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Oatmeal Stout - Gray's Brewing Company

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82
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Ratings: 140
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 17.22%
Wants: 6
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Gray's Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  5.21% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-06-2002)
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5/5  rDev +38.9%

patford100, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of nsmartell
4.8/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed this beer during our New Year's Eve Party. Was given to me for winning a bet. Drank straight from the bottle.

Appearance: Difficult to say as it was in the bottle.

Smell: nice roasted barley smell.

Taste: very light bitterness, but excellent!

Mouthfeel: A meal in a glass! The kind of beer you want to bite into.

Drinkability: Exceptional. I could drink this beer all day long. One of the best beers I have ever had.

nsmartell, Aug 26, 2007
Photo of dluth2
4.78/5  rDev +32.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I am a huge stout fan and this is definitely one of the best I've had. Smooth and sweet taste, with very little hoppiness. Subtle chocolate flavors. Not bitter and little after taste. I've had in both bottle and on draft and draft is much better. I live in Chicago and will several times a year drive to Wisconsin just to pick up a couple 6-packs of Gray's O.S.

dluth2, Jun 27, 2009
Photo of dhannes
4.68/5  rDev +30%
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.

dhannes, Mar 25, 2011
Photo of carolinared
4.5/5  rDev +25%

carolinared, Feb 28, 2013
Photo of happygnome
4.45/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

a: pours anice brown black color with about a half inch of head that dissapears kind of slow but whenit does it dissapears into a thin layer of sticky lacing over the beer and leaves lacing around the edge of the glass all of the way down the glass
s: hmm, i know ive smealt this aroma before, to me it reminds me of thatboy scout treat putting a bannana, chocolate, and marshmellows in alluminumfoil and then cooking it in the fire. no hop aroma very nice
t: very similar to the aroma, that taste is present on the tip of the tongue, as the eer makes its way to the back of my mouth theres a nice roasted flavor
m: medium to full bodied beer with little carbonation

overall, i really enjoyed this beer every sip of it, sipped on it for over an hour so good

happygnome, May 20, 2008
Photo of RBorsato
4.45/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Almost black with dark brown to ruby edges to a light source with a decent brown creamy head. Nice chocolate, roasty, robust aroma and flavor with chocolate taking the lead in flavor. Medium bodied with a creamy smooth finish woth lots of chocolate on the finish.

Very nice and glad I brought one home from Cedar Rapids a while back... well worth picking up.

Per label: Est. 1856

Per Gray's website: 1994 GABF = Gold - Special Stout Category
Generous amounts of fresh rolled oats, paired with heavily roasted malted barley.
Malts: 6 Varities of 2 row malted barley
Hops: 3 Varities
O.G.: 13.0 P
Alcohol: 5.6v/v

'3219' lasered on bottom ('03' emb on bottom)
'23604' lasered on neck (drink by?)
Tasted: 01/27/06

RBorsato, Feb 21, 2006
Photo of battlekow
4.38/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have three oatmeal stouts in my fridge: this, Sand Creek's Oscar's, and Samuel Smith's. Two Wisconsin welterweights, local boys done good, against the big, bad Brit.

The two Wisconsin beers look markedly different in appearance; they're both stoutishly black, but Oscar's is the only truly opaque one, and has an enormous head that reminds me of cookie dough, if bubbles were chocolate chips. Gray's, on the other hand, has no head whatsoever, but does have pretty good lacing.

Smell and taste for Gray's are coffee, coffee, coffee. Black coffee. Man coffee. Really tasty. Mouthfeel is satisfyingly thick.

I really like this beer, and wish it luck versus the Sam Smith Juggernaut.

battlekow, Aug 12, 2005
Photo of granger10
4.38/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Mohagany black with a medium creamy tan head which dissipates quickly. Only a thin layer sits atop. Smells smoky and toasty but also a bit of some hoppiness as well. A touch of chocolate. Taste is similar. Really noticeable smokiness upfront. Milk chocolate seems to be the malt component. Nice full body supports the malt with a touch of toast. A bit of a nutty caramel flavor in the back. Finishes with a bitter smokiness. Not the quaffer one expects most Oatmeal Stouts to be, but honestly better than most Oatmeal Stouts I have tried. For the price, this is one of the best deals you'll find!

granger10, Sep 13, 2006
Photo of deaconoflove
4.35/5  rDev +20.8%
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.

deaconoflove, Oct 23, 2012
Photo of pmcadamis
4.33/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The cool bottle (different than the one pictured here) depicts an old civil war type bearded dude who looks like he takes beer very seriously. The label says "big, black, and bold," and I agree.

