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Oatmeal Stout - Gray's Brewing Company

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Reviews: 103
Hads: 148
Avg: 3.6
pDev: 16.67%
Wants: 5
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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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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Reviews: 103 | Hads: 148
Photo of battlekow
4.36/5  rDev +21.1%
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.

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Photo of MJR
3.54/5  rDev -1.7%
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...

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Photo of Popsinc
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of dhannes
4.7/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured cold into a standard pint glass, and allowed to warm up to around 50º.

A=Rich dark brown, with light cream colored head of 1/2" for 90 seconds or so.

S=Excellent nose...coffee, semi-sweet chocolate, with hints of cola.

T=Better than other oatmeal stouts--sweet but a tad bitter, mocha with hints of bourbon.

M=Light with little carbonation.

O=The slight excess of bitterness was just enough to keep me from giving this a 5.0 but one I would buy again.

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Photo of nsmartell
4.77/5  rDev +32.5%
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.

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Photo of Lauthaha
3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(reviewed from a tape recorder on September 2nd, 2010)

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown with a touch of ruby color; mostly opaque. Thick, tan head typical of a stout beer.

Smell: Oatmeal, roasted malts with a gentle caramel flavor.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Sweet with just a small amount of hops. Oatmeal and roasted/toasted malt. Robust flavor which fits the category. Beer is fairly heavy, but pleasant. Very pillowy texture but not a whole lot of carbonation. Leaves just a little to be desired especially in the hops department.

Overall: Decent drinkability. It's a good beer, but not great.

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Photo of EvilKeith
3.57/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of brakspear
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A dark and inky body that the meager light from the bar will not pass through; with minimal tannish head formation.

The aroma is of roasted malts and a very slight sourness but not very deep or polished aroma.

The taste is a blend of roasted malts and oat dryness, slight chocolate with small toffee notes.

The body is suprising very thin, which makes the beer easy to drink, but I think a stout should have a more substantial mouthfeel.

I like this beer a lot and was glad to be able to sample it on draft rather than from a bottle.

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Photo of deaconoflove
4.33/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured it cold from the fridge and still got a huge head that filled most of the glass. Beer is black, smooth fine frothy head that lingers a long time. Aroma is roasted coffee and baker's chocolate. Taste is great blend of coffee and chocolate and hops all together. A lingering chocolate finish...like chocolate oatmeal with a faint rasberry candy. Nicely balanced and blended and clean. Not too sweet at all.
Smooth and just thick enough. Easy to drink, but also easy to sip and savor.

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Photo of MiguelMandingo
2.96/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

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Photo of grynder33
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark blackish color, slight chocolate aroma, 1rst taste quick hit of chocolate, then roastedness, chocolate aftertaste on the tongue. Bitterness starts creeping in. Oily feeling starts covering tongue and chocolate aftertaste is replaced by a soothing bitterness.

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Photo of kennyo
3.22/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

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Photo of nixhecks
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of Chugmonkey
1.97/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Black with reddish highlights, very little head even after dumping into a pint glass. 1/4" head that disappeared immediatly.

Smell is a strikingly strong roastedness. Taste is astringent and a really bitter super roasty that lingers forever.

Feels thin and water - exact opposite of what an Oatmeal Stout s/b to me.

Astringent super strong roasty aftertaste that made it hard to swallow and would not go away. This is the nastiest Oatmeal Stout I've ever encountered.

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Photo of lester619
3.21/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Maybe just one or two shades lighter than complete darkness. No suprise for a stout. A lot of carbonation, but not much head retention or lacing. Smell is overwhelmingly roasted, burnt barley not much else has a chance to get through. Not really any hop presance shows up at all in the taste. Probalble normal for this style. A lot of dark, bitter chocolate strong roasted malt flavors. Kind of like the ashtray after you have smoked a good cigar. That's not a slam. I kind of like that. Mouthfeel was way to watery and thin. I expect to have to chew a beer that looks like this to get it down. I'm sure there are a ton of much better oatmeal stouts that would blow this out of the water. For a local product that is reasonably priced and available everywhere, I think it is a decent choice.

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Photo of Ryan_Graham
3.32/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark black with a little head that fades away to nothing. Chocolaty to the nose with hints of coffee. Tastes like carbonated coffee. It starts off watery and finishes with a thick malty taste. I didn't get the "oatmeal" flavor at all here, which was disappointing. Overall, I was not impressed.

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Photo of GoldHorde
2.41/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Label promised "Big, Black, Bold". It definitely was BLACK although I've had blacker. Head was deep and tan - as expected. Sniff was a bit funky, which is not entirely off-style (though expected more in Belgian Ale), but it was enough to cause me to re-check the bottling date. The mouthfeel was towards a porter than a stout - one expects creaminess in a black stout - don't they? The first mouthful made me wonder what all the "black" was - because the taste was lighter than a porter. I was expecting a stout "punch". If it had been categorized as a Porter I would have been less surprised. This is my first taste of a Grays Brewing Company beer so I'll have to test out their IPA or hopefully they make a 2xIPA which are my favored styles. I drink and love heavy black stouts and deep oak bourbon porters with a cigar - this beer would be quickly overshadowed by a cigar.

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Photo of schanker21
2.55/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very dark, opaque brownish-black that only lets a little bit of light through on the edges. One finger head that does not last long at all. Smells like and oatmeal stout. Taste is terribly disappointing. It lacks the roasted oatmeal taste that I thought was sort of essential for the style (it being an oatmeal stout and all). It's not a bad beer, just a bad oatmeal stout. Much better choices are out there.

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Photo of SiphonKing
3.36/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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Photo of deadbody
2.22/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a Surly pint glass. Small head, recedes quickly leaving minimal lacing. Slight scent of a stout, but very minor, poor taste, none of the big flavors I would expect. No coffee, no chocolate, just nothing. Thin mouthfeel, very watery. Would not seek out to drink again. Between this and the Porter, I am not impressed with Gray's.

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Photo of ArchaeoFiero_TheDelorean
1.91/5  rDev -46.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Watery, weak, and black. This is such a disappointing Oatmeal Stout. I guess that is to be expected from a company that mainly produces soft drinks. I would suggest avoiding this soda-beer and grabbing Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout instead. SS perfected the style, and Gray's is like Guinness in comparison. A boring beer that fails to deliver the expectations of its style.

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Photo of jmatthew
3.21/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

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Photo of MrVisegrips
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of charliedango
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass. Opaque brown/black with 1/4 inch translucent brown near head. Head itself dissipates rather quickly leaving a slight patchy lacing. Aroma is inviting with all the standard trappings of an oatmeal stout. Taste leaves quite a bit to be desired and as others have stated there is a strange overbearing banana aftertaste which is something I'm not accustomed to in any variety of stout. Mouthfeel is faintly rich and could be exactly what I expected were it not for the high carbonation. Overall I'd say this is not a good showing for an oatmeal stout.

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Photo of c1377
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

roasted and toasted, chocolate toffee malt and oats with a hint of raisins
more silky than creamy, and not at all chewy
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.

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Oatmeal Stout from Gray's Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.