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Oatmeal Stout - Gray's Brewing Company

Oatmeal StoutOatmeal Stout

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129 Ratings
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Ratings: 129
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 16.76%


Brewed by:
Gray's Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  5.21% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-06-2002)
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cdkrenz

Wisconsin

3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2008 02:22:24 | More by cdkrenz
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botham

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2007 01:06:47 | More by botham
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edchicma

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +9.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2005 01:16:30 | More by edchicma
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Winter

Wisconsin

3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2004 03:31:59 | More by Winter
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samie85

Illinois

3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2011 04:32:56 | More by samie85
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marburg

Michigan

4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2004 22:05:26 | More by marburg
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beveritt

Ohio

2.63/5  rDev -27.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2006 21:34:15 | More by beveritt
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hero27

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
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..

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2006 02:54:07 | More by hero27
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JackieTH

Minnesota

3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2010 18:35:41 | More by JackieTH
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SheepNutz

Kentucky

4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2004 05:04:31 | More by SheepNutz
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gmfessen

Michigan

3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2009 22:37:11 | More by gmfessen
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Golden2wenty1

Wisconsin

3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2005 05:14:40 | More by Golden2wenty1
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JamnesCameron

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2011 04:31:03 | More by JamnesCameron
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GeoffRizzo

Texas

3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2003 02:36:02 | More by GeoffRizzo
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happygnome

Minnesota

4.45/5  rDev +22.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2008 18:14:43 | More by happygnome
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TheQuietMan22

Iowa

3.68/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2010 07:58:50 | More by TheQuietMan22
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wheatyweiss

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2008 02:21:08 | More by wheatyweiss
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ultralarry2006

Illinois

4/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2008 15:44:44 | More by ultralarry2006
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necoadam

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2005 16:12:07 | More by necoadam
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blitz134

California

3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2006 01:06:04 | More by blitz134
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WJVII

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2008 23:18:14 | More by WJVII
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ngandhi

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +18.1%
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

Serving type: on-tap

09-13-2003 22:29:45 | More by ngandhi
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battlekow

Wisconsin

4.38/5  rDev +20.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2005 04:18:15 | More by battlekow
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MJR

Missouri

3.53/5  rDev -3%
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...

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2002 23:33:50 | More by MJR
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Popsinc

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2004 23:40:38 | More by Popsinc
Oatmeal Stout from Gray's Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.