Brown's Oatmeal Stout - Brown's Brewing Company

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Ratings: 180
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 16.85%
Wants: 5
Gots: 24 | FT: 0
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Brown's Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  5.25% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: NEhophead on 05-02-2005

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Photo of oberon
3.07/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the Man of Kent,poured from the tap an ink black with a very thin almost fizzy almond colored head that was gone very quickly.Highly roasted in the nose and quite dry nearly burnt,very thin boarderline watery mouthfeel led to lesser flavor in my mind it was pretty roasted with a hint of coffee.Not to impressed with this it just lacked alot of depth flavor and mouthfeel wise in my opinion.

Photo of CAC329
2.53/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

It did not grab me. I found the head to be blah. It was virtually null and dissipated quickly. It was black
Reminded me of a flat soda. No punch. No tingle. Did not excite my senses at all. =(

Photo of Billolick
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce brown bottle, pry off cap, no freshness/bottling info to be had. Pours prey darn near black, dark dark khaki head, that stays at about 1/2 inch. Slow fade to 1/4 inch then...eventually...a super thick, good retention..unexciting bits and blobs of lacing. The nose is somewhat off putting, with some dark grains, a cloying sweetness and then a slight licorice note. Dark malts, some caramel and some mild dark chocolate, but this one is kinda thin, lacking in complexity and with a short finish that exposes the limited depth of flavors. Eh, not my favorite of the the Brown's brews I've had the past few days. The label says "Dependable ales", but really what I found was middle of the road micros..worth a ty but nothing special going on..

Photo of tigg924
4.07/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Photo of AMcT22
5/5  rDev +38.1%

My favorite Oatmeal stout. Delicious & Local!

Photo of jeonseh
3.09/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

thanks to bwyker for the chance to try this one

A - Color is a deep chocolate brown and very opaque such that you can't see through it at all. There was really no head at all despite a hard pour and even what was left just barely sat on top of the beer.

S - The first and main smell I get is caramel mixed in with a bit of roastiness. Actually smells a bit like a chocolate covered caramel corn that was slight burnt.

T- here there is a nice bit of oatmeal roastiness that is mixed in to the stout. Taste is also a bit bitter as one can definitely taste the hops that are mixed into this brew. Additionally these are what I taste mostly in the after taste as well as my mouth feels kinda bitter for a stout as this is definitely one dry beer as I really think the dry taste is what really dominates this beer and I don't feel like that is what an oatmeal stout should really taste like. One get a slight bit of that oatmeal wholeness taste that one expects in an oatmeal stout. There is also a slight hint of the caramel that one gets in the nose and have to say this imparts a slight creaminess to the brew.

MF - There is a lot of carbonation in this one and I think that it adds to the bitter flavors being so prominent in this brew. On the whole it is kinda a light bodied beer for the style as it verges on being watery. Didn't really find this creamy at all as the carbonation is a bit too harsh to really make this the least bit creamy.

D - overall an okay oatmeal stout that I was happy to try but would not try to seek out too much. I do really like the caramel corn smell as it is one of my favorite foods but it is really not to prominent and overall the taste on the beer is average as it does not blow me away nor make me want to run away.

Photo of Grugalug
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%

Poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours what I suppose is technically a very dark brown because of the ruby red highlights coming through the bottom of the glass. Has tan one finger head that does not linger for long and leaves a bit of lacing as it dissipates. Carbonation is evident from some bubbles streaming to the top. Wish the head was a bit creamier but looks pretty nice nonetheless. (3.5)

S- Milk chocolate and dark fruits such as raisins come through. A bit of roasted malt and also a caramel/toffee quality. Perhaps a slight English hop character but it's difficult to tell with the presence of the very nice chocolate and dark fruit notes. Subdued but pleasant. (3.75)

T- The milk chocolate and dark fruit character is most evident to start and they marry quite nicely. The caramel/toffee comes through as the finish begins and the finish brings with it an earthy hop bitterness. The roasted malt is evident pretty much throughout. Not quite as refined as the nose but nice. (3.5)

M- This is where the oats are evident as the mouthfeel has that trademark silkiness associated with the style. It does not finish especially dry and it lingers for a bit, which I find to be very pleasing. I find the level of carbonation to be a little harsh and it intrudes to on the silkiness. (3.4)

O- A decent oatmeal stout that I was happy to pick up as it's brew only a few hours away. I really thought that the nose was great, and if the rest of the beer could rise to that level this would be nearing a must-have. (3.55)

Photo of KChugsR
4.37/5  rDev +20.7%
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.

Photo of puboflyons
3.91/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with no date or lot code on the bottle or label. Sampled on October 8, 2009.

It pours quickly with a dark brown to black color and a thin tan head with non-clinging lacing. Not quite as foamy as the stouts I prefer. The aroma is a fascinating combination of sweetness, oatmeal, wheat, and roasted coffee grinds.

The mouthfeel was of thin to medium body which does not emulate some of the other oatmeal stouts I have had in the past.

The flavor rescues my short-lived disappointment with the mouthfeel with an interesting balance of sweet, chocolate malts, and neutral hops. Overall this is quite mild. Not bad in the long run.

