Oatmeal Stout - Gray's Brewing Company
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4.15/5 rDev +15%
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, thats 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.
05-09-2004 02:45:34 | More by TheLongBeachBum
3.95/5 rDev +9.4%
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.
10-06-2002 22:59:52 | More by cokes
3.6/5 rDev -0.3%
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.
01-26-2010 02:41:37 | More by maximum12
3.45/5 rDev -4.4%
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.
04-26-2009 21:13:54 | More by KarlHungus
4.3/5 rDev +19.1%
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.
02-25-2005 15:14:01 | More by Vancer
3.95/5 rDev +9.4%
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.
02-07-2007 00:14:29 | More by tgbljb
3.8/5 rDev +5.3%
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.
11-22-2009 23:28:25 | More by Deuane
3.68/5 rDev +1.9%
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.
01-17-2009 21:22:27 | More by Bung
4.08/5 rDev +13%
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.
04-06-2002 14:46:59 | More by garymuchow
4.15/5 rDev +15%
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.
07-20-2004 14:24:17 | More by ADR
3.68/5 rDev +1.9%
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.
08-11-2004 01:37:12 | More by sulldaddy
3.75/5 rDev +3.9%
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 Im not sure if Id 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, Id 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.
06-17-2004 14:01:09 | More by bditty187
3.78/5 rDev +4.7%
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.
04-02-2008 01:41:28 | More by Redrover
3.58/5 rDev -0.8%
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.
01-06-2005 18:54:19 | More by TastyTaste
3.85/5 rDev +6.6%
Thanks to benji for sharing this six pack. Poured from a 12ounce bottle into a 5 ounce sampling mug.
A- Pours a nice dark brown thats almost black, had a small layer of head that quickly faded to a ring that left hardly any lacing.
S- Very roasted and burnt with some chocolate and coffee, a little sweetness shows up from the oatmoeal.
T- Roasted malts up front with a little chocolaty sweetness, some bitterness peaks through that wasnt there in the aroma.
M- Not too heavy, not too light, just right for the style, a little too dry for my taste.
D- For the style the drinkability is pretty high, i had no problem drinking 3 of these, as did my friend.
Overall, i wasnt blown away by this beer, but was surprised on easy this brew went down. I would pick this up again for those days where i just want the stout taste without being heavy. good choice to ease people into the style. thanks benji, next one is on me.
08-17-2010 03:24:35 | More by StoutHunter
1.48/5 rDev -59%
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!
02-10-2009 01:29:13 | More by bashiba
3.53/5 rDev -2.2%
12 oz bottle obtained from Johns 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.
01-10-2005 07:24:49 | More by mentor
4.05/5 rDev +12.2%
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.
05-09-2004 00:29:46 | More by marc77
3.93/5 rDev +8.9%
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.
10-07-2004 18:48:03 | More by NEhophead
4.38/5 rDev +21.3%
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!
09-13-2006 22:38:48 | More by granger10
4.33/5 rDev +19.9%
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!
10-21-2006 13:46:32 | More by pmcadamis
3.85/5 rDev +6.6%
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.
12-24-2006 23:48:36 | More by brdc
Oatmeal Stout from Gray's Brewing Company
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