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Oatmeal Stout - Breckenridge Brewery

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Reviews: 524
Hads: 1,431
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 25
Gots: 170 | FT: 0
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Breckenridge Brewery visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  4.95% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-25-2001

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.
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Photo of jeranbrews
3.89/5  rDev +5.7%
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. (581 characters)

Photo of DenverLogan
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
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. (372 characters)

Photo of MickeyD
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
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. (818 characters)

Photo of Omnium
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (534 characters)

Photo of Segelstrom
3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
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) (442 characters)

Photo of PaterMorse
3.64/5  rDev -1.1%
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" (1,503 characters)

Photo of capnamerica
3.14/5  rDev -14.7%
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. (518 characters)

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
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. (982 characters)

Photo of SPThirtyThree
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
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. (1,130 characters)

Photo of atr2605
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
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 (390 characters)

Photo of LeRose
3.21/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz pour into tulip. Bottle dated 7/22/12.

Very black pour with a very short brown foamy head that dissipated quickly leaving a tiny ring that held and laced well.

Aroma was a slightly roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate. No hoppy notes.

Taste was chocolate forward which was somewhat surprising, a bit of coffee and caramel underneath that, some mild sweetness, and a very slight acidity to finish.

Mouthfeel was pretty light, well carbonated, and smooth. A little drying on the finish, no particular aftertaste.

Overall, while not a big flavor it was pleasant to drink and strangely refreshing. Halfway decent chocolate/coffee flavor with some mild malt roastiness, liked the sweetness. Good beer, very drinkable, but nothing exceptional. (747 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
3.76/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours black as night. Drippy lacing occurs as it drinks down. The head is not much. A patch of tan foam that reduces to almost nothing, and quickly.

Dark chocolate malts, some coffee, rolled oat bitterness, dustiness, major roast, a whiff of char, and some licorice in the nose.

Rich and burly with bitter oats and dusty black chocolate. Bites of char and lightly pine hop bitterness. Not entirely dry, but most definitely not too sweet for an oatmeal stout. Exquisite backdrop of thin coffee. Quite tasty, really.

A little thin. The carbonation isn't over-the-top, so it balances just fine. A very light spicy alcohol finishes down the esophagus.

A very impressive oatmeal stout; one that I'd buy six at a time in the future. (730 characters)

Photo of tronester
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pitch black, with a creamy tan head. aromas of fresh cocoa powder. Taste begins with some coffee, then a bit of dark caramel, then some molasses, then some earthy, citrusy hops. Mouthfeel is rich and smooth. Overall a nice oatmeal stout that I would get again. (268 characters)

Photo of stakem
2.88/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. The brew appears black in color with a tan head that fades leaving patchy lace sticking to the glass. Some brown clarity is noted when held to the light.

It has an overall muted aroma despite being allowed to warm up in my glass. What is noted is a bit of roast and something almost along the lines of being like cola. Not bad but also not the most enjoyable or expected aromatics.

The taste isbroasty and mildly bitter sonewhat like day old coffee. There is a bit of bakers chocolate coupled eith earth and some minerals fill out the void across the backend. Not terrible but also not the most enjoyable either.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of prickly carbonation. This was an ok offering that sort of missed the mark. The cola aspect was weird and it missed on the expected oatmeal inclusion in both flavor and feel. Its not a beer I would purchase again. (927 characters)

Photo of BillyPirate
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pint glass

A- One finger of quickly dissipating head with minimal lacing. The appearance can be improved distinctly with a vigorous pour. Appealing black, opaque body.

S- Negligible bouquet of an earthy dark malt

T- Taste is where this beer makes its mark. It impressively capitalizes on its bold chocolate/coffee character without succumbing to the typically bitter aftertaste found in most oatmeal stouts.

M- Mouthfeel is sub-par for this style. Misses the opportunity to be chewy, substantial and filling by being far too thin and inconsequential.

O- The superb taste of this beer outweighs its deviation from the expected oatmeal stout style. This is the second Breckenridge Brewery beer I've sampled (SummerBright Ale being the other) and I've found both to have superior taste and drinkability. Breckenridge is quickly becoming one of my favorite breweries. Even with its shortcomings, this is my favorite oatmeal stout and an excellent session beer. (982 characters)

Photo of ColdWaffles
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into an oversize wine glass.

Appearance: Pitch black body with a tan head that is weak for the style, but otherwise okay. Leaves a nice lacing.

Smell: Roasted malts more than anything. Touches of coffee and chocolate. Not picking up much oat.

Taste: Just kind of tastes like a decent American stout. Kind of disappointing considering I have really enjoyed everything I've had from them. Still, it's not bad at all.

Mouthfeel: Nice, smooth, creamy, medium to light, especially for the style. Very easily drinkable.

This is kind of just there. I would drink it again if I saw it, but it won't call my name if you know what I mean. (660 characters)

Photo of ummswimmin
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this into my tulip glass. There was minimal head on this very dark body. You won't be able to see any light through this one.

Off the top of this beer I get a healthy dose of coffee and tobacco. I also get a decent burnt smell from the roast in the grain.

The flavor falls off pretty quickly. It tastes like a very simple cup of coffee. I don't get anything else other than that. On the end you get that bitterness that a cup of coffee would bring.

