Oscar's Chocolate Oatmeal Stout - Sand Creek Brewing Company
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Ratings: 237 | Reviews: 123 | Display Reviews Only:
3.1/5 rDev -16%
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.
01-17-2010 21:11:46 | More by BedetheVenerable
3.7/5 rDev +0.3%
12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada Imperial Pint. No date or info.
A - Pours out clear and dark amber brown. In the glass, light barely pokes through around the edges. The tan head rises up to a formidable three fingers and slowly descends with clumps of lacing along the way. Great retention!
S - The aroma is great for breakfast; oats and roasted malts with a dry, unsweetened chocolate nose, cocoa, and coffee. Very delicious and inviting this morning.
T - The roasted malts seem to be used in a manner not sparingly as they give the flavor a big dry and bitter flavor that pushes past the other nuances. Again, cocoa, unsweetened chocolate and a bit of coffee but that roasted flavor demolishes all in the end.
M - The oats impart a nice creamy feel to the beer. It's nice and smooth feeling, almost silky, with a well-balanced carbonation crispness to the end and a very dry and bitter finish.
D - Not as good as I had hoped for for breakfast, but it'll do the trick. A good oatmeal stout that'll hold its own against any others. Being strong and assertive makes it a bit more of a chore to drink beyond one or two.
11-28-2009 16:58:18 | More by BeerFMAndy
4.15/5 rDev +12.5%
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.
11-11-2009 07:09:45 | More by Jmoore50
3.5/5 rDev -5.1%
Nice bear-themed label. Works well for a chocolate stout.
Poured out into a pint glass. Great nearly opaque look. Tiny hints of brown/red around the edge. Huge, foamy, fluffy mocha head. that gradually collapses.
Nose is wonderful tart baking chocolate and cocoa nibs, roasted smoky campfire malts, and deep luscious plums. Subdued brown sugar sweetness.
Taste doesn't hold up to the smell, but it's ok. Simple sugars, oily malts. Bitter chocolate.
Average mouthfeel and drinkability for a stout. Slightly chalky. Overall a nice stout with a great nose.
09-19-2009 19:58:33 | More by shivtim
3.53/5 rDev -4.3%
Got this as part of a wedding present. Not something I would have picked out, but we'll see.
A: Pours black and does the whole Guinness falling bubbles thing and makes a nice head, but unlike Guinness, this head stays way too big. It's light tan foam with bubbles of all sizes. The beer is very black.
S: Smells of coffee and burnt sugar, just like an Oatmeal should. Now I'm not usually one to drink Oatmeal Stouts, but I can review with an open mind, and this does smell good for what it's trying to do. The smell isn't too strong, but it is very full bodied and really smells like it's still in the kettle, very fresh. I only dock points because I guess it isn't just perfect and I'm factoring in my opinion of the style.
T: Tastes like coffee grounds smell to me, putrid. Which I guess means this is doing pretty good. But perhaps it's too coffee like. The label calls it chocolate oatmeal, and I don't get either of those tastes from this guy. The burnt sugar stays strong, and there are no hops to speak of that I can find in here. The strong taste is starting to fade and there isn't much there to fill it in.
M: This should be chewy, and it isn't. It SMELLS full, but the body shows otherwise. It seems to be modeled very much after Guinness and shares the thinness trait through and through.
D: Very good. A very sessionable, though not ideally flavored beer. I would recommend this to fans of the style who want to drink a lot without getting too drunk.
08-28-2009 18:58:11 | More by mdwalsh
3.95/5 rDev +7%
A - very dark with a nice one-finger head
S - smells of roasted malts dominate the nose; there are also tones of dark chocolate...smells pretty good
T - It has the sweetness of an oatmeal stout and the chocolate tones are there as well. However, the coffee/burnt malt character stand out the most. This is definitely a well-labeled beer.
M - smooth but a little thin
D - This is a pretty decent stout. Not very overpowering with its taste, but flavorful enough to keep it pretty interesting. I could definitely have more than a couple of these without thinking twice about it.
07-29-2009 04:54:21 | More by birchstick
3.98/5 rDev +7.9%
i believe this was an extra from natasharai. but i've lost track. if the kind BA who actually gave this to me could correct me, that'd be greatly appreciated...
