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Oatmeal Stout | Breckenridge Brewery

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Oatmeal StoutOatmeal Stout

Brewed by:
Breckenridge Brewery
Colorado, United States | website

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.95%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-25-2001

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Photo of SAtaMi
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Nice black color with a creamy thick off white head. Good lacing.

Smell - Nutty, Coffee with a burnt chocolate. Malty goodness.

Taste - Smokey coffee with a nutty mocha back.

Mouthfeel - A great body with a smooth feel.

Drinkability - I like it and would buy it again.

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Photo of JDFish
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured very dark from a bottle to a Mug. Great looking stout, very dark and a solid coffee head and great lacing that sticks throughout the whole process.

S: Roasty goodness. Hint of molasses and dark chocolate and definitely coffee.

T: More roastiness. Coffee and oatmeal, some sweet molasses and chocolate in the background

M: Decent creamy medium feel. Not complex, but very serviceable.

D: Very drinkable. Any more sweet then no, but this is well-balanced and delicious

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Photo of saradad
3.09/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this beer into a glass and formed a short lived medium tan head over a very deep brown (almost black) opaque body. Some light lacing remained through to the bottom. The smell is mostly a standard stout mix of roasted and toasted grain and espresso with little if any hops presence and mirrors the taste yet there's a little bitter pine in the aftertaste that's overpowered by espresso in the finish. The feel is a little thinner than I expected but not too bad. Overall not bad, and yet I feel guilty for reviewing this beer. The brewery didn't feel it important enough to mark the brewing dates on the bottles (indeed, only the stout was marked in a mixed case with any dates, yet not marked or notched to indicate the actual bottling date) Perhaps this beer is better fresher but as I know not when it was brewed then I'll review their beers as I drink them regardless of the condition of the beer. At least this wasn't a drain pour.

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Photo of Nibbley
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a black, black, dark black with a mocha that fades to a small ring with streaks down the glass. Aroma is of dark toast and a slight coriander and bitter chocolate. Taste is of Ethiopian coffee and bitter chocolate with an abundance of small soft carbonation. An above average Oatmeal Stout from Breckenridge.

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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 Blupoet03
2.33/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I poured this beer into a tasting glass, raising a nice head. The color was dark, but not black as some oatmeal stouts can be.

This beer had a flat, bitter nose. The taste was coffee, stale dark chocolate, with a hint of alcohol. Aftertaste was chalky with a dash of hops.

The bitter and stale tastes are all that came through for me and didn't make for a good drinking experience. For lack of a better word, it went down harsh.

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Photo of nathi
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of AMiz602
3.86/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a gorgeous looking beer. It is pitch black, with not an ounce of light penetrating through the glass. This is what a true stout should look like. If poured correctly, the head is a wonderful cherrywood brown, with minimal lacing. The head retains for a bit, though not like other stouts, where is can be hard to get rid of.

The smell is truly complex. First you get a nice whiff of dark chocolate, then it turns into a biscuity coffee smell.

For an oatmeal stout, it is actually quite bitter. There is a beginning taste of roasted malt and the bitter hoppy flavor, with a hint of the dry, biscuity (oatmeal) flavor. On the back end there is a very strong roasted coffee and bitter flavor. It is pretty smooth, though not heavy my any means.

It's a good oatmeal stout, very drinkable, very complex, good for those who may not know about them or want something mind-boggling.

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Photo of BringusKilkenney
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black with a small head very nice looking beer very little lacing not really any light getting through this one.

Smells great can definitely pick up the oatmeal and malts has a good inviting smell i am really liking this one so far.

The taste is straight up burnt toast to me with malts and the oatmeal part in the back really like it goes down smooth with just a touch of bitter in the aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is good smooth and light despite look of the brew some carbonation but not much to mention. this is an easy to drink stout good for anytime i think.

i would like to see more alcohol in this that is about the only complain i have just needs more of a kick to it i think but then again this is coming from a guy who really loves imperials and such

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Photo of suretolose
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a bottle. Black with a medium head that disappears quickly.

Smell like coffee and chocolate slightly burnt.

Tastes smokey with coffee and chocolate. Very smooth and tasty.

Very little carbonation makes it easy to drink.

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Photo of chriscolby
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with a new label different than old one pictured here (at the time of my review)

Black-colored with a thin, tan head. Roasty and chocolatey notes, with little hints of coffee, dominate the aroma. A chocolate malt flavor is backed by some roasty notes. Moderately hopped for a stout; the focus here is on the dark malt. The roast flavor is smooth, with no hint of sharp, dark grain bitterness. Moderate body -- "thicker" than a dry stout, but "thinner" than a sweet or cream stout. A lightly tingly mouthfeel (instead of the usual velvety smoothness of most oatmeal stouts).

A solid, easy-drinking stout.

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Photo of alee42
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Bryant: for forgetting to take back this beer from my fridge.

First notable trait on the bottle is the grinning crescent Moon and the captions "Dark and Creamy" and "Smooth in Character" printed on the sides of the front label. Poured into a standard tumbler pint - a very dark, thick brown color. Head forms a thick layer with a creamy viscosity and sticky lacing. Noticed almost no carbonation.

Smells very much like chocolate, which serves as the main aroma of this stout. There are subtleties that I detect; hints of truffle, maybe raspberry. Has obvious bread-y notes, hints of oatmeal, giving it a grain-y smell.

Tastes like chocolate but smoothed out by oatmeal notes, giving it a gritty mouthfeel. A little bit of raspberry, and a slightly bitter finish. A little carbonation on the first draw.

Overall, a full-bodied beer, deep chocolatey flavors that keep the beer interesting. The label does deliver; it is very smooth going down.

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Photo of lsrose
3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer was OK but I have had much better oatmeal stouts. Poured very dark with a smell of an oatmeal stout but really not that pleasant. Rather strong taste for only being 4.95 ABV. All around just an average beer. There are much better beers out there.

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Photo of Slowjamcdub
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark but not over done. This one doesnt over do the dark chocolates and thickness. Still nice hops in this, well balanced beer. A little Under rated I feel. Well made brew.

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Photo of zakery
4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
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!

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Photo of queenboadicea
3.14/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

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Photo of RRC87
4.01/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of rpmetzler
1.82/5  rDev -50.4%
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.

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Photo of Dster
3.99/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of j37geogaddi
3.91/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of alittlehazy
4.23/5  rDev +15.3%
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!

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Photo of txbrewer
3.99/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of fallopia
2.98/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

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Photo of anth0ny
3.12/5  rDev -15%
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.

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Photo of Slygato
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
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

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