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Oatmeal Stout - Gray's Brewing Company

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103 Reviews
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Reviews: 103
Hads: 147
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 14.96%
Wants: 5
Gots: 8 | 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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Reviews: 103 | Hads: 147
Photo of ppoitras
3.62/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12ozer bottle from Garymuchow as part of BIF10. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/8" tan/light brown head above the dark brown/black opaque brew. Head quickly fades to a small layer of bubbles, with minial lacing. Pleasant oatmeal/dark malt aroma. Taste continues what the nose began, with hearty dark malt flavor, and the oatmeal sweetness dominant. Mouthfeel and drinkability reasonably good, although the sweetness does seem to limit sessionability somewhat. Grabbed a six pack for "more review". (543 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.15/5  rDev +15%
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. (1,280 characters)

Photo of NEhophead
3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle.

Creamy brown head with poor retention; fades quickly to the sides. Opaque black in color. Some clumpy lacing that doesn't hold well.

Deep coffee and oat aroma; lightly sweetened, burnt maltiness.

The usual roasted, oaty malt flavor along with some darker fruit: grapes and cherry especially. A mild sweetness combined with the fruit character that gives off a tart and bitter aftertaste.

Full bodied; a bit heavy given the fruit-tart quality.

A surprisingly drinkable oatmeal stout. Unique in flavor; worth a try but there are plenty of better ones out there. (594 characters)

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

Dark brown, near black with red highlights and a small beige head. The aromas are simple enough and consist of faint hops and roasted malts, as well as an undistinct chocolate sweetness. THe taste is sweet up front and roasty in the middle and the finish is a bit dry. The mouthfeel is a bit thin for my taste and the drinkability is just OK. A good enough beer, but no benchmark for its style.... (397 characters)

Photo of sulldaddy
3.72/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drinkin this from a slightly chilled bottle and pouring into a 7 oz snifter.

The beer pours pitch black with no light penetrating the glass. A small fluffy tan head foams up about 1 cm and fades rather quickly.

Aroma is some chocolate (bittersweet), roasted malt, some brown sugar sweet scents too.

First sip reveals a silky textured brew with almost no carbonation. The bubbles that are present are very gentle and roll smoothly over my mouth.

Flavor is a little mild for what I was expecting. Not very bold up front, but a coating roasted malt, and coffee flavor comes in strong from mid swallow to finish. Strong lingering flavor in my mouth is nice and robust. No presence of hops anywhere that I can detect.

This is a tasty brew and very smooth and gentle. Wish the flavor had a little more "umph!" But definitely a tasty treat.
Worth a shot if you see it and like darker brews. (902 characters)

Photo of Popsinc
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: nice black looking pour with a medium tan head...wish it was bigger and more full but still looks great!

Smell: semi sweet nose with lots of chocolate hints as well assome toasted malts.

Taste/Mouthfeel: roasted malt off the top followed by some dark unsweetned chocolate and chalky hints of cocoa. the mouthfeel is creamy and a little bit light. very nice staying power. lots of chocolate bitterness on the finish.

drinkability: light bodied for a stout but tasty! while not my favorite oatmeal stout, this is a high quality beer. (552 characters)

Photo of kennyo
3.22/5  rDev -10.8%
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. (393 characters)

Photo of ADR
4.15/5  rDev +15%
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. (573 characters)

Photo of bditty187
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black in hue and it is basically opaque. A lovely brunette head of two fingers topped off the beer. The head retention was great as it took a few moments before it faded to a tight cap. The subsequent lacing was minimal and very spotty. The nose is charming. I really like the Stout aromas of roasted malt, chocolate and coffee notes. The oat sweetness is small and mainly at the back. The potency is solid and I find the bouquet to be inviting. The palate is good; however it lacks something to hang its hat on. The roasted malt is the focal point with its charred taste. There are much less coffee and chocolate flavors, so the nose is a little misleading. Honestly the oat sweetness is so minimal I’m not sure if I’d label this an Oatmeal Stout in a blind taste-testing. It is flavorful enough and is easily the best tasting beer I have had from this brewery. Medium/medium-full in body, I’d like it to be a touch fuller for a stout but it is very workable. The carbonation is moderate but pleasing. Good mouthfeel, better than ordinary. This is a good (oatmeal) stout, easily drinkable and tasty enough to care. If you were interested in a beer from this brewery this would be my recommendation. I purchased a 12-ounce bottle in Iowa City for $1.30. I could drink this again. (1,282 characters)

Photo of nixhecks
3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Jet black in color with a miniscule brown head that was gone in less than a minute. Plenty of burnt cocoa smells, with a chocolatey malt aroma blending in. Flavor is very decent, strong cocoa and oatmeal taste to start, with a mysterious spiciness and a lightly bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel was nice and fluffy (I think that describes it well), lightly carbonated - mouthfeel was actually what struck me the most about this beer. Overall a well-crafted stout, not the best but better than average for sure. (506 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Most decent stout and oatmeal stout. Surprisingly mellow smooth. Chocolate nutty mocha carmel syrup,roast barley and sweet oats. Nice mahogony deep brown and toasted head that stays around. Long satisfying finish. Could hand out a few of these. Merci feloniousmonk for the sample. (280 characters)

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.15/5  rDev +15%
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. (2,570 characters)

Photo of marc77
4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
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. (1,095 characters)

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

Pours near black in color with an attractive creamy brown head. Aroma consists of milk chocolate, roasted malt, grain, a hint of molasses and sweet cocoa. Strange mouthfeel. Really thin upfront, but seems medium when rolled around the tongue. Smoothness and lack of carbonation on the texture seems to make the body thinner than it should be. Flavors of dark roasted malt and French roast coffee emerge. Very malty. Turns somewhat vinous toward the finish. Whatever sweetness there is is dominated by the bitterness and roasted flavors of the stout. Recommended for those who enjoy the fuller flavors of bitter dark chocolate and burnt malt. (641 characters)

