Barley's Ol' Ron's Surly Oatmeal Stout | Barley's Brewing Company

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Barley's Brewing Company
Ohio, United States

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-27-2002

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Ratings: 14 |  Reviews: 10
Reviews by AtLagerHeads:
Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out an opaque black with slight transluscence at the top. A good 2 finger head of beige foam surmounts the body and gives decenlt lacing down half the glass. The nose is of chocolate and, moreso, of coffee. This follows in the flavor which good but lacks the solid body of most oatmeal stouts. very drinkable brew that is sure to satisfy those with a moderate respect for stout.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Bierguy5
3.15/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark deep brown, almost black liquid with a very thin off-white head. The head disappeared very quickly and there was very little lace. Smells are a nice roasted oat, and a hint of chocolate. Taste has a slight roasty quality, with a hint of chocolate, and some moderate hop bitterness at the end. This seemed thin and overcarbonated to me. Overall, it was average. I did not get enough roasted character. I was looking for this to be more robust, it smelled like it was going to be that way, but the taste lacked significant flavor. I would be tempted to get it again in the future. Not bad, just lacking somewhat.

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Photo of tpet96
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one at Barley's Ale House #1 on High Street this weekend. Again, another fine job by Scott. Pours a very dark color that cannot be seen through. ALso pours an off white head with mild lacing on the glass. Some roasted characteristics, but mostly a creamy, coffee flavor. Definately one you can session. Sitting back to 1 full gallon today. Overall one of my favorite oatmeals that Barley's has produced.

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Photo of nitter
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of krome
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Spider889
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fairly light body for an oatmeal stout. Nice rich chocolate color, light creamy head. Smells of rich roasted malts.

Mouthfeel is a little heavily carbonated for the style, but overall this is still a fairly drinkable beer.

Had this one at the Columbus Microbrew Festival and I enjoyed it. As such, I still have yet to discover a beer that really makes me impressed by Barley's.

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Photo of Redrover
3.28/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served in a standard pint, the beer is jet black with a tan collar. Great lacing.

The beer has an aroma of heavily roasted malts, black coffee and baker’s chocolate. All aromas could be pushed up a notch.

The taste is of almost burnt malts backed with brown sugar and raisins. Unfortunately something sneaks in about 1/3rd of the way through. It was hard to put my finger on, but finally decided it was something like wet cardboard. This kept the beer from getting a higher score.

The mouth is pleasantly thick and chewy. Drinkabilty is hindered a bit by the taste. Thinking more on this beer, it may have been a bit past its prime, but if it was the brewer should pull it.

All said, this is not a bad beer and one I will try next time I'm in town. If they 2nd tasting warrants, I will revise the score.

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Photo of jgunther71
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Wildman
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a very good oatmeal stout which varies from year to year. The first time I had it, it was almost grainey with a very heavy texture to it. They gotten better at it, if I miss some elements of that first batch. Good color and body to it.

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Photo of GimpyCane
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My wife and I stopped in Barley's Ale House and once again great job on their brews/oatmeal stout. Poured very dark with a very small tan hue head. The aroma was a nice, roasted coffee and barleys. Taste and mouthfeel was smooth, light, creamy, roasted molasses and coffee. I could drink this brew all day, next time I'll buy a grower for $9.00.

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Photo of greengorilla
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap poured into a pint glass at the brewery. It is a dark black color with a tan head.

The smell is of roasted malt and is very nice.

The roasted malt is there in the taste too. It has a hint of coffee to it.

The mouthfeel is good and it is quite drinkable. I had this an the Auld Curiosity that night. I would go with the Auld Curiosity over this one, but it was overall a good beer.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very smooth, very dark. Similar in appearance to Guinness Draught with less of a roasted coffee presence. Full bodied and creamy. Definitely worth getting again.

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Photo of shadwow13
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of adamette
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap last night at the Brewery, poured into a clean, clear glass.

A Nice medium brown head over a black body with really nice lacing after repeated sips. This looks great!

S Dark roasted malt with maybe a chocolate undertone.

T Nice dark malt Stout with a softness or smoothness gained from (In my opinion anyway) the Oatmeal aspect of the beer. This is a "big" beer and a delicious one.

M As stated above, this is a "big" beer with a thickness that is not common. Also a nice, appreciated smoothness to this beer.

D Good for the style but really you would have one or two of these in pint glasses and be just fine.

Notes: ABV not listed but I am thinking 7 to 8 %

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Barley's Ol' Ron's Surly Oatmeal Stout from Barley's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 14 ratings
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