Dismiss Notice
Subscribe to BeerAdvocate magazine and get 12 issues / year of fresh beer content delivered to your door each month.

Already subscribe? to manage your subscription.

Oatmeal Stout - Breckenridge Brewery

Not Rated.
Oatmeal StoutOatmeal Stout

Educational use only; do not reuse.

524 Reviews
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 524
Hads: 1,432
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 25
Gots: 171 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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.
View: Beers (63) | Events
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
firstprev| 451-475 | 476-500 | 501-525  | next → last
Reviews: 524 | Hads: 1,432
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Color, dark as the night, black as they come. Head is full, lush, cocoa-colored, long-lasting.
Aroma: sweet, soft, creamy.
Taste: full, rich, tasty, toasty, with a prodigious mouthfeel, satisfying texture, rich and delicious. Long, rewarding finish.
A most marvelous stout, one I'd happily quaff again and again.

And again, thanks to Bruiser81 for the sample! (365 characters)

Photo of Tballz420
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Well this beer is an almost-black color with some slight red showing when held to the light. A nice but little tan head sits atop it. The scent is roasted/burnt chocolate, maybe a little coffee smell as well. The taste is mainly chocolate, roasted, but has an unusually large hop kick compared to others of this style that ive had. Overall, the beer is fairly bitter, a nice take on this style. I like it. (405 characters)

Photo of Gusler
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer as it sets in the glass a deep dark brown to black, ah the way a beer should look IMHO, the head large and creamy, the color a nice light chocolate, and after decomposition the lace forms a sticky sheet upon the glass. Nice toasted malt nose, hint of chocolate and coffee, the start is rich in malt, sweet with the top middling in feel. Finish is lightly hopped, mildly acidic, and the aftertaste dry, a “Beginners Stout”, quite drinkable when you’re not in the mood for a heavy stout. (497 characters)

Photo of queenboadicea
3.14/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours incredibly dark with only a small head that dissapated quickly. As for the taste...wow. The first thing that hits you is all the chocolate, with some nice toasty notes. I just wish it had a little more body and a longer finish. It starts off really nicly on the palate...and just ends. I wanted more of that nice dark chocolate! Waa. Ah well, still a nice fall/winter brew for the cold months. (399 characters)

Photo of TXHops
3.16/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Malts: Two Row Pale, Caramel, Roasted Barley, Chocolate, Oat Flakes, Black
Hops: Chinook, Perle
IBUs: 31
ABV: 4.95%
ABW: 3.96%

This may just be the blackest beer I’ve ever had. It pours blacker than tar, and like tar, it was completely impervious to light: no photons made it through this baby—reflection city… A brown head of fairly long lasting foam rode across the top, lacing a bit. The hops could be teased out of the nose a little, but the malts captured most of that sense. The primary aroma was not at all unlike canned Hershey’s Cocoa Powder: the kind my mom used to bake with, not the kind you can mix into chocolate milk. The nose even smelled powdery. The medium full body was pretty roasty, with lots of coffee bean flavors and bitter chocolate to boot. A mellow, subtle sweetness lingered underneath a fairly assertive bitterness all through the glass. Obviously some warmth magnified the malty aspects of this stout, pushing the sweetness forward and bringing the beer more into balance with the bitterness. Neither flavor ever really became assertive, letting the beer create kind of a boring memory of itself: just an aftertaste of slight bitterness and slight roastiness to go along with the finish that thinned out more than I’d have liked. I’m all for balance, and I think this beer achieved that relatively rare attribute (rare for American beers), but at the expense of character. I really couldn’t find too much complexity or flavors of interest. Still, it was a solid beer and one I’d drink again. (1,539 characters)

Photo of darklager
4.45/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Like all Oatmeal Stouts I've had, this one looks beautiful in the glass. Completely black with absolutely no light coming through. It has a nice brown head that clings to the glass on the way down. I could smell chocolate, roasted malt, and a even some alcohol coming through. It was a nice chocolate and oat flavor at first followed by a nice hoppy finish. A very drinkable beer that I will look for again. (407 characters)

