Chocolate Oatmeal Stout - Trout River Brewing Company

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117 Ratings
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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 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 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 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 Jason
2.11/5  rDev -29%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

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.

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 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 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 JMScowcroft
2.34/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Look - cheap looking bottle, blank cap, very rustic looking, labels fall off on their own from condensation. Pours a dark chocolate brown and is completely impossible to see through in normal lighting. I saw absolutely no head whatsoever, even though it is quite carbonated.

Smell - Sweet chocolate. This is about the only thing good about this beer.

Taste - Heavily carbonated, bitter stout with chocolate or coffee overtones, a bit bland, could have had more of a stout overtone to it, I think they concentrated too much on getting the chocolate taste into the beer.

Mouthfeel - Bitter, not very pleasant and hits all the wrong nerves, could have added something smooth to the end of it.

Drinkability - Not very drinkable at all, almost undrinkable, between the taste and the thickness, I couldn't finish one, and I can tolerate a stout.

Overall would not recommend this unless you only drink stouts and you want to try all of them.

Photo of nrbw23
2.35/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A- Pours a dark brown or black color. Has a small brownish colored head that has very little retention and leaves pretty much no lacing.

S- The good here is some chocolate and roasted malts. The bad is just about everything else picking up some chalky smell.

T- Wow not very good here. Touch of chocolate, roasted malt taste just seems way off and has a terrible after taste.

M- Medium in body, low carbonation almost flat and felt watery in the mouth.

D- Well, just not very good at all. I think I'll pass.

Photo of willabys
2.37/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

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 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 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 Deuane
2.5/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Thanks to clockworkorange for the hookup on this VT brew.

A-Dark brown with the thinnest of a light tan head left no lace.

S-An odd sour/metallic smell a little roast and a faint bit of chocolate malt.

T-Oddly metallic with a bit of roast and a whimper of dark chocolate.

M-Almost light in body where the hell is the oatmeal body boost? This brew has no gusto nor flavour!

D-Blah! Super dull....chocolate, barely! Oatmeal, where? Odd flavours, yes sir! Want another? No thanks! It isn't awful but it sure isn't for me!

Photo of Todd
2.51/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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 bort11
2.52/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass. Thin egg white head that doesn't stand up to much. Thin film settle on the surface. Color is a dark reddish brown when held to the light.

Smell has some nice chocolate aromas, but that's about it. Taste is missing that chocolate, and just comes off as weak and acrid.

Mouthfeel is missing all of the creaminess that an oatmeal stout should have. This one seems to miss the mark at all levels

Photo of jmz62565
2.55/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of Jwale73
2.56/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured with a thick, foamy, off-white/tan colored head that dissipated quickly. Mild, nutty smell. Felt very watery in the mouth, and not in a good way. Little lacing remained during the tasting. Very little flavor lingered after the swallow. Can't exactly place the aftertaste, but somewhat citrusy. Generally, very uncharacteristic of an oatmeal stout.

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 LittleBreeze
2.61/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Grabbed a few bottles while in Vermont.

Pours black with, a quickly fading, thin head.

There is an aroma of coffee. However, it isn't a strong, rich or attractive smell.

The taste is okay but nothing special.There was an after taste that was out of place. I didn't detect any chocolate malty goodness.

Mouth feel was consistent with the style.

I could do without drinking another.

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 number1bum
2.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to BeerTruth for this one.

Pours a dark brown, not quite black and not quite opaque, with some ruby hues through it when held to the light. Looks a bit thin for an oatmeal stout, but it's not big in the abv department so that's not necessarily bad. About one finger of coffee colored head on top recedes to a thin lace, doesn't leave a heck of a lot of stick.

My first thought when putting this to my nose is that it seems a bit off. Not sure what it is, sort of a metallic aroma I suppose, with feint chocolate and a little bit of roastiness but little other malt in the nose.

Where the nose was off a bit, the taste is even more off. There is something very wrong here. It's like a rotten fruit and metallic flavor combination, with barely any chocolate or caramel or coffee or any other tasty malt flavor whatsoever. At the very end there is a feint roasted malt some chocolate malt and a smoky flavor, but the dominant flavor is a funky fruitiness. Not good. Mouthfeel is very thin and watery with none of the creaminess that is typical in an oatmeal stout.

Somethin just ain't right with this brew. I don't know if it's intentional or just not good, but I won't have this again.

Photo of KTCamm
2.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

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.

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Chocolate Oatmeal Stout from Trout River Brewing Company
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