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Oatmeal Stout - Breckenridge Brewery

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Oatmeal StoutOatmeal Stout

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Ratings: 1,376
Reviews: 519
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 13.46%
Wants: 22
Gots: 132 | FT: 0
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Breckenridge Brewery visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  4.95% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-25-2001

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Photo of chchchchia
4.38/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into a pint glass.

A - Black as night. Totally opaque. 1/2 finger head that dies quickly. Some lacing on the glass as the beer goes down.
S - Roasted malt is dominant.
T - Roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla. The hops provide a pleasant bitterness. The beer finishes dry, and slightly bitter.
M - medium carbonation, heavy body
D - Very good, but it is still a stout. You wont be downing a 6 pack, but 2-3 in a night is totally feasible.

A great example of an oatmeal stout. A good beer to turn to on a cold, snowy day.

Photo of JDFish
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured very dark from a bottle to a Mug. Great looking stout, very dark and a solid coffee head and great lacing that sticks throughout the whole process.

S: Roasty goodness. Hint of molasses and dark chocolate and definitely coffee.

T: More roastiness. Coffee and oatmeal, some sweet molasses and chocolate in the background

M: Decent creamy medium feel. Not complex, but very serviceable.

D: Very drinkable. Any more sweet then no, but this is well-balanced and delicious

Photo of hopsyum
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Will add review later:

Thick and creamy, with all the right flavors there. The oatmeal is background flavor, while chocolate/coffee are predominant. Bitter hops bring balance to the sweetness. I like the bitterness that the hops bring, but I feel like more oatmeal flavor would be welcome.

Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours slightly black with mild ruby tones and a half inch of head.

S - Smells roasty and bitter kind of like a porter but not usually what I would expect in an oatmeal stout. Mild chocolate in the nose yet bitter as well.

T - Not bad. Came off not as roasty in the taste with a smooth background and a a bit of silky smoothness in the finish. Very little roasted malt bite in the end. Overall good.

M - Light to medium. Found it very drinkable.

D - A very good oatmeal stout. Would consider getting it again.

Photo of wac9
4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

looking for something diffrent glad i pick this up. a dark black color , pour like beer you want to drink , not a over powering smell or taste , this beer is not a pounding down beer but a beer to drink and ejoy so pick some up and its much better then their vannila porter. so run to the store and get this

Photo of magnj
4.3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, cool packaging.

A - Deep brown body lets no light through, tan head is small despite an aggressive pour.

S - light cocoa aroma, slight roasted and coffee.

T - Similar to the smell, this beer starts off with a nice raw chocolate flavor, turns sweet, and ends with roasty goodness.

M/D - Full chewy body, easy to drink, tasty.

Photo of stephadelphia
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought as a single 12oz bottle and poured into an oversized pilsner glass.

A- The way I like a stout to look: super dark (can't see through it) with a foamy, tan head after pouring, about an inch thick. Decent lacing as well.

S- Roasted malts and coffee were the first things I noticed. A hint of chocolate is in there as well. There's a nice sweetness to it.

T- A roasted chocolate-like flavor is the most prominent. Slightly bitter, true to the style. The oatmeal grain flavors are present in the finish. There's also some undertones of coffee, and some sweet notes.

M- Would prefer a little thicker, but surprisingly velvety and smooth, with light carbonation. Very pleasant. The thickness from the oatmeal adds a nice dimension.

D- Not the absolute best that's out there, but enjoyable. I could see this being a session beer. Overall, I would drink this again, and am not disappointed about picking this up on a whim.

Photo of herman77
3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Black with a very small tan head that dies off almost instantly. Splotty lacing here and there.

S: Sweet cream, roasted malt. Pretty soft and light nose.

T: Mainly roasted and slightly burnt malts. Some coffee flavors and a bit of dry, bittersweet chocolate. A very, very small amount of sweetness. Slight astringent, bitter roasted malt finish.