Photo of Bruiser81
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This brew poured solid black with a sort of weak head, there was good lacing though. The aroma was of roasted malt and chocolate. A little bit of coffee was also detectable. The taste was exactly like the nose. The front was roasted malt with bitter chocolate following that. The aftertaste tasted like coffee and was much more bitter than other oatmeal stouts I've had. I thought this brew was very good and very drinkable. It went down smooth and wasn't filling at all. The bitterness goes well following that strong chocolate middle. This would make a good session brew. (573 characters)

Photo of Quaffer
3.86/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer looked great. A very dark brew that is slightly ruby around the edges when the light is behind it. It definitely has the aroma of chocolate malt, as well as some coffee overtones.

This was a good beer, not great, but I would buy it again. It is rather bitter, but the flavor is not quite full enough or malty enough to balance this bitterness. Also, the beer didn't feel thick enough in the mouth. Maybe my expectations were high due to its appearance in the glass, but this brew could have been "fuller." But, like I said, it was still a good beer. (562 characters)

Photo of Morris729
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a black ruby color with a creamy tan colored head that quickly fades into a patchy lace. Nose is sweet roasted malts and oatmeal with notes of dark coffee and bitter chocolate. Smooth and creamy in the mouth but is a bit thin. Taste is burnt coffee and is quite bitter. Not a very complex brew but still enjoyable. However, there are definitely better oatmeal stouts out there. (383 characters)

Photo of alittlehazy
4.23/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Comes out of the bottle a real nice dark black, the head was nice and tan but diminished rather quickly. This is a great tasting oatmeal stout, nice mouthfeel and great coffee and chocolate tastes come through. Good stuff. My only complaint is that its a little on the thinnish side as far as texture and taste are concerned. Once you get to the bottom of the glass and it's not as cold it starts to bring out some more of the beers taste. From a non-experts perspective I give it a thumbs up! (493 characters)

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

Pitch black with a nice dense tan head.

Aroma is of malt, roast, and a lot of fruityness, a nice blackberry character.

Nice rich chocolate and coffee flavor. Decent amount of bitterness with almost a minty finish. A lot of fruityness in the flavor as well. Excellent thick, oily mouthfell, low carb adds to the thick mouthfell. But finishes nice a dry with a little tartness from all the dark malt.

An overall good outmeal stout. Nice complexity for a beer without a lot of strength.. Finsh could be more rounded. (522 characters)

Photo of zerk
4.37/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black and opaque, with a thin but persistant tan head. Aromas of chocolate, coffee, and a touch of sweetness. Flavors blend very nicely... chocolate, coffee, maybe just a hint of caramel sweetness, and a very faint, but perceptable hop flavor. It's very smooth and creamy, with a full body and low carbonation. I really can't find a single flaw with this beer. Wonderfully done! (378 characters)

Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep sable with a small slowly-developing head, modest lace. Aroma consists of dark roasted malts, coffee, and bitter chocolate, with a hint of hops. Taste begins with rich dark malts, coffee, and bitter dark chocolate, a little hops toward the finish. A slight bitter chocolate note and some nut flavors linger long after the finish. Not a particularly complex beer, but very good. Perfect for a cold winter's day. (428 characters)

Photo of zakery
4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Thin whispy beige head. Dark and lovely.

Smell: Persistent milk-chocolate smell. Nutty and sweet overnotes with elements of dark chocolate, coffee and grains.

Taste: Perfectly balanced sweetness and bitterness. Rich and delicious toasted taste from caramel malts with notes of coffee. Very special and long lingering aftertase... breathing out through the nose a minute or so after swallowing brings a distinct nutty taste of fresh hazelnuts picked off the tree.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full to full with medium-low to low carbonation.

