Back Road Stout | Millstream Brewing Company

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Back Road StoutBack Road Stout

Brewed by:
Millstream Brewing Company
Iowa, United States

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
O.G. 15.5° Plato
F.G. 6.3° Plato
22 IBU
48 SRM
6.7% alcohol by volume

2row Brewers Malt, Black, Munich 20L, Caramel 80L, Chocolate, Flaked Oats, Roasted Barley, White Wheat.
Mt. Hood, Czech Saaz, Millennium

Added by beergoot on 06-20-2014

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Ratings: 26 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by antott0523:
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3.53/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle serving. I assume this is the same as the Millstream Back Road Stout from the same brewery under a different listing, with the only difference being the label.

A: Opaque dark brown. Light brown head that settles to a thin veil across the top of the beer. No visible carbonation. Almost no lacing.

S: Moderate notes of dark roasted coffee, and a hint of sweeter toffee. Toast, and grains. Dry oatmeal.

T: The taste follows the nose with very minor amounts of sweet characteristics, with a toasty malt element being the most prominent flavor. Some roasted coffee. The finish is a bit dry, almost ashy.

M: I think this beer falls a bit flat on mouth feel. I am trying to be impartial to the double stout, whose thick rich mouth feel I prefer. However, I do think that this beer is relatively thin and highly carbonation for the style.

D: The beer is drinkable, no question about that It is a dry single stout with no overpowering sweet elements, a good coffee flavor with roasted malts being the most prominent characteristic.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of 77apm
4/5  rDev +31.1%

Photo of LXIXME
3.27/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Schwegler
4/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bluegrass49
4.6/5  rDev +50.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Boodks
4.4/5  rDev +44.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dcotom
3.6/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sansho
3.25/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ryan33iowa
4.13/5  rDev +35.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Cramerican
4.04/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of AnitaBrewski
3.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of sulldaddy
3.32/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampling a cellar temp 12 oz bottle poured into a snifter. The beer pours a dark cola brown hue with frothy brown head of 1 cm that fades to nothing almost immediately after the pour.
Aroma is coffee grinds and roasted malt with a little bit of a burnt astringent scent as well. No hops nor booze at this step in the sampling.
First sip reveals an average body with fine prickly carbonation and a little bit of a watery texture. the beer is much less robust physically than I expected as an oatmeal stout.
Flavor is similar to what was advertised by the nose. I get some roasted malt and coffee grounds, also a little dark chocolate in the background and this flavor lingers on the finish. I dont get any hop character nor any booze on this beer. It drinks very easy but could use a little more body to boost the overall experience. Im glad to have tried it but wouldnt chase this one down the next time I am looking for an oatmeal stout.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
3.93/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of thornburyslasher
3.2/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Tone
3.67/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a black color. 1/3 inch head of an off-tan color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of roasted malt, sweet malt, hops, hint of alcohol, and a hint of oatmeal. Fits the style of an Oatmeal Stout. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of roasted malt, sweet malt, hint of alcohol, slight hops, hint of pine, and a slight oatmeal. Overall, decent appearance and aroma, better body, and good blend.

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Photo of WestHam973
4.75/5  rDev +55.7%

Like all the beers I have had from them this is an easy drinking stout that is easy on the wallet at $7.99 a six pack. Sweet and toasty with a nice coffee balance. Great Stout!

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Photo of mnredsoxfan69
3.59/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PBIU
3.83/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of NickSMpls
2/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Purchased on 20 Dec '1, consumed the next day. Bottle has a notch type date code with an almost imperceptible mark on Oct. Beer poured flat and absolutely no head from two bottles from the same six pack. Taste is stout, but it's off. We'll rate it better if the next bottles are bettter.

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Photo of dtivp
3.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of ALC82
3.94/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SawDog505
2.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured aggressive into a 16 oz snifter not sure when it was bottled. Pours a dark brown with a inch and a half light tan head that settles quickly into a outer ring of bubbles.

Smell is loaded oats maybe, caramel, faint expresso, and vanilla.

Taste follows vanilla and caramel kind of dominate, but it has a strange almost coke cola taste, odd and not my thing.

Mouthfeel is way too thin, enough carbonation, not dry really, and not working for me.

Overall this is why I am impressed when a brewer makes a non imperial stout that impresses me Sierra Nevada, Stone, and Henniker Brewing. This one let me down.

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Photo of IowaBiertrinker
3.75/5  rDev +23%

Photo of jp32
1.79/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

L; Black in color, but pours very thin looking with an ultra-fizzy head that disappears faster than it came about. Really a quick ghost of carbonation if I've ever seen one.

S: Dark and roasty. It's aroma is pretty solid.

T: Terrible. Tastes slightly of roasted malts and a little more of hard water.

F; Also terrible. This may be the thinnest, lightest bodied stout I have ever drank in my life.

O: Pretty bad. Really one of the worst stout's I have ever had. Their only saving grace on this one would be to call it "bud light with stout flavors". It's thin, it's fairly crisp, which both make for easy drinking... but my grandmother could probably make a better stout in a blender that doesn't work.

I have drain-poured less than 5 beers in my lifetime. This is one of them.

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Photo of MonkeyPilates
4.25/5  rDev +39.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Back Road Stout from Millstream Brewing Company
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