This is a decent oatmeal stout. It is really like coffee with alcohol in the flavoring. It is less like beer, and more like the cold coffee. (601 characters)

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a pitch black color with a 1/2 finger tan head

S: Dark roasty malts, chocolate, light coffee, and a hint of ash

T: Follows the nose. Starts off roasty with hints of dark chocolate and coffee. Finishes slightly bitter and astringent from the malts

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth from the oats, but the carbonation makes it a little too prickly for an oatmeal stout

O: A good representation of the style except for the feel. I think the carbonation takes away from what the oats are there for, which is a smoother body. Not bad aside from that. Certainly nowhere near FBS, but this is a nice little substitute if there is none left or it isn't distributed in your area (704 characters)

Photo of TheCondor
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was served this brew at a recent family get-together in Columbia. Not the kind of crew I would think would be walking around with an oatmeal stout (in-laws), so I was pleasantly surprised when I spotted this and stole one from a cooler. Side poured with standard vigor into a pint glass.

Appearance - Pours a deep brown color with a decent one finger head, minimal head retention and minimal lacing. No real surprises on the packaging either. Remarkably mediocre, basically just pours exactly how you would think an oatmeal stout would. Which is a good thing, I guess, since they didn't screw it up, just nothing stands out.

Smell - Roasted malts, some chocolate notes, coffee, and a hint of dark fruits. All very subdued though, again nothing really exciting.

Taste - Much the same as the aforementioned. While it was good, it wasn't great. The chocolate washed the palate first, followed by the fruits and hints of coffee and the malts.

Mouthfeel - Certainly could have been thicker for an oatmeal stout. There's more beef in three sips of Founders than in this whole beer. Just seemed pretty watery and thin. It was smooth and relatively creamy though.

Overall - I can sum this beer up in just a few words: good, not great. Nothing stands out about it at all. Would I drink it again for free? Sure. Would I buy it? Probably not. (1,338 characters)

Photo of matjack85
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the Bulldog Ale House in Roselle, IL. $2 craft beers all day on Thursday, so that's where you'll find me most Thursday nights.

Deep dark brown color with a 1½-finger tan head. Good retention and lots of lacing.

Dark roasted coffee aroma.

This has an espresso coffee flavor with some bittersweet dark chocolate mixed in. The oatmeal adds to the smoothness but doesn't add much to the flavor.This beer never gets sweet and in fact it finishes semi dry wiith a mildly bitter chocolate/coffee aftertaste.

Smooth and creamy despite being on the thin side for a stout. I see a lot of people found the carbonation low when they tried it from the bottle, but my draft version had fairly high CO2.

Overall, this was a decent oatmeal stout. Not my all time favorite, but not bad either. (803 characters)

Photo of MDDMD
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-dark brown black color with a smallish tan head and minimal lacing

S-coffee, malt, chocolate

T-chocolate, dark roasted malt, coffee, hints of vanilla

F-light to medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O-enjoyable and easy drinking, not my favorite of the style but would certainly drink this again (309 characters)

Photo of Ross1982
1.47/5  rDev -60.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

I bought a six pack at a liquor store bottom shelf covered in dust.
I'm wanting to believe this was highly outdated or expired (?) beer at the fault of the liquor store.

So here it goes
Appearance - very dark brown to black. No head even with vigorous pour. And no lacing.

Smell- light roasted barley, coffee, raisin.

Taste- if it had not been flat probably would've been better. Really choked this down. Roasted barley, slightly hoppy, coffee and raisin notes.

Mouthfeel- almost zero carbination but thick.

Overall- not satisfied at all, but I will try this again if I find a fresh one. Again I think this is the liquor stores negligence and not the brewery's fault. (674 characters)

Photo of BigBarley
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours an extreme midnight black with mild ring of foam but no real head to speak of. Standard stout appearance. Preparing for mad malt invasion.

S - Light, sweet notes of raisin-like dry scent. Heavy dark chocolate, mild dark coffee. Sort of a cornucopia of roasty smells, with a strong sweetness just beneath it all. Smells great, very versatile.

T - Not nearly as sweet as I expected. Very bitter, roasty flavor. Dark chocolate flavor is very prominent with the dry stout finish. Not as sweet as many oatmeal stouts. Smooth flavor, despite roasted bitterness. Good stout all in all.

M - Definitely has the oatmeal stout characteristics here. Smooth, but rich, thick but still not overbearing. The oatmeal tends to neutralize the powerful presence of stout and gives a slightly more drinkable body. Goes down easy.

O - Very good beer. Not as sweet as I thought it would be, but still delicious. If I could, I'd like to taste a little more sweetness, because then it may become my favorite stout. Still, it's a great one. (1,029 characters)

Photo of MacQ32
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a super dark brown, that would easily be mistaken for black with half of a finger of light mocha colored head. Ok lacing and ok retention.

S - Sweet toasted malt, caramel, molasses, maybe a bit of roasty coffee like qualities

T - Mostly roasty up front with a lactose infused caramel & molasses type sweetness. Bitter chocolate type flavors through the finish.

M - Medium bodied, a little thin, but not enough for it to be a negative. Appropriate carbonation.

O - Pretty tasty, the roastyness was a little surprising after the aromas was much sweeter. Still a very nice combination of mostly roasty and some sweet flavors. Quite drinkable too (656 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
3.07/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pitch black, half a finger of head.
Smells like caramel and roasted malt. A hint of dark chocolate.
Taste: Blunt bitterness, like dark chocolate up front. A little sour in the middle, ends with mild roasted malt.
Too fizzy and pretty crisp for this stout. A thin body.
Average stout, missed the mark on the texture/mouthfeel. (327 characters)

Oatmeal Stout from Breckenridge Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 524 ratings.