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Oatmeal Stout - Breckenridge Brewery

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Reviews: 524
Hads: 1,432
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 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 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 RRC87
4.01/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very dark brown, almost black. The brew is opaque and allows virtually no light to pass through. There is a 1.5 inch light tan head that dissipates to a very thin layer.

S: Smells of darkly roasted malt with hints of dark chocolate. Has a good aroma but you have to look for it. I only wish that it were stronger.

T: Starts out with a sweet roasted malt flavor with dark chocolate bitterness balancing it out nicely. There is also a discernible creamy coffee flavor that serves to tie the whole thing together.

M: Heavy on the tongue with just enough carbonation to keep the beer from becoming too heavy. This beer goes down very smooth. This is just what I want from an Oatmeal Stout.

D: Very easy to drink. Smooth, but not so heavy as to prevent me from putting down a few of these at a time.

Overall: A very enjoyable beer. Nothing super surprising, but there doesn't have to be when it is done like this. For the price ($8.99 a 6 pack) it is a heck of a deal. (983 characters)

Photo of rpmetzler
1.82/5  rDev -50.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Andrea: Initial taste ok. Terrible aftertaste. A very simple stout.

Ryan: Initial taste ok. Terrible, bitter, smokey aftertaste. Chocolate flavor absent. Would not drink again. (177 characters)

Photo of Dster
3.99/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap the flying saucer, garland

abv is supposed to be 5.0

Appearance- black with tan thick fluffy head.

Smell - faint, chocolate toasted malt

Taste - Oatmeal stout and exceptionaly creamy as per style but has more of the drinkablity of a irish stout. Taste of coffee, chocolate. Exceptionaly smooth

Mouthfeel - Creaminess was rare like a milkshake.

Drinkablity - I could drink this all day

I sat at a table with 3 other people who all prefer differnt styles agreed that it was the best new beer we have tried for a while. (530 characters)

Photo of j37geogaddi
3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid offering by Breckenridge, this pours a deep brown, black color with minimum lacing.

Smells slightly of smokey cocoa and maybe some caramel malt, but doesn't do enough for me.

Tastes nice, more cocoa and smokey malt, nothing too over-powering. Maybe lacks a bit of sweetness, as its pretty dry tasting- which is common for an oatmeal stout so I shouldn't complain.

Has a comfortable mouthfeel- good carbonation.

Because of the low ABV, its drinkable, but it lacks enough flavor to keep you coming back. I've had this at the pub in CO before and remember it as being better. Could be that it simply isn't as fresh, but the smoke-ness stands out right now. Depending on your tastebuds that could be a bad or a good thing I suppose. (743 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 txbrewer
3.99/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Black unless held up to bright light - then it is a dark brown. Even the bright light only comes through as though you are looking at thinned molasses. Thin, quickly fading, rich tan head with some lacing.

S - Big coffee with a mild bittersweet chocolate/toffee in the end. The coffee is what keeps with you.

T - All that coffee from the smell is easily found on the palette and the chocolate/toffee is just as mild. If you do not enjoy black coffee (by nose or taste) you would most likely not be a fan of this one.

M - Creamy stout goodness.

D - Yep - sure is, at least for the stout drinkers.

While writing this review, I keep going back to the glass for more smell and taste and I just notice that this is easily more than half empty now. I am quite enjoying this stout and will have to keep this on the list to watch for in the stores. This came from a Breckenridge sample pack that was on sale. (909 characters)

Photo of fallopia
2.98/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

10/13/12: Bottle poured into a frozen mug (yes, I know).

Dark-coffee black appearance with a moderate brown, creamy head that dissipates quickly.

Sweet, doughy flavors with a hint of roasted grains and chocolate.

Fairly flat and bitter with only a subtle malty taste. The nuances seem lacking.

Good body with a little more carbonation than I would prefer. Flavor lingers for 30-60 seconds.

Overall, this beer looks and smells more promising than it's taste which is fairly undistinguished. But it still beats water. (520 characters)

Photo of anth0ny
3.12/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured from a bottle. This is a near black beer with a thin, light cream head, bigger bubbles. I didn't get any lacing. Actually my beer looks identical to the one shown in the picture after it settled. Looks...alright.

S - I got all roasted malt with a hint of chocolate in the nose.

T - Earthy flavor dominates the taste. Over roasted malt and dark bread, with an overall theme of earthy bitterness that shows up to greet and leaves with you as well. Touch of hops in the back, maybe. The finish is all bitter - burnt raw coffee, acorns, and a little booze. No creaminess. It's not overwhelming by any means, just not very smooth.

M - This is a fairly light bodied stout with a good hefty dose of carbonation.

O - Overall, It's definitely missing the body and creaminess, and the flavor is a bit too robust for me (may be right up someone else's alley). It's alright. (880 characters)

Photo of Slygato
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apperance- Leaves a lot of foam when poured the foam is a lighter brown but the beer is a darker brown

Smell- Can smell the malts right away and has a light chocolate smell to it

Taste- Dark malts and chocolate with a hint of vanilla in

Mouthfeel- Creamy mouthfell medium body goes down smooth

Drinkability- Like the beer would drink this again (348 characters)

Photo of chadmoe1
2.85/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

notes from 12/13/11

A -- Dark brown/black with 1/4" golden tan head, heavy lacing

S -- Toasty/roasty malts; chocolate malt

T -- Roasted/burnt malts, chocolate malt; lingering malt taste; not much yeast or hops

M -- Medium carb; a little thinner than it appears

O -- Not as heavy as I thought it would be given how it poured and stuck to the glass; malt seems more burnt than I'd prefer; no real oatmeal flavors. I've had other Breckenridge beers and I've enjoyed them, but this one is not for me.

