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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 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.

Photo of Vdubb86
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Sam Adam's perfect pint glass

This beer pours a dark brown that gives orange lacing when hit with light. Topped by a tan foam that fades quickly. The smell is of a hint of coffee and some flaked oats and a touch of caramel. The taste is a bit absent. There is a bit of caramel on the flavor, hints of roast but not much more. It's not bad just not special. The mouthfeel is a tad too watery for my liking as well to the point where the minerals in the water are the most obvious on the palate. It drinks pretty well, it's good for watching a football game as I am now. Go Bears.

Photo of Naugros
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

One of two Breckenridge offerings I tasted on an Arizona vacation. My favorite of the two.

Extra dark with an inner copper glow when held to the light, but this is yet another stout from the American West that exhibits an underachieving head. It started off pretty nice but left without permission. If anyone sees it please let it know that it is now considered AWOL.

The smell is really nice if not a bit weak. Any more assertiveness and this would have scored at least a 4.5. Espresso and burnt toast great your nose with a little bit of sweet cream to round it all out.

Burnt bread is forefront and strong with a blast of bitterness from the roasted malts. Not much else going on that I can really discern.

The mouthfeel does have the silkiness of an oatmeal stout, but finishes with a buttload of bitterness even when warmed up. The uber bitterness becomes too much and opening another is out of the question. Perhaps I'll open an Imperial IPA to wash out the lingering bitterness. ;)

Photo of Shrews629
4.06/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Very dark brown. Almost black body with only the faintest dark red highlights around the edges. Tan colored head was not very pronounced and disappeared about as quickly as any I've poured. Did leave a small sampling of lacing on the glass.

Smell - Very robust dark malt is the first fragrance I detect. Experiencing a wonderful coffee aroma along with the oatmeal and almost a "cream of wheat' scent. Finding a roasty nuttiness underneath it all. Seems very well balanced.

Taste - The strong coffee comes through immediately with the taste. Nice. I'm also recognizing a dry almond flavor. Maybe only ascertaining the smallest amount of dark fruit at the back end.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full mouthfeel. Dry, smooth and moderately creamy. Significant amounts of flavor are left on the tongue, roof of mouth and throat after each sip. This brew feels nice in the mouth.

Drinkability - I like this beer very well. This wold be nice on those bitter cold afternoons and evenings. I could see myself having a few of these while watching the snow fall. It seems that all Breckenridge Brewing Co. brews I've tried lack with head and head retention. Even with aggressive pours they just don't produce or hang around.

Photo of cudmud
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark brown in color with no head or lace.

Smell: Wonderful notes of coffee and chocolate.

Taste: Wondeful flavors of chocolate and coffee. In addition, nice malt flavors, which are balanced by the hops. Vert tasty.

Mouthfeel: Full body, oyster-like, and creamy.

Drinkability: Wonderful beer.

Photo of ocelot2500
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown, almost color with a tight brown head that leaves decent lacing.

Smells of coffee notes mostly.

Tastes of the deep roasted notes. Coffee, bitter chocolate, and some brown sugar come through. Oats are noticeable and add some complexities. Roasted bitterness rounds everything out and gives some contrast to the sweet.

Mouthfeel is medium-light with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Photo of chinchill
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in standard pint glass.

A - nice light nut brown head over brown-tinged black body; nearly opaque liquid. Head is short-lived, but sufficient to leave lacing on surface of beer and glass for a while. Aroma is the strong point of this brew.

S - rich, but not strong, aroma. Primarily a coffee-like maltiness

T - a bit disappointing given appearance and aroma, but pleasant with no off-flavors except for slight burnt component in the finish. Seemed to have more roasted barley than oatmeal flavor. After some initial sweetness, it does have a moment of bitterness but this quickly departs, leaving a somewhat dry finish.
IBU = 31

M - too light and not creamy enough for a high rating. Good carbonation level

Photo of FreshmanPour77
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I reviewed this brew a couple of months ago but did not review it on BA. Review is from notes!

Reviewed 6-11-10
Reviewed cold from a bottle to a glass

A - 1 finger of foam which dissipated quick to a decent lacing ring. Poured a dark brew, couldn't tell if there was any carbonation

S - Sweet malts, caramel, oatmeal and vanilla and dark chocolate

T/M - Medium bodied brew with dark malts, oatmeal, hop bitterness at finish and hints of vanilla

D - Pretty drinkable oatmeal stout, medium bodied, nice hop bitterness at the end but smoothed over pretty easy. A brew I would drink again and recommend it!

Photo of RRC87
4.01/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Photo of LairdChisholm
2.56/5  rDev -29.7%
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.

Photo of mirish72
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Photo of bens0n
4.07/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

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.

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.

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