Oscar's Chocolate Oatmeal Stout - Sand Creek Brewing Company
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4.03/5 rDev +9.2%
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.
03-06-2007 02:07:40 | More by beveritt
3.45/5 rDev -6.5%
Bought this as part of a mixed six-pack. No date on the 12 oz. bottle. Poured into a tulip a deep black with a thin and unretentive brownish head.
Despite being a "Chocolate Oatmeal" stout the biggest standout in the aroma is the rich roasted coffee. The dark chocolate is somewhat harder to pick out, though the warmer it gets the more the roasted oats come out.
The taste is somewhat bitter. Burnt roasted coffee and oats. Little to no hops to speak of. Honestly this thing tastes like an Irish dry stout with some oats thrown in. Very light and not quite what I was expecting to keep me warm for my first cold winter night in southeastern Minnesota. .
As mentioned earlier, this is a very light-bodied stout with not a lot of carbonation. I'm not overly impressed with this one, though it is far from offensive and I could see it as being easily drinkable. In fact, I could definitely see myself recommending this one to someone who enjoys a Guinness to broaden their horizons, but that's about it.
02-24-2007 01:45:17 | More by Phocion
2.95/5 rDev -20.1%
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)
01-15-2007 16:11:56 | More by TexIndy
3.53/5 rDev -4.3%
Appearance: Black with a good head and nice lacing while drinking.
Smell: Toasted bread, coffee.
Taste: Sweetness transitions to mocha coffee flavor, not very bitter.
Mouthfeel: Average for a stout.
Drinkability: This is not too bad but not outstanding.
A friend asked me to try this one. It's a pretty decent oatmeal stout but nothing that I'd make special trips to Wisconsin for.
01-13-2007 20:17:52 | More by Mdog
3.6/5 rDev -2.4%
Received as part of my MicroBeer Club November shipment received at the end of November.
Beer poured black with a tan head that is barely hanging around. Nose is very pleasant, of chocolate malts. Taste is very heavy on the chocolate malts but the lack of hops leaves this a bit unbalanced. Mouthfeel is very smooth but a bit thinner than hoped. Overall drinkability is pretty good. Not a bad beer but could be better with a few tweaks to the recipe.
01-06-2007 23:21:11 | More by arizcards
3.5/5 rDev -5.1%
Dark brown beer with half a finger of oatmeal-colored (go figure) head that thins quickly to minimal lacing and a thin skim of bubbles. Smells sour, like cocoa powder, toasted malt and honey.
Tastes grainy, with weak bitter coffee and baker's chocolate. But it's the sourness that is stronger than anything. Medium mouthfeel is a little slipperier around the edges than the average oatmeal stout.
I'm not crazy about oatmeal stouts (and that distracting sour character that seems to come with them) but this is a fairly tasty beer.
12-09-2006 19:00:16 | More by maundythirsty
4/5 rDev +8.4%
Lighter black color with some red highlights. Medium controlled tan head. No lacing. A good medium chocolate flavor to this beer. Not sweet but not bitter either. More milky than I expected. It leaves sort of a lactose film in my mouth, like when drinking milk. Nutty roast deep down. Some acidic black malts up top. Not too oatmealy imo. Good fuller body. Not the smoothest oatmeal stout I've had but more flavorful than most. Very good for the price.
11-26-2006 02:44:27 | More by granger10
4.93/5 rDev +33.6%
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)
10-18-2006 19:27:04 | More by RBorsato
4.13/5 rDev +11.9%
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.
09-26-2006 01:56:20 | More by terrabyte
3.7/5 rDev +0.3%
This brew pours an opaque black color. The head is two fingers in height, and tan in color. Lacing is thorough. The aroma is roasted malt, graham cracker, cream, and coffee. The taste is like the aroma, but a little less pronounced. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, with a lot of carbonation that detracts a bit from the flavor. Overall, this is a pretty good stout that I would drink again.
09-14-2006 04:19:16 | More by KarlHungus
4/5 rDev +8.4%
Bottle courtesy of Dertbert
This beer is a dark black with a tan head. There is no light coming through here. The smell is as the name implies, oatmeal and chocolate. Also some caramel hints. The taste is more oatmeal. There are some sweet chocolate hints as well. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. The beer is an easy drinker. I could go for this beer again. Overall, this beer tastes like what the name says. A good beer that is malty and filling. Thumbs up.
09-13-2006 04:03:51 | More by Enola
3.53/5 rDev -4.3%
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.
08-09-2006 02:23:27 | More by CH3CH2OH
3.1/5 rDev -16%
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. Its consistent, but mostly one dimensional. The palate is smooth and drinkable, but could use some more complexity. Salt is the smack.
08-07-2006 14:32:27 | More by CharlesDarwin
3.78/5 rDev +2.4%
5/24/2005 $6.99 6 pack 4.00% No best by date.
Pours a perfect black with a nice thick head of tan creamy foam. Ideal stout appearance.
Sweetened creamy coffee with chocolate undertones, and a touch of smoke predominate.
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.
08-03-2006 16:26:06 | More by cbl2
4.25/5 rDev +15.2%
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.
07-07-2006 00:19:52 | More by ccs
3.78/5 rDev +2.4%
(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.
05-27-2006 20:08:45 | More by rhoadsrage
4/5 rDev +8.4%
Bottle courtesy of Quinns 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.
05-25-2006 20:41:31 | More by Dogbrick
3.78/5 rDev +2.4%
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.
04-28-2006 22:27:49 | More by Blakaeris
3.8/5 rDev +3%
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.
04-28-2006 22:26:29 | More by bashiba
4/5 rDev +8.4%
Aroma was roasted bakers 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.
03-09-2006 20:19:56 | More by Jredner
3.43/5 rDev -7%
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.
01-24-2006 02:24:21 | More by allengarvin
3.58/5 rDev -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.
01-23-2006 00:39:43 | More by NClifestyle
United Kingdom (England)
4.15/5 rDev +12.5%
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!
01-07-2006 04:02:09 | More by soulgrowl
3.45/5 rDev -6.5%
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.
12-12-2005 06:56:56 | More by ChiSox05
4.05/5 rDev +9.8%
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.
12-02-2005 01:34:38 | More by isubsmith
Oscar's Chocolate Oatmeal Stout from Sand Creek Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 236 ratings.