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

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Great Lakes Ohio City Oatmeal StoutGreat Lakes Ohio City Oatmeal Stout

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Reviews: 54
Hads: 199
Avg: 3.93
pDev: 16.54%
Wants: 14
Gots: 38 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co. visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: aaronh on 02-03-2003

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Reviews: 54 | Hads: 199
Photo of rhoadsrage
2.98/5  rDev -24.2%
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.

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Photo of Amish_Ambush
3.15/5  rDev -19.8%
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.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.26/5  rDev -17%
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.

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Photo of Bung
3.28/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

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Photo of K-Dog
3.46/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Didnt expect this this to be great but thought it would have been at least decent. Very thin appearance. Smelled of slight liquorice. Taste at first was slightly mint, then just watered down nothing. I know it's basically a see soon stout at 5.6 percent but this was just not good. Oh well blackout stout will be avaiable shortly.

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Photo of cabsandking
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

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Photo of Ellbert
3.56/5  rDev -9.4%
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

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Photo of mgbickel
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
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!

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of jampics2
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of ken3c
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of Glanzman
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle served in a pint glass.

Pours a jet black color with a 1/2 fingered, tan head. Minimal lacing.

Smells of dark toasted malts and biscuit.

To be honest, not much flavor. I was expecting a robust, roasted malt flavor with stronger bits of coffee and chocolate. For me, there's not much to this beer. Kind of like a Guinness... a stout and nothing special to it.

I really wanted to love this beer. I live a few miles from the brewery (and love most of their beers)... I had it on tap once a few years ago (I thought I remembered it being better)... I love stouts... it had a cool looking "wintery" label on the bottle... and so I was excited when they announced they were being offered in a six pack and bought them the day they came out. Now I am wondering what to do with the other 5.

UPDATE: After a week and 3 of them downed, its grown on me a little more. Still not great, but better than my original review.

I still won't be buying these again (too many great beers out there) but I will finish the six pack instead of giving them away.

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Photo of aaronh
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

(enjoy by 01/31/16 - poured into a shaker)

L: very dark, burgundy-brown, nearly opaque, but with nice clarity when held to a light... I've poured a few now, and the foam has little retention

S: rather bold hard cookie malty base (think less-spiced ginger snap) with overtones of dark cocoa powder and fresh ground coffee... bit of a grassy thread through the middle, though not openly hoppy... maybe also a touch of molasses sweetness in the middle... pretty American stout aromas

T: bit more citrus-y hop flavor apparent right away, carrying through the finish... above-average bitterness,
short of biting, which lasts long through the aftertaste with some traces of sweet coffee and a nutty, dark-toasted (semi-burnt) granola... not notably chocolaty nor sweet - it's pretty much a backbone of toasty dark malts with a clean, dry finish

F: nearly glassy-smooth in its rather light body with a lightly-lively spritz on the palate... perhaps only a delicate viscosity in the finish, vague grittiness... arguably relatively light-bodied considering the boldness of some of its flavors - not quite thin, but a bit lacking in dimension

O: nice, flavorful, clean, easy-drinking - could see having as many as 2 or 3 if the mood calls for it... decidedly American malt profile - a little more depth and complexity in that department would be great - perhaps scale back the bite of its (roasty/hoppy) bitterness to let the other flavors show through more?... overall, solid enough, but won't buy another sixer

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Photo of Wildman
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

A: [4.50] Black looking beer. The beer has 1 figner of khaki tan head. the head is pretty uniform and clings to the sides. The head has good retention. The bottle lists a best by date (02/06/16) and lists the ABV at (5.4%)

S: [4.00] Roasted malts,mild chocolate with cream.

T: [3.75] Tasted marshmallow flavor. Roasted malts. The toasted malt flavor is really nice.

M: [2.75] The body is smooth and creamy but it feels VERY carbonated. Like drinking a Coke. It is really a jarring amount of carbonation and it throws an Oatmeal Stout out of kilter.

O: [3.75] This beer looks, smells and tastes really good. It falls down on mouth feel. It is very carbonated and it really distracts from the flavors. It almost seems like it has to be a bad bottle or something because GLBC usually makes top notch beers.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed from the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This nice oatmeal pours a nice blackish brown with a pale tan head of foam that dissipates to a thin ring, thin layer, and decent lacing. Nose of moderate to dark roasted malts, light nuttiness, and a touch of cream. Flavors exceed the nose with dark roasted malts, smoothed out by oats, and followed mid taste with light cocoa and a touch of coffee and cream mixed with a touch of cola. Warmth brings out more flavors, yet there is a touch of metallic on the back that is odd for this brewery. Good mouth feel, good carbonation, moderately coating.

Nice minus the metallic flavor which is hard to say since I am a huge fan of this brewer.


