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El Toro Negro Oatmeal Stout - El Toro Brewing Co.

El Toro Negro Oatmeal StoutEl Toro Negro Oatmeal Stout

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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.8%

Brewed by:
El Toro Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-15-2001)
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Reviews by arizcards:
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3.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single at Total Wine at the end of September for $1.99.

Beer poured black with a nice tan head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose has hints of coffee and roasted malts.

Taste has a bit of a metallic tinge, some coffee, roastiness.

Mouthfeel is lacking for the style, thin and not overly smooth.

Overall it is a quaff-able beer but nothing to write home about. Overpriced for what you get.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 02:01:00 | More by arizcards
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Photo of jaydoc


3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

11-16-2013 03:11:11 | More by jaydoc
Photo of rixcat

New Jersey

3.1/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sweet, cold, wet, dark dark brown, slightly bitter, and almost sticky, offering up a relatively suburban clean-cut low-statement middle-of-the-road taste. Kept sipping hoping I would find the right something that would help me put into words a rousing review. I started concluding that I was over-thinking it and that I should just try and enjoy the cool drink in my face; a superb beer would come up with its own invigorating remarks. Well, I finished my beer, decided that it didn't do it for me and enjoyed time with my friends.

Serving type: on-tap

08-08-2013 02:46:28 | More by rixcat
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3.2/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

I have had this beer before, but learning the brewing process at El Toro has me pumped up to drink it again. Cool they brew so little beer at the brewpub. Looking at pictures of the brewpub, this place is small. Our kind of place. Oh, and looking at the label makes me think of the Breakfast Club. "You mess with the bull… you get the horns!" Ha!

We just got back from Flagstaff where we visited nearly every brewery within a 10 mile radius. We hit up Flagstaff Brewing Company, Lumberyard Brewing Company, Beaver Street Brewing Company, and Mother Road Brewing Company. Mother Road is sweet. They were all sweet. We also went to Hops On Birch, McGaughs SMoke & Bottle, and Oak Creek Brewing Company. I am losing track here… At Hops On Birch they had a Four Peaks tap takeover, and they had Sirius Black on tap. Yeah, we had some of that!

Before I forget, we also went to Made in the Shade, a huge beer festival in the middle of nowhere. It was $40, and while we drank a TON of beer, we won't be going back. The Strong Beer Festival is our new favorite. Anyway, I will stop talking about our weekend and start talking about this beer. Bottoms up, people!

In the Glass: Pitch black is right. That is dark as night. The head was nice, but didn't last long. It was a nice foamy tan that I wish was thicker and stickier. Not much lace here. The next time we have a weekend off, I want to head to California and see this operation. From the looks of it, it's small and this was basically a homebrew before they started bottling it. I have had all three beers from El Toro offered in Arizona. This was my favorite. Of course, this time I am drinking with a purpose!

Nose: Not much going on here… it has a nice metallic finish, but not as impressive as I expected it to be. I am getting some subtle chocolate malt flavors, but I have to dig deep to find them. I hope the flavor is better than this.

Flavor: That really delivers. I like the mouthfeel best…but I will get to that. The flavor isn't overwhelming, and it has a nice fluffy mouthfeel. The flavor hangs on a bit, but leaves my mouth polished and ready for another sip. This isn't an incredible beer by any means, but it does have a nice drinkability. I can see myself drinking a pitcher of this during dinner.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel, and the finish, is my favorite part of this beer. The head was, at first, thick and creamy. The mouthfeel is every bit of that. On a second sip, I swished it around in my mouth a little bit. Some of those same chocolate malt flavors come out, but it is SO overwhelming that I could barely swallow. Still a nice finish leaving a somewhat metallic finish. I bet this would be great room temperature.

Aftertaste: I expect a beer like this to have a longer finish… but that's OK. It's thin enough to justify drinking a pint or more of this. The price is right, too. That is if you can find it. Total Wine & More is always out of the El Toro beers. Not sure if that is just a distribution problem, or what. They ALWAYS have their amber, but I am not a fan of amber ales.

This is a good introduction to the style. The tasting notes mentioned the oats, but I am not tasting much of that. If I didn't know any better, I would almost call this an Irish dry stout. Still a good example of the style. If you are new to craft beer and/or oatmeal stouts, this is a great place to start. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2013 03:50:30 | More by rickyleepotts
Photo of MastaShonuf


3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

06-01-2013 04:20:44 | More by MastaShonuf
Photo of Liondiscs


3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

05-30-2013 10:59:03 | More by Liondiscs
Photo of flagmantho


3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: totally black with a thick finger of frothy dark-tan foam atop. Classic.

Smell: quite roasty and chocolatey, with a bit of over-roasted character. Good, but could be a little bit cleaner.

Taste: roasty right up front, with a harsher, ashier flavor toward the middle. Hop character is a bit vegetal, as well. Not bad, but not as smooth as I like in the style.

Mouthfeel: while the flavor might not be so smooth, the texture really is. Medium body with a silky creaminess that hits the spot.