Bottle, pint glass (521 characters)

Photo of NaLoGra
4.4/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pitch black, about 90% opaque. The only reason I wouldn't rate appearance a 5.0 is because it didn't have much head.

S - Very grainy and malty smell.

T - Very toastie upfront, with a sharp malty aftertaste. Very slight hint of oatmeal, but I figure thats what accounts for the toastieness.

M - Very thick, full feel.

O - Overall, another great beer from Breckenridge. I have never been disappointed with this brewery. (425 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 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 britzdog
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

this stout pours a nice dark black with very minimal head . slight malt aroma but mostly burnt coffee. just slightly bitter taste with an average drinkability. you can do worse but you can do so much better. overall this is a run of the mill stout the potential is there . i will try another bottle in a few days and maybe it will be better (340 characters)

Photo of jdspears41
4.16/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow what a beer this was. I am very happy to say I tried this beer. Along with their Vanilla Porter this stuff is amazing.

A- DARK color like a guiness color. Motor oil like! Which I love to see because I know its going to be strong!

S- Very strong aroma of hops.

T- Immediately tastes good and leaves you wanting more. Amazing.

M- Great after taste and and very good bubbly feel.

BUY THIS! (395 characters)

Photo of TheDrunkenDwarf
3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pour - (From bottle) Jet black with 2-finger off-white head that dissipates quickly to a persistant ring. Decent lacing in glass.

Smell - slight chocolate notes.

Taste - Smooth with a tinge of bittersweet chocolate on finish. Finish does leave a slight roasted bitterness in aftertaste. Mouthfeel a little bit lighter than many oatmeal or dry stouts, but nothing way off the mark.

Overall - A relatively smooth stout with a lower ABV. This could be a good session stout, and I would have no problem tossing back 5 or 6 of these. (535 characters)

Photo of timn
3.46/5  rDev -6%
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. (1,043 characters)

Photo of MIchelle
4.36/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Okay so I'm kind of biased since oatmeal stouts are my favorite style of beer but this is an awesome brew! Pours a beautiful dark brown, almost black looking. You can't see thru the glass and for dark beer drinkers that's always a good sign lol. A night light lacey cream head to it, very small maybe quarter inch. Has a pleasant smell, kind of sweet but you can smell those nice dark malts. Very easy to drink, extremely smooth for a dark style beer. A nice balanced hop taste at first sip then you start tasting all the toasted malt flavor. This is one of my favorite brews by one of my favorite breweries. (608 characters)

Photo of bfflo
3.44/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a warm black with a low, white, uneven head that fell fast. Minimal lacing. Smell is very sweet, almost intimidatingly so, full of dark cherry and fresh bread and oats, maybe a hint of chocolate. Mouthfeel is thin and a little underwhelming. Mild carbonation, sort of malty on the front end, with a fruit-tinged, slightly woody middle and a mild, gently bitter finish. This gets the basics right, and it's mellow enough to be highly drinkable -- I'm enjoying mine -- but there's not a ton going on here, overall. In regards to the oatmeal stout style generally, Samuel Smith's, Buffalo Bill's, Barney Flats, Dark Horse - pretty much every other oatmeal stout I've tried, really - is as good or better. I'd probably go with a C+, but the B- that BA tallies the score out as is close enough. (795 characters)

Photo of pijiu
2.58/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Deep brown color with a thin layer of caramel head that clings to the glass.

S: Very weak scent. Faintly roasted coffee.

T: Acidic beginning with dark roasted flavor. Rounds into a bit of molasses with a raisin aftertaste. Taste is thin, and overpowered by the dryness.

M: Medium bodied with a sharpness on the tongue. Very mild carbonation.

D: Drinkable, but uninspiring.

Not bad, but definitely not one of my favorite stouts. (479 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 naderator55
4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had out of a 12 oz. bottle.
Poor a very nice thick head. Exactly what I expected out of a stout. Was a very dark black, could barely see through the glass.

The smell of roasted malts came through very strong with a kick of bitterness.

Taste was dark with the roasted maltss being evident. This had a little bit of a sweeter kick than a bitter kick.

The drinkability was fair, went down smooth, sometimes didn't realize how fast I was actually drinking it.

This was my first beer of this variety, and I think it represented the style well. (552 characters)

Photo of MorningBeer
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured this beer into a pint glass. Hard pour produced a beautiful, two finger head that looked like a dark espresso whipped with cream. The head dissipated within a few minutes but left a nice film until the beer was gone, with lacing stuck to the top of the glass. The beer poured a deep black that remained so even when held up in the natural light.

S: A deep blend of chocolate and espresso, with a hint of spices, maybe pepper and cinnamon.

T: Complex, like the smell. It is medium to heavy bodied in the mouth and leaves a spicy aftertaste, perhaps too much so for my liking. Although, on a cold, snowing day like today, it is welcome.

D: This beer is good in the morning on a fall day or late in the evening on a warm June night. For me, this beer is best when enjoying one at a time. (798 characters)

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