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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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45 Ratings
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Ratings: 45
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 12.32%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | 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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Reviews by Immortale25:
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3.86/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Immortale25, Apr 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

chinchill, Feb 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

tdm168, Aug 28, 2013
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3/5  rDev -14%

qcbrewer, Jul 17, 2014
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3/5  rDev -14%

kjc111, Aug 04, 2014
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3.1/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12oz. Very dark brown pour, just a ring and whispies of light tan head.

Aroma, toasted malt, some molasses, caramel. Lighter cola. A very faint vinegar.

Taste, Mostly sweeter malt, caramel, sassafras. Milk like chocolate.
A slight tart fruit, me be wondering on the age of this.

Heavy side of light body, barely. Carbonation is a tad edgy, but it drinks very easy. It just needs more, a little watery seeming. Alcohol well hidden though.
Either age or a little qc issue has made this not much more than average.

Bung, Sep 04, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

TheWillMitch, Aug 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

KevinGordon, Mar 14, 2014
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3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic.
No date or info.

Thanks for the brew Alex!

A - From a tall pour, Rail House's Oatmeal Stout fills the glass with a deep, dark mahogany brown color that looks almost black and is topped by a short-lived light khaki head. No retention and no lace to speak of.

S - Gritty roasted malt presence suggests a milk and bittersweet chocolate combination with cocoa notes and a grainy pale malt background with little hop influence. Oats definitely play a part though, and it smells like this beer will have a creamy mouthfeel.

T - Roasted malt opens up with a nice chocolate and coffee blend, but never becomes acrid or bitter. Nutty and woody earth tones follow up in this simple but tasty flavor.

M - Smooth and creamy with a moderately carbonated, faintly bitter finish, Rail House's Oatmeal Stout is medium-full bodied and coffee-lingering.

O - Grab a hunk of Dove milk chocolate and let it melt in your mouth with Rail House's Oatmeal Stout, a smooth voluptuous beer with chocolate and coffee nuances and a tasty finish.

BeerFMAndy, Jun 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev +14.6%

EN27, Tuesday at 01:49 AM
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3.71/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

devilben02, Aug 12, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +28.9%

calmac, May 26, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Irish57, Jan 12, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

NCLorax, Apr 15, 2012
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3.76/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served on-tap in Doubletree Hotel Lobby Bar in Durham, NC (Doubletree Raleigh Durham Airport)

A: Pours an opaque yet clear very dark brown (almost black) in color with some light amounts of gentle carbonation near the surface and a light amount of very dark amber highlights. The beer has a finger tall pillowy dark tan head that slowly reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of roasted malts, oats, chocolate, and coffee with the lightest hints of toffee sweetness.

T: Similar to the smell, the flavor of this beer is dominated by the lightly roasted malts and oats. There are some lighter notes of chocolate and coffee, which intensify as the beer warms up. Light amounts of lingering bitterness.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and creamy, almost slightly airy.

O: Easy to drink with the lighter mouthfeel and slightly sweet malt flavors. Sessionable feeling and definitely a great beer for the early spring.

dbrauneis, Mar 19, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

thatoneguymike, Jun 07, 2014
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3.91/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a growler of this while passing through NC on our way from Florida to NH. I poured into a pint glass, and the beer poured a dark, crystal clear brown color, with ruby highlights and a low-profile, one inch, small bubbled off-white head. Aromas of chocolate syrup, coffee, subtle char, and a nutty highlight. The beer's flavors are tangy sweet, with a slight molasses tang to the heavy coffee foundation. Some dark fruit (raisin and date) highlights, with chocolate highlights, too. Smooth, light, and dry in mouth. The aftertaste is darkly sweet, with a roasted mocha-coffee character. The finish is dry and clean, and lingers for a bit. Decent brew. Good flavors, and it would certainly make a tasty ice cream float.

GarthDanielson, Aug 08, 2011
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3.05/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

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.

Mojo, Jul 11, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Falcone, May 15, 2014
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3.73/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found on draft at The Bell Tree Tavern in Southern Pines, NC. Poured into a standard pint glass...

A - Poured a dark, almost opaque brown color. A tiny khaki colored head was present when served and receded a bit to a collar of the same color.

S - Roasted malts, coffee, some chocolate, and some toffee are present right off the bat. The Malts definitely take the stage on the nose with everything else complementing what that has to offer.

T - Roasted malts, some roasted coffee and some slight chocolate up front on the palate. The sweetness mixes nicely with the bitterness here.

M - Little thin, but still had a nice smooth feel to it. Carbonation was moderate and the body was on the medium side.

O - Really nice offering and one that I would definitely go back to again. Seemed like quite a sessionable stout which was nice to find.

KAP1356, Apr 11, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Shatter, Apr 14, 2013
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3/5  rDev -14%

TEAMHOLT, Mar 17, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

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!

TWM, Aug 23, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

OldSmaug, Apr 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

SittingOnAMtnTop, Aug 20, 2012
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Mastiff Oatmeal Stout from Railhouse Brewery
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