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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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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Photo of Rifugium
3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
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. (473 characters)

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 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 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 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 Duff27
3.64/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap at Summit Brewing ~2/2011, then again 1/2015 (on nitro).

A- Pours a thick frothy silky creamy light mocha head atop a dark brown beer. A very nice looking beer.

S- Faint nose of coffee, roast.

T- Roasty. Smooth, slighty sweet berry-like aftertaste.

M- Silky, creamy, still would like it to be a bit fuller.

D/O- Pretty easy going oatmeal stout, may become slightly bored with this offering after a pint or two. (426 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 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)

Photo of ZAP
3.73/5  rDev -9%
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.. (731 characters)

Photo of AgentZero
2.31/5  rDev -43.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

On special for $4 at Sheffields (anything for $4 in Chicago tends to be worth looking at).

A - Solid black, brownish on the edges, head is much lighter than expected. No lacing, sides clean.

S - Roasted malts, tiny bit of oats, some coffee, not really a ton going on, but it does smell like a stout, weakly.

T - Very blah. Tastes uneventful. Mild malts, a touch sweet, but there is just nothing going on here, kind of just is there in your mouth, and then it's not. Quite lacking in taste.

M - Has the consistency of some horrible health drink that went flat and is overly watery while carrying a stronger taste than the body should hold. Not good at all, almost spit out of your mouth bad. Too flat.

D - I wouldn't want to drink this again, poor mouthfeel and taste rates it low on this particular variable. (813 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 cokes
3.72/5  rDev -9.3%
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. (642 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 blackie
3.71/5  rDev -9.5%
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 (580 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
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. (431 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 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 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 Deuane
3.56/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Deep dark brown with a dark tan head. Copious lacing and good retention.

S-Mild roasted malt aromas. Not much else....somewhat dull.

T-Sweet malt and dark roasted coffee flavours. Nothing crazy...a simple, staright forward stout.

M-Medium body with a nice creamy texture. A nice roll over the tounge. Body holds this brew up well.

D-A solid simple brew. Nothing about screams out but nothing detracts either. Good, plain and simple. (441 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 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 mcallister
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
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. (682 characters)

Photo of wagenvolks
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
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. (943 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 MDDMD
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%

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. (244 characters)

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Summit Oatmeal Stout from Summit Brewing Company
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