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Oscar's Chocolate Oatmeal Stout - Sand Creek Brewing Company

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Oscar's Chocolate Oatmeal StoutOscar's Chocolate Oatmeal Stout

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Reviews: 125
Hads: 268
Avg: 3.67
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 9
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
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Sand Creek Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: arizcards on 06-12-2005

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Photo of RBorsato
4.92/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Note: This beer was previously brewed by Pioneer Brewing Co. for Wisonsin Brewing Co.

Black with mahogany edges to a light source, a full light brown creamy head. Prominent bittersweet chocolate and roasted malt aroma. Rich and robust bittersweet dark chocolate and roasted malt flavors. Medium-full bodied and creamy with a dry roasty Irish Stout-like finish.

If this is really 4% ABV as noted below then it's amazingly robust for a lighter stout...

Per BOM notes: 35 IBU. 4% ABV.
Malts: Pale, Chocolate, Caramel, and Oats
Hops: English Northern Brewer

11/12/05 (printed on label)
Tasted: 10/03/06

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Photo of maedhros09
4.51/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured deep black with underdeveloped head. Rich, roasty, chocolatey palate, with mild hops finish. Very smooth and drinkable. This was a happy surprise from a brewery I had never heard of before.

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Photo of tapman
4.42/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Very black body with a sandy-mocha head that lasts about 10 minutes before receding to a nice thick lacing.

Smells of chocolate and astringent roasted oatmeal with a vanilla balance.

Taste is burnt and chocolatey...Dark chocolate beer! Creaminess, almost vanilla-like balance to the chocolate with tangy American-tasting hops rounding out the astringent oatmeal.

Mouthfeel is very thick yet not syrupy. A fine mouthfeel for a stout.

This one is very heavy and that makes it tough for a session brew, but as a sipper I'm all for it. Very nice.

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Photo of Northsider
4.38/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the best stouts I've had to date. From tap at Fork Chicago.

Appearance is black with great tan head that never goes away.

Smell is roasty and malty, with that great coffee note.

Taste is a bit sweet but the roasted malt is the majority of the taste. Slightly bitter finish, but perfectly balanced.

Overall one of my favorite stouts.

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Photo of Vancer
4.27/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Holy moly, the Oscar stout hit the spot. This rich and malty brew will make for a great winter drinker sessional. Great marks all across the board.

Dark as nite pour, frothy tan head just to get things started. Excellent chocolate toffee aroma, just like sniffing a chocolate malt shake. Taste backs off a notch from such a great smell, still a solid performer with the oats smoothing this brew out splendidly, and a roasted coffee kicking in also.

I will return for more.

10/31 I did return - damn good Oaty at a damn nice price of $7.50 a sixer.

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Photo of Contagion
4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

There is a nice dark brown color to the beer, light passes through with difficulties around the edge of the glass. Even though you can't see through it, it is thin enough that you can see that it appears to be clear. There was a nice inch thick tan head when I poured it. It was dense and made up of tiny bubbles. It slowly faded, but there was still some head when I finished the beer 15 minutes after pouring it. Lacing did form on the side of the glass that lasted for a while.

The smell is a mix of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee and oatmeal. It has a taste that starts off as a mix of dark chocolate with a coffee finish. There is a touch of bitterness that enhances the flavors and really opens it up to the pallet. The flavor leaves a mild aftertaste that isn't distracting.

This is a medium bodied beer. There is a creaminess to it that coats the mouth. However, for a stout this is a bit on the light and watery side. It is still heavier than your average beer.

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Photo of keoki182
4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Purchased at Breeze-Thru in Milwaukee. Gorgeous deep brown/black pour with brown head. Head dissipates quickly leaving ring around glass. Aroma of coffee, roasted oats, and chocolate. Great smooth mouthfeel. A bit too watery, however. Bitter smoked mocha taste; very full coffee flavors. A bit over carbonated for a stout, but still recommended.

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Photo of ccs
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I have to admit...I like this one a lot. Very much a stlye I prefer and it's been brewed in a fashion that I like. The appearance is black. I hold it up to a light and I can't see through it at all. The head is so thin, let's call it non-existant. Wonderful roasted malt smell, very rich. Tastes just as I expect a stout to taste--there is a distinction around the malt and it isn't all burnt--it's malty, sweet, well-balanced, deep, and dark. It has the aroma of malt and sweetness and a little bit of alcohol. I probably shouldn't throw these back all night, but I definitely could.

