Oatmeal Stout - Wagner Valley Brewery

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Ratings: 77
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 13.44%
Wants: 1
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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Wagner Valley Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: plaid75 on 05-23-2007

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Photo of far333
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mahogany colored with a frothy light brown head that needs a vigorous pour to rise up, and settles out quickly to a low cap.

Aroma of roasty malt and cocoa.

Flavor of dark malt, sweet cocoa, some smoke and leather, mild metallic note, finishes with some roast coffee notes, hints of root beer. Low bitterness.

Full mouthfeel, even carbonation, finishes a bit dry and tannic. Tasty beer, very drinkable.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.1/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a dark black with a foamy coffee-coloured head.

Nose was roasted malts with chocolate.

Tasted of sweet, roasted malts with a slightly bitter/dry after taste.

Mouth feel was light to medium body, somewhat watery for a stout.

A good all round oatmeal stout, but nothing to write home about.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another new one I was able to receive as an outstanding extra recently. Served chilled and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 10/22/2009.
The pour was wonderful, rich dark brown in color with a nice tight head of tan on top. Settled down nicely with minimal side lacing. Aroma of sweet lactose sugar, notes of cookie dough and molasses and a light hint of coffee and cocoa. Rich and about what I would have expected given the style. As I go in for a sip, smooth, even flavor then comes across rapidly. Rich notes of vanilla, cocoa and a touch of coffee all come together quite nicely and really quite fully to give me a nice warm feeling. Lightly dry finish, but definitely sweet as a long lasting taste of light chocolate is left on the tongue for a good few moments after the final sip.
Overall a very solid stout here. Definitely something I would be going for again here any day. Light and session able here with a very nice overall feel and flavor. I would have to recommend this one as a nice and solid offering the best of all worlds.

Photo of bltzburgh
3.37/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Went on a wine tour to Senca lake, and soon found myself at a twiner; wine for them and beer for me. Tasted a few that they had but ended up buying a six pack of the oatmeal stout to bring back to the hotel.

Poured dark brown and had a diminshing head, lacing was fair.

The thick carmel and toffee flavors overwhelmed all other flavors but finished well with little after taste.

Would have enjoyed it more if there were more hops that stuck out. Over all pretty good when all around you are grapes.

Photo of plaid75
4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep brown, almost black hue with a one and a half finger light brown creamy head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a rich burnt grain with highlights of coffee and cocoa. Some hints of sweet lactose as well.

The taste consisted of a robust burnt smokey grain with hints of dark chocolate and strong coffee.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness with a rather dry finish. A softer finish would have improved the mouthfeel.

Overall a top level oatmeal stout. High drinkability.

Photo of rohrbachsfan
3.14/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: Opaque brown/black. Thin tan head that dissipated quickly. No lacing left on glass when gone.

Smell: Roasted malt, sweet molasses.

Taste: Roasted malt, espresso. Dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Watery, quite thin for a stout.

Drinkability: This was an OK stout. Expected a richer, creamier mouthfeel for an oatmeal stout. Wouldn't buy it again.

Photo of papat444
2.04/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

My wife brought this back from Albany on a trip to NYC last May.

Poured from a 355ml. bottle.

Appearance: Way too much foam fills the glass and it takes me a good 5 minutes before i can empty the bottle. Body looks black but as i pour i notice it's a really dark brown

Smell: Lots of chocolate and cocoa powder with a hint of fruit. Very mellow.

Taste: Unnecessarily harsh and bitter. Hardly anything to taste except a hint of chocolate. Not pleasant.

Mouthfeel: Chalky & abrasive. This is not good at all.

Drinkability: Uh, not at all. A few sips is all i could muster.

Overall: I believe this is infected as it was hard to choke down. Too bad as i love oatmeal stouts. Be careful.

Photo of jwc215
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with the slightest ruby tint at the bottom of the glass when held to the light. A light brown head that looked promising for a few seconds, descends to a vanishing thin swirling island. Vanishing lace slides down the glass.

The smell is of roasted coffee with chocolatey maltiness and an earthy, slightly tart backing.

The taste is roasty and dry - sligtly metallic to start, but it soon fades and a rich, chocolatey sweet maltiness and a touch of roast come through. A touch of sour milk and earthy hops emerge in the finish, though the dark maltiness holds up, as well.

It is on the fuller side of medium-bodied. The carbonation is on the higher side of the style, putting something of a dent in the creaminess.

While I can't honestly say it's the richest, creamiest, smoothest oatmeal stout out there, I can say that it is enjoyable with a nice amount of dark maltiness, and a fairly complex balance. Well-done, overall!

