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Oatmeal Stout - Free State Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 70
Hads: 206
Avg: 3.82
pDev: 20.16%
Wants: 13
Gots: 28 | 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: 70 | Hads: 206
Photo of Boto
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Draught @ Free State: This one pours a very dark, fairly opaque brown with a tan head. It did leave some lacing down the glass. The aroma was somewhat milder. There are hints of roasted malt and chocolate to the nose. The taste is very smooth, with some roastiness and chocolate. A nice stout.

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Photo of trappistlover
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of csiewert
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of eclaycamp
3.88/5  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.

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Photo of Goliath
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.88/5  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!

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A good oatmeal stout, but not great.

Head is lacking, but could be due to the glasses they use.

Color is typical stout with roasted malted aroma, but not strong.

Sweet undertones in the taste, but the oatmeal roast category overcomes it. It could use some more stout properties, i.e. roasted malt.


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Photo of BobZ
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

12oz. Bottle poured into a pint glass. An extra courtesy of GHB.

Appearance: Dark brown with a nice tan head of about 1" that sticks around with some nice lacing.

Smell: Mild coffee and chocolate on the nose.

Taste: Coffee up front with some bitter chocolate on the finish, maybe a hint of toffee but overall a pleasant bitterness dominates from the combination of the roasted malt and hops.

Mouthfeel: Relatively thin on the palate, maybe just a little too thin for an oatmeal stout.

Overall: There are really some nice flavors here; however, the lightness of the body keeps this beer from being as good as it could be.

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Photo of Tone
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color. 2/3 inch head of an off-tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of oatmeal, slight dry hop, sweet malt, pale malt, hint of roasted malt, and a hint of alcohol. Fits the style of an Oatmeal Stout. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of oatmeal, slight sweet malt, hint of roasted malt, hops, and slight pale malt. Overall, good appearance, aroma, and feel.

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Photo of MTNboy
3.82/5  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.

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Photo of scratch69
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of TCMike
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown color. Produced a 1 finger beige head, which dissipated quickly.

The smell was of malt, chocolate, oatmeal cookies.

The taste was of malts, oatmeal, and light chocolate. A slight bitterness finishes the drink.

Nice, easy drinking.

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Photo of bfields4
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of rye726
3.8/5  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.

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Photo of TheCondor
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The second in an installment of beers I got in exchange for some jalapeno poppers at a party at my neighbors house. Side poured with standard vigor from the bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance - Standard oatmeal stout appearance, which means amazing. Pours a dark black color with a thin caramel head that dissipates relatively quickly, but leaves just a trace of lacing on the glass. Pretty standard Free State packaging, as soon as you see this beer you know it is from Free State.

Smell - A bit of coffee, some chocolate, touch of molasses and some creaminess. Pretty subdued nose.

Taste - Much more pronounced than the nose, although the same flavors are present. The creaminess is amazing, with chocolate, roasted malts, and coffee flavors balanced by just a bit of bitter hops.

Mouthfeel - This is probably my favorite part of the beer, given its thick creamy nature, smooth finish, and easy drinkability. Very nicely done, feels a lot more expensive on the palate.

Overall - This is a pretty good beer! Condor recommended and approved. For the price it is hard to beat, especially from such a small brewery. Give this a try, you wont be disappointed.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Charred coffee bean brown with tiny, gem-like ruby highlights indicating various lights inside the brewpub. The beige cap was small to start, lasted for a bit and deposited nearly solid sheets of lace between the concentric rings that marched down the glass with drinking.

The nose was less than bold. It featured roasted malt and a whiff of fruity hops. Part of its reticence may have been the beer's temperature. Both of my selections yesterday were colder than I would have preferred when they reached my table.

When beer first hit taste buds, I thought 'eh, just another routine oatmeal stout'. By the finish of that first mouthful, I had changed my mind. The usual flavors of bittersweet chocolate and black coffee were assisted by dark caramel, sugared vanilla bean and more hops than expected. Actually, it tasted like cocoa nibs had been used, but I doubt it.

With a bigger body, the flavor profile, which was already broad, would probably have been deeper. Warming showed me that potential. From a hophead's perspective, 40 IBUs worth of Northern Brewer and Fuggles is the (not so secret) ingredient that makes Oatmeal Stout go.

I hate it when I drink a good stout that could have been a great stout if only it was a bigger stout. This one was porter-like at best and was slightly too carbonated. With more girth, the final three scores might have been one notch higher. I was hoping for soft and creamy and didn't get it.

Both of the Free State Brewing Company beers that I drank with my lunch yesterday have potential. They're already good, but they need more ingredients (especially more malt) in order to be memorable. Although Oatmeal Stout wasn't quite good enough to warrant a growler purchase, I'll probably order it again if I ever make it back to Lawrence.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle received in trade from Bigtreebrewing, thanks for the opportunity.
Solid dark brown color with faint ruby at the edges and a smallish khaki head the slowly dissipates. Chocolate and caramel maltiness with a hint of roast. Creamy silky mouthfeel. Nice beer, could maybe use a hint more roastiness though.

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Photo of JCDenver
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of HaysAmerica
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a tulip glass. No bottling date but it does have a best by date of month 8, week 4. Has a nice light tan head w/ fantastic lacing down the glass as it goes down pretty easy too. The color it the typical black/opaque color we've all come to expect.

The nose of this local brew encompasses chocolate malt, some charred malt, chocolate powder, oats are minimal, and coffee as well. Overall, a somewhat restrained nose. I was surprised by this, even when warm it didn't really develop much in the was of aromatics.

Taste is pretty typical. Decently smooth, nothing too exceptional. Coffee/chocolate powder in the middle w/ a dry mild finish. Some herbal hops coming in on the back of this. A pretty middle of the road oatmeal stout.

Mouthfeel is ok. Has a medium body. Not as smooth as I'd like or hope for. Better then your typical stout w/ a pretty decent dry finish. Drinkability clocks in around medium. I'd really like to see more oats in the taste and a little less hops. Just not quite as smooth as I'd like from an oatmeal stout. Worth picking up but not something I'd hunt down though. Prosit!

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Photo of Deuane
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Dark brown with ruby highlights. Thin tan head held on and reduced to leave nice lace.

S-Light roasted malts and a bit of hop spiciness....but nothing strong.

T-Dark roasty malts mixed nicely with chocolate and coffee. Flavours became much more pronounced as this warmed after serving.

M-Medium body but a bit lacking on the smooth, creamy feel I was hoping for.

D-Decent but this would be served better on nitro. A bit more body umph couldn't hurt either. Not bad but this place has better offerings.

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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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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 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 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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Oatmeal Stout from Free State Brewing Co.
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