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Oatmeal Stout - Rivertown Brewing Co.

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45 Ratings
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Ratings: 45
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 13.86%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Rivertown Brewing Co. visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Beejay on 02-24-2010)
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Reviews by keeganfrank:
Photo of keeganfrank
3.65/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

keeganfrank, Mar 06, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of glid02
3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

glid02, Feb 18, 2011
Photo of secondtooth
3.98/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

secondtooth, Oct 10, 2011
Photo of prototypic
3.03/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

prototypic, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of 6DaysBottomOcean
2.8/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

6DaysBottomOcean, Jul 28, 2010
Photo of bkonk10
2.5/5  rDev -26.3%

bkonk10, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of bluejacket74
3.4/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

bluejacket74, May 14, 2010
Photo of Beejay
3.7/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep black, no light is coming through my glass at all. The head practically explodes out of my glass. The head looks nice; a great tan color, and a pillowy softness. I just wish that the head wasn't filling the top half of my glass.

S: Definitely a nice slightly smokey roasted smell right up front. Slightly Earthy, oatmeal is present, and there is something else there I can't put my finger on. Very nice though.

T: Roasty comes through right away. This fades to a bit of a bitter kick from the hops, and a nice mellow malt and oatmeal flavor.

M: It feels just a little thin, and seems highly carbonated for the style, this also explains it foaming out of my glass.

D: Overall I think the smell and taste are pretty good. I am super excited that there is another local brewery in Cincy, and hope to try their other offerings. I just hope they don't foam up like this one. Hopefully I will be able to find this beer on tap and compare it with the bottle.

Beejay, Feb 24, 2010
Photo of Bierguy5
3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Bierguy5, Jul 09, 2010
Photo of aasher
3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

aasher, Aug 08, 2011
Photo of alcstradamus
2.65/5  rDev -21.8%
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.

alcstradamus, Jul 25, 2010
Photo of BigDRS
3.88/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

BigDRS, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of neenerzig
4.05/5  rDev +19.5%
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.

Eric

neenerzig, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of Ryan011235
2.28/5  rDev -32.7%
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.

Ryan011235, Apr 11, 2012
Photo of brown2cu
2.05/5  rDev -39.5%
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

brown2cu, Oct 20, 2011
Photo of projectflam86
3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

projectflam86, Apr 11, 2011
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.55/5  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.

brewdlyhooked13, Apr 23, 2010
Photo of nlmartin
3.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The beer was served chilled in an Imperial Pint glass.

Appearance: The body of the beer is solidly black. The head of the beer was explosive to begin with. Dark nugget brown coloration. The head began bulging and resolved to a thin half finger high. Rings of lacing remain behind on my glass marking its passage.

Smell: Toasted and lightly roasted malts a bit of dry cocoa and earthy aromas rise up to greet my nose.

Taste: The flavor of the beer consist of lightly roasted malts. A bit of earthy smoke and a flash of cocoa. Not overly complex but gets the job done.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: The body is a bit more carbonated than I would like. The carbonation breaks up too much of the smoothness I normally associate with oatmeal stouts. The beer is easy to drink in spite of flaws in the mouthfeel. The thing that makes this a beer I will buy again is price point. This is a bargain beer drink at under 7.50 a sixer.

nlmartin, Mar 14, 2010
Photo of Rdc67
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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Photo of mcorwin
4/5  rDev +18%

mcorwin, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Ferd577
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Ferd577, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of rogueleonardi
4/5  rDev +18%

rogueleonardi, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of M_Burkey
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

M_Burkey, Aug 08, 2012
Photo of SPriestle
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

SPriestle, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of Lukafer
3.4/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Lukafer, Apr 29, 2010
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Oatmeal Stout from Rivertown Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.