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

Heartland Brewery Farmer Jon's Oatmeal Stout
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very good

117 Ratings
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Ratings: 117
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.72%

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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-21-2001)
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Photo of Chaney

District of Columbia

3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I dropped into the Heartland Radio City for on of these simply because I knew it was on nitro.

My bartender was an utter tool.

Served in a pint glass.

A: Frothy and bubbly, like most respectable nitro pours, with a nice healthy, mocha-colored head that retained itself throughout the session.

S: The nose was understated overall, yet I still got a decent aroma of dark malt and grains.

T: While this was fairly light overall, I appreciated the tempered coffee bill here and the pleasant roasty, malty taste.

M: The nitro pour did wonders for the creaminess. Foamy, like a milkshake, and no booze detected.

O: Along with "Red Rooster," this was my favorite Heartland Brew to date.

Serving type: nitro-tap

09-09-2012 23:37:55 | More by Chaney
Photo of RTEdmunds

New Hampshire

3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
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

Serving type: nitro-tap

03-15-2012 01:39:44 | More by RTEdmunds
Photo of blackie


4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
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

Serving type: nitro-tap

04-27-2009 20:25:45 | More by blackie
Photo of guinness33

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

06-04-2007 19:38:25 | More by guinness33
Photo of FtownThrowDown


3.38/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on nitro-tap at the Lower Manhattan location by the pier. Pours a thick dark brown with a nice inch of head. Nothing but the faintest smell of roasted oats in the nose. Taste is more roasted oats and some cocoa bean. Mouthfeel is very creamy and smooth. Not a bad beer.

Serving type: nitro-tap

04-03-2007 23:31:35 | More by FtownThrowDown
Photo of plaid75

New York

3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep brown hue with ruby highlights with a three finger creamy white head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell consisted of soft chocolate malt and coffee.

The taste was sweet and milky, resembling cold coffee with cream.

The mouthfeel was smooth and milky.

Overall a very creamy and rich stout. Could use some more burnt grain to keep it interesting.

Serving type: nitro-tap

12-14-2006 02:21:45 | More by plaid75
Photo of jimbotrost


4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

THis was one of eight beers available on a sampler platter last visit.

The pour was black, deep black. This was topped with a smallish nitro creamy head, light brown in color. The nose was big and sported a nice dry roastiness. Very dry coffee like full flavor leads up to a long and very dry finish.

THis is not a wimpy, watery stout. Great beer

Serving type: nitro-tap

08-22-2005 17:41:38 | More by jimbotrost
Photo of Buildscharacter


4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great beer. Excellent stout. Had someone that didn't even like stouts try it and it totally turned them. It is very dark, and the head is more brown than white. The head dissapates quickly, so those first few sips are the best. It's got a creamy taste with good flavor. After taking down about 30 oz. of the stuff, the flavor starts to get to you. Makes the back of your mouth kinda wierd. It's not bitter, but I can't really enjoy more than two pints of the stuff. Good beer.

Serving type: nitro-tap

01-13-2004 19:59:15 | More by Buildscharacter
Photo of BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.69/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

18th Jan 2013: my last beer in the Heartlands New York outlet under the ESB.

Looked good: dark and mean, the beige head setting it off nicely.

Malts all the way in the nose: roasted and over toasted with some hints of both coffee and dark chocolate within.

Those hints in the aroma came out in the taste also: rich coffee flavours with a dark chocolate biscuit feel.

Very drinkable and smooth in the mouth, a pleasant way to end a mini-session before more sight-seeing during the afternoon.

Serving type: on-tap

06-12-2013 13:44:35 | More by BlackHaddock
Photo of metter98

New York

3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-04-2012 11:19:59 | More by metter98
Photo of jneiswender


4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer as part of a flight at the Radio City location. Cool and in sample glass.

Nice and thick light tan head with a very dark brown body. Light smell (faint coffee).

Dark toast flavor, creamy flavor. Dark chocolate.

Light mouthfeel and slick.

Excellent representation of the style. Authentic.

Serving type: on-tap

03-18-2012 00:55:01 | More by jneiswender
Photo of Dave1999

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured almost pure black with a thin white head.

Didn't have much smell could get malts not much else.

It didn't have a huge amount of flavour I could get malts and some bitter hoppiness.

Felt smooth in the mouth with a little carbonation.

Overall not the best oatmeal stout, pretty mediocre.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2012 00:10:42 | More by Dave1999
Photo of mikeg67

New Jersey

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

Samples at Radio City, New York. Pours almost black with a tanned, thick, long lasting head. Aroma is of grain, oats and some coffee and chocolate. Flavor is of dark fruit, oats and some espresso. Medium, smooth body. It was very nice with a cheesecake.

