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Brown's Oatmeal Stout - Brown's Brewing Company

Brown's Oatmeal StoutBrown's Oatmeal Stout

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119 Ratings
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Ratings: 119
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 17.78%


Brewed by:
Brown's Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  5.25% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: NEhophead on 05-02-2005)
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.24/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I believe I got this one from Halftime beverage.com
A - Pours a very deep brown almost pitch black with a full inch of mocha head that seems to stick around minutes after pouring. Already I am impressed.
S - Oh no I smell a touch of metallic like grain with a bit of roast and just a pinch of chocolate like malts. Not good.
T - Well it's fairly thin which makes it taste like a version of Guinness draft. The roast does play into the taste but very little if nowhere to be found chocolate malts. The metallic twang is also constant which is a bummer.
M - Thin, not very chewy or consistent with the style.

Overall it does dial back with the metallic note after it warms a bit but it's a thin very forgettable stout with mild flavors.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2013 23:57:13 | More by DrDemento456
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

2.26/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz. bottle courtesy of innuendobrewskiman63 (thanks Jeff). Served in a standard pint glass. Pours the color and clarity of cola with a thin fizzy head that effervesces and dissipates immediately off the pour. Nose is not what I expected - cherry notes dominate, followed by the merest suggestion of dark malts and maybe a hint of brown sugar. Taste - not great, tart cherries, acidic, old coffee grounds, metallic notes - it's pretty bad. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a lively, almost prickly carbonation and some astringency. Well - hopefully this is just a bad bottle, but this is one of the worst beers I've had in a while. Definitely infected if I had to guess. The first beer I've drain-poured in quite a while.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2013 02:32:49 | More by Jwale73
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mikeg67

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On Tap at the brewery in Troy, NY. Pours dark brown with long lived off-white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of caramel malt, dark fruit and cacao. Body is full, creamy and smooth. Caramel malt, vanilla, coffee, brown sugar, dark fruit, sherry and hint of hops combine on the palate. Finish is long and semi-dry. Delicious brew.

Serving type: on-tap

01-13-2013 14:38:08 | More by mikeg67
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KChugsR


4.45/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I had this beer for the first time on-tap at the brewery (Which is a great place to relax on the patio with a beer and a plate of wings). I immediately fell in love with the beer. I must have had 5 of them before I decided to switch to a lighter pale ale, but quickly switched back to the oatmeal stout after that. Needless to say, I did no end up driving myself home that night. Great beer. A store near my house sells 6-packs of it, and I am a frequent customer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-17-2012 18:13:51 | More by KChugsR
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rlee1390

Indiana

3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Black, two finger light tan head, doesn't last that long.

S-Roasted malt, oats, slight coffee notes, some chocolate is in there as well.

T-Starts with a blend of oats and roasted malt. Although roasted is borderline burnt

M-Medium bodied, well carbonated, also on the watery side.

O-A nice stout, a tad on the boring side, plus the watery mouthfeel is a let down.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2012 00:28:33 | More by rlee1390
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SickGnar

Pennsylvania

3.03/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Way carbonated – big psst when opened and foam fills the glass. Contaminated? It took multiple pour-and-waits to empty the bottle. Dark, dark brown with a garnet hue when held to light. Well short of opaque with a few streams of bubbles visible when held to light. Big pillowy head that retains alright and leave some tenuous bits of lacing.

S: Thin chocolate & malty sweetness. There is a metallic note and a slight tartness. Not good. Weak & watery – smell is there, but thin and stretched.

T: Chocolate more than roast. Just a pinch of coffee briefly flashes way in the finish. Base is nutty & malty sweet with an okay dose of oatmeal. Quite a bit of dark fruit and soft tartness. Background herbal hops at the end. A bit dry & thin & biting. Again – stretched and watery.

M: Well on the thin side of medium body with over-matched carbonation. Way more than it needs and distractingly expansive & mouthfilling. More bite and quench than appropriate in a stout. Still, it does manage a hint of oatmeal creaminess, a touch of chew, and a semi-sweet finish.

