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Oatmeal Stout - Rivertown Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 29
Hads: 46
Avg: 3.42
pDev: 13.45%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Rivertown Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States | website

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout | 4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Beejay on 02-24-2010

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Photo of raznug
3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This pours just like a stout should thick, black and no visible light coming through. It is topped with ¾” of off light brown colored head that dissipates to a thin layer at a steady rate.
Smell: I can smell roasted malts and an oatmeal aroma that hangs around just after the roasted notes leave the nose. I think I can smell toffee notes that are almost not there, very, very faint.
Taste: The flavor is a little lacking compared to some stouts but it is a good stout just not great. The taste goes well with the aroma; mainly roasted malts along with the slight hints of toffee and maybe vanilla. The oats aren’t as visible in the taste as I would have liked but no beer is perfect.
Mouthfeel: My first thought was that it was a little thin bodied but as the beer gets warmer it seems to be getting thicker. It has a tasty creaminess to it that makes it very easy to drink especially on this august day.

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Photo of prototypic
3.03/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Oatmeal Stout pours a dark chocolate fudge color. It’s not opaque. Backlighting reveals some burgundy highlights at the outermost edges. A tan head covers the top. It’s modest, standing a little less than a finger in height. Retention was on the shorter side. Lacing was light and very spotty.

The nose is rather average. It’s definitely lacking in the strength department. Needs work there. It kicks off with a roasty scent. Very roasty. Almost smells a little smoked or burnt. That could be attributable to a roasted coffee or espresso element. Difficult to tell. Charred barley could be the ticket, as well. It doesn’t smell sweet. Alcohol isn’t a factor at all. I’m not getting any. It’s not bad, but it’s good either. More strength would definitely help.

The flavor is pretty average, as well. Roasted and chocolate malts are the base. The roasted variety is certainly the stronger of the two. The chocolate variety is definitely dark and bittersweet. It’s not sweet in the least. Roasted coffee or charred barley gives it a strong burnt flavor. It’s too strong. Seems to overpower the malt flavors. The flavor just seems to drop off and become dull. Not very exciting at all. Alcohol isn’t noticeable at all. Finishes roasty, a bit charred, and very dry. Average at best.

Oatmeal Stout has a lighter body. Carbonation seems light, but it feels watered down and thin. Not smooth at all. Average seems to fit the bill here, as well. If it were a little more flavorful, it’d go down easier. Pretty dull as it is. Finishing off this 12 oz. bottle shouldn’t be a problem though.

Oatmeal Stout is my first experience with Rivertown Brewing Company. Overall, it’s been a pretty ho-hum experience. Oatmeal Stout is very average in virtually every respect. It needs quite a bit of work to make it stand out. More aromatics, better flavor, more body. If you decide to go for it, stick with a single bottle.

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Photo of Ryan011235
2.33/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured up on 4/3/12. The bottle recommends this be served in a pint glass. I poured it into a McDonald's Collector's Series glass featuring Grimace, since that's what I do frequently when drinking Rivertown beers.

I once had a bad bottle of this (shocker) before they distributed to Columbus. I haven't tried it since. Let's see how this one fares...

Dark, inky brown pour becomes a dull black in the glass. A one finger head dissipates quickly but leaves a thin, even layer of foam. Decent lace remains.

Oats have a pretty good showing in the aroma and mingle with roasted coffee and bitter chocolate; there are some burnt sugar notions, too. Whereas the aroma is ok, it doesn't carry over come sippin' time. Oh no, no. Think earth, metal shavings and watery coffee. Undertones of the namesake oats peek through from time to time. Roast notes are bland. Though not the most prominent aspect, off notes are unshakable. The body is a bit thin, but the feel remains inky enough. Carbonation is fizzy and sits uncomfortably with the rest of the feel. Dirty residuals.