Photo of akorsak
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz bottle courtesy of bwyker.

A: The stout is a dark brown-black coffee color. An off-white head quickly dissapated down to a thin band.

S: The aroma has a lactic, sweet oatmeal edge that emerges from the roasted body. At times, the graininess is overwhelming and detracts from the oatmeal.

T: The stout body is decent, maintaining a roasted flavor but coming up short at times. Luckily the sweet flecked oatmeal injects much-needed sweetness. The sweetness is syrupy at times but manages to remain strong throughout the ale.

M: The syrupy sweetness comes close to cloying but holds up well.

D: The stout is decent, a smooth oatmeal stout that won't wow you but will keep you happy.

Photo of SickGnar
3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

Photo of musicforairports
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
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.

Photo of Proteus93
3.54/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to bwyker for the opportunity to try this one!

A: Pretty rich black... the slightest bit of red hue comes through on the bottom with the help of some light. A surprisingly long life on the head of this. About two and a half finger, creamy and sticky.

S: A mild aroma, considering. Roasted malts on the forefront with some softer chocolate scents.

T: Deep roasted malts and oatmeals (almost verging on slightly burnt). Some nuttiness, and a very slight bitter finish.

M + D: A little on the thin side... I tend to love the rich and creamy feel in oatmeal stouts and this one falls a bit short there. It still manages to have a reasonable feel, though, so not too much love lost. At a modest 5%, it could be a session candidate. Dunno if I'd go about having it that way, but I'd certainly give it another shot. Not too bad at all.

Photo of vacax
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours pretty much black with a medium sized dark tan head. Pretty good retention, bubble sizes vary, fair lacing. Smells of chocolate malts, oatmeal, lightly roasty. They're not kidding around on the oatmeal portion. Tastes of chocolate malts, oatmeal, moderately roasty with a dry roasty finish that has a touch of earthy flora. Medium body with a smooth carbonation, some oatmeal thickness but I expected a lot richer mouthfeel after that aroma. Not an amazing brew, but solid oatmeal stout that is very easy and pleasant to enjoy.

Photo of rlee1390
3.8/5  rDev +5%
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.

Photo of plaid75
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep black hue with a one finger foamy tan head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured some faint chocolate and smoke elements.

The taste consisted of a light sweet cream, some roasted malts and a touch of smoke.

The mouthfeel was toward the thinner side of the style.

Overall a good oatmeal stout. Nothing that will knock your socks off but servicable.

Photo of mjaskula
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A growler right from the brewpub, served in a pint glass. Pours a dark black with a tan head that thins to a ring and leaves some lace.

Aroma is thin with some roasiness. Flavor is smooth and roasty with some coffee flavors. Carbonation is high and mothfeel is dry. Overall it's easy drinking.

Photo of DrinkSlurm
2.66/5  rDev -26.5%
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

Photo of erosier
4.23/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice oatmeal stout. The beer pours a really nice black color with a nice tan colored head. The smell is of a really malty aroma with hints of a nice sweet aroma. The taste is really good, very subtle and not overpowering. Hints of a subtle hops don't overpower the oatmeal and malts. The aftertaste is really clean with hints of a chocoalte taste. The carbonation is perfect and this is a very drinkable beer, If you are in the Troy, NY area, you have to try this beer. Really Really Excellent. Stouts are my favorite beers and this is definately in the top 10.

Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
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

Photo of jpmclaug
3.47/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.24/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Photo of cbutova
2.37/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

A- Stubby twelve ounce bottle drops a pitch black brew to my tulip. The head is tan and forms with a strange frothy fizzy texture almost like soda. Cap reaches half a finger, quickly dies and lacing is non-existent.

S- Sweet milk chocolate, medium toasted nuts and oxidation are the main components of this aroma. Slight burnt grains, cocoa powder and raisins also come to mind.

T- Rather fruity for me with dark dried varietals like raisin and cherry coming to mind. Along with that comes toffee, charred malts, toasted grains, milk chocolate and cereal grains like of course the oats. Carrying over from the nose is an oxidized feel which also might be a yeast off-flavor; I remember it from my early home-brew.

MF- Medium bodied with a slick oily feel to it while the texture itself is lacking. Somewhat watery with just a bit of frothy consistency. Soda-esque feeling from the medium-high carbonation.

Lacks that great silky and creamy body I find and look for in this style. From there it cascades downward with a heavy dose of fruits and something that feels like yeast off flavors (reminds me of my early homebrewing days). Very underwhelming compared to the great Stouts out there today.

Photo of ppoitras
3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle purchased as a single from Oliver's in Albany, NY.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" tan head over the barely translucent root beer brown brew. Head lasts well, with slow sheeting lace. Aroma is roasty and dark sweetness. Taste starts where the nose left us, dark and sweet, oatmeal depth in the middle, and a slight tart fruitiness to close. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is pretty good. Wish the tartness had stayed away, this one was headed to an even better place.

Photo of atr2605
2.65/5  rDev -26.8%
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

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Brown's Oatmeal Stout from Brown's Brewing Company
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