M: Medium body. The carbonation is a little on the higher side for the style. Thought it would be lower since there was hardly a head.

D: Average. Its a drier, roasty oatmeal stout. Not the flavors I was hoping for, not bad by any means, but nothing to seek out or buy again.

Photo of 9InchNails
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not much of a head at all. Almost opaque body. Another shade darker it would be opaque.

Chocalate, coffee and toffee are present when I give the glass a swirl. Pretty pleasant aroma.

For me being a big fan of Oatmeal Stouts this is decent. It's not bad but not great. Simply mediocre for an Oatmeal Stout. It's bland and tastes watered down. The smell gave me more of a clue to what it was supposed to taste like but really falls flat. I get very subtle hints of chocalate, coffee and maybe licorice but they don't mix as well as they should.

Feels really smooth. I would say an almost medium body. Nice feeling in the mouth.

Since it is smooth and feels nice in the mouth it doesn't hurt the drink ability. If I was in the mood for an Oatmeal Stout and this was the only one I could get my hands onto, I would take it.

This is not a good example of an Oatmeal Stout for a person wanting to experience one for the first time but far from a horrible mess.

Photo of champ103
2.78/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On Nitro at the Flying Saucer in Houston, TX. Labeled as Thunder Stout, but is the oatmeal stout for sure.

A: Pours a dark brown color, nearly black with some ruby highlights around the edges. A two finger tan head forms, and recedes in a second. Lace is left behind.
S: Lightly toasted malt. Plenty of sweetness. Buttery diacetyl is present in the nose.
T: Buttery diacetyl just takes over. A light sweetness lingers, though nothing else.
M/D: Thin and watery. Pretty typical for a beer on Nitro. That pseudo type of creaminess which is associated with this type of beer, though is severely lacking in body. Not hard to drink. Though nothing I care to come back to.

Very generic on Nitro, and the diacety really detracts. Pretty much ho hum with some flaws. Not something I would recommend.

Photo of projectflam86
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep brown color with a nice thick foam head that leaves some decent lacing.

S- Some chocolate malts and a bit of coffee comprise the majority of the nose. Not as aromatic as I had hoped.

T- Big dark chocolate flavor with some coco and coffee beans. A bit of black licorice and some sweet grain in the finish. The oatmeal comes through a bit more as it warms.

M- Medium/light bodied with nice carbonation. A bit thinner than I was expecting.

D- A pretty decent brew that I liked enough to get again.

Photo of GregBlatz
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Jet black. Almost opaque. Nice tan had that settles quickly and doesn't really lace the glass.

S - It has that sweet oatmeal smell to it. Roasty and coffee bean like in aroma.

T - Roasted chocolate is the dominant flavor. Bitter from the roasted barley comes through at the finish. A level of sweetness balances it out. I can't pick out anything in regards to hops. The bitterness of the grains are more prominent than any bitterness or flavor of the hops. Finishes relatively clean with a cloying sweetness that lingers.

M - Thick due to the oats. Very velvety with a big mouthfeel.

D - Although not a big beer, the sweetness and big mouthfeel make it a bit of a sipper.

Overall I really like this. I was in the mood for a stout and this fit the bill nicely.

Photo of Nerudamann
3.08/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look - jet black with beige or khaki-colored foam that dissipates slowly.

Smell - slightly malty, but mostly hints of molasses and/or caramel/chocolate.

Taste and Mouthfeel - slight bitter tingling on the sides during the beginning and middle. Definite chocolate or syrupy tones in the taste and aftertaste. Texture is not surprisingly a little more on the creamier side.

Drinkability -

Photo of OlRasputin989
4.16/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into nonic glass...

A: pours a nearly opaque black-brown with a small tan head of big, thin bubbles. leaves sudsy blotches of lacing and a thin silky cap of foam remains.

