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Oatmeal Stout | Breckenridge Brewery

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Oatmeal StoutOatmeal Stout

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Breckenridge Brewery
Colorado, United States | website

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.95%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
It's a bold, smooth-bodied concoction that oozes dark-roasted coffee aromas and flavors of espresso and semi-sweet chocolate. We round out these heady pleasures with a dose of flaked oatmeal for a creamy body and a semi-dry finish. Unforgettable.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-25-2001

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Photo of tjsdomer2
4.14/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown with good lacing.

Smell: Excellent smell of licorice and raisins. Very fruit for an oatmeal stout.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Similar to flavor; lots of licorice and raisins. Very sour overall. Extremely enjoyable and quite unique. Mouthfeel is definitely too thin for an oatmeal stout.

Overall Drinkability: Unique flavors make this worth a try.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.96/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark ruby color; I'm let down that it's not mostly pitch black. The head is a one finger mocha shade. Retention is decent, and nice lacing is left behind.

S: There's a nice snap of roast here, along with a significant nuttiness. Hints of chocolate and oatmeal float around. Nothing special here, but it hits all the right notes a lighter oatmeal stout should.

T: Actually, it tastes closer to a roasty brown ale than a stout. The start is strong in roasted flavor, before a finish of nuts and oatmeal. I know what's missing from this brew, but it's hard for me to explain, so I'll just say this: all the roast here need more 'stouty' flavor to balance it out. Just a bit more defined sweetness (like cream or chocolate) would go a long way toward making this really good.

M: This is a lot drier and cleaner than I expected, with only a hint of lingering sweetness. The strong carbonation helps its drinkability cause, too. But you know what would really give it great drinkability? Better flavors.

O: Eh.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pitch black pour, Sandy head retains well enough. Uneven rings of thinly applied lacing.

S: Heavy roast. Black cocoa powder, soot and smoke, dark chocolate truffles. Coffee roast and mildly steely. Oatmeal cookie. Faint earthy hops. Subtle tick of blackberry.

T: Acrid. Char, soot, smoke. Acidic. Unsweetened dark chocolate and burnt coffee. Slight steely twang. Burnt oats. Mild earthy hops. Acrid and smokey finish with heavy char.

M: Medium bodied. Forceful scrubbing carbonation. Light creaminess. Roasted malt astringency.

O: A little much actually. I'm all for bold roasty beers, but this is like being beaten over the head with a blunt object. Overstated in the roasted malt department and average in every other way.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.61/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

The appearance was not all that flattering. It had a deep russet brown color but produced very little head. It looks flat and unappealing.
The aroma had a bold roasted malts and barley aroma.
It is a tasty drink with a bold roasted malt taste. I also tasted some charcoal grit and anise.
It feels thin on the palate and a bit watery.
I was expecting, since it's an oatmeal stout, a more fuller feel. It drinks dry and bitter at the end. I'm thinking export stout here. It is good though.

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Photo of Cheshire_Crew_Al
4.38/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a bottle

A: deep dark color, nearly black, 1 cm head

S: nice smoky, dark chocolate smell

T/M: I liked this a bit more than the benchmark as noted to date, it had a light-medium carbonation, smooth, creamy, pleasantly bitter aftertaste but not too heavy on any particular accent of flavor, you can taste how the oatmeal has slightly cut the flavor of a fairly full-bodied stout, this is a great example of an excellent stout

O: excellent oatmeal stout, I will pick this up again easily

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Photo of ranger7
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Bought from Central Market in a pick 6.
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.
(Review from notes)

A - Dark - almost black. Tan head disappears quickly.

S - Roasted malt and oats.

T - Bitter bite on first sip. Roasted flavor, bitter aftertaste.

M - Smooth, no carbonation. Thin and dry.

Summary - Good. My first oatmeal stout. Seems to be the roasted, and somewhat bitter, cousin of the milk stout.

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Photo of bmwats
3.46/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint.

A: Black. Pours a slight, bubbly, brown-white head. Settles quickly. Very slight lacing.

S: Roasted espresso, oak, and dark chocolate.

T: Bitter roasted espresso beans, and unsweetened dark chocolate, with just a little pungent peat.

