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Shadow Mountain Stout - Grand Lake Brewing Company

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Ratings: 32
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 3
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Grand Lake Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-16-2004)
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Reviews by angelmonster:
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2.75/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a pitch black body, head is a mocha color and 3/4th inch. Head retention is above average and lacing is average.

Smell is mostly of lightly roasted and chocolate malts. There is also a bit of sweetness, like bakers chocolate. Hops and alcohol are not present at all.

First thing that strikes me in the taste department is that the beer taste watered down or diluted. One of the least flavorful oatmeal stouts I've had. Theres a little sweetness and some smoky burnt malts but just not enough to excite the palate. There is also some chalky biscuit malts that is most often found in irish dry stouts, not oatmeal stouts. Hops and alcohol cant be detected.

Mouthfeel is watery and disappointing. Extremely light bodied, there is no silky smoothness that I usually get from oatmeal stouts. Head was semi present throughout the glass, but this beer was doomed from the beginning.

Overall , I was pretty let down by this beer. I would rather drink Guinness and I'm not a big Guinness fan. Too bland, not enough body to stand up to even the most modest stouts

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 04:40:00 | More by angelmonster
More User Reviews:
Photo of boesesfleisch


3.49/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

I really enjoyed the aroma of this beer. At a lower temperature the aroma was sweeter and gave off a milky aroma reminiscent of whipped cream. As it warmed up the chocolate malt became a little more prevalent. I was a little disappointed with the taste and mouthfeel of this beer as I found it to be a little on the thin side, and lackey complexity. Overall an above average beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2014 23:35:12 | More by boesesfleisch
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4/5  rDev +9%

06-01-2014 05:04:43 | More by WDJersey
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4/5  rDev +9%

05-28-2014 01:26:38 | More by elkinbrown
Photo of SamN


4.01/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice, deep black stout, reamy mocha head. Aroma is slightly sweet, nutty, toasted dark grains, mild espresso notes, fudge. Quite complex nose. Mouthfeel is great, smooth, luxurious and creamy; classic oatmeal stout. Taste isn't quite as exuberant as the aroma, but it still has some high notes, like more coffee, dark grains, bittersweet chocolate and a mild hop finish.

Solid oatmeal stout, glad I found this.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2014 21:23:56 | More by SamN
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

05-01-2014 00:34:42 | More by habaceeba
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

11-01-2013 02:13:58 | More by Gregwa
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

09-05-2013 03:52:59 | More by cbcrunch
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

09-02-2013 21:55:12 | More by UncleAddie
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New Mexico

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

08-22-2013 20:14:10 | More by LXIXME
Photo of DenverHopHead


3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

08-11-2013 02:49:02 | More by DenverHopHead
Photo of homebrew311


3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured Into pint glass. Appearance is like a dark cola with almost no head. Light around the edges. Nose features strong chocolate malt presence along with creamy oats. Taste is a bit thinner than the nose lets on, light chocolate and roast with a bit of a creamy finish. The body detracts from the brew as it is a bit on the light and thin side with overly fizzy carbonation. Overall, nice flavors, but my an entirely well executed brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2013 23:26:48 | More by homebrew311
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

01-19-2013 00:26:37 | More by Ispeakforthetrees
Photo of Bitter_Echo


3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Full disclosure: This is my first oatmeal stout, and not knowing if this one is IT, which I think it not, I'm still confused, so not sure if this is good, I'm not sure what you could do even in the philosophical vicinity of this, and I'd still be thinking I don't get it. OK, so not bad at all, but just weird to me, in a 'I had coffee already' kind of way, and its cold and just well, weird to me. Black as pitch pour...sucks in photons like crazy. Smells like late, super ripe fruit, and sombre somehow. Too ripe Tastes roasty and caramelized, and tannic, and mildly bitter and balanced and malty...but still weird to me. Carbonation is really on the low side, I think, and the mouthfeel is almost heavy, laborious, weird. Not really my thing, I'll give it average across and maybe try another sometime.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2012 23:27:10 | More by Bitter_Echo
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

09-06-2012 03:11:10 | More by stampfler07
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +9%

08-03-2012 02:06:05 | More by jrohrbacher
Photo of MumboJumbo


2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

04-10-2012 20:15:55 | More by MumboJumbo
Photo of beergoot


3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rich, opaque black body. Creamy, thin and tan head.

