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Oatmeal Stout - Gray's Brewing Company

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82
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141 Ratings
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Ratings: 141
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 17.22%
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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-06-2002)
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Photo of brdc
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

brdc, Dec 24, 2006
Photo of Big_Dave
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Big_Dave, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of BeerBelcher
3.05/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

BeerBelcher, Jan 07, 2007
Photo of DarthGuitarHero
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

DarthGuitarHero, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of htomsirveaux
3.23/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle tried 14 Mar 2009. Trade from Phil, thanks! Label is different from the one pictured.

Poured in a Young's Oatmeal Stout pint glass. Small dark head is quick to dissipate. Bubbly. Deep dark brown, almost black, opaque. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, earthy graininess, slightly musty. Sweet roasty malt, some chocolate. pumpernickel and toasted whole grain bread. Finish is roasty bitter, aftertaste is milky sweet. Body is a bit thin. Alcohol moderate.

Overall pretty average oatmeal stout.

htomsirveaux, Mar 15, 2009
Photo of vette2006c5r
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Gray's Oatmeal Stout pours a black color with a large lacing tan head. There is a nice creamy aroma, with lots of roasted malts and a hint of smoke. The taste is creamy, good smokey notes, good sweet lactose flavoring. A bit watery and rough, but flavors are present. Overall its a nice sweeter stout.

vette2006c5r, May 28, 2014
Photo of peabody
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a really dark black slightly opaque. Not much head but some lacing.
Smell is coffee and oatmeal bread.
Taste is kind of sour. Not much going on here. Watery mix of raisin and oatmeal with some coffee overtones.
Mouthfeel is pretty clean and it shouldn't be.
Overall this one lacks some sugar. Too watery for my palate.

peabody, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
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

MuenchenerKindl, Sep 23, 2008
Photo of Blakaeris
1.7/5  rDev -52.8%
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.

Blakaeris, Feb 10, 2009
Photo of doucmehu
3.03/5  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.

doucmehu, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of cdkrenz
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

cdkrenz, Jan 23, 2008
Photo of botham
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

botham, Jul 06, 2007
Photo of edchicma
4/5  rDev +11.1%
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!

edchicma, Feb 07, 2005
Photo of samie85
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

samie85, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of Winter
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Winter, Mar 31, 2004
Photo of marburg
4.18/5  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.

marburg, Mar 16, 2004
Photo of beveritt
2.63/5  rDev -26.9%
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.

beveritt, Oct 04, 2006
Photo of JackieTH
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

JackieTH, Dec 17, 2010
Photo of hero27
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
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..

hero27, Jun 26, 2006
Photo of BrownAleMale
4.33/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Given to me by a friend in a create your own 6 pack. Poured from 12 oz bottle into Lakefront Brewery pint glass.

Appearance- Motor oil black with 2.5 fingers of khaki head that dissipates into a silk lining with nice retention.

Smell- Strong chocolate and coffee with a little bittersweet hop smell.

Taste- Semi sweet chocolate with a very well balanced sour hop note. Such a great flavor. I would tell you this was an Imperial Stout
If I didn't know any better.

Mouthfeel- Silky smooth like chocolate milk.

Overall- Was shocked with the quality of this beer. I am from Wisconsin where this is brewed and never had even heard of the brewery. I expected a water down artificially flavored mess but was pleasantly surprised. I would put it right up there as one of my favorite oatmeal stouts just slightly behind Sam Smith oatmeal stout. Mouthfeel is number one on all normal stout that I've ever had.

BrownAleMale, Sep 03, 2012
Photo of SheepNutz
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
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!

SheepNutz, Feb 18, 2004
Photo of JellyJacket
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

JellyJacket, Jun 05, 2014
Photo of Lynn
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Lynn, Dec 25, 2013
Photo of Grebdioz
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Grebdioz, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of CesarLopes
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

CesarLopes, Jun 25, 2013
Oatmeal Stout from Gray's Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 141 ratings.