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: 268
Avg: 3.67
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 9
Gots: 17 | 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 shivtim
3.57/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of MaximalC
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours seal brown with an unremarkable khaki head that soon recedes. Aroma smells of chocolate, coffee, and a touch of molasses. The taste features black coffee up front courtesy of the roasted (practically burnt) malt. This is not nearly as sweet as the smell would suggest, and any chocolate is barely a whisper, which is surprising considering the name on the bottle. The coffee bitterness segues into more of a hop bitterness in the middle. A more palatable coffee/mocha flavor reestablishes itself at the finish, yielding a pleasurable aftertaste that outshines the majority of the experience. The medium body facilitates a smooth mouthfeel, though I prefer a little more chewiness in a stout myself.

This is a drinkable stout, however the bitterness leaves it mostly one-dimensional.

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Photo of jera1350
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of zeff80
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a jet black color with a small, light brown head. It left nice rings of lace.

S - It smelled of oats, roasted malt and chocolate.

T - It tasted of sweet roasted malt and chocolate with an oatmeal taste that added a touch of bitterness.

M - It was smooth and creamy-soft. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a good oatmeal stout. Not exceptional but certainly worth a try and a good value.

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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 Slatetank
3.64/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to JC for sharing this enjoyed the bottle in a pint glass chilled.

The color is black, opaque with a good 2 inches of light beige with compact bead and good retention. The smell is like fig with fruit and sweet aromas like a fig newton with mild sweet oatmeal cookie scent. The feel is full with moderate creaminess from the oats with a sweet malt middle and semi-low carbonation with roasty finish.

The flavor has a good malt presence with some caramel and moderately sweet cocoa tinges with light dried fruit taste and very low bitterness with some light roast flavor and very gentle yeast in the finish adding to the sweetness and grain of the oats. Overall I enjoyed this but it is pretty subdued and I would probably prefer a bolder oatmeal stout to be honest. It has a nice drinkability for the strength, though.

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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 ism
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One-finger tan head settles to a thin layer slowly; low alcohol content. No lacing whatsoever. Impenetrable black body. Nose of chocolate and caramel, a bit of oatmeal too. Good, evenly gentle carbonation on the tongue, body is medium-thin, rather straighforward, chocolate and a slight oatmeal acridity (the good kind) mixing nicely, smooth going down. Refreshing in the way oatmeal is. An interesting spin on the style but not something I'd revisit that often.

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Photo of Strix
3.67/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of beveragecaptain
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a very dark brown, nearly black color. Very little head. The aroma is a nice combination of chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, nuts, and fruit. The flavor has the same characteristics of the aroma, but is also both sweet and sour. Some oatmeal flavor too. I would enjoy a little more oatmeal flavor. Medium mouthfeel. Decent drinkability. Pretty good beer, but nothing to get too excited about.

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Photo of Lemke10
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This pours a dark brown color with a slight brown, carbonated head. The aroma is filled with cocoa and oats. The taste is a little thinner than I would have thought. It has a sweet oat flavor yet it is not super heavy in flavor. Decent body and very drinkable but I also think a little over-rated as well.

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Photo of SkitzIrish3
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with thin layer of tan head that dissolves quickly to thin lacing, but sticks around until the very end.

I'm not grabbing a real solid aroma but what is there is a real thin chocolate, light coffee, and traces of vanilla.

I'm impressed with the taste after the fairly weak smell. Light chocolate and coffee notes, slight vanilla, and some pleasant bitterness, all led by huge roasty malt characters. It has a medium mouthfeel in regards to stouts.

My first Oatmeal Stout and an enjoyable beer, but I feel like this is not a good first example of the style.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Reuben's Brew snifter. Pours a very dark brown, appearing opaque black in the glass with a thin light brown film that dissipates to a thin ring around the glass. Mild aroma of chocolate and toasted malt. Flavor is toasted malt, nice chocolate, day old coffee, finishes with mild hop bitterness and a touch of char. Medium bodied with hints of creaminess. A quite nice low ABV stout. The oatmeal gives it a much more pleasant feel than most light stouts, and the flavors, although not intense, are nicely balanced and pleasant. I don't usually go to the stout style for a session beer, but if I did, this would be an excellent candidate. Mild, but nicely done.

