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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: 267
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 9
Gots: 16 | 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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Reviews: 125 | Hads: 267
Photo of CH3CH2OH
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The lack of any head dropped it down on the appearance scale for me. The coffee comes through strongest in the aroma; malt dominates the taste. A medium texture; note quite as slick as I like oatmeal stouts to be. Very drinkable, though; it's best attribute. The closest thing to a lawnmower/summer stout that I've had. (319 characters)

Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.12/5  rDev -14.8%
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. (297 characters)

Photo of cbl2
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

5/24/2005 $6.99 6 pack 4.00% No best by date.

Appearance:

Pours a perfect black with a nice thick head of tan creamy foam. Ideal stout appearance.

Aroma:

Sweetened creamy coffee with chocolate undertones, and a touch of smoke predominate.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

Nice and chocolatey with strong coffee characteristics. Tastes like it has been flavored with Nescafe hazlenut creamer. A pleasant example of the style, but nothing fantastic. (452 characters)

Photo of ccs
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
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. (584 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours a black body with a creamy dark oatmeal colored head. The head last for a good bit.

S- The smell of dark roasted coffee, malt and some toasted oats fills out the aroma.

T- The taste of coffee kicks of this beer and the coffee taste like coffee brewed a little to long ago. It is not really bad tasting but it is not quite fresh brewed or coffee bean good. There is a nice tart earthiness after that which quickly finishes with a slight sour and cola finish. The finish has some carbonic acid which is probably enhanced by the sour note in the beer. The taste of coffee hangs on the tongue after each sip.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a faint chewy note.

D- It is hard to do a beer that has so many flavors thrown in together that the chocolate and most of the oatmeal is lost but there is a lot of coffee and tart flavors that dominate. Interesting beer but I think the stout should come first and the other flavors should support. (1,021 characters)

Photo of Dogbrick
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Quinn’s IGA in La Crosse. Dark brownish black color with a thin and dense dark beige head that lasts a little while. Thin sheets of lacing. Mild coffee and malt in the nose. Medium-bodied with burnt coffee, chocolate and malt flavors. The finish is bitter with coffee and hops, along with some sweetness on the back end. Above average all around. (366 characters)

Photo of Blakaeris
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours black with ruby highlights. Head is very thin.

Smell is sweet chocolate, roasted malt, and coffee.

Taste is Very smooth, more sweet than bitter. Chocolate, coffee, roasted malt and a hint of vanilla. Mild hoppiness shows in the finish.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied.

Overall I found this to be a tasty treat. (331 characters)

Photo of bashiba
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a very flat brown with no head.

Smell was full of dark bitter chocolate with hints of dark malts and a touch of grain.

Taste was nice with strong dark chocolate flavors mixing well with the oatmeal taste and a nice bit of standard burnt stout flavors.

Mouthfeel was a bit on the light side for the style, but had a nice creamy finish.

Overall a very nice stout I will be looking for again soon. (413 characters)

Photo of Jredner
4/5  rDev +9.3%
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. (353 characters)

Photo of allengarvin
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass, this is a very dark beer, even held up to the light, with a tan layer of foam across the top. Nose is malty, lightly roasted, with a pleasant but light coffee aroma. Powdery, roasted, almost-burnt malt flavor, strongly tasting of coffee. I can't find any chocolate in here. Low hops, but the roasted malt offsets any sweetness. Moderate carbonation; lacks the silky smoothness of a good oatmeal stout.

Disappointing beer. (450 characters)

Photo of NClifestyle
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pretty decent in all aspects. my buddy brought this back from wi. and we drank a few. dark brown/almost black. smells ok, nothing special, but some chocolate. tastes smooth and nice, cocoa and chocolate/coffee. mouthfeel is a bit thin for a stout. i would drink a few of these, but they are a bit too 'easy' for my taste.

cheers... (334 characters)

Photo of soulgrowl
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
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! (605 characters)

Photo of ChiSox05
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

That smells like a chocolate malt. Coffee, milky malt, semi-sweet chocolate chips. Something green in the background.

Poured a dark chocolate brown, looks rich, sudsy cinnamon colored head that holds on the surface.

Burnt roast taste up front. Coffee, burnt malt, taste is on the bitter side. Semi-dry with more burnt malt and grains than chocolate. That shows up at the end and in the aftertaste, a darker chocolate coating on the palate.

Light bodied, a lot lighter than expected from the pour, extra carbonation remains that loosens the beer up a bit. Noticeable hidden carbonation, body is offsetting.

Not a great stout, looks good, smells real good, tastes alright. The light body makes having a few possible, but they could get boring in a hurry. (765 characters)

Photo of isubsmith
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
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. (660 characters)

Photo of blackie
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

appearance: The pour produces a very thin khaki head that quickly disappears. The beer is a very dark brown, nearly black in color.

smell: Roasted malts, definate chocolate aroma, slight lactose...smells good. I think I can pick up on some slight oat aroma, but that just may be the chocolate and my expectations playing a trick on me. Hops are low, but just right.

mouthfeel: Carbonation is a high medium and the body a light medium. Not as smooth as I would expect an oatmeal stout to be.

taste: Chocolate malt at the forefront here, and it tastes damn good. There's a slight creaminess on the tongue. Plenty of roasted malt flavor present also. Just enough hops to provide some balance. The finish is of lingering roast and bitter flavors. Pretty good.

drinkability: Thin, both in flavor and in body, but tasty and easy to drink

gracias to dirtylou for smuggling this bottle out of el norte (908 characters)

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Beautiful milk chocolate head, dark brown beer. Head is thick and lasting!

