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Oatmeal Stout - Breckenridge Brewery

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Oatmeal StoutOatmeal Stout

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Ratings: 1,375
Reviews: 519
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 13.46%
Wants: 22
Gots: 132 | 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 tmitch75
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pitch black color with a thin tan head.

Roasty coffee smell, almost acrid, with bitter dark chocolate.

Taste is more of the same, with a sweeter flavor than the smell would indicate.

Nice full body with a creamy smoothness.

A solid oatmeal stout that is definitely worth a try.

Freshness note: It tasted fresh enough but the label had spots to notch a "bottled on" date which were unused. It seems like a waste...

Tasted on 5/25/08.

Photo of nem2006
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured the beer into a pint glass. Pours black with a quarter inch brown head. Foam does not last through the beer.

Smells of toasted malts. A little sweet.

Heavy-bodied with a heavy smoky taste to it. There is some bitterness at the end. In my opinion, not very smooth. The smokiness can be a little over-powering.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Acquired via trade from Slatetank, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a thin light brown head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of roasted malts, creamy milk chocolate, oats and coffee with a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste is malty and creamy as you would expect, with flavors of milk chocolate, toasted oats and black coffee. There's a very mild hops presence which is normal for the style. The after-taste is bitter-sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style. I've had better beers Oatmeal Stouts but this beer is worth drinking if you're in the mood for the style.

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

This was a pretty good example of the style. Poured up inky black with a khaki coloured head that stayed around for a while. Nice sticky lacing on the edges of the glass. Looked good. Smell was dominated easily by a somewhat assertive "used coffee grounds" aroma which I found very pleasant. Flavour, too, was dominated by this characteristic with little else coming through save for some very modest tones of toasted malt and oatmeal. This should be re-labeled Breckenridge Espresso Stout or something and have a bit of coffe thrown in the wort to make it so. Mouthfeel is right about where it needs to be for a stout being neither too thin nor cloyingly heavy, but right in between those two. Granted this is the wrong time of year to be drinking something of this calibre, it was a good stout that I will drink in the future. Not bad.

Photo of BeerPilot
4.36/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: tar black with tan, creamy head.

S: sweet roasted malts.

T: balanced roast flavor. No hop flavor. Could not detect flavor of oats.

M: creaminess from oats. Not as dry as a dry stout, but dryer than a milk.

D: great with grill roasted vegetables.

Photo of david131
4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Black with just the smallest amount of head making it in around the edges. A nice, creamy off white head forms and leaves some excellent lacing.

S- Smoky, chocolate, coffee... pretty clean and roasty. A little oat aspect.

T- Same as the aroma with an emphasis on the oatiness.

M- Very smooth and creamy. Not overly heavy. About right for the ABV and style.

D- I am pretty impressed with this. For $2 a bomber, you can't beat this.

Photo of saintwarrick
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Most oatmeal stouts are hit or miss with me. This beer pours a dark brown with a thick foamy tan head. Aroma is very sweet and candy-like, malt chocolate balls, light caramel and cookie biscuits all swell together. Taste is roasted chocolate flavors, like a usual stout; the oatmeal shows through in the smoothness, a little sweet but the hops and roasted flavors keep it from being too sweet.

The brew is a little thin at the end but still very drinkable. Probably second best oatmeal stout I have had behind Samuel Smith's.

Photo of rye726
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Near back color with a silky dark tan head. Good lacing.

Big malty presence with a good amount of sweet oats.

Again a nice dark malt profile with an nice oaty flavor.

Medium body with good amount of carbonation. A good example of the style and one of Breckenridge's better brews.

Photo of unionturf
4.64/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had on nitro-tap at the brewery.

On a recent visit I made the time to visit the brewery and I'm glad I did. I sampled several beers but the stout stood out. I had a pint from the nitro tap and wow was it good!

Very good beer, smooth on taste, very easy to drink and went well with my ribs. The nitro tap also made for a great show inside my glass. The staff at the bar (Stewart) was amazing, very friendly and I had a ball.

Photo of Beefeater57
3.16/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a mostly black, with some dark brown around the edges. Head didn't retain for as long as I thought it would.

The smell was dry. I got a little bit of roasted smell with it, but it just had a dry smell to it, no flavors that I could clearly detect.

The dryness came in the taste, hop character hits the sides of my tongue in the finish. A sense a slight sense of coffee, but not that noticeable.

Mouthfeel is a little heavy, but not as heavy as a stout usually is. Somewhat thin for a stout, and the bitterness of the hops lingers in the mouth for a while.

I love stouts - they are one of my favorite styles, so this one somewhat disappointed me. It is decent but doesn't hold to the true nature of what oatmeal stouts are. I would drink it again, but wouldn't rank it with the better oatmeal stouts out there.

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

A nice looking oatmeal stout. Opaque black really doesnt let much for light through itself, even around the edges. Almost a two finger tan coloured head, almost tight, gives way to leave a thin collar. Leaves thin, intricate, sticky webs of lace.

Smells decent. Treacle, oats, some fruity esters of dark berries, some milk chocolate and a hints of roast anda whiff of smoke and an earthy leafiness.

Roasted malts and the dark berries come to the front in the taste, and along with the earthy hops mingle with an anise finish. Treacle and oats make a brief and minor appearance in the middle

Im enjoying this brew. Somewhat light bodied, and not quite as smooth and velvety as other examples of the style. Nice use of charred malt, while quite smooth in character the roasted elements of this brew make for the dominant element in this brew, and play very nicely with the fruity esters.

Fairly drinkable, and enjoyable, a solid example of the style and well worth trying. Would be a good choice when introducing newbies to the style. Glad i got to try this, and its likely something ill come back to at some point.

Photo of StrangeBrew1
4.64/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Breckenridge brewery are masters at dark beers.This oatmeal stout needs to be served 55 degrees to enjoy the full potential,just like cheese.I first tried it cold from the fridge and the taste was minimal until it warmed up.Very drinkable and sophisticated.Try there other dark beers,you can't go wrong.

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.

Oatmeal Stout from Breckenridge Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 1,375 ratings.