Summit Oatmeal Stout - Summit Brewing Company

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Reviews: 89
Hads: 358
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 36
Gots: 42 | 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: 89 | Hads: 358
Photo of gatornation
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On Tap @ LowBrow
A- pours a dark brown/black color with a 2 finger khaki/tan head very nice clinging lacing on pint glass
S-Chocolate ,roasted malts vanilla coffee spice and cereal grains
T- follows the nose with such flavors that burst on the palate creamy smooth finish
M-creamy smooth lower carbonation
O- superb for the style so drinkable with the ABV so low with so much stout flavor love this brew (405 characters)

Photo of Pintofbrown
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was given this in a shaker pint.

Appearance- Look at that beautiful, black body! No highlights on this one whatsoever. The head is about a finger, very dense, and a light tan in color. It almost looks like a head off a nitro-tap, but I am assured it is not. And the sheet lacse is fantastic.

Smell- The head is slightly roasted, just a little bit of sweet, caramel-like malt. There is some oat in there, but it is crazy big.

Taste- The sweet quality is apparent immediately, slightly toffee and a little dark fruit. There is some roastiness and oat that follows into a decent finish. This is really good!

Mouth feel- Well, it goes down easily. However, it is just a medium body and a little watery on the tongue. I would appreciate a little more creaminess.

Overall- This is a really solid stout. It tastes great and feels pretty good. I would have this again and again. (878 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on draft at the brewery, earlier this afternoon, following my first tour of the facility.

A lovely dark brown, nearly black color, complete cascading tan nitro-pour action, before finally settling.

Nose is an excelllent outlay of roastiness, very alert and bitter. I drank this in deep before imbibing. Just right for an OS.

Taste is smooth and creamy, with excellent texture, full body, and a palpable oily, almost slick feel. Cocoa and coffee blended seemlessly. Goes down with little effort, but leaves the palate pleased, from a significant amount of flavor.

I followed the first glass with a pour of the Porter, an old favorite, and the difference is amazing, though they're both nice examples of their style.
Very glad Summit tackled this, and did it so well, and I'm anxiously awaiting it in bottles...by winter, maybe?
Please, Summit? (866 characters)

Photo of jjanega08
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

a= pours an almost jet black with a nice creamy white head off a nitro tap with beautiful lacing on it.
s= oatmeal smell comes through quite a bit but the thick creamy head covers the odor a little bit
t= a little subdued and dissapointing. tastes a lot like a guiness but better. more flavor in the carmel malts and chocolate flavor.
m= smooth and very creamy
d= very good. pretty decent. i wish it wasnt on nitro tap, it prolly woulda had more flavor. (453 characters)

Photo of Ragingbull
4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at the brewery. Heavy cascading action as I watch being drawn off the tap. The head is thick and creamy. The nose is mildly malty and smells almost "creamy" with some touches of smoke. The flavor is consistent with the nose. Rich and creamy mouthfeel with a slight touch of smoke flavoring. Clean finish that is very light considering all that is going on. The rich flavor and mouthfeel and the fullness of the flavors would lead me to expect more of a residual aftertaste. It stays pretty clean and the creaminess begs to be sipped again. (546 characters)

Photo of shaunb81
4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Picked this one up at the St. Paul/Minneapolis Airport. Pours pretty black with some dark red hues around the bottom. Nice cream head and some generous lacing.

Smells of roasted malts and coffee. Very smooth tasting. Some coffee, chocolate, and a buttery, nutty goodness. Some nice bitterness on the backend. Body is heavy and carbonation seems light.

I really like this stuff and it makes me wonder about the other Summit offerings. (436 characters)

Photo of SD-Alefan
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served in a nonic pint glass

The beer is a deep opaque brownish-black with a tan head that dissipates into some spotty lacing down the glass.

Great aroma from this beer: Nutty malt, chocolate, toffee, a light hop odor as well.

This is a great tasting stout loaded with flavor. A burst of milk chocolate, then nuttiness, oatmeal, a little vanilla and a lingering bite of bitter dark chocolate. Surprisingly layered.

The mouthfeel is spot on: smooth and creamy with little carbonation. Nearly perfect.

Overall, this draft-only beer from Summit is a great example of the style and I'm pleased I got to try it. (612 characters)

Photo of supercolter
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is very good. Lots of head and a fair amount of lacing.
Smell and taste are very good. The smell is a bit weaker than the taste. The oatmeal really comes through while drinkin and expecially as it warms.
Mouthfeel was very good, medium in body.
Drinkability is good, only inhibited by the mouthfeel being a bit heavier. (330 characters)

Photo of Mistofminn
4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Stub and Herb before a Gopher basketball game. Ordered with a signature burger. Great combo!!!!

First thing you notice is it's pretty much jet black. Nice off-white head with impressive lacing. Smells of roasted malts and dark chocolate with some coffee scent present. Tastes much like it smells but the smoothness is what gets me. So smooth its almost incomparable. Very creamy. Can't detect the oats as much as I would like but definitely a strong choice.

