Oatmeal Stout - Gray's Brewing Company

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Reviews: 103
Hads: 147
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 14.96%
Wants: 5
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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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 nsmartell
4.77/5  rDev +32.1%
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. (429 characters)

Photo of Derek
3.94/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the University of Wisconsin Student Union.

A: Black, tan head, very little retention or lace.

S: Chocolate, pumpernickel bread, molases.

T: Chocolate, dark bread, molases, modest bitterness.

M: Moderate to full body, modest carbonation.

D: Good. (270 characters)

Photo of botham
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a medium-bodied black with a razor thin coffee colored head that doesn't stay for long. upon swirling around a bit, a finger or so of the head forms, but dissipates within a minute. otherwise, a good looking oatmeal stout.

smells predominantly roasted, with hints of caramel and chocolate. this one should be sweet from the smell, with a bit of hop aroma fighting the roastiness. the roasted malts are almost burned, creating an earthy smell overall.

the brew itself is very creamy, with roasted malts up front. subtle chocolate and coffee flavors are present, which reinforce the sweetness of the malts. not much hops to speak of, even upon swallowing.

aftertaste is of subtle roastiness and a touch of hop bitterness.

mouthfeel is creamy and medium-bodied. goes down very smooth.

drinkability is good. the brew is not overly thick or alcoholic, making it a good entrance beer to the oatmeal stout style. it closely resembles Goose Island Oatmeal Stout, but is less balanced as far as taste goes. (1,018 characters)

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

Poured a very deep brawn color with minute tannish head. No retention or lacing.
Smell is appropriate for the style with nice notes of roasted malt and coffee.
Taste follows the taste with a nice sweetness combined with the roasted malt.
Finishes a bit thin in the miuth with little taste retention.
Very drinkable. Nice example of the style. (346 characters)

Photo of BeerBelcher
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. (492 characters)

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

Pitch black with a dark tan head, full that leaves a nice lacing.
Smells of chocolate, roasted malts, coffee and caramel.
Taste is full, with the same roasted malt, chocolate and oatmeal, turning coffee bitter at the end.
Medium body but easily drinkable. (258 characters)

Photo of MrVisegrips
3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The pour is a very nice dark rich color with a thick tan head that is short lived leaving a nice thick lace. Aroma is a rich but not overpowering. Flavors are a very nice blend of oatmeal and cocoa with a deep but smooth roasted malt flavor. The finish has a small bitter bite that keeps ones interest. The mouth feel is smooth and creamy which lend to the excellent drinkability. This is a fine brew overall. Not the top stout on my list, but a top 5 for sure. (461 characters)

Photo of pmcadamis
4.31/5  rDev +19.4%
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! (1,167 characters)

Photo of beveritt
2.65/5  rDev -26.6%
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. (1,058 characters)

Photo of granger10
4.37/5  rDev +21.1%
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! (596 characters)

Photo of EvilKeith
3.57/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one poured into the glass a deep dark brown, nearly black in color. The head was a short-lived two fingers of dense, firm tan foam. The lace was briefly thick and sticky.

The smell was creamy chocolate, nutty, and toasty with mild grassy notes.

The taste was mainly toasted nuts with mild bittering and a powdery dryness. The nutty flavor in this beer is even more intense than Rogue’s Hazelnut Brown Nectar.

Mild carbonation and a medium-light body combine to give this one a creamy mouthfeel.

I found this one to be intresting and suprisingly drinkable. (575 characters)

Photo of jmatthew
3.21/5  rDev -11.1%
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. (644 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a four finger light brown head that fades quickly leaving no lace. Black color. Light carbonation and heavy bodied. Malty/chocolate nose. Starts sweet, with hints of bitter chocolate at finish. Nice beefy oatmeal stout. $1.49 for a 12oz bottle from Blue Max Liquor Burnsville, Mn. (286 characters)

Photo of hero27
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
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.. (590 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.97/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled through the efforts of 120/190 BIF and lostbearbrew.

Pours a clear dark brown almost black colored beer with no head formation.