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Photo of Atron67
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very tasty and flavorful light stout. black body, light head that stayed pretty fluffy. Sweet chocolate and a very light roasted malt scents. A very drinkable and flavorful stout. light body and low carbonation. stronger chocolate malts than roasted making it more of a porter style, but hey. its a good stout still

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Photo of Adam2200
4.17/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

open the bottle nice caramel tones and little hop character. head retentionis very nice lasts very long and looks very dark much like a stout should look. the appearance is very dark with little light passing through it, very nice. the taste has caramel and chocolate overtones, little hops can be tasted. the beer is overal very good and is a great stout and i usually buy a 6 pack whenever i can

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Photo of Jmoore50
4.17/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I really really enjoyed this beer.

The appearance is a dark brown with light cocoa edges. It does come with a nice one finger foamy head, goes away pretty fast though. No lacing.

The smell is of cocoa and sweet roasted malts. A bit of coffee flavor is present as well, really strong characteristics right when you open the bottle.

The taste is of a good oatmeal stout. Dark roasted and black patent malts are present. The chocolate flavor is coming from a chocolate malt, I say this because the cocoa flavor is earthy and roasted. It tasted like chocolate oatmeal!

The mouthfeel is not very good because it is a bit overly carbonated, which is too bad because if this were a bit mellower, it would be even better.

I drank this really fast, a session stout.


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Photo of Greggy
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice bit fluffy light brown/tan head that leaves some sticky lacing as it recedes. The body is pitch black with no light seen through the glass.

S- Very big sweet chocolate, roasted malt, sweet oatmeal, and a nice hoppy edge.

T- Starts out quite dry then moves in for a nice balanced hershey's chocolate note, with a touch of mocha and lactose, then finishes with a long hershey's chocolate. Not terribly complex, but quite good.

M- Low/med carbonation works well. The finish is quite long. I would have liked to see some bigger mouthfeel, overall.

D- 4.5% makes this quite sessionable. I'd defintely drink this again.

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Photo of washburnkid
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a little over a finger of dark beige head. Brew is so dark that only the tiniest bit of light is able to pull through. Head retains as a tiny ring, and there's very little lacing on the glass.
S: Oatmeal and dark chocolate malt aromas dominate on the nose. Very pleasant and inviting (and exactly what I was expecting).
T: Great malty notes reflecting the aroma with bitter dark chocolate and oats at the forefront. Espresso notes are bold, and the sip ends in coffee bitterness, rather than a balanced hop bitterness. Ends on a slight sour, fruity note. Great layered flavors.
M: Medium bodied, but muscular. Slides down easily, leaving just a sweet glaze of malt on my tongue.
D: This beer would make a great session. It's refreshing and the complexity is delightful!

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Photo of charlesw
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Low head, very lasting lace. Thin black - almost opaque but in a thin way.

Smells delicious - roasty and deep, chocolate and coffee and sweet caramel malts. A hint of smoke but definitely not burned.

Obviously at 4.5% it's not a huge and thick impy stout! There's still plenty going on and it's great for the style. I get chocolate, black licorice, a touch of that toastiness, maybe some brown sugar, too. Very nice.

Seems perhaps a touch light in the body. Certainly a great beer and I'd drink this every day. Maybe be happier with it in the summer months - when it's hotter and I want something lighter.

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Photo of happygnome
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: pours a very dark brown/black color with ruby hues towards the bottom of the brew a quarter inch of tannish head that dissapears not too quick and leaves a lot of sticky lacing around the edge of the glass
s: roasted cocoa aromas deffinatly stronger than any hop aroma which is expected given the style
t: roasted cocoa beans very enjoyable, no hints of alcohol in taste, a very nice brew
m: medium body brew with very little carbonation

overall, i really enjoyed this brew, very nice cocoay beer

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Photo of soulgrowl
4.12/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Licorice-black with a slight tint of royal plum. Piddly, quivering head is tan with an amber tinge.

Smell: Burnt coffee with dark chocolate. Nose is a tad shy and not very complex, but quite sumptuous.

Taste: Chocolate, coffee, and dry roasted peanuts. Wow! Some graininess from the oatmeal adds an earthy sweetness. Very tasty, definitely a good beer to have for or serve with dessert.

Mouthfeel: This should be much, much thicker. It's got very little body to it, which makes the taste somewhat difficult to savor.

Drinkability: Flavorful and easy to drink. I wish I had another!

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Photo of cdkrenz
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A very special thanks to my super-intelligent wife Krista. I love you baby! And not just for the beer.

A - One full inch of frothy, dark brown, hummocky, and strong head. The body is black and allows no light to pass.

S - Coffee and chocolate aromas are consistent over a malty base.

T - Uniquely bitter throughout this brew touches chocolate and coffee on its way to a subtle malt finish.

M - The texture is coarse to start and finishes rather soft. My first sip makes be think this is going to be a difficult feel but the finish is relaxed. The coarse beginning does a great job of getting the quality flavors to surface. The mild finish allows those flavors to be enjoyed.

