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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: 195 | 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.
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Photo of dcscientist
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%

Breck's stout is pretty good, though it's not my very favorite beer of theirs. The oatmeal base adds a nice flavor that's a little different than a milk stout, and it's not quite as midnight black colored, but it's tasty. Very low alcohol for this style, which means you can have a few if you want without too much trouble. Definitely smooth and very drinkable.

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Photo of travolta
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Appearance: Black, with a brown head that has a rocky head with minimal retention, but nice lacing.

Nose: Toasted malt and coffee, with a hint of vanilla sand toffee.

Taste: Nice carbonation level with very similar tastes to the nose. A little watery for a stout. This would be better if it were labelled as a "porter".

Notes: Very drinkable.

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Looks like a porter, which is what I thought this was at first for some reason. Perfectly clear ruby black appearance, with a ring of brown head and a little bit of lacing from the initial three finger or so head that was floating on top. Looks very good.

Smell: The beer's low point. It just smells pretty average for the style. Chocolate malt sort of aromas in there with a bit of the usual roasted coffee. There's also a trace of dark fruits and something I can't quite pinpoint. It's almost a phenol quality, I think? It's very mild regardless, and none of it is off-putting -- just a pretty standard smelling oatmeal stout. Nothing to be blown away by.

Taste/feel: Yeah, the feel is definitely oatmeal stout-esque rather than like a porter... no doubt. It has that "light but creamy" thing going on, like a Guinness or the like. I feel like it could use a tick more creaminess, but it's still pretty damn good where it's at. The taste is also quite good as well. Coffee and chocolate on the start, with dark fruits then coming in, with a bit of oatmeal and quite a lot of nuttiness on the finish... maybe a slight char sort of thing as well.

This is a very good oatmeal stout. I'm liking it. At just under 5%, it'd be an excellent stout to session on a cool fall evening or in the winter while shoveling or blowing the snow. Well worth trying.

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

Creamy sweetness upon first wash of the palate. Slight bitterness more prevalent at tip and along back of tongue as it warms and you drink more of it. A bit thinner than anticipated. Fantastic with grilled sausage. Overall a nice offering in the oatmeal variety. Very nice to see these ales making a comeback. Personal favorites.

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Photo of Callipygea
1.22/5  rDev -66.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

This is a wonderfully opaque black beer with a dark tan head. There ends the good points. Smells of soy sauce, mushroom, green apples, sausage, and brown rice. Tastes like soy sauce, mushroom, oatmeal, sausage, and brown rice. The apple smell does not become an apple taste. Kind of thin feel, almost overwhelming bitterness and acridness.

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Photo of fscottkey
2.83/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

A: Dark brown to black. Pours with a large foamy head. The bubbles are initially all different sizes - which I am not a fan of. It settles to a 1 finger cap of light tan foamy head. There is lots of lacing left on the glass.

S: Slight chocolate and burnt wood smells come through.

T: Burn wood up front. Slightly bitter profile. After taste is similar but slightly off and metallic.

M: Very thin. No chewiness that I like in a stout. Just thin like water - no bite or creaminess at all.

O: This seems like a miss. The flavor is off and the mouthfeel is not what I'd expect on an Oatmeal Stout.

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Photo of BryanCarey
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Very dark in color and with a creamy head of tan colored foam, Breckenridge Oatmeal Stout has a fragrant nose that is roasty with notes of chocolate, earthy scents, and a touch of alcohol. The beer holds its foam very well and generous lacing coats your glass as you drink.

Moving to the taste, this oatmeal stout offers flavors of chocolate/cocoa, roasted malt, caramel, toffee, and a touch of molasses. There is some coffee character too, although not as much as I expected, and the beer has a creamy texture common to the style.

I love a good oatmeal stout, but this offering from Breckenridge doesn’t quite measure up to some of the finest in its class. It isn’t a bad beer by any means, but the body is a little thinner than I prefer and it doesn’t have quite the sweet, dessert- like quality I have grown to love and expect in my oatmeal stout.

Still, all things considered, this is still a good enough beer to recommend a try. Keep your expectations at a moderate level and you should like it just fine.

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Photo of BTodd
3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass

A-one finger of fine, tab bubbles when poured hard. Deep black in color.

S-Lots of chocolate, coffee.

T-Coffee, metallic, with a drier, more earthy/herbal finish.

M-A little light for the style, lingers nicely but not as full as I'd like. Low carbonation.

O-Nothing offensive about this one. Easy drinker, but missing some of the body and bigger, roasty flavors I might expect.

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Photo of Boggdogg
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - pours completely black looks extremely thick. Thin head that is light brown in color and leaves mediocre lacing around the pint glass.

S - . A hint of coffee and cocoa and oats. Nice complex odor.

T - really not appealing to me. I thought it would be better after smelling the complexity but all I taste is bitterness from beginning to end just bad bitterness.

