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Oatmeal Stout - Gray's Brewing Company

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Reviews: 103
Hads: 147
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 14.96%
Wants: 5
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Gray's Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  5.21% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-06-2002

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Photo of ArchaeoFiero_TheDelorean
1.91/5  rDev -47.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Watery, weak, and black. This is such a disappointing Oatmeal Stout. I guess that is to be expected from a company that mainly produces soft drinks. I would suggest avoiding this soda-beer and grabbing Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout instead. SS perfected the style, and Gray's is like Guinness in comparison. A boring beer that fails to deliver the expectations of its style. (373 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.66/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Gray's Oatmeal Stout pours a black color with a large lacing tan head. There is a nice creamy aroma, with lots of roasted malts and a hint of smoke. The taste is creamy, good smokey notes, good sweet lactose flavoring. A bit watery and rough, but flavors are present. Overall its a nice sweeter stout. (301 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.08/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours very dark brown with a thin wispy head. Minimal vanishing lace.

The smell is of roasted dark malt - some chocolate. There is something chemical-ish I can't quite put my finger on, but it is mild.

The taste is of roasted cocoa powder with some dark fruit and a metallic-like finish.

It is watery thin, though some roast lingers a bit.

A mediocre stout, IMO. Not sure if metallic notes come from burnt malt or poorly used hops. It's drinkable enough, but lacks the rich, silky malt character associated with the style. Could be smoother. But, again, "inoffensive" enough to be drinkable. (596 characters)

Photo of Ryan_Graham
3.32/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark black with a little head that fades away to nothing. Chocolaty to the nose with hints of coffee. Tastes like carbonated coffee. It starts off watery and finishes with a thick malty taste. I didn't get the "oatmeal" flavor at all here, which was disappointing. Overall, I was not impressed. (302 characters)

Photo of Snowboarder4lifey
1.96/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Tasted good until the Nast metal undercurrent came in.... Like it was made in an old rusty pale.... Nasty! It is tasting like it was made in a old rusty bucket compaired to most oatmeal stouts. Bent padel and Brew house have way better oatmeal souts. Lake Superior Breing Company also makes a better oatmeal Stout. (314 characters)

Photo of GoldHorde
2.41/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Label promised "Big, Black, Bold". It definitely was BLACK although I've had blacker. Head was deep and tan - as expected. Sniff was a bit funky, which is not entirely off-style (though expected more in Belgian Ale), but it was enough to cause me to re-check the bottling date. The mouthfeel was towards a porter than a stout - one expects creaminess in a black stout - don't they? The first mouthful made me wonder what all the "black" was - because the taste was lighter than a porter. I was expecting a stout "punch". If it had been categorized as a Porter I would have been less surprised. This is my first taste of a Grays Brewing Company beer so I'll have to test out their IPA or hopefully they make a 2xIPA which are my favored styles. I drink and love heavy black stouts and deep oak bourbon porters with a cigar - this beer would be quickly overshadowed by a cigar. (875 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.03/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Gotta love those muttonchops... Anyway, this stuff pours a deep sienna topped by a finger of khaki foam. The nose comprises light roasted malts, toasted funky wheat, and a dusting of mild cocoa powder. The taste doesn't wanna make any waves, so it just copies the smell, despite how boring that makes it come across. There's definitely a blackened pretzel character abiding here. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel that borders on nigh-watery. Overall, a meek little oatmeal stout, one that's not offensive in any way but also doesn't seem to wanna try to be very good. (647 characters)

Photo of deaconoflove
4.33/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured it cold from the fridge and still got a huge head that filled most of the glass. Beer is black, smooth fine frothy head that lingers a long time. Aroma is roasted coffee and baker's chocolate. Taste is great blend of coffee and chocolate and hops all together. A lingering chocolate finish...like chocolate oatmeal with a faint rasberry candy. Nicely balanced and blended and clean. Not too sweet at all.
Smooth and just thick enough. Easy to drink, but also easy to sip and savor. (490 characters)

Photo of BrownAleMale
4.28/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Given to me by a friend in a create your own 6 pack. Poured from 12 oz bottle into Lakefront Brewery pint glass.

Appearance- Motor oil black with 2.5 fingers of khaki head that dissipates into a silk lining with nice retention.

Smell- Strong chocolate and coffee with a little bittersweet hop smell.

Taste- Semi sweet chocolate with a very well balanced sour hop note. Such a great flavor. I would tell you this was an Imperial Stout
If I didn't know any better.

Mouthfeel- Silky smooth like chocolate milk.

