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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 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 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 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 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 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 zjungleist
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Summit Brewing Company. Nice black pour with a medium, dense tan head. The smell was nice and roasty. Taste had some coffee, a bit of chocolate, and some oats. Mouthfeel was nice and creamy/silky with light carbonation and was fairly clean and refreshing for the style. Drinkability was fair, and this would make a hearty addition to a good meal (especially breakfast). (383 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 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 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 edbeered
4.51/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The appearance is black, with a nice full head and good lacing. The smell is mild and sweet. The taste is complex, with hints of oatmeal, burnt chocolate, plum and just a very slight bitterness to balance the sweetness. This beer goes down very smoothly. A great addition to the Summit lineup. (293 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 RushLimbmalt
5/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Summit needs to make this beer a regular. I had it on tap at Old Chicago, in St. Cloud, and it was terrific. I love nitro-poured beers for their creaminess and this beer was creamy and full bodied. I have had a few benchmark oatmeal stouts and this beer blows them out of the water. Sam Smith who? (297 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 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 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 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 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)

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Summit Oatmeal Stout from Summit Brewing Company
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