M: Thick and hearty with a little of a bitter finish.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Dark hue, slight head, slight lacing. Coffee, wood, and dark chocolate. Bitter and pungent, and roasty, coffee and dark chocolate. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.

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Photo of dillon_1005
4.49/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours almost black in color, tiny bit of a brown head that dissipated quickly, no head when I started drinking. Smells of chocolate, nuttiness. Taste is fantastic, very smooth, I did not smell much coffee but it has a bit of a coffee flavor, along with chocolate, there is a tiny bitterness on the back of my tongue near the end. Very impressive, well balanced stout. A must try

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Photo of Nikxed58
4.02/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Got this as part of a monthly beer selection. Poured into a pint glass.

A - pours a really dark brown close to black, but unfortunately did not have any head. There's some lingering on top, but even that is minimal at best.

S - really smells of milk chocolate and nuts. Right after pouring it, there is a nice roasty scent that dissipates away after some time. After that there is a sweetness that comes through and the beer starts to smell closer to milk.

T - this taste vastly differs from the smell, but with that said, flavor is pretty complex with nothing overpowering anything else. There is an subtle taste of nuts and chocolate. Aftertaste is of slight coffee bitterness.

M - moderate mouth feel that went down very smoothly and easily. Very pleasant and easy to go down.

O - this Oatmeal Stout comes across as a decent and very much within expectations. Not the best oatmeal stout, but still enjoyable.

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Photo of AmishLightning
3.61/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Look: A thick black pour giving a small head (one finger). Not very craggy or fluffy head surface, flat and boring. Settles down to a bubbly lacing.

Aroma: Roasted malts dominate the nose. Defining characteristic of the smell is the malt; I don't get much else from this brew.

Taste: Coffee flavors are the most distinguishable. Not the typical coffee flavors, but more of a espresso flavoring really surprised me. Oatmeal is not too noticeable and neither is the chocolate. Roasted malts were more present when the beer warmed up.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation with a lighter to medium body left me a bit disappointed. I was looking forward to a smooth feel that really wasn't there either. A bit of a downer for an oatmeal stout.

Overall: A good session stout. Easy drinking but it is nothing to write home about. I think it does have potential for improvement with altering of the recipe, specifically the oatmeal and chocolate ingredients.

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Photo of JGlitz87
3.51/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into glass

A: Deep, dark, almost black. Little to no head at all. Leaves a little lacing on glass.

S: Lots and lots of roasted malts with a little bit of chocolate undertones.

T: Good flavor, but not huge. Malts dominate the first sips. Hints of hops on back end of flavor. In regards to stouts, somewhat low on the amount of flavor.

F: Very little carbonation, medium to low medium body.

O: Not a bad interpretation of the style, but not anything that I would keep going back to either. Good beer, but that is all it can claim in my view.

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Photo of Florida9
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Almost black in color. Some light shining through around the edges. Forms a smaller sized deep tan colored head that doesn't bother sticking around for too long. No lacing.

S: Aroma is predominantly roasted malts. A little chocolate and a little coffee, but really not much else.

T: Flavor is damn thin for the style. Heavily roasted malts bordering on charred malts, some thin coffee and a little milk chocolate. Surprisingly, there are some piney hops on the back end.

M: Medium bodied, but given how thin this beer feels, I would never expect this to be an oatmeal. The oatmeal does smooth things out a bit, before the beer turns mildly acrid. Mild bitterness. Carbonation feels a bit heavy, but I believe that has more to do with the beer being thin.

O: A passable beer, but thin for the style, both in terms of flavor and mouthfeel In the end, this one is not one which is worth the calorie count.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a standard pint glass, color is black, pretty solid, head is light tan, presenting 1/2" thick, then dissipating to a ring with some light lacing on the glass.

Smell is pretty creamy, light roast with a very solid coffee undertone.

Taste is relatively smooth, good solid flavor upfront, nice creaminess mixed with some solid roast and hint of coffee, chocolate also comes through well.

Mouthfeel is well blended, very present feel upfront with great lingering flavor.

Overall, a well done oatmeal stout, solid creaminess with a touch of stout roast and chocolate.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice and black, creamy but so-so head that varied a bit between several bottles, thin sheets of lace.

Nose is coffee, lots of chocolate, burnt malts, roasted malts.

