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Oatmeal Stout - Breckenridge Brewery

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Oatmeal StoutOatmeal Stout

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Ratings: 1,363
Reviews: 518
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 13.46%
Wants: 20
Gots: 126 | 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 tjd112
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation - Poured into Flying Fish Pint Glass

Appearance - Black, with somewhat off-white finger head with good retention

Smell - Oatmeal and milk

Taste - Oatmeal and milk

Mouthfeel - Medium to light body with suprisingly creamy finish

Drinkability - Sessionable

Overall - Worthy

Photo of ChadQuest
3.76/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Looks good, black with just a bit of light around the edges. Nice head,great lacing.

roasty milky malty, not a super strong taste or smell, but they are very pleasent and not over powering. Not a palate coating
syrup it has quite a clean finish.

The mouthfeel is the standout. it's thinner but soo creamy and velvety. This is how a low ABV oatmeal stout should feel.

I could drink alot of these, session stout.

When viewed for what it is, a low abv session stout, this is quite a nice go to. the oatmeal gave it the feel i had hoped.
I will buy this again.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Starts off a little questionable, not a good color for stout, kind of a weak middle of the road brown color, head is weak as well. Smell is nothing to write home about. Not bad, but just average.

Taste starts to grow, typical oatmeal stout, a little chewy, much more than the aroma and appearance of the beer would have led me to believe.

Sticks around tastewise, doesn't evolve into the tobacco taste some stouts will do. Not a complex oatmeal stout, but its hard to make a bad version of this style. Straight forward.

Photo of trbergman
2.13/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

A - Aggressive pour yields a black body with one finger of sticky taupe head.

S - Low aroma despite vigorous pour. Smells of bittersweet chocolate, raisins, and a bit of alcohol.

T - Powdery cocoa and hot oatmeal. Little hint of roasted grain. Surprisingly dry, with a bit of earthy hop character and moderate bitterness. Leaves a chalky, unpleasant aftertaste.

M - Smooth, but thin.

D - All this has going for it is looks, and that's not enough to save it. This is one of the few times I won't even bother to finish the bottle. If you want good beer, look elsewhere.

Photo of righthereisay
4.33/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very suprised on this one. I purchased it as a single at a beer shop.

Nice and dark with a little tan head on it. A little sweet, which is nice, but also has a fresh taste. Not strong at all. A little similar to Guinness.

You could definitely throw down a lot of these easily. Luckily, there isn't much alcohol in these.

Photo of Brenden
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The color is a deep black through which nothing can be seen and which shows no other colors shining through in the light. A light brown head fades to a thick foam that remains throughout, dropping rings of patchy lacing all the way down the glass.
The smell is nice if not straightforward: a very light sweetness under deep, rich chocolate malt with some roasted coffee aromas.
The taste follows suit: very roasted, toasty barley grains, coffee, oatmeal and chocolate well enough blended that each flavor compliments the other and a gentle bitterness rounds it all out. A very gentle alcohol/coffee astringency is present in the finish but leaves off with more of a flavorful bittersweetness.
This is a rich, full-bodied brew with plenty of character and kust enough of a crisp nip and a light carbonation to balance out a creamy smoothness.
This is a very nice effort from Breckenridge. It's always interesting to see where a brewery goes with a special like and oatmeal stout, and this is a good one. A good flavor, creamy body and low ABV lend some great drinkability to this one.

Photo of neenerzig
4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into my pint glass. This beer pours a very dark brown color with a brown head about 1/3 inch when poured. Eventually settles to a nice medium sized ring and decent surface coating of foam. Good lacing. Aromas of sweet, roasted malt, coffee and oatmeal, along with some bittering hops and also a hint of vanilla. Roasted coffee and oats along with the sweet malt and vanilla flavors are all present upfront, followed by a bit of bitter chocolate and a hop presence. Nice balance of flavors. Has a crisp, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. easy to drink in the way good beer is meant to be. Not the best oatmeal stout I have ever had, but not shabby at all either.


Photo of ballz50401
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Very dark, black. Thick dark brown head with some retention.

Smell: Roasted chocolate, toffee, coffee. Toasty oatmeal. Little hop aroma in the back.

Taste: Pretty much the same as it smells, dark chocolate, dark roasted coffee, biscuity.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with some carbonation bite that was good. Slightly chewy and pleasant.

Drinkability: Definitly a good oatmeal stout that I will have to try again.

Photo of joshuadlight
3.11/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Here in the panhandle of Texas, Breckenridge brews are pretty available. This is the second I've tried this week, after the Agave Wheat.
Only the slightest burgundy hues escape this opaque beer when held up to bright light. The head is attractive but look away and its gone. Lacing is minimal. Coffee notes and woody aromas. Cocoa nibs in the taste, with a little unpleasant bitterness. Way too watery for the style in my opinion. Low abv makes this a fine drinkable brew.

