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Oatmeal Stout - Breckenridge Brewery

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Oatmeal StoutOatmeal Stout

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1,296 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,296
Reviews: 508
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 13.74%
Wants: 20
Gots: 98 | 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 JDV
2.93/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice rich coffee roastiness, with a hearty malty body, but I’m not able to taste any strong oatmeal presence. Fair amount of bitterness, and some burnt tastes. I liked the amount of carbonation, which was noticeably more than that of a Guinness or Boddington’s, and the thickness was good. Could use a touch of sweetness, I think, to balance out the taste. Overall, it wasn’t bad, but not quite what I was hoping for.

JDV, Jan 15, 2008
Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottled on label location was left unmarked.

a: Pitch black with a thin light tan head. Weak retention.

s: Coffee and chocolate.

t: Roasted malt borders on smoke flavor. Coffee flavor is noticeable. Finish has a bitter bite to it. Flavor is pretty balanced.

m: Average body, not as creamy as most. Finish is a bit dry.

d: Its pretty drinkable I suppose thanks to abv and balance.
Its pretty average IMO. Enjoyable, but nothing spectacular.

BradLikesBrew, Jan 09, 2008
Photo of ZimZamZoom
2.5/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured a 12oz. bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass. This one is pretty black with no red at the edges even when held up to some light. Tan head did not last long and di not leave any lacing.

Aroma of coffee and chocolate, nothing in your face just subtle. Some dark roasted malts as well. Something goes awry with the taste rather quickly. It starts out like bitter chocolate and then gets more bitter and then it really dries the mouth out in the end. Somehow there seems to be some alcohol in there despite the low ABV. OK I have not had many oatmeal stouts but I really don't think this one is right. Maybe it's fusels I am getting, and possibly old hops.

I keep going back to the aroma and to me it is excellent and getting better. Whatever is making it taste like it does is not at all evident in the aroma.

Seems to have a lighter body than expected and it is not filling. I probably wouldn't drink another one of these now or later.

ZimZamZoom, Jan 06, 2008
Photo of cooncat
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving from a 12 oz. bottle decanted into my special SA glass, which always gives a good presentation.

Pours a very dark opaque mahogany with a decent head which disapates a bit too quickly. Precious little lacing on the glass.

Nose is heady with molasses and caramel, with a little smokiness thrown in for good measure.

Taste follows the nose quite nicely. As the beer warms up, I detected a metalic taste, which was slight, but noticeable. A shame, as it ruined the finish, which was quite dry.

With an abv of 5%, this would make a good session beer. Worth a try.

Cheers

cooncat, Jan 05, 2008
Photo of chipaway
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottles. Whip-In (amazing good beer store - 1950 S. IH-35 in South Austin, TX). I have enjoyed this beer without food for some time, but today found the ultimate pairing for this beer. I rubbed a small pork loin with ground coffee, ground black pepper, cayenne pepper and cumin. Let it sit overnight, sprinkled with crushed red pepper and roasted for 1.5 hours. GOD BLESS! It was the perfect match for this beer.

Pours a dry dark murky brown. No light escapes this brew. It has a nice brownish-red head that lingers and rebuilds with some swirling. Strong coffee aroma and flavor, roasted/dark malts. Low carbonation and almost creamy smooth on the palate. I love the way it looks! Dark and dank.

chipaway, Jan 02, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours close to a pitch black with a fairly thick head that approaches 2 fingers. Leaves a massive lacing as time passes. Nose is distinct with an obvious sweet tone. Taste is deep with extremely thick coffee tones. Mouth-feel is slightly bitter with a thick and frothy feel. Overall a good brew. Worth drinking again and again I think, because of it's even style.

RblWthACoz, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of barnuba
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a conical pint glass.

Appearance: One finger antique white head with sticky lacing that follows the beer down to the bottom of the pint. Deep mahogany color.

Smell: Bittersweet chocolate with a hint of alcohol.

Taste: Roasty with a hit of alcohol; sharp on the swallow. Finishes bitter on the back of the tongue – lingers for several seconds

Mouthfeel: creamy with a dry finish

Drinkability: Very drinkable. Lighter/thin for a Stout. Cold weather, fireside, ski lodge perhaps . . . definitely sessionable.

barnuba, Dec 20, 2007
Photo of BeerBelcher
2.88/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I thought this to be a pretty mediocre oatmeal/sweet stout compared to others I’ve had recently. It had a fair amount of sweet roasty character with some decent vanilla notes, but it also had a vegetable-like (mercaptan?) smell.

It poured an opaque black with a fairly light body (as in not viscous). Aroma had a good amount of roastiness and vanilla in it. Flavor was vanilla, roasty, and had more hops than I would’ve expected (all pluses). However, there was also a compost/vegetable element in the flavor that I didn’t care for. As it warmed, I also got some smokey/rauchbier type flavors which were not unpleasant. Mouthfeel was not thick, but was not inappropriate.

There are just so many better oatmeal stouts out there. Still, I kind of enjoyed it, and I’d weakly recommend.