Taste follows but roasty and burnt malts are a little more forward. However, the flavors are pretty well blended, and none particularly takes over the beer. It's a little more coffee stout like than oatmeal stout like IMO, but it's a very tasty beer either way.

The body is pretty full and carbonation is creamy and smooth.

I will certainly buy another sixer of this one. There aren't many oatmeal, dry Irish, or coffee stouts to be found around here (at least not real close) and I like to keep a moderate ABV stout on hand when I can.

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Photo of timn
3.46/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a very dark brown, nearly black. Has a small amount of light brown head, the color of a coffee with cream. Head looks nice but doesn't last long.

S: Strong chocolate smell with some hints of coffee. Smells quite nice, hopefully foreshadowing something good in the taste...

T: ... But sadly, not so much. The taste isn't bad by any means, but not memorable either. Has more of a coffee stout than outmeal stout taste, with quite a bit of bitterness. The taste is not particularly strong either way. There is also a slightly metalic undertone. The taste is decent for a stout, but didn't get that rich chocolatey, coffee flavor that is in the smell, and not much on the oatmeal side of things.

M: Thought the mouthfeel was okay. Reasonably creamly, medium bodied.

O: Overall, this is decent, but nothing memorable. I'd certainly drink another one if it was nearby, but this isn't a stout that I would purchase regularly. It's a tough market with so many flavorful dark beers out there, and this one doesn't stand out from the crowd.

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Photo of jeranbrews
3.89/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - beautiful dark chocolate opaque body with the faintest of perceptible cloudiness. And a pretty dark dark head that looks like equal parts mud shaving cream with a squirt of blood. Some light lacing.

S - strong chewing tobacco and sweet figs. Warning, after a few sips the powerful bitterness hides the aromas. Wet Mesquite and cherries.

T - aftertaste is quite bitter and hangs around until the moment just before it's no longer wanted. Strong herbal flavors.

M - Buttery but again a bit too bitter

D - overall good but only at the right price not worth driving too far.

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Photo of DenverLogan
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle.
Pours a dark brown with small head in a Chimay chalice.
Aroma of dark chocolate, dark malts, caramel.
Moderate carbonation and mouthfeel for the style.
Flavors of dark roasted malts, dark coffee, espresso beans, bitter grassy hops, minerals. Bigger dark roasted than sweet malt flavor and not that big in body overall, but tasty for its style.

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Photo of MickeyD
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I poured this from a 12oz bottle into a clean pint glass.
Appearance: Pours nice and thick. Small head with tiny bubbles, less than one finger width. Very dark in appearance. The head dissipated quickly.
Smell: Sweet dark roasted caramel smell. Slight hint of floral hops.
Taste: Nutty coffee taste, deep roasted flavor however a slight herbal hop coupled with moderate carbonation gives it a good bite.
Mouth feel: clear coffee taste with a good balance of hop bitterness.
Overall: I think this beer is a good representation of what a stout should taste like. A nice nutty deep roast coffee and slight caramel are balanced nicely with a slight spicy hop characteristic. I am not sure what the oatmeal brings to this. Perhaps a more mealy type of malt taste? I am not sure. However I will definitely buy this again.

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Photo of Omnium
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Standard Pint
A - Pours a super dark brown, very minimal head, lacing isnt there.
S - Oats, malt, roasted chocolate, vanilla, some smokiness.
T - Roasted oats with some dark bitter chocolate malt, vanilla, a little hidden hop bite as well.
M - Dry finish, a little clingy biterness and roasted oat. A little thin for a stout, not bad though.
O - I wasnt expecting much headed into this, but its a decently smooth stout, has some nice flavors. If you're looking for a reasonably priced stout to go to, its not a bad choice.

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Photo of Segelstrom
3.94/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - nice beer w/ an average apperance. didn;t have a very dark head for a stout and lost it's head early

Smell - OK

Taste - not the strong taste you would expect from a stout. If they had brewed it to have a higher alcohol level this probably would have come out but that's the danger in brewing low alcohol level beer

M - not a full bodied feel

O - I've been pleased w/ beckenridges full offering except the terrible Vinalla porter )yuk)

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Photo of PaterMorse
3.64/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A beer that ebbed & flowed for me. Starts high with good aroma, slides on taste, but finish and "walk away" feel is good...

