Steelcut Oatmeal Stout/Black IPA | East End Brewing Company

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East End Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Rotating

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Added by PittBeerGirl on 12-29-2010

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Ratings: 24 |  Reviews: 10
Photo of reitzbrewing
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

i had bourbon barrel aged version on draft in snifter glass. nice head but not as dark as i expected. aroma of oak comes through at beginning, but is not overpowering. not sure what abv is but it is very drinkable. this was a really good beer that i will not likely see again. thanks dash @ bocktown

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Photo of Ryften
4.34/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Was told that this was just an oatmeal stout and not a black IPA. (It's a borderline black ale; whatever that means. Lol.) Though, this is a different batch. Not quite sure what precisely the deal is, but it is listed as a "hoppy oatmeal stout" on the east end page.

Always nice to come across an appropriately hearty oatmeal stout. And this is definitely one of those. Robust tones with a mildly burning oat tone that rests on the tongue for a very long while. Interesting almost berry tone on it. Smooth feel for sure. These are the kinds of beers I like to see out of East End, and the ones I want to see more of. Consistent and thorough. Keep 'em coming Scott.

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Photo of brutalist
4.26/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wvsabbath
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - Growler

Appearance - Dark black with traces of tan, nice 1 inch creamy head, not much lacing after head died down.

Smell - Coffee, roasted malts, hops, dark fruits, chocolate, some added pepperish spices, molasses, and even a little oak/vanilla aroma.

Taste - Black ale? Thought this was a oatmeal stout. Malts, coffee and chocolate with a hop presense. Dark fruits like rasin and plum, even some berry in the flavor. Coffee is mild, smooth and mildly bitters the beer up. Plenty of sweetness with molasses and spices added.

Mouthfeel - Its thick, but pretty smooth and not too harsh on mouth. Tounge and palette get alot of malts, coffee and hops. Bittered palette but not overbearing. Aftertaste is smooth and chocolate sweet.

Overall - Very tasty, smooth and easy to enjoy. Its basically a oatmeal stout with a hop presence. I wouldnt call this a black ale or black ipa, just a oatmeal stout. Picked this up at the brewery so dont know if this is not going to be brewed again or not. Really enjoy this, glad i got a growler!

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Served from a growler.

4.0 A: Black color. One and a half fingers of creamy light brown head with average retention and leaves a good amount of lacing.

5.0 S: Awesome nose! Coffee is strongest, then roasted barley, oats, and bittersweet chocolate. Hops are a plenty with a decent amount of citrus (though not overbearing like many hoppy dark beers), grass, and earth. I not sure whether this is a coffee stout or not, but it sure as hell seems like it since the coffee is so strong.

4.0 T: Taste is also pretty damn good. Coffee is abundant again, roasted barley, moderate hop bitterness, general citrus flavor, earthy and grassy hoppiness. Oats are strong and well received.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation, but a bit bity. Could be creamier, but other than that it's just fine.

4.0 D: Really nice surprise offering from East End. This was listed as an oatmeal stout (black ipa) but it pretty much is just an oatmeal stout. It's hoppier than a lot of straight up stouts, but it isn't even close to black ipa hoppiness. Good roasty stout.

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Photo of dirtyharry2489
4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mrosenfeld32
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one is a dark brown color. Aroma is malty, smokey, and slightly meaty. Flavor is smokey and semi sweet with light hoppy bitterness. Oatmeal like sweetness and roasted bitter malts. Faint coffee and even vanilla. Nice roast and bitterness of a good oatmeal stout. I would not consider this a black IPA.

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Photo of cwxc818
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of hinemk76
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of MrJuengling
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of beerphan
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 12/23/2010
review via notes (beer not available on BA at the time)

Session Ale #50 Steel City Cutter Oatmeal Stout

Pours from the growler black as a starless night sky. A thick browner than the average mocha head leaves behind powdered patches of lace.

Nose: Oatey on first whiff. Burnt coffee beans, chocolate and cocoa inspired hops.

The mouth feels a little thin, don't get me wrong, a thick chewy sort of thin. This definately reminds me of an oat version of East Ends classic brew, Black Strap Stout. The mouth is chewy and does a swell job of mixing burnt cocoa, coffee, hops and the oats. I can see how some people have been referring to this as a Black IPA as it finishes with an almost IPA feel. Hops arrive late but control the finish making it feel like an BIPA. I just can't get over the thickness and smooth oatey characteristics to fully go to that side. This is an Oatmeal Stout in my opinion.

I've probably drank about two thirds of a growler, and I know I couldn't drink this all night. But for a desert beer amongst friends, this is a no brainer. Get it while you can!

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Pours jet black, dark tan head is fine and dissipates slowly.

Brown sugar aroma, some light oat and biscuit, vanilla, maybe a little lactose.

Cocoa, brown sugar, vanilla, oatmeal, and woody hops combine in the flavor.

Medium body with tingly carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

Very good stout, nice flavor and aroma. Would be good in nitro format too. Definitely worth trying.

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Photo of sposter4
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Waveoff
3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of outoffocus
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Segelstrom
3.64/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

weak on flavor - stick w/ their BS Stout

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Steelcut Oatmeal Stout/Black IPA has a dark brown body that is translucent at the edges. About a finger and a half of brown head has OK retention, but doesn't really leave any lacing behind.

The aroma features coffee and roasted malt most prominently, with citrus hops scents after that.

Bitter coffee flavors dominate the beginning of Steelcut, giving way to baker's chocolate and roasted malt. Citrus hops come out in the middle, with a bit of bitterness. The finish is made up of malt of a slightly sweeter variety, with a little bit of a hop bite.

The mouthfeel is hard to rate for this one, because I would expect more body from an Oatmeal stout, a style that is usually smooth and creamy. For a black IPA I would expect a little less body.

It's doubtful that I will get another growler of this beer or not, but mostly because there are so many beers I love and new things to try at East End at any given time.

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Photo of TGallant
3.56/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ab33rman
3.56/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Body is a dark brown nearly black hue. Some more translucent brown can be seen when held up to the light. Pours with a 1-2 finger tan head that eventually fades to a thin collar and little to no lacing is left behind in the glass.

S- The nose is quite interesting and contains a blend of citrus and roasted malt initially. The citrus fades pretty quickly and leaves impressions of coffee and vanila sweetness.

T- Initial flavor offers a slightly sweet coffee impression with roasted malt and vanilla, with a nice oatmeal backbone-but-there is a mild citrus hop flavor floating around in the initial flavor as well. The finish is moderate in strength and is pretty much all roasted malt. A mild roasted malt bitterness lingers.

M- Medium to high carbonation and a medium weight-slightly thin body-usually this isn't the case with an oatmeal stout.

D- This is a very strange beer to me as most IPA/dark beer hybrids have and aspect of pine or hop bitterness to them-but this only has what seems to be a random citrus accent in the middle of a coffee/oatmeal stout-and as with a lot of other east end dark beers-roasted malt is the highlight. Decent, unique brew overall.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Beermuda in New Kensington, PA.

Poured into a shaker: Black body with no head but a cap of tan foam, no lacing.

Smells of light toasted oats, a slight sweetness like molasses. Very faint smell.

Taste is stronger, with sweet molasses, mild dark fruit, more like grape. Ends with a bracing, bitter roast that hangs far into the aftertaste.

On the thin side, but with a notable viscous quality, presumably from the oats.

Definitely doable & worth revisiting. Didn't realize it was supposed to also be a Black IPA til I read this profile. I really didn't get any hop presence that I'd assume the style would call for.

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Photo of cjohns73
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Steelcut Oatmeal Stout/Black IPA from East End Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 24 ratings