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Summit Oatmeal Stout - Summit Brewing Company

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Reviews: 92
Hads: 363
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 37
Gots: 43 | FT: 0
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Summit Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: truthbrew on 05-23-2004

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Reviews: 92 | Hads: 363
Photo of kojevergas
3.86/5  rDev -5.9%
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. (1,150 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
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. (299 characters)

Photo of Rooney107
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
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. (740 characters)

Photo of ADR
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
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. (636 characters)

Photo of manitouman84
3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
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. (351 characters)

Photo of AmberMan22
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
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. (902 characters)

Photo of Durge
4/5  rDev -2.4%
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! (718 characters)

Photo of dfried
4/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (383 characters)

Photo of truthbrew
4/5  rDev -2.4%
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? (736 characters)

Photo of zeledonia
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (944 characters)

Photo of mothman
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (880 characters)

Photo of garymuchow
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at The Local whilst sitting outside on a beautifully mild mid-September evening with old college buddies:
Great appearance. Black as night. Firm one inch classic looking nitro-head, that after quite awhile receded to a ring.
Aroma harder to pick up. Location of sample made a difference. Had the subtle nitro gas aspect with mild dark malt with hint of roast.
Flavor showed much complexity. Slightly burnt. Roast. Fruit. Coffee. Chocolate. Ash. Tastes seemed to fade as time went on (but in fairness I drank this very slowly).
Adequately smooth. Good mix of carbonation and thickness. Not particulary soft. Appropriate oiliness, but on the mild side.
I liked this a lot. A great addition to the Summit line-up. (724 characters)

Photo of morimech
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (693 characters)

Photo of bsp77
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from tap into Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Jet black with thick creamy tan head expected for a nitro beer. Fantastic lacing lines.

Smell: Dry roasted aroma with chocolate, light coffee and oats.

Taste: Somewhat sweet creamy taste with light roasted character, highlighting light coffee, milk chocolate and oats.

Feel: Exceedingly smooth and creamy but maybe slightly thin. Expected nitro feel, which is quite nice.

Drinkability: Very easy to drink with more flavor than a typical nitro beer. Great Oatmeal Stout overall. (545 characters)

Photo of dbossman
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown/black with a solid cream-colored head; beautiful looking with great head

S: Heavy oats and dark chocolate malt--so malty

T: Creamy with, again, a heavy oat presence; fairly simple but so delicious; subtle chocolate and vanilla beans

F: Incredibly creamy; great mouth coat and feel

D: Nearly chuggable, however, the incredible presence of oats makes the beer become slightly tedious toward the end of the glass (427 characters)

Photo of JamesMN
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap which is currently the only way to get this particular brew.

Appearance: Completely opaque black with a very light brown creamy head.

Aroma: Malts. Oatmeal. Not really much to smell here. I find with nitro-beers the aroma isn't as strong.

Taste: Dark chocolate and coffee. Malty goodness. The oatmeal is there, but it's not super apparent. Bitter chocolate aftertaste leaves you wanting more.

Mouthfeel: Thick but pretty drinkable. Really coats your whole mouth with malt.

Final Thoughts: This is one of my favorite offerings from Summit. It's also one of the hardest to get. If you are a fan of stouts or porters then give this one a try if you are lucky enough to find it on tap! (703 characters)

Photo of TastyTaste
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at William's Uptown. Poured a nice dark black color, sizable creamy tan head. Smell was a very mellow oatmeal coffee scent. The oatmeal really smoothed over the edges of this stout, lending to a very high drinakability. Nothing offensive or harsh in the flavor, still this is a good representative of the oatmeal stout style. (332 characters)

Photo of trentley87
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the 8th Street Grill in Minneapolis.

A: Looks good like a stout should. Darn close to black with a dark tan head. Generous lacing and good retention.

S: Nice and malty with plenty of roasted/bitter aromas to balance. I can actually smell the oats in this one slightly.

T: Sweet malt and chocolate dominate with some coffee flavors present as well. Oatmeal is apparent in the finish.

M: Creamy, not undercarbonated like some stouts but not so full bodied that it is extremely filling. Very good.

D: Great all around beer. I'm very impressed by this one and would definitely enjoy a few in a night. (616 characters)

Photo of soju6
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Served a dark brown-black color with a creamy tan head that fades slowly to lots of lacing.

S: Nice rich aroma of roasted malt and grain, with a bit of chocolate and coffee.

