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Tröegs Oatmeal Stout - Tröegs Brewing Company

Tröegs Oatmeal StoutTröegs Oatmeal Stout

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Ratings: 206
Reviews: 196
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 7.93%

Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: pezoids on 06-11-2002)
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Photo of akorsak


4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The ale is black in color with a small ring of white head. The stout laces very nicely as it is consumed.

S: The stout has a heavy roasted malt aroma that is paired nicely with a bit of lactose-like oat sweetness.

T: The stout has a slightly bitter, coffee-like taste on first sip, clearly establishing the roasted malts. As the bitterness starts to fade, an oatmeal sweetness begins to emerge, giving the stout a deeper flavor that borders on chewy. The sweetness is replaced in the finish by a drier, almost irish stout quality.

M: There is a lot going on in this beer, giving the palate many different flavors to enjoy.

D: Very drinkable, this stout is even better on tap. As it is now available at the brewery, I highly recommend it.

Serving type: on-tap

10-12-2006 12:59:32 | More by akorsak
Photo of jcdiflorio

West Virginia

4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours very dark guiness like creamy light tan head. looks very tempting for stout lovers like me.Has a roasted coffee smell even an oaty smell.Tasted burnt,coffee like, malty.Kind of chewey mouthfeel very nice malty mouthfeel real clean crisp finish. Very nice balance of hops and malts in the finish good sharp hop finish.Very refreshing for a stout. A must try.

Serving type: on-tap

09-09-2006 03:05:01 | More by jcdiflorio
Photo of egajdzis


3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a brown color, not opaque with a small tan head that left nice lacing. Had a roasted hop aroma that also had some chocolate included there. It had tastes of chocolate, coffee, some hops and roasted malts and a creamy mouthfeel. Hops were very noticable in this one, and I like hops!

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2006 12:52:18 | More by egajdzis
Photo of Foxman

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It came to me an almost featureless dense brown, maybe even black, but for some light-driven mahogany at the margins. A finger of light tan head ebbed soon to a pithy vellum. A small measure of fine lacing graced the inside of the glass.

The aroma was a bit thinner than I anticipated, but I could note the bittersweet earthiness of roasted malt, along with dark chocolate, weak coffee, some sloe fruit, and the merest dry glint of oats.

Upon sipping, a glut of flavor kicked off with the sweetness of roasted malt, accompanied by dark chocolate and burnt sugar bitterness. This segued into a hop-driven bitterness that provided a further transition into caramel and biscuit notes, followed soon by a dusty oatmeal character that began lightly sweet then dried quenchingly to a earthy tanginess. A dark black coffee bitterness lingered plesantly at the finish. The flavor was wonderfully full and complex, but never a chore.

Medium bodied, the slickness of the malt coats, but is offset artfully by the dry oatmeal and bitter hops to leave a fine memory.

It looks pretty, and smells nice, but my word, the flavor is a burst of dark, down to earth, yet enjoyably zesty flavor elements. It's quenching, refreshing, and full and filling all at the same time. I'll confess, I am a fan of the style, but until this one I'd never had anything that compared to the Samuel Smith standard. Well, this is blissfully drinkable and thick with great flavor , and I can't think of many better traits to have. For whatever reason, this is the first time I've had it. Rest assured, I'll be having it again, very soon.

Serving type: on-tap

05-01-2006 19:09:15 | More by Foxman
Photo of Fish113d


4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

*served on-tap, chilled into a pint glass.

Pours w/ a nice brown, wheat colored head; 1/2" of sticky surface layer. Dark black body w/ no light getting through it.

Aroma is of sweet toffee on the nose with lots of hops and a slight oatmeal, grain. Not complex, but yummy smelling!

Sipping, it is slightly of roasty malt with some bitter coffee flavors. Lots of bitter hops hit my palate also, leading to a grainy oat finish- very sticky feel. The toffee originally not really tasted, came out and became sweet as it warmed.

Full-body feel with some slight carbonation that doesn't overwhelm the senses. Nicely balance brew. Suprisingly absent of alcohol considering it is 7%! This would be dangerous!

Overall, a very dangerous brew. Yummy enough to drink a crapload of, but dangerous enough due to the fact taht you can't detect the alcohol...happy drinking!

Serving type: on-tap

02-28-2006 01:02:47 | More by Fish113d
Photo of Dithyramb


4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was presented in an imperial pint glass at the Owl Bar in Baltimore.
Poured a pitch black, with virtually no light shining through. Fluffy brown head with tight lacing.
Aromas of espresso and rich malt
Flavors of thick, milk chocolate malt flavor with just the right amount of hop bitterness. You could pour this into a mug and tell someone that it is chilled coffee and cream. Mmm, it is just perfect for the style.
Medium bodied, creamy, and very tasty
I will be having quite a few, granted that they keep showing up in more local watering holes.

