Heartland Brewery Farmer Jon's Oatmeal Stout - Heartland Brewery Union Square

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Heartland Brewery Farmer Jon's Oatmeal Stout
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138 Ratings
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Ratings: 138
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 15.03%
Wants: 0
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Heartland Brewery Union Square visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-21-2001)
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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Photo of RoyalT
4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This Oatmeal Stout is almost black in color with some pretty ruby highlights around the edges. The full, tanned head showed good retention.

Smell – The dark roasted malt backbone was covered in oatmeal, fine coffee, and baker’s cocoa. All of these smells came together like a symphony. I usually enjoy drinking better than smelling, but this nose was awesome.

Taste – The big oatmeal from the nose softened up a bit at the tongue and was highlighted with delicate cocoa notes. The backbone here was a dark, almost burnt roasty malt flavor. What a combination!

Mouthfeel – This one is medium-bodied, almost fluffy, and very well balanced.

Drinkability – This is a very even-handed yet exceptional example of this uncommon beer style.

Comments – This is Heartland’s award-winning beer that is advertised at every tourist location in the city. There are even giant posters of “Farmer Jon” drinking his oatmeal stout gracing the large picture windows on the ground floor of the Empire State Building (where you stand in line to get in). I was sure that it wouldn’t live up to the hype.

Well, it did. This is an incredible beer. Why the hell they can’t do any other style this good I do not know.

Photo of Billolick
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours almost black, sporting a frothy head and nicley elongated and striated lacing. Bready nose oozing flavor and interest. Smooth creamy stout, tons of roasted malt flavor. Also cocoa, vanilla noted. Tasty stout. Smooth mouthfeel, drying finish, nicely crafted and well worth a try at the Heartland, now all over the city

Photo of tigg924
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Union Square location--served into a pint glass

Appearance: red-brown in color with 1/2 inch head, clear, moderate carbonation

Smell: big oats and toasted malt

Taste: Big oats through creamy caramel malt

Mouthfeel: light body for the style, moderate carbonation, sweet

Drinkability: This is easily the best brew I had at Heartland and the one I would go back for. I love the light body and the way the oats pop here. Really great example of the style.

Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of RTEdmunds
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nitro tap from the Heartland Brewery near Rockefeller center. 50th street maybe?

Poured a thick black color with frothy cream colored foam full of some good ol' nitrogen.

Smells grainy with some sweet malts. Couldn't detect much else.

Oaty taste that follows up with some sweetness. Some very subtle coffee undertones, but I would like them a little more prevalent.

Very smooth, pretty light body.

Overall, well balanced and quite sessionable. Not the most amazing/interesting flavor but it's thoroughly enjoyable

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of rhoadsrage
2.6/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours a jet brown body with a cloud of light tan head floating in the middle of the glass and is a bit bubbly. The body is too dense to see any carbonation.

S-The big coffee aroma was a bit like coffee grounds with some dark chocolate roasted malt hints to follow.

T- There was a slight sweetness to the big coffee flavor and notes of cocoa with a watery taste to follow. The finish tasted like a cigar butt and was enhanced by the astringent mouthfeel.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a slight watery texture followed by an astringent finish.

D- This was a tough beer to get down. Some of the flavors were interesting but the astringency and taste grew as the beer warmed.

Photo of Griffith
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Sammy
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Tonight this was not only the standout, it was the only good beer on tap, found at Radio City location. Some roasty aroma, not that much, but it invites you in. Black with a good looking white head. It is a well balanced stout between expresso, bitterness, and chocolate. I could have a couple pints. The sessionability of the 5% is a plus as well.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Almost opaque black with ruby highlights when held to the light. Densely creamy tan head holds remarkably well.
S: Delicately roasty, malty and cereal-like, ...coffee, ...light cocoa.
T: As indicated by the nose. Gently roasty over a cereal-like base with a touch of spicy hops and a hint of licorice.
M: Remarkably smooth and creamy. May be due to the oiliness of the oats. Quite nice.
D: Enjoyable. Just enough flavor to keep you coming back without overwhelming your senses.