~ I first tried this beer a few years ago and was quite inexperienced in characterizing different attributes of beer. Since then I've learned enough to recognize the uniqueness of this Chocolate Oatmeal Stout and realize how enjoyable this beer really is. If you have not tried Oscar's, your doing yourself a disservice.

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Photo of terrabyte
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice dark color, with a very thick, tan head that was slow to recede.

This was our favorite beer at the Keg & Cork at Capital Brewery (2006-09-15)

The smell is slight with smoke, caramel, and chocolate.

The flavor is nice and thick. Chocolate, coffee, and the foamy astertaste is a nice change of pace.

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Photo of orangemoustache
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown nearing black with some slightly reddish highlights on the edges,the head is a darker than average,chocholaty brown and medium in size with very little lacing to be seen as it quickly fizzles out.The nose is subtle and made mostly up of coffee and roasted malts.This is a really light Stout considering the layers of flavor within.Lots of dry coca powder and lightly roasted coffees take center stage,backed up by a good nutty,semi sweet finish.Very light body,not really creamy,more soft and smoothe.I was in the mood for a good breakfest beer this morning and this one made a nice meal.

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Photo of KeefD
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown color, not quite black, with a nice two-finger tan head that fell slowly, and lacing ensued. I could smell the roasty, chocolate aroma as I poured it into a nonic. Very nice smell to it. Flavor is mostly chocolate, plenty of chocolate malts used in this one, and not some much roasted malt. Very creamy tasting, notes of vanilla, caramel and coffee are also present, but not too strong or overwhelming. It tastes very nice but it's not complex and is unfortunately a little light on body. It's silky smooth, but a bit watery on the finish. A very drinkable stout and quite sessionable. I will easily put back 2 or 3 of these tonight.

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Photo of isubsmith
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Opaque dark black/brown. 3/4" of head becomes a thin layer after a few moments. Some lacing, though not much.

Smell: Sweet, chocolate. Bitter dark chocolate. Roasted malts. Wiffs of caramel.

Taste: Lots of bitter dark chocolate. More bitter chocolate than the nose suggests. Definate roasted coffee. There is some oatmeal there, especially right before the finish. It is masked by the chocolate and roasted coffee tastes though.

Mouthfeel: Perhaps a little too carbonated for me. Medium/medium light body. Probably about right for the style though.

I really enjoy this beer. Nothing too complex, very drinkable. Definately recommended.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.04/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single at Badger Liquor on State St. here in Madison, the self-proclaimed "Madison's Happiest Corner"....if you say so, guys.

Pours pitch black with absolutely no head, even though I gave it a pretty rough pour. I thin, spotty tan coating is all to be seen. Smell is quite nice, roasty malts and fresh coffee. Taste continues with the sweet roasted malts, coffee, and maybe a hint of raspeberry chocolate. It describes itself as a "Chocolate Oatmeal Stout", but coffee is the dominating feature here, which is fine by me, I like a good coffee stout. Mouthfeel, sadly, is almost flat, seems rather undercarbonated, but still thick and smooth. Overall, the yummy coffee aroma and taste mostly make up for the lackluster appearance and mouthfeel. Worth a try if you can find it. I've never seen it anywhere else.

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Photo of beveritt
4.04/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass. Label depicts a bear licking his chops. No brewed on date.

Appearance: Pours with 3/4 inch of medium tan foamy head that quickly settles into a slight coating. The beer itself is black and opaque with hints of ruby at the edge.

Smell: Predominat smell is a lsightly sweet but mostly bitter chocolate smell, very rich. Backbone of roasted barley and slight hint of bitter hops.

Taste: Decent carbonation bit upfront. SLightly sweet chocolate flavor with a little bit of roasted barley. Finishes with a sweet and creamy feel form the oats.

Mouthfeel: Average level of carbonation, maybe a tad high for a stout. Body is averge.

Drinkability: My first sampling from Sand Creek. I picked this up from a store that had some not too fresh brews and was worried about the age of this single. Very good and drinkable brew. If this is not fresh, I would like to try one that is.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Its Saturday night and time for dessert. Trying a Sand Creek Oscar Chocolate Stout. The stout poured dark opaque with off-white head that is not lacing. The smell includes roast, chocolate, and some espresso. The taste includes roast, chocolate, and espresso...much like the nose. The mouthfeel is ok, light body..perhaps too much carbonation. Overall it is a decent stout...not the best, but definitely good.

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Photo of Jredner
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma was roasted baker’s choclate and cocoa. Classic stout appearance-black body holding a firm mocha head. Luscious ebony color as it settles. Flavor is sweet, but the choclate is muted to me and more smooth, vanilla tinged fromt he oatmeal. The overall taste is still good if not fantastic. Full body and texture you expect from a stout. Solid beer.

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Oscar's Chocolate Oatmeal Stout from Sand Creek Brewing Company
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