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Oatmeal Stout - Free State Brewing Co.

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Oatmeal StoutOatmeal Stout

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71 Reviews
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Reviews: 71
Hads: 209
Avg: 3.82
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 12
Gots: 29 | 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:
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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Reviews: 71 | Hads: 209
Photo of paxchristi
3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of bditty187
3.06/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of baldiegooner
3.08/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of marc77
3.09/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of zhanson88
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of xuptygm
3.26/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of sendsilk
3.28/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of WunderLlama
3.3/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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!

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Photo of jazappi
3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of birchstick
3.41/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of rjs
3.44/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.46/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The oatmeal makes the coffee tones very mild, almost too mild. Nothing out of the ordinary for this stout, but a nice solid attempt, and a nice dry aftertaste.

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Photo of Ineedabeerhere
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this tonight, thanks for the extra Sean.

Pours nearly black, some light coming through near the edges. 1 finger light tan foam, creating some dotted lace.

Lightly roasted flavor in the aroma, combining with some dull coffee-ish notes. Nicely creamy, medium body with a nice light roast throughout lending just a touch of bitterness. Cocoa powder mid palate. Good malt profile, a solid oatmeal stout but nothing new or groundbreaking here.

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Photo of arc3636
3.54/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Dark black, only a glimmer of light comes through. Very little head but lacing holds up well

S - pretty weak, molasses and spices from the hops

T - Chocolate, coffee, toffe

M - a bit watery for a stout

O - a bit dissapointing, not as strong flavor and mouthfeel as I'd like from an outmeat stout.. Would drink another, but not something I'll seek out.

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Photo of winomark
3.57/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice dark brown with some light seeping through. A small head. Aromas of roasted malts most noticable. Nice palate of roasted malts, some coffee and a nice roundness from the oats. Mouthfeel is on the light side, but still very flavorful with a lingering finish. Overall, a very nice stout. Easy-drinking and pleasant. Well worth a try.

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Photo of SuperNova777
3.57/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Notes from 11/08/10

Thanx to gwquest for this as a extra

A:Pours a non transparent black with a small white head that falls fairly quickly,
not much lacing is left down the glass.

S:Smells of roasted malts and coffee right off the bat, a slight amount of chocolate
and bittersweetness in there as well.

T:Not really like the nose detects at all more bland and weak than it leads you to expect.
Slight roastiness up front with a lingering of coffee and a tiny bit of chocolate on the

M:Body is a little thinner than you would think coming from the style also could possibly come down a bit on the carbonation.

D:Overall a slightly above average brew, the nose leads you into something good but just
does not come thru on the taste or the body. Decent but not one I would search out for.

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Photo of Jtthegreat
3.59/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice tan/off-white head that dissipated quickly. Very dark brown almost black in the glass. Slight lacing in the glass.

Very pleasant nose with fresh brewed coffee and molasses. Tastes of chocolate with a slight bitterness and a slightly sweet chocolate finish.

A slight acidity on the tongue is complemented by good carbonation through the entire beer.

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Photo of phrimplepoot
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Very satisfying stout with no exotic things happening here. I tend to like stouts with more this that or the other thing, but, really, I could drink this all day and not be upset. Drier than some - in a good way.

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Photo of mvforegonian
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Similar to that of a cola in color. minimal lacing.

S: Roasted Malts and some hop, overall very well balanced nose.

T: The rich malty flavor is spiced with plenty of of northern brewer and Fuggles hops, which do well for balance.

M: The oatmeal adds a special silky mouthfeel that compliments nicely with the roasted malts.

O: Great brew for temperamental Kansas whether

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Photo of busternuggz
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Flying Saucer in Kansas City.
Poured into a pint glass. Opaque black with a foamy off-white head that recedes to a ring. Leaves a little lacing.
Smell was a little bland, some roasty and sweet cream notes. A little cocoa.
Had a rich taste of roasted malts, coffee grounds, and a little bitter chocolate. Had a nice bitter/dry finish.
The texture was medium bodied but too dry and carbonated for me. I also wanted it to be creamier, like my favorite oatmeal stouts are.
Pretty easy drinking but I didn't find it too engaging.
Not a bad beer but I think I had certain expectations of it as an oatmeal stout (more creamy, less dry) that made me like it less. Maybe if it was just called a stout I might have rated it a bit higher.

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Photo of Dope
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A very dark brown, almost black pour. Big, dense light brown head. Head retention is wonderful and barely ever fades. Tons of lacing spiderwebs across the glass.

S: Roasted malt, oatmeal, a bit creamy. Maybe a touch of coffee.

T: Lots of oatmeal. Very creamy and smooth. Roasted malt comes through with a bit of coffee and char bitterness in the aftertaste.

M: Fairly thin but very smooth and silky.

O: Not a bad oatmeal stout. A bit too heavy on the oatmeal and light on the roasted malt detracts but not horribly so.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

914th Review on BA
Bottle to handless mug
12 oz

Purchased from: On the Rocks, Lawrence, KS

App- A good dark brown with some garnet edges and a one finger very fast receding head. Only a couple dots of cling to it.

Smell- A good rich oatmeal aroma. A nice thick malt profile with some cocoa powder and coffee.

Taste- A pretty tasty oatmeal stout with a good bit of oat and grain behind it. A smooth grain taste with some chocolate and roast.

Mouth- A medium bodied stout with a paired medium carbonation and a bit slick malts with just a touch of oat.

Drink- Pretty damn tasty. Much more so than I remember. A bit thicker than I remember which helps this one taste that much better.

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Oatmeal Stout from Free State Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.