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Oatmeal Stout - Gray's Brewing Company

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145 Ratings
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Ratings: 145
Reviews: 104
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 16.71%
Wants: 5
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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 beveritt
2.65/5  rDev -26.2%
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.

Photo of granger10
4.37/5  rDev +21.7%
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!

Photo of EvilKeith
3.57/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Photo of jmatthew
3.21/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

Photo of jdhilt
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

Photo of hero27
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
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..

Photo of Zorro
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Photo of blitz134
3.72/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.19/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

Photo of RBorsato
4.45/5  rDev +24%
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

Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.87/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Photo of battlekow
4.36/5  rDev +21.4%
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.

Photo of Vancer
4.29/5  rDev +19.5%
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.

Photo of edchicma
4/5  rDev +11.4%
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!

Photo of necoadam
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Photo of mentor
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of TastyTaste
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of ppoitras
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
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".

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

Photo of NEhophead
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Photo of francisweizen
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
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....

Photo of sulldaddy
3.72/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of Popsinc
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Photo of kennyo
3.22/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Photo of ADR
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

Oatmeal Stout from Gray's Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 145 ratings.