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Summit Oatmeal Stout - Summit Brewing Company

Summit Oatmeal Stout
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241 Ratings
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Ratings: 241
Reviews: 84
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.53%


Brewed by:
Summit Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: truthbrew on 05-23-2004)
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morimech

Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Glad to finally get to try this beer. Nitro-tap at Hautedish. Very dark brown color with one finger of dense, tan head. The head never really settles but stays firm. Heavy lacing is left on the glass.

Aroma consists of roasted malt with hints of chocolate and coffee. A little bit of minerals as well but that may of been the glassware.

Plenty of roasted malt qualities in the flavor. Plenty of chocolate and subtle hints of coffee. Bitterness is not that high considering the roasted qualities of the beer.

Being on nitro it is difficult to determine the true nature of the body. It could be a little more full bodied. Nice creamy texture.

A nice low ABV stout that is very easy to drink.

Serving type: nitro-tap

07-31-2011 19:49:31 | More by morimech
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Groveland in St. Paul.

Served into a pint glass.

Pours a 1 finger creamy tan head. Color is a dark, dark brown. Almost has a chocolate hue to it. Good retention. Damn nice lace walls. A very appealing beer.

Aroma: roasted malts licorice, chocolate, then there are some burnt malts in the background that I don't like. Sweet light hops. Coffee.

Taste: The burnt malts come straight off the top. Then they get a little roasty. Chocolate, oats, coffee, and fresh light hops.

Mouthfeel: A little booze shows here. Smooth and rich. Not so creamy compared to other stouts. Full bodied. Medium carbonation. A nice mouthfeel that ends with a burnt malt aftertaste.

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer, except the burnt flavor. Easy drinking stout. I could easily have another, as my pint is going fast. I recommend this one if you are around the Twin Cities.

Serving type: on-tap

06-24-2009 04:05:41 | More by mothman
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zeledonia

Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On-tap (nitro) at Stub & Herb's on March 25. Summit's common draft-only option, and one I've been meaning to try for years.

The pour is beautiful. Dark brown, nearly black, with just a shade of light coming through the edges. Two fingers of dense pillowy head. Outstanding retention, lacing that could define the word.

Smell is deep roasted, woody, a touch charred, with a hint of fluffy-sweet from the oats. Would be nice, if it were a bit more robust.

Taste is quite good. Clean and rich, starting out lightly charred, then drifting to a smooth sweetness, then fading back into a soft bitterness. Layers of flavors, all good. Yum.

Feel is outstanding. I've had beers on nitro that felt flat and dull, but this has enough prickle, and enough smoothness, that I'm fully satisfied. Almost thin, but the oaty fullness saves it from any such problems.

A top-notch low-ABV oatmeal stout. Smooth, flavorful, rich. I'll be drinking more of this.

Serving type: nitro-tap

03-26-2014 02:27:27 | More by zeledonia
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truthbrew

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the Summit brewery on 5-22-04. Smooth creamy nitro stout with a whiff of oatmeal character. It was served WAY too cold, but even at frozen temps it was still pretty enjoyable and not at all harsh, which will help it's general sales. After warming, the oatmeal and chocolate aroma became more evident and body became even more silky smooth. Very drinkable and while nothing that is ground breaking, it is a very welcome addition to the Summit lineup. This will be available in the Twin Cities area mid to late summer on draft only, but I would love to see it as part of the normal lineup. Hopefully some will stick around for the fall/winter. If they do eventually bottle, would they do it on CO2 or a nitro widget bottle/can?

Serving type: nitro-tap

05-23-2004 20:38:38 | More by truthbrew
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dfried

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black throughout, the slightest red at the bottom. Creamy tan nitro-tap head on top. The aroma is quite sweet, with some roasted coffee and malt. The flavor also has a fair amount of dark roated malt flavor, but is sweet and chocolaty, with cherries, and some hops lingering in the aftertaste. A sweet and smooth stout, easy to drink. Pretty standard for the style. Good work Summit.

