Oatmeal Stout - Gray's Brewing Company

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144 Ratings
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Ratings: 144
Reviews: 104
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 17.27%
Wants: 5
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

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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-06-2002)
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Photo of marc77
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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 SheepNutz
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
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!

Photo of tavernjef
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a leathery brown settles nearly black with slivers of brown coming through the edges. Finger high head of tannish bread thickness that faded kinda fast, almost fizzy, to a thin open haze on top. Lace in sparitic fast dripping strings and spots. Aroma is quite nice, deep and roasty, darkly sweet, dark milk chocolate, cocoa, and coffee are all present and pleasant. Taste has a milder flavor then expecting compared to the smell, but a favorable mixing of roasty dark malts, coffee, and lighter chocolate, the usual tangy sweetness that I like to have in an oatmeal stout really doesn't come through for me, a bit much on the coffee, which isn't bad, just was hoping for that oatmealy sweetness. Hop bitterness adds to some of the finish which finishes with a bittered tangyness mixed with coffee dryness which helped it become a bit more enjoyable. Feel has a pretty empty start, kinda thin but builds nicely of coffee, smoothly calming out and getting close to full over the top, and has a coffee drying with a tangy little roasty finish that lingers. I'm a bit torn with this one, it was close to getting the next lowest number in smell, taste, and feel, but I became intrigued with its finish and it began to grow on me. So I made an exception. Would like to put this up against a couple of my favs, Black Widow & Lk. Superior Sir Duluth or even Slow Elk to see where it fits in. A pretty good oatmeal stout none-the-less.

Photo of JamnesCameron
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

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 WJVII
4/5  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.

Photo of chancy14
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Lynn
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of jcmittag
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Wiscivore
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Joeyuwp
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of ultralarry2006
4/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Photo of Zorro
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
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 cokes
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of Gusler
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color a soot-black with ruby high lights, the head is portly in size, creamy in consistency and the color a nice chocolate color the lace forms a fines covering for the glass. Nose is lightly toasted grains, hints of coffee, malt sweet with the start sweet and rich in malt, top is medium to full. Finish is mild to moderate in carbonation the hops personable, quite dry and long lasting, a quite nice stout, mild and pleasant to quaff.

Photo of c1377
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

EYE
inky
NOSE
roasted and toasted, chocolate toffee malt and oats with a hint of raisins
BUBBLE
frothy
MOUTH
more silky than creamy, and not at all chewy
TASTE
roasted coffee malt, oats, and dry raisins

This is the thinnest stout I have ever had. It is more of a black lager with oatmeal than it is a stout. The flavour is straight forward and simple, without a lot of depth.

Photo of Derek
3.95/5  rDev +10%
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.

Photo of tgbljb
3.95/5  rDev +10%
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.

Photo of gmfessen
3.95/5  rDev +10%
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.

Photo of NEhophead
3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
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 nixhecks
3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Jet black in color with a miniscule brown head that was gone in less than a minute. Plenty of burnt cocoa smells, with a chocolatey malt aroma blending in. Flavor is very decent, strong cocoa and oatmeal taste to start, with a mysterious spiciness and a lightly bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel was nice and fluffy (I think that describes it well), lightly carbonated - mouthfeel was actually what struck me the most about this beer. Overall a well-crafted stout, not the best but better than average for sure.

Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Most decent stout and oatmeal stout. Surprisingly mellow smooth. Chocolate nutty mocha carmel syrup,roast barley and sweet oats. Nice mahogony deep brown and toasted head that stays around. Long satisfying finish. Could hand out a few of these. Merci feloniousmonk for the sample.

Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Oatmeal Stout from Gray's Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.