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Oatmeal Stout - Breckenridge Brewery

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Ratings: 1,289
Reviews: 508
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 13.46%
Wants: 20
Gots: 96 | FT: 0
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 TheMistler
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured pitch black, with a lightly tan head. Not much, displaying okay lacing. Displayed a bubbliness that was unexpected given the lack of head, so I might be guilty of a bad poor.

Lots of oatmeal and some coffee to the aroma. A tanginess that might be hops. Maybe it was going for well-balanced, it simply smells a wee bit off to me.

Hints of dark chocolate and coffee to the taste to accompany a bevy of oats. Very noticeable roasted taste. My impression is of beer made from burnt oats, not finely roasted malts.

Lightly bodied, well-carbonated. It would be eminently drinkable if I appreciated its flavor more.

TheMistler, Oct 18, 2008
Photo of ajmoody76
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

came in a twelve pack with three other brews. twelve ounce bottle poured into an imperial pint. pretty freakin' dark. thin tan head. some lacing.

roasted malts and chocolate. no off odors. smells yummy.

roasty and sweet. roasty with a little hop bitterness on the aftertaste.

smooth. full body. enough carbonation for style. i could drink these all night. i dig this beer. would buy again. all the beers in the mixer twelve pack are good (pale, amber, vanilla porter and this one).

ajmoody76, Oct 06, 2008
Photo of treyrab
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at Zeno's Dark Side day tonight and found it remarkable. Had it served in a pint glass...

A: Very dark brown yet not back. Some light coming through around the edges a bit. Dark Khaki head that sits a while before going to a ring of foam.

S: Very robust smell. Very sharp with chocolate, caramel, oatmeal and a nice hop scent as well.

T: Very creamy, which was expected, but more than I thought. Also very flavorful and robust. Tons of dark chocolate, cocoa, and oats that blend nicely together.

Overall, I was very pleased and surprised at how this was. I would definitely get it again sometime!

treyrab, Oct 05, 2008
Photo of GRPunk
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

A- The body was pretty well jet-black with dark brown edges. There was 1-1/2 finger tan head that dropped to a decent lace that left great, tan, sticky rings on the side of the glass.

S- It started with a nice milk chocolate aroma reminiscent of a chocolate shake. Hints of dark chocolate and coffee come through later.

T- Good coffee and chocolate flavors. A nice mix of sweet milk and bitter dark chocolate. Some roasted and nutty (hazlenut?) tones are noticeable after sitting.

M- Creamy head, slight hop bite, and medium to high carbonation levels.

D- Great flavor and feel make for a good drinker. I could see putting more than a couple of these back on a cooler day tailgating or as a nice fall/winter nightcap.

GRPunk, Sep 12, 2008
Photo of Shredz
4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a beautiful pitch black with minimal lacing. Surprising lack of head.

S: Dark chocolate.

T: Strong taste of dark chocolate with coffee undertones.

M: Very smooth and light for an oatmeal stout.

D: you wouldn't expect such drinkability from such a dark beer. Delicious without being too heavy.

Overall a great brew.

Shredz, Aug 19, 2008
Photo of jwinship83
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- black with a small head that quickly becomes a crown.

S- roasted malts with a minor coffee odor

T- roasty oats and coffee with a mild chocolate flavor and a very light after taste

M- creamy and rather light for a stout

D- this is one that i could drink more than one of without getting sick, but thats about it. definitely wouldnt want more than two of these

jwinship83, Aug 07, 2008
Photo of Nibbley
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a black, black, dark black with a mocha that fades to a small ring with streaks down the glass. Aroma is of dark toast and a slight coriander and bitter chocolate. Taste is of Ethiopian coffee and bitter chocolate with an abundance of small soft carbonation. An above average Oatmeal Stout from Breckenridge.

Nibbley, Aug 01, 2008
Photo of diabecktic
4.4/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance:
This beer is pitch black - a black hole of stout-y goodness. There is minimal (visible) carbonation with good head formation. Great lacing - just beautiful.

Smell:
As the name would suggest, you can definately smell the oatmeal. A strong coffee scent is also present along with a hint of chocolate. It smells very "fresh."

Taste:
The beer's taste lives up to its namesake - oatmeal seems to be the dominant flavor. Accompanying this is a very strong roasted coffee-bean flavor and a smidge of barley. A spiced oatmeal aftertaste lingers after a long sip. The mix of flavors is just excellent - let the beer warm up just a bit to get the full experience. Borderline orgasmic.

Mouthfeel:
It's not too thick and very creamy - just right for a stout. The beer is not heavily carbonated, but it fells good on the tongue.