12oz. i don't think there was a date printed anywhere. tasted in early may 2009.
dark brown, almost black. red tints under the light. some sediment at the bottom of bottle. 1.5-finger tan head gradually fades to thin layer. good lacing, esp later.
aroma: roasted malts with coffee/cocoa note and trace of earthy hops. simple but rich.
taste: roasted malts again, plus more coffee rather than chocolate. touch of stout acidity. mild to moderate bitterness with leafy hop hint. coffee finish.
light to medium body, with a bit of astringent and acidic character, accentuated by the moderate but crisp carbonation.
not too bad. sort of don't understand so many of the low scores here. maybe some batch inconsistencies?
07-05-2009 15:52:59 | More by tai4ji2x
4.03/5 rDev +9.2%
Dark, opaque beer with reasonable tan head that settles into a ring.
Smells malty, noticeably chocolate; nicely dark oat beer, but not spectacular. I enjoy the taste more. Almost no hops, so almost all of the bitterness is provided via espresso flavor. Small oats on the nose, but the beer is focused on the chocolate malt, which lingers in the aftertaste.
Pleasant brew. Not too complex, but would happily have a couple.
06-22-2009 02:42:48 | More by CHL
3.65/5 rDev -1.1%
Opaque black, little head
Smells roasty, with the slightest hint of chocolate. A little bit earthy or musty in the smell too.
Taste a bit muted for me. Roastiness, oatmeal, and chocolate. Sort of dry.
Mouthfeel smooth, slightly creamy.
This was pleasant enough. It could stand to be a bit more flavorful though.
06-21-2009 00:05:48 | More by Strix
4/5 rDev +8.4%
A quick growing three finger head jumps to the top of my glass and fades slowly. Head is toasted biscuit brown in color. Body is jet black and only shows hints of light when held to flame. Nose is roasty with toasted malts that are really bready. Includes some coco and soft spice also. Enters the mouth with that same roasty feel, very malty up front on the palate. It is a bit thin mid palate but quickly fills in with some dry bitter feel towards the end of the palate. The oats keep this brew smooth throughout. Mouthfeel is dry, bitter and slightly thick, but it still stays soft. Drinkability is very good. I actually had an oatmeal raisin cookie towards the end of this beer and it was the perfect pairing.
06-17-2009 17:40:02 | More by SPLITGRIN
3.85/5 rDev +4.3%
A - It pours a very dark brown (on the verge of black) with a small tan head. Head retention is little with no lacing.
S - The aroma of roasted malts with oatmeal reigning with chocolate overtones.
T - It tastes as it smells. A nice combination of roasted malts with chocolate...a dark chocolate.
M - Sits somewhat sharp on my tongue from moderate carbonation and goes down quite smooth. Leaves a strong roasted malt aftertaste.
D - It is a fairly good drinkable stout. You can taste the chocolate but I'm torn with what seems moderate carbonation, but it is good!
06-07-2009 04:25:09 | More by veachster
3.63/5 rDev -1.6%
Black in color but with faint hints of light threatening to break through if you hold it up to direct light. If you were to say "brown" it would be a very, very dark brown. Very little lacing and a bit of prickle. Very sweet malt nose and a little whiff of banana and quite a bit of coffee. Nice roasted malt flavor with pleasant coffee, smoke and a little oatmeal in the flavor. It drinks better than it looked upon the initial pour. The prickle and coloration of the stout made me nervous as it looked more like a dry irish stout than a chocolate oatmeal stout. The flavor removed my fears. Some sweet maltiness in the flavor that is carried by the body and the abundant flavor from the roasted malt.
04-26-2009 15:56:46 | More by Ragingbull
3.5/5 rDev -5.1%
A - Thick, dark, and opaque. Disappointing head.
S - Peatty, grainy, no smell of chocolate. A little bit 'musty' smelling - like a basement.
T - Nothing too overpowering...it's just a hint like a Scottish, which I didn't expect. Flavor is actually a bit too mild. A hint if sweetness in the aftertaste along with the alcohol.
MF - perfect body.
D - An easily sessionable beer - if you dont get a little bored.
04-25-2009 12:24:05 | More by disastermouse
4.15/5 rDev +12.5%
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!
04-08-2009 16:56:09 | More by washburnkid
3.43/5 rDev -7%
Appearance: Pours a pretty darn dark chocolate color with a tight knit tan head that leaves a smattering of lace behind
Smell: With a hint of chocolate and roasty malt, this beer provides a strong oaty element in the aroma
Taste: Starts out with a black bread, chocolate and oats character and adds a hint of molasses in the mid-palate; after the swallow, the beer develops a peculiar lemony character that is very un-stoutlike
Mouthfeel: Medium body with mellow carbonation
Drinkability: A very unusual oatmeal stout though not unpleasant to drink
Thanks, joshuaseresse, for the chance to re-visit
04-03-2009 01:57:47 | More by brentk56
4.05/5 rDev +9.8%
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.
