Sless' Oatmeal Stout | Iron Springs Pub & Brewery

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Sless' Oatmeal StoutSless' Oatmeal Stout

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Iron Springs Pub & Brewery
California, United States

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by 100floods on 02-26-2009

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Ratings: 59 |  Reviews: 31
Photo of popery
4.58/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Very dark brown to black liquid. In fact, it's pretty much an opaque black. I'm having trouble even finding highlights on the edges. The head is foamy, thick and rich mocha in color. Really nice looking stout. One minor quibble, my bottle completely foamed over when I opened it, but it was pretty warm (not that I know if that matters at all or if it's always a minor infection thing).

S: Roasted chocolate malt abounds. There's excellent sweetness and some floral notes that may be the appearance of some hops.

T: Excellent stout. Chocolatey, roasty and sweet, the beer combines these elements excellently. There is a bit of bitterness at the finish, but relatively little ashy or acrid flavors from the dark-roasted malt. It reminds me a bit of a cross between a Baltic Porter and Rogue's Chocolate Stout. To be clear, that's meant as a compliment. It's an excellent stout.

M: Creamy feel, right on target for an Oatmeal Stout, as far as I know.

D: Easily drinkable. Good complexity. An excellent stout.

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Photo of gleemonger
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of pkalix
4.46/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really like this. nice baker's chocolate bitterness, but still some smoothness in there. not quite as silky as I expect from an oatmeal but this is very flavorful and smooth. lots of chocolate and leaves a stickiness on the lips. long sweet aftertaste.....

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Photo of elNopalero
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I absolutely love this stuff on draught at Iron Springs. When your Kalamazoo-native partner calls something “Bell’s good” you know it’s top notch. A must have at the brewery.

Tonight is the first time I’ve tried it from a bottle. Brought back from the Bay area with the intention of sharing it, but after a long day, tight deadlines, and some internet uploading difficulty I ended up taking the selfish route and keeping it all to myself.
From a 22 ounce bomber it poured a rich, luscious chocolate into my nonic pint. Tremendous foam that I let die down, then refreshed with another pour. I still have about a finger’s worth of head on this and in the glass it looks beautiful. Where’s my camera?

On the nose I’m picking up all sorts of wonderfully roasty aromas. Some coffee, some cacao nibs, a little bit of a dark Italian roast and the crema sweetness of an amazing espresso. Yum!

The roast comes through on the taste as well, more of the dark Italian coffee and just this tremendous middle that lingers. It’s not harsh in the least, but it is sharp, focused. The cacao moves towards center stage, especially as it warms. It’s not milk chocolate sweet, more like a delicious dark chocolate, big and bitter.

Nice body to this, there’s definitely some heft but it’s not heavy or difficult to drink. I get the ‘oatmeal stout’ creaminess—not to mention the fact that the bubbles are still hanging around and there’s more foam sitting on top of this after a good quarter hour than most beers have after two minutes. I’m really enjoying this one. In fact, the only thing I can think of to improve this bottle is to drink it on draught again. Wonderful stuff. XicanoBeerRun, I’m gonna have to bring another one of these back to share. Sorry vato, I couldn’t resist. Another great beer from a great bay-area brewery.

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Photo of 100floods
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had talked to Phil who works for the brewery about bottling their beer and a few months later I find their IPA and Oatmeal Stout at City Beer in SF. This was a pleasant surprise.

It pouts pitch black with a dark gold head that doesn't stick around too long and leaves a thin ring around the top. Sounds of soda-esque carbonation, but it doesn't quite taste too carbonated.

Notes of chocolate and roasted malts are subtle, but there. There's even a hint of dark fruit, like chocolate dipped fruit, yummy.

Full body taste with the chocolate dipped fruit flavor with a faint coffee after taste. This brew leaves a sugary feeling on my lips. It's hard to get a grasp of anything big, then again, this isn't a huge beer, although it's certainly a great sipping beer.

Definitely some new flavors to a favorite style. I believe this is the first round of bottling for the brewery and I hope they'll be found in more stores soon enough.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Opaque, seal brown liquid with a small mercurial tan head which leaves a creamy collar ringing a slender peninsula of oily film. Heavy sheen of legs pushes down the fast running lacing. Poor retention. Give this one an aggressive pour!

Roasted malt, brown sugar, black pepper, and light hops in the aroma. Hints of diacetyl, which is not at all unwelcome - and the faintest spector of DMS, which has no place here.
Well rounded but nothing especially potent. The alcohol suggests Irish coffee...

Lovely malt and oat notes, with chocolate and toasted walnuts through the palate. The roast level builds into the finish which along with the low-level contribution of hops balances the sweetness of the initial flavors. Very well integrated and lasting, almost like an oaty, alcoholic chocolate malt...

