Brown's Oatmeal Stout - Brown's Brewing Company

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Reviews: 66
Hads: 180
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 17.13%
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 Billolick
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
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.. (749 characters)

Photo of Proteus93
3.54/5  rDev -0.6%
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. (841 characters)

Photo of Grugalug
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%

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) (1,534 characters)

Photo of mjaskula
3.56/5  rDev 0%
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. (295 characters)

Photo of NEhophead
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
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. (683 characters)

Photo of vacax
3.63/5  rDev +2%
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. (533 characters)

Photo of Durge
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A dark black mahogany color with a hefty light brown head and some streaky lacing. The aroma has an astringent hop bite and mild charcoal malt. Tasting it brings grassy lemon hop bite over sweet coffee malt. A bit better than the aroma suggested. It's a bit thin with marginal carbonation. Quite drinkable for sure. Solid offering that could be enjoyed on most any occasion. (374 characters)

Photo of plaid75
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (386 characters)

Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
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 (520 characters)

Photo of WesWes
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (542 characters)

Photo of airforbes1
3.66/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (421 characters)

Photo of yesyouam
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown's Oatmeal Stout is a brownish black ale with a small light brown head. The aroma is sweet and soft: chocolate, molasses and oats. It is medium full bodied and smooth with a dry, almost gritty, finish. It has a very fresh flavor with good balance. Chocolate, caramel and oats are prominent in the taste, as they were in the aroma. It has a botanical bitterness that is polite in strength. A roasted flavor comes out as it warms. It's a good stout.
(rated Jun 23, 2008) (473 characters)

Photo of nezelrac
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
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 (734 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.76/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

New brewery started showing up around here, figured I'd give it a try.

Pours a light fizzy brown head that fades fairly quickly, super dark molasses brown color very little light getting through.

Nose brings plenty of brown malts, toasty and biscuity, little creamy brown malt note, some caramel, toffee, and quite nutty, hint of cocoa and dried lactose and some oatmeal.

Taste brings more toasty brown malts, quite biscuity and nutty, some caramel and toffee again but not really sweet just a little, into creamy oats again and dried lactose, with a touch of cocoa dust. Some roasty flavors start to come through more as it warms, it actually gets a nice roasty flavor. Faint hop bitterness in the background. Finish is dry and a bit of a dried lactose feel, touch of cocoa and creamy brown malts, more biscuit and toffee notes, and a bit more bitterness with hint of earthy hop note, lingering oatmeal note.

Mouth is med bod, fairly creamy and a decent oatmeal viscous feel, nice carb.

Overall pretty good, nothing too special, a bit on the light side as far as malts go for an oatmeal stout, at least what I'm used to, but still pretty decent beer. That being said, Sam Smith is much better from what I remember of an English Oatmeal Stout. (1,248 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
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. (369 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a real unique take on the style here. it looks alright, maybe a little thin in body and short on head, not quite as decadent and dreamy as the best ones look, but certainly nothing wrong with it in my wine glass. the nose is what gets interesting. it really smells like fresh canned blueberry jam, true and through, its insane how the dark fruit rises above the roast of the barley and the sweetness of the oats. eyes closed i would think i am smelling blueberry pie or jam, or that stuff they put on your belgian waffle at dennys. flavors i am not used to in a stout for sure, the taste is just like the nose, but i get the stout part too this time. it is indeed a little thin, lacking on the oat richness, but this curious blueberry thing more than makes up for it in terms of the overall enjoyment of the brew. havent had much from browns, so this is a pretty inspiring first impression. more body would make this, its a little too slick as it is, and could dry out just a touch, but a really solid beer, different because of the berry element. i really liked this. (1,068 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
3.82/5  rDev +7.3%
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. (505 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.82/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes taken 3/24/10.

Presented via growler from fellow BA Slk2go who has been talking about this stout for too long to only be sitting down and enjoying it with him now. Pours a dark brown color with more than a finger of creamy tan head. Lighter brown color comes through the edges. Fair amount of lace clings along the glass and the head displays minor powers of retension. Roasty nose includes scents of coffee, chocolate and citrus hops. Taste is filled with minerals, coffee and fresh sweet grainy flavor. Feel is smooth, light and a bit low on the carbonation. Lingering taste of burnt grain, chocolate and a bit of bitterness that can be attributed to the combination of hops and burnt grain. Quite warming for 5% as I reach the half way point of my first glass. Alcohol is noticeable in warmth but not flavor. Overall not bad. (848 characters)

Photo of mikeg67
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
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. (328 characters)

Photo of mothman
3.87/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass.

Pours 1/2 finger of tan head. Not good retention. Leaves very little lace. Color is a dark brown, basically black.

Aroma: Chocolate, caramel, coffee, oats, and grassy hops. Very typical for an oatmeal stout

Taste: Big coffee and caramel taste. Chocolate, oats, and grassy hops all present as well. A lot like the smell, except the malts seem to be more roasted here.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy, a little rich. Wow, this beer is highly carbonated. Full bodied. Ends with a roasted malt flavored aftertaste.

Overall, a pretty good example of the style. The only thing I really don't like here is the carbonation level being so high. Other than that it is pretty good. (697 characters)

Photo of billybob
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

beer looks ok small head and light lace smells of roast malt. coffee and chocolate. taste is slightly bitter and not as smooth as an oatmeal stout should be but still very good and i would buy again. (199 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.88/5  rDev +9%
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. (961 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.91/5  rDev +9.8%
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. (658 characters)

Photo of ngeunit1
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
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. (965 characters)

Photo of anneseg
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The color of the pour is nearly black with a slightly tan head. The smell is very roasty with some coffee and chocolate.

The mouthfeel from the oats is wonderful and silky smooth. The mouthfeel stays constant throughout the pint. There is a slight bitterness at the end.

This is my favorite of the style. The silkiness from the oats is really great and there isn't too much in the way of chocolate or coffee flavors to overwhelm that silkiness. (448 characters)

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