Photo of wiseguy142
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

3.8% alcohol? Strange. Pours black with a rich sea of milk chocolate foam that clings white on the edges and laces thickly.

Aroma is sweet of milk chocolate and roasted barley. Great balance between the chocolate and the roasted malt. Syrupy (in a good way) and slightly metallic.

Taste starts out chocolately but fades into a brisk, spicy, minty hop flavor with just enough bitterness. Very peppery carbonation actually adds to the flavor by exciting some of the roasted malt flavors. Usually I'd say this kind of stout should be lower carbonation but I like it the way it is. Water seems very clean and pure. Very drinkable and enjoyable. Definitely a winner.

Photo of kevman527
5/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I like the beers from Wagner Vallley, this is one their 3 best.

Poured into a pint glass from a growler.

A: Dark, dark, and even more dark. No light through this beer. Thick foamy three finger head which took a long time to settle. Great lacing.

S: Most prevalent would be roasted coffee beans.

T: Very coffee-nutty like flavor with a little lingering sweetness, perhaps molasses.

M: Low carbonation, very smooth.

D: I love this beer, very easy going down. With it being low on alcohol very easy to drink a lot of it.

Photo of iceball585
4.67/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pitch black color, non-transparent, one finger thick tan fluffy head that lasted well

S- Dark chocolate, molasses, oats, roasted coffee beans, fairly sweet smell

T- Creamy, milk chocolate, expresso, caramel malts, sweet, woody, hint of smokeyness

M- Medium body, low/medium carbonation, smooth, creamy, sweet w/ a hint of bitterness at the end

D- Very very good

This oatmeal stout ranks near the top of my list for this style of beer. Good full flavors and not too overpowering.

Photo of donniecuffs
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured dark brown/near-black, with a caramel-colored head (1 finger), and decent lacing. Smelled like a bouquet of roasted malt, toffee, caramel, dark chocolate, coffee beans, hazelnut, and even a little hop bitterness. The flavor confirmed all of this, with the sweetness hitting you first, followed by the roasted and coffee flavors, and then finishing on a surprising hop bitter note. The feel was much thinner and much more carbonated than expected for an oatmeal stout. Thin enough to session, but I've come to expect more creaminess.

Photo of soju6
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours virtual black color with a small tan head that faded quickly with no lacing.

S: Roast malt aroma with some chocolated and coffee. Nice and mellow.

T: Roasted malt with a mixture of coffee & chocolate. Nice bitterness throughout.

F: medium body, smooth & creamy. Quite well balanced.

D: Good brew for the style. Worth a try. This was from a 6-pack mixer.

Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pitch black. Chocolate Mousse colored head, rich and creamy looking. Nice. Fades to a ring rather quickly though.

Aroma is of bitter chocolate, sweet rich caramel, roasted malts. Taste is a mix of chocolate and coffee bitterness, some hop spice, and a sweet caramel smoothness. Finishes with a nice bitter hop bite. Really a nice complex oatmeal stout.

Big bodied, rich and creamy in the mouth. A nice one even on a moderately hot summer day.

Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.27/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Originally had it on tap at the brewhouse and decided to take home a bottle, enjoy it and give it a review. Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. It has a nice creamy head about a finger and a half thick that goes away in about 5 minutes or so just leaving a ring around the liquid at the surface. Not really much lacing to it. The smell is very good. Smells very sweet, but well balanced. The malts come at you first with chocolate malts, oats, vanilla and raisins, followed by some coffee. Among all that there's even a pleasant scent of the hops. The taste is on par with the smell 100%. The hops are a little stronger in the taste than the smell, but it's still a very well balanced oatmeal stout. The mouthfeel is good, but it's a little dryer than I would like that takes away from the smoothness slightly. It's from the hop, but it's still good, it's just a slight step down from the taste and smell. It's a very drinkable oatmeal stout. I wish I got more than one bottle.

Photo of Deuane
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Deep, dark black/brown with a thin tan head that reduced to a thin cap and left spotty lace.

S-Sweet milk chocolate goodness with light roasted malt, a touch of coffee all ending with a flourish of earthy hop bitterness.

T-Roasted malt and milk chocolate meld nicely with dank coffee and earthy hops. Becomes rather astringent with warming.

M-Medium body, smooth and silky soft not overly robust but rather mellow and easy going.

D-Pleasant, tasty and non-offensive. Solid and easy to drink, nothing wrong with this one but it is rather tame and could use a kick in the pants to ramp things up a notch.

