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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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3.25/5  rDev +9.8%

ZEB89, May 24, 2013
Photo of undertakerfreak1127
2.23/5  rDev -24.7%
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.

undertakerfreak1127, May 11, 2013
Photo of Focusf111
3/5  rDev +1.4%

Focusf111, May 04, 2013
Photo of SerialHiker
3.23/5  rDev +9.1%
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)

SerialHiker, May 01, 2013
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3/5  rDev +1.4%

concealed, Apr 15, 2013
Photo of Siebel98
1.75/5  rDev -40.9%

Siebel98, Mar 12, 2013
Photo of Bajebu
1/5  rDev -66.2%

Bajebu, Nov 20, 2012
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3/5  rDev +1.4%

sdaly3, Nov 04, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +26.7%

dunix, Oct 29, 2012
Photo of muffiewolf
1.5/5  rDev -49.3%
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.

muffiewolf, Oct 26, 2012
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3/5  rDev +1.4%

djrn2, Oct 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev +35.1%

ehnahwy8, Oct 15, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -7.1%

ErrandWolfe, Jul 18, 2012
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3.33/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

OtherShoe2, Jun 23, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -7.1%

sammib528, Apr 29, 2012
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2.55/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

GarthDanielson, Apr 24, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -15.5%

NHSTEVE, Apr 23, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +18.2%

Bilco, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of tobelerone
2.73/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

tobelerone, Apr 02, 2012
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2/5  rDev -32.4%

jsboates, Mar 11, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +18.2%

Saltee, Mar 06, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +18.2%

steve8robin, Mar 05, 2012
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1/5  rDev -66.2%

chrispoint, Feb 19, 2012
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2/5  rDev -32.4%

jfcaa193, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of Hojaminbag
2.5/5  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.

Hojaminbag, Jan 26, 2012
Chocolate Oatmeal Stout from Trout River Brewing Company
70 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.