Photo of bwd110
3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On nitro tap at Breckenridge Brew Pub downtown Denver.

By the way, this is not an RIS, it is simply their Oatmeal Stout on Nitro Tap.

A: Deep black, with a frothy caramel head. Big globs of soapy lace.

S: Smells of oats and sweet malts, hint of roastiness. Nothing over the top, but nice. No real hop profile or bitterness. A little sweetness seeps in at the finish.

T: Tastes of oat and slight roasted malts. Not a heck of a lot going on here, but a decent oatmeal stout nontheless.

M: The nitrogen adds great creamy smoothness, but unfortunately it is not backed up by a large body. The mouthfeel is somewhat watery.

D: Just average here. I made my way through it fairly quick, but without great enthusiasm.

Not a bad stout, but middle of the road for me.

Photo of arizcards
3.91/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a pint at the Grand Junction Alehouse today.

Beer poured black with a near perfect tan head. Nose was roasted malts with sweet chocolate lingering in the background. Taste was roasted malts, hints of coffee, sweet chocolate, with a light bittering hop finish. Mouthfeel was light to medium bodied and very smooth. Drinkability was good. This is a smooth drinking stout with plenty of character that would keep me coming back!

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

A: Dark chocolate black, with a foamy tan head that has OK retention and leaves bits of lace.

S: Mostly espresso, with slight woodsy undertones.

T: Starts out with a espresso like coffee and chocolate mix. A mild burnt bitterness follows. Finishes slightly acidic, with lingering burnt malt flavors.

M: The body is smooth and feels thicker than the ABV would indicate.

D: A decent stout overall. Not the most complex example of the style, but pleasant enough.

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

Was really surprised that I hadn't reviewed this one yet since it used to a regular. Been a couple years since my last one so thought I'd try it again and see if it's held up over the years. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. No dating info which is odd since I seem to recall the old labels having a best date. It was black in color with mahogany edges when against a light. Slight lacing. It had an average sized dark brown head that slowly settled into a collar with some broken wisps in the center.

The aroma was really good. Nice roasted malts with coffee and oats. A touch sweet as well. The taste followed the aroma with a slightly sweet chocolaty start with the coffee kicking in by the middle with a slightly dry finish. Oatmeal stouts are in my top styles so always a pleasure to find a good one that stands the test of time. Could put a few of these down watching a game.

Overall, an excellent oatmeal stout that I highly recommend. If you are in Denver, the brewpub by Coors Field is worth the trip and this one is always on tap.

Rotation: now that I've had it again, it's sure to be part of the stout/porter rotation again. Tap = hell yeah.

Photo of theghost3
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to sonicdescent for this.

Pours a pitch black with a 1/2 finger tan head. Moderate lacing.

Smell is sweet chocolate & vanilla, some oatmeal & hint of dark fruits. Oddly, the taste is almost nothing like the smell--burnt coffee malts, slightly grainy with just a faint flavor of chocolate. Mouthfeel is smooth, medium-bodied.

This is a drinkable brew. It's low ABV & medium body make it sessionable. Just be aware that the flavor & smell are subdued.

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

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Almost opaque, which is refreshing, since so many oatmeal stouts these days are more of an amber color with some darkness. Creamy mocha colored head that's a survivor as far as retention to the glass.

Smell: A good meld of bitter black coffee, chocolate cream or chocolate mouse, and great roasted and blackened malts. Very nice.

Taste: Roasted malt and dark berries on the tongue initially, moving into some chocolate mouse, some dark cream, hints of bitter black coffee and dark roast, and a bit of citrus hops round everything out. Long, fairly visceral and roasted finish.

Mouthfeel: Big and creamy without being cloying or too much in the very least.

Drinkability: An unexpected surprise from Breckenridge, and a quality oatmeal stout that I wouldn't mind having on hand once the weather starts getting cold when my wife and I move to New York. Then again, I'm sure because I said that Breckenridge may not be available. Though they're hit or miss for me, this is the former all the way. Plus, at 4.5%, you can drink a few of these and not feel bad or like you need to hit the gym right after.

Photo of wingman14
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with brown highlights with very little mocha head. The smell is malty and sweet, with some burnt characters. The taste starts malty, with some nice sweet chocolate notes, and finishes with a nice burnt flavor. The burnt flavor sticks throughout the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is ok, nice and smooth but a medium body detracts from this stout. I expected a heavy or substantial mouthfeel, but seems watery for a stout. This is an easy drinker, the flavors make up for the lack in body, an overall nice beer.

Photo of Drew966
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Breckenridge Oatmeal Stout pours an opaque black with a tan head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is mostly coffee and chocolate and a touch of caramel. The flavor is similar, coffee chocolate and caramel meld nicely. Overall, pretty decent, I would recommend it.