May I suggest pairing this brew with a Signature Burger (at Stub and Herb in Mpls of course), sub fries with the 10,000 Lakes dressing (great both on the burger and with the fries). A solid choice for anyone before a sporting event or just out for dinner. (725 characters)

Photo of duffcalifornia
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a nonic pint at the Milwaukee Ale House.

A: Dark brown with the deepest mahogany. Mocha colored head which stuck around for half the beer. Better than average lacing.

S: Roasted malts and hints of dark chocolate. Vague smell of oatmeal cookies.

T: Roasted oats, chocolate, malty deliciousness.

M: Thick, oily, low carbonation. Exactly what a stout should be.

D: Very high. At 4.7%, it's extemely sessionable, and a great winter warmer. I couldn't wait to order a growler of this. (494 characters)

Photo of beerkittycat
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off, this was slowly and properly poured at Stub & Herbs in Mpls. Appearance is a deep jet-black with a gorgeous frothy tan head that you could float a quarter on. Aromas of roast malt and dark bitter chocolate are everywhere with a hint of grassy English hops. Flavor is....well, silky smooth and oh so creamy again with the roast malts and dark bitter chocolate. Hop bitterness and flavor are just enough to balance out the sweetness and creaminess. This is a great quaffing beer and if I would change anything it would be to allow the oats to come through a bit more. This was more like a Guinness than an oatmeal stout but an awesome stout nonetheless. (662 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the Muddy Pig in St. Paul, MN. 12 oz pint glass.

Appearance: A very dark brown with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid two and a half finger lightly tan head with good retention and lots of lacing.

Smell: Aroma of dark malts and chocolate with some oats, caramel and coffee. Hints of earthy hops and vanilla.

Taste: Sweet taste of chocolate, dark malts, coffee, and oats with some hints of vanilla and grassy hops. With the cream and chocolate this tastes like a cross between a Schwarzbier and a chocolate shake. Mild bitterness balances things out.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy and smooth. Medium body with a medium to high carbonation.

Overall: A very solid version of an oatmeal stout from Summit. Great for when you want a dark beer with a lighter body or something that goes great with a scoop of ice cream. (829 characters)

Photo of teg8612
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On Nitro from the brewery.

A- Dark brown, nearly black. If you didn't hold it to the light, you would swear it was none more black. The cascade was a little weak but oh well. This provides the great head. Thick lacing.

S- Aroma is very soft and subtle. Not intimidating at all. Light chocolate and roasted oats.

T&M- Very creamy and soft texture. Roasted oats are smooth and not harsh and cocoa is left on the palate. Not very bitter but a slight burnt coffee in the aftertaste. Medium-bodied with that great feathery carbonation from the nitro.

D- This doesn't come out to assult your senses. The taste begins to grow and become more complex and you really start to appreciate this beer. Like Guinesss, made to drink a ton off by being ultra smooth and sessionable. I just wish they would brew this more often, not just around Irish Fair time. (856 characters)

Photo of jlb307
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from the tap in a 16 oz. pint glass.

A: Black coffee, of course. Thick white head that coated the glass the whole way down.

S: Coffee and nuts with a hint of chocolate. Very malty aroma.

T: Out of sight! Probably the smoothest stout I've ever had. Hints of coffee, chocolate, some caramely sweetness too. Roasted malts helped round it out and make it a full-bodied beer.

M: Smooth as satin. Coated the mouth, tongue, and throat like syrup. I plan on using this as cough medicine in the future!

D: Not as smoky as most stouts I've tried which makes it very easy for me to drink. I think I may have a new favorite dark beer. (634 characters)

Photo of LunaChick
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

had this at the memphis tap room in philly.
Wonderful rich deep brown-black color with a deep tan head that holds up throughout and leaves nice lacing towards the end. Nice malt smell--hints of coffee as well. Taste had a very rich coffe flavor with hints of chocolate. Thick in the mouth, rich and smooth. A very good stout. (326 characters)

Photo of slyke
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Boy was I excited a couple of weeks ago when I breezed into my local and saw Summit Oatmeal Stout on tap. I'd only had it a couple of times when it first made an appearance in the Twin Cities. I don't know how long it will be around, but I have drunk it exclusively at this place since it arrived.

It is black with a tight, dark tan nitro head about an inch tall. The aroma is coffee/espresso-like. The taste is similar to the aroma; a friend suggested it tasted to him like Guinness with a shot of espresso. I think it is better than that combination would be. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth as you'd expect, not watery, not too thick.

