Oatmeal Stout - Free State Brewing Co.
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3/5 rDev -21.5%
Poured from 12oz. bottle into tankard. I bought a 6 six from a liquor store in Concordia, KS.
Appearance: Pours dark as night with tan head. Pretty weak head for a stout. Hardly any lacing.
Smell: For a stout, the smell was pretty underwhelming. The traditional coffees, dark chocolates, and deep roasted malts were there, but it was all seemed very weak for me. Fairly mediocre.
Taste: Much like the smell. Underwhelming for a stout. Everything that you look for is there. And I like those elements; but quite honestly, the flavors were fairly weak-- though they were balanced well. Chocolates, coffees, dark roasted malts. No risks here. Nothing really special. I'd love to taste the oats that they profess as important to this beer.
Mouth: Pretty balanced carbonation. Full body.
Overall: Average in every possible way. I wonder if it was an issue of using quality ingredients, because everything seemed really weak for the style. It does not demonstrate anything other than a very safe attempt. It does not stand out in any way really. Disappointed. If I were to see it on draft, I might give it a shot again. But won't be seeking it out.
08-23-2011 13:26:07 | More by paxchristi
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 Id not recommend.
02-09-2003 18:00:24 | More by bditty187
3.08/5 rDev -19.4%
Very dark coffee colored oatmeal stout that is a solid beer. A bit disappointed by the lack of a good thick head on top of the beer. Lacing is there though, from top to bottom. Tast is a little tart, and a little salty; not much smell apart from a hint of coffee with the maltiness. Some acidity; it just lacks a little bit of body and complexity for me, but not too bad overall. Quite drinkable, just not very memorable.
11-17-2011 02:56:02 | More by baldiegooner
3.1/5 rDev -18.8%
Deep clear brown hue. Thin, tight head leaves Belgian lace. Aroma of burnt malt, mild baker's chocolate and dark caramel malt. Clean and underwhelming aromawise. Roasted barley bitterness upfront, mild hop bitterness immediately ensues, leaving an apparent void in malt character. Subtle, dryish chocolate mid palate. Lightly bodied, but quaffable. No trace of silky oatmeal is perceptible in the thin mouthfeel. Finishes clean and dry, w/ fleeting hints of chocolate. Uninspired. The filtration and / or over fining has stripped this brew of body. Good drinkability, but akin to a brown ale in roasted character.
02-08-2003 18:15:42 | More by marc77
3.25/5 rDev -14.9%
Bottle poured into pint glass
Deep dark chocolate brown with creamy two finger cap that eased down into gentle edged lacings on the side of the glass. Nearly impervious to light with faint ruby shades at the bottom of the glass
subtle coffee fragrance with a hint of molasses
Smooth with a nice finish . Stout taste with subtle coffee after notes . Nice balance with the hops
Good weight on my tongue . Low to no carbonation
A good, pleasant stout and would prefer to try it on tap
02-20-2013 02:52:15 | More by WunderLlama
3.25/5 rDev -14.9%
Pours a dark coffee color with a nice sized cream colored head.
The head recedes quickly leaving only a small amount of foam on the surface. Quite a bit of lace remains as I drain the beer.
Smells of roasted malt and that's about it. I would have liked more aroma from this beer. Taste wise its a pretty average oatmeal stout--bittersweet chocolate coffee, some caramel, a few hops.
Full bodied stout, mouthfeel is great. I liked the amount of carbonation. I love a smooth finish to an oatmeal stout with a touch of sweetness....this one didn't have it. Instead it had a crisp somewhat dry and bitter finish.
Its a decent oatmeal stout....but there are better ones out there.
09-21-2011 03:28:38 | More by xuptygm
3.28/5 rDev -14.1%
Appearance: Pours out dark brown with ruby highlights. About 1/4" of tan head forms that has below average retention and lacing. 3
Smell: Some dark malts show up, with chocolate and coffee as well. Some graininess and herbal notes show as well.
