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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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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Ratings: 265 | Reviews: 126
Photo of Northsider
4.38/5  rDev +18.7%
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.

Photo of richkrull
3.46/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark brown color with beige head on it. Smell is heavy coffee. Taste is a mix of chocolate and coffee. Not a lot of oatmeal coming through for me. Medium bodied beer. Pretty good overall (my wife absolutely loves it!). I'm sure it will have a regular spot in our fridge.

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 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 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 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 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 jera1350
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep and dark chocolate brown color with a frothy tan head that leaves a small amount of lacing.

Big milk chocolate nose with some roastiness and a hint of coffee.

The taste pretty much matches the nose, but without the sweetness that milk chocolate brings. A good roasty aftertaste.

Very foamy and overcarbonated in the mouth. The body is a bit thin for the style as well. Finishes very dry.

An above average oatmeal stout that is worth a try.

Photo of FreshHawk
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark walnut with deep ruby on the edge. Fairly large, frothy, slightly creamy, with tiny bubbles, with somewhere between off-white and tan color. Decent retention with a nice creamy layer of lace.

S - Plenty of roasted malt and oat with a lot of chocolate (mostly chocolate, but some milk chocolate too). A touch of chocolate and hints of sweet cream/lactose type of smell.

T - Plenty of roasted oat and roasted malt. A lot of dark chocolate with a fair amount of coffee as well. Has a touch of bitterness, especially toward the finish. Hints of earthy and nutty flavors.

M - Medium (maybe a little on the light side) with about average carbonation. Quite creamy and a bit of a chewy feel as well.

D - Pretty drinkable with a good mixture of chocolate, coffee, and oat. Mouthfeel helps make it pretty easy to drink as well. Nice touch of bitterness as well.

Notes: A pretty good oatmeal stout. Not outstanding, but good. A good amount of chocolate and coffee as well. Worth a try, but I don't know if it would necessarily be worth seeking out.

Photo of Adam2200
4.17/5  rDev +13%
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

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 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 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 charlesw
4.13/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

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 BeerFMAndy
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Jmoore50
4.17/5  rDev +13%
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.

J

Photo of shivtim
3.57/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of mdwalsh
3.57/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of birchstick
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of tai4ji2x
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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?

Photo of CHL
3.96/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Strix
3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of SPLITGRIN
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of veachster
3.82/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Oscar's Chocolate Oatmeal Stout from Sand Creek Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 265 ratings.