S: chocolate aromas are most prevalent, followed by oatmeal, vanilla, and coffee

T: milk chocolate followed by a hint of lactose sugars. finished by coffee and hop bitterness, crisp oatmeal-grain flavors, and vanilla bean

M: medium-full body that is creamy and lush and ends crisp and dry.

Overall, a delicious and easy going oatmeal stout that doesn't seem to give you the bloated feeling acompanied by msot stouts of this style. The only area that this beer seems to lack in is the head, which is minimal to not present at all.

Photo of RonfromJersey
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$2.49 single from Oak Tree.

Black/very-very-dark-brown body, with a razor blade of highlights along the bottom edge. Big billowing light tan head.

Aroma is heavy with strong dark roasted coffee, with a slight chocolate note, and a nice sense of oatmeal.

Mild coffee aroma, no burnt or bitter edge to it. No chocolate. No oatmeal. Plesant and straight forward.

Nicely smooth from the oatmeal. Very easily drinkable.

A very pleasant straight forward oatmeal stout, offering no challenges. Enjoyable but not exceptional.

Photo of midwestbrewers
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

A: Pours pretty much black with a paper thin head that leaves fairly quickly.

S: Very dark and rich. Roasted malts all over. Chocolate notes as well as some coffee but not much of the latter.

T: Very well balanced. Chocolaty and roasted flavors warm the palette. Not very bitter at all except a twinge at the end of the drink which makes for a brilliant finish. Smooth and drinkable.

Overall this is a pretty good oatmeal stout. It is very creamy as I've found the oatmeal to be. Nice rich, roasted flavors with a smooth finish. Also at 4.9% ABV this could make for a great sessioner. Great Beer Breckenridge Brewery!!

Photo of bfflo
3.44/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a warm black with a low, white, uneven head that fell fast. Minimal lacing. Smell is very sweet, almost intimidatingly so, full of dark cherry and fresh bread and oats, maybe a hint of chocolate. Mouthfeel is thin and a little underwhelming. Mild carbonation, sort of malty on the front end, with a fruit-tinged, slightly woody middle and a mild, gently bitter finish. This gets the basics right, and it's mellow enough to be highly drinkable -- I'm enjoying mine -- but there's not a ton going on here, overall. In regards to the oatmeal stout style generally, Samuel Smith's, Buffalo Bill's, Barney Flats, Dark Horse - pretty much every other oatmeal stout I've tried, really - is as good or better. I'd probably go with a C+, but the B- that BA tallies the score out as is close enough.

Photo of ronniebruner
4.54/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow! This beer has a great color, a beautiful white head, frothy and thick. The smell is beautifully sweet and perfect. The taste is amazing and smooth. The only problem with this beer that I have is that its so good, that I end up drinking a whole 6 pack everytime. Without a doubt one of the best American Oatmeal Stouts I've had in a while.

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up in Totowa since this is new to my neck of the woods. It's cold enough out to start enjoying these beers once again and it's been a long time since I've had an Oatmeal Stout. This wasn't as thick or strong as the others in this category that I've had but that didn't mean that this wasn't enjoyable. In fact, its lightness made that much more drinkable and a good transition beer as winter sets in!

Poured nice and dark with just a bit of head and lacing. The carbonation was decent and the taste was that of the sweetness from the oats, coupled with some regular milk chocolate and a cookie-like dough. This was very creamy both in terms of mouthfeel and texture as I swished it around and it went down as easy as any "light" Stout that I've ever had.

Not to mention that this also fits into the category of session beer. It would be pretty easy to have a few in a sitting along with some oatmeal raisin cookies or biscotti and as some have mentioned on here, this is a bit like coffee. No need to pour cream in here though - this can be enjoyed as is and for anyone new to this style, it doesn't get any more easygoing or introductory than this. Not a bad beer for the holiday season!

Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a stange glass.

A very aggressive pour yields 3 fingers of soft looking head that slowly falls leaving tons of lace on the glass. Body is dark and cloudy.