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2005 17:31:55 | More by Dithyramb
Photo of wbickerton


4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught. I picked up this keg at Vecenie’s Distributing Company in Millvale. It has a slight aroma of chocolate and hints of coffee. This stout is very dark (opaque mahogany) with a very tight frothy head, which is the color of oatmeal (tan to light brown). The head is somewhat lasting, but there is always a skim of froth on this beer. The taste is complex, but I mostly notice the flavor of bittersweet chocolate and a slight taste of coffee. If you sip the frothy head when you first pour it, it tastes like chocolate mousse. It has a medium to full-bodied feel on the palate. Troegs website lists the beer at 6.8% ABV, which does warm your stomach; but the alcohol does not overpower this beer. I don’t know if it’s the beer or the freshness, but I like this stout better than Rogue’s Shakespeare Stout. Stouts are quickly becoming one of my favorite beers, and this stout is well worth seeking if you enjoy stouts.

Serving type: on-tap

11-13-2004 04:34:38 | More by wbickerton
Photo of GeoffFromSJ

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured nice and dark with a good head which went down to a minimal lace. It has a very nice roasted taste, while still remaining very smooth. The roasted taste does not overpower as some stouts do. This makes this stout very drinkable and well worth the try.

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2004 14:29:47 | More by GeoffFromSJ
Photo of ChrisBowers


4.83/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this both on tap and cask conditioned, both were exceptional. Pours almost black with a huge caramel colored head. Strong aromas of chocolate, coffee and maybe a hint of brandy. Taste is bold, with espresso and bitersweet chocolate dominating. It is incredibly smooth drinking with a warming aftertaste. Nice think mouthfeel, lets you keep it in there and savor it for a few seconds. I have not had this in bottles. The cask has very similar characteristics, but the dominant flavors are a bit more definied and developed.

Serving type: on-tap

12-15-2003 22:08:10 | More by ChrisBowers
Photo of porter17

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured out nicely, with a strong head and thick aroma. My first impression was not overwhlemingly favorable when it came to taste. Slightly bitter and full of bite--not what I look for in an oatmeal stout. Yes, the high ABV added some ooomfff to the libation, creating much of bitterness rather than our dear friend, Mr. Hops. Taking this into consideration, I did give a nod to the beer and found that by the end of my pint, that the beer had its merit. Though dirven beyond the bounds of the traditional oatmeal stout, the basics of this beer keep it classified as such. A favorite of mine? Far from it. But a nice entry into the beer world.

Serving type: on-tap

02-24-2003 18:07:17 | More by porter17
Photo of frank4sail

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black opeque look. Big bubbles pervade the frothy tan head. The head creates a persistant lace. Thick fuller mouth with a smooth richness. Roast malt is the constant base to the brew. There is a sharp hop finish that helps the sweet roasty brew along. The brew is a solid one, but it did not blow my socks off with complexity.

Serving type: on-tap

01-24-2003 12:42:10 | More by frank4sail
Photo of Maestro


4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I went to the brewery and had some of the first 2002 batch of oatmeal stout. Wow! This is by far the best offering from Troegs. I am not big into oatmeal stouts but I loved this particular rendition. The nose was quite mellow with a light toasty scent. The head was very thick and dark brown. The beer was a true meal in itself. Very chewy and filling. At 7% it is not a session beer but quite a great beer to warm you up and bring good cheer. Awesome selection!

Serving type: on-tap

09-28-2002 13:05:26 | More by Maestro
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

sent to me as a novelty extra as i love older and retired beers, i was glad to see another one holding up well

completely opaque liquid coming forward in front of me. Rich dark brown notes, with a good sized head of maybe an inch in height coming over the top of it. Nice settling left behind a thin layer and a good amount of side glass lace.

The aroma was your typical oatmeal stout, though a touch more bitter then what I was expecting. Nice notes of lactose, chocolate and vinous hops. Some light grain notes as well in the finish. Rich, though not terribly filling. Lots of burnt and roasted malt flavors in here. Not as sweet as the aroma would have led me to believe it would have been, still though very solid in both bitterness and malt profile. little thin but no oxidation and i think it help up nicely.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2011 21:39:24 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of Deuane


4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage bottle from 8/17/2006--let us see how this one is hlding up.

A-Deep brown/black with dark ruby highlights. A medium dark tan head reduces to a thin veil and leaves spotty lace.

S-Dark roasted malts with a healthy dose of chocolate and a touch of licorice and even a little smoke.

T-Rich and roasty with a ton of dark chocolate. Nice supporting grain feels almost palpable. A touch of spicy/earthy bitterness in the finish.

