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Chocolate Oatmeal Stout - Trout River Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
70
okay

117 Ratings
THE BROS
56
awful

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Ratings: 117
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 2.97
pDev: 24.92%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Trout River Brewing Company
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: UnionMade on 02-16-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

A dark, deliciously roasty brew with hints of chocolate in flavor and aroma. Velvety smooth with a dry, roasted finish. Once a seasonal brew, it's now available all year for our loyal Stout customers!
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Ratings: 117 | Reviews: 75
Photo of Jas45678
2.44/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

12 ounce bottle into snifter

A: pours a dark brown with a small tan head

S: a little chocolate and tart cherries

T: sour, small hints of chocolate and oatmeal but pretty much nonexistent

M: heavily carbonated and kinda thin

O: you should pass on this one, not even close to a chocolate oatmeal stout

Photo of sneakymagician
1.36/5  rDev -54.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Looks like a brown ale, not a stout. Smells like some toxic chemical that I'm trying to recall. Tasted like fruit juice and piss, with a chemical aftertaste.

I spat out what I could, but it was enough to give me a headache within minutes.

Maybe, if enough people return this crap to where they bought it, they'll stop making it. THIS IS NOT A STOUT!!! I'll never buy anything from Trout River again. I think there were cleaning chemicals in this batch!

Photo of metter98
3.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is clear very dark amber in color (black when viewed from quite some distance) and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high dense beige head that died down a bit but never completely faded away.
S: Light to moderate aromas of chocolate are present in the nose along with notes of roasted malts.
T: The taste has flavors of dark malts along with notes of chocolate and hints of sourness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and somewhat thin and watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seems to be a lot lighter in body compared to other oatmeal stouts and doesn't have any smoothness.

Photo of hackmann
1.62/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: has the consistency of a lager as I am pouring it into my glass. Black body with a half finger light tan head that leaves a spot of lacing here or there.

Aroma: oh no, sour, sour mash, sour apple mash, nothing else

Flavors: do I really want to drink this. No, but in the name of science I’ll do it. Yes, it is … sour! Sour Stout cool. But, the is a chocolate oatmeal stout and I was in the mood for a really good one.

Mouthfeel: lively carbonation, a sparkling wine like carbonation during the first half, thin on flavors, no depth, just sour, light tartness on the aftertaste

To the Point: no chocolate, no oatmeal or grains, no stout,

I think it is a cool sour stout.

Photo of undertakerfreak1127
2.28/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Appearance: dark brown with weak lacing that disappears rather quickly.

Smell: Roasted malts, oatmeal and chocolate. Small notes of something fruity that I can't quite put my finger on... lemon, perhaps? After a few whiffs I realize that this smells a lot lighter than a lot of stouts I've had.

Taste: something pretty disappointing. Once you get past the obvious malts, oatmeal and chocolate, I swear that this tastes like a wine. Almost tastes sour.

Mouthfeel: not exactly an explosion of amazement. Dry and thin. Very little thickness to this beer.

Overall, I'm a sucker for a stout, so you could say I'm biased. However, any bias that I DO have has very little bearing on my final judgment of this brew. Not crazy about it at all. No stout should ever finish this dry and wine-esque.

Photo of SerialHiker
3.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown color…it was very bubbly upon pouring, but now has settled…head is light khaki and super thin…the beer looks kinda thin overall…(2.5/5)

Smell: Roasted malts, dry milk chocolate and oats up front…there’s some caramel and light brown sugar notes in there as well…but it doesn’t take long to catch the lighter side of this brew…it’s got an airy, citrus quality that prevents any real robustness…balanced, though very light…(3/5)

Taste: Huh…tons of lemon and grape zest right away…it’s got a crisp, white wine taste right off the bat…there’s definitely oatmeal and roasted malt flavors, but they’re almost playing a background role…this may be one of the lighter stout I’ve ever had…it’s very zesty, bubbly, tart flavor…(3.5/5)