Drinkability: Hearty breakfast, warming lunch on a cold winter day, a filling dinner, an luscious desert after dinner, or a soothing night-cap - it's all in here. This is a tasty stout! (739 characters)

Photo of BeerAngel
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nearly black color with a tan head. The smell is pretty good with a slight burnt malty notes. The taste, well was not as pleasing. It has a very crisp hoppy character that sticks out and is not favorable for an oatmeal stout. Not creamy at all as the mouthfeel is somewhat watery compared to others in this style. Not bad, but decent at best. Cheers! (364 characters)

Photo of ryanocerus
4.42/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep amber/near black in color with a short-lived caramel head. The aroma was roasted malt with coffee and chocolate undertones and a mild hop appearance. The flavor was big on roasted/coffee and dry in the finish. The mouthfeel was smooth and the flavor lasted forever. It is an extremely drinkable stout and I can't wait for the next one. (344 characters)

Photo of beernut7
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chocolate syrup anyone? This thick dark brew is one of the heaviest bodied oatmeal stouts I have tasted. Even the pour looks like you are pouring dark extract. The head sticks around for a little bit leaving a bold smoky chocolate malt aroma. The chocolate malt creates a large part of the flavor with a brush of smoke and a quick dash of spice from the hops. Hands down the best brew bottled by Breckinridge so far. (421 characters)

Photo of bditty187
2.95/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Right away this Oatmeal Stout made me say "Wow!" A wonderful and fairly strong smell of chocolate and roasted malt burst out of the bottle. This beer is as black as the forgotten banana with a nice tan head. But... this beer only has a fair blend of flavors. I like chocolate influences just fine but it fades to soon and the coffee flavor is not in tune as to what I would deem enjoyable. There is some oats sweetness. This is not a great Oatmeal Stout by any stretch of the imagination. It is a fair attempt. I would not drink this again unless it was free. Smooth to drink. (576 characters)

Photo of Dogbrick
2.48/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Chocolate and beer do not belong with oatmeal. Not even Wilford Brimley would approve. There are other stouts I would rather have if given the choice. I may have gotten a bad batch but I have had much better Chocolate Stouts since. (231 characters)

Photo of stoutman
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish black in color with a distinct coffee - like roasted barley flavor and bitter. A bit thin in body for an oatmeal stout, but still demonstrates the "oat". After 1 brew, the bitterness seems to mellow on the palate. Especially tastey when watching the NHL wings beat the avalanche in a game 7. (302 characters)

Photo of budgood1
4.24/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours out almost pure black, with a healthy tan head. not much in the nose but a bit of the citrusy hops. mouthfeel isn't as smooth as you might like it for an oatmeal stout but the taste is pretty yummy. dark roasted and chocolate malts are present but not too bitter. in fact they tilt toward the bittersweet side which makes this very quaffable, especially as it warms a bit. a very tasty rendition of the style. (420 characters)

Photo of marc77
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thick, tan head. Just a tad shy of being black, since a deep red hue can be discerned when held up to a light. Lots of chocolate malt and a coffee - like roasted barley aroma is quite enjoyable. Roasted barley bitterness is high, and the hop profile only serves to balance the assertive roasted grain flavors, but does it well. A bit thin in body for an oatmeal stout, but still manages to possess some of the "silkiness" that great OS's have. It finishes fairly dry with roasted malt bitterness. This is a good beer, but just needed a bit more body. I think I'll go for a Shakespeare Stout now. (602 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
4.27/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a dense brown head that laces the glass nicely as you drink. Nutty aroma. Chocolate notes also on the nose. Fairly bitter for an oatmeal stout. Nice taste though. Bittersweet chocolate comes to mind. Medium body. Smooth mouthfeel. A slightly bitter aftertaste. Overall, a fairly solid oatmeal stout. (316 characters)

Photo of ZAP
3.03/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Update-cola like brown/black....little to no head...some burnt malts and java...some creamy textures but slightly acidic mouthfeel...sour on the finish...unremarkable...somewhat sour tasting...some OK java notes but not worth buying..

12-25-01-This is an ok stout..Good bitter chocolate tones..finish is definitely on the dry side..I get an odd off taste on occasion...maybe a tich of caramel, but it is not real strong and hard to detect. Good creamy head...aroma is average with a faint coffee like scent..Not super thick, but certainly not too watered down....definitely worth trying but I've had better (and worse).. (629 characters)

firstprev| 451-475 | 476-500 | 501-525  | next → last
Oatmeal Stout from Breckenridge Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 524 ratings.