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Mastiff Oatmeal Stout - Railhouse Brewery

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Mastiff Oatmeal StoutMastiff Oatmeal Stout

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BA SCORE
80
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43 Ratings
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Ratings: 43
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 12.39%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Railhouse Brewery visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: KAP1356 on 04-11-2011)
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TWM

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Have to support any beer celebrating mastiffs. Disappointed that they used a brindle dog on the label instead of a fawn (like my 200-lb lapdog...) but had to give it a go.

In general... oatmeal stopped being used for brewing beers for a long time because they led to astringent, bitter, and unpleasant ales. Bringing them back has been an exercise in blending the grains to come up with a drink that can balance these characteristics of oatmeal beers. Most "oatmeal stouts" have 1-2% oatmeal- not enough to make a difference, just a marketing ploy. Therefore, I have to start with a salute to Rail House for making a definite oatmeal beer.

Unfortunately, it didn't balance well enough for me. A heavier beer with more starches and perhaps a touch more sweetness might have done better; the effort to make a light-bodied oatmeal beer backfired. The flavor was difficult to detect behind the bitterness, and the mouthfeel was almost rough (this was the astringent property that led to abandonment of the grain in brewing). The predominant flavor was soy sauce, and this was the only aromatic component that actually got into the air in any quantity.

Giving it a 3.5 only because it is true to type for an oatmeal stout. Rail House swung from the heels at this one, and while it was not a home run, they definitely got on base.

Hoping they take another stab at it with a heavier body beer; will definitely try that if it comes out!

08-23-2014 17:31:31 | More by TWM
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TheWillMitch

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

08-23-2014 02:52:21 | More by TheWillMitch
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devilben02

North Carolina

3.71/5  rDev +6.9%

I like big dogs and oatmeal stouts, so how can I not want to try this beer. It pours from the bottle with a good, dark, cola-brown color, but there is next to no foam. The aroma is subtly sweet and simultaneously roasty. The flavor similarly has a noticeable earthy roast contrasted against a creamy, lactose-like sweetness, making this beer taste like some kind of hybrid between a dry Irish stout and a milk stout. Much like an Irish stout, though, the texture is smooth, light, and almost creamy. Overall, the light body of this beer makes it go down easy, but the complex combination of roast and sweetness asks to be sipped and savored, making the beer seem a bit confused.

08-12-2014 13:32:21 | More by devilben02
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ThirstyHrothgar

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

08-12-2014 00:35:00 | More by ThirstyHrothgar
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kjc111

Georgia

3/5  rDev -13.5%

08-03-2014 23:50:34 | More by kjc111
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rw1992

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

08-02-2014 03:54:27 | More by rw1992
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qcbrewer

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -13.5%

07-17-2014 03:36:24 | More by qcbrewer
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Mojo

Alabama

3.05/5  rDev -12.1%

12 ounce bottle -> Foothills Brewing glass

A - obsidian black with a one inch khaki colored head, decent retention and lacing

S - weak nose, mostly soy sauce

T - vanilla, soy sauce, oats, not much coffee or chocolate.

M - velvety without a huge amount of carbonation

O - being honest, this one just doesn't do it for me. I'd pass on another one.

07-11-2014 03:06:44 | More by Mojo
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Radiosox

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

07-01-2014 00:44:56 | More by Radiosox
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thatoneguymike

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

06-07-2014 04:12:16 | More by thatoneguymike
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Falcone

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

05-15-2014 02:58:39 | More by Falcone
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Immortale25

North Carolina

3.86/5  rDev +11.2%

Had on-tap at Asheville Growler. Served in a snifter.

A- Pours a 99% opaque black color with a 1/4 inch tan head that retains a bit before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Non-resilient lacing leaves clots behind.

S- Tame aroma of vanilla and dark roast. Semi-sweet.

T- Sturdy dark roast brings notes of chocolate, vanilla and mild coffee. Slight char and moderate hop bitterness. Easy to drink while still being flavorful enough to stay interested.

M- Quite thick, almost chewy. Medium carbonation and a full body.

O- Pretty solid stout from a brewery I've never heard of. Will look out for other offerings from them.

04-21-2014 21:40:19 | More by Immortale25
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greencovesteve

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

04-14-2014 22:50:09 | More by greencovesteve
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OldSmaug

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

04-06-2014 01:51:56 | More by OldSmaug
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KevinGordon

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

03-14-2014 04:46:05 | More by KevinGordon
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Guitars_and_beer

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

03-10-2014 12:50:33 | More by Guitars_and_beer
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

02-01-2014 01:11:54 | More by chinchill
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walkinginplace

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

01-25-2014 19:10:27 | More by walkinginplace
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Irish57

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

01-12-2014 02:36:32 | More by Irish57
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marine1975

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +15.3%

12-07-2013 03:17:09 | More by marine1975
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jak

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

12-05-2013 01:46:27 | More by jak
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RWLawman

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

10-29-2013 18:52:58 | More by RWLawman
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discdueler

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +15.3%

10-19-2013 01:23:14 | More by discdueler
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LouDogg114

Georgia

3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

10-09-2013 22:44:33 | More by LouDogg114
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Brewski

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -13.5%

09-29-2013 13:08:48 | More by Brewski
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Mastiff Oatmeal Stout from Railhouse Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.