T: Flavor of roasted malt, some grain, with a mixture of chocolate and coffee. There is a mild bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Fairly full body, smooth and creamy with a velvety texture. Very good balance

Easy drinker. Excellent stout, a good example of the style. Well worth checking out. (472 characters)

Photo of alexgash
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes. On nitro at the Dubliner...several times. Dark, roasted brown/black body with a fat, dense cocoa brown cushion of nitro head. Nose is relatively mild but pleasant, with notes of light chocolate, coffee, and a twinge of sweetish malt. Taste is similar, but with more pronounced flavors. Chocolatey oat-malt sweetness up front, complemented nicely with light roasted coffee and a slow-burning roasted bitterness into a residually sweet finish. Creamy, full, nitrogenous mouthfeel. One of Summit's better offerings that they should definitely bottle. (559 characters)

Photo of armock
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a black color with a tan head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of roasted malt with chocolate scents

T - Follows the nose roasted malt with chocolate flavors

M - This beer has a creamy smooth body with light carbonation to it

D - This is probably the best Oatmeal stout I've had very good taste thats very easy to drink worth getting if you see it on tap (369 characters)

Photo of Mdog
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: After the cascading bubbles from the nitro subside, there's a nice head on top of a black beer.

Smell: Chocolate malts.

Taste: Mostly dark chocolate and coffee flavors, somewhat sweet without much bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Creamy.

Drinkability: Smooth and flavorful, easy to session.

I've had this at a few places around town now, it has taken its place atop my rankings for Summit beers. This is quite good and I'm glad I tried it! (456 characters)

Photo of hardy008
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Came to the table with a foamy, tan, 2 finger head and a dark black color, with streaks of red when held to the light. The taste and aroma have coffee, oatmeal, and chocolate. Smooth and creamy, medium bodied, the carbonation is fairly light. Nice drinkability, with a mix of sweetness and coffee bitterness. Nicely made. (321 characters)

Photo of tavernjef
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On nitro-tap at 242: Nice deep and dark varnished brown, nearly black - actually black in most light. Terrific cascading ochre yellow from the pour decorating the sides of the glass like rain on a window. Head is light brownish cream colored and about a finger high, super firm and whipped buttery smooth, nearly a whole nother liquid in itself, looks like melted ice cream. Mega amounts of thick lacing layered in sheets all over the glass. Gorgeous!

Aroma is soft and supple, mildly oaty sweet with a soft chocolate dusting over it and a smallish tint of roast. Was very chocolately upon the first wiffs but that fades off letting that sweet oaty backing take charge with an almost fruit salad-like gentle tartness.

Flavors bring more of the same from what the nose offers, perhaps more of the oaty sweet fruit salad stuff then the chocolate. Very soft and pleasant. The oaty tang reminds of a red grape and a cherry-like tartness, but in a much more milder sense. Way in the back in a spot around the finish there's a slight burnt roast and coffee-like sense; very slight but nice, and noticeable enough for making enough interest from what almost was too much of the soft oat thing, which it does tend to have in a majority of its flavor character.

Feel is soft and smooth, about a medium body or so, feathery carbonation, melted cold cocoa with a mild tangy fruit- whipped cream sweetness resounds through it all and finishes with an ever so slight burnt roast over the top.

At first I was like, ehh, its OK, but as it went along, I liked it more and more. It grows on ya as you start to find the little things inside that make it interestingly good. The overall smooth and soft character of this stout makes it quaffable for sure. Surprisingly, I'm happy with this one by Summit. (1,797 characters)

Photo of champ103
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at Black Dog Smoke & Ale House in Urbana, IL

A: Pours a dark brown/nearly black color. A two finger tan head forms with excellent retention and sticky lace all the way down the glass.
S: Subtle, but very nice. Light roasted malt, well more toasted. Chocolate, coffee, baked bread. A very welcoming nose.
T: Like the nose, subtle but I really enjoy it. Roasted/toasted malt. Coffee, chocolate, and oats are great. Baked bread. A lingering light bakers chocolate bitterness.
M/D: A medium to full body. Perfectly carbonated. So smooth, velvety and creamy. So easy and enjoyable to drink. Easily all day with this on cask.

This is a real treat on cask. I have had it via nitro, and that is like every other nitro beer I have ever had. Meaning it kills all nuance and body. On cask this is very nice, and a perfect example of why nitro should be abolished. Not even the same beer. Highly recommended on cask. (914 characters)

Summit Oatmeal Stout from Summit Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.