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Oatmeal Stout - Breckenridge Brewery

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Ratings: 1,388
Reviews: 524
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 13.46%
Wants: 23
Gots: 135 | 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 dsa7783
3.57/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single, twelve-ounce bottle copped from Total Wine & More. Pours a pitch-black, dark colored hue with slight carbonation visible and a small-to-medium bodied tanned-colored head. Slight aroma of rich, roasted malts and hints of burnt chocolate. Light-to-medium bodied flavor. Easily drinkable, would make for a good dessert beer. A decent stab at the style but nothing above and beyond.

Photo of StaveHooks
3.84/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours dark brown with reddish brown edges. Thin tan head that retains very well.

S - Roasted malt, dark cocoa, toasty oatmeal.

T - Roasted grain, hints of dry chocolate, cereal, bitter sour, and dry towards the finish.

M - Light to medium bodied, silky.

High drinkability. Very easy drinker, a bit thin though. Great session beer.

Photo of puboflyons
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From bottle number 05823B11. Sampled on February 20, 2011. The pour is very dark brown and it nearly goes black. Oatmeal, chocolate malts, and raisins are noted in the aroma. It may be creamy as advertised but the overall texture is thin. There is this bready and dark maltiness in the taste with a tingling hopped ending. It came from a mixed 12 pack and it was probably the best one.

Photo of tone77
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head and considerable lacing throughout. Smell is of oats and malts. Taste is good, roasted malts up front, some oats,bitterness at the finish. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this is a good quality beer.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.21/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another new addition to the beer available in NH. Pours a pretty solid black color with a tan head that dissipate almost immediately. Smells of caramel, chocolate and roast with hints of vanilla. Taste is slightly acridic coffee mixed with caramel and chocolate. Slightly mineraly in taste. Medium body with a semi dry finish. Creamy acridic mouthfeel, medium level of carbonation. MEH. Nothing really objectionable here, but nothing really spectacular either. I would drink one if offered to me, but I wouldn't seek another one out.

Photo of EagleTalon
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours to a decent but thin tan head and opaque ruby-black color. Aroma is roasty, malty grainy and minerally. Flavor is very mild for this style: roast malt, hints of coffee, vanilla and a nice balanced finish with residual hop bitterness. Medium-full mouthfeel and moderate CO2. Overall a decent beer.

Photo of BretSikkink
3.61/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown to black in color with a grey-brown, tightly packed head. Pretty good retention, a nice appearance overall, and the extensive sheeting is a bonus. Good look here.

Nose is quite light, mirroring the flavor profile of chocolate malt with hints of coffee. Lesser notes of aspirin, menthol, and citric hops. A little on the light side, but drinkability is definitely there. Very balanced and smooth, doesn't push the envelope.

Photo of FreshHawk
3.34/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Very dark black coffee color with a small thin, foamy, slightly creamy, cafe colored head. Disappears pretty fast leaving a thin patchy lace.

S - Pretty good aroma. Chocolate and coffee are both strong but not overpowering. Sweet malt and caramel along with a sweet creamy and milk chocolate smell. Fairly sweet with a touch of bitterness. I'm liking it more as I smell it more.

T - Much more bitter chocolate, coffee, and metallic flavor than the nose and not as sweet. The malt is more grainy than caramel. Has a definite roasted taste along with the slightly acidic coffee flavor.

M - Light body and average carbonation. Way to thin and watery/slightly slick.

D - Goes down easy and it gets a bit better as it warms, but it just doesn't make me want to drink more. Unfortunately it just doesn't live up to the nose.

Notes: Nose was great, but the rest just doesn't live up to that expectation and is just an average beer. More bitter, roasted, acidic like flavors with coffee and chocolate being there. Body is just too thin and watery.

Photo of gfreed
3.09/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad stab at the style, but not a great one, either. I was reminded of a loud-mouthed braggart: all show but no mojo behind that intimidating, beetle-black color. The hops are too strong, and whatever oatmeal they used didn't really smooth things out. There's a strong tang of vinyl, too, as if they melted a few 33s into the vat. The subdued roasted flavor is quickly squashed by the bitterness. A bit too much sting in the body, too. Worth a try... but only once.

Photo of jlindros
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A nice creamy darker colored 1 finger head fades semi slowly with a bit of lacing, over jet black beer.

Nose wafts out plenty of oatmeal, a bit of creamy chocolate, a bit of a bready toasted malt, as well as a bit of light thinning malts almost, touch of roast and coffee.

Taste starts rich and creamy, fairly smooth and thick, plenty of oats, a hint of chocolate, bit of roast and coffee, very light toasted malt, but still has this very light feel and taste of a thinning lighter malt flavor. A slight earthy bitterness starts to come through with hints of a hop addition, which starts to get bitter on the finish, with lingering dark malts and oatmeal, a slight sticky feel, with a very slight metallic taste way on the finish, which seems to correlate with a slight acrid burnt coffee taste that is also very small, nitpicking almost. If it wasn't for the metallic/acrid taste and slight sticky feel this beer would be awesome.

Mouth is fairly thick, luscious, creamy, with perfect carbonation.

Drink is pretty good too, sessionable, creamy and rich, a nice light hop bitterness, the only drawbacks are the light metallic taste and the sticky finish.

Photo of Schracky
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured dark, of course. Not much head. Smells very much of roasted malts, a hint of coffee flavor. Very light carbonation. Tastes sweet, you can definitely tastes the oats. I felt the aftertaste was a little bitter. Very drinkable stout. I will enjoy this one again.

Photo of beerbeas
4.47/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It has a completely opaque dark color. Small head, very little CO2.

It has a very roasty smell, almost like dark chocolate and espresso coffee, very strong. Delicious.

A little bitter, but delicious. You can definitely taste the oats. I am a fan of somewhat bitter beers, but this has a sweet hint to it. a definite must.

A burst of flavor when it sits in the mouth. Let every sip sit and taste the coffee and roasted oats. Not too hoppy.

I don't like the drinkability rating, what is good and what is bad? I think this is a beer to be enjoyed, you can maybe have 2 in one night. The complete opposite of a light beer.

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 -

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