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Oatmeal Stout - Free State Brewing Co.

Oatmeal StoutOatmeal Stout

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BA SCORE
86
very good

134 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 134
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.2%


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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birchstick

Colorado

3.43/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-08-2011 03:19:14 | More by birchstick
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JCDenver

Texas

3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got to try this one courtesy of daniloknezic, thanks! Poured from the bottle into a snifter, tasting as I let it warm up from fridge temp.

Appearance is light, almost cola-like, half finger head that quickly receded, leaving a paper thin ring of bubbles around the edge.

Smells of roasted malt and oats with some chocolate. Pleasant, but not exceptional. Little bit of hoppiness starts to sneak in as it warms up.

Taste is of chocolate, roasty oatmeal, with a hint of sweetness towards the end.

Mouthfeel is extremely light for a stout, and pretty dry. Usually, I'm not a fan of that, but it works in this one. It's a nice "summer" stout. Think grilling, hiking, etc.

Overall, I'm glad I tried it, it fits a niche. I would definitely consider it again when I'm in the mood for a stout on a warm summer day.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2011 01:41:38 | More by JCDenver
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of russpowell. Thanks Russ!

Best by the second week in June.

It pours a very dark brown, perhaps black, with a 1 finger head of tannish foam.

It smells roasty, hints of dark chocolate and on the bitter side.

Mmm. The taste surprised me. Very richly flavoured with tasty roasted malt, a touch of some sweetness, hints of coffee and a taste of dark chocolate, overall a very enjoyable bitter sweet thing going on. Now that I’ve had a few sips, I can see this does well with the lacing.

Medium body, the same with the carbonation, I like the smooth mouth feel and I find this Oatmeal Stout very easy to drink. A very nice brew!

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2011 17:35:08 | More by Bitterbill
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bort11

Missouri

4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
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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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2011 02:45:37 | More by russpowell
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sendsilk

Florida

3.3/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2011 03:17:28 | More by sendsilk
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csiewert

Oregon

3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours a thick dark brown color with a little off white head that leaves some lacing as you drink. The aroma is strong with coffee notes. The taste starts with some malty sweetness and then moves to coffee with a slight caramel finish. The mouthfeel is overcarbed and burns slightly. Overall a decent oatmeal stout.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2011 23:12:35 | More by csiewert
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Mississipping

Mississippi

4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2011 14:51:53 | More by Mississipping
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trappistlover

Arizona

3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(12oz bottle). Pours dark brown with khaki head. Aroma of cocoa, dark fruit and caramel. Also, a little roasty coffee notes. Taste is sweet with a little roasted bitterness. Thin to medium bodied with a creamy texture and slightly bitter finish. This is a nice stout and one that I would gladly have again.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2011 04:31:18 | More by trappistlover
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chickencoop

California

4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
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!!

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 06:00:57 | More by chickencoop
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sulldaddy

Connecticut

4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2011 05:02:29 | More by sulldaddy
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 19:46:17 | More by Kegatron
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midwestbrewers

Kansas

4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
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!!!

Serving type: on-tap

12-22-2010 01:22:41 | More by midwestbrewers
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SuperNova777

Indiana

3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
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
back.

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2010 19:20:11 | More by SuperNova777
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-11-2010 23:52:37 | More by Thorpe429
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crusian

Oregon

4.63/5  rDev +20.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2010 20:21:05 | More by crusian
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Ineedabeerhere

Rhode Island

3.55/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2010 01:57:04 | More by Ineedabeerhere
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best by 3rd week of December, 2010.

Pours near black, with brown around the edges. Nice puffy tan head adorns, dissipates to a nice little film that laces significantly.

Aroma is decent, but faint. Roasted malts, maybe even a little nutty.

Definitely can taste the oats. Theres a smidge of hop bitterness, but majority is nice roasted malts. There is a slight coffee taste that comes through on the finish.

Feel is medium to full bodied, with minimal carbonation. There is some creaminess, lending it very smooth.

This is definitely a sold, above average Oatmeal Stout, with a well above average drinkability to go with it.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2010 00:18:05 | More by EgadBananas
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bfields4

Colorado

3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with a hint of amber. Nice mocha head too.

The smell is mostly oats with a touch of dark chocolate. There is a faint coffee presence as well.

The bitter coffee and slight hop taste give a more bitter take on the style, but it also has a nice oat backbone to give it a little complexity.

Very smooth body maybe a touch too much carbonation. Very drinkable light oatmeal stout. I'm really glad these guys are finally bottling.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2010 05:59:25 | More by bfields4
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busternuggz

California

3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-10-2010 14:33:36 | More by busternuggz
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eclaycamp

Kansas

3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Free State is a local beerpub based out of Lawrence, KS. For the longest time their beers have only been available either at the brewpub or via growler. Recently, however, they've begun bottling their beer (finally) and making it available for purchase, albeit on a very limited basis.

Stouts for summer. Why not? While lots of folks are reaching for a pilsner or pale ale, I figured I'd go the opposite direction, drinking some stouts, which I usually prefer to have in the dead of winter.

12 ounce bottle. Pouring the beer it looks reminiscent of cola, with a nicely building sudsy tan head. You have to pour this beer somewhat aggressively to get any kind of head out of it. You can really smell the oatmeal in the nose, with some chocolate and burnt molasses. The flavor to this beer is an explosion. The first taste is amazing, with lots of bittersweet chocolate, roasted oatmeal, and caramel sweetness coming through. There's some hints of coffee here, though they are muted. The hops profile also adds a light fruitiness to the whole affair. Light mouthfeel, not creamy or thick, but drinkable in it's own way. Honestly, for my money it's right up there with Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout as one of the best examples of the style you can find.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2010 23:19:07 | More by eclaycamp
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Reaper16

Alabama

4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
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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acelin

Kansas

4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Serving type: growler

01-28-2010 22:49:22 | More by acelin
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rye726

Colorado

3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2009 05:37:47 | More by rye726
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zeff80

Missouri

3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-20-2009 00:29:07 | More by zeff80
Oatmeal Stout from Free State Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.