Photo of beerluvr
4.8/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow! Came to the table with a creamy frothy and quite healthy light tan head that just about refused to fall upon opaque black liquid. Nose had aromas of oats, chocolate and slight coffee tones. The taste was great, a mix of sweet maltiness giving way to silky-smooth oats, with just enough hoppiness to off set the sweet notes. Finshed long and smooth...I had absolutely no problem whatsoever in polishing off three pints of this after a pint of the Barleywine.

Photo of Samdaddy
4.53/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this beer with lunch and it was quite a treat. Rich and smooth it goes good by itself or with something to eat. It has a pitch black body with an adequate head. Similar to Samuel Smith's oatmeal stout, but it seemed to have less of a powerful finish. If you're ever in Times Square stop by the brewery, I seriously doubt you'll be disappointed

Photo of falconxman
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of KTCamm
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of lzepplin01
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of PhillyStyle
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I finished off my session with a pint of this at the Union Square location and I was not disappointed. It was a deep chocolate brown color with a thick mocha colored head to it that just seemed to sit there like it had no place else to be. It gave off a great coffee aroma that followed through to the taste. The beer was heavy coffee, rich and creamy. It also was a little sweet, I seemed to taste a little toffee. The beer is highly drinkable and would probably be the first one that I order when/if I go back.

Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pint at the Radio City location.

A: The oatmeal stout is a dark brown murky brew, looking black from afar the softer colors emerge up close. A finger's worth of head lined the top of the glass.

S: The nose is burnt malts and subtly sweet oatmeal, an aroma that borders on the lactic sweetness of a milk stout.

T: The mouth is scalding, thick with burnt toast and roasted chocolate malts. Upfront there is no sign of the oatmeal. As the initial heat fades, the oatmeal sweetness does emerge, full of sugary notes that, as I found above, could pass for a milk stout. The end of the sip revealed more thick chocolate and espresso flavors.

M: The mouthfeel is strong but not overwhelming, it is perfect to a chilly December night.

D: The abv is deceptively low, the flavors are so strong that you'd expect a 9% or so beer. A nice drink that has earned its accolades.

Photo of tugdriver7
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of BeerPunk1312
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of krisbee
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of SixpointJMH
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a very nice looking, essentially black colour with a mid-ranged tan head that is creamy and inviting. A good amount of residue is left on the glass as well.

The aroma is cocoa sweet with hints of coffee and general maltiness, along with some roasted notes as well. A bit faint from the nitro but still nice stuff overall.

The flavour is more of the same. Cocoa once again leads the way and blends a bit more with roasted notes than with the coffee notes present in the aroma, which as still there just a bit more muted. Maybe a bit of creamy caramel here as well. Mouthfeel is full bodied and creamy as can be. Very nice.

I always seem to go back to this one @ the Heartland's. It's got good flavour and is just really easy and enjoyable to drink. I think it could be that much better if they took it off nitro, but that's just me. Still, it's amongst their best and certainly the most drinkable of all the Heartland brews that I've sampled.

Photo of blackie
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

sampled at the Seaport location - tested the bock, IPA, and oatmeal and made an easy call in favor of the stout

the beer comes in a standard pint with a creamy khaki head over a dark brown colored ale, great retention and heavy lacing, typically attractive nitro appearance (which though not advertised, I'm assuming this is)

both the nose and palate feature a predominantly roasted malt body with supporting notes of cocoa powder and a hint of caramel malt, lightly hopped, mildly astringent roast finish with a dusting of dark chocolate, nothing exceptional, just a well-composed oatmeal stout with enough character to easily hold my interest

mouthfeel is medium-full, delicately carbonated, smooth and creamy

no problems drinking this one, and could easily have a couple more

Photo of metter98
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Heartland Brewery Union Square, New York, NY

A: The beer is clear but very dark reddish brown in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high dense beige head that eventually died down, leaving a collar around the edge and lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are moderate aromas of chocolate and roasted malts in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but has a bit more complexity with flavors of roasted and burnt malts along with notes of semisweet chocolate and hints of roasted coffee beans.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied, slightly airy and very smooth and creamy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a bit of dryness in the finish.
O: This oatmeal stout is very easy to drink; it’s light-bodied nature makes it not a bad selection of you want to have an oatmeal stout in the warmer months.

Photo of salthemonster
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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Heartland Brewery Farmer Jon's Oatmeal Stout from Heartland Brewery Union Square
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