Mouthfeel: Light body with light carbonation…what carbonation that does exist brings a white wine dryness to the palate…it’s really an intriguing chocolate oatmeal stout, there’s absolutely no creaminess about this brew at all…more lemon, white wine dryness well into the after taste…(2.75/5)

Overall: This is an interesting brew…it’s super light for a chocolate oatmeal stout…I was expecting something a lot thicker, something to sip on…what I got here is a crisp, white wine crossed with a mild oatmeal and even milder chocolate stout…the biggest positive to this brew is that it’s lighter body and lower ABV means this is a nice bon fire brew…I would try it again out of the tap because the flavor isn’t bad…an interesting take on this style stout…(3.25/5)

Photo of muffiewolf
1.6/5  rDev -46.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I grew up in VT and high hopes for this beer. It poured almost flat with an anemic dark brown color. The taste is indescribable. It's not even beer. I don't know what it is. I'm 58 y/o, if this is beer, the world is in a lot of trouble. This is the worst beer I have ever had in my life.I dumped most of it down the drain. If this brewery is successful, there is a good chance someone could start brewing with no experience and do better than this. This is no Switchback.

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.37/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with a skim whitish head. No lace.

Some floral and candied notes of chocolate and coffee in the nose.

Lean flavors, with light coffee and bitter chocolate. Light bitter finish. Reminds me of a thin porter at best. Needs some heart in this. Not horrible, but very subdued.

Thin, a bit watery.

Overall, not a great stout. THe flavor comes up short, as does body. By itself, just ok, but these brewers should fear direct comparisons.

Photo of GarthDanielson
2.58/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a watery dark brown coloring that pushes into black with not a lick of head on the surface of the beer. Aromas are a light cocoa nib bittersweet highlighting a dark, roasty, smokey coffee backbone. Flavors are watery and sharp, with the increased carbonation robbing some of the flavor profiles. Nutty sweet backbone and a slight roasting end up weakly trying to provide some substance to the flavor profiles. Watery body with no trace of cling on the glass, the aftertaste ends up being a muddled, semisweet tangy flavor that really isn't overly pleasant. Cloying, watery, and lingering finish make this beer a tough one to finish. Boo.

Photo of tobelerone
2.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A dark brown, nearly black beer, with a smallish head that settles quickly. Patchy lacing. The aroma is simple but appealing; lots of chocolatey malt. That’s it. Unfortunately the taste fails to deliver much on that or any other front; it’s thin and watery and pretty lacking in flavor overall. A bit of chocolate malt, not much in the way of either sweetness or bitterness. Quite bland. The mouthfeel is likewise very thin and watery with assertive carbonation. No trace of oatmeal in the feel or taste. Kind of like a light chocolate beer soda. Disappointing.

Photo of Hojaminbag
2.51/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Trout River Chocolate oatmeal stout has a solid look, with an opaque body and a thin brown head that has OK retention at best, and leaves a spot or two of lacing behind.

The aroma is intensely sweet, with some chocolate in there.

This one is almost a chore to drink, it's too sweet for me. Notes of caramel and molasses join a good bit of dark, dry, chocolate flavors. A good dose of roasted malt serves to dampen the sweetness a little bit, but it also brings a burnt, ashy flavor with it. Some hop flavors hang around in the middle, but they are mild and unfocused.

Too thin for an oatmeal stout, which I always expect to be very creamy in the mouthfeel department.

This isn't one I would want again, but those who like sweeter chocolate stouts may enjoy this one.

Photo of racer2k
3.6/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured on tap into a pint glass

A: Beer pours a dark brown color producing a thin light tan head which quickly dissipates and creates a small sheen of lacing on my glass.

S: Coffee, fresh oats and toasted dark malt. There is also a hint of chocolate in the smell as well. Nice robust set of flavors.

T: A nice combination of roasted malt, oatmeal and mild dark chocolate. There is also a hint of hop bitterness in the middle but the beer definitely finishes sweet.

