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Chocolate Oatmeal Stout - Trout River Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
70
okay

116 Ratings
THE BROS
55
awful

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Ratings: 116
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 2.96
pDev: 25.34%
Wants: 3
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Trout River Brewing Company visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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!

(Beer added by: UnionMade on 02-16-2002)
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Reviews by Fish113d:
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Fish113d

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +27.7%

Pours a nice milk-chocolate brown color with a dense bone-color tan head forming at the surface quickly and almost overflows my tulip glass. Dissipates rather quickly leaving little cling to a surface layer atop my brew. Not much light gets through the body.

Quite aromatic. At first, I get a chocolate maltiness along with a hint of toffee. The oats come through after along with a bit of floral hops. Not as milky as expected on the nose.

Sipping reaveals a very non-sweet bitterness of the hops right away, but it gives way to a powdered bakers' chocolate flavor as well as the oatmeal comes through as well toward the finish. A nice aftertaste of sweeter chocolate and oatmeal comes through 5 seconds after the swallow leaving a nice flavor on my palate.

Body is quite watery. I was expecting a bit more body considering it's a stout, but overall, not bad. Carbonation is well-balanced with the flavors at 60 degrees (temp I drank it).

Very drinkable. Not too sweet, and light on the belly. A 6-pack would NOT be out of the question.

01-20-2008 21:08:15 | More by Fish113d
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Popsinc

Ontario (Canada)

2.9/5  rDev -2%

A dark black pour with a very small head that faded much too quickly for my liking.

The nose was light in all aspects. Light maltiness and more over, very light on chocolates and roasted malts. It really wasn't all that appetizing.

The taste was again, very mild and too subtle for my liking. A real lack of body. Dark, roatsed malts were present but very mild and any "chocolatey" quality was almsot non-existant.

I didn't feell that this particular beer lived up to the title of an "Chocolate Oatmeal Stout".

06-13-2003 12:40:23 | More by Popsinc
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Todd

Colorado

2.45/5  rDev -17.2%

Presentation: 12oz bottle. No freshness date.

Appearance: Nice deep & dark coloured brown beer with mohogany edges and a tan cream head that settles to a thin creamy lace.

Smell: Slightly acrid with some chocolate and roasted in the nose.

Taste: Even medium bodied with a coarse mouthfeel. A very acrid and roasted beer with hickory, light chocolate malts and some hop bitterness making up the majority of the flavours. Malt flavour / sweetness is low. Finish is a bit dry with an unpleasant after taste.

Notes: A bland beer with little depth. Way too roasted and unbalanced as a result. The name builds an expectation that the beer never lives up to. Thin, lackluster and "why?" comes to mind after drinking this beer.

02-16-2002 00:00:01 | More by Todd
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sponberg

New York

3.38/5  rDev +14.2%

Dark brown with a fizzy tan head that dissipates quickly. Aroma like bitter chocolate covered marzipan - a definite almond component.

Hmm... Starts out sort of chocolatey and oatmealy behind the fizz, then heads towards some roasted, bitter, earthy, and slightly alcoholic flavors before fading into a dry, bitter chocolate finish. Thin mouthfeel - detracts a bit. Additional body would make this a much better brew. The flavors are there, they just need a little support from the choir.

07-20-2003 02:46:54 | More by sponberg
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shapudding

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev +19.9%

Poured pitch chocolately dark, clear and rootbeery. Nice khaki head, unfortunately there was no retention... Strange scent... makes me think of a cleanser....comet? Thin and malty...
Nice dark taste, dark toast and chocolate malts. Bit of not so strong coffee. As it warms up you get more of an oak, vanilla, whiskey flavor that comes out. Very light bodied, surprising. But there is a decent amount of carbination in the mouthfeel. Easy drinker.

09-01-2004 03:28:16 | More by shapudding
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Jason

Massachusetts

2.08/5  rDev -29.7%

12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date, hmm odd purple label. Frothy stout like head that stays around a while, very dark brown colour with noticeable sediment particles floating around.

Mildly acrid burnt aroma, smell of charcoal and powdered carob.

Thin slick smoothness on the tongue, mildly acidic roasted twang with a thinnish malt body and flavour. Hops are light and get lost in the mix, earthy flavour burst middle to end with charred wood and yeast. Faint hints of a watery dark chocolate are a distant echo in the drying finish.

The brew has no gusto, where is the body and where is the flavour? You can tell the oats are there but with the off flavours nothing really comes through correctly. A far cry from a stout let alone a chocolate oatmeal stout.

08-01-2002 18:33:45 | More by Jason
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merlin48

Kentucky

3.15/5  rDev +6.4%

12 oz bottle pours dark and opaque, with a 2 cm tan head that falls flat in seconds, leaving no lace.

Aroma has lots of roasted malts, with cappucinno and cigar tobacco.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied, highly carbonated, and lacking in richness.

Dark, roasted malts here, with a subdued taste of bitter coffee. Faint chocolate is present, particularly in the finish. Oatmeal is not detected, and the hop presence is noticable only by the bitterness.

I love this brewery's lavender labels. This stout fails to impress due to its lack of complexity and understated character. Not one I would buy again.

07-30-2004 20:54:24 | More by merlin48
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Billolick

New York

3.38/5  rDev +14.2%

12 ouncer purchased at the Brattleboro, Vt. food coop (great place to stop for fine food and decent food if in the area or passing thru) No freshness info to be had. Pours pretty much what a stout should look like, dark tan head packs it in quickly and lacing is minor. A hint of chocolate and malt in the nose. Like the other Trout River brews I have tried, this one seems somehow off target flavor wise. Any chocolate note is minor and not distinct. Roasted grains are evident, but this one lacks the much enjoyed softness and velvety mouth feel sensation of the all stars of the style. The finish is dry, with some chalky bite. Nothing special going on here.

