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Brown's Oatmeal Stout - Brown's Brewing Company

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Reviews: 66
Hads: 185
Avg: 3.59
pDev: 28.13%
Wants: 5
Gots: 25 | 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 SaucyA
3.46/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Looks a bit like a black soda pop. The head lasts momentarily and fizzles away much like a pop. What's left is a mass of dark, opaque brown with ruby highlights. No on the lacing.

S - Mmmm...now we're talking. Chocolatey, caramel, roasted malts. On point. The sweetness is there but I'm in the mood for it.

T - Relatively non-descript. The usual roasty malts, with a relatively complex malt bill. Slightly earthy. Slight mineral undertones. Nothing that's knocking my socks off, but nothing off.

M - A little lighter and more carbonated than I was expecting for an Oatmeal Stout. I want creamy goodness!

D - Not horrendous but nothing to really go outta my way for. I'd pick up ONE more bottle to see if the mouthfeel ever calmed down on a different batch.

Notes: Adam gave this to me a while ago, and it's sat dormant in my fridge for ages. I saw it today and was just in the mood... to be frank, it could be slightly better in looks and mouthfeel, but it's worthy of a bit more than the credit it gets.

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Photo of JDV
2.78/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle in trade from a forgotten source. Sorry and thanks!
Pours a mostly black color with a medium lived light tan head. Smell is smooth lightly roasted malt and creaminess. Taste is lightly roasty with a metallic and dry finish. Medium to light bodied but a bit of a watery flavor. Kind of a dull flavor and a touch tart, almost as if this isn't very fresh. No idea of bottles age, however.

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Photo of Proteus93
3.54/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of jeonseh
3.09/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

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Photo of younger35
3.12/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Received this brew from drseamus in my box of Big Black Booty. Never even heard of Browns Brewing so it’s always fun to try this new stuff. Drank from my Black Butte Porter pint glass while playing online poker.

Appearance- Pours a deep dark brown with ruby highlights where the light is able to penetrate. Decent head is formed but it dissipates quickly leaving behind a thin cap, thin collar, and very little lacing.
Smell- Not the biggest of noses but it suffices none-the-less. The obligatory roasted coffee and milk chocolate are indeed present. There is a sweet molasses like quality as well along with a bit of black licorice. The most surprising part of the nose though is how nutty it is. More nut in here than any stout I’ve ever whiffed.
Taste- Deep, dark roastiness is abundant in this one. An almost charred coffee taste is what it reminds me of. Hints of milk chocolate and plenty of sweet caramel is present helping to cut into the roasted malts. The nuttiness that was in the nose is definitely present in the mouth. Woody and earthy with the hops not really playing any part.
Mouthfeel- Too damn thin for the style and none of that chewy, creamy mouthfeel I’ve come to expect from anything with oatmeal in it. Plenty of carbonation though.
Drinkability- Overall this definitely isn’t the greatest beer I’ve ever had but all-in-all it’s not bad. If I wouldn’t have known what this beer was (Oatmeal Stout) I would have guessed that it was a Porter. Definitely to thin for the style but tasty none-the-less. Big thanks again to drseamus for the opportunity!

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Photo of seaoflament
3.14/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A nice little extra sent by drseamus in a recent trade, thanks.

Pours a coca-cola color with about a quarter inch of foam which quickly settles to a cluster of bubbles.

Nutty and roasted aromas upfront along with molasses and an odd sweet milk aroma. I also get a cotton candy smell, something very sweet like piloncillo or some heavily amount of brown sugar. Some hints of vanilla, wood, caramel, and warm oatmeal. This sweet aroma is a little off-putting for me; I’m a little hesitant on sipping this beer since it appears like it could be too sweet. After it comes to room temp it’s just overly sweet in the aroma.

Tastes a bit like a cola flavored soda plus some roasted barley, hints of coffee and some notes of bitter chocolate. Tastes a bit like a nut brown ale to me. Some flavors of various nuts, roasted nuts.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin and slightly over carbonated. Couldn’t drink too much of this one. Not completely bad, the flavor is ok but drinkability suffers because the aroma is too sweet to overcome.

