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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: 73
Hads: 273
Avg: 3.91
pDev: 16.62%
Wants: 17
Gots: 60 | FT: 0
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Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States | website

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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Photo of rhoadsrage
2.98/5  rDev -23.8%
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 -19.4%
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 -16.6%
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 -16.1%
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 -11.5%
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 Vogie
3.49/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pour a black slightly brown with a khaki colored head. Aromas of roasted malts and maybe some dark chocolate. The taste is similar roasty, some chocolate, maybe some black licorice. Mouthfeel is light, no carbonation, pretty thin.

An ok oatmeal stout that needed a little more flavor and creaminess.


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Photo of cabsandking
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
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 maedhros09
3.54/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look: Dark brown/black but still somewhat transparent. 2-3 fingers of tan head that settles slowly but doesn't leave much lacing
Smell: Roasty, nothing out of the ordinary.
Taste: Strong roast flavors and a pronounced bitterness towards the finish. The bitterness seems to me related to the roasted malt rather than hops, and was excessive to the point of unpleasantness. Fairly dry on the balance.
Feel: Full-bodied, somewhat smooth but fully carbonated.

Overall: If it weren't for the strong bitterness in the finish, which seems out of character for an oatmeal stout, I would have liked this one just fine. The main distinguishing feature compared to the Edmund Fitzgerald porter is a more pronounced roasted malt character. I didn't perceive a significant difference in mouthfeel, but I didn't do a head to head comparison either.

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Photo of Ellbert
3.56/5  rDev -9%
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 -6.6%
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 -5.9%
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 -5.9%
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 StoutHunter
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of Great Lakes Ohio City Oatmeal Stout a couple weeks ago for $1.69. I'm in the mood for a stout tonight and I thought I would give this one a try, so lets see how it goes. best by January 24th 2016 Poured from brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks nice, it's got a good design and it's a little eye catching. IT poured a very dark brown color that took on a little more of a brown color when held to the light with a fingers worth of darker tan head that died to a thin ring that eventually faded away and it didn't really leave any lacing behind. This is a nice looking beer, but I wish it had a little better head and lacing.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the roasted and charred malts being the first to show up and they impart some nice roasted and slightly charred aroma along with some coffee and chocolate showing up in the background with the coffee sticking out a little more than the chocolate. Up next there's a noticeable nutty aroma with a little bit of doughy yeast aroma in the background. This beer has a good aroma, I like it and it's true to style.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with the roasted malts being the first to show up and they impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma with the charred malts seeming to show up a little more and the chocolate shows up a little less. Up next i get a slight watery flavor that leads into that doughy yeast with that noticeable nutty aspect also coming through. On the finish there's a lighter amount of bitterness with a nice roasted and coffee like aftertaste. This is a pretty nice beer, it's a pretty solid example of the style, but I wish it didn't have that slight watery aspect.

M- Smooth, pretty crisp, a little prickly, on the very light side of being medium bodied with a higher amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is ok, but I wish it was a little creamy and not so carbonated.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and I thought it was a solid example of the style, but it did have a few aspects that made it a little rough around the edges. This beer has ok drinkability, but I think one would be my limit since I can't see myself wanting two in a row. What I like the most about this beer is the aroma and taste, they were both good and the highlights of this beer. What I liked the least about this beer is the mouthfeel, it could use some work and it would be better if it was just a little creamy. I might buy this beer again and I wouldn't turn one down. I recommend giving it a try if your a fan of the style or stouts in general. All in all I liked this beer, but I didn't love and I think it needs just a little more work. Its not favorite Great Lakes beer and it's a little above average for the style. Nice job guys, this is a solid Oatmeal stout.

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Photo of morimech
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown that looks black in the glass. Barely one finger of head forms and settles to a thin cap. Quite a bit of spotty lacing is left down the glass. Not the most impressive looking oatmeal stout. Aroma of cocoa, dark roasted coffee, and herbal and earthy hops. Flavor is pretty straight forward with the dark and roasted malt. Pleasant cocoa notes and a mild roast of malt. Earthy in the finish. The body is where this should of shined but again it fell short of other oatmeal stouts. Nice enough oatmeal stout which there are not many on store shelves.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of ken3c
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of PhillyB
3.72/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I drank this a little faster than I normally would have liked to for a proper review. Still going to give it a try.

Look: A little disappointing. Standard dark beer, with a slightly off-white head that dissipates within a short period. Don't judge a book by it's cover though.

Smell: Very pleasant. Dark chocolate with almost equal milk chocolate/cream notes.

Taste: Very much the same as the smell. Dark chocolate mixed with milk chocolate or cream.

Feel: Smooth, creamy. Slightly lacking in fullness, but very enjoyable.

An almost 3.75 across the board. I quite enjoyed it, but is it my favorite porter? No.

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Photo of Glanzman
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
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 -4.6%
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 -4.3%
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 FriedSlug
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark black with a nice tan head that leaves lacing all over the place. The smell is roasty malts and coffee mainly with an underlying sweetness. The taste is very different from the smell. The taste is mainly burnt coffee followed by a nice sweetness and perhaps a hint of chocolate. This beer smells way better than it tastes but that is not to say that it tastes bad. It is just not as complex as the nose would lead you to believe.

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Photo of Wildman
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
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 -3.8%
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 -3.6%
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 SometimesIfart
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Ohio City Oatmeal Stout.

When great lakes releases something new I tend to hunt it down without mercy. However,finding this stuff proved to be somewhat of a challenge since apparently some guy was going around the whole county buying it all up. Finally found a single bottle. GLBC usually does me pretty well so I'm hoping for the best.

Look - From the twelve ounce bottle hard poured into a pint glass. This brew pours ink black with a finger and a half of mocha head that starts leaving some immediate stock as it dies down to a semi thick cap amongst the swill. Carbonation is unreadable as expected given the depth of the brew.

Smell - Scent starts off with a toasty bitterness that is both like a dark coffee brewed on a cold winter morning with touchea of cake batter. Not a large nor overly complex nose but it came through more than I had anticipated so it'll score a little higher here.

Taste - The oats are as apparent as I have ever come across within a style dedicated to them. There is also what K swear to be just a touch of blueberry. Otherwise it is your usual stout though the chocolate cakey and coffee aspects in this one are surely a step up from your average dark swill. All flavors combine and blend into an easy drinker with enough flavor and balance to keep anybody interested.

Feel - The body is between low and moderate with a small creamy level along side a rather high dosage of carbonation. To style, it fits quite nicely and it swallows easily with nothing getting in the way.

Overall - it isn't a mind blower but it is a rather nice and easy stout for a winter night. Only too bad I'm in southeast Michigan and it's 50 out right now. But global warming is a conspiracy according to your congressman, right?. Not huge on oatmeal stouts, but this one was solid..

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Great Lakes Ohio City Oatmeal Stout from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.