Photo of WesWes
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep, dark black color with a thick frothy tan/brown head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a dark, earthy, black malt scent with a dry oatmeal aroma. It has a wonderful roasted malt character. The taste is decent. It has a very dry, black malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes a little light for me. It's got one hell of a roasted malt character, but that's about it. The mouthfeel is decent also. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a pretty good OS, but there plenty better out there. It's a good drinker regardless.

Photo of beerwolf77
3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into my pint glass the beer is pitch black. When held up to direct light, dark brown edges can be picked out. The milk chocolate hued head struggles to reach one finger. No lace is left behind after settling.

The aroma has a light coffee and bitter chocolate base. Tones of earth and milk sugar come through after some warming.

The flavor is much more bitter then I expected out of an oatmeal stout. The coffee and chcolate seem to get lost with hops and smoked malt overpowering things.

Medium to thin body. Very light carbonation.

Overall the flavors just came off a bit disjointed for my taste. Not a great representation of the style.

Photo of outdoorbrewer
4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured briskly into a pint glass to yield a half inch dark tan head that slowly faded as it laced the glass. Dark crystal and roasted malts prevail in the aroma. Opaque dark mahogany hue doesn't reveal any particle size as far as carbonation, which is soft. Grains and specialty malts begin the flavor profile that follows through to mix nicely with a mild bitterness. Flavors remain as it forms a chewy sensation on the palate that lingers. A sweetness/ bitterness like what you would get from dark chocolate makes this a nice dessert beer. Medium body, dry texture and genuine flavor all add up to form a nice stout that is truly enjoyable !

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.47/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Almost black body with a decent sized tan head. The head disappears really quickly though, and doesn't leave too much lacing behind.

The nose leans heavily on mollases and roasted malt with just a touch of chocolate.

The taste is a balance between of sweet malt and roasted malt. Mollases, a touch of bitter chocolate, and a load of roasted malts.

Fairly creamy body, maybe a little thing for an oatmeal stout actually. Moderate carbonation.

Not a bad beer overall.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.06/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours completely black with a good sized dark tan/brownish head. Nose is malty, molasses, chocolate, and some coffee tones. Flavor is a bit intense. Thick, slightly roasted, molasses tones. Lots of malts. Roasted edges really stay with you. Feel is smooth on liquid and lower on carbonation. I like this one. Deep and robust.

Photo of Franz4
2.96/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked this up at a visit to the brewery over the weekend--

A- poured opaque with a light taupe head that settled quickly to a solitary ring.

S- nothing too powerful here, slightly grainy, but that's about it.

T- Grainy, fresh, smooth and pleasant, although hard to describe and pick out the subtle flavors. slight malt, caramel and coffee tones.

M- medium bodied, well balanced, pleasant finish as well.

D- I could drink several of these, there is nothing offensive about it at all, but I don't believe it's a stand-out at all

Photo of armock
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a very dark brown basically black color with a thin tan head

S - Is of roasted malt and coffee

T - Follows the smell malt coffee and a bit of chocolate

M - Theres quite a bit of carbonation in this one for a stout

D - This is an ok stout not the best out there but still ok

Photo of DmanGTR
2.85/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - poured dark brown, almost black with a small, 3/4" head that fades slowly and laces well

S - dark roasted malts, coffee, molasses, a bit earthy with a pinch of chocolate

T - dark chocolate (light), coffee beans, maltiness, a tad of smokiness. Interesting...

M - medium bodied, a tad high with carbonation. Takes away the smoothness an oatmeal stout should have.

D - decent but could use less bitterness and carbonation and a little more silkiness and sweetness

Overall - This was pretty disappointing. It was way too carbonated and bitter for an oatmeal stout. Lacking in aforementioned characteristics, thus the grading. Review from notes.

Photo of corby112
2.38/5  rDev -36%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Thanks to FooFaa for hooking me up with a bottle of this.

Pours pitch black and completely opaque without even the slightest hint of lighter edges even when held to a light source and a one finger frothy coffee colored head that quickly fades into a lasting ring.

Roasted malt aroma with lots of bitter dark chocolate, coffee bean, toffee, toast, oatmeal and nut. This beer smells pretty roasty but is also balanced out by a chocolate sweetness.

Thinner body than I expected that is heavily carbonated and slightly watered down with some light roasted malt notes and bittersweet chocolate. Other than that there are some faint, subtle hints of oatmeal, dark chocolate, nut, subtle hops, toast and toffee. This has a similar texture to that of a soda with some fizzy carbonation and syrupy cola like chocolate flavors. There is also some faint lactic creaminess there. This beer is very bland and somewhat flavorless. A huge letdown after the nice appearance and decent aroma.

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Oatmeal Stout from Wagner Valley Brewery
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