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 MuenchenerKindl
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
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 (405 characters)

Photo of Blakaeris
1.82/5  rDev -49.6%
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. (424 characters)

Photo of doucmehu
3.04/5  rDev -15.8%
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. (578 characters)

Photo of cdkrenz
3.54/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (818 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 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 JackieTH
3.28/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark brown-black, translucent, with ruby highlights. Thin tan head.

Smell: Rolled roasted oats a roasted coffee.

Taste: Strong roasted almost burnt oat bread flavor, earthy bitter hop and bitter coffee flavor work decently together.

Mouthfeel: Thin and a bit watery.

Drinkability: It's drinkable, but weak overall. I'd drink as many as were given to me, but would not seek it out. (396 characters)

Photo of samie85
3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours an inky black with a two finger light tan head.

S-Smells of rich chocolate, some roasted malt, a bit of oats and some dark fruit.

T-Roasted malt reminiscent of fresh brewed coffee and mocha with a light, roasted bitterness.

M-Light bodied with moderate carbonation and a prickly feel.

D-This is a pretty easy drinking beer with some complexity, however the feel isn't doing it for me; I like my oatmeal stouts with a little more body. (446 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 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 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 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 gmfessen
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
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. (704 characters)

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

Poured into a DFH pint glass. Pours a deep dark ruby, with a light tan head that does not last.

Aromas of roasted malt, dark coffee, dark cocoa, oats. A touch of anise.

Flavors of silky mocah java, milk chocolate, dark roast coffee, splash of cream.

Mouthfeel is medium, creamy and silky.

Overall a very nice oatmeal stout. Big chewy, dessert in a glass. (358 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 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 happygnome
4.43/5  rDev +22.7%
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 (758 characters)

Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. The color is non-opaque black; when I held it to my lamp, the pint became an attractive, deep ruby. Perhaps I poured it too well (maybe), but there was almost no head; only a half finger of tanned foam developed and then dissipated quickly to leave a ring around the edge and a couple wisps of lacing in the middle.

Smell: It has a nice, roasted aroma, and it is giving me flashbacks of Stockyard Stout, though faintly. The smell is dominated by roasted chocolate/cocoa malts, but there is a nice roasted coffee bitterness to make it well balanced. There is a slight hint of oats and maybe some oatmeal, but nothing substantial; perhaps I am imaging that.

Taste: Yummy. Burnt, not roasted, coffee bitterness dominates the flavor, and it is tamed by roasted chocolate/cocoa malts. However, an element of singed edges remains. Deep down, as the pint warms, flavors of cherry and plum emerge, and oats provide a nice bready/cereal quality.

Drinkability: Good stuff. The carbonation is a little weak, but other than that it is a pretty decent beer. Not excellent, but decent. (1,119 characters)

Photo of wheatyweiss
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (318 characters)

Photo of ultralarry2006
4/5  rDev +10.8%
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. (524 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 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 WJVII
4.02/5  rDev +11.4%
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. (504 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.
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Oatmeal Stout from Gray's Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.