Photo of marburg
4.19/5  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. (601 characters)

Photo of SheepNutz
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a jet black color with two fingers of deep beige head. Almost no lacing whatsoever. The smell is sweet and malty, with a little molasses and caramel in there. Just a whiff of coffee. The taste is also pretty sweet, with some chocolate and caramel. There is plenty of burnt malt and coffee in there as well. The oatmeal comes out on the finish, not much hops present. The mouthfeel is very thick and heavy. The drinkability is really good as well. A great oatmeal stout! (524 characters)

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

The color a soot-black with ruby high lights, the head is portly in size, creamy in consistency and the color a nice chocolate color the lace forms a fines covering for the glass. Nose is lightly toasted grains, hints of coffee, malt sweet with the start sweet and rich in malt, top is medium to full. Finish is mild to moderate in carbonation the hops personable, quite dry and long lasting, a quite nice stout, mild and pleasant to quaff. (440 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.87/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark black color, with reddish tinges, under a thick, toasted tan head. Aroma: magnificent! Richly roasted, deep and dark, with hints of anise and chocolate, whiskey, even, I very much enjoyed this smell and kept my snoot in it for as long as I could bear.
Marvelous presence on the palate, nicely carbonated, good hops, but the flavor leaves too quickly, and the body thins out too fast. The promise found in the aroma isn't quite delivered in full in the flavor. Medium to full body, with less of a finish than I'd like. Too mellow, with too bare a flavor.
I found myself loving it at the start, and less pleased while I was drinking it. If not for that, this would be an oatmeal stout I'd be most happy to have around, day-in, day-out!
Much thanks to the generosity of tavernjef! (797 characters)

Photo of tavernjef
4.07/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a leathery brown settles nearly black with slivers of brown coming through the edges. Finger high head of tannish bread thickness that faded kinda fast, almost fizzy, to a thin open haze on top. Lace in sparitic fast dripping strings and spots. Aroma is quite nice, deep and roasty, darkly sweet, dark milk chocolate, cocoa, and coffee are all present and pleasant. Taste has a milder flavor then expecting compared to the smell, but a favorable mixing of roasty dark malts, coffee, and lighter chocolate, the usual tangy sweetness that I like to have in an oatmeal stout really doesn't come through for me, a bit much on the coffee, which isn't bad, just was hoping for that oatmealy sweetness. Hop bitterness adds to some of the finish which finishes with a bittered tangyness mixed with coffee dryness which helped it become a bit more enjoyable. Feel has a pretty empty start, kinda thin but builds nicely of coffee, smoothly calming out and getting close to full over the top, and has a coffee drying with a tangy little roasty finish that lingers. I'm a bit torn with this one, it was close to getting the next lowest number in smell, taste, and feel, but I became intrigued with its finish and it began to grow on me. So I made an exception. Would like to put this up against a couple of my favs, Black Widow & Lk. Superior Sir Duluth or even Slow Elk to see where it fits in. A pretty good oatmeal stout none-the-less. (1,432 characters)

Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black in color, with a decent tan head, great lacing. A large aroma of grains, oatmeal and some licorise. Off the top, this is a bit chewy, some coffee bean and licorise flavoring, which give way nicely to some roasted malts and a little bitterness. Some chocolate flavoring notes with a dry and smoky finish. Although not complex, this is a rather decent oatmeal stout. (376 characters)

Photo of grynder33
3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark blackish color, slight chocolate aroma, 1rst taste quick hit of chocolate, then roastedness, chocolate aftertaste on the tongue. Bitterness starts creeping in. Oily feeling starts covering tongue and chocolate aftertaste is replaced by a soothing bitterness. (263 characters)

Photo of ngandhi
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%
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 (953 characters)

Photo of MJR
3.54/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours an opaque, pitch black with a brown head that quickly fizzes down to nothing.

Smell: Strong aroma of roasted grains, oatmeal, and a bit of coffee. Maybe a touch of licorice too.

Flavor: The first impression I get is one of strong coffee. There's a substantial malt background, which is somewhat balanced by a faint, green hop flavor. Finishes with a strong roasted note. Fairly aggressive flavor...

Mouthfeel: Why can't I find a damn oatmeal stout with the right mouthfeel? These beers should be THICK! Like just about every other one I've tried, it's too thin...

Drinkability: Fairly high...though this comes off as more of a coffee stout than an oatmeal one. Still, it has a nice flavor... (721 characters)

Photo of brakspear
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A dark and inky body that the meager light from the bar will not pass through; with minimal tannish head formation.

The aroma is of roasted malts and a very slight sourness but not very deep or polished aroma.

The taste is a blend of roasted malts and oat dryness, slight chocolate with small toffee notes.

The body is suprising very thin, which makes the beer easy to drink, but I think a stout should have a more substantial mouthfeel.

I like this beer a lot and was glad to be able to sample it on draft rather than from a bottle. (545 characters)

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

Ink black with just the tiniest hints of ruby when held again a halogen light. Attractive brown head that fades out too fast.
Roasted java notes on the nose. Minor chocolate notes. Not alot, but very pleasant.
Heavy on the coffee notes and somewhat less oaty sweetness, though still pronounced. Hints of chocolate covered nuts. Greasy and likeable, without having the complexities of a typical oatmeal stout. Smoky bar room type flavors.
Thin body hinders this one. Could be classic with some more bulk.
Easy drinking, no problems brew. But lacks memorability. (580 characters)

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