Serving type: nitro-tap

10-18-2006 17:26:40 | More by dfried
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Durge

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass, slightly chilled at the Happy Gnome in St. Paul, MN, on cask no less! This shows a deep and solid brown black with a fair fuzzy light brown head and good, steady lacing. The aroma brings on some classic coffee, vaguely smokey malt. Chocolate floats around as usual, pretty nice overall. The taste offers much more of that charcoal smoke with sweet apple malt and more subtle coffee hints. This is sweet and smooth with a slightly dry finish but quite drinkable for the style. Decent liveliness for a cask, but mid-bodied overall. I enjoyed this a bit more than most cask brews, not knock your socks off great but a solid brew very much worth a try if you happen upon a cask like I did tonight!

Serving type: cask

07-29-2009 13:40:22 | More by Durge
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AmberMan22

Minnesota

3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap, in a pint glass.

A: Probably the coolest pour I've ever seen. The bubbles just forged up from the bottom, settling into a nice, thick tan head. A perfect compliment to a very black looking color. Lacing looked like an intricate lattice pattern of dots.

Smell: Mostly oatmeal, not so much the rest of the beer. The other flavors are there, just not as prevalent.

Taste: Good, but not great. I did enjoy it more thoroughly once I got into it a bit, when I could taste hints of brown sugar along side the oatmeal. It provided a nice sweetness to the stout, and feels like a perfect pairing. Otherwise, actual malt flavors felt subdued and I was slightly disappointed.

Mouthfeel: Solid, fairly heavy stout feel. No complaints here.

Drinkability: I feel like I could drink this all night long and just enjoy it. I would be quite content drinking this on a late fall night, into winter.

Serving type: on-tap

08-09-2009 20:33:18 | More by AmberMan22
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manitouman84

Wisconsin

3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown black with a dense foamy three finger khaki head. Very mild on the nose, a hint of dark roasted chocolate malt, oats and leather. Pleasant flavors, chocolate, bit of cocoa, mild oatmeal, and a smidgen of smoke rounds out the dark roasted malt backbone. Fairly dry, modestly carbonated, creamy and smooth. Solid offering from Summit.

Serving type: nitro-tap

01-02-2012 03:24:22 | More by manitouman84
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Stub and Herb's

Served a bit cold and with a tall head, but once it warmed up and settled down it was quite nice. It was a simple, smooth oat and cocoa with coffee-like roasted grains with wonderfully long aftertaste. Probably still my favorite Summit beer and a very worthy session beer.

Serving type: nitro-tap

12-23-2007 03:59:33 | More by tempest
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Rooney107

Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Served on tap, came in a sort of faded brown color with a solid head. Overall, quite an appealing beer that just seems to scream oats.

S- Definite earthy scent, not quite an "oat smell," but malt characteristics are certainly present. I also detect the faintest hint of cocoa and maybe a little vanilla.

T- The oat flavor hits me right away, great earthy taste. Slight bitterness intermingles with a malty chocolate presence. Light bitterness remains on the palate, but it is quite smooth overall.

M- Great chewy texture that one associates with the oatmeal stout style. Low carbonation compliments the flavors quite well.

D- Surprisingly, this is quite drinkable beer, for me at least. This is probably my favorite beer from Summit.

Serving type: on-tap

08-09-2009 22:36:50 | More by Rooney107
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ADR

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On nitro at the Eagle Street Grill, St. Paul, MN...

Dark appearance but chestnut light penetrates the bottom of the glass. Clear. Nice head, creamy and tan and keeping a staunch 1/2 inch for a long time. Not much downward-cascading action for a nitro pour. Thick clingy lace. Light cocoa aroma, a little apricot, not particularly roasty. Mouthfeel is medium, low mouth carbonation, tendency toward silky. Lactic milky senses to the flavor, and a sense of mildy burnt toast at the end. There's a little bit of astringency that picks up midway through the glass. All-in-all, a mostly pleasant beer and a nice one to see Summit brewing.

Serving type: nitro-tap

08-01-2004 20:11:29 | More by ADR
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kojevergas

Texas

3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on nitro-draught in a bar in St. Paul, Minnesota. Reviewed from notes taken over a Thanksgiving Holiday. Expectations were high given that I love stouts and it was on nitro. I thought it was curious that an oatmeal stout was on nitro, which got me excited.

A: Pours a two finger head of absolutely lovely cream lacing, wonderful thickness, and great retention. Moreover, a bubble show accompanies as tan bleeds into black. Colour is a solid black. Very appealing.

Sm: Cream and nitrogen. Some roast. A mild strength aroma.