My overall impression is that this is better than the first time around (not hard to do), but there are still long strides to be made before this is even remotely a contender.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.06/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was down in Cincinnati this past weekend as my brother graduated college from University of Cincinnati. So Saturday afternoon after the graduation ceremony we headed over The Party Source right across the river in Kentucky. I purchased a 6 pack of this, among other things that I can't get here in Cleveland, and some beers I can't get in Ohio at all. Poured into my pint glass, this beer is a dark brown color with amber/ruby hues when held up to the light. Has a thin brown head well under 1/4 inch thick that disappears very quickly after being poured to a nice medium sized ring lining the inside of the glass. Has a little bit of lacing on the inside of the glass. Aromas of dark roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and oatmeal are all nicely present, certainly enjoying the nose with this one! Has nice roasted chocolate, malt and coffee flavors upfront that give way to the oatmeal. No discernible hop aroma or flavor here. The flavors certainly come out more as the beer sits and warms a bit. Has a crisp, thin to medium bodied mouthfeel, with moderate carbonation. A very drinkable beer indeed. Almost dangerously drinkable in fact. A very good, solid beer here. My only complaints are that I thought the body/mouthfeel was a big thin for a stout and the lack of head and foam when the beer was first poured. Certainly worth a try.


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Photo of brown2cu
2.06/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Pours jet black with some ruby hues. An off white head is present but dies down quickly. No lacing is present.

S: Smells like a bud with a faint hint of roasted malt.

T: Insipid. The flavors that you would normally expect to be present in this style were there; however, they were completely lackluster. An interesting aspect about this beer was that there was a rather sharp bitterness present. However, I don't know if it only seemed sharp compared to the bland malt bill.

MF:Spritzy, and makes it easy to drink. However, for the style it is way wrong.

O: Not impressed. One thing I can say is that I want another opportunity to try this beer, and review it. I tried this really wanting to like it, and from what I have read most people think this beer is exceptional

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Photo of mattboyer182
3.74/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - dark black, thin brown head, dissipates quickly.

S - dark roasted malts and chocolate and oatmeal.

T - decimate oatmeal right upfront. Good sweetness with a balanced bitter at the end.

M - heavy bodied and light carbonation.

O - pretty enjoyable. Solid oatmeal stout.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.97/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep black, with a huge head of tan foam. Big spokes of lace on my ale glass.

Nose is cocoa-chocolate, slightly roasty and definitely mouth-watering.

Taste is roasty (but not burnt), with more chocolate tones and a hint of coffee. This is a smooth-drinking stout, no doubt made creamier by the oatmeal.

Absolutely nothing wrong with this brew -- tasty, enjoyable, and with plenty of depth.

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Photo of BigDRS
3.89/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Opaque dark, dark ruby red/near black in color with a tan colored head. Head dies down quickly to just a light film.

S - The aroma on this beer is awesome. Oatmeal, roasted malt, some dark chocolate, and coffee notes all are present in the nose. Roasty qualities really stand out.

T - Very similar to the smell. Starts out with a lot of up front roasted malt character and about mid-way through sweetens up a bit and the coffee and chocolate flavors come through.

M - Not very good. Mouthfeel is quite watery for my taste, and the carbonation level is just a touch high.

O - Overall this is a quality beer, but the mouthfeel is a real letdown. If one is in the mood for a decent stout, this will at least fulfill the craving.

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Photo of ColdPoncho
3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Nice dark brown/black body with signs of clarity at the edges with some red light. A big tan head lies atop the beer and reluctantly dissipates.

S - dark fruits, roasted coffee, molasses. Not too bad, but it seems a bit too sweet.

T - Roasted malts, and molasses. I know this taste, and it is kind of off-putting, but it's not too bad in this beer. It's just this funky sweetness. The roasted notes can't quite come through.

M - Thin, smooth, a little dry, pretty light. Not bad, wish it were bigger.

O - Not a bad beer, but I just don't think it's very good. Not worth seeking out.

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Photo of aasher
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a medium bodied dark dark brown on the verge of black with a one finger beige colored head. The head quickly dissipated to a light lacing around the glass. The nose is of smooth roasted malts, light chocolate, and light coffee. It's solid. The flavors consist of roasted dark malts witha dry and bitter finish. The amount of roast that you get is surprising. It drinks pretty light in body for the style and finishes really dry. Overall there isn't anything too special here but it's an ok beer.

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Photo of DmanGTR
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brought this to share at a tasting. Review from notes.

