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Oatmeal Stout - Free State Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

158 Ratings
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Ratings: 158
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.99%
Wants: 13
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Free State Brewing Co. visit their website
Kansas, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Silver Medal Winner 1997 World Beer Championships - Oatmeal Stouts.
Our classic dark beer. Full body and a well rounded flavor comes from a foundation of seven different grains. The oats add a special silky texture that complements the roasted malts. The rich malty flavor is spiced with plenty of Northern Brewer and Fuggles hops for balance. Enjoy this perennial Free State Favorite by itself or as a blend with one of our other beers.

42 IBU

(Beer added by: Bitterbill on 10-16-2001)
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Reviews by TCMike:
Photo of TCMike
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%

Pours a very dark brown color. Produced a 1 finger beige head, which dissipated quickly.

The smell was of malt, chocolate, oatmeal cookies.

The taste was of malts, oatmeal, and light chocolate. A slight bitterness finishes the drink.

Nice, easy drinking.

TCMike, Nov 24, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

SmellsofMahagony, Feb 23, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

MilwaukeeCrusher, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of Franziskaner
3.44/5  rDev -9.9%

Light black in color and just a touch of light will get through. A solid half inch of light beige colored foam rests on top. Brussels lacing. I smell judiciously used oats and dark malt. The first sip reveals a quick rush of oats that is quickly overpowered by dark roasted malt which leaves a slightly bitter aftertaste. The mouth is creamy and slightly chalky. Straightforward and simple.

Franziskaner, May 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

rcm5693, Jul 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

valkyre65, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of KansasNate
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%

This oatmeal stout pours smooth and possesses a small tan head which eventually reduces to a lacey web. The aroma is of roasted hops with a slight hint of chocolate. It hits the mouth with that same maltiness then transitions to an expresso / chocolate follow-through. This stout is easy to drink, and not as thick as some. It definately is not watery, however. This is a good stout, but not great.

KansasNate, Mar 09, 2005
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

fiedler84, Apr 24, 2012
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3/5  rDev -21.5%

Rymish, Jul 30, 2014
Photo of jheezee
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

jheezee, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of midwestbrewers
4.45/5  rDev +16.5%

Had at Free State in Lawrence, Ks.

A: Very dark with a 2 finger head in a pint glass.

S: The same as from the bottle it has a very chocolate like smell with coffee notes. Roasted all over smell.

T: The taste was better than in the bottle though. It was much more creamy and smooth. The chocolate was a little less present as the "roasted" flavor was compared to the bottle. Very smooth finish with slight bitterness.

Overall this beer was better out of the tap than the bottle but at $11 for 3 pints and $8 for a six-pack the 6'er comes first. Not a huge difference comparing the two, but enough to notice for me. Great Beer Free State!!!

midwestbrewers, Dec 22, 2010
Photo of russpowell
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%

Picked this up in Wichita a few weeks ago. BBD od the 2nd week in June...

Pours mahogany with a 1+ finger of tan head. Average head retention & good lacing

S: Roasty, raisins & plums come through as this warms

T: Roasty with dark chocolate notes& some dryness, plus a touch of iron & raisins up front. Plums & raisins, fight through the dark chocolate & roastyness, plus a touch of woody hops as this warms. Finishes dry, roasty & with slightly sweet cocoa.

MF: Smooth, medium bodied, subtle carbonation. Body gets slightly richer as it warms

This a nice example of the style. I really need to get up to Lawrence & sample from the source!

russpowell, Apr 01, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Chuck_25, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of Kegatron
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%

12 oz bottle into a pint glass. This is from a selection of Free State Brewing beers send to me by JeepCop. Thanks Dale!

Pours a deep brown/near black in the glass, with a finger of smooth and creamy mocha colored head. This stays rich, leaving back a foamy cascade that settles that quickly slides down the sides but still leaves some light spotty lacing behind. The aroma is surprisingly hoppy upon first whiff, with floral notes, spice, and some bright-smelling green fruit. Coffee flavors and chocolate quickly swoop in behind the hops. I'm really digging the melding of the citrus, cocoa, and roast here. This is nice.

Those hops are equally forceful in the taste, with a fresh citric bite that sits up against a wall of crunchy roast, caramel, and chocolate. The sweetness does offer up some balance here but this is mostly coming off to me as roasty and bitter and that's what hangs in the finish the most. The mouthfeel bodied, with a relatively perky sharpness to the carbonation that makes those hops and roasted notes pop that much more but the oats keep this overall pretty smooth and silky in the mouth.

This is a very solid Oatmeal Stout and I'm really glad that I got to this one fresh, as that mildly aggressive hop profile really helped make this one for me. This stayed quite smooth and drinkable though as well. I enjoyed this.

Kegatron, Feb 04, 2011
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3.05/5  rDev -20.2%

Dark brown, almost black, reddish highlights, smallish brown head, soapy retention, good lace though. Faint nose, hint of sweet-malt... clean. Underlying hop bitterness mingles with the lightly roasted malt. No real complexity or development aside from a sparse hint of chocolate. Thin and lackluster, at best this is an average Oatmeal Stout. Far from great, nothing is offensive, but it is something I’d not recommend.

bditty187, Feb 09, 2003
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3.9/5  rDev +2.1%

(12oz bottle). Pours dark brown with khaki head. Aroma of cocoa, dark fruit and caramel. Also, a little roasty coffee notes. Taste is sweet with a little roasted bitterness. Thin to medium bodied with a creamy texture and slightly bitter finish. This is a nice stout and one that I would gladly have again.

trappistlover, Mar 01, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Eaglefan344, Dec 17, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

sammo, Jun 25, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

jwmarcum, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of EgadBananas
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%

Best by 3rd week of December, 2010.

Pours near black, with brown around the edges. Nice puffy tan head adorns, dissipates to a nice little film that laces significantly.

Aroma is decent, but faint. Roasted malts, maybe even a little nutty.

Definitely can taste the oats. Theres a smidge of hop bitterness, but majority is nice roasted malts. There is a slight coffee taste that comes through on the finish.

Feel is medium to full bodied, with minimal carbonation. There is some creaminess, lending it very smooth.

This is definitely a sold, above average Oatmeal Stout, with a well above average drinkability to go with it.

EgadBananas, Sep 29, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

jaydoc, Nov 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Ash, Apr 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

campofapproval, Dec 20, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Marshall_ofmcap, Nov 11, 2013
Photo of eclaycamp
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%

Free State is a local beerpub based out of Lawrence, KS. For the longest time their beers have only been available either at the brewpub or via growler. Recently, however, they've begun bottling their beer (finally) and making it available for purchase, albeit on a very limited basis.

Stouts for summer. Why not? While lots of folks are reaching for a pilsner or pale ale, I figured I'd go the opposite direction, drinking some stouts, which I usually prefer to have in the dead of winter.

12 ounce bottle. Pouring the beer it looks reminiscent of cola, with a nicely building sudsy tan head. You have to pour this beer somewhat aggressively to get any kind of head out of it. You can really smell the oatmeal in the nose, with some chocolate and burnt molasses. The flavor to this beer is an explosion. The first taste is amazing, with lots of bittersweet chocolate, roasted oatmeal, and caramel sweetness coming through. There's some hints of coffee here, though they are muted. The hops profile also adds a light fruitiness to the whole affair. Light mouthfeel, not creamy or thick, but drinkable in it's own way. Honestly, for my money it's right up there with Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout as one of the best examples of the style you can find.

eclaycamp, Jul 16, 2010
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Oatmeal Stout from Free State Brewing Co.
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