D: Appears to have quality control issues in the bottling, but to be fair I believe I have an older bottle. I bit this would be better fresher and/or on tap. It is more interesting than the typical macro, but not necessarily more drinkable or enjoyable. Benefit of the doubt on this review.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 00:34:23 | More by SickGnar
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

2.7/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very dark brown...almost black. No light gets through when held up to light. Off-white head, good carbonation.
No smell at all...ok, its mild but I know its beer.
taste of coffee...toffee and caramel
Yea, its a stout...no personality
not a big fan

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2011 00:57:46 | More by DrinkSlurm
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DarthKostrizer

California

3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Look: Black and totally opaque with brown rings around the edges 1/4 inch head and no retention or lace

Smell: Coffee oatmeal and some black licorice

Taste: Upfront is a light roastyness then halfway through the oatmeal takes over and you get a bit of nuttiness. The middle is probably the best tasting and the back end has just a touch of coffee

Mouthfeel: Is a bit on the thin side and the carbonation is a bit on the high side

Overall: Not a bad little oatmeal stout especially for the price. Worth a try for sure

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2011 01:40:25 | More by DarthKostrizer
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CaptJackHarkness

New York

2.75/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer had no discernable scent whatsoever! It is the deep brown/black one expects from a stout. Somehow the Willamette hops do not bitter the brew enough, yet it is not sweet either!

The bottle claims its been declared " the worlds finest example of the style" earning a Gold at the WorldBeer Cup in 04. It's probably good that I was not on that judging panel!

"

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2011 00:45:04 | More by CaptJackHarkness
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airforbes1

New York

3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours cola black with a head that disappears all too quickly. The aroma is quite nice, however, with strong chocolate notes. Maybe a little too much chocolate for an oatmeal stout.

This beer has potential, but it doesn't quite meet it. The flavor starts with chocolate and transitions to a roasted oats taste, but I find the transition to be somewhat jarring. Still, the mouthfeel is smooth, making it an enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2011 02:00:25 | More by airforbes1
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atr2605

New York

2.63/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A-pours black with a two finger width tan head with average retention
S-sweet malt, coffee, and chocolate
T-a little toasted malt with the after taste bringing more of the coffee flavor. Not much chocolate pulls through in the flavor
M-medium bodied
O-Meh. Lacks a little flavor for the style and although it is quite drinkable I have had many oatmeal stouts that are superior. Not terrible, but wouldn't necessarily buy again

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2011 02:53:53 | More by atr2605
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a growler while back in the area visiting family. This brewery was my homer spot for 2+ years. The stout pours an extremely dark blackish-brown color with blood ruby highlights and a very thin, light, foamy chocolate milk colored head. Aromas of light roast coffee and cream, with a hint molasses and chocolate. Flavors are rich and smooth on a light body. Coffee and hazelnut character come forward first, with a smooth chocolate and caramel malt backbone to keep the brew on the sweeter side of bitter. The aftertaste is dark chocolate, and a little bitter, with a slick and lingering finish. This is lighter than I like for the style, but very tasty overall.

Serving type: growler

07-26-2011 21:45:16 | More by GarthDanielson
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BrewCrew2010

Mississippi

4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown, almost black body, with a thin, creamy tan head; mostly lasting, but no lacing.

S: A light nose, but a good one at that: roasted chocolate malts, sweet toasted oats, coffee notes, caramel, and some vanilla.

T/M: Great flavor: oats create a sense of sweetness while the roasted chocolate malts create a slight bitterness to balance it out. Getting a little lactose to make it creamy and kind of lean, but it's still chewy on the tongue and carbonation is light. Didn't expect it, but definitely getting some smoke in the flavor as well. Other flavors include cocoa, coffee, and vanilla.

O: I love oatmeal stouts and this one was really nice. It's always my go-to at the Tri-City ValleyCats ballgame. Easy to find, priced well, and characteristics are spot on. A must try for a oatmeal stout lover.