Poured coffee black with light chestnut hues in the light. Very rich and roasty aroma with the sweetness of oatmeal enhancing it. Nice silky smoothness. Blend of light coffee, touch of browned toast, and cocoa powder. Very easy to drink. I would easily down a growler of this in a session.

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Photo of projectflam86
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a deep brown color with a thick brown head that leaves nice lacing.

S- Strong roasted aroma with some subtle sweetness and coffee scents.

T- Bitter dark roasted flavor initially with a slightly sweet finish. A bit of astringent coffee flavor lingers around in the aftertaste.

M- Medium bodied with higher than usual carbonation.

O- Overall this is a decent stout but the flavor could be tweaked a little for improvement.

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Photo of keeganfrank
3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I drank two bottles of this stout while writing the review. The first one I poured filled about 2/3 of the glass with foam. As it's labeled a stout, I did not expect so much carbonation! The second I poured more slowly and generated almost no head. Smells of coffee and bread. The oats are not easy to detect upon first tasting but become more obvious after the stout sits on your tongue for a moment. Also present are roasted coffee and a nutty, earthy flavor. The first bottle (the foamer) seemed too thin to be a stout. I almost wouldn't have even considered it a porter. The second bottle-the one that barely foamed at all-was much more like a stout, but still a little thin. Don't get me wrong, this is a good beer- I just think it may be mislabeled.

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Photo of glid02
3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Jeremy - thanks!

Pours one shade from black with a two-finger tan head. The head recedes into thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of heavy roasted malts with hints of cocoa powder and coffee grounds.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Deep roasted malt flavors with hints of char kick things off. The roastiness carries through until midway through the sip where it sweetens a bit with the addition of semi-sweet chocolate. The chocolate fades out into a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is not so great. The thickness is on the light side and the carbonation is overly active.

Drinkability is alright. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass however I'm not sure about another.

Overall I wasn't a big fan of this beer, it's missing some complexity and the heavy carbonation doesn't do it any favors.

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Photo of rembrant
3.87/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pour- Black with a little brownish cast and a very brief tan head Some lace.

Aroma Coffee,black currants

taste Coffee and currants,a trace of black cherry and some roasty elements.

This works rather well cold though the malts do bring up the coffee and roasted malts more as it warms. As tends to be the case with Rivertown it's a pretty good beer,pretty much "to type" yet too understated,as if the target is a transitioning "mainstream' drinker..not a BA guy. Though an Oat stout, it's more Porterish in it's weight. As it DOES do well cold, it can be a nice "summertime" malty beer.

Mouth....More carbonation than the norm for an Oat Stout but that fits this,as it's maybe aimed to be perky,accessable. has a wetness without being TOO thin,but i expect a bit more viscosity,heft to an Oat Stout. Creamy mout and the finish is short but clean.

Drinkability is high for an Oat Stout....because it's light/medium body and carbonation make it drink more like a middleweight Porter. Kind of a niche beer that's pleasent enough but would benefit from more oomph.

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Photo of donteatpoop
3.44/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown color with fleeting tan hued head.

The smell is very appealing, roasted malt, mild coffee notes, and biscuits.

The taste has a lingering dry coffee grounds flavor to it. Initially the brew seems a bit off balanced but it comes together nicely in the end.

Unfortunately it seemed a bit too watery to my tastes, went down like a lager.

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Photo of gmfessen
4.15/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, Oatmeal Stout is black in color with a creamy looking, mocha-tan head. Nose is of rich, roasty notes like molasses, chocolate and coffee. The taste is very well balanced yet malt forward with the aforementioned malty characteristics being centerstage and a clean hoppy finish. The mouthfeel is a little light in body but with a velvety, creamy carbonation which is exactly what you would expect from an "Oatmeal" Stout. Overall, drinkable stout - goes down smooth and easy, tastes good too!

