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Oatmeal Stout - Gray's Brewing Company

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134 Ratings
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Ratings: 134
Reviews: 102
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 16.53%
Wants: 6
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-06-2002)
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Redrover

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2008 01:41:28 | More by Redrover
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ultralarry2006

Illinois

4/5  rDev +10.2%
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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SiphonKing

Illinois

3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours with the appropriate dark, murky stout color. A little diacetyl present in the flavor. Otherwise a creamy, smooth drinking beer that is quite quaffable. Aromas of malt and oats hit the nose while a creaminess envelops the palate. A decent offering from Gray's and a tasty stout.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2008 21:02:07 | More by SiphonKing
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scruffwhor

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a strong, stout looking sout black. Only a very small dark brown highlight at the top of the beer. Their is no head. Smells heavily roasted, a little burnt even. A hint of smokey BBQ to round out this great aroma. The taste starts a mellow of lightly bitter and a little sweet roasted malt. Then to heavy roasted coffe beans, smoked wood, and burnt BBQ. The malts seems to be all the bitterness in the beer. You know there are hops in the flavor, but th malts are so bitter, you can get the two confused. A good beer, could, maybe have three in one evening. A bit harsh on the roasted malt bill.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2008 03:18:41 | More by scruffwhor
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cdkrenz

Wisconsin

3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
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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MiguelMandingo

Texas

2.98/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I got this brew from my mother who was vacationing with family in Wisconsin, and this was one of the beers she brought back for me. Thanks mom.

Poured a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance - This beer's initial appearance made me sad. It produced an 1/8 finger head that dissipated immediately. It had absolutely no head retention. It is mostly opaque black with ruby edges only perceptible when held to a light. The lack of head and watery texture of the beer doesn't bode well with me.

Smell - The scent isn't that bad - what I can smell of it. I had to dig deep, but I get notes of dark roasted malt that emits the scents of cocoa powder and slightly roasted coffee. I wish the smell was a little bolder.

Taste - I predominately get flavors of cocoa powder and coffee. There is a bitter flavor at the end of the drink. The taste is okay, but I feel like it is missing something. There is nothing that jumps out as special.

Mouthfeel - Oh man, this is not good. This beer is really watery and light bodied, and there is hardly any carbonation - extremely flat feeling. It goes down very smooth - like water.

Drinkability - This beer isn't all that great. The mouthfeel kills it for me. It tastes good and smells good, but it drinks like water and doesn't look appealing - and that is just not what I was looking for. There are way better stouts out there. I am glad I tried it for the experience, but I certainly won't be searching for this one again.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2007 06:29:15 | More by MiguelMandingo
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nsmartell

Wisconsin

4.8/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed this beer during our New Year's Eve Party. Was given to me for winning a bet. Drank straight from the bottle.

Appearance: Difficult to say as it was in the bottle.

Smell: nice roasted barley smell.

Taste: very light bitterness, but excellent!

Mouthfeel: A meal in a glass! The kind of beer you want to bite into.

Drinkability: Exceptional. I could drink this beer all day long. One of the best beers I have ever had.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2007 13:05:26 | More by nsmartell
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the University of Wisconsin Student Union.

A: Black, tan head, very little retention or lace.

S: Chocolate, pumpernickel bread, molases.

T: Chocolate, dark bread, molases, modest bitterness.

M: Moderate to full body, modest carbonation.

D: Good.

Serving type: on-tap

07-15-2007 03:23:24 | More by Derek
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botham

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
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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tgbljb

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2007 00:14:29 | More by tgbljb
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BeerBelcher

Ohio

3.05/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer pours a fairly dark black (although I could see rays of red and brown as light passed through the bottle-to-glass stream) with a minimal tan head.

Aroma is a quite potent coffee and chocolate malt odor.

Flavor is also strong coffee and chocolate notes, and is quite good.

However, I was very distracted from the taste of this beer with a watery and flat-feeling mouthfeel.

This is a good tasting beer, but the mouthfeel issue led me to be slightly disappointed with it.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2007 23:56:47 | More by BeerBelcher
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brdc

Wisconsin

3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2006 23:48:36 | More by brdc
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MrVisegrips

Wisconsin

3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The pour is a very nice dark rich color with a thick tan head that is short lived leaving a nice thick lace. Aroma is a rich but not overpowering. Flavors are a very nice blend of oatmeal and cocoa with a deep but smooth roasted malt flavor. The finish has a small bitter bite that keeps ones interest. The mouth feel is smooth and creamy which lend to the excellent drinkability. This is a fine brew overall. Not the top stout on my list, but a top 5 for sure.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2006 01:58:27 | More by MrVisegrips
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pmcadamis

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2006 13:46:32 | More by pmcadamis
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beveritt

Ohio

2.63/5  rDev -27.5%
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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granger10

Wisconsin

4.38/5  rDev +20.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2006 22:38:48 | More by granger10
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EvilKeith

Alabama

3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2006 00:27:02 | More by EvilKeith
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jmatthew

Pennsylvania

3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2006 12:50:33 | More by jmatthew
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2006 22:55:20 | More by jdhilt
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hero27

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
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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Zorro

California

3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2006 22:18:13 | More by Zorro
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blitz134

California

3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
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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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2006 16:37:08 | More by NeroFiddled
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RBorsato

Virginia

4.45/5  rDev +22.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2006 22:10:51 | More by RBorsato
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Golden2wenty1

Wisconsin

3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
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
Oatmeal Stout from Gray's Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.