BeerBelcher, Dec 09, 2007
Photo of slyke
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Breckenridge Oatmeal Stout pours black with finger of tan head.

S: Roasty with a hint of coffee.

T: The roasty quality is still there, but the coffee note in much more pronounced on the tongue.

M: Slightly coating with some body provided by the oatmeal.

D: Overall, this is a decent stout. Nothing to sneeze at, this is definitely worth a try.

slyke, Dec 02, 2007
Photo of OWSLEY069
2.75/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours jet black with a small tan head. In the aroma, a roasty malt and a small oatmeal presence. In the taste, watery and a small sweet roasty malt. A watery and small bitter mouthfeel with a dry malty aftertaste. Very light and watery, which mellows the flavors. OK, but thin and watery.

OWSLEY069, Nov 26, 2007
Photo of LeftyBWS
4.4/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass. The label has a month and week notching system, but no notches!
A: Jet-black / very dark brown in color, can't see thru the brew at all. A full 2.5 inches of frothy light brown head that is slow to fade. Slippery lacing down the sides. Very enticing appearance.
S: Chocolatey malts, a smooth sweetness accompanying. Tiny bit of hops, mostly kinda floral? Also slightly nutty, but mostly smooth and simple.
T: Chewy, earthy malts, sweetish with some chocolate and maybe coffee tastes. In the middle, a nice tingly hop taste appears and then fades quickly into a creamy finish.
M: Smooth overall, slightly tingly in the middle, but generally nice and satisfying. Not too heavy, either.
D: Really good. Satisfying and smooth. Full of taste without being too heavy on the palate or stomach.

LeftyBWS, Nov 14, 2007
Photo of Phatz
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a dark black with a thick light brown and moderate sticky lacing.

Smell: Molasses cola-syrup dark cereal grains hints of brown sugar and espresso.

Taste: Light and dry; as oatmeal stouts go it is simple but tasty and quite quaffable. Coffee and grain and a hint of bitter chocolate quickly leads into a dry finish and short aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Creamy across the tongue with a dry finish.

Drinkability: Very easy drinking. It is a tad light but for a stout fan it is quite easy and in fact sessionable.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Phatz, Nov 06, 2007
Photo of meechum
4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured dark black into a pint tumbler with a little head (I don't think the server did it all the justice though) and left little to no lacing throughout the drink

S - Nice coffee and roasted malt, burnt toast smell to it

T/M - A nice thick oatmeal feel with the hallmark roasted malt taste to it..mostly like burn toast or bread with a nice bit of piney hops at the finish to even it out

D - Overall a nice example of an oatmeal stout..I certainly wouldn't turn it down..very good

meechum, Nov 04, 2007
Photo of briman
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into standard pint glass.

Pours black, with some ruby highlights around the edges when held up to the light. Decent tan head, good retention, settling into moderate lace.

Aroma is dark roasted malts, coffee. & dark chocolate.

Flavor is malty, with dark roast, & coffee coming through. Touch of a hop note in the bready toasted oat finish. A moderate amount of roasted malt bitterness lingers well into the aftertaste.

Medium body, moderate carbonation. Good balance, smooth creamy mouthfeel that is somewhat coating as it goes down. Certainly a session candidate.

briman, Nov 03, 2007
Photo of Slatetank
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased as part of the sampler case.
Decanted cool into a nonic.
A - A squid inky black w/ a modest 2 finger head w/ spacious bubbles after a vigorous pour. The lace speckles the glass like confetti.

S - Nutty, malty and caramel scented w/ a touch of malted milkball and a slight mineral odor. A bit of herbal hop aromas complements the dark malt and roasted coffee scents.

M - Dry w/ roasty qualities and a sweet subtle finish. A skosh less than a full feel.

T - A gentle cocoa and peanut skin flavor w/ a sweet cracker crumb flavor starts off the taste. A cocoa flavor w/ a touch of chalk rides the herbal spice and gentle bitter malt w/ a hint of char. The sweet malts smooth out the dry finish. The stout has some creamy qualities, but not the kind you expect in the style. Roasted malts w/ light mineral notes dominate the taste.

D - A nice oatmeal stout that is a tinge sweeter and lighter than most in feel w/ a nice flavor. A well balanced stout w/ relatively few flaws, jus not the filling kind of breakfast beer you might be looking for. I could drink this often, I consider it very drinkable.

Slatetank, Oct 26, 2007
Photo of ArrogantB
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was on nitro at the Breckenridge Brewery/BBQ and had the telltale cascading head. It was black with a light cream colored head, looked like a Guinness. Smells were slight roasted malts. The taste was roasted oats and malts. Nice beer, easy to drink, and went well with the rack of ribs. It smells

ArrogantB, Oct 22, 2007
Photo of dren
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours black with a light brown one inch head. The head falls but sticks around the edges leaving some lacing.

Smells like sweet malts and dark chocolate.

Tastes similar with slight sweetness up front followed by creamy bitter chocolate coating the mouth with a bitter chocolate taste that is slightly dry at the end.