M-Medium bodied with a oh so smooth, velevty feel. This one lingers nice and long on the palate.

D-Still holding it's own after nearly three years! A really nicely done beer that for it's price point was quite a bargain. This is the kind of beer you should have on hand at all times! Now, if the Brother's would only bring it back!

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2009 00:14:03 | More by Deuane
Photo of ClockworkOrange


3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Let's see how this one is doing. My last sixer is now one lighter. 12 ounce'er bottled on 8/17/06 and poured into my Ithaca shaker glass. The stout appears a translucent dark brown color with at least two fingers of dense ecru colored foam. The head settles to a half inch thick ring within a few minutes, leaving behind a thin lace on my glass as I sip my way to the bottom. Smells and tastes of sweet caramel, milk chocolate, medium roasted grain, toasty brown bread, more caramel, still a noticeable amount of bitter grassy hops. Dark chocolate, mocha, and sweet dates come forward as the stout warms. Mouthfeel is a tad thin for an oatmeal stout, but there is still an ample amount of carbonation. Overall, a very nice beer that needs to be brought back into rotation.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2009 15:41:48 | More by ClockworkOrange
Photo of ffejherb


4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2006 bottle, courtesy of Deuane. Poured into shaker pint glass on 9/23/08. Giddyup!

A - Black body with hazelnut accents and thin, creamy tan head that receded into patchy film and spotty lacing.

S - Roasted malts and plenty of chocolate in the nose with just a touch of black licorice and toasted oats and grains.

T - Lots of dark chocolate flavor, flaked oats, caramel malt and some earthy bitterness. This drinks like a milkshake!

M - Smooth, creamy texture with pretty lively carbonation for an oatmeal stout. Luscious, velvety mouthfeel, yet chewy and quite thick. Finish is bittersweet on the palate.

D - What a nice blast from the past! This has aged well and it is still as good as I remember it. Big thanks to Deuane for parting with one of these gems so I could review it.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2008 16:30:26 | More by ffejherb
Photo of flexabull


4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of warriorsoul, thanks again!

Beer pours a dark flat black color with a tan head.

Aromas are subtle, of sweet milk chocolate, oats, dark sugars, and roasted malts.

Taste is dry, mineral like, a bit bitter, with a hint of dark cocoa. There is a clean and crisp oat flavor, and a hint of cola. Nice flavors, a bit lighter than a lot of other oatmeal stouts I have tried though.

Mouthfeel is ok, a bit thin for the style in my opinion though.

Drinkability is quite good. Not a lot of huge flavors or aromas, but this is tasty enough, and really easy to sip. I glad a got a chance to try this.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2008 02:41:20 | More by flexabull
Photo of KarlHungus


3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to MuenchenerKindl for this one. It pours a very dark brown, almost black color. The head is one inch in height, and tan in color. It recedes slowly into a quarter inch of lacing that lasts until the beer is gone. The aroma is of graham cracker, vanilla, and cocoa powder. The taste is like the aroma, but with a little more cocoa. It is a very nice flavor, but it seems to disappear very quickly. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a pretty high level of carbonation for a stout. Overall, this is a nice oatmeal stout, but it is not quite as hardy in both flavor and mouthfeel for my liking. I could enjoy drinking this beer again, but there are better out there.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2008 22:21:54 | More by KarlHungus


4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I do like stouts with a little head, and this one has it big time. Three fingers of foamy dark tan head with nice staying power. Leaves fat clingy lace. Body is a pitch blackness as it should be. Nose is a rich spicey zest of peppery hops and nutty mineral malts. A long rich creamyness flows all over the tongue quickly waking the taste buds to a chocolatey carmelized malt feel that is very toffee like. The way it balances out reminds mo of a very good scotch ale. A soft smokey bitter survives on the tongue to kick off a fuzzy dark chocolate mouthfeel. A wonderfully smooth drinking oatmeal stout that represents the style well and shows great craftmenship. They really must make this one again.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2008 21:52:38 | More by SPLITGRIN
Photo of GClarkage


4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

02/01/08- Received as a gift from BA member Talisker.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no freshness info on the label. Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance- Deep brown pour with a larger bubbled off white thick one inch plus head. Lacing is evident from small chunks and lave trails.

Smell- Lots of sweetness from chocolate malt, a touch of coffee grounds and a base of mildly burnt caramel malt.

Taste- All the flavors a good oatmeal stout should have. Deep roasted malted taste with a batch of mid-dark chocolate to back it up. Mild coffee notes hidden beneath the chocolate. Rich and caramely. Mild hops finish it off.

Mouthfeel- To carbonated to be a a perfect stout, but not off the chart. Mild bitter chocolaty-hop aftertaste. A bit creamy as well.