Overall: there's an edginess to this beer that barbs me a little bit. It has its good points, though, and is worth a try at least.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2013 02:18:46 | More by flagmantho
Photo of slimntubbs


3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

04-21-2013 01:33:38 | More by slimntubbs
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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

04-17-2013 04:31:41 | More by Mosul
Photo of mactrail


2.75/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Dark color, nearly black, with brown edges. Modest foam with no lacing at all. Kind of flat flavor of dark malt. Not real sweetness, and not much hoppiness either. Flavor is more of a grainy,butnt malt taste, with a malty aftertaste and very little bitterness.

Tastes more like a Schwartzbier. Is this the way Oatmeal Stouts are supposed to taste? The burnt sourish tang is stronger than I like. More like it's on the way to becoming a sour. I keep finding this taste with Arizona beers. Scorched cereal, mediocre carbonation, and that unpleasant sour edge. There are so many better stouts of every description. This is worse even than bottled Guinness.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2013 06:52:03 | More by mactrail
Photo of ocelot2500


3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep ebony color with a quickly fading tan head that leaves little to no lacing.

Smells of cocoa and oatmeal mostly.

Tastes of the oats and roasted malts. Coffee notes lead off transitioning over to some cocoa notes. Oatmeal is present throughout. A touch of earthiness also comes through and rounds everything out.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, a pretty decent oatmeal stout, but nothing that stands out.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2013 00:42:16 | More by ocelot2500
Photo of rbrefbeerman


3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

01-21-2013 18:27:23 | More by rbrefbeerman
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

11-19-2012 01:37:45 | More by t0rin0
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

08-18-2012 03:15:06 | More by craigreno
Photo of punkhim


3/5  rDev -19.6%

04-19-2012 06:54:58 | More by punkhim
Photo of bluckbeyes


4/5  rDev +7.2%

04-12-2012 18:29:46 | More by bluckbeyes

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

04-11-2012 23:35:54 | More by W_CLEMENTS
Photo of gleemonger


4/5  rDev +7.2%

03-29-2012 00:52:20 | More by gleemonger
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

02-25-2012 06:57:11 | More by shelby415
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

01-29-2012 09:10:51 | More by InfernoBoss
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

11-23-2011 04:03:38 | More by honkduh
Photo of Reidrover


4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz single from "Lifesource" S.Salem. $1.75 typical near black ( mahogany hint) beer with a lovelly frothy,thick tan head. Creamy ,oatlike aromas..rolled Scottish oats.,coffee slightly roasted. Very nice bitter coffee and cocoa nib flavours..again a roastiness that is pleasing. Great palate to this one the oats add even more substance to an already luxuriant mouthful. Overall a very nice stout and not too strong. I can see me buying a six pack next time.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2011 03:09:57 | More by Reidrover
Photo of g00dness


3.3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this at the SF beer week kickoff event.

It poured a completely opaque dark brown with an inch of pretty, quickly dissipating head.

The nose really really reminded me of werther's originals candy, something I probably haven't had in years. :)

After looking and smelling the taste was kind of disappointing. There was an interesting tanginess that comes in about 2/3 of the way through, and a pleasant malt background, but otherwise I didn't get much out of this brew.

The mouthfeel was really sharp for this style of beer. Oatmeal stout is supposed to be absurdly smooth, not like this.

Drinkability was above average, mostly because the finish was cleaner and completely not sticky.

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2011 05:32:25 | More by g00dness
Photo of ebrauser


3.15/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle to a pint glass

Appearance: Dark brown and very opaque, with a dark brown head which is think but quickly settles, leaving some lace on the side of the glass.

Aroma: Coffee and chocolate bitterness with some toasty bread malt.

Flavor: Bitter and thin, with lots of chocolate malt. Pale sweetness does not withstand the bitterness of the chocolate. Slight oxidation in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Much too thin than would be expected for an oatmeal stout. Medium body at best.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2011 22:56:31 | More by ebrauser
Photo of SykDoc


3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this courtesy of Opethsprite, much thanks.

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. It pours a deep brown that basically looks black when held to the light. A 1/4 inch mocha colored bubbly head forms and reduces to delicate lacing around the edges.

The aroma initially includes more of a bitter coffee component. There is a bread-like component and some dark fruit. Very mild hops are hidden but present. A sour component likely related to the oatmeal.

The taste again included a healthy dose of coffee, mixed with a more dark chocolate and dark fruit as it warms. As with the aroma, this is a mildly sour, oatmeal-like taste.

The mouthfeel was light/medium bodied (for a stout) and if it had been stiffer, I think the whole beer would have been rated higher. It has a long smooth and minimally dry component that lingers at the finish. Carbonation initially seemed mildly high and as it went, started to seem a little low.

Overall, this is quite good beer. I do think there are some areas for improvement but I would certainly purchase it again and given that I can't get it regularly where I live, should I be in the area where it was produced, I would try to make a visit.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2009 00:51:00 | More by SykDoc
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El Toro Negro Oatmeal Stout from El Toro Brewing Co.
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