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Oatmeal Stout - Breckenridge Brewery

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Oatmeal StoutOatmeal Stout

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Ratings: 1,361
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 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.

Photo of bashiba
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a nice dark black with some ruby highlights. The head was creamy, full, and long lasting, nice tan lacing.

The smell is light with a bit of dark chocolate, smoke, and Cereal.

The flavor has a strong smokey and burnt bitter black flavor with a light bit of sweeter cereal and chocolate flavors mixing in. The black bitterness dominates overall.

The mouthfeel is creamy with a light body and a fairly dry finish.

Overall nothing special here. Decent but wouldn't search it out.

Photo of sonicdescent
4.35/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed this one thoroughly. Poured from bottle into pint glass after letting it warm up a tad.

Appearance was none more black with a beautiful dark creme colored two finger head that disappeared quickly and left no sign of lacing.

Smell is of oats, coffee, something roasting.

Taste is very good and somewhat complex for this style. Not the oatmeal led meal in a bottle that I had expected. If the taste could be described in a word, that word would be dark.

Mouthfeel was pretty heavy and creamy but not enough to make the beer undrinkable. Not much sign of carbonation. Loved the coating feeling this one had going down. Would definitely drink again.

Photo of JDK
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a completely blackish brown, no lite will filter thru this!
1 finger lite brown head that disappeared rather fast
Has a rather sweet smell to it. Roasted malts,espresso and a touch of orange
Nice mouthfeel, carbonation is good but the hops leave a slightly bitter coffee aftertaste.
Very dark coffee taste, slightly bitter like an espresso,roasted malts and the very present citrus.
Not bad but could use a little work and it would be very good

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

12oz bottle acquired in trade with OhioDad (thanks!).

Poured a dark, dark brown color with an averaged sized tan head. Aromas of chocolate, roast, and oat. Tastes of chocolate, roasted malts, oatmeal, and some coffee. Bitter sweet. Light lacing left on the glass.

Notes from: 4/16/06

Photo of CHSLBrew
3.31/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A-Pours a black beer topped with a large, light brown head. Good retention and a nice lacing on the glass.

S-Roasty bitterness, along with a smooth chocolatiness.

T-Chocolatey oatmeal goodness. A smooth roasted chocolate maltiness with very little hop flavor. A little bit of astringency on the finish with an a little almost sweet chocolate.

M-Carbonation is enjoyably silky smooth, adding to the overall silky, dancing mouthfeel. Medium body in spite of the perceived lightness moving in my mouth.

D-I've enjoyed drinking this six pack and sharing it with my friends. A decent brew enjoyed by a friend who usually sticks to Coors Light, so it's got to be drinkable. Not anything wild, but a solid session brew.

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

Pours a 1/2 inch chocolate head that quickly fades. Beer is black in color

Nice smell of chocolate , some malts and a bit of alcohol

Taste is lighter than i expected. Some burnt roasted malts with very little hops at end and a slight alcohol aftertaste

Mouth feel is slightly over carbonated. Goes down light and smooth, thought it was gonna be more rich, which was kinda a let down.

Beer is very drinkable despite its appearance. Not heavy at all , could drink more than one at a time. Good flavors would buy again.

Photo of daliandragon
4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My label has a smiling crescent moon instead of the winter town pictured here. This is a nearly flawless pour, with about an inch and a half of cocoa colored head that dissipates to reveal thick, ultrasticky lacing. The body is an opaque jet. The nose emanates roasted and coffee flavors.

The taste is predictably heavy on the coffee and toasted malt tones with some late breaking hop balance. The finish is dry and very smooth, thanks to a noticeable oat presence. Chocolate tones join the rest in the aftertaste. I'd like to see the carbonation dialed back a notch but that's just a personal pet peeve. Overall, this is a very serviceable oatmeal stout, ideal for winter quaffing.

Photo of Deus1138
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, dark brown...near black. 1/2" of head. Decent lacing. Smell is mostly roasted malts. Taste is good. roasted malts and dark chocolate with a little bitterness. There's also a hint of burnt malt. After taste is mostly of dark chocolate/cocoa. Drinkability is good. Low ABV makes this a great session beer.

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

Appearance: Completely opaque black, even when held to a bare bulb. Khaki 1.5 finger heard with medium-sized bubbles.

Smell: moderately roasted creamy malt and oat.

Taste: Similar to smell, with a slight coffee-like bitterness

Mouthfeel: not too thick, not too thin. Perfect.

Drinkability: Quite, for such a heavy beer. I could probably drink about three of these in a sitting.

Photo of bigdeuce
3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque black color with a tannish to light brown head. Smells of coffee and chocolate malts. You can smell the oats in it also but then the scent turns metallic. Body is quite thin and the head disappated quickly. But really, who cares, because this was a highly drinkable nice session beer, burnt nutty taste and very easy to drink. I enjoyed it.

Photo of hiikeeba
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours up black with a dark tan head that takes awhile to fade

S - Malty smell, accented by oats and roasted grains

T - Roasted malts dominate, with some oat flavor as highlights. Finishes with a coffee-like bitterness at the back of the tongue.

M - Feels a bit thin, but not bad.

D - Drinkable, but a bit too much roast.

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle that I bought today as a single into a pint glass.

Appears a nearly black color except for some reddish highlights. One and a half inch tan head leaves some pretty good lacing.

Aroma has some roasty notes with chocolate and coffee but not much else.

Taste has some roasty bitterness but it has a watered down taste to it that just isn't that good. Average at best.

Mouthfeel is medium and quite smooth and creamy.

I remember trying this before I got into craft beer and didn't like it much so I thought I'd give it another go. Still not very good, though I can appreciate it a bit more. It just has no complexity at all. I would much rather drink a Goose Island Oatmeal Stout any day.

Photo of TheMistler
3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured pitch black, with a lightly tan head. Not much, displaying okay lacing. Displayed a bubbliness that was unexpected given the lack of head, so I might be guilty of a bad poor.

Lots of oatmeal and some coffee to the aroma. A tanginess that might be hops. Maybe it was going for well-balanced, it simply smells a wee bit off to me.

Hints of dark chocolate and coffee to the taste to accompany a bevy of oats. Very noticeable roasted taste. My impression is of beer made from burnt oats, not finely roasted malts.

Lightly bodied, well-carbonated. It would be eminently drinkable if I appreciated its flavor more.

Photo of ajmoody76
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

came in a twelve pack with three other brews. twelve ounce bottle poured into an imperial pint. pretty freakin' dark. thin tan head. some lacing.

roasted malts and chocolate. no off odors. smells yummy.

roasty and sweet. roasty with a little hop bitterness on the aftertaste.

smooth. full body. enough carbonation for style. i could drink these all night. i dig this beer. would buy again. all the beers in the mixer twelve pack are good (pale, amber, vanilla porter and this one).

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

Had this at Zeno's Dark Side day tonight and found it remarkable. Had it served in a pint glass...

A: Very dark brown yet not back. Some light coming through around the edges a bit. Dark Khaki head that sits a while before going to a ring of foam.

S: Very robust smell. Very sharp with chocolate, caramel, oatmeal and a nice hop scent as well.

T: Very creamy, which was expected, but more than I thought. Also very flavorful and robust. Tons of dark chocolate, cocoa, and oats that blend nicely together.

Overall, I was very pleased and surprised at how this was. I would definitely get it again sometime!

Oatmeal Stout from Breckenridge Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 1,361 ratings.