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Summit Oatmeal Stout - Summit Brewing Company

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Reviews: 95
Hads: 373
Avg: 4.07
pDev: 23.83%
Wants: 37
Gots: 44 | FT: 0
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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: 95 | Hads: 373
Photo of Slatetank
3.89/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this on tap yesterday served on Nitro pour in a pint.

the color is dark-black opaque with thick pale beige hea with whipped looking head and lace clings in rings. The smell is semi-sweet with a light coffee-like roast in the nose. The feel is creamy and smooth as a nitro stout with roasted texture and dry in the finish.

The taste is very good the oatmeal adds a light sweet edge along with nice roasted malt character but not quite burnt or bitter with a smoothness of nitro adding a creamy quality. The flavor is gentle nothing is out of place -traditional and tasty. Overall I would recommend this to fans of dry stouts or other nitrogen dispensed stouts in general it is easy to enjoy with low abv for nice session style stout.

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Photo of DaneBramage
3.44/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On tap at my local pub. Bartender had quite the time, pouring a 3/4 glass of head before done, which might explain why I'm not crazy about this stout. Maybe I'm spoiled from some of the better imperial stouts out there, because the Summit Oatmeal just doesn't quite measure up. Very smooth and drinkable, just nothing special in the taste department.

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Photo of kevinlater
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

draft sample at ike's in the minneapolis-st. paul airport, oct 14 2015

a: pitch black with light brown head

s: lightly roasty nose with mild coffee and cocoa

t: more roast in the flavour, pretty rich stuff. sweet roasted malt, slightly bitter cocoa, black coffee, toasted nuts, and a hint of ash

m: medium-minus creamy mouthfeel with mild carbonation

o: good stuff!

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Photo of CoryJones
2.47/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

It was my first summit that I remember having during the first summer of my 21st birthday. I had seen billboards talking about if they knew how much beer it took to cook 100 brats. First, Minnesota, you have no idea, (Wisconsin), and second when I had the sip of the beer, although it looked great, the oatmeal stout was bland. It had, no taste, or aroma.

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Photo of maedhros09
4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: black with a nice two finger cap of dense tan head
Smell: roasty, slightly chalky
Taste: Dark roasted malt notes dominate with mild herbal hops. Very mild flavor profile like many nitro stouts.
Feel: Super smooth medium body

Overall: Definitely one of the best Summit beers I have tried, their nitro oatmeal delivers pretty much everything that is expected of the style. Gentle roasty flavors dominate with the anticipated smoothness delivered by the nitro.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Have had this from the nitro tap at the brewery and at the Pig & Fiddle. L: Pours bright black under a 1” tan foam collar with a very fine bead. S: Light coffee with chocolate notes. T: Slightly sweet, very rich coffee and chocolate flavors, no harsh roast or burnt flavors. F: Very smooth and creamy, medium full body, medium carbonation, very soft. O: I forget to order this too often. When I do order it, I drink it all night.

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Photo of JFCLACK
3.76/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is flawless oatmeal stout, pours black with thick creamy tan head awesome retention and lacing. Frothy dense texture is very appealing, taste like roasted chocolate malt no bitter finished lightly hopped. Shot way up my list.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%

Dark brown black color with a nice tan head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate and roasty malt. Taste follows with chocolate and coffee with a hint of toffee. The mouthfeel is smooth, but slightly thinner than I prefer. Overall a decent oatmeal stout.

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Photo of sheeley
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

Great beer. Very smooth and drinkable, extremely pleasant. Heavy notes of oatmeal and malts, extremely pleasant in appearance. Head clings to the glass, making for a very appealing flavor and look. Notes of malts and oatmeal are outstanding. One of my top beers personally.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of zeledonia
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.

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Photo of gatornation
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
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

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Photo of TooGood
4.82/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is hands down the best oatmeal stout I've had. When its poured it looks just like Guiness with its thick black body and cascading head. The taste is so smooth with chocolate overtones it is delectable. My only fault with this beer is that it is draft only. Summit please start canning or bottling this!

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Photo of wrayjustin
3.66/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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Photo of DemoniChris
4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

On tap poured into a pint glass

A - Extremely beautiful dark brown, nearly black hue. Nitro tap makes the carbonation appear so much nicer. Masterful appearance!

S - Huge roasted notes with milk chocolate, oatmeal and slight coffee all welcome the nose.

T - Very complex for such a small ABV beer. Huge flavors of oatmeal and chocolate hit up front with a slight coffee bitterness near the end.

M - Perfect. So delectably creamy and smooth. Couldn't ask for any better in this category.

O - I was wow'd by this beer when I saw it on tap. I went in not expecting much but what I got was one of the best oatmeal stouts I have ever had!

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Photo of PieOhMy
4.44/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Photo of champ103
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of GossageBrewery
3.45/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Served this Oatmeal Stout on tap, in a pint glass. Poured a very nice dark brown color, almost black, produced a tan average head, retention was average and it left ample lacing on the glass. The aroma of this stout consisted of roasted grain, and milk chocolate. Full bodied, this stout is smooth, creamy slick- You notice the mouthfeel almost before you taste anything. Roasted grain, milk chocolate, a splash of coffee complete the flavor profile of this beer. Excellent session beer, very nice example of a traditional oatmeal stout.

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Photo of JamesMN
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
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!

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Photo of Ilafan
4.76/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What a creamy delight (TWSS)! I had this on tap on the 4th of July and the hottest day of the year. Despite the heat, I really liked this thick, rich beer. It poured with a heavy foam into a dark color. The smell was pleasant but not overwhelming. The taste was ALL STOUT! It was rich, creamy, and flavorful without a single hint of alcohol aftertaste. It was thick and filling. A+

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4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer: Summit Oatmeal Stout

Appearance: It's a beautiful rich black color with a thick (almost two finger widths), creamy tan head to it. Darker than I thought it would be but it could have been the dark bar I was in.

Smell: A mild aroma of roast, oats and a sweet smell almost like caramel.

Taste: Very creamy and smooth with the taste of oats, light roast and a hint of sweet. It has a very well balanced taste as nothing particular jumps out and has a fantastic finish to it.

Mouthfeel: It goes down incredibly smooth with a creamy, soft feel. Easy to drink quite a few with ease.

Overall: My buddies and I tried a bar in St. Paul called Groveland Tap and I was particularly excited because I saw it had this beer on tap. This is one of the best beers I've tried in some time. I will recommend it without hesitation to anyone.

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Photo of soju6
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of manitouman84
3.91/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.86/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Summit Oatmeal Stout from Summit Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.