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Oatmeal Stout - Gray's Brewing Company

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Reviews: 103
Hads: 148
Avg: 3.6
pDev: 16.67%
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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Reviews: 103 | Hads: 148
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.74/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Good lookin beer, dark brown, bordering on black. Little bubbles. Beige head. Good oily aroma, viscous.

Taste, a solid smooth OS. Standard choco coffee flavor rounded off by the oats, lacks bitterness, this is what an OS is supposed to do. Hardly original, but why fix something that ain't broke? Thins out down the bottle, minimal hop presence.

Great price.

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Photo of Tone
3.72/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a black color. 1/3 inch head of a pale tan color. Decent retention and slight lacing. Smells of roasted malt, sweet malt, slight pale malt, slight vanilla, and a hint of hope. Fits the style of an Oatmeal Stout. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of roasted malt, sweet malt, slight metallic, yeast, and a hint of hops. Overall, the metallic flavor fades quickly; good body and aroma, but the blend is not quite right.

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Photo of maximum12
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to a friend who brought this back from a trip that took them near Janesville. People are always bringing us beer, stop that, haven't you seen my cellar!

Respectably dressed in black for an oatmeal stout as it slinks into my Terrapin snifter. Smells is nice, the oatmeal & the sweet malts really do a good tango to stir up some sweat.

This oatmeal stout is burnt to a crisp, then flipped over & burnt again. Crisped, singed malts dominate, the dominate again. It's not bad, but it's hard to get past that taste to anything else. Anyone who doesn't like their meat well done isn't going to dig this. Oddly for such aggressive flamethrowing, the mouthfeel is silky smooth, smoothee smooth, just a velvet-wrapped finger stroking the palate.

Pretty good beer. It suffers from one-note-itis, that being coffee left on the maker for too long. Still. The mouthfeel rescues it some & makes for a clashing beer that's crying out for help.

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Photo of Deuane
3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Deep, dark black/brown with the slightest of chestnut highlights. A medium tan head looks impressive at first but is fades away to a meager ring with no lacing to speak of.

S-Dr, Pepper like with notes of light chocolate, coffee, dark cherry and roasted malt. Nice, but all quite light.

T-Surprising amount of bitter, earthy, roasted malt up front with a nice dose of backing dark chocolate and mild sour cherry twang.

M-Medium bodied, smooth and semi-rich but just a tad on the thin side. I wouldn't mind a touch more beefiness. Nice lingering earthy bitterness and a mildly dry finish.

D-An all around nice, easy drinking, every day, have on hand when you want a stout kinda beer. Nothing outrageous here but the flavours work and offers up enough to make it interesting all the way through.

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Photo of lester619
3.21/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

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Photo of gmfessen
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, beer is a very deep brown with ruby highlights and a thin yet stout head. The nose is a nice mix of oats, coffee, chocolate and caramel malts. The flavor is similar with the light coffee notes complimenting the caramel/oat sweetness and there is a slight hop pressence at the end of the taste that balances the beer nicely. The mouthfeel is a little lighter than what I would normall expect and the carbonation doesn't have that creamy, silky texture that I've come to desire in a Oatmeal Stout. Overall, a well done beer, the mouthfeel is the only thing negative I can say about this beer.

*The mouthfeel isn't bad, just not as good as some other oatmeal stouts.

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Photo of dluth2
4.75/5  rDev +31.9%
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.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a nearly opaque black color. The head is a quarter inch in height, and recedes quickly into sparse lacing. The aroma is roasted malt and dark chocolate, but it is rather faint. The taste is like the aroma. It is very pleasant, but ultimately forgettable. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a bit too much carbonation, and lacks the signature silky texture of an oatmeal stout. Overall, this is a decent beer. Although I would be content drinking it again, I will not go out of my way to do so.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle tried 14 Mar 2009. Trade from Phil, thanks! Label is different from the one pictured.

Poured in a Young's Oatmeal Stout pint glass. Small dark head is quick to dissipate. Bubbly. Deep dark brown, almost black, opaque. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, earthy graininess, slightly musty. Sweet roasty malt, some chocolate. pumpernickel and toasted whole grain bread. Finish is roasty bitter, aftertaste is milky sweet. Body is a bit thin. Alcohol moderate.

Overall pretty average oatmeal stout.

