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: 266
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 11.48%
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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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 umustdrink
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Black stout color, opaque. Light brown head fades to an eighth inch.

S - Lightly toasted chocolate malts.

T - Starts out with a chalky toasted malty taste, then light vanilla and dark roasted coffee flavors. Light toasted malts provide a short lasting finish.

M - Thin to medium consistency with slightly elevated carbonation.

D - Overall an okay stout, could be a bit stronger in the flavor department, but it's pretty easy drinking. Go for a Bell's instead. (470 characters)

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

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. (455 characters)

Photo of ChugginOil
3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

This pours a dark nut brown color and settles damn near black with ruby edges. A few bubbles cling throughout drinking this. The nose is a bit subtle but offers some chocolate and coffee notes. Nothing too special here. The taste is a bit bold thankfully. Chocolate and coffee linger and are wrapped up in a roasty blanket. Mouthfeel is a lighter feel for a stout but it is very drinkable. Decent stout (448 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 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 lackenhauser
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (321 characters)

Photo of Phocion
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
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. (1,010 characters)

Photo of richkrull
3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
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. (279 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Pours dark black with some tan/off white foam. Nose is strong oat. Chocolate malt too. Present, but not potent. Taste is a smooth sweet chocolate malt, oat finish. Very subdued hop. Milky but not lactose-y. Very light and balanced. Good flavor, good stout. (306 characters)

Photo of AC-Mivsek
3.47/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip pint.

A- Pours black with some mahogany showing through when held up to light. Fluffy tan 1-finger head. Leaves spotty lacing.

S- Oats stand out the most, roasted malt, and some light coffee. Chocolate really isn't that evident.

T- Very toasty and sweet. Chocolate still doesn't jump out on the the tongue, but it does make more a presence in taste than smell. Roasted oats and malt are the main factors in play, but the finish is fairly sweet due to the chocolate.

M- Low carbonation with a medium-low body. It is pretty light for a stout. Very easy to have more than one or two of these.

O- This is not a bad beer. I enjoyed the roasty, smokiness of it, but I feel the chocolate was lacking. Typically I enjoy the roast flavors over the sweeter one, but I feel like when you advertise a beer as being a chocolate oatmeal stout there should be a strong chocolate presence. Either way this is an enjoyable stout, seems like a great introduction to the style. (997 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.47/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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 (603 characters)

Photo of KI9A
3.47/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found in a clearance bin at my local beer store for a buck.

A: Dark black, poured a puffy brown head, really nice lacing.

S: Chocolate malt

T: Chocolate malt, expresso.

M: Silky, smooth, creamy. Not much a bitter finish. Nice gateway stout.

D: See above. Not a typical bitter stout, this is a decent "beginners" stout. (323 characters)

Photo of disastermouse
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (414 characters)

Photo of maundythirsty
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
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. (537 characters)

Photo of dtivp
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with hues of ruby, one finger dark tan head that fades slowly to a thick ring with moderate lacing.

Aroma of dark malt, oats and light coffee.

Taste followed the nose with roasted malt, oats, coffee with a slightly sweetness at the end. I did not smell or taste chocolate.

Mouth Feel was medium leaning light body, just a tad watery, low carbonation, smooth with a slight sweet ending.

Overall this is an average stout, would have liked it better if it had a little more body. (499 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 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 JDV
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottle courtesy of buckybeer. Thanks!
pours black with a big lasting light tan head. Smell is sweet, chocolately and roasty. Taste is smooth, lightly creamy, roasty chocolate with a tiny hint of light bitterness for balance. Medium to thin bodied and a mild powdered chocolately finish. A touch mild, but nice flavor still and a good sweet stout for sure. (355 characters)

Photo of Mdog
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (396 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 Gavage
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a dark black color with a two finger head that lasts a while. Some moderate lace develops.

Smell: roasted malt, bitter dark chocolate, and a bit of oatmeal comes through to the nose.

Taste: follows the nose as roasted malt, dark chocolate, a hint of espresso, and some smoothness from the oats creates a well balance flavor profile. Bitterness is very mild, and there is a hint of burnt flavor arriving late.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Smooth from start to finish. Short lasting aftertaste.

Overall: a decent beer but one of these is enough in a session. Worth giving it a try especially since the chocolate does come through here. (657 characters)

Photo of lakeviewmike
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
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. (642 characters)

Photo of Ragingbull
3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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. (702 characters)

Photo of mdwalsh
3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
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. (1,468 characters)

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