M: This is a thin beer for a stout with low carbonation but there is a robust flavor profile.

O: Decent beer which could use a little tuning. I would drink this again for sure.

Photo of CurtisLoew
2.16/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours brown color. Big head. This beer is well carbonated at least, foam fills the glass with a normal pour.

Smells like weak stout. Faint chocolate, bitterness. Taste is rather bland. A strange fruitiness appears as the beer warms. Very thin beer, I mean VERY thin. I really didn't think it was very good.

Photo of zrab11
2.81/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a nice brown color almost black. with a small head, very little lacing

S- Smells of sweet chocolate with some coffee notes

T- Has a bitter coffee taste with come chocolate mixed in.

M-Light bodied

D-Overall this was a watered down stout. Not very good flavors and too light for me.

Photo of mdaschaf
2.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Review from notes

A: Poured a chocolaty dark brown with a very small tan head. Any head that formed was gone quickly and spotty lacing that was left behind did not last long either.

A: Some roasted malt and a little bit of coffee. The dominant aroma is of chocolate, and reminds me a lot of the chocolate extract I used in a homebrew, but not as chocolaty.

T: There is a little bit of chocolate and some roasted malt. There is a slight hop bitterness, but it lacked the sweetness I hope for in an oatmeal stout.

M: Overall it seemed to be a bit thin, somewhat watered down, and carbonation was low.

O: A bit of a letdown. Was hoping for a slightly thicker body with more sweetness from the oats to offset the chocolate and bitterness a little.

Photo of THECPJ
3/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: dark brown with a half finger head

smell: malty, chocolate extract

taste: chocolate extract, roast, malts

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: not bad but wasn't liking the chocolate extract. your big time now use real chocolate.

Cheers,
The CPJ

Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.39/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty wimpy head, god awful really for a stout. It fades in second, too quick to even measure it. The body is pitch black. The smell however is very good, smells creamy, chocolaty and malty, it smells really yummy. Eh, taste is ok, nothing really that special here, the mouthfeel is super super thin, it feels like a lager. As for the taste, I mean what is there to say? I get a little malt and a tiny bit of chocolate but that's about it. It's not creamy at all like it smelled, it's thin on the mouth and a little too carbonated as well. There really isn't much flavor here at all, very watery. Drinkability is obviously super high, but that's it's only redeeming factor. Really a disappointing beer here.

Photo of Satchboogie
2.33/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours dark brown, 1 finger mocha colored bubbly head that quickly dissipates.

S: Very dark roasted malts, char, maybe a little chocolate, slight floral hop.

T: One dimensional. It's pretty much just dark roasted malts and char up front that disappears almost as soon as it hits the pallet. There is a little chocolate in there, but not in a good way. Almost like someone dropped a hershey kiss in it. I've had few beers that were so "meh" on flavor, just about all the flavor disappears in a mater of a second or two and leaves you with a watery flat finish.

M: Medium to high carbonation, very thin body. Tastes/feels more like lightly flavored water than a stout. When I think of what a BMC stout would taste like, this is it.

D: While it's low ABV, low flavor, thin body, you could say that its really drinkable, but the problem is that I simply don't want to drink this.

I probably wouldn't drink this if it were free, let alone pay $2 a bottle. Everything I love about stouts is what is bad about this one. Big flavors? - Fail. Big chocolate flavors? - Fail. Big mouthfeel? - epic fail. When a microbrewery puts out a regular beer like this I wonder how they are still in business. This was a drain pour.

Photo of Thorpe429
2.38/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark brown with very little head or lacing. Nose is roasted malts with hints of chocolate and coffee. Taste is similar but quite bland; just the occasional hint of flavor here and there. Mouthfeel is a bit better with a nice creaminess and some body. Not my favorite representation of the style.

Photo of BeefyMee
2.82/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Looks almost pure black with just a little light sneaking through. Not much of a head. No lacing. Tastes very roasty but not much else. Feels watery and overcarbonated. Kind of irritating on the back of the throat. Not bad, but I just get bored with it.