Serving type: on-tap

07-23-2011 13:28:06 | More by BrewCrew2010
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EricCioe

Montana

3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to thickfreakness for passing this one on.

This pours very dark brown, almost black but with some highlights. There is a small sandy head that rises and falls and leaves no lace. On the nose there is a nice flaked oats with chocolate and roasted malt mixture. In the mouth, the oats and roast come out more, not quite a bitter beer but definitely the chocolate is buried. The biggest problem here is a very thin body. The finish is medium and decent but it seems unsupported by any heft.

Overall, this is a decent oatmeal stout, pretty midrange.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2011 23:43:19 | More by EricCioe
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Brad007

Vermont

4.68/5  rDev +30%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark black color with a brown one-finger head into my glass. Nice and dark and right on cue.

Roasted coffee with a hint of cocoa and cream in the nose. Again, right on cue!

Silky, luscious mouthfeel with roasted coffee and a good dollop of cream. Think dark roasted coffee in the morning. Mmmm. It appeals to my senses.

Lingering silky mouthfeel with roasted coffee/cream in the back. Very luscious.

Out of all the beers I've had from Brown's, this one takes the cake. Well-done and highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2011 23:17:29 | More by Brad007
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nezelrac

New York

3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into shaker pint

A - pours a dark brown/black with a medium dense finger and a half of tan foam that slowly subsides to a ring 3/4 of the way through; little lacing

S - sweet and roasted malts up front, followed by molasses and chocolate milk; fruity notes lurk and pop - baked blueberry and roasted stone fruits; caramel and hints of burnt caramel roud out the edges

T - for all the aromas, this is a bit simple on the palate - appealing, but simple; nice dark and sweet malts and a gentle roasted edge gives way to a creaminess mid-palate; gets a little lean towards the back-end

M - nice up front, but gets a little watery; CO2 is fine

O - on the light end for the style, but good drinkability and enough interest

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2011 23:39:57 | More by nezelrac
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jpmclaug

South Carolina

3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a pint glass. Recieved as an extra somewhere... I wish I hadn't lost my spreadsheet to let me know who sent it.

Black body with a fair sized tan head.
Some roast, some background sweetness, a bit of that typical oatmeal stout smell, a real nice sweetness in the background.
Tastes like dark malts, not much chocolate or roast in this but just a little bit present, some caramel and oat taste, medium body with a fair amount of carbonation.

Overall a decent beer. Not much going on with the flavor though, pretty boring. I wouldn't mind drinking it again if I wanted a beer but it's really boring for the style. There are a lot of other stout's I'd like to drink.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2011 00:41:42 | More by jpmclaug
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musicforairports

New York

4.33/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub.

Blackish, small head that leaves a lot of lacing.

Smells nutty, chocolate-y, some toffee.

Taste is smooth, creamy and flavorful. Lots of non-burnt dark malt flavors. Don't taste any alcohol, but I'd think it was higher than it was.

Mouthfeel is creamy enough without being too much. It's still watery enough to know this isn't an imperial stout or anything.

You don't generally find a 5.25 percent ABV stout with as much flavor as this.

Serving type: on-tap

04-05-2011 14:31:18 | More by musicforairports
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SisuPride

Tennessee

3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark black with a thin layer of light tan almost beige bubbles close which dissipated rather quickly leaving no head at all.

S - Roasted malts, chocolate, caramel notes

T - Roasted malts dominate with a smooth chocolate and caramel taste lingering throughout. Hints of oatmeal and vanilla stay in the background. Sweet and smooth!

M - Medium bodied for a stout, it feels a little thin with carbonation this dissappears quickly. Finish is a yummy roasted malt flavor.

D - Great drinkability. I could drink a sixer of this stout and not feel inflated - I can not say that about a lot of stouts. I really liked this beer but then again it fell in line with a lot of porters that I really enjoyed.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2011 03:09:30 | More by SisuPride
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smcolw

Massachusetts

2.88/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Beige head that leaves ring lace. Dark brown color where nearly no light shines through.