Velvety mouthfeel, a touch slick, nearly full-bodied and slightly warming thanks to the ABV. Carbonation seems on the low end of what is appropriate for the style, which is the only thing holding this back from perfection in this category for me.

I imagine this would be the perfect breakfast beer for a cold weekend morning...

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Photo of 4000qtrap
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Source/Serving: Draft

Smell: delightful coffee and chocolate that has a sweet roundness and an oaky/woody edge

Taste: Smooth and dry deliciousness. Perfect level of sweetness. Chocolate shines through. Coffee makes an appearance in the middle. Overall not too roasty, but just enough. Quite a good grain profile that's got bready overtones but comes off as quite complex for a stout. Finish is extra smooth, slightly sweet, with a hint of coffee and wood.

Notes: The smoothness of this beer is incredible.

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Photo of Rothobinide
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mateuszekxxpl
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of BobbyDigitali
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of nas5755
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A solid all black beer with a nice head and decent lacing. The nose is oats, a little roasted malts. The taste is very smooth, the roasted malts aren't burnt so the beer has a very pleasant overall depth of flavor, the very chewy with oats and light tones of chocolate. A very straight forward oatmeal stout that doesn't hide anything, very well crafted and worth seeking out. Carbonation is low and it is a easy beer to drink.

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Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of emerge077
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery, review from written notes.

Pours black with a creamy head of tan foam, sheets of lace that break up in a spotty, precipitous fashion. Nice head retention, the whipped cappuccino foam never subsides for the duration of the glass.

Aromas of dark roast coffee, chicory, dry bakers chocolate.

Plum, dates, dark roast coffee, a little bit woody. Lightly bitter and mildly astringent from the roast, bitter dry finish suggests a smidgen of hops. Exquisitely roasty, dry aftertaste of blackened malt. Smooth velvety feel, dry and not sweet. Rich and full of flavor, pint is finished easily, and another would make a nice session. Growler candidate for sure.

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Photo of dertyd
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WOTO97
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: rich mocha head resting on an insanely dense black coffee body with thin sudsy lacing.

S: first oatmeal stout I've had in which the oats really come through on the nose, toasted malt along with slight cocoa up front and nominal coffee notes

T: big roasted malt finish with faint but noticeable hop bite, coffee notes come through in the mid-palate and build in the finish, cocoa flavors are less pronounced than in the nose, lots of toasted malt bitterness

M: not as round as expected, pleasant velvety texture but too thin for the style (especially in the finish); beer definitely improves as it reaches room temp for a creamier body.

D: addictive

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Photo of kaseydad
4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Pint glass pour and I am met with coal black liquid and a cookie dough colored head which just stays floating on top. No movement whatsoever. Very cool! Getting a chocolate aroma with some dark fruits and roasted malts. Chocolate taste with some very faint coffee characteristics, campfire smokiness and a light lingering espresso-like aftertaste. This beer is creamy, smooth in the mouth with absolutely no harsh swallow or bite. Very easy drinking though sipping this on a cool day is (imo) the ideal setting or for an after dinner treat.

Overall I can clearly see how this was a Gold Medal winner in the World Beer Cup. Give this a whirl but make sure to consume at room temperature and you will not be disappointed. Great value and highly recommended.

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Photo of biglite351
4.14/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Bitter baking chocolate, malts and dark fruit

S - Dark as night with a tight brown head

T - creamy dark chocolate, coffee, maits and a hint of fruit. Mild overall, not over powering

M - light coating with a pop like tingle on sides of tongue

O - Very tasty but mild overall. It could use a little volume increase while keeping the same flavors.

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Photo of impending
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kitekid
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Stone Brewery flute. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, nearly opaque in the glass with a half finger light brown head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt, cocoa, hints of molasses and dark dried fruit. Flavor is dark toasted malt with a hint of char, cocoa and milk chocolate, drip coffee, mild dried dark stone fruit, dates. The coffee and chocolate flavors develop more clearly into a quite pleasant mocha finish. Medium bodied with light creaminess. Interesting flavor progression from lightly charred malt into the chocolate coffee flavor which leaves a nice lingering aftertaste. The hints of dark fruit make this taste a little more like a fruit influenced porter than a stout, but it definitely has enough good toasted malt to qualify and a stout. A very nicely made stout that has a little bit of an off-beat flavor profile. I like this quite a bit.

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4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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

Pours a viscous black with a mocha head that lingers for a minute.

Big roast aroma, as well as dark chocolate. A little bit of alcohol smell on the end too. Medium roast flavor initially, medium malt sweet in the middle, coffee dry on the end,. Nice and creamy mouthfeel, a little sticky too.

It has been a long time since I've had a oatmeal stout, and this really fit the bill of what I was looking for. Sweet and chocolaty without being too much of either- this is a nice beer I'd definitely snag again.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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