Smells mild and sweet, of roasted malts and light leafy hops to balance. A tiny bit fruity. Reminds me of a well known Irish Dry Stout...

Roasted malts hit the palate with a soft feel wrap up the taste buds with mild sweetness and a touch of mild hops. The ending of this flavor is a nice mixture of dry, bitter and sweet. Some light coffee and bakers chocolate at the end.

Mouthfeel is somewhat dreamy, as the label states. Soft carbonation and the presence of some unfermentable sugars (from the oat flakes). Medium bodied, but on the full side.

Drinkability is excellent. A very easy drinking and refreshing stout. The slightly lower ABV helps this, and is a bonus.

Conclusion: I have never been impressed by this brewery, but this beer is quite good. This beer is worthy of the title, and it is very good in the mouthfeel and taste department. Not quite up to the level of Samuel Smith's (in my opinion, the champion in the style) but surprisingly close. Well done Breckenridge, you have partially redeemed yourself with my palate.

Photo of corby112
4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes:

Pours a very dark chestnut brown color with slight mahogany edges when held to a light source and a frothy two finger tan colored head that has very good retention, only slowly fading into a lasting ring. Sporadic chunks of soapy lacing left behind.

Malty aroma with hints of caramel, chocolate, roasted coffee, burnt toast and hazelnut.

Medium bodied with plenty of roasted chocolate malt as well as some coffee, oatmeal, caramel, toast and hazelnut. Slight lactic character that add a silky creaminess making this beer extremely quaffable. Complex and well balanced with a dry finish.

Photo of LacquerHead
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured this into a pint glass - it looked like a foamy root beer.

The aroma didn't have much of a presence. Coffee malts and not much else

Taste: rolled oats and weak coffee. Initially I picked up some vanilla but that flavor didn't last long. For the most part the flavors were simple. There was nothing offensive.

M/F: it was a little too carbonated for my liking. The flavors were a tad thin.

Drinkability: easy to drink.

I think with some tweaking this beer could be solid. The flavors could have been bigger and more pronounced. It's a decent beer & I wouldn't mind drinking it again.

Photo of JThysens
2.71/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Look- Extremely dark beer. no light passed through the glass at all. Black as ink. Very small head if none at all.

Smell- Dark chocolate malty flavors with combined with coffee fragerances

Taste- COFFEE. malty and chyocolaty, tasted just like it smelled. Bitter with a little bit of metalic taste. Tasted like a mixture of beer and coffee 50/50.

Mouthfeel- Felt smooth but not to light.

Drink- not very good. felt again like I was drinking coffee and since I cant consume more than 2 cups of coffee the drinkability had a very low rating.

Photo of glid02
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Taco Mac Metropolis in Atlanta.

Pours black with a half-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of roasted malts with hints of semi-sweet chocolate. As it warms hints of char and sweet oats waft out.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Roasted malt flavors without much depth kick things off. Midway through the sip the flavors turn slightly chalky with hints of unsweetened chocolate. The chocolate flavors fade out into a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is OK. It's a bit on the thin side, especially with oats as an ingredient, with decent carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall there wasn't a lot going on with this beer but it wasn't hard to drink. Not worth seeking out but not worth avoiding either.

Photo of endincolorado
4.42/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours an opaque black with a nice, thick tan head that settles slowly. Lacing is light tan, and clings to the glass everywhere the beer has been.

The stout has an extremely pleasant aroma of roasted malt, and an oaty sweetness reminiscent of breakfast.

The flavor reveals a pleasantly balanced roasted malt character, with sweetness and a faint dryness like burnt toast, as well as that additional oaty flavor in back.

Flavors are delivered by way of a wonderfully thick and syrupy mouthfeel, as well as an appropriately moderate amount of carbonation.

Overall, this beer is one to come back to frequently for those who seek a well-rounded oatmeal stout. ABV is fairly low, which aids drinkability.

Oatmeal Stout from Breckenridge Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 1,376 ratings.