Serving type: on-tap

10-04-2011 14:56:07 | More by mikeg67
Photo of tigg924


4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-04-2011 12:51:40 | More by tigg924
Photo of Rifugium


3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Heartland Chophouse, NYC, NY

A good standard stout. If your bartender is nice, he'll make you a tasty black & tan with the Red Rooster. Pours dark brown to black with a small foamy head. Roasty malts and coffee in the aroma. Similar taste of dark, roasted malts, coffee bitterness, and a bit of cocoa. Sort of medium-bodied for a stout, but still good, and a quaffable alternative to Guinness.

Serving type: on-tap

05-11-2011 21:40:18 | More by Rifugium
Photo of donteatpoop


3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Empire State Building Heartland Brewery.

Poured a dark brown color, near black; no translucense. A nice creamy tan head resting atop but did not last too long into the drink.

The smell was dark roasted coffee, chocolate, and notes of earth.

This was good. Excellent coffee notes hitting the tongue, a nice thick mouthfeel and overall the best thing I had that night.

Serving type: on-tap

06-08-2010 23:11:57 | More by donteatpoop
Photo of david18

New York

3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this as a part of a voyage at the Heartland at 51st between fifth and sixth avenues in Manhattan. I liked this beer better in previous times than i did yesterday but I'll give it the benefit of the doubt. The roastiness is very prevalent in the aroma and flavor and with the low abv it's a great stout.

Serving type: on-tap

06-06-2010 17:07:13 | More by david18
Photo of bob3701

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a shaker pint at their South Street Seaport location. Thin tan head and black as night body which laced really well. Very smooth and silky mouthfeel with tiny carbination. Great chocolate and coffee undertones. A very fine representation of a stout. Enjoyed this one. By far the strongest offering of their year round brews.

Serving type: on-tap

01-04-2010 01:36:16 | More by bob3701
Photo of mrgreent2


4.65/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The gums from the Oatmeal really stand out making the mouthfeel smooth and it goes down easily and kept me wanting more, despite it being a heavier beer. Subtle at first but the taste develops into a somewhat complex mixture of oatmeal and caramel/maple. Maybe a little chocolaty. No bitter aftertaste.

Serving type: on-tap

09-26-2009 23:58:16 | More by mrgreent2
Photo of Nickls

District of Columbia

3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(from notes)

A - Really deep dark brown color with light brown hints around the edges; lightly tan head

S - Deep roasted coffee aromas; hints of bittersweet chocolate; light sweetness behind the roastiness...really nice here

T - Roasted coffee qualities; hints of chocolate and some sweetness...really didn't taste as good as it smelled, but certainly not bad

M - Too light for me in the style; and hinged on watery. Should have more body to carry through

D - Good, nice qualities in the taste; pleasant enough

Overall, not a bad brew and too bad the taste didn't quite achieve the same level of quality as the aroma. Worth a look.

Serving type: on-tap

06-27-2009 20:27:12 | More by Nickls
Photo of stingrayvr6

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had at the Times Square location. Paired it with the smeared steak, and it was like they were made for each other. Beer was black with a thick cream colored had that stuck around forever. Smell was roasty and slightly chocolatey, also coffee notes. Taste was similar, very creamy with obvious oatmeal notes. Dry finish. Very good beer, defnitely one to have.

Serving type: on-tap

06-13-2009 21:33:51 | More by stingrayvr6
Photo of albern


2.83/5  rDev -28%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I part company with the other reviewers on this one. It is a decent looking beer, with a dark mahogany hue. This dry coffee stout has quite a bit of carbonation for the style. There are some chocolatey notes but what is most memorable is the chalky flavor, the slightly burnt molasses note or two, and the coffee and mocha underpinnings. This one had no real discernible oatmeal creaminess one would expect for the style. I give this one a big miss.

Serving type: on-tap

04-23-2009 13:42:08 | More by albern
Photo of Andreji


3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Least impressive one I tried at the heartland. However award winning, thisbeer isn't far from an average guinness with a milkish spin.

In general term the beer looks and acts like a plain old stout- far from my favorite style. The only spin lies in the mouthfeel, which turned out to be like the taste of outdated or overheated milk somehow.

Not too shabby but definetly not my beer of choice.

Serving type: on-tap

04-09-2009 04:33:12 | More by Andreji
Photo of Douglas14


4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great looking beer with a nice head. Not too much lace though. The nose is raosty and nutty. Very good. The taste follows the nose; nice roastiness and bitterness from the burnt malt. The beer might be a little too creamy...almost like a nitro tap or something. Overall good though.

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2009 21:27:35 | More by Douglas14
Photo of TheDeuce

New York

4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Union Square location...

Appearance-thick black, decently formed head, lots of carbonation and sits well.

Smell-malty with a lot of breaded aromas, chocolate/coffee as well.

Taste/Mouthfeel-sweet upfront and much fuller on the back, lots of chocolate and other sweetness. Smooth, maybe a little lighter than some other stouts but enjoyable.

Drinkability-really nice, again it's light but full flavored, easy to drink.

Overall-by far the best beer I've had at Heartland, light but very flavorful and a great example of the style. Simply a great beer.

Serving type: on-tap

11-11-2008 23:08:35 | More by TheDeuce
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