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Oatmeal Stout - Free State Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

156 Ratings
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Ratings: 156
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.99%
Wants: 13
Gots: 10 | 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: 156 | Reviews: 66 | Display Reviews Only:
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JSchock7

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

06-06-2012 01:06:28 | More by dubmax
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Ash

Missouri

4/5  rDev +4.7%

04-25-2012 19:59:05 | More by Ash
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fiedler84

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.7%

04-24-2012 03:03:30 | More by fiedler84
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swaghawk

Kansas

4/5  rDev +4.7%

04-18-2012 05:28:11 | More by swaghawk
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coachdonovan

Rhode Island

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

04-16-2012 17:53:56 | More by coachdonovan
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Jayschool

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

04-05-2012 23:43:54 | More by Jayschool
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muchloveforhops3

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

04-04-2012 22:33:56 | More by muchloveforhops3
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Dope

Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev -3.1%

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.

03-05-2012 05:51:13 | More by Dope
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KansasBeerLover

Kansas

4/5  rDev +4.7%

02-26-2012 02:16:47 | More by KansasBeerLover
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jrenn

Kansas

4/5  rDev +4.7%

02-19-2012 21:12:47 | More by jrenn
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scratch69

Missouri

3.83/5  rDev +0.3%

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Dark brown with a fingers worth of tan head
that disappeared pretty quickly. Fair amount of lacing.

Smell- Roasted malt with a slightly sweet aroma.

Taste- Roasted malt with a mellow bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied and silky. Decent amount of carbonation.

Overall- Decent enough but not my favorite stout.

02-19-2012 02:48:18 | More by scratch69
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jwmarcum

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

02-15-2012 21:20:07 | More by jwmarcum
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hopfacebrew

Colorado

3.98/5  rDev +4.2%

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 ;)

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

Germany

3.83/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

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

Montana

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

01-16-2012 05:15:14 | More by Huffaroma
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rjs

Missouri

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
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SirPlunkett

Kansas

2/5  rDev -47.6%

01-05-2012 23:26:56 | More by SirPlunkett
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twiggamortis420

Texas

4.03/5  rDev +5.5%

12 oz bottle with best by notches of Feb, second month...2012 I hope! Pours a pretty deep shade of black with a small cap of light brown head. Retention and lacing are both average.

Nose is sweet and roasty, just like a good oatmeal stout should. Clean and low on the hops with a nice cereal grain kick to it.

Taste is a little less sweet than it smells with a rich, roasty-caramel malt profile. Oats dont go as thick and creamy as some of the style, but it is barely full enough and is indeed pretty silky. Touch of fruitiness in there from the yeast and overall is pretty fun to drink. Id say this is a darn good oaty stout, but not in the top tier for the style. If it were available here, Id probably buy 2 or 3 sixers a year…especially considering the lack of representatives in the category sold in TX.

12-31-2011 21:05:46 | More by twiggamortis420
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Jtthegreat

Colorado

3.58/5  rDev -6.3%

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.

12-30-2011 02:48:06 | More by Jtthegreat
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Grebdioz

Texas

4/5  rDev +4.7%

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

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

12-27-2011 21:48:37 | More by MilwaukeeCrusher
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zhanson88

California

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
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campofapproval

Kansas

4/5  rDev +4.7%

12-20-2011 20:58:44 | More by campofapproval
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goates

Kansas

5/5  rDev +30.9%

12-10-2011 00:49:26 | More by goates
Oatmeal Stout from Free State Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 156 ratings.