02-15-2009 04:43:24 | More by KeefD
3.45/5 rDev -6.5%
Dark, dark brown in the pour. Borders on black when held to the light. Very faint roasted aroma. Slight metallic/coppery tinge to it. Mellow roasted flavor with a faint hop bite to it. Again it has a somewhat metal taste to it. Rather thin body wise. Lacks the silky smoothness of an oatmeal stout. A notch above average.
02-01-2009 19:25:55 | More by lackenhauser
3.93/5 rDev +6.5%
Poured from a bottle into a snifter. This beer forms a mocha colored 1/2 inch head which reduces to a nice lacing. It is a deep brown with the pouring and is opaque when held to the light.
The aroma includes semi-sweet chocolate and coffee. There is a certain level of toffee, as well.
The taste is again bitter chocolate malts and coffee. The oatmeal seems a bit hidden until the finish which includes a nice bitterness.
The mouthfeel was confusing to me because the carbonation and flavor didn't mix well.. A sticky sweet coffee and oatmeal flavor lingers on the tongue.
Overall, this is a quite drinkable stout. It is certainly reasonable given the price and availability for my location. I will enjoy it when available.
01-31-2009 03:33:14 | More by SykDoc
3.8/5 rDev +3%
Poured from a 12oz bottle to pint glass.
A: Pours a very dark brown with amber edges. One-finger light brown head with ok retention and little lacing.
S: Smells like strong roasted malts with a bit of chocolate.
T: Tastes a bit more complex than it smelled, strong roasted malts with a creamy chocolate finish.
Overall: It's pretty drinkable being that its under 5%. The mouthfeel is alright and its only moderately carbonated, if it were a bit stronger in carbonation then it may have had a chance to show more flavor.
01-30-2009 20:14:04 | More by AdmiralDiaz
3.75/5 rDev +1.6%
Light black with some off white head.
Chocolate smell and taste.
Mouthfeel is quite nice, very smooth & somewhat creamy. Bitterness is minimal vs. your typical roaste barley dominated stout. Extremely drinkable with a really nice smooth finish.
Pretty tame, but very drinkable.
01-05-2009 13:57:59 | More by Chugmonkey
4.1/5 rDev +11.1%
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.
12-20-2008 21:24:04 | More by cdkrenz
4.22/5 rDev +14.4%
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
12-20-2008 20:14:22 | More by Atron67
3.1/5 rDev -16%
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.
10-25-2008 02:22:21 | More by Soneast
3.98/5 rDev +7.9%
I think this is another bottle from boilerbeer, so thanks!
Pours very black with toasted brown edges. A nice sandy head settles quickly to virtually nothing but manages to leave a few spots of lace before it fades completely. A good looking beer, but not overly exciting.
Nose is a very nice blend of syrup, bark, earth, chocolate, and sweet cappuccino. Very nice.
Oatmeal and dark toasted grains hang on the tongue up front, with a nice mildly sweet chocolate and coffee flavor adding some nice dimension. Finishes with a little more oatmeal and a slightly hollow burnt wood flavor. Not a lot of complexity, but some very pleasant flavors in a nice tasting beer.
Medium bodied, with a hint of oatmeal smoothness. Carbonation has a moment of sharpness but is overall rather weak. Leaves a light coating hanging around extending the flavor nicely after the swallow.
Pleasant and tasty with some nice details and a decent feel. Goes down pretty easily. Not the first beer I'd grab, but one I could certainly sip on for an evening.
09-02-2008 21:33:50 | More by lightindarkness
3.4/5 rDev -7.9%
Oscar's Stout pours an opaque black color with a finger of tan head that fades after a few minutes, but laces quite nicely.
The smell is of chocolate and coffee - not a bad pair of smells.
The taste starts with a coffee-like note, gets malty and chocolaty in the middle and finishes with a slight hop nibble.
Mouthfeel is medium to full-bodied, slightly coating.
There are better stouts out there, but this one isn't bad and is definitely worth a try.
08-30-2008 17:03:15 | More by slyke
Oscar's Chocolate Oatmeal Stout from Sand Creek Brewing Company
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