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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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BA SCORE
87
very good

136 Ratings
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Ratings: 136
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 14.99%
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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Photo of Sammy
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Sammy, Apr 30, 2007
Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +3.4%

t0rin0, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

djrn2, May 27, 2014
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

zestar, Sep 24, 2014
Photo of metter98
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

metter98, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

NeroFiddled, Jan 21, 2007
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark with ruby tones when held up to light. Nose is malty and of roasted qualities. Flavor is great. A nice even roasted profile that leaves a nice lingering aftertaste. Feel is pretty good and it is overall drinkable. I think this is a good example of a stout and is one to keep your eye out for if you hit Heartland up.

RblWthACoz, Dec 31, 2007
Photo of Rifugium
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Rifugium, May 11, 2011
Photo of jwc215
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours nearly pitch black with a head that stays around and leaves beautiful rings of lacing ont the glass.

The smell is of sweet dark malts, a touch of toast and chocolate-covered espresso beans.

The taste thins somewhat. It is has the dark grainy malt sweetness with hints of espresso, but not quite as chocolatey as the aroma led me to think it would have. A slight mettalic tinge in the finish. Some water is detectable that comes out more in the feel.

The feel is very creamy, but watery thin, though not enough to ruin it.

This is easy drinking, almost a bit too much so. Smooth, but the flavors fade too quickly. Fairly sweet, but with a balancing bitterness to control it. Nice aroma - a decent, though fading and a bit too watery, taste.

jwc215, Mar 04, 2007
Photo of smcolw
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful lasting head with a touch of lace. The color is ruby brown--opaque due to the darkness.

Strong coffee aromas with a slight hop. If my memory is accurate, this is not as smoot as Young's. Flavor wise, the chocolate notes are stronger than the coffee tastes. The beer is thinner than expected, especially considering the oatmeal. Standard carbonation; the chocolate malt flavors remain throughout the aftertaste.

This beer has a great start but falters in the finish. One of the better selections at Heartland.

smcolw, Sep 05, 2004
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

BlackHaddock, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of Gavage
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: black in color sporting a two finger creamy head that lasted a long time. Nice lace painted the glass.

Smell: roasted malts and hints of coffee make up a pleasurable aroma.

Taste: roasted malt, soft coffee and licorice tones, prune sweetness. and a soft biiterness makes up a creamy, smooth, and silky beer. A bit of dryness is evident throughout.

Mouthfeel: smooth and creamy from start to finish with some dryness. Nice aftertaste as the beer seems to stick to the tongue for a bit. Heavy in body.

Drinkability: if you are in the mood for an oatmeal stout, this will cure the need. Easy to drink this slow sipper, and this is a great session beer. One of the better beers at Heartland.

Gavage, Jul 13, 2007
Photo of Billolick
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
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

Billolick, Mar 12, 2005
Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

akorsak, Dec 11, 2007
Photo of rhoadsrage
2.6/5  rDev -32.8%
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.

rhoadsrage, Oct 07, 2008
Photo of plaid75
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

plaid75, Dec 14, 2006
Photo of rolltide8425
4/5  rDev +3.4%

rolltide8425, Jul 17, 2012
Photo of Cynic-ale
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Cynic-ale, Oct 24, 2013
Photo of vfgccp
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

vfgccp, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of Griffith
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Griffith, Jan 20, 2014
Photo of Dogbrick
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sample at the Heartland Chophouse: Pours black with a medium thin and foamy beige head. Sticky, spotty lacing. Aroma of roasted coffee and mild malt. Sweet and creamy with malt, espresso and caramel flavors. The finish is also smooth and very flavorful, espresso and hops. I wouldn’t call this a medal-winner but it’s a fairly good Stout.

Dogbrick, Apr 17, 2006
Photo of AgentZero
4/5  rDev +3.4%

AgentZero, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of RoyalT
4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

RoyalT, Jun 12, 2004
Photo of RBorsato
4.83/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tasted on-tap 01/10/07 at the Heartland Brewery Times Square in NY, NY.

Black in color with a nice light brown head. Nice balanced roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate aromas and flavors. No hop character really noticable but it's certainly balanced nicely. Medium-full bodied and creamy smooth (likely due to the oats) with a nice roasty espresso-like finish.

A very nice Award Winning Oatmeal Stout that is a definite must- try !

Per HB website: 6% ABV.
1999 GABF - Silver
1997 GABF - Gold
1995 GABF - Bronze

RBorsato, Jan 23, 2007
Photo of LoveStout
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

LoveStout, Aug 15, 2013
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Heartland Brewery Farmer Jon's Oatmeal Stout from Heartland Brewery Union Square
87 out of 100 based on 136 ratings.