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Photo of Blakaeris
1.82/5  rDev -49.4%
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.

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Photo of bashiba
1.57/5  rDev -56.4%
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!

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Photo of Bung
3.69/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown pour, not really black but some blackness in it. White head that dissappeared pretty much immediately. A slim amount of lacing is present however. Some roasted malt, more chocolate in the nose. A little thin and watery throughout. The flavors are mocha, coffee some roast malt, but they are unfortunately subdued by the thinness. Some oatiness, makes for a nice finish. There is potential here if they could just build up the body a bit. The plus is this would be quite sessionable.

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Photo of Chugmonkey
1.97/5  rDev -45.3%
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.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass the liquid is dark and has ok carbonation. The head is smallish, tan and leaves little lace.

The smell is ok, sweet dark roasted malt.

The taste follows roasty a little sweetness a little more, not bad but not greeat.

The mouthfeel is good not real thick, good carbonation.

The drinkability is ok, not a bad stout but I would reach for plent others first, MK

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Photo of wheatyweiss
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presents a thin head that recedes quickly. Dark cola color with no visible carbonation.

Aroma is of sweet raisins and molasses. Dark malt is present.

Taste is of raisins and rum. Sweetbread and sweetrolls. Cinnamon and clove with a burnt malt, caramel flavor. Chocolate and sweet vanilla.

Nice..a well played stout.

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Photo of schanker21
2.55/5  rDev -29.2%
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.

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Photo of charliedango
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%
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.

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Photo of happygnome
4.43/5  rDev +23.1%
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

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Photo of WJVII
4.02/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass this beer is black (as advertised) and has little to no tan head with minimal lacing. The smell is full of fine malts with nice roasted nuts, chocolate and coffee notes. The taste matches the smell. There is a great flavor of coffee, some dark chocolate (not sweet) and hints of toffee. There is a nice heavy body with minimal carbonation that doesn't leave much of an after taste. This is a solid brew, but I would not be able to sit and drink more than 2 or 3 in a given night.

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Photo of Redrover
3.82/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown longneck with a new and improved label.

Poured into a pint glass, the beer is black with brown highlights. There is a tan head.

Big aroma of brown sugar, molasses, & roasted malts.

Lots of char on this one. It is backed by some sweetness that us reminiscent of the smell with molasses and brown sugar. Some slightly bitter burnt coffee and bakers chocolate later. I wish they could dial down the burnt taste just a bit. I also get some dark fruits in the aftertaste. Seems to have more charred malts than most oatmeal stouts.

The mouth is decent and smooth. This is an easy drinker. I like this one, but would like it even more with just a bit less burnt malt taste.

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Photo of ultralarry2006
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Leaves one finger of an espresso foam colored head that quickly fades to a foam ring at the edges, and it leaves a few spots of lacing. Body is black.

Smell - dark fruit like raisins, plums, and prunes, chocolate, and roasted malt.

Taste - like the smell. Raisins, plums, and prunes, with chocolate, and with richly roasted malt. There is a cola with lemon taste on the finish.

Mouthfeel - full bodied, smooth, and slightly creamy.

Drinkability - this is a good ale, it would be sessionable.

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Photo of SiphonKing
3.36/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours with the appropriate dark, murky stout color. A little diacetyl present in the flavor. Otherwise a creamy, smooth drinking beer that is quite quaffable. Aromas of malt and oats hit the nose while a creaminess envelops the palate. A decent offering from Gray's and a tasty stout.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.11/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

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Photo of cdkrenz
3.54/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - It pours thick. It is actually the thickest pour I think I've ever seen. It's black as night with a very thin layer of dark brown head that quickly retreats.

Smell - Dark bitter chocolate in the aroma. A solid stout scent for sure.

Taste - Smooth dark chocolate with a hint at hops. It has a grainy fudge aftertaste that doesn't become the brew.

Mouthfeel - This beer goes down smooth as any stout out there. The part that really makes this feel better than others is the combination of the smooth and the stickiness it leaves on your lips, tongue and throat.

~ This isn't one to sit back with five others and try to kick 'em all back. This one will be it for me tonight and likely for awhile. I would actually like to see, smell, taste, and feel the difference a pout straight from a keg would make.

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Photo of MiguelMandingo
2.96/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

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Oatmeal Stout from Gray's Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.