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Photo of rcwhiteky
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance-Black With ruby hints When held to light and a huge and I mean huge Beige head.
Smell- Roasted malt with a hint of sweetness
Taste -Good taste strong coffee with oat overtones and nice dry bitter finish with a hint of oak
Mouthfeel to much fizz this beer has a head on roids i couldn't drink it for the first five minutes till the foam calmed down
Drinkablity- I liked this beer but untill they cut down on the co2 its to much to deal with even with the most gentle pour

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Photo of 6DaysBottomOcean
2.78/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Opened with bang even though its a twist off. Huge fizzy head that eventually settled down to a cap. Rich mahogany color with a tan head, so far so good. Smell is hard to pick up but very bitter roastieness is evident with some cocoa and cream mixed in. Taste is creamy roasted mocha with a slightly bitter finish, slightly sweet with a creamy flavor. If it werent for the bitter finish I would think this was a milk stout. Mouthfeel leaves a lot to be desired, too thin for my tastes but all things considered it has a decent flavor and the thin body would make it easy to throw a few of these back. Not the best of the style, but certainly not the worst.

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Photo of alcstradamus
2.68/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours black with an uncontrollable head that engulfs 90% of the glass using a standard pour. The aroma is lightly toasted malts, nuttiness, acrid coffee, and some metallic twang. The flavor is fairly watery with some light nuttiness. Not really appealing at all, but not off-putting either. Below average in the craft beer world.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. No abv, or freshness date. Pours a nice inky black. Big foamy mocha head. Pretty good head retention. Some chestnut hues when held up to the light.

Nice roasty aroma. Some mocha notes, with just a bit of smoke. Darker chocolate near the back.

Roasty up front, but not a great deal of depth from the malt. A small layer of smoke. Not much chocolate. Some earthy bitterness.

Body seems thin, with a good deal of carbonation. Lacking the slick feel from oats. Alcohol is well hidden. Not terrible, but lacks depth.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with a couple inch frothy tan head (even after a slow pour). Head retention is good, with a small amount of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is nice, it smells like roasted malt, oats, and some chocolate. It tastes like roasted malt, coffee, oats and chocolate. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it seems a bit thin too. Also, this brew has high carbonation, way too much carbonation for a stout. However, even with the high carbonation the drinkability of this brew isn't bad at all. I'll have to revisit this beer in the future. If they cut down on the carbonation, that would help a lot.

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Photo of Lukafer
3.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Thanks to ThaBobfather.

Pours very dark/black and the tons of foam, man this spilt all over my counter! After letting the head die down, I smell roasted malt with a hint of coffee. Tastes roasty malts, coffee and some oats, pretty good. It has some bitterness in the finish as well, which I like. Mouthfeel is extremely carbonated. I did a homebrew in this style and my girlfriend asked if it was suppose to be so carbonated, i wish she would have seen this, it makes mine look flat. Overall a pretty solid brew, just needs to chill out on the carbonation.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - opaque pour, four fingers of light mocha foam with a few ounces still in the glass. Falls back without too much delay and is holding at about a finger.

Aroma - roasty and oaty smooth, toasty and nice.

Taste - the roastiness doesn't translate as fully in the early goings. Too much foaming in the mouth. Working some of that out, the malts come through much better, smooth with a good roasty, coffee-influenced favor. A note earthy on the swallow, and some residual roast on the finish.

Mouthfeel - over-carbonated to the point of interference. I can deal with it by employing some focused swirling, but I'm still belching like a sailor. Body has a good feel to it, smooth and just a tad weighty, but overall the bubbles are in the way.

Drinkability - I couldn't go too far if it is this gassy on tap, just too much CO2. I like the flavor though, a good stab at the style.

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Photo of ltjska04
3.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Let me start by saying this beer (this batch, at least) is a pain in the ass to pour into a pint glass. As soon as the first drop hint my Perfect Pint Glass foam shot strait up. It literally took me 8 minutes to pour the whole thing in the bottle. This was the first beer that I had to eat the foam and spit it in the sink (it was bitter and not nice) just to get to the damn beer.

OK, now that we're past that this is actually a decent looking beer. Black with ruby highlights and a light brown rocky head that sticks to the sides of the glass. The smell is of bitter chocolate and roasted grains. Tastewise there's more of the chocolate and dark grains with almost a lactose-like sweetness. It's a bit astringent and doesn't really make me beg for another drink. However, once all that pent-up carbonation got released from the pour the mouthfeel is pretty decent and smooth. The lingering roastedness/astringency kind of turns me off but I will most likely try this again in the future.

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Oatmeal Stout from Rivertown Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.