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Oatmeal Stout - Gray's Brewing Company

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135 Ratings
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Ratings: 135
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 17.17%
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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bashiba

Iowa

1.48/5  rDev -59%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Poured a cola brown with a light tan head.

This isn't a good omen, but I was actually suprised as this is the first beer I have had from Gray's that actually smells like the style its supposed to be. A nice bit of oatmeal, chocolate, and smoked black malts.

This beer is god awful tasting, super sour and vinergery, hopefully a bad bottle, but I know its a fresh sample so this doesn't bode well for this beer.

Mouthfeel is slick and oily.

Undrinkable, drain pour it!

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2009 01:29:13 | More by bashiba
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Blakaeris

Iowa

1.7/5  rDev -52.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Pours dark brown with ruby highlights. Head is slight and soapy.

Aroma is dark grain with an underlying sweetness. Hints of chocolate and powdery cocoa.

Taste is initially dark grain and slightly woody. But then the extremely sour flavor takes over and lingers forever. I am amazed at just how bad this stout is. What happened to the stout flavors?

Mouthfeel is medium bodied.

This may be the worst stout I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2009 01:32:56 | More by Blakaeris
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Snowboarder4lifey

Minnesota

1.81/5  rDev -49.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2013 01:45:29 | More by Snowboarder4lifey
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ArchaeoFiero_TheDelorean

Wisconsin

1.89/5  rDev -47.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2014 01:25:53 | More by ArchaeoFiero_TheDelorean
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womencantsail

California

1.93/5  rDev -46.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2011 06:33:27 | More by womencantsail
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Chugmonkey

Wisconsin

1.95/5  rDev -46%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Black with reddish highlights, very little head even after dumping into a pint glass. 1/4" head that disappeared immediatly.

Smell is a strikingly strong roastedness. Taste is astringent and a really bitter super roasty that lingers forever.

Feels thin and water - exact opposite of what an Oatmeal Stout s/b to me.

Astringent super strong roasty aftertaste that made it hard to swallow and would not go away. This is the nastiest Oatmeal Stout I've ever encountered.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2009 18:14:49 | More by Chugmonkey
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deadbody

Minnesota

2.2/5  rDev -39.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2010 12:51:06 | More by deadbody
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schanker21

Illinois

2.42/5  rDev -33%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very dark, opaque brownish-black that only lets a little bit of light through on the edges. One finger head that does not last long at all. Smells like and oatmeal stout. Taste is terribly disappointing. It lacks the roasted oatmeal taste that I thought was sort of essential for the style (it being an oatmeal stout and all). It's not a bad beer, just a bad oatmeal stout. Much better choices are out there.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2008 03:51:33 | More by schanker21
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GoldHorde

Minnesota

2.43/5  rDev -32.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2012 05:28:00 | More by GoldHorde
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beveritt

Ohio

2.63/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured this from a 12oz brown bottle into an English pint glass. My label is different than the one pictured here, but from looking on Gray's website, it appears this is the same beer.

Appearance: Pours a thick dark mahogany color, almost black. Very little head. The head that is here falls to just a thin coating of light brown foam.

Smell: Very strong smell of roasted barley, like sticking your head in a fresh bag of the stuff. The barley is so strong that I really don't pick up anything else in the smell.

Taste: Has a lot more of a CO2 bite than I am used to in stouts, almost hides some of the flavor. Once the intial bite fades, there is the taste of roasted barley with just a hint of hops at the end.

Mouthfeel: Pretty high carbonation. Not as much body as you would expect from an oatmeal beer.

Drinkability: The high level of carbonation is a big detractor for me. The CO2 gives a strong bite at the beginning, but there really isn't much flavor behind it. Not bad, but I have had a lot more flavorful examples of Oatmeal Stout.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2006 21:34:15 | More by beveritt
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charliedango

Illinois

2.65/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass. Opaque brown/black with 1/4 inch translucent brown near head. Head itself dissipates rather quickly leaving a slight patchy lacing. Aroma is inviting with all the standard trappings of an oatmeal stout. Taste leaves quite a bit to be desired and as others have stated there is a strange overbearing banana aftertaste which is something I'm not accustomed to in any variety of stout. Mouthfeel is faintly rich and could be exactly what I expected were it not for the high carbonation. Overall I'd say this is not a good showing for an oatmeal stout.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2008 07:43:15 | More by charliedango
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kochea7

Wisconsin

2.75/5  rDev -23.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-05-2010 21:00:52 | More by kochea7
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MiguelMandingo

Texas

2.98/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I got this brew from my mother who was vacationing with family in Wisconsin, and this was one of the beers she brought back for me. Thanks mom.