Taste: Dark malts, light roast, chocolate and coffee, some herbal hop notes hit on the back end. Not the most flavorful oatmeal stout out there, but decent.
Mouthfeel/Overall: Light bodied with pretty low carbonation, reasonably smooth and a bit slick. Overall, not my favorite oatmeal stout by any stretch, but solid enough.
12-22-2011 22:38:00 | More by zhanson88
3.3/5 rDev -13.6%
Received as an extra in a recent trade. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my trusty Crab House pint glass.
A- Thick Khaki colored head that takes a long time to recede. Maybe 2 minutes. Decent lacing left on glass.
S- Doesn't smell like too much going on here.
T- Here's the true test, let's see. Completely average. Nothing special, nothing bad. If you brew a beer make it something people want to come back to visit. This beer is fine in passing, but once I leave town I'm done with it.
M- Pretty weak. nothing deterring, but nothin compelling.
O/D- Average at best.
03-27-2011 03:17:28 | More by sendsilk
3.3/5 rDev -13.6%
Thanks to FosterJM for bringing me a bottle of this back from Kansas!
Best by the 3rd week in January (of what I assume is 2012).
Pours an almost opaque super dark crimson-brown with a 2 inch foamy khaki head that settles down to an island of foam on the top of the beer. A nice patterned lattice of lace forms on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, toasted oats, and some cocoa and coffee aromas. Taste is of roasted malt and toasted malt up front with a bitter chocolate and coffee grounds combination in the aftertaste. There is a medium amount of bitterness that lingers on the palate after each sip. There is a lower level of carbonation with a smooth and somewhat creamy mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good oatmeal stout but nothing really all that special. I do need to thank James again for providing me with a Kansas tick though!
11-11-2011 23:34:16 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.4/5 rDev -11%
Presentation: On tap pour into a mug.
Appearance: A very deep brown/black. Very good head, lacing was lasting.
Aroma: Mild smelling, but a good aroma. Hints of chocolate and nutty.
Taste: Very enjoyable, the body was good, and had hints of nutty chocolaty goodness.
Mouthfeel: It was a thicker body, but very easy to drink.
Overall: This is a very easy oatmeal stout to drink. I like a lot of the Free State Brews.
12-14-2006 06:17:32 | More by jazappi
3.43/5 rDev -10.2%
Reviewed from noted. On tap in August 2009.
Pour brings a body that is near black with a mocha head. Head dies quickly without leaving too much lace. Nose is roasted malt with a faint hint of dark chocolate. The taste is quite plain with just a bit of roasted character. The feel is pretty nice and creamy. Drinks well overall but is a bit bland.
11-11-2010 23:52:37 | More by Thorpe429
3.43/5 rDev -10.2%
A - pours a nice dark color with a creamy cocoa head
S - smells of vanilla and chocolate malt
T - taste Starts off with a bit of grains and a slight bit of acidic coffee. The malts are pushes aside by a generous amount of citrus and grassy hop bitterness blended with some coffee.
M - slimy smooth as an oatmeal stout should be
D - interesting oatmeal stot, one of the more hoppy examples I have tried. Pretty good and worth a try for sure.
06-08-2011 03:19:14 | More by birchstick
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.
05-17-2014 03:09:19 | More by Franziskaner
3.45/5 rDev -9.7%
Appearnce - Poured a solid black opaque with a light tan head that kept its retention pretty well.
Smell - Hints of mint and chocolate, with a very slight boozy scent.
Taste - Similar to the smell, but slightly subdued. Finished pleasantly with with a hoppy to burnt bitterness note.
Mouthfeel - The beer had a great level of low to medium carbonation. Beer had a decent viscosity to it, could have just been a tad thicker.
Overall - This is a very enjoyable beer. I do think if the flavors were kicked up a notch, this beer could be a "knock it out of the park" type beer.
01-13-2012 01:41:17 | More by rjs
Oatmeal Stout from Free State Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 156 ratings.