Not as thick as some oatmeal stouts but not watered down like many others. Low carbonation makes it easy to drink.

This isn't a great stout it's just a solid one. I would certainly drink this one again but I don't think I would go hunting for it. A good effort.

Coming back to edit. I just finished the last few sips and drank them quicker than the others. This beer does seem watery when you drink it quicker, but it still leaves a very full coating of flavor in the aftertaste. I took half a point off of the mouthfeel.

dren, Oct 19, 2007
Photo of number1bum
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pure black color with about an inch of coffee-colored head. Retention isn't great, leaving only a thin film on top and minimal stick on the sides.

Smell is dominated by roasted malt, but there is a nice sweetness to it, as well. There's some caramel and molasses, along with coffee.

Taste is more bitter with less sweetness than the nose would have indicated. Roasted malt, which lends a bit of charcoal flavor, dominates from the start and through the finish. It's slightly bitter, with not enough sweetness. It also has hints of deeply roasted coffee beans.

Moutfeel is not as creamy and smooth as I'd like with an oatmeal stout. In fact, the carbonation tingles a little bit, and it's a bit thin.

This is a pretty mediocre oatmeal stout. Not bad, but not great. There are much better stouts out there, oatmeal or otherwise.

number1bum, Oct 16, 2007
Photo of jasonjlewis
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amazing dark black color with great head and retnetion.

Smell is strong of licorice and roasted malts.

Taste is of strong black licorice with chocolate malts. Bitterness is low and well balanced for an RIS? My notes say RIS, how would one not have much bitterness? Oh well. I don't remember, just what I had on my notes.

Taste is typical nitro mouthfeel, but it leaves the beer a little watery.

This could make for a decent session as it's smooth and well balanced.

jasonjlewis, Oct 15, 2007
Photo of iceball585
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pitch black color, non-transparent, thin dark brown lacy head that faded to a thin ring around the glass

S- Dark malts, oats, bakers chocolate, coffee

T- Strong flavor of coffee, dark chocolate, oats, malts, smokey, hint of hops

M- Medium bodied, medium carbonation, crisp but lingering flavors of coffee

D- Very good for session drinking

This is a really great stout. It has a really strong first flavor a coffee then the other favors come into affect. Also not as heavy as most stouts are (if I didnt' know any better I'd think this was a porter).

iceball585, Oct 12, 2007
Photo of meatyard
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a very dark brown with a short head that falls quickly leaving light lacing.
The smell is roasted malts and chocolate.
The taste is dark toasted malts, maybe a little too toasted. A bit of dark chocolate as well.
Mouthfeel is a little too thin.
Drinkability is OK.

A decent beer, not the best stout but pleasant enough to try and drink again.

meatyard, Oct 06, 2007
Photo of jcdiflorio
2.5/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

served from a 12oz brown bottle with a crimped cap into a nonic glass. Opaque,black with barley a 1" tan/mocha head that dissapated like a soda.Had some thin sticky spot lacing.

Moderate aromas roasty,black coffe and some chocolate.

Very roasty taste with dried rolled oats was smokey/burnt wiht a earthy/mineral taste.Clean mid-taste with a moderatly sharp dry,bitter,woody finish.

Very light mouthfeel on the watery side with a slight amount of cloying.Was bland not interesting at all. Not interested in another. Looked really flat halfway through.. My first beer from this brewery,hope this isn't one of their better offerings.

jcdiflorio, Sep 10, 2007
Photo of genog
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark black with choc milk type head that sticks around for most of this session. Smell is of tasted oat malt, and some chocolate. Tastes of the smooth oat malt and a little bit of dark cocoa. Mouthfeel is smooth just like most of the oat stouts. Not my favorite, but a better offering than the last Breckenridge I had.

genog, Sep 08, 2007
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a black body with a bubbly, ivory-colored head.

Smell: Aroma of chocolate, roasted malts, and dusty dry oats.

Taste: That's not at all what I was hoping for! No, but seriously, I was expecting much more sweetness from this brew. Taste is mainly roasted coffee beans, dark chocolate, and later a bit of smoke. A bit of caramel sweetness can be coaxed out as it warms. Finish is dry, with a fair amount of roastiness, smoke, and only the very faintest floral hoppiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Fairly smooth mouthfeel. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Though not exactly what I was hoping, it's still a pretty solid beer.

ChainGangGuy, Aug 22, 2007
Photo of mpyle
3.1/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Opaque with a large, thick head. Exceptionally creamy with great retention. A beautiful looking stout.

Some weird aromas initially - olives and rust. As warmed caught a big of a coffee aroma, but subdued. No hop.

Dark malt flavors lost behind off flavors (oxidation problem or just an overly strong roasted barley character?) Å sharp, papery flavor late. A slight lingering bitter flavor in the finish.

Medium body and carbonation. A bit astringent - lacks the creamy smoothness of the style.

Not the most drinkable of beers - some flaws could be characteristic of an aged sample, so could be better brewery fresh.

mpyle, Jul 28, 2007
Oatmeal Stout from Breckenridge Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 1,296 ratings.