T: Cream, oats, very light roast, and extremely light notes of coffee and chocolate. Not horribly complex for its style, but extremely refreshing and quite flavourful. Near perfectly balanced. Quite nicely built.

Mf: Lovely creamy mouthfeel - very smooth and quite wet. Those oats were put to good use. This texture complements the style quite nicely. Nitro was the right option for this beer; well done Summit. Incredible.

Dr: Incredibly drinkable. Uses cream to overcome stout dryness instead of succumbing to porter-esque workarounds. The oat smoothness synergizes brilliantly with the nitro-draught system.

Serving type: nitro-tap

12-19-2011 00:17:30 | More by kojevergas
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AdmiralDiaz

Minnesota

3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Needless to say it looked perfect off of nitro-tap. Amazing two finger head that was almost as thick as whipped cream. Thick lacing all the way down.

S: Very light roasted scents and some chocolate.

T: Similar to the smell, mellow malts with hints of chocolate.

M: Extremely smooth, just what you would expect.

D: Highly drinkable and every sip enjoyable.

Serving type: nitro-tap

02-17-2009 20:26:24 | More by AdmiralDiaz
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wagenvolks

Texas

3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on nitro-tap at the Draught House in Austin.

Thick, blackish-brown body with a typically gorgeous head of tightly packed, creamy brown bubbles. Makes for excellent head retention and lacing, but I've seen better from a nitro-tap. Slightly muted aroma of burnt chocolate and coffee. A little vanilla interplays with the toastedness of the malts, as do a pinch of earthy hops.

Flavor is also a bit muted, with creamy oats and charred chocolate malts leading the way. Summit's oatmeal stout is tasty, but I expected a bit more from this beer as it fell a bit flat in the middle. Noticeable blandness towards the finish, but thankfully a bit of roasted chocolate malt picks up the slack. Great mouthfeel, courtesy of our friend, the 7th atomic element. Smooth, chewy, slick, velvety...all of the above in terms of body. All in all, a decent brew, but I would choose several other stouts over this one. Still, it's definitely worth a try.

Serving type: nitro-tap

02-28-2010 00:57:22 | More by wagenvolks
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zjungleist

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Summit Brewing Company. Nice black pour with a medium, dense tan head. The smell was nice and roasty. Taste had some coffee, a bit of chocolate, and some oats. Mouthfeel was nice and creamy/silky with light carbonation and was fairly clean and refreshing for the style. Drinkability was fair, and this would make a hearty addition to a good meal (especially breakfast).

Serving type: on-tap

09-12-2006 03:22:04 | More by zjungleist
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iabeerbaron

Iowa

3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this in all places, Stone City, IA right outside Anamosa on tap!! Was pretty excited to try it. Pours a dark black with tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, somewhat faint. Flavor is roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate. Very smooth and an awesome creamy texture. Two thumbs up!

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2011 19:05:55 | More by iabeerbaron
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Bierguy5

Ohio

3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Jet black in color, with a creamy tan head. The head disappeared very quickly, which was disappointing. Soft, roasty aroma with hints of vanilla, and milk chocolate. Lightly roasted coffee flavor, with a bit of chocolate. Not much sweetness. Seems to lack the velvet mouthfeel, and silky texture of a great oatmeal stout. A bit thin. A small amount of lingering bitterness. Not heavy, and pretty easy to drink. Maybe a hint of fruit at the end, but not much. This is pretty simple, easy to drink, but not outstanding.

Serving type: on-tap

03-12-2007 01:43:25 | More by Bierguy5
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kbutler1

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Draft. On tap at Town Hall Tap on nitro. Super dark brown color, almost black, with a tiny bubbled tan head. Roasted malted, coffee, and dark chocolate notes in the nose. Nice lace on the glass. Smooth, velvety medium mouthfeel, mmmm only nitro can be this smooth. Very smooth flavor, roast coffee and dark chocolate notes with an overall nice rounded out flavor. Tasty. Ends fairly dry.

Serving type: nitro-tap

11-22-2010 15:41:37 | More by kbutler1
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ZAP

Minnesota

3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Zorbaz in Detroit Lakes

Held up to the sun and just a little scarlet shines through...french vanilla colored head...creamy looking...rims glass perfectly as I drink....nose is coffee grounds and dark chocolate...creamy..full bodied...feels bgger than I expected..very tasty and pretty complex...more sweet than bitter...some vanilla beans and sweet cadburry like chocolate...some java notes on the finish..

