled off of your brat if you grill it too long. Blackened firewood. A hint of Count Chocula marshmallowy sweetness comes through on the nose, but this is predominately smoky and roasty.

T - Much more coffee-oriented than the nose (although coffee notes can be found there too). Rich black espresso made with Italian roast beans... the creaminess of the "crema" on a good pull of espresso is replicated here by the toasted oatmeal flavors. Deeply roasted grains and super-premium dark roast coffee are the two major players here, while a hint of bitter dark chocolate (almost like baker's chocolate) graces the finish.

M - Medium bodied and softly carbonated. The lack of overpowering weight or booze really lets the roasty flavors shine though without obstruction. Starts super-roasty and finishes with a hint of mesquite-like tang and vibrant coffee bitterness.

D - Could be a little too much on the bitter/dark chocolate/espresso side for me to really session, but this is a simply outstanding brew that deserves a purchase if only for the outstanding nose. Good damn beer!

pmcadamis, Mar 15, 2010
Photo of Wheelinb
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great color on this beer, almost black, but poured with only a slight brown head. It has an upfront bitterness to it but then you get some chocolate flavors on the back of the tongue. I'm not getting much in aroma, but I have a cold so that may well be a factor. It feels creamy if not slightly oily. the more I drink the more of a bakers chocolate flavor is coming through. Nice beer for cold weather.

Wheelinb, Mar 13, 2010
Oatmeal Stout from Breckenridge Brewery
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