06-30-2008 01:11:05 | More by Billolick
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kingcrowing

Vermont

3.8/5  rDev +28.4%

This was called the "Nitro stout" at the brewery in Lyndonville.

Very dark and smooth looking with a deep head that stuck around for a bit, I sampled with the non-nitro and this had a much better mouth feel, it was almost buttery (not in flavor but consistency). There was a slight alcohol aroma to it. Overall it was quite tasty and if you're in the area, pick up a pint!

06-13-2009 15:23:19 | More by kingcrowing
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racer2k

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev +22.6%

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.

12-21-2011 22:08:17 | More by racer2k
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GRE680

Michigan

4/5  rDev +35.1%

05-27-2013 16:21:09 | More by GRE680
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mdaschaf

Washington

2.65/5  rDev -10.5%

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.

05-24-2011 20:12:13 | More by mdaschaf
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Varkias41

New Jersey

3/5  rDev +1.4%

10-01-2013 15:56:35 | More by Varkias41
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GratefulBeerGuy

New Hampshire

3.6/5  rDev +21.6%

AP: Very dark brown, nearly black. Little activity with a scattered and bubbly light-mocha head with many small bubbles, not frothy and thick but spread and thin. Dissipates to a minimal scattered covering.

Nose: Sweet and roasty, coffee smelling malt, minor chocolate notes.

Taste: A roasted coffee with oats taste, sweet flvored malt comes through, with a leafy hop ending. Leaves a nutty and roasty after-taste.

Mf: Rather thin in texture with a slipperry feel, a bit flat feeling, mild activity.

DA: I enjoy a thicker and heartier effect for the style.

10-14-2006 14:48:52 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
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jmz62565

Connecticut

2.53/5  rDev -14.5%

This pours a dark brown with almost no head. The smell has some coffee and chocolate,but it's not all that strong. The taste has some milky creamyness to it with some coffee and chocolate flavors with some roastyness. Nothing all that exciting. The m/f is weak,light,and watery with a roasted flavor that doesn't fit. Sorry Trout River, but I'm going to have to pour this out. Not a good offering.

03-22-2006 07:01:28 | More by jmz62565
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +29.4%

Although it's a little thinner than I'd hoped, Trout River's Chocolate Oatmeal Stout does live up to its name. It pours a very-dark-almost-black body beneath a creamy head of light tan. It's bottle conditioned, so the clarity depends on how carefully you pour it; not that you can see much in its dark body anyway. The nose is fresh and inviting with a clear note of cocoa and dull roastiness. It's light-medium in body, and the restrained, soft carbonation leaves it remarkably smooth across the palate. In the flavor a burst of yeasty fruitiness comes forth with notes of mildy tart and sweet red berries. Some mild chocolate is there swirling in the background, but you don't really get it until the swallow. Surprisingly, instead of roastiness (although some is there), a handfull of mild leafy hops and a dull bitterness ushur you out in the delicately lingering finish. It's definitely English in nature with a demure body and restrained maltiness offset by yeasty fruitiness. Definitely drinkable; not necessarily satiating.

08-05-2006 13:39:42 | More by NeroFiddled
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willabys

Virginia

2.33/5  rDev -21.3%

Poured into my rather nice White Grass Touring pint glass. Pours somewhat clear I think, but VERY dark and yummy looking. Then there is the head, not what I think of when I think stouts, Oh well.

Smells of coffee, chocolate and some kind of slight spicyness I can't place directly to some aromatic in my spice rack.

Taste is, um somewhat malty, kinda got that coffee thing going on, There is that spice too, still can't place it.

Over all this comes off more as a weak coffee chocolate porter. I don't regret having two, I just don't plan on grabbing more when I cruise to Vermont.

11-01-2009 03:28:04 | More by willabys
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KTCamm

New Jersey

2.7/5  rDev -8.8%

Pours dark black with little foam or bubbles. After the initial pour settles, takes on appearance of a cup of coffee. No lacing noted.

Smell is chocolately oats (what else?) with hints of roasted coffee.

Taste is slightly sweet. The oats come through and there is a mild sour hoppy finish. More sour than I'd expect.

Little buzz in the mouth, and the sour watery taste holds over. Overall, easy to drink, but not something I'd keep coming back to - much better uses of oats and choc malt out there.

04-05-2009 11:14:38 | More by KTCamm
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Brionna

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +26.7%

08-13-2013 00:53:09 | More by Brionna
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.15/5  rDev +6.4%

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.

01-30-2010 03:30:32 | More by puboflyons
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ehnahwy8

California

4/5  rDev +35.1%

10-15-2012 04:07:32 | More by ehnahwy8
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undertakerfreak1127

Michigan

2.23/5  rDev -24.7%

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.

05-11-2013 01:55:10 | More by undertakerfreak1127
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ScaryEd

New Hampshire

3.25/5  rDev +9.8%

03-26-2014 15:33:36 | More by ScaryEd
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metter98

New York

3.04/5  rDev +2.7%

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.

06-06-2013 23:05:19 | More by metter98
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mountdew1

New Hampshire

3.15/5  rDev +6.4%

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was an opaque very dark black in color with a chocolate brown head. Aroma was like a chocolate chip cookie, with a strong alcohol scent. Taste was slightly oatmealy with a tinge of chocolate. Felt watery, didn't cling well at all. However, was carbonated just enough which helped. Easy to drink, but not the best.

02-26-2008 23:09:52 | More by mountdew1
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