Oscar's Chocolate Oatmeal Stout - Sand Creek Brewing Company

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Ratings: 265
Reviews: 126
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 11.38%
Wants: 9
Gots: 14 | 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 SpeedwayJim
2.56/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Surly pint glass.

A: Moderate pour yields a 1 finger semi-coarse, light chocolate head that fades gradually. Beer is a dark, almost opaque amber. Lacing is actually pretty epic... frothy, full, and nearly completely covering the glass.

S: Oatmeal is really prominent in this one. Never had an oatmeal stout that actually smelled like oatmeal before... also hints of burnt chocolate and a distinct slightly sour wheatiness.

T: Opens with a coffee sourness, faint chocolate in the middle but its nearly completely suppressed by a strawy, oatmeal. End is a smattering of roasted chocolate malts and coffee but all really thin and without any real character.

M: Light to medium bodied, bitingly coarse and rough. Very watery and thin. Finish is near non-existent. I kept hoping this would get better as it warmed, but it didn't... isn't the addition of oatmeal supposed to make a beer smoother? fuller? I guess they missed the memo here.

D: I won't be having this again. Just not impressed at all. The flavor was a little off, nose wasn't all that, but the feel was just a crime... never had a stout so coarse and I hope I never do again...

Photo of sauron681
2.56/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a very dark almost black. Has an off color head and well carbonated. Aroma of chocolate and coffee. Lacing lasted the entire session.

Very predominant coffee flavor. Like cold coffee. Hints of light malt, kinda bland though.

Very light in the mouth feel. Watery overall, and a long lingering of chocolate and again coffee.

Basically and iced coffee, coffee, coffee.

Photo of getch
2.58/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

a-dark black color, 1 finger of head, which quickly turns to nothing

s-very plain, nothing pops out, very light coffee smell

t-not impressive, just a regular stout tast

m-smooth, no after taste

d- could have many of these, a light dark beer, there is so much out there that has alot more taste than this!

Photo of womencantsail
2.61/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Bobby for bringing this one back from his trip.

A: The pour is a dark brown color with a thin tan head.

S: A strangely smokey aroma with chocolate and roast. Also, there is a fairly strong sulfur aroma that one might describe as farts (and pretty bad ones at that).

T: Again, more roast, chocolate, and smoke. There's a definite acidic character to the beer which is off-putting and certainly doesn't belong. A mild sweetness, but not very much oatmeal.

M: The body is medium with the carbonation fitting the same description. Not the same smooth, velvety mouthfeel of most oatmeal stouts.

D: This beer made very little sense and was not very pleasant to drink. I would pass on this one should I see it again.

Photo of jwinship83
2.61/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- black with a tiny quickly vanishing coffee colored head.

S- oats, roasted malts. wheres the chocolate?

T- same as the smell. wasnt there supposed to be chocolate in there somewhere? its possibly at the end, but thats kind of a stretch

M- very thin and watery. seems to be overly carbonated.

D- very weak and simple. im sure i could drink more of these (it wasnt offensive) , but im not sure id want to. only if i was desperate.

Photo of TexIndy
2.96/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle that appears to have a dating notch. I got this in a trade so not sure of the exact age so either a couple months old or over a year old but believe couple months. It was a deep black in color even when held to the light. Had about a 1/4" of head that turned into a thin foam with a bunch of carb bubbling in the center of it. The aroma was burnt coffee, roasted malts and a little chocolate. The taste was also of burnt coffee and was watery with a bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel was watery as mentioned. Overall it wasn't very good but since not sure on date of sample willing to re-try later. (2.5, NA, ML, N)

Photo of WastingFreetime
2.98/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

A. Very dark brown with reddish highlights around the edges, one finger of tan head recedes back down to a collar in about a minute, minimal lacing left behind.

S. Smells lightly of roasted malt and bitter coffee, but mostly of baking chocolate. Not very intense in aroma overall.

T. Just like the nose, the flavor is mostly comprised of baking chocolate with tinges of faint roastedness / coffee. I can’t seem to separate out any hop bittering aroma or flavor from the light bitterness levels of the roast…overall everything seems like a very thin and light version of a stout. Its in balance, but needs some amplification IMHO.

M. Far too watery and thin for my preferences. Medium carbonation.

Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
2.98/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A-Deep black body that appears to be filtered. Light beige -almost gray-head that seemed a bit too loose and carbonated for a stout.

S-Loose bouquet of roasted grain. Touches of cocoa and tobacco.

T-Smoky and roasted nuttiness from start to finish. A slight hint of sweetness from the chocolate malt comes through mid-swallow. I would like a little less smokiness and a little more richness from the malts and oats.

M-A bit too thin for this style. The metallic sharpness takes away from the body.

D-Pretty easy to find in WI at taverns and restaurants. Not bad when faced with the usual BMC line up, but I would definitely reach for a samuel smith is I was in the mood for an oatmeal stout.

