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Oatmeal Stout - Free State Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

173 Ratings
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Ratings: 173
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.05%
Wants: 13
Gots: 14 | 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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Ratings: 173 | Reviews: 66 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of jheezee
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

jheezee, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of bditty187
3.05/5  rDev -19.7%
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.

bditty187, Feb 09, 2003
Photo of jzlyo
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

jzlyo, Nov 14, 2014
Photo of rye726
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the brewery. Pours near black with a nice tan head. Nose is very oaty with some chocolate, roasted malts and light hops. Taste is well balanced and easy to drink. Again lots of cocoa, oats and dark malt. Clean body is well carbonated. Good stuff.

rye726, Jul 09, 2009
Photo of 22Blue
4/5  rDev +5.3%

22Blue, May 31, 2014
Photo of Hellpop65
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Hellpop65, Sep 22, 2014
Photo of thufflife
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

thufflife, Jul 22, 2014
Photo of marc77
3.1/5  rDev -18.4%
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.

marc77, Feb 08, 2003
Photo of khargro2
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

khargro2, Nov 02, 2014
Photo of facundoCNB
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

facundoCNB, Nov 15, 2012
Photo of kristougher
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

kristougher, Nov 12, 2013
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

SmellsofMahagony, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of MTNboy
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

MTNboy, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of Kahlerbock
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Kahlerbock, Sep 18, 2013
Photo of Eric908
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Eric908, Jul 31, 2013
Photo of Eaglefan344
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Eaglefan344, Dec 17, 2013
Photo of FrankHammer
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

FrankHammer, Nov 27, 2013
Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.14/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

JuicesFlowing, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of RichH55
4/5  rDev +5.3%

RichH55, Jan 22, 2014
Photo of maxpower
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

maxpower, Feb 07, 2003
Photo of valkyre65
4/5  rDev +5.3%

valkyre65, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of beernut7
4.55/5  rDev +19.7%
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.

beernut7, Oct 13, 2002
Photo of bort11
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

bort11, Apr 13, 2011
Photo of Goliath
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Goliath, Aug 25, 2008
Photo of Hohnbaum
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Hohnbaum, Jun 14, 2014
Oatmeal Stout from Free State Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 173 ratings.