Drinkability is good. At 4.7% it is definitely sessionable. I think Summit hit the mark with this one. If you find it, give it a try! (776 characters)

Photo of KarlHungus
4.41/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Whistle Binkies. This beer poured a black color with a thick, creamy, white head. Lacing was thorough, and left rings all the way down the glass. The aroma is of cream, graham cracker, and roasted malt, but was rather faint (probably from the nitro system). The taste was very solid. Roasted malt, cream, graham cracker. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, and silky smooth. Overall, this is by far Summit's best beer, and I wish they would make it more available. I could easily drink this all night. (512 characters)

Photo of postalroger
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport

A. It pours a beautiful black with a frothy brown head

S. It smell of roasted malts, dark chocolate, hints of coffee

T. The taste follows the smell, very nice

M. Exceptionally smooth & creamy. Perfect

O. I hope I have to come back just to have this beer. I will definitely be looking for it (342 characters)

Photo of rkinsella
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I couldn't wait to try this beer, and it didn't disappoint! Had a pint with my meal at the Groveland Tap in St Paul.

Appearance - Near pitch with some brown/ruby highlights on the edges of the glass. Creamy tan head, thick lacing down the whole glass.

Smell - Toasted malt/oats, roasted coffee, dark toasted bread.

Taste - Sweetness upfront, roasted flavors of coffee, bit of dark chocolate, finishes with a smooth mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Although it was a nitro-tap, it wasn't over the top creamy. Tiny bubbles which were velvety, no where near watery. Perhaps the gas mix had less Nitrogen than other nitro-taps. Anyways, it was perfect!

Drinkability - As much of a session beer as Guinness and others like it. Even though it is on the sweeter side.

Would love to see this in bottles sometime. And I would prefer carbonation in the bottle rather than a nitro-widget. This would produce a better match to the "on tap" mouthfeel. Excellent offering from Summit. (976 characters)

Photo of yaegerje
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Another great beer enjoyed after the Summit brewery tour

A - A great dark body with a beautiful light tan head that sticks around

S - Coffee with an oatmeal kick

T - Excellent roasted coffee taste

M - The best of the beer, super smooth

D - Another great part of this beer, a nice little kick to finish it off

This beer is definitely the sum of its parts, quality ingredients, quality brewing, quality beer. (413 characters)

Photo of PieOhMy
4.44/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into imperial pint.

A Black as night (as it should be). Thick creamy tan head. Fat lacing follows to bottom.

S. Strong black coffee. Chocolate. Roasted malts. Subtle hint of lemon. Black pepper. Awesome smell!

T. Mimics the smell. Coffee and chocolate are very forward with a piney bitterness that follows. Spicy lingering aftertaste.

M. Full. Chewy. Sticks to the roof of your mouth but finishes clean.

O. This has been one of my favorites for a while. Proof that stout doesn't need 8 plus ABV or to be barreled to be great. The richness of the coffee and sweets balances perfectly with the bitterness. Zesty aftertaste stays with you. One Summit's greats. (671 characters)

Photo of herman77
4.44/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Green Mill in Uptown

A: Jet black with a creamy thick head. Nice cascading affect as it settles. Very visually appealing. Tons of gooey lacing.

S: Roasty toasty malt, a little cream and a hint of coffee.

T: Toasted malts, oats, sweet cream, a hint of chocolate. There is a little bit of coffee bitterness that balances out the sweetness. Clean creamy finish. Awesome!

M: Wonderful. Silky smooth full bodied, but it doesn't seem overly heavy. Very low carbonation, just how I like it in an oat stout.

D: Very very drinkable especially with the lower abv. A session stout for sure.

I love this beer. Best offering from Summit. Wish more places had it on tap. (673 characters)

Photo of jera1350
4.46/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at The Blue Nile. This was the Fuggle dry-hopped version.

Jet black color with a huge dark tan head of fluff. Great head retention.

Smells of rich roasted malts with some dark chocolate.

Taste is basically the same as the nose, but in a much more forward manner. The malts are not burnt, just perfectly roasted and robust. Dark chocolate adds some depth and sweetness. The hops aren't that noticeable except for a slightly added hop bitterness. Great flavor.

On cask, the feel only benefits. Thick, rich, creamy and smooth, the feel can't get any better than this. Full bodied all the way.

So easy to drink and a low ABV to boot. I wish some way some how Summit could package this for consumers. This has to be my favorite oatmeal stout. (750 characters)

Photo of TonyBaloney
4.48/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've had this on draft a lot lately, and here's what I've found:

It pours a beautiful dark brown, almost black, with a nice head.
It has a robust smell of oatey, grainy malt.
The taste is outstanding, smooth, rich and flavorful, lots of creamy, malty goodness.The beer just slides down the throat; it isn't fizzy like some stouts I've had, just smooth and rich. At 4.8%, with smooth and easy drinking the Summit Oatmeal presents, this is a perfect session beer. (462 characters)

Photo of Monkeypaws
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Ed's Bar:

What a treat. Fresh stout, with a heady aroma, damn near jet black in the glass, with a beautiful creamy head. Lovely smoky oats flavor, with a long aftertaste, smooth, and not overwhelming in alcohol. This is one beer I can drink all evening. Summit's masterpiece. (286 characters)

Summit Oatmeal Stout from Summit Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.