Oatmeal Stout - Free State Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 70
Hads: 207
Avg: 3.82
pDev: 20.16%
Wants: 13
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
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Free State Brewing Co. visit their website
Kansas, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bitterbill on 10-16-2001

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
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Photo of mmthompson33
4.94/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of jmbranum
4.68/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Purchased in Newton, KS. Brought back to Oklahoma. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter glass.

Black liquid with a short tan head. Incredible aroma, lots of toasty charred notes.

Flavor is very toasty and dry. Dark chocolate. Very earthy. Delicious bitter with a little bit of sweetness in the background.

Dryer than most oatmeal stouts but I like it.

Nice texture, smooth yet a little bit "chewy." Fairly thick mouthfeel for the style.

This one is worth seeking out. Exceptionally good.

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Photo of crusian
4.6/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of beernut7
4.55/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Mississipping
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

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Photo of midwestbrewers
4.4/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!!!

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Photo of bort11
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of acelin
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of russpowell
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

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Photo of Steamer
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of tronester
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of KansasNate
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Reaper16
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

served on-tap @ Flying Saucer, Kansas City, MO, into a pint glass

Pours a satisfying cola-brown, well, a shade or two darker than that anyway. The light-tan head was pretty small but it laces well. Such is the result of a bartender trying to maximize the amount of liquid in the shaker pint.

The nose contains of light whisps of chocolate and, well, coffee roast. Not coffee bean smell but just the aroma of the roasted nature of coffee beans. There is some decent hopping going on, providing a tinny, metallic twang.

The flavor is pretty much just like the nose. Generic roast characteristic meets milk chocolate. Perhaps a very small amount of raisin. The hops impart a minerally flavor. This has quite a bit of flavor for such a sessionable stout.

Nice, light body for a light, session stout. The oats don't thicken the body here so much as they make for a silkier, healthier texture moving across the tongue. The relatively low ABV% helps to make this a nice choice to enjoy a couple of pints of.

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Photo of chickencoop
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep chunky dark brown/ black. Aroma is a typical oatmeal malty stout. Taste was much smoother that I anticipated, very very smooth. Taste was a roasted malt, very chocolaty. Smooth mouthfeel, cant get over how smooth it is, very tasty and very drinkable...thanks Rbald42!!

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with best by notches of Feb, second month...2012 I hope! Pours a pretty deep shade of black with a small cap of light brown head. Retention and lacing are both average.

Nose is sweet and roasty, just like a good oatmeal stout should. Clean and low on the hops with a nice cereal grain kick to it.

Taste is a little less sweet than it smells with a rich, roasty-caramel malt profile. Oats dont go as thick and creamy as some of the style, but it is barely full enough and is indeed pretty silky. Touch of fruitiness in there from the yeast and overall is pretty fun to drink. Id say this is a darn good oaty stout, but not in the top tier for the style. If it were available here, Id probably buy 2 or 3 sixers a year…especially considering the lack of representatives in the category sold in TX.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampling right now on 6/28/14. Bought this one while down in Kansas at the beginning of the month, just a single for $1.49. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a "Free State Beer" pilsner glass.

Pours black in color and you can't see through it. A small beige head is seen that settles down to a thin layer on top and sides. Ringed lacing is seen when sipped that slides back down the inside of the glass. The aroma is of roasted malts with a hint of molasses. The taste has lots of roasted malt flavor with some spice and coffee. A very slight bitter finish that doesn't last long. Perfect carbonation for this type of brew. Overall a very tasty stout!

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Photo of UnkleFester
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Pours a dark brown that does not allow much light to get through, 1 finger of tan head with a good amount of lacing.

S: Coffee, chocolate and roasted malt on the nose.

T: Similar to the nose, coffee, chocolate, slight bitterness, and finishes with roasted malt.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation with a dry finish.

O: As someone that is not well versed with stouts I found this to be very drinkable.

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Photo of maxpower
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown almost black color, decent lasting tan head. Sweet chocolate malty roasted burnt aroma, chocolate roasty sugary burnt bitter coffee flavors, yet has a pretty smooth and creamy mouthfeel, medium body has a nice burnt bitterness in the finish.

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Photo of damuraus
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fine dense black shade. The nose has plenty of coffee with a sweet liquor/scotch ale accent. Light in the front with some fruit and a nice roast at the back with some bitterness (grapefruit?) at the finish. Lighter mouth feel leaves a smoother stout drinking experience.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured an opaque, deep black hue with a nearly two-finger, tan, rocky head of foam. It left great sticky, patchy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of oats, roasted malt and coffee. There were subtle chocolate notes.

T - It was a great blend of bitter and sweet. Bitter hops and coffee blended with sweet, roasty caramel and chocolate.

M - It was soft and smooth with a somewhat dry finish. A medium-bodied stout.

D - This is a very good oatmeal stout. It has a great blend of sweet and bitter.

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Photo of hopfacebrew
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another beer picked up in Hays, KS. 12oz brown bottle. THe notch for freshness appears to be April 2012 though it's extremely faint and I am not sure this isn't just a scrape. In any event, to the pint glass! The beer pours a dark blackish color with deep brown edges in the light. Small 1 finger tannish/light brown head. Some retention and lacing but not much. The aroma is roasty sweetness with a hint of hop character and a noticeably biscuity malt tone. The beer tastes rich with roasted barley, mild bitterness, a subdued malty sweetness. Feels silky. Lighter end of medium bodied. Overall, not a bad oatmeal stout though not mind blowing, pretty solid though. I could easily put this 6 pack down in an evening ;)

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