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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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125 Reviews
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Reviews: 125
Hads: 269
Avg: 3.67
pDev: 16.89%
Wants: 9
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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: 269
Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
2.98/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

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Photo of tapman
4.42/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Very black body with a sandy-mocha head that lasts about 10 minutes before receding to a nice thick lacing.

Smells of chocolate and astringent roasted oatmeal with a vanilla balance.

Taste is burnt and chocolatey...Dark chocolate beer! Creaminess, almost vanilla-like balance to the chocolate with tangy American-tasting hops rounding out the astringent oatmeal.

Mouthfeel is very thick yet not syrupy. A fine mouthfeel for a stout.

This one is very heavy and that makes it tough for a session brew, but as a sipper I'm all for it. Very nice.

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Photo of brdc
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Small capped bottle, poured into a snifter.

Coffee dark in color, it has a thin tan head that shows almost no retention, and little lacing.
Aroma is chocolate milk, roasted grains, particularly coffee, pleasant but not complex.
It is a bit thin on the palate, but the taste is pleasant, coffee, chocolate, at times bitter and at times sweetish.
Nice brew, goes well with simple chocolate (not overly bitter or flavored); not particularly special, but overall worthwhile.

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Photo of Lordsloth
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle from a six-pack, poured into a pint glass.

To address a previous poster, yes, there are plenty of bears in Wisconsin, especially up north. :)

Poured dark with a finger high tan head, foamy. Diminishes fairly quickly. Smells good- a dark coffee/chocolate nose. Mouthfeel is a bit light for a stout. Tasty, with a light chocolatey-roasted malt finish. A very smooth stout, kind of on the light side. Very drinkable.

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Photo of getch
2.58/5  rDev -29.7%
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!

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Photo of lakeviewmike
3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I liked the taste and the smell of this beer but the appearance and mouthfeel wasn't what I hoped for.

The beer poured with a very small head, almost nothing. It is opaque black. Very little carbonation. The mouthfeel was a thick and a bit slick. Once again, almost no carbonation. The effect was more like drinking a heavy cup of cold coffee instead of a beer.

The taste was coffee and chocolate. The oatmeal made for a very smooth, mellow flavor.

I like iced coffee with cream and sweetener. This beer would make an interesting substitute. I could see pouring it over ice with some cream. It has plenty of flavor to stand up to the ice.

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Photo of happygnome
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: pours a very dark brown/black color with ruby hues towards the bottom of the brew a quarter inch of tannish head that dissapears not too quick and leaves a lot of sticky lacing around the edge of the glass
s: roasted cocoa aromas deffinatly stronger than any hop aroma which is expected given the style
t: roasted cocoa beans very enjoyable, no hints of alcohol in taste, a very nice brew
m: medium body brew with very little carbonation

overall, i really enjoyed this brew, very nice cocoay beer

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.13/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - The bottle shows a bear (named Oscar?), but Sand Creek is located in Wisconsin. Are there bears in the woods of our cheesiest of states? Anyhow, this pours the darkest shade of dark brown with a light brown one-finger head that looks solid and creamy. Some really nice lace is left on the glass and while the head settles to a thin collar and some smoke, swirling brings a nice think finger back.

S - Toasted oats, roasted cereal grains, and cornflakes. I also smell a little bit of bittersweet chocolate and loads of deeply roasted coffee grounds.

T - Initially very bitter and roasty, with sweeter dark chocolate coming later. Some leafy hops show up after swallowing; I actually like the way this tastes after I swallow better than before. In the mouth, the cold coffee flavors are a bit much, but the long warm finish is smoother, more chocolatey, and more malty.

M - Medium bodied with a tingly carbonation and a bitter coffee finish. I suspect that the ABV is pretty low, but it does warm my throat a bit.

D - A good all around stout. Nothing really outstanding, but no complaints either.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

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Photo of Vancer
4.27/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Holy moly, the Oscar stout hit the spot. This rich and malty brew will make for a great winter drinker sessional. Great marks all across the board.

Dark as nite pour, frothy tan head just to get things started. Excellent chocolate toffee aroma, just like sniffing a chocolate malt shake. Taste backs off a notch from such a great smell, still a solid performer with the oats smoothing this brew out splendidly, and a roasted coffee kicking in also.

I will return for more.

10/31 I did return - damn good Oaty at a damn nice price of $7.50 a sixer.

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Photo of drseamus
3.64/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours jet black with a one finger mocha head. It smells great with strong chocolate and coffee aromas. The flavor is weird. It has a great initial chocolate flavor, but that fades very quickly to a thin taste and feeling. It is very creamy though. It almost makes me think that this beer might be past it's prime, but there is no best by or born on date to check.

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Photo of drpimento
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours to a dark brown with medium thick tan head that lingers well and leaves okay lacing. Nice malty aroma of chocolate and oatmeal, that seemed to wane just a little as the beer warmed, but was still pleasant. Flavor of this slightly thin-bodied beer was mostly chocolate, and mouthfeel was slightly chewy. Finsih was medium duration and pleasant, but this beer could have been even better had the body been a little fuller.

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Photo of beveritt
4.04/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Phocion
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of TexIndy
2.96/5  rDev -19.3%
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)

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Photo of Mdog
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of arizcards
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of maundythirsty
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of granger10
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.92/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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)
Tasted: 10/03/06

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Photo of terrabyte
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Enola
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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