M - nice and smooth full bodied beer. The bitterness lingers though.

O - not horrible but I would not buy another one. Disappointing on the flavor.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.09/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a single bottle into a pint glass.

Pours pitch black with a little ring of white foam. Roasted, espresso oatmeal nose. Hints of vanilla. Taste is rich and creamy, light chocolate, smooth finish. Some coffee grittiness. Oaty. Easy finish. Solid stout. Very nice.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 2/23/2014. Pours clear nearly pitch black color with a 2 finger dense tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roast, caramel, toast, dark bread, oats, light char, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast malt and moderate hop notes; with good strength. Taste of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roast, caramel, toast, dark bread, oats, light char, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Moderate amount of earthy herbal/roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roast, toast, dark bread, oats, light char, herbal, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of dark/roast malt flavors with moderate hop presence; with nice robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy, smooth, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish as expected of 4.9%. Overall this is a very nice oatmeal stout. All around good balance, complexity, and robustness of dark/roast malt and moderate hop flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a nearly pitch black color with just some hints of light shining through to show the beers deep brown color. Upon pouring there is one finger head of a tan foam atop the brew. The head has a lighter level of retention, fading moderately fast to leave a nice level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is heaviest of a mix of roasted malt mixed with an oatmeal base. Overall the aroma is rather dry, with just a bit of a caramel sweetness in the smell. Along with these aromas are some bitter coffee smells as well as a light earthy aroma rounding it all out.

Taste – The taste begins with a mix of roasted malt and a moderate coffee taste. There is a little bit of a sweeter caramel and oatmeal flavor upfront with the caramel fading as the taste advances to the end. With the loss of the caramel comes some coffee flavors which bring with them a moderately level of bitterness. From the start, the oatmeal flavors increase up to the middle only to fade a bit again as the flavor advances to the end. With all the flavor transitions that take place and with a little bit of a earthy flavor coming to the tongue at the end of the taste, one is left with a slightly bitter and drier, light oat like, roasted coffee flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and chewier side for a brew of only 4.9 % abv. with a carbonation level that is on the average side. Again considering the 4.9 % abv. of the brew, the thicker and chewier body of the brew are fantastic for the darker and oat flavors of the beer, all while the moderate carbonation keeps this a still easy drinker as its lighter abv. lends well to.

Overall – A rather nice tasty stout that is on the lower adb. side. A good session style stout that packs lots of flavor and body even when not nitrogen poured.

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Photo of TaylorMade2014
3.86/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark chocolate appearance with a caramel colored head. The head was thin and somewhat disappointing that it didn't last longer.

Not to much smell going on. Slight hint of chocolate but not much more.

Despite tha lack of coffee smell it has a coffee taste that hits at the end. Roasted malts along with a sweetness of molasses and dark chocolate.

Crisp and smooth. Thin, no carbonation.

Very drinkable. Not over done in any area. Nice beer.

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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
4.09/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled February 2014 from bottle in pint glass.

Appearance: Very dark color (not totally black), with a nice thick tan head that lasted a long time.

Smell: Strong coffee aromas, with a smell of some sweet malts. Not much hops aroma. Overall a nice combination of aromas.

Taste: Full-bodied with a nice balance of malt and hops. The malts dominate, but there is enough hop flavor to make it interesting. It also has a little sweetness to the flavor. The combination of hops and roasted malts give this drink a nice balance of flavors. It is definitely smoother and not as 'forward' as some imperial stouts.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, but very smooth, almost creamy.

Overall: Very nice stout. Not as strong as some imperial stouts, but I enjoyed the combination of hops and malts, with a very smooth mouthfeel. I bought a 6-pack of this beer, and it is definitely a stout I will buy again.

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Photo of TastyAdventure
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A - thin head, jet black

S - very faint chocolate, not much else

T - very astringent coffee

Mouthfeel is probably the best part. It's nice and smooth

Overall, there's a million others that are better. The astringent coffee just puts the whole beer off

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Photo of papat444
3.29/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Taken from a mixed 12-pack with a best before date of 1-25-14. Poured from a 12 oz bottle.

Pours a dark brown body, head is light tan. Bubbly foam, chunky lacing, nice cascading effect. Smell is of roasted cocoa and oats. Chewy taste, smoke, dry cocoa, bit of charcoal but feels underdeveloped. Feel is quite thin for a stout. Decent but not much more.

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Photo of TeamMathis
3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Cola black. Brownish, tan head. Leaves a very light lace.
Smell: Roasted malt, coffee, and some chocolate.
Taste: Interestingly tangy, malt, and coffee.

I really enjoy this brew. Although it feels a bit watery, the roasted aspect of it makes up for it. The smell is a solid combination of roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate. The taste is just about the same, except that you're hit with tang on the sides of the tongue. I would probably get this again.

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