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Photo of Stimack
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was pleasantly surprised to see that Brows has started bottling their beers in 12 oz. Bottles. I picked up a mix of the three that they are currently offering which is the Oatmeal Stout, Pale Ale and IPA. Bottle presentation is very classy, nice looking label. Notes on it say “Smooth, silky and rich. Brown's Oatmeal Stout was declared the worlds finest example of th style by the Brewers Association – taking home a Gold Medal at the World Beer Cup in 2004. We handcraft every batch using two-row pale, black caramel and chocolate malts. Willamette hops and a heapin' helping of flaked rolled oats.” I have had thee before on tap while visiting the brewery but had only reviewed the Oat before. The oat from the bottle poured to a pitch black color with a think two finger medium colored head that has very good retention and has left chunks of lacing down the side of the glass. The aromas are rich with roasted malts that also give off tastes of chocolate and caramel. The flavor has a little odd tail end to it but not in a bad way, very enjoyable, The feel is very smooth and creamy. For a local brew, this is very good, will be a staple during the winter months.

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Photo of BeerTruth
3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber thanks to my buddy Kaleb.

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours an absolute black with a weak one finger frothy head that quickly dies down to a thin layer of almost nothing. Stickiness is pretty weak, hardly anything holding on what so ever. Smell is pretty weak, you really have to put your nose down in there to get much of anything. Some sweet toasted oat, light caramel malt, and some brown sugar. Watered down roasted barley with some french roast coffee and milk chocolate on the tongue. Aftertaste is a charred oak with a tiny bit of molasses. Mouthfeel is pretty light and watery with a mild carbonation. I was pretty let down by this brew, lacking a lot in terms of flavor. I'll have to try this on tap and see how it compares. Next on the list from Brown's, their IPA.

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Photo of erosier
4.23/5  rDev +17.8%
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.

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Photo of oberon
3.07/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

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Photo of rayjay
1.45/5  rDev -59.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

From bwyker in the SecretBunny.07 BIF. 22oz bottle with note dating.

Deep brown/black like coca-cola. Thin looking. No head/lace or detectable carbonation. Off-putting nose, packed with butterscotch and acetaldehyde; possibly infected.

Zero on the carbonation, it's much like a flat watered-down cola. Slightly tangy, tons of carmel, sticky sweet. Isovaleric, phenolic, and some mercaptan (off-putting defects). Maybe too much roasted barley made it too thick? Undrinkable. Has a sweet roasted porter-type flavor. I don't think this was a very old bottle, and I also think they need to be alot more thorough with the sanitation around the brewery. Hope this helps.

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Photo of drseamus
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Brown's. It pours nice and dark with a small off-white head. There is a good roasted aroma with a bit of sweetness. The taste is really good. It has the classic oatmeal smoothness and a good amount of sweetness and roasted malt too. The slight disappointment is in the mouthfeel. It is a bit thinner than i would like. The drinkability is high though.

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Photo of TheWhaleShark
4.28/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Brown's last night. Poured a nice black, with a brown head that settled down to a nice lacing. The smell was nice and roasty, with a hint of coffee. Taste was of toasted oats up front, with a bit of typical roasted coffee in addition. Mouthfeel was surprisingly light, a little thinner than I usually like. Overall, a very good and drinkable beer.

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Photo of bwyker
4.32/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a chalice.

A: Completely opaque with a slightly red hue at the rim of the glass. Virtually no head. Slight carbonation.

S: Mocha coffee and sweet cherries. Subtle oat aroma.

T: First rich, dark coffee and cocoa, followed by hints of sweet toffee. Minimal bitterness. Lasting coffee taste in the finish.

MF: Silky smooth, with a dry finish.

D: Light enough to enjoy on a hot day, yet full enough to notice its craftsmanship.

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Photo of WesWes
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a deep dark black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a sweet crystal and chocolate malt scent with some roasted notes and a dry oatmeal aroma. The taste is decent. It has an extremely dry flavor that boasts of roasted, crystal, and chocolate malts along with lots of oats. It has a dry, earthy finish. The mouthfeel is decent also. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a pretty good brew. It is so damn dry, I'm not sure I could drink more than one.

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Photo of NEhophead
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber picked up at the brewery last weekend.

Fizzy, light brown head that doesn't have much retention. Spotted lace throughout the glass with pretty good strength. Opaque dark brown in color.

Roasted coffee beans, light caramel, milk chocolate. Oats with light vanilla aromatics.

Milk chocolate, toffee; a big chewy-chocolate roasted maltiness. Moderate hop bitterness that finishes quite dry. The aftertaste is filled with almonds and hazlenuts.

Full bodied; over carbonated. Prickly versus thickly smooth on the palate.

A pretty middle of the road Oatmeal Stout. The nutty character is what makes this one unique for the style. Drinkable but nothing special.

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