Drinkability:
It would be very easy to get "carried away" with this brew, but you would be best to just sip it. This brew goes down very smooth(ly) for how thick it is.

Summary:
This is an EXCELLENT beer - if you haven't tried one yet, you need to get off of your ass and get one now. It gives a good name to the (oatmeal) stout style. It's American-made, but still incredibly good. I regret only having one of them.

diabecktic, Jul 27, 2008
Photo of gpcollen1
4.43/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a wonderfully murky black with a nice head that stays at a 1/4 inch for a long time. Aromas are deep and roasty with hints of coffee and dark bittersweet chocolate.

Hits the mouth appearing thick and creamy yet is just slides on through. Matches the nose in flavor - dark chocolate and coffee with an overall bitter and fluffy mouth. Cottony toward the end but with the bitterness lingering.

Quite nice here - I guess I am surprised. I like this better than many and think it is borderline great.

gpcollen1, Jul 21, 2008
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well, its the middle of summer and I already had to satisfy a mid-summer stout craving!

Super dark brown, almost black. Fat, thick brown head...pretty beer.

Smell those oats, baby! Chocolate sweetness is there, roasted latte nose.

Coffee expresso taste with a nice balance of oats and hops with more than a hint of bitterness at the end. Was not sure about this one at first (Avalanche got me dissin' Breck), but it has kinda grown on me as this is the 5th of a 6 pack bought only a few days ago.

Light and airy for a stout and seriously quaffable, a highly drinkability stout.

Recommended drinking. Will be buying this one again.

twiggamortis420, Jul 18, 2008
Photo of donteatpoop
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was a rich black beer with thick foamy brown head and a great retentice lacing effect.

Smelled strongly of dark roasted malts.

The oatmeal is a great balace to the bitterness of the stout.

Not as thick as I'd prefer my stouts to be but a full bodied brew with a pleasant aftertaste.

If I'm gonna sit down and have a stout, I wouldn't mind it being this.

donteatpoop, Jul 15, 2008
Photo of katan
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, undated

A - Thick black color. No light getting through there. Head is very stout creamish looking, which was 2mm at first and then dissipated into a 1mm lacing.

S - Chocolate roasted malts are the strongest flavor. Very little else, even though i searched.

T - Starts off with a watery flavorless taste. Mid stream has some balance, but very little obvious hopping. Finishes with a strong chocolate malt flavor. Very sweet.

M - Soft and creamy - not strong carbonation. Coats thickly and evenly.

D - A light weight on the stomach. Goes down easy and is not very filling. The flavors would work for me all year round, versus most stouts for me.

katan, Jul 13, 2008
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Breckenridge- Oatmeal Stout

A- Flat brown with a small bubbly head.
S- Good grainy oat aroma with cocoa and coffee.
T- Smooth chocolate and coffee bean with vanilla, cream, and molasses.
M- Very smooth and dry with a sweet creamy finish.

Overall- Another tasty Breckenridge beer. very smooth and definitely sessionable.

NJpadreFan, Jul 11, 2008
Photo of happygnome
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: pours a nice black color with about a an eigth inch of head that dissapears fast leaving a fairly good amound if lacinf that sticks to the edge of the glass as the beer level drops
s: heavily roasted malts with hints of cocoa and a little hop bitterness in the finish
m: medium to full bodied beer with little carbonation

overall, this is truly a very good beer i really enjoy it

happygnome, Jul 04, 2008
Photo of tmitch75
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pitch black color with a thin tan head.

Roasty coffee smell, almost acrid, with bitter dark chocolate.

Taste is more of the same, with a sweeter flavor than the smell would indicate.

Nice full body with a creamy smoothness.

A solid oatmeal stout that is definitely worth a try.

Freshness note: It tasted fresh enough but the label had spots to notch a "bottled on" date which were unused. It seems like a waste...

Tasted on 5/25/08.

tmitch75, Jun 26, 2008
Photo of nem2006
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured the beer into a pint glass. Pours black with a quarter inch brown head. Foam does not last through the beer.

Smells of toasted malts. A little sweet.

Heavy-bodied with a heavy smoky taste to it. There is some bitterness at the end. In my opinion, not very smooth. The smokiness can be a little over-powering.

nem2006, Jun 25, 2008
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Acquired via trade from Slatetank, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a thin light brown head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of roasted malts, creamy milk chocolate, oats and coffee with a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste is malty and creamy as you would expect, with flavors of milk chocolate, toasted oats and black coffee. There's a very mild hops presence which is normal for the style. The after-taste is bitter-sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style. I've had better beers Oatmeal Stouts but this beer is worth drinking if you're in the mood for the style.

