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Oatmeal Stout - Breckenridge Brewery

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Oatmeal StoutOatmeal Stout

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Ratings: 1,376
Reviews: 519
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 13.46%
Wants: 22
Gots: 133 | 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 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.

Photo of britzdog
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

this stout pours a nice dark black with very minimal head . slight malt aroma but mostly burnt coffee. just slightly bitter taste with an average drinkability. you can do worse but you can do so much better. overall this is a run of the mill stout the potential is there . i will try another bottle in a few days and maybe it will be better

Photo of DoubleJ
3.36/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Is this beer dreamy, as the label says? Or will it send me to dreamland? On to the beer:

That inch-thick head isn't bulging since I finished pouring. Its color is black like the dark, no colored hues anywhere, even when shined through a light. The aroma is low on intensity, and pretty straightforward. Toasted oats...it smells like Cheerios. I'm not getting anything else.

There's the sweetness in the taste I wasn't getting in the nose. Slightly sweet, which I'm guessing is the oats doing that. I get astringent, burnt grain. A little charred too. Finishes dry with a faint linger of baker's chocolate.

It's not tasty enough to be dreamy, but the idea of pairing it with dry, unsweetened chocolate...or maybe a bowl of Cheerios for breakfast is. The final verdict: a solid stout, but anything more....dream on.

Photo of DoctorDog
3.46/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz bottle into a nonic. Label is printed to have "bottled on" date notched, but is indeed not notched.

A- Black/opaque. Pours with 1+ fingers of fluffy light brown head, which fades quickly, leaving a thin ring. Random smattering of spotted lacing noted.

S- Earthy notes and acidic, burnt coffee.

T- Burnt coffee dominates, followed by a touch of malty sweetness.

M- Moderate carbonation. Fairly full, creamy mouthfeel, and quite smooth.

D- OK. Fairly low ABV, decent flavor, nice feel. Slightly burnt/acidic properties would limit me from wanting too much of this at once.

Future outlook: Decent, but not really worth revisiting.

Photo of Minkybut
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 50 degrees. THe beer was black for sure. It had great lacing that looked like spider web. Alcohole tasre was stron though the beer is not high proof, odd.
A little nutty a bit dry tasting but I thought it was a great beer and will be drinking it again.

Photo of webbcreative
4.21/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black as black can be, with a nice brown head, which left lacing throughout. smelll is to roasted malt, bit of the oatmeal comes through. Taste is again the toasted or roasted malt, chocolate and coffee flavors are nice, and the oatmeal is creating a very velvety smooth mouthfeel.

Overall this is a great oatmeal stout, and I will be picking this one up again when I find it.

Photo of saradad
3.09/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this beer into a glass and formed a short lived medium tan head over a very deep brown (almost black) opaque body. Some light lacing remained through to the bottom. The smell is mostly a standard stout mix of roasted and toasted grain and espresso with little if any hops presence and mirrors the taste yet there's a little bitter pine in the aftertaste that's overpowered by espresso in the finish. The feel is a little thinner than I expected but not too bad. Overall not bad, and yet I feel guilty for reviewing this beer. The brewery didn't feel it important enough to mark the brewing dates on the bottles (indeed, only the stout was marked in a mixed case with any dates, yet not marked or notched to indicate the actual bottling date) Perhaps this beer is better fresher but as I know not when it was brewed then I'll review their beers as I drink them regardless of the condition of the beer. At least this wasn't a drain pour.

Photo of Jayli
3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a deep dark brown, almost black light slightly passes through. About a one finger tan head with some splotchy lacing on the glass. Nose is of chocolate and nuts, malts definitely come through. Taste is of bitter chocolate, malts and coffee - slight hop in the finish. Mouthfeel is rather light, not to say it's a light beer but a little heavy on the carbonation makes it a lighter stout. Overall, an ok beer.

Photo of brentk56
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a dark brown color with a tan head that fails to build very high and fades rather quickly, leaving minimal lace

Smell: Unusually weak aroma; just a hint of roast

Taste: Starts out with a milk chocolate flavor that adds a bitter coffee element by mid-palate; a bit of citrus hops join in as well, but after the swallow, the bitter flavors fade and leave the chocolate to stand alone

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body; rather creamy, with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Although the flavor profile is not outstanding, this is a very nice drinker; quite enjoyable

Photo of weeare138
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears an opaque black with a small, tan head that quickly fades into a mild cap and collar. Spotty bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of toasted oats, cocoa, caramel, mild smoke, and mild coffee grounds.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with brown sugar, vanilla, charred grains, and cream coming through.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sweet, slightly tart, smooth, and slick on the swallow.

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

This was poured from the bottle into a Sam Adams glass.

A - deep, dark, opaque black color (black hole-like, not even amber highlights) with a thick tan head that settles a little over time, but is otherwise well retained

S - strong roasted malt aroma with just a touch of hops

T - strong roasted grain flavor dominates, well balanced with a touch of sweetness, but finishes slightly dry with the hops coming through faintly on the finish

M - medium-full body with moderate carbonation

D - This is a very enjoyable oatmeal stout. It's well done and I think it hits the style mark quite well.

Photo of PatrickJR
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Extremely dark brown, opaque, with 2 fingers of creamy brown head. Retention is moderate and a little lacing sticks to the glass.

S - Coffee is at the forefront. Hints of chocolate, anise, and molasses also work their way in. Solid, but nothing special.

T - Dark chocolate with a slight sweetness early on. Slight anise-like notes kick in with some hints of dakr fruit mid palate, and then a managable coffee like bitterness takes over. Finish is bittersweet with contributions from both the coffee and the chocolate.

M - Not exactly up to par with a good oatmeal stout. The body starts off fairly full and silky but begins thinning out quickly by the swallow. Carbonation is also too high, reducing the expected creaminess of the beer.

D - I don't hate it, but it isn't something I'd want another of. A somewhat subdued and uninteresting stout. Nothing wrong with Breckenridge's effort, but it just doesn't stand apart.

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

Pours a deep brown with ruby highlights.

Aroma is generous dry cocoa, and a residual milk sugar sweetness.

Taste is roasted malt, sweet and chocolatey with a subdued smokey quality. Mild hops and a pleasant woody character bring balancing dryness. Finish is smooth and sweet with lingering cocoa.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Smooth and soft.

A easy drinking session brew. Flavor is pleasant and unified, but not outstanding.

Oatmeal Stout from Breckenridge Brewery
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