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Oatmeal Stout - Breckenridge Brewery

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Ratings: 1,374
Reviews: 519
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 13.46%
Wants: 21
Gots: 131 | 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 JamesS
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a very nice deep brown, near black color, although with just a bit of head and no lacing. Nice scent, some roasted grains with a little extra sweetness, but nothing very deep. Nice flavor; good roasted grains and a nice near coffee taste, with a nice extra bit of sweetness and fullness from the oats. Went down quite smooth, a very nice oatmeal stout.

Photo of j37geogaddi
3.91/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid offering by Breckenridge, this pours a deep brown, black color with minimum lacing.

Smells slightly of smokey cocoa and maybe some caramel malt, but doesn't do enough for me.

Tastes nice, more cocoa and smokey malt, nothing too over-powering. Maybe lacks a bit of sweetness, as its pretty dry tasting- which is common for an oatmeal stout so I shouldn't complain.

Has a comfortable mouthfeel- good carbonation.

Because of the low ABV, its drinkable, but it lacks enough flavor to keep you coming back. I've had this at the pub in CO before and remember it as being better. Could be that it simply isn't as fresh, but the smoke-ness stands out right now. Depending on your tastebuds that could be a bad or a good thing I suppose.

Photo of biglite351
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - very dark, no bleed through. Tall tan head. Rootbeer like bubbles.

S - strong rich scent. Very appealing.

T - mild but nice and full flavored. Mild after taste tinge of bitterness.

M - a bit thin but a nice all over tingle.

D - not bad but nothing to write home about. Certainly drinkable but not a first choice.

Photo of pmcadamis
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm surprised that I've never tried this one. I usually gravitate towards oatmeal and milk stouts in the beer aisle. Huh.

A - Rich brown beer the color of Hershey's Dark Chocolate Syrup as it pours. Looks purely obsidian in the glass with no trace of light getting through. The head is thick, rich, pillowy, and dark brown like the color of chocolate milk made by a five year old (three parts chocolate, one part milk). Lacing is abundant and sticky, and head retention is outstanding. I've not seen a more beautiful stout in quite a while.

S - Toasted grains, dark roasted coffee beans, sausage smoke, and what smells like the black stuff that can be peeled off of your brat if you grill it too long. Blackened firewood. A hint of Count Chocula marshmallowy sweetness comes through on the nose, but this is predominately smoky and roasty.

T - Much more coffee-oriented than the nose (although coffee notes can be found there too). Rich black espresso made with Italian roast beans... the creaminess of the "crema" on a good pull of espresso is replicated here by the toasted oatmeal flavors. Deeply roasted grains and super-premium dark roast coffee are the two major players here, while a hint of bitter dark chocolate (almost like baker's chocolate) graces the finish.

M - Medium bodied and softly carbonated. The lack of overpowering weight or booze really lets the roasty flavors shine though without obstruction. Starts super-roasty and finishes with a hint of mesquite-like tang and vibrant coffee bitterness.

D - Could be a little too much on the bitter/dark chocolate/espresso side for me to really session, but this is a simply outstanding brew that deserves a purchase if only for the outstanding nose. Good damn beer!

Photo of Wheelinb
3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great color on this beer, almost black, but poured with only a slight brown head. It has an upfront bitterness to it but then you get some chocolate flavors on the back of the tongue. I'm not getting much in aroma, but I have a cold so that may well be a factor. It feels creamy if not slightly oily. the more I drink the more of a bakers chocolate flavor is coming through. Nice beer for cold weather.

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

Had the beer at Flying Saucer in Houston, Texas.

Very good beer and definitely one of my more favorable stouts.

Dark beer with a nice creamy dark head. Very full bodied beer thats easy to drink.

I was very pleased with this beer. I do enjoy Samuel Smiths Oatmeal Stout and Young's but I would have to say this beer easily contends with those beers.

Photo of manahansf
3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours black and viscous with a creamy tan head. Aroma is strong and full of big roasted coffee aroma. The body is hearty with low levels of carbonation but it could be thicker for such a big flavored body. The finish is gradual and becomes sweeter as it progresses. The flavor transitions from the robust coffee flavor to a sweet chocolate flavor before quickly fading away.

Photo of drizzam
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured from the brown bottle into a clear pint glass. Bottled on date of 6/24/09 stamped on the bottle. The body of this brew is an opaque, dark, dark brown, topped with a fluffy tan one finger head. Sensuous fishnet lacing was left down the inside of the glass. Looks delicious!

S - Delicious sweet malt aroma with milk chocolate lingering in the background. I found myself continuing to sniff this brew as I was drinking it because it smelled so good.

T & M - Roasted oats and burnt malt are accentuated nicely by milk chocolate and a slight coffee taste loitering in the background. Medium bodied with a bit of burnt malt in the aftertaste.

D - I'm very impressed with this Oatmeal Stout and I feel like it's a bit underrated on BA. I don't know if some people got a hold of some bad bottles or what, but I thought this was a spectacular Stout. Well done Breckenridge!

Photo of fastsrt
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured 12 ounce bottle in tulip pint glass
A: deep deep opaque brown, with a 2 finger, soap like light brown head, which quickly diminished down to a 1/4 inch
S: chocolate, coffee and oat, nice rich nose.
T: roasted barley a bit of oats, quite simple, not as rich as the smell suggests it is to thin for an oatmeal stout which usually have full rich body.
M: light carbonation, that should let the beer coat the pallet. but this one just finishes not dry not sweet some point in between
D: smooth beer, it is drinkable and I could drink a few of these, where this style should be and usually is quite filling and after two I usually stop, but this one i could drink a few more than two it is light. however I would buy this one again I think it is good.

Photo of MorningBeer
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured this beer into a pint glass. Hard pour produced a beautiful, two finger head that looked like a dark espresso whipped with cream. The head dissipated within a few minutes but left a nice film until the beer was gone, with lacing stuck to the top of the glass. The beer poured a deep black that remained so even when held up in the natural light.

S: A deep blend of chocolate and espresso, with a hint of spices, maybe pepper and cinnamon.

T: Complex, like the smell. It is medium to heavy bodied in the mouth and leaves a spicy aftertaste, perhaps too much so for my liking. Although, on a cold, snowing day like today, it is welcome.

D: This beer is good in the morning on a fall day or late in the evening on a warm June night. For me, this beer is best when enjoying one at a time.

Photo of Dster
3.99/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap the flying saucer, garland

abv is supposed to be 5.0

Appearance- black with tan thick fluffy head.

Smell - faint, chocolate toasted malt

Taste - Oatmeal stout and exceptionaly creamy as per style but has more of the drinkablity of a irish stout. Taste of coffee, chocolate. Exceptionaly smooth

Mouthfeel - Creaminess was rare like a milkshake.

Drinkablity - I could drink this all day

I sat at a table with 3 other people who all prefer differnt styles agreed that it was the best new beer we have tried for a while.

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.

Oatmeal Stout from Breckenridge Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 1,374 ratings.