Overall- Was shocked with the quality of this beer. I am from Wisconsin where this is brewed and never had even heard of the brewery. I expected a water down artificially flavored mess but was pleasantly surprised. I would put it right up there as one of my favorite oatmeal stouts just slightly behind Sam Smith oatmeal stout. Mouthfeel is number one on all normal stout that I've ever had. (904 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Oatmeal Stout
Gray's Brewing Company
Style: Oatmeal Stout
ABV: 5.21 %

LOOK: Pours a clear dark brown, with an off white head, decent retention, and some lacing.

SMELL: Faint aroma of roasted malts, cocoa, dark bread, grains, pretty straight forward, on par for the style.

TASTE: Coffee and milk chocolate upfront with a bit of sweet grain notes from the oatmeal. Roasted, nutty, chocolatey, malty flavor that serves its purpose well here. Generally agreeable and approachable flavor profile.

FEEL: Medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated, but a bit thin and watery. Still, easy to drink for sure.

OVERALL: Not a bad offering from Gray's Brewing out of Wisconsin. This is an average stout that tastes pretty good. (717 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.17/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Well it's not big (5.2%?) but it does look pretty black (not very since the pour was a deep amber) Head is minimal just the slightest bit off opaque colored that clears to a slight lace ring.

S - Smells pretty good. Lactic sugar sweetness, mild roasts, and a bit of skunk?

T - Damn where is my bold stout? Barley any chocolate with only a bit of roast and even lactic sweetness is minimal giving very little creamy body. Eh...

M - Light to medium, not bad but not anything I expected.

Overall I am a sucker for oatmeal stouts and this one is only slightly above Guinness class.
Way better examples of the style out there guys! (635 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appears a dark pitch black color with light frothing tan head forming thick. Head was speckled thin after each sip, aroma has smoked dark chocolate notes with hints of soft oatmeal. Flavor has a creamy base malt layer, with hints of watered down dark chocolate and coffee flavors. No bad tasting beers here this is a nice dark stout, maybe a bit watered down but excellent stuff. Mouthfeel like I said a bit thin but some decen flavor to make up for it. Overall I'm not planning to pick up another bottle or six pack anytime soon, this stuff is pseudocraft beer compared to some other beers out there. (601 characters)

Photo of peabody
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a really dark black slightly opaque. Not much head but some lacing.
Smell is coffee and oatmeal bread.
Taste is kind of sour. Not much going on here. Watery mix of raisin and oatmeal with some coffee overtones.
Mouthfeel is pretty clean and it shouldn't be.
Overall this one lacks some sugar. Too watery for my palate. (328 characters)

Photo of doucmehu
3.04/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from sampler pack bottle into oversize wine glass to start out Super Bowl 46.

A: Chalky mahogany brown, seems a little watery for an Oatmeal Stout.

S: Smells mostly of sweet chocolate and phenol alcohol, not bad. Seems promising.

T: Tastes of bitter chocolate, slightly tart and dry finish, a hint a earthy hops. Decent, but nothing to write home about.

M: Watery and thin, way off for the style. I expect silky smooth, but this misses completely, and the carbonation is too bubbly.

O: Average stout, too watery but drinkable. Lacking in the silky smooth department. (578 characters)

Photo of c1377
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

EYE
inky
NOSE
roasted and toasted, chocolate toffee malt and oats with a hint of raisins
BUBBLE
frothy
MOUTH
more silky than creamy, and not at all chewy
TASTE
roasted coffee malt, oats, and dry raisins

This is the thinnest stout I have ever had. It is more of a black lager with oatmeal than it is a stout. The flavour is straight forward and simple, without a lot of depth. (376 characters)

Photo of samie85
3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours an inky black with a two finger light tan head.

S-Smells of rich chocolate, some roasted malt, a bit of oats and some dark fruit.

T-Roasted malt reminiscent of fresh brewed coffee and mocha with a light, roasted bitterness.

M-Light bodied with moderate carbonation and a prickly feel.

D-This is a pretty easy drinking beer with some complexity, however the feel isn't doing it for me; I like my oatmeal stouts with a little more body. (446 characters)

Photo of Lauthaha
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(reviewed from a tape recorder on September 2nd, 2010)

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown with a touch of ruby color; mostly opaque. Thick, tan head typical of a stout beer.

Smell: Oatmeal, roasted malts with a gentle caramel flavor.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Sweet with just a small amount of hops. Oatmeal and roasted/toasted malt. Robust flavor which fits the category. Beer is fairly heavy, but pleasant. Very pillowy texture but not a whole lot of carbonation. Leaves just a little to be desired especially in the hops department.