Licorice black with hints of brown around the edges where the light can get through. A very thin brown head lasts a minute or two and leaves a bubbly collar and some brown lacing on the glass.

Smells smooth and rich like hot oatmeal or Malt-O-Meal (remember that stuff....I was raised on Malt-O-Meal and Cream of Wheat!) Also nutty black bread, double chocolate chip cookies, and peanut butter. Sweet, warm, smooth, and inviting but it could be a tad more pungent.

Nice sweet initial flavor followed by notes of chocolate, oatmeal (again....Malt-O-Meal), bitter coffee with loads of sugar or splenda. Just roasty and bitter enough IMO while retaining a balanced sweetness throughout.

This is one of the smoothest oatmeals I've had, and it seems almost perfectly balanced. This is smooth, creamy, and somewhat light-bodied in mouthfeel, my only compaint is that it is a bit watery.

This is one of few oatmeals that I would love to session. An excellent brew!

pmcadamis, Oct 21, 2006
Photo of BrownAleMale
4.33/5  rDev +20.3%
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.

BrownAleMale, Sep 03, 2012
Photo of Vancer
4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Paradoxes! First the pour came out jet black, all right ! But the non-existent head was puzzling. Good aromas, roasted malt, coffee and chocolate. Taste matched it, and included some coffee and plum undertones. But the texture – was at best thin to medium. Expected such a nice mixture to be sturdier. Damn! Could have used more malt in the finish - but all in all, could drink *a few* of these anytime, anyplace.

Vancer, Feb 25, 2005
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4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On-tap at The Canopy Club, Urbana, IL. 3.75/pint.

This oatmeal stout is one of the darkest I've seen and would have been nicely complimented by better head retention. Nonetheless, it looks tasty. This oatmeal is not influenced much at all by aromatic hops. What's impressive, however, is that the malt nose is distinctive, not bland like most maltiness would be. Easy to drink, this is certainly a fine oatmeal. It differs from Sammy Smith only in the lack of diacetyl (butterscotch) that Smith gets from its stone fermenters. In terms of style, then, Gray's is a truer representation. The bittering hops marry well with the malts, but not perfectly. The thin body is expected and certainly a result of pushing the alcohol to 5.6 percent. It's nice to see an oatmeal with this high of an abv. A great beer for a great time. The finish is coffeeish and sometimes a little biting, disintegrated. A fine interpretation, nonetheless.

Relax, relax.
ng

ngandhi, Sep 13, 2003
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4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

WhatAlesMe, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of Bighuge
4.22/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The beer is nearly black and has a creamy medium brown head. Lacing effect is nice. Deep roasted malt and mocha on the nose. Mouthfeel is pure silk. Very creamy. On the buds, there are some nice mocha and chocolate notes. Not overbearing at all on the palate. Could actually use a little more burnt quality to it. However, it is a very drinkable oatmeal stout.

This was the first oatmeal stout I ever tried (about 8 years ago) and it is still one of my favorites.

Bighuge, Jun 19, 2002
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4.18/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

There's a smokiness to Gray's Oatmeal Stout that's noticeable right up front. It's not burnt wood smokey, but more like the smoke that starts to come off of something just before it ignites. It's clear in the nose along with deeply caramelized sugars and some mildly chocolate malt.

It returns again in the finish once it's roasty, deeply caramelized and burnt sugar maltiness has passed; but before that some delicate bakers chocolate and espresso notes appear.

There aren't many hops here, they just peek out towards the finish, leafy and grassy, but they're not really needed except for their subtle balancing bitterness (not much is needed as the roast, smokiness, and low pH of the beer already cut through the malt).

