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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 sleazo
3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A_Pours a very dark black with not too much of a head which settles into a decent slick. Not much lace.

S_The nose is slightly sweet and mostly roasted malt, with a bit of heat.

T_Slightly acidic on first sip which is followed by a smooth roasted malt followthrough. Not much too it, but not too bad. Hints and I do mean hints of coffee but this is mostly a roasted affair.

M_Medium bodied without much of the oatmeal feel.

D_Decent but not great oatmeal.

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

A twelve-oz bottle pours a thin, albeit pitch black body into my Duvel chalice. Tipping the glass under my desk lamp reveals some mahogany and cola hues. The head quickly recedes to a central patch and outer ring of burnt khaki foam. A quick swirl of the chalice, however, revives the head fourfold, leaving me quite satisfied with the appearance. Speaking of burnt, the aroma is rife with overly roasted malts, coffee, earthy hops, and a slight waft of smooth, creamy oats.

Flavor is decent, nothing too overpowering or offensive. There's a good bit of roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee, and oat, but I was hoping that the smoothness of the oats would have pulled through a bit more. The mouthfeel helps out the flavor in a major way, with its medium-thick body, spot-on carbonation level, and excellent bitter chocolate/hop bite on the finish. I'd have this beer again; it delivered a nice complexity and flavor profile without being too overbearing.

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

What a great St. Patrick's Day!

A: This pours a dark, dark black into a snifter. No head whatsoever! What the hell happened to it.
S: Toasted malts, chocolate, burps (whoops, that was me), toffee. Yum.
T: Slight hop bitterness balances out a sweeter, malty goodness. Ah, nice. Sweet, but nicely balanced.
M: Smooth, as an oatmeal stout should be. Very low carbonation.
D: I could drink these all night!

All in all, a great beer to drink on a cool night. I'd definitely drink this again.

Photo of tiger88
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up last weekend on the way back from Atlanta. It's a decent oatmeal stout. Not the best but pretty drinkable. I loved this on tap at the brewery several years and I'm glad to see them closed to Alabama. Not much of a head but it's tan-dark tan and doesn't hang around much. Typical drier taste as an oatmeal stout should. Opaque and dark brown, looks good in a glass. I enjoy this beer, especially if I'm looking for a stout that's not too heavy feeling.

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

Silk-screened bomber depicting a moon wearing a nightcap, poured into a shaker, the oatmeal stout is pitch black with a decent, creamy tan head with lots of large bubbles interspersed that leaves a fair amount of lace.

Smell is a little strange, roasted nuts, metallic, graham cracker and chocolaty. I pulled this from the fridge about 20 mins before I opened it, but it still took a while to open up

Taste is pretty good, rich and fully roasted, semi-sweet caramel, a slight tang from the oats, some oakiness and a lingering dry, bitter, finish.

Mouthfeel is very smooth, thick and medium bodied.

Drinkability is pretty good, the richness beckons slower sips (I'd have guessed the ABV was a good bit higher, even though there's really no alcohol taste, just thickness.

Photo of yemenmocha
4.32/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy black with deep dark brown head. Very appealing.

Nose is rich and full with roastyness and chocolate.

Palate is more of the same, thankfully. Big roasty flavors, sweet malt, and some hops in the balance but the focus is certainly on the smoooth roastyness. Very good.

Finish is medium and appetizing for the next sip.

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

Beer pours out nearly black with a nice light brown head along with good lacing. Smells of coffee with a hint of chocolate. Taste is mostly dominated by a coffee taste with a burnt edge to it. Beer felt pretty good as it went down, a little thin but overall it wasn't bad. Definitely a drinkable beer.

Photo of udubdawg
3.29/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

arrives very dark brown, small tan head of sizeable bubbles that fizzed out quickly. Other than a couple spots, no lacing to speak of.
Aroma is heavily roasted, more than a hint of chocolate. Decent carmelized complexity behind the sweetness my nose is picking up.
Flavor exhibits a bit of coffee - strange that I didn't pick that right up in the aroma. Finishes light dry, pleasant bitterness above sweet chocolate malt.
I don't know how much of the malt bill is comprised of oats, but I'm not really impressed with the smoothness of this beer. It's relatively tasty, nothing offensive, but sort of grainy as the thin body moves across my tongue - not what I've come to expect from the style.
I could have a couple of these before I went looking for a better example of one of my favorite styles. Looks like plenty of people dig this one...that's cool, it's just not quite doing it for me.

Photo of Mdog
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Opaque black, brown head.

Smell: Coffee, mocha sweetness.

Taste: Roasted malt, coffee, moderate bitterness. A little sweetness in there too.

Mouthfeel: Not as creamy as some oatmeal stouts I've had.

Drinkability: If I was in the mood for a stout and this was the only one around, I'd have a few.