Robust chocolate and cocoa aroma. Sweet and rich roasted malts, too.

Bitter sweet chocolate flavor dominates. Chocolate cake notes. A relatively light bitterness is hidden amid all of the chocolate sweetness.

Medium body, somewhat chewy yet seems a tad light for the style.

An excellent stout with resounding character and taste. Big and bold yet tamed with a cloying sweetness. Well worth looking for...

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2012 03:34:00 | More by beergoot
Photo of Huffaroma


4/5  rDev +9%

01-16-2012 05:20:41 | More by Huffaroma
Photo of hoggywood


4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Never thought I would enjoy a dark beer but Shadow Mountain oatmeal stout was the exception. It had a subtle chocolate tone and depth of flavor but it was not overpowering and did not have a chewy feel to it like some dark beers do. The darkness of this beer is deceptive. It tastes smooth and is very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2011 02:50:56 | More by hoggywood
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3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours black with a brown head, that quickly dissipates down leaving only a little remaining head around the edges of the glass. No lacing.

S: Rich and sweet. Heavy malt aroma cut with some chocolate covered cherry aroma.

T: Matches the smell pretty well with some roastiness in the finish.

M: Silky and creamy texture to it with a little carbonation.

O: A solid oatmeal stout.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2011 00:59:36 | More by denver10
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3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review based on notes, part of mixed 6'er from 3 months ago...

Pours ebony with a finger of mocha head. Good lacing & average head retention

S: Dark fruit & charred grain

T: Dark chocolate & coffee. More of the same as this warms, plus vanilla & dryness. Finishes sweet, smooth &dry

MF: Smooth, medium bodied, & nice silkyness
A nice oatmeal stout

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2011 02:43:49 | More by russpowell
Photo of claytong


4.28/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a great oatmeal stout. one of the best ive had.
creamy, roasted oats, caramel, and toffee.
i was surprised. im a big fan of the style and didnt expect much from it but it was delicious one of my favorites of the style so far.
highly recommend it if you liek the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2011 05:37:07 | More by claytong
Photo of rawfish


3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a New Belgium globe. Thin mocha head, half a finger sits atop a very dark brown body with slight milk chocolate highlights. Both retention and lacing are very little to none.

Pretty good aroma wafting from this especially when warm, distinguishable espresso and coffee grounds with baker's chocolate, coarse grains and a earthy woody note, not unlike campfire smoke with the addition of some licorice.

Chocolate sweetness is lost from the nose but everything else stays very consistent, hits early with chocolate malts, a heavy toast and coffee flavor paired with a woody note rising. Middle of the taste is a bit abrasive with a bit of acidity. Earthy hop quality is faint but smooth and balanced. Aftertaste features more coffee but also the same acidity as before.

Very smooth and creamy with a lighter body for a stout which I feel helps the overall drink, carbonation is also very low and appropriate. Very pleasant feel despite the acidity which surfaces, no hint of alcohol.

My first dive into oatmeal stouts and the oats so a good job at keeping everything nice and creamy throughout. I find the acidity to always be unavoidable with the style due to the malt profile but this one seems a bit too noticable. Great aroma and feel, solid overall.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2011 06:19:08 | More by rawfish
Photo of katan


3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours a dark black color. You have to hunt for some amber highlights against a light. Head formation is strong, 1/8" in height, mocha in color.

S - Lightly scented. Some roasted barley malt, balanced by some bready maltose notes from the unfermentables. Some chocolate sneaks in at the end.

T - Starts off lightly roasted, mostly sweet. The burnt notes are restrained. Mid-stream develops a nice oatmeal flavor, grainy and husky. Throws in some milk like smooth sweetness. Finishes mostly clean with some light burnt notes.

M - Moderate to strong body, decent carbonation. Finishes very clean - no retained flavors.

D - Easy drinking. ABV doesn't feel to be over the top. Flavors are smooth,well integrated. Not filling. Represents a nice easy session drinking oatmeal stout.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2010 07:18:04 | More by katan
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Shadow Mountain Stout from Grand Lake Brewing Company
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