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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: 201
Avg: 3.93
pDev: 16.54%
Wants: 15
Gots: 38 | FT: 0
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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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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 oberon
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
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 -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 superspak
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, best before 1/31/2016. Pours crystal clear very dark brown color with a 1 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toasted oats, dark bread, light smoke/dark fruit, herbal, floral, and roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of roast/bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toasted oats, dark bread, light smoke/dark fruit, herbal, floral, and roasted earthiness. Light herbal/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toasted oats, dark bread, light smoke, and herbal/roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of roast/bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate roasted dryness after the finish as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/silky/bready, and slightly chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 5.4%. Overall this is a damn good oatmeal stout. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of roast/bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
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 jwc215
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoy by 01/31/16 stamped on 12 oz. bottle:

Pours pitch black with a thin lasting head. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is of rich dark chocolate with a mild coffee-like roast.

The taste of dark chocolate balanced by mild roast and dark bready notes in the finish.

It has a silky smooth body.

A dark, smooth, enjoyable malty, slightly roasty, brew!

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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 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 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 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 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 GreesyFizeek
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at The Old Toad in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a fairly dark black, with a very small, essentially non-existent head, and not a lot of lacing.

Smells like chocolate, oats, and roasted/charred malt.

Like most everything that Great Lakes makes, this is spot on for the style. It's got a good amount of flavor for the lower ABV, a nice roasted malt character, some creamy vanilla like flavors, and powdery chocolate. It's not too sweet or too bitter.

This is medium bodied, fairly creamy on the palate, with a moderate level of carbonation.

Pretty solid stuff here, tasty and very drinkable.

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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 Dogbrick
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
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 Stevedore
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, best by January 16, 2016. Served in a snifter glass.

Pours a medium-dark brown body, one finger offwhite head with fairly short retention time. Not much lacing. Smells of oatmeal, rich cocoa, chocolate, a bit of espresso. A very nice dense aroma that clearly evokes oatmeal stout. Not porter or imperial stout, oatmeal stout. Flavour is similar; very nice cocoa, milk chocolate, touch of espresso, mild earthiness rounds things out. No char or smoke. Very clean but fairly cocoa/chocolate-heavy for a 5.4% oatmeal stout. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, not thick by any means but not thin, with plenty of depth. Good carbonation. Smooth, easy drinking oatmeal stout. Overall, this is a pretty prototypical oatmeal stout that's very well crafted. I think beers like this are underappreciated in the era of big, bold imperial beers, but this is yet another beer done in the GLBC fashion- clean, stylistic, approachable yet complex.

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Photo of wedge
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
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 -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 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 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 +9.9%
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 -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 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 BB1313
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Enjoy by 2/3/16. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours almost black with a light khaki head that fades leaving nice retention and lacing. The aromas are full of cocoa malts. Hints of anise along with some very subtle coffee notes. Very roasty. The flavors follow the nose. Lots of roasted malts. Lots of anise. Hints of chocolate. A touch of coffee. Finishes very clean and dry. Alcohol goes completely unnoticed. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's light, but has boys to it. Actively carbonation while remaining creamy and fluffy. Smooth stuff.

Very good stuff. Perfect light stout for the winter time. Very quaffable and well crafted. Recommended.

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Photo of utopiajane
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black and opaque in the full glass. as you drink it down it's a lovely brown and quite clear. Thinner head of tan foam that does persist. Mild with the scent of light cream and an earthy coffee like impression. No hops on the nose and only a low presence of dark fruit. Taste is smooth and creamy. Oats do not give much oily feeling or slickness to the palate. They finish without astringency or harshness. The dark fruit presence is a faint hint on the palate. Drinks easily with no abv to speak of and without any hops flavor. The hops do their job and balance the beer so that it finishes mostly dry. Leaves with the impression of a touch of sweet cream. Silky rich but not heavy and a only a tempting bit of sweetness to linger and bring you back for more.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
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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Great Lakes Ohio City Oatmeal Stout from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.