The head retention could be better, and it leaves very little lace, but the glowing crimson highlights amidst its almost-black mahogany body are quite nice.

It's quite smooth in the mouth with a light-medium body and very restrained carbonation.

Overall, it's a very nice, surprisingly "rich", and very drinkable beer - just don't expect something full and dextrinous. It really grew on me, and except for the fact that it'd surely build on the palate, I think I'd enjoy more than a few of these on a night at the pub.

NeroFiddled, Apr 30, 2006
Photo of marburg
4.18/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Possibly one of the most drinkable stouts on earth.

Looks pretty; but let's get to the good part: Aromas of chocolate mousse; a bit of fresh, roasted beans; and whole milk pop pretty steadily from the glass.

And let me restate: this goes down easily. Certainly some sort of a chocolate-mocha-latte flavoring to this. The roasted, burnt flavors are undertones -- clearly present but never dominant -- and they compliment the milk chocolate flavors tremendously well. Very little residual bitterness. Rather, this finishes smooth and creamy in flavor, more like some sort of milk stout. Damn good.

marburg, Mar 16, 2004
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4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Plenty black, just some trace of light passes through at the bottom. Good initial head of dark tan color, but its down to a collar in 50 seconds. Fat rings for laces. Aroma shows nice roastiness, almost Dry Stout-like in coffee, combined with a touch of huckleberry. Low carbonation, very smooth oatmeal mouthfeel, nice. Java impressions early with a condensed milk sweetness sticking around throughout. Almost smokey at the close. Nice balance and a very drinkable beer. Minnesota is low on Stouts, its nice to see this one on the shelves, I'd pick this up again for sure.

ADR, Jul 20, 2004
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4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Standard looking 12 ounce bottle per the BA Database picture. Twist off cap and neck label that professes that Gray brewing Co. was Established in 1856, that’s quite a history for a US brewer! The main label is rather unique in respect of the fact that it is an angled sash shape. There is a yellow dot-matrix printed code and date on the bottle, but it is indecipherable, as they usually always are.

Appearance: Thick black pour with no head whatsoever at first. The creamy brown head dissociates from solution only halfway through the pour and forms a collar like head that soon rescinds to a light halo ring with minimal lacing. Finely attenuated carbonation, a quick swirl helps to reinstate some head, but not much. Not even the setting sun could penetrate this one, but some ruby hints were seen at the edge of the glass. Subsequent top-ups from the partial poured 12 ounce bottle seemed to form a nicer looking head.

Nose: Roasted malts mixed with a chocolate character and some dark roasted coffee in the back end. Oatmeal is detectable as contributing to the smoothness of the aromas. Very nice.

Taste: Gorgeous lines. Smooth, tasty, bold, plenty of body and a great finish with a little dry bitterness. It has it all. Roasted black malts start the beer, a creamy smooth oat-like middle with coffee hints and a dry lingering finish that becomes a tad bitter once the Stout is long swallowed. This is a Stout that seems to reveal different facets of its character the more you drink it.

Mouthfeel: Truly a Stout-Stout. There is no oxy-moron in this one. A beautifully fulfilling offering that has a smooth V8 poise with plenty of V12 gusto when you need it. It seems like you can keep opening the throttle on this one.

Drinkability: Well, this has exceptional Drinkability. Creamy, smooth, tasty, and it packs it a punch with the mouthfeel also. Yet it is 5.6%, which means that you can easily and comfortably tackle a few of these. I just wish I had another. A quaffable well-made Stout that can stand up to higher alcohol versions quite easily I think.

Overall: I would buy this most certainly if it was available here in So.Cal. A beautiful creamy smooth Stout, which drinks exceptionally well. I like the fact that all this flavor and body comes from a brew that is ‘only’ (for the US at least) 5.6% ABV, making it an attractive 6-pack purchase and an all-night beer. I wish.

A Stout-like Cheers to BigHuge for this one, it worked wonders in washing away the awful tastes of the previous Mojave Red beer that I just had.

