Summit Oatmeal Stout - Summit Brewing Company

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Ratings: 354
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 12.1%
Wants: 36
Gots: 41 | 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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Ratings: 354 | Reviews: 96
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 MattyG85
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Photo of teg8612
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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 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 duffcalifornia
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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 SD-Alefan
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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 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 shaunb81
4.26/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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 feloniousmonk
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
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?

Photo of Pintofbrown
4.21/5  rDev +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.

Photo of gatornation
4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
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

Photo of digital952
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very smooth with great look.

Photo of champ103
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Photo of pmccallum86
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark opaque color with a think coffee colored head that dissipates slowly.

The smell is of roasted malts and oatmeal.

Super smooth taste, oatmeal definitely there with maybe some coffee. Roasted malts are also there behind the oatmeal.

The mouthfeel is very light, smooth and refreshing, for a stout. This beer feels like silk on the tongue.

Drinkablility is great, this may be the definition of a session stout.

Photo of tavernjef
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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 armock
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a black color with a tan head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of roasted malt with chocolate scents

T - Follows the nose roasted malt with chocolate flavors

M - This beer has a creamy smooth body with light carbonation to it

D - This is probably the best Oatmeal stout I've had very good taste thats very easy to drink worth getting if you see it on tap

Photo of Mdog
4.13/5  rDev +2%
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!

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.

Photo of soju6
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of alexgash
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Summit Oatmeal Stout from Summit Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 354 ratings.