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Great Lakes Ohio City Oatmeal Stout - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Great Lakes Ohio City Oatmeal Stout
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BA SCORE
88
very good

87 Ratings
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Ratings: 87
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 9.9%
Wants: 7
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co. visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: aaronh on 02-03-2003)
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Photo of rhoadsrage
2.98/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

(Served in a nonic)

A- This beer has a black body that is very dense and a light creamy tan head that last for a minute never to be seen again.

S- The smell of earthy black malt is very light and only comes through after a heavy sip.

T- The big taste of coffee roasted malt flavor has a slight dark cola note to it with a clean open finish. There is a very light hint of malt bitterness that hangs on the tongue but only for a split second.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a watery texture.

D- This beer is very light and soft with more black lager qualities than oatmeal stout flavors. I didn't get any slipperiness in texture or oatmeal flavor at all. Everything that the blackout stout is this one is not.

rhoadsrage, May 01, 2007
Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -23.9%

ejimhof, Apr 04, 2013
Photo of Amish_Ambush
3.13/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Original Review: 09-24-2006

Notes: The body was thin, even for an oatmeal stout. Slight toastiness in the aroma but that was about it. Tasting notes include dark malt and just a hint of oatmeal.

Comments: This was just a mediocre offering. I love oatmeal stouts but this one did not love me back.

Amish_Ambush, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of Bung
3.28/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Tap at Duckworths. Cola black pour, layer of tan with some bubbles within. Some minimal lacing.

Aroma, roast malt, milder coffee dark chocolate and milder yet anise.

Taste, definetely some oats upfront, along with a tad bit of peanut and cardboard. Nice light chocolates. Some mineral water. Very light coffee and roast in the finish.

A tad thin, a tad high carbonation, may be more a result of the establishment. Very easy drinker. Session type stout as I imagine it was intended. Not sure where the ratings anywhere near 4 could be coming from.

Bung, Aug 06, 2013
Photo of BeerBelcher
3.28/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice, but light. More like a Baltic Porter to me than a sweet stout. I didn't get a lot of those sweet, full milk sugar notes (maltose, lactose, etc) that I associate with this style. Way less chocolate-milk-y than I thought. However, the beer was quite roasty, light and dry. I liked it, it just wasn't what I was expecting and frankly not as advertised. Body was a red-black, head was decent, aroma was very faint, and flavor as described above.

Not bad, just not terrific. I had this on-site at GLBC in Cleveland.

BeerBelcher, Jan 10, 2010
Photo of Mantooth
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Mantooth, Aug 02, 2013
Photo of qcbrewer
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

qcbrewer, Jul 17, 2014
Photo of JDizzle
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

JDizzle, Mar 21, 2013
Photo of IrishColonial
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

IrishColonial, Apr 27, 2013
Photo of Ellbert
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance was great... A nice dark stout with a beautiful head. Has the cascading effect... very nice.

Smell: Smell was good... very clean and a little roasty.

Taste: A little bland but very smooth

Mouthfeel: Very smooth as I have mention... Nice and thick... A decent amount of carbonation.

A good Stout but a little bland

Ellbert, Oct 07, 2003
Photo of OleDixie
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

OleDixie, Oct 30, 2014
Photo of ajzy
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

ajzy, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of BigGingDrinker
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

BigGingDrinker, Jan 03, 2014
Photo of Nutwood
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Nutwood, Apr 17, 2013
Photo of Sturmthis
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Sturmthis, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of cabsandking
3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark brown with a thin but heavy tan head. Nutty smoked malts in the nose. Taste reflects to the nose with its mild roasted, earthy nuts and barley. Slight citrus and sour notes in the background. The finish is dry and of wheat crackers. Thin to medium body and with an nice smooth slightly creamy mouth.

cabsandking, Oct 12, 2006
Photo of mgbickel
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Great Lakes Brewery. Served in a standard pint glass. The pour yielded a single finger of almond colored head. The foam receded quickly, leaving very little lace behind. The body is dark brown edging on black.

The nose has coffee beans and roasted malts up front. You can pick up a bitter, chocolate character in the background.