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Photo of blackie
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

appearance: The pour produces a very thin khaki head that quickly disappears. The beer is a very dark brown, nearly black in color.

smell: Roasted malts, definate chocolate aroma, slight lactose...smells good. I think I can pick up on some slight oat aroma, but that just may be the chocolate and my expectations playing a trick on me. Hops are low, but just right.

mouthfeel: Carbonation is a high medium and the body a light medium. Not as smooth as I would expect an oatmeal stout to be.

taste: Chocolate malt at the forefront here, and it tastes damn good. There's a slight creaminess on the tongue. Plenty of roasted malt flavor present also. Just enough hops to provide some balance. The finish is of lingering roast and bitter flavors. Pretty good.

drinkability: Thin, both in flavor and in body, but tasty and easy to drink

gracias to dirtylou for smuggling this bottle out of el norte

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Photo of tgbljb
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

poured a deep brown, virtually black color with tanish head that feel to a slight ring. Smell is of coffee, chocolate, and toasted malt and is very pleasant. Taste is strong of coffee and toated malt and follows through with the smell. Aftertaste is a bit dissapointing and fails to follow through from the taste. A very good beer that seems to fail in the finish.

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Photo of Chugmonkey
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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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 BeerFMAndy
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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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 dirtylou
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

found at some cheap liquor store on university (or is it campus), but also seen out at Steve's on Mineral point

appearance: black, thin dark brown head that vanishes quickly with little lacing...pretty standard appearance at best

smell: not overwhelming, quite nutty, dark chocolate and medium coffee aromas hit the nose, slight smoke smell as well

taste: surprising tasty considering the average smells/appearance. rich chocolate with definite coffee and oatmeal flavors...sweet, almost fruity chocolate flavors are present

mouthfeel: definately the downfall of this one, entirely too thin, just doesnt match the flavors

drinkability: pretty easy drinking

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Photo of Minkybut
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

I poured this nice beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer poured a really dark brew with a very nice tan head. The smell was like dark roasted (nearly burnt) grains. The beer did not taste burnt however. The beer tasted nice and toasty with big coffee or cappuccino taste to it. The beer had good lacing and had a bit of a dry finish. I don;t like that but I would buy this beer again.

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Photo of Blakaeris
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

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Photo of petercmartin1
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This was new at my local Supermarket, which actually has a semi-decent beer shelf, being in BFE Wisconsin. So I thought I'd give it a try.

Appearance-Pour a deep dark brown, almost black. Didn't get much of a head even though I poured it kind of rough, and what head was there dissapated pretty quickly.

Aroma-Very nice with a strong roasted coffee aroma backed up by hints of chocolate and a sweet fruitiness in the background.

Taste-Flavors of deeply roasted coffee dominate with a nice background of bitter chocolate. The sweet maltiness helps to balance out the bitterness making for a nicely balanced stout, though it could use just a bit more bitterness. Overall, very good, though not great. But then again not all beers need to be great beers.

Mouthfeel-Not as heavy as some stouts but still a nice heavy body. Not as thin as some reviews had led me to believe it might be. The CO2 carbonation is a little fizzy for me, but not bad.

I really like this stout. Ok, it can't compare to the world's great stouts, but it is a very solid beer, and costs considerably less than most of those great stouts so I will be buying it more often. This is a beer that can be enjoyed in quanity without breaking the bank, while still drinking a really good beer.

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Photo of bashiba
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

I hope that bear can brew a good beer... It pours a dark garnet-tinged black-brown topped by a finger of relatively short-lived dirty tan foam. The nose comprises chocolate syrup, roasted malts, toasted oats, and a small bit o' molasses. The taste holds notes of cocoa powder, light coffee, very light molasses, and light roasted malts. The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly smooth feel. Overall, a pretty nice oatmeal stout, one that doesn't try to do too much with the chocolate (which often ends in disappointment, frankly). Not bad at all.

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