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 7/5/2009 (bottle):

Pours a very dark brown color body, tan colored head, creamy, lastingish. Roasty aroma coffee and dark chocolate. Creamy mouthfeel, roasted and chocolately, milk chocolate. Warming. Bitter as it warms up. Not too shabby, creamy.

Photo of bbothen
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

Pours a deep reddish brown, almost black color with a small 1 finger deep tan colored head. looks nice.

Soft, sweet aromas of toasted malts, coffee, chocolate, sugar, sweet caramel.

Taste is roastier than the aroma suggests. Flavors of sweet malts, coffee, chocolate, smooth oats.

Smooth, creamy, medium to full bodied, low carbonation.

Tasty and smooth brew. Would gladly have again.

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

Very nice cascade effect, dark brownish with a very thick, creamy, light tan head that was very well retained.

Aroma was all roasted malt with a hint of something sweet, chocolate perhaps. Also you catch a very light hint of the oatmeal. Simple yet very well done.

The taste is really good, very nice roasted malt with a hint of hops. Reminds me of a good Irish Dry stout.

The beer has a medium body, rich, smooth, good carbonation level and extremely easy to drink. Perhaps one of the best Oatmeal Stouts that I have had to date.

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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a nonic Imperial pint glass. The stout appears a fazed dark brown color with about two fingers of lingering, pillowy foam. Smells and tastes of sweet, caramelized malt, medium roasted grain, milk chocolate, mildly bitter hops, brown sugar, and coffee. Hovering between medium and full bodied, due to the oatmeal addition, this stout is amply carbonated as well. Tasty, accessible, and quite drinkable.

Photo of PhxHorn
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark dark brown with a half inch of tan head. It leaves a ton of lacing on the side of the glass as I worked my way through it. Smells of Chocolate and coffee with some oatmeal thrown it. Tastes of chocolate, coffee, and a big does of roasted malt. Mouthfeel was a bit thin, closer to a porter. I drank this was pretty damn quick, a very tasty beer.

Photo of LyonsHead
4.8/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: completely opaque black with a darker tan head that actually got lighter in color as the beer sat. The head stuck around through the drink and there was some decent lacing

S: not at all what I was expecting. This has a great nose as coffee does not overpower which is sometimes common with stouts. Rather there is a malty sweetness and an earthy, floral hop aroma. This smells awesome.

T: wow, starts with a malty sweetness that is quickly cut by the hoppy bitterness. This fades to a nutty biscuit flavor in the middle and the coffee notes don't come in till late. It ends with a subtly sweetness that is fruity in character. No real oatmeal character, that just helps to polish it all together.

M: very smooth and full-bodied. The reason oatmeal stouts are my favorite stouts is because the mouthfeel that the oats impart. It is thick and chewy but slick at the same time. This is great

D: Ill have another please. As far as oatmeal stouts goes... this is up there, way up there!

Photo of BringusKilkenney
4.08/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black with a small head very nice looking beer very little lacing not really any light getting through this one.

Smells great can definitely pick up the oatmeal and malts has a good inviting smell i am really liking this one so far.

The taste is straight up burnt toast to me with malts and the oatmeal part in the back really like it goes down smooth with just a touch of bitter in the aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is good smooth and light despite look of the brew some carbonation but not much to mention. this is an easy to drink stout good for anytime i think.

i would like to see more alcohol in this that is about the only complain i have just needs more of a kick to it i think but then again this is coming from a guy who really loves imperials and such

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

pours a nice dark black with only the slightest hint of amber and caramel at the edges. A one-finger cream-colored head resembles snow-capped mountain tops, with fair retention and leaving behind some impressive lacing.

aroma is roasty, toasty, malty and earthy. bread and wheat, toasted malt, and a hint of carmelized brown sugar. a good bit of fresh hops in the nose, with a bit of pine and a bit of herbal & floral notes.

Taste follows nicely, with the roasted malt dominating with a clean, roasted profile and a pleasant roasty bitterness. The hops lend more bitterness which helps cut through the caramel sugar sweetness nicely. bittersweet cocoa and a hint of chocolate, although on the whole, the crisp roasted bitterness is the highlight.

mouth is on the lighter side of full bodied... a bit thin for the flavors, although not necessarily offputting. the carbonation gives a good bit of creaminess, although it verges on making it airy and vapid. The lingering bitter notes are pleasant, and there aren't really any sticky or cloying notes.

Drinkability is great. definitely a sessionable stout with a nice oatmeal creaminess. I'm pretty impressed with this one, and would certainly make it one of my regular choices were it available locally.

Oatmeal Stout from Breckenridge Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 1,363 ratings.