Photo of alexvhrk
3.01/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Big ol' bear on the label intrigued me, as well as the local brewer (Black River Falls, WI)

Thick foamy and almost sudsy brown head with a dark brown body. Very mild chocolate aroma. Roasted and burnt bread taste with chocolate afterthought. Slight bitterness to the aftertaste as the barely cascades off your palate.

I love Stout/Porter and especially oatmeal. Pleasant surprise I'd be happy to drink again.

Photo of mariposafan
3.02/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Dark red-brown with a short beige head that fades to respectable lacing.

The aroma has chocolate and roasty notes along with a little malty sweetness.

The flavor is more than a little watery with an almost metallic edge. I'm not getting any chocolate at all, just a little coffee like roast bitterness. A little sweetness but really there just isn't much there.

Thin on the mouthfeel but it's saved by good, smooth, creamy carbonation.

Overall, not much going for it. It lacks the richness that the aroma suggests which only makes the flavor more disappointing. Easy enough to drink but I can't imagine seeking it out again.

Photo of Soneast
3.11/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours black with auburn highlights. The head seemed minute at first, but actually grew to about 2 inches after the pour. Nice light brown colored head, made up of large bubbles which diminished to a thin creamy layer. A fair amount of lacing initially but then watered down to no lace.

Smells like burnt chocolate, maybe a hint of molasses. Definitely some roasted grains there.

Taste is a bit watered down, but overall a nice chocolaty/ roasted grain flavor on the front, with a bit of oatmeal on the end with an almost sweet smokey flavor. A bitter chocolate flavor hangs on the palate for quite some time.

Medium body, pretty low carbonation. Feels watery in my mouth.

Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.12/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Originally reviewed April 9, 2005. On tap at the Gitchee Gumee Brewfest 2005. Pour of deep black-brown with a tan head. Aroma is of coffee and so is the flavor. It’s consistent, but mostly one dimensional. The palate is smooth and drinkable, but could use some more complexity. Salt is the smack.

Photo of Ryan011235
3.13/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter on 5/14/10

Pours a dark, cola brown & settles near black in the glass. Despite the head initially reaching the top of the glass, it has dissipated to an 1/8th inch layer of foam. Ok retention & lace.

The aroma is that of roasted malts - chocolate, coffee & a mild toastiness. Mild, earthy hop notes are peak through from time to time. The oatmeal is distinct & really helps to smooth out the overall aroma.

The taste is pretty much in line with the nose. Roasted coffee & subtle chocolate notes are most notable. A touch of hoppy kick picks up toward the finish, adding a few spicy hints. Oatmeal is soothing, but seems more restrained than I might expect.

Full bodied with moderate carbonation that offers just a little bit of prickliness. Roasted residuals & a dry bitterness linger on the finish.

Nothing particularly astounding is going on with this beer, but it's certainly decent. It's pleasant enough to drink; it just seems tame to me. No regrets about trying it, but I likely won't pick it up again.

Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.13/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle, nice label, no date

Appearance: Dark brown beer crowned with a big fluffy light tan head with good retention

Smell: More brown ale than oatmeal stout, but pleasant; This is nutty, with mild esters, and just a TOUCH of coffee and mild chocolate malts

Taste: Again...this makes a pretty tasty brown ale. It's just not very "stout-like." Where's the roast, the burnt, the coffee, the chocolate, etc? You get some mild, dry chocolate malts here, and an unfortunate metallic bitterness.

Mouthfeel: NOT what I look for in what's usually a creamy, chewy style

Drinkability: Medium...the metallic bitter notes really hurt here

Conclusion: Good looking beer that fails to come through in the flavor department.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.13/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a black body with faint ruby-hued edges and a thin, beige head.

Smell: Roasted malt aroma with notes of dark, bitter chocolate and coffee.

Taste: Overall, a bittersweet chocolate flavor which thins and gives way to roasted coffee and a hint of anise. Finishes with a little roastiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation. Somewhat watery.

Drinkability: Though not a terrible stout, it is a tad depressing.

Photo of weeare138
3.18/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to beermaninpa for this...
Appears a black color with a decent frothy tan 1 finger head that lasts for more than a minute. Scattered webbings are left.
Smell is of rolled oats with chocolate malts and a hint of crystal malts that sort of gives it a cheaper aroma.
Taste is of a thin stout with hints of the roasted oatmeal and chocolate. Some roastiness is abound but nothing special.
Mouthfeel is thin for the style with a quick foam upon entering the mouth that dissapates down the hatch.
Drinkability is ok. Nothing really special going on here.

Photo of GallowsThief
3.18/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured out of a 12 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip.

A – Black with no light seeing through at all. One finger of creamy tan head.

S – Cocoa, mocha, vanilla and dark chocolate.

T – Roasty to start. Light coffee flavors. Milk chocolate but not sweet. Reminds me of bakers chocolate. Finishes watery at the end with no real lingering tastes at all.