Photo of laituegonflable
3/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Another big shout-out to Charlie from Vermont for sharing this one (I'd put his BA username but he doesn't have one).

Pours a dark cocoa colour, cola held up to the light, red-wine colour at the base. Head is beige, fizzes a bit then sinks to a ring around the top. Lacing is gorgeously sticky. Nice lace but could be darker and use more retention.

Nose is very malty, a lot of dark grain but not a lot of roasty characters. A nutty character dominates with pecan and chestnut on there, a hint of coconut and a lot of wood, like fresh pine bark but also like a chestnut shell. Some distinct oats as well and maybe some chocolate if I'm being generous. More like a carob character though.

Taste is more of the same, a lot of wood - oak and pine with a hint of brandy on the front. Mid-palate has lots of darker malt with some mild roastiness on the back, slightly sour. Not a lot to the palate and a bit disappointing for an oatmeal stout. Not a lot of chocolate character, lacking in potency, a bit of a cardboard note, yeah just needs more.

Mouthfeel is quite syrupy but goes down slick. Decent but not great.

A bit underwhelming, particularly given the style, but certainly drinkable.

Photo of sisuspeed
2.48/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Foothills signature glass. Pouring right down the center creates a nice half finger tan head that sits on top of dark brown body. No lacing.

On the nose I'm picking up a lactic milk sourness, followed by some roasted malts and possibly a hint of chocolate. Not overly pleasant.

Flavor is faint roasted malts, a bit of sour wateriness and some slightly sticky sweet notes. Fairly watery, not much flavor in general. Seems lacking and a bit off at the same time.

Body is watery with light carbonation. Not much of a body.

Drinkability is kind of low. It tastes a bit like flavored water with a hint of malt thrown in. Slight sourness doesn't fit well like some soured porters do. I'll probably pour out half of the bottle before recycling.

Overall, this is a pretty weak stout in almost every aspect. Plus the flavor seems a bit soured. Maybe Trout River has done better batches of this beer, but this is not one of them. I wouldn't recommend picking up a bottle.

Photo of jlindros
3.17/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: 1 finger creamy head that slowly fades over dark brown super bubbly beverage.

N: I could smell it on the pour, with tons of roast, chocolate, and stout aromas. Some light oatmeal aromas, with creamy chocolate and slight spicy hops, bitterness on the nose, hard to describe but like pure darkness and bitterness. Some coffee and more roast late.

T: Very stouty. Somewhat creamy with a little lactose, chocolate, bakers chocolate, some coffee and tons of roast. Bitter from the stout flavors, an earthy bitter stout like char. A little sweet, but not very much.

M: Very light body, much lighter than I expected, and takes away quite a bit from the beer I think. Decent carbonation.

F: Finishes a little bitter from that stout flavors, but not that much either. Creamy milky taste lingers with some of the chocolate and roast, but light on the finish too. Doesn't leave much on the mouth and leaves a lot to be desired.

Photo of donkeyrunner
2.95/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thin, hot cocoa colored head. Pours clear, dark brown but looks black in my glass, ruby when held to light. Surprisingly, this is one of Trout River's cleaner looking beers. Collar retention casts out a lacey net.

Hickory cocoa powder and bitter roast malt aroma. Taste is like a chocolate almond bar crushed and mixed with water. Roast malt from the aroma is subdued and thinned out like the rest of the flavor. Elements of toffee. An oatmeal stout light, if you will.

Photo of puboflyons
3.16/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with no bottling or expiration date noted. Sampled on January 29, 2010. The pour is quite drak and almost black with a hint of a creamy beige head that dissolves quickly. The aroma was not very strong but from what I could gather included a balance of burnt chocolate, thin malts, and biscuits. The taste is about the same and maybe a bit better with some weak chocolate. thin hops, and bread. I downed it quickly without savoring much of it.

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Chocolate Oatmeal Stout from Trout River Brewing Company
70 out of 100 based on 117 ratings.