Smell: Chocolate, dark fruits, lots of roasted coffee.

Taste: Roasted Arabica and dry mocha or baker’s chocolate. Definitely not a sweet chocolate. Quite bitter actually.

Mouthfell: Bitter. Lighter bodied than Sam Smith’s with more carbonation.

Drinkability: Pretty darn good. This isn’t an amaizing stout but it’s good enough and for the price I could drink quite a bit of it. (481 characters)

Photo of beveragecaptain
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a very dark brown, nearly black color. Very little head. The aroma is a nice combination of chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, nuts, and fruit. The flavor has the same characteristics of the aroma, but is also both sweet and sour. Some oatmeal flavor too. I would enjoy a little more oatmeal flavor. Medium mouthfeel. Decent drinkability. Pretty good beer, but nothing to get too excited about. (402 characters)

Photo of petercmartin1
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This was new at my local Supermarket, which actually has a semi-decent beer shelf, being in BFE Wisconsin. So I thought I'd give it a try.

Appearance-Pour a deep dark brown, almost black. Didn't get much of a head even though I poured it kind of rough, and what head was there dissapated pretty quickly.

Aroma-Very nice with a strong roasted coffee aroma backed up by hints of chocolate and a sweet fruitiness in the background.

Taste-Flavors of deeply roasted coffee dominate with a nice background of bitter chocolate. The sweet maltiness helps to balance out the bitterness making for a nicely balanced stout, though it could use just a bit more bitterness. Overall, very good, though not great. But then again not all beers need to be great beers.

Mouthfeel-Not as heavy as some stouts but still a nice heavy body. Not as thin as some reviews had led me to believe it might be. The CO2 carbonation is a little fizzy for me, but not bad.

I really like this stout. Ok, it can't compare to the world's great stouts, but it is a very solid beer, and costs considerably less than most of those great stouts so I will be buying it more often. This is a beer that can be enjoyed in quanity without breaking the bank, while still drinking a really good beer. (1,270 characters)

Photo of battlekow
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I have three oatmeal stouts in my fridge: this, Gray's, and Samuel Smith's. Two Wisconsin welterweights, local boys done good, against the big, bad Brit.

The two Wisconsin beers look markedly different in appearance; they're both stoutishly black, but Oscar's is the only truly opaque one, and has an enormous head that reminds me of cookie dough, if bubbles were chocolate chips. Gray's, on the other hand, has no head whatsoever, but does have pretty good lacing.

While Gray's smells like fresh, vigorous coffee, Oscar's smells like old coffee filters, used up and crippled. It actually has some floral hoppiness to the taste, which surprised me. Mouthfeel is kind of frothy, like fresh arterial blood, which is unsurprising given the fact that I poured this beer fifteen minutes ago and not only is the head still present, the sides of the glass remain fully laced.

Oscar, you suck. Okay, you don't suck, but Gray's wins the state championship, and moves on to fight England's Samuel Smith's for the championship of the Western Morality Bloc. (1,054 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

found at some cheap liquor store on university (or is it campus), but also seen out at Steve's on Mineral point

appearance: black, thin dark brown head that vanishes quickly with little lacing...pretty standard appearance at best

smell: not overwhelming, quite nutty, dark chocolate and medium coffee aromas hit the nose, slight smoke smell as well

taste: surprising tasty considering the average smells/appearance. rich chocolate with definite coffee and oatmeal flavors...sweet, almost fruity chocolate flavors are present

mouthfeel: definately the downfall of this one, entirely too thin, just doesnt match the flavors

drinkability: pretty easy drinking (671 characters)

Photo of tgbljb
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

poured a deep brown, virtually black color with tanish head that feel to a slight ring. Smell is of coffee, chocolate, and toasted malt and is very pleasant. Taste is strong of coffee and toated malt and follows through with the smell. Aftertaste is a bit dissapointing and fails to follow through from the taste. A very good beer that seems to fail in the finish. (364 characters)

Photo of weeare138
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
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. (560 characters)

Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.04/5  rDev +10.4%
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. (824 characters)

Photo of ism
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One-finger tan head settles to a thin layer slowly; low alcohol content. No lacing whatsoever. Impenetrable black body. Nose of chocolate and caramel, a bit of oatmeal too. Good, evenly gentle carbonation on the tongue, body is medium-thin, rather straighforward, chocolate and a slight oatmeal acridity (the good kind) mixing nicely, smooth going down. Refreshing in the way oatmeal is. An interesting spin on the style but not something I'd revisit that often. (462 characters)

Photo of jdm
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a 1 finger head that is very creamy and tan. black and quite nearly impervious to penetration by light. smells roasty and chocolate with faint smells of grain. taste both the roast and the chocolate. kind of like liquid baker's chocolate with mildly bitter hop finish. very pleasant. interesting, bold brew, yet not over-bearing. really like how after-taste hangs around rolling back and forth between the roasty and chocolatey. i need to try more of this stout sub-style. (478 characters)

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Oscar's Chocolate Oatmeal Stout from Sand Creek Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.