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Oatmeal Stout - Rivertown Brewing Co.

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Oatmeal StoutOatmeal Stout

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Ratings: 44
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 13.82%
Wants: 1
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Beejay on 02-24-2010)
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Photo of DmanGTR


4/5  rDev +17.6%

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.

07-11-2011 05:25:08 | More by DmanGTR
Photo of projectflam86


3.63/5  rDev +6.8%

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.

04-11-2011 01:48:53 | More by projectflam86
Photo of keeganfrank


3.65/5  rDev +7.4%

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.

03-06-2011 20:48:40 | More by keeganfrank
Photo of glid02


3.48/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

02-18-2011 03:06:36 | More by glid02
Photo of rembrant


3.88/5  rDev +14.1%

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.

01-26-2011 23:49:48 | More by rembrant
Photo of donteatpoop


3.43/5  rDev +0.9%

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.

01-13-2011 05:38:30 | More by donteatpoop
Photo of gmfessen


4.15/5  rDev +22.1%

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!

01-05-2011 01:08:24 | More by gmfessen
Photo of rcwhiteky


3.53/5  rDev +3.8%

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

08-17-2010 12:59:34 | More by rcwhiteky
Photo of 6DaysBottomOcean


2.8/5  rDev -17.6%

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.

07-28-2010 22:30:21 | More by 6DaysBottomOcean
Photo of alcstradamus


2.65/5  rDev -22.1%

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.

07-25-2010 04:19:16 | More by alcstradamus
Photo of Bierguy5


3.3/5  rDev -2.9%

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.

07-09-2010 00:34:21 | More by Bierguy5
Photo of bluejacket74


3.4/5  rDev 0%

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.

05-14-2010 22:28:37 | More by bluejacket74
Photo of Lukafer


3.4/5  rDev 0%

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.

04-29-2010 05:31:45 | More by Lukafer
Photo of brewdlyhooked13


3.55/5  rDev +4.4%

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.

04-23-2010 05:16:16 | More by brewdlyhooked13
Photo of ltjska04


3.4/5  rDev 0%

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.

04-03-2010 02:44:18 | More by ltjska04
Photo of nlmartin


3.2/5  rDev -5.9%

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.

03-14-2010 06:14:41 | More by nlmartin
Photo of idge


2.55/5  rDev -25%

There was a Rivertown Brewing Co. display at a grocery store near my house in Cincinnati. It seems this brewery is brand new, and since there are pitifully few breweries in this town I eagerly bought two six packs - the Oatmeal Stout and the Hop Bomber Pale Ale. My first stout turned instantly to head as soon as liquid hit glass - foamed all the way to the top with about 1/4 inch of black liquid at the bottom. I thought maybe it was a bad bottle and grabbed another, but same result. ALL foam. I actually waited (and waited) for the foam to settle and had a drink. It was predictably over-carbonated for a stout, and the taste was on the bitter side, though not terrible. All in all... probably a bad batch, since others here have given decent reviews of this beer. Hopefully just growing pains for a new brewery. Maybe I'll try it again in a month or so.

03-12-2010 03:41:23 | More by idge
Photo of ThaBobfather


3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

Pours about as well as you can ask an oatmeal stout to pour-black/brown with an exploding cascade of chocolate bar color with malted foam.
Smell is solid-roasted almonds, oats, sweet malts, and chocolate.
Taste comes through-not overly complex but very deep in roasted malts, sweet oats and almonds I believe-with some chocolate.
Finish is long with a roasted fireside quality that stays a while.
Drinks solidly-jury is out until an ABV can be assessed, but there is no boozey quality and its very smooth.

02-27-2010 04:33:24 | More by ThaBobfather
Photo of Beejay


3.7/5  rDev +8.8%

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.

02-24-2010 03:28:36 | More by Beejay
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Oatmeal Stout from Rivertown Brewing Co.
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