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Oatmeal Stout - Breckenridge Brewery

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Oatmeal StoutOatmeal Stout

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531 Reviews
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Reviews: 531
Hads: 1,463
Avg: 3.67
pDev: 22.07%
Wants: 28
Gots: 194 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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Reviews: 531 | Hads: 1,463
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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Photo of LeRose
3.21/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of tronester
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of stakem
2.88/5  rDev -21.5%
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.

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Photo of BillyPirate
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of ColdWaffles
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of ummswimmin
3.45/5  rDev -6%
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.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
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

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Oatmeal Stout from Breckenridge Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 531 ratings.