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Oatmeal Stout - Free State Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

148 Ratings
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Ratings: 148
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 13
Gots: 6 | 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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marc77

California

3.1/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2003 18:15:42 | More by marc77
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2012 00:54:50 | More by facundoCNB
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MTNboy

Germany

3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Opaque body with tan carbonation bubbles leading to the head. The lace was full and pretty tight.

Smell: Smells of deep roasted malt with a hint of bitter cocoa.

Taste: Roasted malt toffee flavor. It is not as spicy as explained in the synopsis above but there is a bit of hops flavor.

Mouthfeel: Slick and on the lower end of full.

Overall: It was alright with a hamburger at the Flying Saucer in KC.

Serving type: on-tap

01-26-2012 20:06:18 | More by MTNboy
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Eric908

South Dakota

4/5  rDev +4.4%

07-31-2013 18:54:56 | More by Eric908
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SmellsofMahagony

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

02-23-2013 22:25:12 | More by SmellsofMahagony
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Kahlerbock

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

09-18-2013 13:20:17 | More by Kahlerbock
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22Blue

Kansas

4/5  rDev +4.4%

05-31-2014 00:39:06 | More by 22Blue
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kristougher

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

11-12-2013 02:52:28 | More by kristougher
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maxpower

Missouri

4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2003 18:04:53 | More by maxpower
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Eaglefan344

Missouri

4/5  rDev +4.4%

12-17-2013 03:59:01 | More by Eaglefan344
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beernut7

Massachusetts

4.55/5  rDev +18.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-13-2002 13:05:41 | More by beernut7
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bort11

Missouri

4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2011 22:37:56 | More by bort11
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valkyre65

Texas

4/5  rDev +4.4%

12-08-2011 18:47:41 | More by valkyre65
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JuicesFlowing

Kansas

4.14/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2011 16:58:50 | More by JuicesFlowing
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RichH55

Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.4%

01-22-2014 22:43:13 | More by RichH55
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Goliath

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black and completely opaque. A one inch tan head forms and lingers with good retention and leaves some nice lacing.

The aroma is fairly mild, but there are some fruity esters as well as some chocolate tones.

The taste is quite nice. A little fruity, then it gives way to some chocolate, caramel, and a bit of coffee. This one is also slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and nicely carbonated.

Drinkability is fairly high. Tatse is good and alcohol is presumeably low making for a nice session.

Serving type: on-tap

08-25-2008 20:25:48 | More by Goliath
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tronester

Oklahoma

4.1/5  rDev +7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2011 23:59:41 | More by tronester
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Reaper16

Alabama

4.08/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-03-2010 22:37:48 | More by Reaper16
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FrankHammer

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

11-27-2013 02:06:02 | More by FrankHammer
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hopfacebrew

Colorado

3.98/5  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 ;)

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2012 14:55:20 | More by hopfacebrew
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JSchock7

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

06-18-2012 08:11:59 | More by JSchock7
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jroberts8811

Missouri

4/5  rDev +4.4%

12-26-2013 02:41:56 | More by jroberts8811
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Birdlegs

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

10-18-2012 19:31:27 | More by Birdlegs
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Grebdioz

Texas

4/5  rDev +4.4%

12-28-2011 01:48:04 | More by Grebdioz
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sammo

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

06-25-2012 17:26:29 | More by sammo
Oatmeal Stout from Free State Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 148 ratings.