Overall: Decent drinkability. It's a good beer, but not great. (594 characters)

Photo of JamnesCameron
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a DFH pint glass. Pours a deep dark ruby, with a light tan head that does not last.

Aromas of roasted malt, dark coffee, dark cocoa, oats. A touch of anise.

Flavors of silky mocah java, milk chocolate, dark roast coffee, splash of cream.

Mouthfeel is medium, creamy and silky.

Overall a very nice oatmeal stout. Big chewy, dessert in a glass. (358 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
1.99/5  rDev -44.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

A: The pour is a very dark brown, almost black, with a small tan head.

S: Smells...bad. Like prunes and roast. Slight acidity to the nose with some acrid roast and coffee notes. There is some good sweetness of toffee and caramel, however.

T: What a terrible flavor. Watery and vegetal with an astringency to it and a weak coffee flavor in the background. Not any chocolate to speak of, almost no sweetness is present either.

M: Thin and watery on the tongue with a moderate level of carbonation.

O: Watery and awful in flavor, not a good combination. (554 characters)

Photo of dhannes
4.7/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured cold into a standard pint glass, and allowed to warm up to around 50º.

A=Rich dark brown, with light cream colored head of 1/2" for 90 seconds or so.

S=Excellent nose...coffee, semi-sweet chocolate, with hints of cola.

T=Better than other oatmeal stouts--sweet but a tad bitter, mocha with hints of bourbon.

M=Light with little carbonation.

O=The slight excess of bitterness was just enough to keep me from giving this a 5.0 but one I would buy again. (464 characters)

Photo of JackieTH
3.28/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark brown-black, translucent, with ruby highlights. Thin tan head.

Smell: Rolled roasted oats a roasted coffee.

Taste: Strong roasted almost burnt oat bread flavor, earthy bitter hop and bitter coffee flavor work decently together.

Mouthfeel: Thin and a bit watery.

Drinkability: It's drinkable, but weak overall. I'd drink as many as were given to me, but would not seek it out. (396 characters)

Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. The color is non-opaque black; when I held it to my lamp, the pint became an attractive, deep ruby. Perhaps I poured it too well (maybe), but there was almost no head; only a half finger of tanned foam developed and then dissipated quickly to leave a ring around the edge and a couple wisps of lacing in the middle.

Smell: It has a nice, roasted aroma, and it is giving me flashbacks of Stockyard Stout, though faintly. The smell is dominated by roasted chocolate/cocoa malts, but there is a nice roasted coffee bitterness to make it well balanced. There is a slight hint of oats and maybe some oatmeal, but nothing substantial; perhaps I am imaging that.

Taste: Yummy. Burnt, not roasted, coffee bitterness dominates the flavor, and it is tamed by roasted chocolate/cocoa malts. However, an element of singed edges remains. Deep down, as the pint warms, flavors of cherry and plum emerge, and oats provide a nice bready/cereal quality.

Drinkability: Good stuff. The carbonation is a little weak, but other than that it is a pretty decent beer. Not excellent, but decent. (1,119 characters)

Photo of kochea7
2.77/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at the UW Memorial Union Rathskeller.

A-It was a very dark, nearly black color. The head was tan, but went away rather rapidly.
S-Earthy and roasted nose.
T-Roasted almost burnt, little to no sweetness.
M-Very thin and watery, not as thick as the usual OS.
D-It was quite drinkable for a stout. (313 characters)

Photo of deadbody
2.22/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a Surly pint glass. Small head, recedes quickly leaving minimal lacing. Slight scent of a stout, but very minor, poor taste, none of the big flavors I would expect. No coffee, no chocolate, just nothing. Thin mouthfeel, very watery. Would not seek out to drink again. Between this and the Porter, I am not impressed with Gray's. (354 characters)

Photo of StoutHunter
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to benji for sharing this six pack. Poured from a 12ounce bottle into a 5 ounce sampling mug.

A- Pours a nice dark brown thats almost black, had a small layer of head that quickly faded to a ring that left hardly any lacing.

S- Very roasted and burnt with some chocolate and coffee, a little sweetness shows up from the oatmoeal.

T- Roasted malts up front with a little chocolaty sweetness, some bitterness peaks through that wasnt there in the aroma.

M- Not too heavy, not too light, just right for the style, a little too dry for my taste.

D- For the style the drinkability is pretty high, i had no problem drinking 3 of these, as did my friend.

Overall, i wasnt blown away by this beer, but was surprised on easy this brew went down. I would pick this up again for those days where i just want the stout taste without being heavy. good choice to ease people into the style. thanks benji, next one is on me. (923 characters)

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Oatmeal Stout from Gray's Brewing Company
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