This is a winner and pretty complex...seems perfect for draft...not sure how it would translate to the bottle but worth a shot...."Tasty' sums this one up...not a classic but very enjoyable..

As it warms I get a little hit of mineral like water smell...perhaps a small hit of sewage fro mthe mineralness..

Serving type: on-tap

11-06-2004 06:50:26 | More by ZAP
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mcallister

Ohio

3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bordering between dark brown and black. Thick frothy head of tan retains itself like a champion boxer. Leaves a nice lace behind when it finally fades.

Chock full of sweet oat, coffee, and dark chocolate. A roasty aspect takes place, with vanilla backgrounds. Subtle aroma, very feminine and leaves you daydreaming. Dark fruits abound with a mainstay of currant.

Again the oats are very prevelant in this beer. A coffee aspect that reminds you of someone running out of enough grounds too fill a full pot with sufficient strength. Dark fruits are there but nothing destinguishes itself from the pack.

Mouth is creamy but slightly thin. A stout that is easily sessionable.

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2007 00:33:49 | More by mcallister
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cokes

Wisconsin

3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, very dark brown with a thick nitro-juiced tan head.
Java nose, with the creamy, flaky oatmeal as a pronounced secondary aroma, along with cocoa nibs, and grain.
Roasty up front and throughout. Coffee beans and bitter chocolate. Oats bring their creamed graininess, and stay awhile. Low hop profile, but the counteracting (and complementary) bitterness is there.
The nitro brings a fleecy full body upfront, which sags over the sip and thins a great deal.
I'd like to see a fuller, non-nitro version bottled, because it has a lot of upside, but the current situation is akin to an oated Guinness. Good session stout, but a bit hollow.

Serving type: nitro-tap

10-06-2009 05:16:31 | More by cokes
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blackie

Virginia

3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: shaker pint, thick head with nice retention atop the nearly black bodied stout

s: roasted barley on a toffee malt body, just a glimpse of a harsh roast edge, charred coffee and dark cocoa, earthy hops with a moderate presence

m: body creamy, medium full, with carbonation on the lighter end of the medium range

t: full toffee backbone with lots of dry cocoa, smooth roasted barley, earthy hop flavors with a light bitterness, good flavors but just on the lighter side and without a ton of range

d: a nice stout, no problems with this one

pint at Gunflint, Grand Marais, MN

Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2010 02:53:02 | More by blackie
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on nitro at TJ's, Paoli, PA

Poured into a pint glass, a dark brownish black, a bit light and clear around the edges when held to the light. A creamy tan head that retained and laced well. Smell of roasty malts and smoke. Taste was very dry and roasty, dark malts, and smokey leather, with a beef jerky sensation detectable. Coffee bitterness in the finish. Medium-bodied and fairly drinkable, though not the kind of stout I'd want to order for a casual session.

Serving type: nitro-tap

11-19-2011 04:59:59 | More by Rifugium
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exonthebottle

Minnesota

3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

nice looking beer took a while to pour at ed's but it was worth it from appearance stand point.
not much to smell a better ale than Guinness but from same ilk. light malts a real oat taste and chocolate taste
good texture low carbonation fits the style
drinkable

Serving type: on-tap

06-03-2010 09:22:36 | More by exonthebottle
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wrayjustin

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: Nitro
Location: Holy Hound Taproom, York, PA

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Appearance:
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Dark and deep this black stout shows no hue. The thick head comes out with a ten hint and two fingers thick. A solid ring of laces, before you take a sip you know your in for a decent beer.

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Smell:
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The nitro-tap scents take over the head, but once the head breaks up this beer opens up. Roasted malts and a hint of oat.

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Taste:
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A smooth roasted flavor. It has all the characteristics of a classic stout. It's really nothing special, but it's very smooth.

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Mouthfeel:
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A full feeling that you quickly realize is really smooth. The nitro is working its magic, and this goes down smoother than silk.

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Overall:
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A great season stout with an amazing smoothness and everything you expect from an oatmeal stout.

Serving type: nitro-tap

08-10-2013 03:00:52 | More by wrayjustin
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