This was a decent oatmeal stout, I'd prefer a little more sweetness and creaminess with it, but it gets the job done.

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

Opaque black color, with virtually no head - decent lacing though.

Smell was pleasant. I noticed caramel maltiness, with light touch of dark chocolate, and molasses as it warmed.

Tasted like roasted espresso beans, with hint of chocolate sweetness that attempted to balance the bitterness.

Mouthfeel was a little thinner than I expected, but nice for the style.

Pretty tasty overall, and a nice drinkable brew. I could easily see myself going thru 3-4 in an evening.

Photo of pijiu
2.58/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Deep brown color with a thin layer of caramel head that clings to the glass.

S: Very weak scent. Faintly roasted coffee.

T: Acidic beginning with dark roasted flavor. Rounds into a bit of molasses with a raisin aftertaste. Taste is thin, and overpowered by the dryness.

M: Medium bodied with a sharpness on the tongue. Very mild carbonation.

D: Drinkable, but uninspiring.

Not bad, but definitely not one of my favorite stouts.

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

Appearance: Very dark, chocolaty brown color. Head is creamy, tan and about a finger and a half. Retention was on the short side, but a nice coat of lace lined the glass.

Smell: Coffee/espresso aromas come through a little heavier than other scents. Chocolate malts provide some depth. Slight toasted nut and vanilla aromas are present.

Taste: Espresso flavors dominate. Actually even has a slight burnt taste to it. Chocolate malts are notable and add a sweet factor. Toasted nut flavor is very faint.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied. I'd prefer more thickness for this kind of beer. Carbonation is okay. Drinkability is average given its average flavor. Overall, it's okay. Worth a try.

Photo of BeerTruth
3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this one from number1bum, thanks Josh!

12 oz. bottle poured into my trust Davidson Brothers nonic.

Pours a super dark molasses with a small half finger tan colored head that quickly dies down to a thin layer of almost nothing. The stickiness is pretty good though for yielding such a small head. Smell is a soapy chocolate malt with a faint toasted oat. Very slight caramel sweetness with a somewhat smoke barley as well. Just not the nose I enjoy in my Oatmeal Stouts. Taste starts off with some brown sugar and wheat bread. Some chocolate and caramel find their way on the tongue. Aftertaste weak smoked oatmeal with a tiny bit of cane sugar. Overall the flavors are pretty weak. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a much too watered down texture. A soft carbonation is present throughout. This beer lacks in just about all aspects. I wish I could say I liked it, but I didn't.

Photo of Viggo
3.86/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Kyoko for hauling this back from Nevada for me!

Pours an opaque black/brown, thick brown head forms, settles to a thick ring, very solid lacing and nice retention, looks like a stout! Smell is chocolate cereal and oats, roast, toffee, some smoke, bit of charred wood, roasty bitterness, nice. Taste is nice and roasty, chocolate, smoke, burnt raisins, some cereal and oatmeal smoothness, milk chocolate finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, low carbonation, pretty silky, creamy, pretty solid. Thanks Kyoko!

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

This beer pours a black color, with brown around the edges. The head is onw inch in height, and dark tan in color. It recedes slowly into a nice cap of lacing. The aroma is of cream, vanilla, toffee, and roasted malt. The taste is like the aroma, but with the addition of a roasted malt bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, this is a fine Oatmeal Stout. Nothing really "wows" me about it, but I would drink it again.

Photo of DrJay
3.66/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pint was black with mahogany edges, covered by fine, dark tan foam. Good head retention and there was plenty of thick, solid foam covering the glass. The aroma was fairly mild, a bit of roast, chocolate and caramel. The flavour was dominated by sweet caramel maltiness, some toffee and milk chocolate. Bitterness was solid, but not quite up to the task of balancing the malt. There was also a pleasant, lingering roastiness and a kiss of hop flavour. Medium bodied with a bit of a creamy texture. Carbonation was a little aggressive in my serving, but the mouthfeel was decent overall. I'd definitely have another one of these if it was available, and it's certainly tasty, but I wouldn't go searching it out again.

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

Poured a black body with minimal white head that stuck around while drinking. Looks good and had a coffeeish aroma while smelling. The taste fit the smell-coffee and a little unsweetened chocolate. I enjoyed the taste but there was a mild burnt/roast flavor that gave a little unpleasant harshness on the finish. There were minimal hop aromas to speak of but the hop bitterness added to the burnt floavor of the coffee which increased the harsher flavor. Mouthfeel was fairly smooth and enjoyable. Overall, I thought this was a pretty decent beer but not extraordinary although I would drink it again.

Photo of JDV
2.98/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

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.

Photo of ZimZamZoom
2.6/5  rDev -28.6%
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.

Photo of cooncat
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
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.


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.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Photo of barnuba
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Photo of BeerBelcher
2.92/5  rDev -19.8%
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.

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