Oatmeal Stout - Free State Brewing Co.
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4.95/5 rDev +29.6%
The roasted oats dominate its taste and it has a wonderfully smooth, silky texture. Just as Guiness has a worldwide following, many Lawrence, Kansas residents consider this beer to be a nectar of the gods. This beer grows on you. Free State Brewery is a hidden treasure in the Midwest.
10-16-2001 16:02:14 | More by mmthompson33
4.63/5 rDev +21.2%
bottle from awesome girlfriend...
pours with almost no head, but as I finish pouring the head magically appears. nose is strong coffee and choc.
taste is the same, very nice, I have a hard time believing this is an oatmeal stout though. The finish is VERY dry. i think it may be the driest I have ever had... amazing. makes it better to be honest. very coffee and chocolate forward. Too thin for my taste, but for the style, awesome.
10-02-2010 20:21:05 | More by crusian
4.55/5 rDev +19.1%
A deep black color sits below a nice creamy tan head. The aroma is lightly of dark malt. Initially a mellow sour fruity flavor presents itself followed by a quick sweet malt and a lingering bitterness. Great body and complex, I enjoyed this brew.
10-13-2002 13:05:41 | More by beernut7
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!!!
12-22-2010 01:22:41 | More by midwestbrewers
4.43/5 rDev +16%
12oz bottle poured into a Free State shaker. It's great to finally see this is a bottle! Thanks a ton Gavin for the awesome extra and a bit of nostalgia!
A: Pours very dark brown, almost black, with a small tan foamy head that has decent retention, finally settling to a thin khaki ring. Minimal lacing left behind. In the glass it appears almost completely black, only allowing a slight glow around the bottom and edges of the glass.
S: There's a really great balance here, including coffee, chocolate, and a very nice roasted character. None of the three is particularly dominant, but rather, complement each other quite well. Hidden just behind the aromatic trifecta is a touch of anise and booze.
T: Just like the smell would lead you to believe, roasted barley and sweet chocolate are right up front. The roastiness is subtle, though, creating a nice smoothness with the chocolate. The flavor transitions quickly to burnt coffee and a slight hoppiness, but again is subtle and pleasant, and it lingers throughout the finish. The coffee and hops provide a slight bitterness at the end that is a good juxtaposition for the sweetness that preceded it. Well done.
M: This is the only disappointing, though not devastating, part of the experience. A little thin and watery. Would have really liked to see a little more viscosity, creating a smooth creaminess. There is a slight drying effect at the finish brought on by the roasted character and coffee.
D: I'd say the drinkability is very high. With low viscosity, a great balance, and well hidden alcohol content, I could put these down with ease, and would really, really enjoy doing so.
I haven't had this in about two years, but this is much better than I remembered it being on tap. They could have refined it during those two years, but out of the bottle this is really a great representation of the style. Highly recommended!
03-11-2011 14:51:53 | More by Mississipping
4.35/5 rDev +13.9%
12 oz bottle poured into a pub glass. A light khaki head stands up at just under an inch. The foam is light and fluffy. Delicate stair-step lines of lace mark each sip. Body color is dark rum-raisin, dense through the center and highlights around the edges.
Smell has a pleasant hoppiness. It is a light green bitterness that compliments the dark roasted malts. Hops are also noticeable in the taste. Once again, it is not overwhelming. It adds a green, savory character. This is a nice change for a stout, hops usually are not a featured flavor.
Mouthfeel has a solid medium body. The oats gives a smooth texture, very easy to drink. This version is a lot lighter than some other oatmeal stouts I've had, which with this warm weather that's not a bad thing. I find that this is a good beer to have on hand while manning the grill.
04-13-2011 22:37:56 | More by bort11
4.23/5 rDev +10.7%
a deep brown almost black pour, 1/2 of tan head. excellent retention/lacing.
smells of wood, vanilla, coffee, tobacco.
slight bitterness up front from the roasted grains with a milky sweet chocolatey finish. a delicious treat.. perfect balance of roasted and sweet flavors.
medium body with a creamy feel, nicely carbonated and leaves a chalky feeling behind.
overall, a damn fine stout! looks, feels, smells and tastes great, what more could you want? granted, it's not a special one off or anything like that, but as far as brewery staple beers go - this is fantastic.
11-15-2012 00:54:50 | More by facundoCNB
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!
04-01-2011 02:45:37 | More by russpowell
4.2/5 rDev +9.9%
Poured from a growler into a pint glass. Several pint glasses.
Smelled like roasted oatmeal, very beautiful, with coffee, chocolate and toffee smells.
Was black like black coffee with a mocha - cooked oatmeal color about 2 fingers deep.
Tasted like it smelled, with a beautiful hint of hops. Not sure what kind.
A very good, thick roasty mouthfeel. Was pretty drinkable because it wasn't too hoppy.
01-28-2010 22:49:22 | More by acelin
4.18/5 rDev +9.4%
Appearance: pours a deep molasses color. Hardly any head and no lacing. A thin ring of bubbles around the edge. smell: Sweet caramel and toffee aroma, like a milk stout. Taste: Bitter-sweet chocolate, mild expresso, lightly toasted bread. Mouthfeel: medium to light bodied for a stout. Again, very similar to a milk stout or a porter. Overall; Very enjoyable and well worth a try especially if you're a porter lover.
05-27-2013 01:44:45 | More by Steamer
4.14/5 rDev +8.4%
Poured into a shaker pint glass. Pours a rich black with a hint of brown when held to the light. A dark creamy pillowy head sits on top, and doesn't dissipate very much, until the end. Lots of nice sticky lacing. Smells of roasted malts and some bitter chocolates. The beer tastes like a good hearty oatmeal stout should: lots of bitter chocolate, a whim of oats, and a slightly dry finish. The mouthfeel is spot-on for a stout. Overall, I'm proud of this beer from my home state. Free State does a great job representing the Oatmeal Stout.
11-20-2011 16:58:50 | More by JuicesFlowing
4.13/5 rDev +8.1%
12 oz bottle from my buddy Raging bull. Poured at cellar temp into a snifter.
The beer pours a deep cola brown with no light passing through except on the edges of the glass revealing some ruby highlights.
Aroma is some rich malt with a bit of roastiness and some toffee. I get a little bit of grassy hops but primarily malt, no booze anywhere to be found.
First sip reveals a silky smooth beer with fine slightly tingly carbonation. Flavor is roasted malt and a bit of dark chocolate and some molasses. Not really any hops here, a little bitter but more of a coffee ground or burnt malt bite than hops.
The beer is smooth and enjoyable. Easy drinking and could easily have a few of these without getting bored or to drunk.
02-12-2011 05:02:29 | More by sulldaddy
4.1/5 rDev +7.3%
Pours a very dark brown in color with ruby red highlights. Smell is rich espresso and dark caramel. Taste is a soft smokiness up front, followed by a milk chocolate middle, finishing with a citrusy, earthy hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth. Overall a very good Oatmeal stout that I plan to get again.
08-31-2011 23:59:41 | More by tronester
Oatmeal Stout from Free State Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 156 ratings.