TheLongBeachBum, May 09, 2004
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4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sometimes quality is apparent on the pour. The beer exiting the bottle is thick, creamy and as dark as night. Opaque ebon with a glimmer of garnet at the edges, capped with a densely creamy cap of toasted medium brown. Surprisingly, there's little lace. Wonderful stout nose of heavily roasted dark malt, chocolate fudge and hops. I was hoping that the hops wouldn't be assigned second-class status, and they haven't been.

The flavor profile keeps the 'quality' theme rolling. Oatmeal Stout tastes of coffee liquer and hop-flecked chocolate candy. There's a great deal of roasted malt on hand with nary a trace of overroasted astringency that one sometimes experiences in such an assertive stout.

The mild bitterness is more along the lines of the sweet, snappy bitterness that comes from hops. Oats contribute sweetness and softness, but this version is still more robustly flavored than most. The bordering-on-full body is impressively smooth and is nicely rounded and expansive in the mouth.

I haven't heard much about Gray's Brewing Company and had never had one of their beers prior to this one. If this fine stout is representative of their line, I'll be looking to try as many others as I can lay my hands on. It's obvious that these guys know what they're doing.

BuckeyeNation, Oct 23, 2004
Photo of scruffwhor
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a strong, stout looking sout black. Only a very small dark brown highlight at the top of the beer. Their is no head. Smells heavily roasted, a little burnt even. A hint of smokey BBQ to round out this great aroma. The taste starts a mellow of lightly bitter and a little sweet roasted malt. Then to heavy roasted coffe beans, smoked wood, and burnt BBQ. The malts seems to be all the bitterness in the beer. You know there are hops in the flavor, but th malts are so bitter, you can get the two confused. A good beer, could, maybe have three in one evening. A bit harsh on the roasted malt bill.

scruffwhor, Feb 03, 2008
Photo of hero27
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle.

Near black with some ruby specks of color...small tan bubbles cover the surface of the brew. Aroma is mostly chocolate, with some burnt caramel and grains. Very rich, roasted malt flavor with additional oatmeal undertones. Waves of dark chocolate and coffee are also well displayed..delicious. The hop flavor is not to be overdone, and carries itself pretty well, while lending a good lingering bitterness.

One of the easiest-drinking stouts I've come across. I wanted another as soon as I downed the last few drops.. My first Gray's beer will hopefully not be my last..

hero27, Jun 26, 2006
Photo of garymuchow
4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Mild yet characteristic malt aroma for style. Head is rather thin, and doesn't sustain very long. Coal black. First thing I noted is that if feels rather thin for style. It has an overall roasted quality and a bit of an oily feel. Flavor is rich and feels like a whole mouth experience. Fairly complex taste with the malt, yet noticable dryness and bitterness of the hops, which keeps it from being too sweet. I had a 6-pack a couple of years ago and thought it was the best oatmeal stout I'd ever had. Either my tastes have changed or this is different than those, because this is a very good, but not a great beer.

garymuchow, Apr 06, 2002
Photo of marc77
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Near black, with deep, hazy bister hints when held to light. Persistent, fluffy, dark tan head leaves frothy lace. Waft of sugary, soft mocha upfront in aroma yields to sharper dark roast coffee notes and butterscotch. Understated smoky, charcoal hints. Appetizing and well rounded aromawise. Snap of burnt barley acidity initially in flavor is ensued by a mellow combination of chocolate malt and toffeeish dark caramel sweetness. Dryish roasted barley bitterness augments as it breathes. Actual hop bitterness is meager, leaving ample residual sweetness. Herbal hop undertone complements the mocha theme. Trace tart, prunish twang persists throughout and adds depth. Lightly bodied overall, but discernibly "silky" in mouthfeel from the oat glucans. Finishes with fading hints of chocolate covered coffee bean and dilute molasses. A tasty and well crafted oatmeal stout, with a steadfast sweet mocha note a hair shy of overbearing. Rich in flavor, but soft on the palate overall. Thanks to Feloniousmonk for the opportunity. This would be a staple stout in my fridge if it were available here.

marc77, May 09, 2004
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Oatmeal Stout from Gray's Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 140 ratings.