Poured a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance - This beer's initial appearance made me sad. It produced an 1/8 finger head that dissipated immediately. It had absolutely no head retention. It is mostly opaque black with ruby edges only perceptible when held to a light. The lack of head and watery texture of the beer doesn't bode well with me.

Smell - The scent isn't that bad - what I can smell of it. I had to dig deep, but I get notes of dark roasted malt that emits the scents of cocoa powder and slightly roasted coffee. I wish the smell was a little bolder.

Taste - I predominately get flavors of cocoa powder and coffee. There is a bitter flavor at the end of the drink. The taste is okay, but I feel like it is missing something. There is nothing that jumps out as special.

Mouthfeel - Oh man, this is not good. This beer is really watery and light bodied, and there is hardly any carbonation - extremely flat feeling. It goes down very smooth - like water.

Drinkability - This beer isn't all that great. The mouthfeel kills it for me. It tastes good and smells good, but it drinks like water and doesn't look appealing - and that is just not what I was looking for. There are way better stouts out there. I am glad I tried it for the experience, but I certainly won't be searching for this one again.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2007 06:29:15 | More by MiguelMandingo
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tbone64

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -16.9%

06-02-2014 00:01:49 | More by tbone64
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Chokobo

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -16.9%

01-02-2013 00:16:44 | More by Chokobo
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phishterrrrrrr88

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -16.9%

04-25-2014 03:05:05 | More by phishterrrrrrr88
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TMoney2591

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2012 01:42:48 | More by TMoney2591
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doucmehu

Wisconsin

3.03/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 04:21:59 | More by doucmehu
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BeerBelcher

Ohio

3.05/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer pours a fairly dark black (although I could see rays of red and brown as light passed through the bottle-to-glass stream) with a minimal tan head.

Aroma is a quite potent coffee and chocolate malt odor.

Flavor is also strong coffee and chocolate notes, and is quite good.

However, I was very distracted from the taste of this beer with a watery and flat-feeling mouthfeel.

This is a good tasting beer, but the mouthfeel issue led me to be slightly disappointed with it.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2007 23:56:47 | More by BeerBelcher
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.06/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 20:40:22 | More by jwc215
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.15/5  rDev -12.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2012 23:42:35 | More by DrDemento456
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kennyo

New York

3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pours with a nice tan head that falls kind of quickly but blankets the beer throughout, opaque black, no light goes through it. Has a sweet, malty, roasty aroma. Aroma is probably one of the best qualities of this beer. Mouthfeel is kind of light, thin. Taste - kind of stout lite, very little oatmeal creaminess, some sourness in the taste. Pretty drinkable, wouldn't turn it down if offered.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2004 03:22:17 | More by kennyo
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.2/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2012 22:57:02 | More by WVbeergeek
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jmatthew

Pennsylvania

3.2/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Large aggressive bubbles fizzled out rapidly, leaving a pool of lonely darkness with a glow of mahogany at the perimeter. First impression upon pouring is that this beer looks and acts like very flat cola. The smell is decent though, with layers of chocalote and raisins. Only the dark chocolate makes its presence in the taste, and minimally so, which is then followed by coffee notes and lingering burnt toast. Given the lean flavor profile, I actually found the taste to be more enjoyable as the brew neared room temperature. Incredibly thin in body for a stout, which doesn't impress much but does make for an easily drinkable session beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2006 12:50:33 | More by jmatthew
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lester619

Wisconsin

3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Maybe just one or two shades lighter than complete darkness. No suprise for a stout. A lot of carbonation, but not much head retention or lacing. Smell is overwhelmingly roasted, burnt barley not much else has a chance to get through. Not really any hop presance shows up at all in the taste. Probalble normal for this style. A lot of dark, bitter chocolate strong roasted malt flavors. Kind of like the ashtray after you have smoked a good cigar. That's not a slam. I kind of like that. Mouthfeel was way to watery and thin. I expect to have to chew a beer that looks like this to get it down. I'm sure there are a ton of much better oatmeal stouts that would blow this out of the water. For a local product that is reasonably priced and available everywhere, I think it is a decent choice.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2009 16:35:01 | More by lester619
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Oatmeal Stout from Gray's Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 135 ratings.