A: Pours dark. Caramel head, dissipates quickly. Nice galaxy-looking lacing remains. Can see fingers through glass; still, quite dark.

S: Warm chocolate oatmeal cookies. Smooth, invitng. Hints of roasted malt, and an almost "Pepsi" scent. Regardless, an aroma I give high marks.

T: First reaction: "Hmm, this is unusual. Baffling, even." Immediately thin & watery. Choco-coffee flavor, buttery feel. Easy quaffing, but mainly because so thin.

M: Not bad, just very thin. Smooth & creamy enough. But, though perhaps crossing the line into unnecessarly gross, honestly felt like I was swishing around my own spit -- it's that thin.

O: Aroma excites; then falls (and tastes) a little flat. Not bad, just like a tall glass of Guinness isn't bad. But doesn't proclaim "Buy me again!"

Walk Away: The foregoing notwithstanding, it has a very pleasant, satisfying "walk away" (meaning that, while it was a little boring to drink, I left glad for the experience; very nice finish and aftertaste).

Repeat? I would certainly drink another if it was in my 'fridge; and I might buy another (single) if only because up the "highs" of the aroma on the front-end and the nice walk-away on the back (knowing that in between I would need to sit through a pleasant-enough, easy-drinking, quaffable beer that just is a bit thin to be tops).

Two Words: Either "Easy Drinkin'" or "Goes Flat"

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Photo of capnamerica
3.14/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: Very dark, absolutely no head or lacing. Quite disappointing.

S: Lots of chocolate with some coffee aroma tossed in. Little to no detention of oats.

T: Personally, I detect quite a bit of coffee and dark chocolate. Not as sweet as the Oatmeal Stouts that I usually enjoy. Very stingy on the hops. For me this resembles a coffee stout, not an oatmeal.

M: Semi-heavy, with almost a bit of a smoky feel.

O: Very standard for a craft beer. Somewhat disappointing. I've found better quality at a similar price point.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Single bottle from Premier Gourmet in Buffalo - never had anything from Breckenridge before, so I thought I'd give them a try.

Poured into a small nonic. Chestnut-black in colour, pours somewhat thin. I have to say the head on this was quite impressive - thick and bubbly, lots of sticky lace. Survives as a thick ring.

Nose is coffee, cola, nuts, sweet malt and maybe a bit of roasted character.

Tastes fine. Incredibly easy to drink, very smooth. Initially quite sweet and malty, before the smokey, bitter finish takes over. Not what I expected - tastes a great deal like a porter.

The feel is what really sets this brew back - it doesn't feel like an oatmeal stout, or any kind of stout. It is quite thin and watery, giving it a feel much more akin to a porter.

A decent tasting oatmeal stout, something I certainly can see myself drinking again, and several at a time at that. However, it just doesn't taste or feel like an oatmeal stout, and so the scores reflect that.

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Photo of SPThirtyThree
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours midnight black with a thin, tan, creme cap. The head quickly collapses, and there's no lacing. Maybe I served it too cold, as it might have been better at 50 than low-mid 40's. It's not the most visually interesting beer, but it's still a favorite.

S: DMS. Disappointing. Deep roasted caramel, but everything hides behind the cabbage smell. As it warms, though, notes of cocoa, licorice, and bourbon come through.

T: Roasty, smooth, and dark, but thin enough to be easy with just a slightly spicy, dry-hopped finish. It's a perfect balance of spice, carbonation, lightly bitter black malts, and cream. The oatmeal adds a full, smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Some sweet, juicy flavors linger into the finish.

I wasn't too impressed at first, and wondered why I remembered liking this so much in years past, but the flavor came through as a tasty reminder. It's a perfect oatmeal stout, straddling the thin line between an easy session beer and a more flavorful sipper.

At under 5% alcohol, it wouldn't make much of a winter warmer, but it's a perfect apres-ski beer in Breck, and a nice roasty stout for any other occasion.

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Photo of atr2605
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-pours black with a tan head that quickly disipates and leaves a very thin lace
S-coffee, caramel, coca cola
T-coca cola and caramel flavors up front met with some hop bitterness leaving a roasted coffee and unsweetened chocolate flavor on the palate
M-Medium bodied
O-Could have used a bit more creaminess but still had great flavor and is very drinkable stout. Solid example of the style

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