TheManiacalOne, Jun 20, 2008
Photo of SilentSabre
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was a pretty good example of the style. Poured up inky black with a khaki coloured head that stayed around for a while. Nice sticky lacing on the edges of the glass. Looked good. Smell was dominated easily by a somewhat assertive "used coffee grounds" aroma which I found very pleasant. Flavour, too, was dominated by this characteristic with little else coming through save for some very modest tones of toasted malt and oatmeal. This should be re-labeled Breckenridge Espresso Stout or something and have a bit of coffe thrown in the wort to make it so. Mouthfeel is right about where it needs to be for a stout being neither too thin nor cloyingly heavy, but right in between those two. Granted this is the wrong time of year to be drinking something of this calibre, it was a good stout that I will drink in the future. Not bad.

SilentSabre, Jun 01, 2008
Photo of BeerPilot
4.38/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: tar black with tan, creamy head.

S: sweet roasted malts.

T: balanced roast flavor. No hop flavor. Could not detect flavor of oats.

M: creaminess from oats. Not as dry as a dry stout, but dryer than a milk.

D: great with grill roasted vegetables.

BeerPilot, May 24, 2008
Photo of david131
4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Black with just the smallest amount of head making it in around the edges. A nice, creamy off white head forms and leaves some excellent lacing.

S- Smoky, chocolate, coffee... pretty clean and roasty. A little oat aspect.

T- Same as the aroma with an emphasis on the oatiness.

M- Very smooth and creamy. Not overly heavy. About right for the ABV and style.

D- I am pretty impressed with this. For $2 a bomber, you can't beat this.

david131, May 23, 2008
Photo of saintwarrick
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Most oatmeal stouts are hit or miss with me. This beer pours a dark brown with a thick foamy tan head. Aroma is very sweet and candy-like, malt chocolate balls, light caramel and cookie biscuits all swell together. Taste is roasted chocolate flavors, like a usual stout; the oatmeal shows through in the smoothness, a little sweet but the hops and roasted flavors keep it from being too sweet.

The brew is a little thin at the end but still very drinkable. Probably second best oatmeal stout I have had behind Samuel Smith's.

saintwarrick, May 20, 2008
Photo of rye726
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Near back color with a silky dark tan head. Good lacing.

Big malty presence with a good amount of sweet oats.

Again a nice dark malt profile with an nice oaty flavor.

Medium body with good amount of carbonation. A good example of the style and one of Breckenridge's better brews.

rye726, May 08, 2008
Photo of unionturf
4.7/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had on nitro-tap at the brewery.

On a recent visit I made the time to visit the brewery and I'm glad I did. I sampled several beers but the stout stood out. I had a pint from the nitro tap and wow was it good!

Very good beer, smooth on taste, very easy to drink and went well with my ribs. The nitro tap also made for a great show inside my glass. The staff at the bar (Stewart) was amazing, very friendly and I had a ball.

unionturf, May 07, 2008
Photo of Beefeater57
3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a mostly black, with some dark brown around the edges. Head didn't retain for as long as I thought it would.

The smell was dry. I got a little bit of roasted smell with it, but it just had a dry smell to it, no flavors that I could clearly detect.

The dryness came in the taste, hop character hits the sides of my tongue in the finish. A sense a slight sense of coffee, but not that noticeable.

Mouthfeel is a little heavy, but not as heavy as a stout usually is. Somewhat thin for a stout, and the bitterness of the hops lingers in the mouth for a while.

I love stouts - they are one of my favorite styles, so this one somewhat disappointed me. It is decent but doesn't hold to the true nature of what oatmeal stouts are. I would drink it again, but wouldn't rank it with the better oatmeal stouts out there.

Beefeater57, Apr 26, 2008
Photo of demcorhip
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice looking oatmeal stout. Opaque black really doesnt let much for light through itself, even around the edges. Almost a two finger tan coloured head, almost tight, gives way to leave a thin collar. Leaves thin, intricate, sticky webs of lace.

Smells decent. Treacle, oats, some fruity esters of dark berries, some milk chocolate and a hints of roast anda whiff of smoke and an earthy leafiness.

Roasted malts and the dark berries come to the front in the taste, and along with the earthy hops mingle with an anise finish. Treacle and oats make a brief and minor appearance in the middle

Im enjoying this brew. Somewhat light bodied, and not quite as smooth and velvety as other examples of the style. Nice use of charred malt, while quite smooth in character the roasted elements of this brew make for the dominant element in this brew, and play very nicely with the fruity esters.

Fairly drinkable, and enjoyable, a solid example of the style and well worth trying. Would be a good choice when introducing newbies to the style. Glad i got to try this, and its likely something ill come back to at some point.

demcorhip, Apr 20, 2008
Oatmeal Stout from Breckenridge Brewery
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