Summit Oatmeal Stout - Summit Brewing Company

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Ratings: 352
Reviews: 95
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 12.1%
Wants: 35
Gots: 41 | 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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Ratings: 352 | Reviews: 95
Photo of jera1350
4.46/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Photo of cokes
3.72/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Photo of blackearth
5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

And for my 100th review, Summit Oatmeal Stout. A holy grail of sorts for me since it's only sold on tap and not in bottles because it's tapped with half CO2 and half Nitro. I don't live near the Twin Cities, so it was a treat to finally have some at Stub and Herbs in Minneapolis.

Pours black with a light tan head that cascades in the body of the beer for a while after it's poured. Aroma was of roasted malts and creaminess. The mouthfeel was medium bodied and super silky-smooth. Flavors were a perfect mix of roasted, toasted malt with hints of cream and coffee. I was anticipating that this would be good and it exceeded those expecations. This is to date the best beer I've ever tasted.

Photo of hardy008
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of Rooney107
3.88/5  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.

Photo of AmberMan22
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Photo of Durge
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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!

Photo of Ragingbull
4.26/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Photo of mothman
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of rkinsella
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Photo of yaegerje
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Photo of jlb307
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Photo of jjanega08
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of AdmiralDiaz
3.82/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Photo of KeefD
3.49/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this on nitro at Whistle Binkies. Pours a dark brown/black color with a creamy tan head that left sheets of lacing down the glass. Very nice! Aroma was a little light, some watered down roasty malts, hints of chocolate. Taste was very nice. Roasted malts were in good supply, some chocolate and coffee notes, and a nice creaminess. I for one do not like nitro-tap brews. While the flavor of this beer was spot on, the body was off for me. Yes, it was creamy, but it was definitely missing that carbonation bite that would have really made this beer sing. The nitro basically ruined this for me and made a good beer less drinkable. It just seemed like flat, watery beer. Where is the body on this thick tasting brew?? If I could find this carbonated with CO2, I would enjoy it much more.

Photo of TonyBaloney
4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Photo of Mistofminn
4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of Monkeypaws
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Photo of mjryan
5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Irish Fair O8. Nearly jet black with a thick tan head. Mild earthy, roasty aroma that gets much stronger after it warms up a bit. Wonderfull chocolate and coffee flavors with a rather sweet finish. Hops are there for balance but that seems to be it. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy(oats?). This is a smooth stout with no pretentions. Just drink it and be happy.

Photo of beerkittycat
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of LunaChick
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Photo of Deuane
3.56/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

Photo of supercolter
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Photo of happygnome
4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Idaho Chuck's in Hudson Wisconsin 24oz $4.50

a: pours a nice dark oily black color with about a half inch of tan/cream colored head that doesnt dissapear fast, leaves a lot of rich sticky lacing along the edge of the glass
s: roasted malts dominate the aroma, a lot of sweetness, hints of cocoa and coffee not much hop presence going on in the aroma smells warm and inviting
t: sweet roasted malts featuring cocoa, oatmeal and a sweet creamy like taste followed by just enough hop bitterness to make this a very well balanced beer
m: medium to full bodied beer with little carbonation

overall, i LOVED this brew, enough so in fact that the friends and i will be making weekly trips up to Hudson for this

Photo of trentley87
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Summit Oatmeal Stout from Summit Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 352 ratings.