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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-06-2002)
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Photo of Grebdioz
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Grebdioz, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of assman79
3.1/5  rDev -13.9%

assman79, Sep 19, 2014
Photo of gmfessen
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

gmfessen, Jul 18, 2009
Photo of JamnesCameron
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

JamnesCameron, May 22, 2011
Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.88/5  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.

Golden2wenty1, Oct 23, 2005
Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

GeoffRizzo, Oct 26, 2003
Photo of happygnome
4.45/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

a: pours anice brown black color with about a half inch of head that dissapears kind of slow but whenit does it dissapears into a thin layer of sticky lacing over the beer and leaves lacing around the edge of the glass all of the way down the glass
s: hmm, i know ive smealt this aroma before, to me it reminds me of thatboy scout treat putting a bannana, chocolate, and marshmellows in alluminumfoil and then cooking it in the fire. no hop aroma very nice
t: very similar to the aroma, that taste is present on the tip of the tongue, as the eer makes its way to the back of my mouth theres a nice roasted flavor
m: medium to full bodied beer with little carbonation

overall, i really enjoyed this beer every sip of it, sipped on it for over an hour so good

happygnome, May 20, 2008
Photo of rcjennings
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

rcjennings, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. The color is non-opaque black; when I held it to my lamp, the pint became an attractive, deep ruby. Perhaps I poured it too well (maybe), but there was almost no head; only a half finger of tanned foam developed and then dissipated quickly to leave a ring around the edge and a couple wisps of lacing in the middle.

Smell: It has a nice, roasted aroma, and it is giving me flashbacks of Stockyard Stout, though faintly. The smell is dominated by roasted chocolate/cocoa malts, but there is a nice roasted coffee bitterness to make it well balanced. There is a slight hint of oats and maybe some oatmeal, but nothing substantial; perhaps I am imaging that.

Taste: Yummy. Burnt, not roasted, coffee bitterness dominates the flavor, and it is tamed by roasted chocolate/cocoa malts. However, an element of singed edges remains. Deep down, as the pint warms, flavors of cherry and plum emerge, and oats provide a nice bready/cereal quality.

Drinkability: Good stuff. The carbonation is a little weak, but other than that it is a pretty decent beer. Not excellent, but decent.

TheQuietMan22, Dec 11, 2010
Photo of wheatyweiss
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presents a thin head that recedes quickly. Dark cola color with no visible carbonation.

Aroma is of sweet raisins and molasses. Dark malt is present.

Taste is of raisins and rum. Sweetbread and sweetrolls. Cinnamon and clove with a burnt malt, caramel flavor. Chocolate and sweet vanilla.

Nice..a well played stout.

wheatyweiss, Aug 30, 2008
Photo of Satan70
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Satan70, Dec 27, 2013
Photo of ultralarry2006
4/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

ultralarry2006, Mar 17, 2008
Photo of Beefytits4
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Beefytits4, Mar 29, 2013
Photo of blitz134
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

blitz134, May 20, 2006
Photo of necoadam
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

necoadam, Jan 12, 2005
Photo of WJVII
4/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

WJVII, Apr 10, 2008
Photo of ngandhi
4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On-tap at The Canopy Club, Urbana, IL. 3.75/pint.

This oatmeal stout is one of the darkest I've seen and would have been nicely complimented by better head retention. Nonetheless, it looks tasty. This oatmeal is not influenced much at all by aromatic hops. What's impressive, however, is that the malt nose is distinctive, not bland like most maltiness would be. Easy to drink, this is certainly a fine oatmeal. It differs from Sammy Smith only in the lack of diacetyl (butterscotch) that Smith gets from its stone fermenters. In terms of style, then, Gray's is a truer representation. The bittering hops marry well with the malts, but not perfectly. The thin body is expected and certainly a result of pushing the alcohol to 5.6 percent. It's nice to see an oatmeal with this high of an abv. A great beer for a great time. The finish is coffeeish and sometimes a little biting, disintegrated. A fine interpretation, nonetheless.

Relax, relax.
ng

ngandhi, Sep 13, 2003
Photo of TooGood
2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

TooGood, Sep 10, 2014
Photo of battlekow
4.38/5  rDev +21.7%
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.

battlekow, Aug 12, 2005
Photo of bigpoppa67
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

bigpoppa67, Jan 12, 2014
Photo of MJR
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
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...

MJR, Dec 30, 2002
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.

Popsinc, Aug 08, 2004
Photo of nsmartell
4.8/5  rDev +33.3%
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.

nsmartell, Aug 26, 2007
Photo of dhannes
4.68/5  rDev +30%
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.

dhannes, Mar 25, 2011
Photo of Lauthaha
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Lauthaha, Sep 13, 2011
Oatmeal Stout from Gray's Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 141 ratings.