Mild aroma of darker malts--little else.

Spritzy like a soda. There's a light fruitiness. I think this is far closer to a brown ale. The body is thin, particularly for a oatmeal stout. The aftertaste dies nearly immediately. Perhaps the weakest stout I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2011 03:20:47 | More by smcolw
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ngeunit1

California

3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark black-brown color with a finger of brownish-head. The head has pretty good retention and laces nicely on the glass.

S- Lots of roasted carmel malts and some really nice sweetness from the oats. There is also some chocolate notes in the background with a tad of coffee.

T - Starts off with some nice toasted carmel malt and the oat flavor mixing nicely. There is also a touch of cocoa in the background. Through the middle the roasted flavors really come out and there is even a little bot of coffee flavor along with it. The finish is a mix of the roasted carmel malts and sweet oat flavor alongside some lingering roasted flavors.

M - A little bit more than medium bodied with light carbonation. Super smooth and silky. Almost slides through the mouth. But really watery at all.

D - Very drinkable. The flavors are really nice, and while there is sweetness, it is well balanced and never feels like too much. The mouthfeel is really fantastic.

Serving type: growler

03-05-2011 04:50:50 | More by ngeunit1
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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle.

black, with some ruby highlights. thick cream colored head that lasts. not too strong of an aroma. just a little sweetness.

as expected, the malt flavor is more sweet than roasty. oat. body is on the thicker side, about right for the style.

decent, if unspectacular oatmeal stout. If I lived in Troy, it'd be a good everyday "drink with meal" beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2011 03:52:38 | More by jmdrpi
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Sam21

Connecticut

4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle with no bottle code poured into a pint glass. Paid $8.99 for a six pack.

Appearance - Black body with a creamy light brown head. Okay retention with no lacing. Recedes to a quarter inch cap and holds. I've had this on tap many times and this is how it has looked, although there is usually less retention.

Smell - Silky smooth milk chocolate. Nice sweetness provided by the oats. Subtle dark fruits and a smoky backbone.

Taste - Woody smoke hits the tongue hard with some very light rasted malt. The chocolate and dark fruit are present and help balance out a bit of the smoke. Sweet finish with some light smoke lingering.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied and supremely smooth. Moderate carbonation. One of the highlights of this beer.

Drinkability - This beer drinks very nicely. The unique flavors of woody campfire smoke mesh well with the sweetness. Everything is brought together by a great smooth light body. I've had this with some heavily smoked BBQ before and it is sublime. Damn good. One of my two favorite oatmeal stouts alongside Ipswich.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2011 17:45:05 | More by Sam21
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tigg924

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Dinosaur BBQ Albany

Appearance: dark brown in color, minimal head, clear

Smell: sweet nut and toasted malt

Taste: sweet nuts and oats, toasted malt, and a touch of maple

Mouthfeel: sweet, medium light bodied, low carbonation

Drinkability: A nice, sweet, sessionable oatmeal stout. A nice representation of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

12-01-2010 16:12:47 | More by tigg924
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flagmantho

Washington

3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: black body with brown edges and the tiniest transit of light allowed through. Head is one finger of rapidly dissipating creamy tan foam. Pretty stouty looking.

Smell: nice mocha aroma with hints of chocolate, coffee and roasted grain. My only complaint is that it is a bit light; the aroma seems diluted in water. The composition is damn nice, though.

Taste: flavor starts out with a somewhat fruity character with a hint of tartness, before evolving into a charred wood/roasted barley goodness. It lacks smoothness and refinement, but it ticks all the boxes for oatmeal stout characteristics.

Mouthfeel: smooth, medium body with a well-integrated carbonation. If not precisely creamy, it's got a silky character which I love in a sweeter stout.

Drinkability: this is a tasty stout which I would definitely have again. Not exactly a session beer, as it is a bit sweet, but quite quaffable nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2010 16:22:03 | More by flagmantho
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Brown's Oatmeal Stout from Brown's Brewing Company
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