The flavors follow right in line with the nose. Starts off with cream and weak coffee. The roasted malts kick in toward the center and finish out the drink. Not as bold flavored as I would expect/prefer.

The mouth feel is medium and creamy, but still a little watery. Mild carbonation.

Drinkable and tasty, but I would rather have and EF Porter. Worth a try if you stop by the pub!

mgbickel, Jun 25, 2010
Photo of jampics2
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Growler filled at the brewery on Christmas Eve. I stopped in to get one of these and a growler of the Wright Pils only to find out they were out of the Pils. So, I got 2 growlers of this and it became my session beer for a few long holiday days!

Looks great. Dark black with small head. Looks nice in my pint glass!

Smell is roasted malt and a touch of chocolate.

Taste follows the smell with a nice roasty taste that hints at coffee and chocolate. Bitterness is mild and this has a crisp element to it. A bit lighter and no real perceptible effects from the oats.

Mouthfeel is average at best. Now, I know this is brewed in a more traditional angle that the more extreme beers of today, and I know this is a sessionable low ABV stout. But I wanted just a bit more silky and dense mouthfeel. I guess it's a trade-off with the drinkability though, which scores super high due to the refreshing and satisfying taste.

Glad I got to enjoy this over the holidays. Certainly one of the better low ABV stouts I've ever had.

jampics2, Jan 05, 2010
Photo of dbrauneis
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at Great Lakes Brewing Co (CLE Airport location) in Cleveland, OH

A: Pours an opaque very dark amber (almost black) in color with light amounts of gentle carbonation and a light amount of brown highlights. The beer has a finger tall frothy tan head that slowly reduces to a medium patch of thick film and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of roasted malts, coffee beans, and just a touch of chocolate.

T: Light to moderate flavors of roasted malts with some light notes of chocolate and coffee. There is a light presence of oats and just a touch of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin for the style but still creamy.

O: I was actually a little disappointed in this beer - the rest of the beers that I have tried from the brewery have been really good and this one is just mediocre in my opinion. Easy to drink but really nothing stands out about it.

dbrauneis, Mar 08, 2013
Photo of ken3c
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark with hints of red. Very fine nitro bubbles.

There is a faint smell of roasted barley at first but it grows in strength as the nitro bubbles off.

Sweat taste and also roasted malt. Astringent in the finish.

Smooth and creamy. medium body.

Quite yummy, but I'm starting to not like nitro. It looks great but I'd rather have better aroma and taste.

ken3c, Dec 03, 2004
Photo of aaronh
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Smokin' Joe's in Pittsburgh.

Dark brown beer pours with a tan head that shows great retention. A nice lace is left on the glass. Oatmeal and sweet chocolate dominate the aroma. Taste is of roasted malt, nuts, and raisins. Some sweetness is evident with a well balanced bitterness on the finish. Mouthfeel is very smooth, and the drinkability is good. A decent beer form Great Lakes, but definitely not their best.

aaronh, Feb 03, 2003
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Great Lakes : Ohio City Oatmeal Stout

Look: Pours a dark opaque brown. Retention ok, off white head. No real lace to speak of, looks fairly simple.

SMELL: Roast, smoke, somewhat meaty. Malty, nutty and chocolatey.

Taste: Coffee, roasted malt, mild vanilla and cocoa. Pronounced oatmeal like flavor. Mild herbal hop character. Agreeable and session able ale, I found that one was not enough and had a second pint. Solid roasty American stout with black malt flavor.

FEEL: Medium bodied, smooth and well carbonated. Oats doing their work here to smooth out the brew.

Overall: A tasty oatmeal stout. One I could easily have a few of. The oatmeal was present in the flavor and could remind the casual drinker of a hearty breakfast.

Stinkypuss, May 31, 2013
Photo of Wildman
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

At the brewpub:

This beer poured a very dark color, almost black. It formed a medium tan foamy head that left circular lace as it subsided. An aroma of malt, chocolate and some wood aspects. The flavor was of malt and chocolate. It had a medium body and was slightly astringent, yet bitter in the finish.

Wildman, Apr 13, 2008
Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

BuckeyeSlim, May 12, 2013
Photo of Dduquette
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Dduquette, May 02, 2013
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Great Lakes Ohio City Oatmeal Stout from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.