Drinkability- Very nice oatmeal stout here. Would have this again in a heartbeat.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2008 16:38:03 | More by GClarkage
Photo of johnnnniee

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a solid black with a tan head that leaves some lacing on the way down the glass. Aroma is malty with some caramel and coffee mixed together with a little fruit. Taste is a creamy coffee with some fruits and a citrus hop bite at the end. Medium body and mouthfeel. Very easy drinker, I could not notice the alcohol. Great brew, I hope its not really retired because I'd love to enjoy this again.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2008 23:40:32 | More by johnnnniee
Photo of imasickboy


3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a thick, really dark brownish black. Much darker than the bottle itself. Very dense, tan head, with no dissipation. The final drops from te bottle beaded on top of the head, sitting there for a minute before seeping through. Very cool!

Strong malt aroma, coffee primarily, with a hint of caramel. No hop aroma.

Thick and bitter in the mouth. Almost chewable.

Tastes of bitter molasses, chocolate, and strongly of coffee. Aftertaste is the same.

Left a picture perfect lacing.

Drinking just one made me feel fat. Good beer, but not really for me.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2007 01:06:11 | More by imasickboy
Photo of Slatetank


3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured cool into a Guinness pint glass.
A - Deep walnut brown w/ garnet highlights and a thin 1 finger band of tan. The head is made up of very compact bubbles that leave a thick ring of lace.

S - Fruity and intense w/ a coffee-like roastiness, minor dark bread notes and a whiff of chocolate, but an estery ale scent is the dominant odor.

M - Full, rich, dry and roasted feel that borders on creamy and burnt simultaneously with a very faint bitterness from malt and hops.

T - The taste is deeply roasted w/ a burnt taste like French roast coffee. Very smooth tastes of caramel and dark sugar with charred malt and creamy tastes w/ the fullness of oatmeal. The sweetness is restrained, but still there hanging in the background w/ a slightly piney hop taste. The nutty dryness is in full effect sometimes chalky w/ a similar flavor to lightly burned popcorn. The taste goes from sweet to dark coffee w/ a dry finish making you come back for more.

D - A good oatmeal stout w/ a crisp slightly burnt taste. Nice hops and mouthfeel except for a tinge too much of char in the malt. Basically well balanced and quaffable.

2nd review bottle tasted 6-29-09
4 - A, 4 - S, 4-M , 3.5-T, 4.5-D
A - Deep walnut brown w/ a beige cap of about 1 1/2 fingers light lacing collects and the beer appears mostly opaque as the head is rocky

S - Roasty coffee and notes of roasted nuts blend w/ light sweet esters

M - Roasty yet sweet w/ spice from hops and roast that lingers after the finish. Full feel chewy and balance malt w/ spice from hops

T - A nice smooth flavor surprising how rich after two years in the bottle, but a sweet note is overpowered slightly by the roasted barley a full bitter accent from the pine flavored hops which balances the sweet and roasted elements of the malt

D - A very tasty oatmeal w/ slightly less creamy qualities than others but one of the best I have had, full of flavor w/ very balanced, less sweet and complexity from dark roasted malt and american hops

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2007 17:48:37 | More by Slatetank
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4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Into a Guinness glass, pours pretty much solid black, a small light tan head shrinking to a thin film, slight but thick lacing. The aroma is not overly expressive, but a nice combo of darkly roasted malt, ground coffee bean, and a bit of bittersweet chocolate, with the slightest of leafy hop produced by a rough swirl.

The taste is pretty good, more bittersweet chocolate, some bitter, roasted malting, roasted coffee bean, And if I'm actually sensing this, the hop profile seems to switch to a fruitier character, just the slightest citrus squeaking in.

The mouth is pretty solid, good body, nicely carbonated, pretty much a solidly good beer. I'd usually rather have a normal stout, or a double or RIS for that matter, but this is a very good rendition of the style. Much thanks to MuenchenerKindl

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2007 02:10:02 | More by objectivemonkey
Photo of BeerTruth


4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to limesmut for another good one.

Poured this one into a nonic.

My first Troegs brew ever, let the games begin. Pours an absolute black, nothing more, nothing less. Very nice two finger dark khaki colored head that takes a while to die down to a half finger throughout the rest of the tasting. Sticks all over the place, it aint lettin' go. First smell I get is dark chocolate then follows the smooth caramel malt with a nice hint of toasted oatmel. Taste is so sweet and coffee like. Ends with a rich nutty malt flavoring. Mouthfeel is medium with no carbonation. Very creamy in the mouth. Definitely enjoyed this as my first Troegs beer, look forward to everything else they have to offer coughcough*nuggetnectar*coughcough

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2007 00:29:26 | More by BeerTruth
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Tröegs Oatmeal Stout from Tröegs Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 206 ratings.