Smell is sweet and fruity with a good scent of Kahlua to it. Nice figs and prune aroma to this with a hint of cherry. Good chocolate and coffee aroma with chocolate being the strongest.

Taste is sweet with a decently strong chocolate and espresso flavor at the beginning. Sweet with a good bitter edge the bitterness falls off quickly leaving only the chocolate and to a lesser extent the coffee. Fruit flavor doesn't appear as it does in the smell though.

Mouthfeel is good.

Not a bad beer at all. Could be a bit more complex but this is a good basic oatmeal stout. (717 characters)

Photo of blitz134
3.72/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A treat from Vancer in 2MBBIF...thanks...

Nearly pitch black, but red highlights show through even at the middle of my pint. Khaki one-finger head initially, reduced to a ring around the edge.

Burnt toast, charcoal fill the nose. Smells good but isn't too copmlex. A bit of toffee shows through with some searching.

Lots of char and dark toasted notes in the flavor, again a bit sone sided. Sweetness typical of a sweet stout finishes it up. I'd just like to a see a bit more in this than just heavily roasted malts.

Mouthfeel is thin for an oatmeal based stout. Coats the mouth well enough, but lacks that chewiness I was looking for.

Overall good drinkability, but could use some complexity to kick it up a notch. This is still worht a shot if you like black patent dominated stouts. Would also pair well with a ribeye cooked over the coals. (858 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.19/5  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. (1,256 characters)

Photo of RBorsato
4.45/5  rDev +23.3%
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 (730 characters)

Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.87/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of battlekow while watching my Badgers whomp on Purdue- 7-1, baby.

Pours a tepid black with a little runt-of-the-litter tan head that fades quickly. Nose is strong with burnt coffee, bittersweet chocolate, and toasted grain. Taste starts off with a hearty day-old coffee grounds bite with accents of milk chocolate and a rather potent prune aftertaste. Mouthfeel is deceptively substantial and stomach-filling. Not a bad stout, but not particularly exciting either. A decent session stout perhaps if you like the strong coffee thing. (552 characters)

Photo of battlekow
4.36/5  rDev +20.8%
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. (692 characters)

Photo of Vancer
4.29/5  rDev +18.8%
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. (414 characters)

Photo of edchicma
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smooth, smoky quality. Poured a dark chocolate with a decent head and retention. Smell was smoky with a hint of coffee. Taste was malty, smoky and smooth....the oatmeal smoothness was very evident. Mouthfeel was a tad light, but had a decent dry quality finish. Smoothness kept drinkability at an above average level. A nice brew! (330 characters)

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

Poured out a black color with a tan head to go along with it.

Smell consisted of roasted malts, light hints of coffee, an underlying of some chocolate, and hints of grain also in the background.

Taste was good. Malts start upfront with a nice underlying of roasted flavors. Some chocolate hits the palate and has some depth to it as well. Oats and coffee finish out this beer.

Mouthfeel was pretty good as well. It was smooth and creamy, but finished a tad too dry I thought.

All in all, I thought it was just a slightly above oatmeal stout. It is good, but there's better ones out there. (601 characters)

Photo of mentor
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle obtained from John’s Grocery (Iowa City) in January 2005 and consumed the next evening. Whoa, buddy…pours a four-finger light brown head! Beer is dark, but not pitch black. Smells of coffee and milky cream with some chocolate. Lactose early on the tongue and then it tastes of coffee, chocolate, and smooth sweetness like milk. Pleasant to drink, but not much to keep me thinking. I get a rough roast and dry in my mouth as an aftertaste, but no play of flavors that really exctites me. Silky medium mouthfeel and medium-light carbonation. (554 characters)

Photo of TastyTaste
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

Jet black body in color, opaque, except for a small bit of light at the bottom of the glass which reveals a dark maroon color. Coffee is very present in the smell, but the lack of oatmeal graininess was somewhat of a surprise. Taste was smooth and sweet, with coffee and a little oatmeal smoothness featured. Mouthfeel was watery thin, too thin for a stout of any style. Better than average, but not the best. (409 characters)

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