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

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Reviews: 32
Hads: 90
Avg: 3.89
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 9
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Great Lakes Brewing Co. visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: aaronh on 02-03-2003

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Reviews: 32 | Hads: 90
Photo of oberon
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I was very suprised to see this on tap at the Corner Slice here in Greensboro last night.Poured into a standard pint glass a deep dark brown with amber highlights,a thinner deep beige colroed head atop.Roast and brown sugar aromas mixed in with lightly sweet chocolate,a little char was in there as well.A full but creamy feel in the mouth made it go down very easy,deeply roasted with some vanilla/caramel flavors along with more bitter chocolate.This was nice oatmeal stout filled with different flavors and a nice creamy feel,I have come to expect kick ass beer from GL.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
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 WVbeergeek
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Cocoa brown ruby hue pretty dark brew with a light moccha head leaves speckled lacing all the way down the pint glass. Aroma: Light dusting of cocoa wtih a nutty edge comes across my senses light herbal hop notes are evident along with dark roasts is the oatmeal graininess that is situated nicely in the mix. Taste: Extremely smooth not watery or not flavorful just extremely smooth crosses the palate with a sweet bready tone light cocoa and hints of dark chocolate fluffy creaminess to it all characteristic of a good oatmeal stout finishes with a slight bitterness gives of a leafy flavor works well altogether. Mouthfeel: Light ot medium bodied stout does not sit heavy still packs the flavor of a great dark beer evenly carbonated as stated earlier silky smooth. Drinkability: Very nice session stout, a rarity in today's realm of imperial oak barrel triple wet hopped in your face beers, highly desired another pint masterfully brewed by the folks at Great Lakes.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
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 Stinkypuss
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
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 rhoadsrage
2.98/5  rDev -23.4%
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.

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Photo of Dogbrick
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draught at the brewpub. GLBC has a couple great Stouts, namely Blackout (esecially the Barrel-Aged) and Wolfhound. Being a Stout-lover and knowing their track record, I was looking forward to their take on the Sweet Stout. While not disappointed, the beer does fall just a bit short. The beer pours black as pitch with a thick and foamy light tan head and sticky lacing. Aroma of roasted coffee and chocolate. Creamy with a medium body and roasted character. Flavors of coffee, malt and chocolate are tasty but don’t resonate long enough. The finish is dry with a mild bitterness. Good for the style, but I know GLBC could do even better.

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Photo of Bung
3.28/5  rDev -15.7%
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 wedge
4.24/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

@ Tyler's (Raleigh)

Black with a tight beige head that reduces to a permanent covering on the surface. Patches of drippy lacing coat the glass. Malty, powdery cocoa aromas greet a significant oatmeal presence, nuts, and some light fruit. Super smooth coffee and chocolate malt, hazelnut, and big time oat flavors. This may, in fact, be the most oat-forward beer I have ever had. Light and drinkable, but with a silky, creamy quality that prevents any notion of wateriness. Very enjoyable!

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Photo of jampics2
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
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 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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Photo of tmoneyba
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at GLBC.

Poured a black color with a large frothy brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate toasted chocolate and coffee aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium roasted bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration.

My expectations where met and is good for style.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.26/5  rDev -16.2%
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 Wildman
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
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 AtLagerHeads
4.24/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After having tasted many of GLBC's offerings I'm beginning to wonder if they are capable of producing a bad beer formula. I had this little beauty on tap at Boston's Bistro in Dayton and what a pleasure it was. Ultra smooth and tasty, it also produced one of the most inviting aromas I've ever experienced from a beer when it warmed to near room temperature. There was something really complex going on that I tried to grasp and I guess my best sense is that it was roasted caramel and just enough hopping to make it like a very light perfume. I had the publican try it and she thought it was very distinct as well. The taste of this little beauty reminded me of Samuel Smith's fine Oatmeal Stout with a better attitude. There was just a better sense of real depth in the flavor than from the venerable SS stout. Nicely tan capped dark brown body that laced through the whole glass. Well done Great Lakes - you've done it again!

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Photo of Hoptometrist
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap into a nonic glass at Great Lakes Brewpub.

A-Poured a nice dark brown with ruby undertones with one finger of khaki head.

S- Notes of toffee, roasted malt, and chocolate

T- Sweet chocolate, toffee, roasted malt, and coffee. Sweet but well balanced

M- Drinks smooth and creamy, finishes dry

O- This is a highly drinkable, sessionable stout, with great flavor. This beer went down quick, so smooth and flavorful. I wish Great Lakes would bottle this.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review taken from notes as this was enjoyed by me at the Brewpub back on Thursday 5/15/08.

Another on-tap only "pub exclusive" from GLBC. This beer is a very dark brown color that lets in no light whatsoever. The tan head was a good inch thick when drawn and served to me, eventually settling to a nice ring lining the inside of my glass and a thin surface coating. Malty smells of oats, coffee and chocolate and coffee were surely present. The flavor is also malty sweet with the oatmeal, chocolate, and coffee coming through nicely, rounded out with a bit of hop bitterness. Has a crisp and full bodied mouthfeel with fairly heavy carbonation. Easy to drink in the way that all of GLBC's beers are. Winning!


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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: a nice black stout. opaque and a thin tan head that sticks together pretty well

Smell: roasted malts, graininess, chocolate

Taste: very smooth blend of a roasted malt base and nice sweet chocolate, the oatmeal is a little subtle but plays around in the background nicely

Mouthfeel: nice and light. a very pleasant drinking and smooth stout.

Overall: as all GLBC beers crafted the way the style should be.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
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 beergeek279
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on a nitro tap at Great Lakes' taproom. The color was black, with a solid, creamy beige head. The smell was oatmeal dry. The taste was a nice oatmeal dryness, with a good malt backing, and some slight bitterness. Mouthfeel was nice and creamy. As for drinkability, the only thing that would be limiting me is the drive back to Pittsburgh.

These brewpub-only beers are why I love heading up to the Great Lakes taproom. A solid oatmeal stout that used the nitro just right, and this wouldn't be bad to release as another seasonal.

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Photo of aaronh
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
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 samie85
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Originally consumed 12/21 at the Great Lakes brewpub.

A- Pours black with a one finger brown head into a pub glass(think Guinness curved glasses).

S- I get mostly chocolate malt and bit of roasted malt from this.

T-It follows the nose with chocolate malt, a bit of roasted malt and an earthiness on the finish.

M- On the thicker end of medium bodied with medium carbonation.

D-This was a good example of a very session-able beer. Pretty good oatmeal stout as well. I wish they bottled this one.

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Photo of chilidog
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Got this rare brew outside of Cleveland on tap.
It poured bark amber black. Tan head on top settled to film a ok lace, ring like around the glass.

Aroma of chocolate and tested malts.

The malts carry on as chocolate, toffee, and brown sugar sweetness treat the mouth.

The mouth is very smooth.

Overall the low abv takes away from this brew. But the smoothness and mouth are pleased.

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Photo of mgbickel
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
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 PhantomVodoo
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Creamy head sits atop an opaque black beer with brown highlights. Lots of lacing.
Mild aroma of roasty malt, chocolate, and coffee.

Taste is very smooth. Roasty malt with chocolate, oatmeal and coffee notes. Nicely balanced. Plenty of malt sweetness yet roasty and dry. Light to medium dryness. Tad earthy.

What's not to like about a nitrogen charged beer's mouthfeel. Very creamy and solid body.
Very drinkable.
Overall, a good stout, although not even one of GLBC's best stouts let alone their best beers.

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