M – Medium bodied and good carbonation.

O – The nose on this suggested a stronger fuller flavor that really never appeared. Warming did not bring out any more taste notes. Strictly average here.

Photo of n2185
3.19/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours black with two fingers of khaki head that quickly fades to a thin ring with little lacing.

S: Some roasted malts up front followed by sweet, creamy chocolate. Slight hop aroma on the finish as well.

T: Roasted malts followed by a surprisingly weak chocolate flavor considering that it's in the name and can be smelled strongly. The finish has a light roasted bitterness.

M: Medium-thick body with a decent amount of carbonation, this beer is creamy at first but has a watery finish that I'm not a fan of.

O: Overall, a decent oatmeal stout that is fairly drinkable and could be a decent session beer with its low gravity. Nothing to write home about, though.

Photo of WJVII
3.21/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass this brew has a deep dark chocolate color with a 2 finger milk chocolate head that didn't leave much lacing on the glass. The aroma is a little weak. Some chocolate, burnt caramel, definitely some malt character and a little spice hop note. The taste was a little weak as well. Some chocolate, hops almost take over any sweetness there might have been. A little too much bitterness. Medium body, good carbonation, easy drinking stout, but much better in the class.

Photo of BeerBelcher
3.28/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This beer poured a relatively thick black which portended good things to come; and it disappointed a bit, but I thought it not too bad. I would weakly recommend it.

Aroma was pleasantly roasty and faintly sweet, like a $6 coffee-flavored beverage.

Flavor was also decent; more sweet coffee-ness with some roastiness. There was also a vegetable flavor that I found a bit off-putting. Mouthfeel was a bit flat, but not awful. Altogether, a not displeasing package but certainly far from excellent.

Photo of demcorhip
3.3/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured black, with a half finger tan head. Poor rentention, quickly fades to thin collar which leaves little to no lacing. Finely and mildly carbonated.

Milk chocolate, espresso, some deeper charred malts all overtop some creamy oatmeal. Mild leafy, earthy hop aroma also present.

Not much for surprises here, some milk chocolate and espresso on top of creamy and slightly nutty flavours. Somewhat light in terms of roasted character, but a hint of char does come through in the finish along with the touch of earthy hop bitterness. A slightly off putting yeasty mustiness also appears, and is something that has detracted from my enjoyment of other Sand Creek brews.

Somewhat light bodied, as well as light in terms of roasted malts.

An ok stout, more approachable than challenging. Glad i tried it, but will likely not try it again.

Photo of dhannes
3.31/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I first heard of this beer when my brother ordered it at a restaurant a few months back. I finally got a chance to pour this into a standard pint right out of the fridge.

A=Nice dark brown color with creamy, full head.

S=Very slight...sort of vanilla malted with a hint of coffee. Also hints of maple and cola.

T=Not spectacular...no chocolate, no oatmeal...tasted like a typical stout, only watered down. Not bad, just not worth the money.

M=Watery...not the density I expected.

D=I found this a bit difficult to finish, just because I kept on hoping more from each sip, only to discover that the same bland taste lasted throughout.

Photo of BruChef
3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter, thought a chocolate oatmeal stout would warrant that type of vessel (love chocolate so anything i can do to encapsulate the aroma, the better) but alas, it was unnecessary, or maybe it wasn't. I think if i would have poured this into a pint glass i might have missed the aroma all together (exaggerating of course). This beer looked a tad bit thin for a stout let alone an oatmeal stout.

The aroma was somewhat chocolatey, faintly roasty and coffee-ish. Pleasant but i wanted more. The taste resembled the same elements described in the aroma, in the same capacity...sigh. It's doesn't taste bad, it actually tastes decent, it's just a little misleading in accordance with is displayed on the label. The mouth feel, is as thin as it looks. This is supposed to be a chocolate oatmeal stout for goodness sakes! It's more like a solid English porter/brown ale and if that was the goal, i'd say kudos! Mission accomplished! Unfortunately one of the only thing this beer has greatly succeeded in was it's drinkability.

Not a bad beer but i wouldn't seek this one out again unless i ever make it to Wisconsin to try it on draft. Second chances, every beer deserves one! Almost.

Photo of drpimento
3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was poured fairly warm. It had a nice big, foamy, textured head that quickly subsided to just a trace. Only a hint of lace. Opaque brown color. Light malty, roasty, chocolatey aroma. Not as much taste as I've noticed before, but this bottle here at home is a bit old. Nice mouth-filling body with a bit of softness. Pleasant dark malt, roasty finish. Nice beer.

Photo of mjpolzin
3.36/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pleasing enough but nothing special. Tasted like Guinness with a hint of chocolate. It was a little thin for me for a stout. I may have a few of these on St. Pat's Day as like I said, it is close enough to Guinness. The smell was nothing special. Faint chocolate with some roasted malts. Nice dark look in the glass.

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