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Photo of TMoney2591
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in a shaker pint glass at Durty Nellie's.

Gotta jump on every tap-only GLBC offering when you can. Take my word for it. Anyway, this stuff pours a straight obsidian topped by two fingers of light khaki foam. The nose comprises cocoa powder and light roasted malts. The taste brings in more of the same, with everything coming through soft, as though in a child's dream. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, a nice little oatmeal stout, nothing special, but something easily drinkable and generally enjoyable.

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Photo of barczar
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I could smell the oats and toasted, nutty malt as soon as I opened the bottle. Underlying roast notes and hints of chocolate emerge late.

There's an acidic dark malt/metallic bite upfront, which becomes toasted and nutty mid palate, finishing with a roast bitterness and dark chocolate.

A good beer that would be even better without that acid/metallic character.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Dark walnut brown body, with excellent dark red edges and hues. Creamed top light tan with espresso creamy color apperance and a big crown bowled puck as it settles. Two fingers tall, and with a nearly nitro looking appearance. Very nice looking stout.

Classic roasted grain notes, a hint of cream and sweetness like flavors on the nose as well. Small hint of vanilla, a little bit of white flour, mild sensing milk chocolate as well.

Palate manages some of the basics, with a little bit of oddity. Lightly roasted and moderate senses of dark grains. Finishes kind of bitter with also a bit of prickly carbonation feeling as well. Slightly acrid and sour twinge a bit in the mid palate as well, which is a little distracting. Muted chocolate notes, not much creamy texture, but a hint of vanilla kicks in slightly.

Most of the pieces are there, but manages a little bit of sour grain that takes away from much of the other beers pleasurable qualities.

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Photo of Nyg
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours nice and black light lacing with tasty tan head. Not heavy at all. Very medium body with a nice oatmeal taste with chocolate and coffee hints. Very drinkable very little bitterness. I'll drink again

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap (NItro according to the board) at the Great Lakes brewery in Cleveland/Ohio City, OH. Served in a tulip stout glass.

Appearance: Black with a thick tan head. Lots and lots of persistent lacing all over the glass. Big sheets, islands, and lots of strands. Held up to the light the black is more of a dark ruby red color.

Smell: Not a lot of aroma. A barest hint of oats and roasted malt.

Taste: A solid oat + roasted malt flavor. Some chocolate notes, but not bittersweet or cocoa. Subtle chocolate would be a good description. Definite oat and roasted malt flavor - a good sweetbread/oat cookie flavor, but not overly sweet. The more and more I try to describe it, the more and more the word "restrained" comes to mind. Very tasty, but it's not pounding you over the head with it. The bitterness at the end is mild, a little bit English in style, a little bit of your roasted malt bitterness as well.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with a light mouthfeel. Not watery, but not as thick as I was expecting it to be. A little bit sticky on the teeth.

Overall/Drinkability: A very drinkable stout. At 4.8% ABV I was able to have 2 12oz glasses over the course of a meal and I wouldn't mind another on top of that. Went well with a Cuban sandwich, but I think it would be even better with a burger. Full flavored, but restrained and very nice. I can see why people rave out this beer when it does finally come out at the brewery. I wish they would bottle it...but then I might not get the Blackout Stout so never mind. Other than not having a lot of aroma, an outstanding beer.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jus in time for cooler weather, the classic oatmeal stout emerges from a world of imperial-this and double-that for a robust flavor that's friendly to the palate and won't unnecessarily fatigue the senses. Great Lakes Brewing Company gets back to basics with Ohio City Stout.

Gentlemanly black and capped with a mocha-stained, whipped cream froth, As suggested in its appearance, its robust and earthy perfume wafts over the senses with coffee, cream, dark chocolate and burnt toast. Its malty upstart is of sweet char as the taste of seared caramels and toffees play a savory tune on the early palate.

The heart of the stout reveals a toasty and roasty focus as the stout opens up on the middle palate. Dark-roast coffee, bittersweet chocolate, roasting walnut and heavy whipping cream layer onto the tongue giving impressions of malted milk-chocolate candies. Modest bitterness is suggestive of coffee-like earth and wood as the beer's later taste is light of cereal and soil.

Medium-full in body, the beer's creamy and starchy texture trends drying and lightening late and suggests a high rate of drinkability and an almost refreshing mouthfeel. Hints of licorice and chicory shine through the creaminess of oats and keep the excitement coming with each and every sip.

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Photo of aracauna
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is good and black with a nice creamy tan head that leads me to believe that this is probably nitro dispensed. There’s a good roasty aroma. There’s a bit of cocoa in the flavor along with the roast. The body is just a tad too thin for my preferences.

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Great Lakes Ohio City Oatmeal Stout from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.