Back Road Stout
Millstream Brewing Company

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English Oatmeal Stout
Ranked #456
Ranked #34,337
3.71 | pDev: 12.4%
Millstream Brewing Company
Iowa, United States
Back Road StoutBack Road Stout
Notes: The 'oatmeal' in the name is due the 5% oatmeal in the the grist of this brew. Oats give beer a real thick mouthfeel, something definitely desirable in a stout! Black malt and roasted barley give the beer its color, and coffee-like flavors. If you like thick full-bodied & smooth stout, this beer is for you!

22 IBU
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Reviews: 173 | Ratings: 367
Photo of REVZEB
3.66/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap. Very basic stout, look and feel were best aspects by far. Body is grainy black in appearance, with the feel being creamy, chewy yet decently light. Smell and taste are the same, malt, oat, barley and slight coffee. pretty bland, but drinks easy. Nothing wrong with this one, just boring

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Photo of KS_Augsburg
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I have to admit: got a thing for Oatmeal Stout. This one is a good example, bold flavor but not overly sweet. The Oat gives it a good backbone. Grain and Malt balance well with spice and other flavor components. Medium heavy, Medium weight, and would order again. On draft at Republic on Grand in Des Moines IA.

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Photo of DrMullet
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark oily color with brown head resolving in fair lacing.
Smell is sweet roasted coffee.
Taste is mildly sweet chocolate and roasted malt.
A hint of coffee.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.51/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Tasted in a Spiegelau stout glass from a 12 fl oz bottle on December 9, 2017. Look is nearly black brown with a thin tan head and no lacing. Smell and taste is mostly coffee. Feel is thick and full in body.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.46/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

this one wasnt great. the flavors are there for me for the most part, but it seems like the overall quality is a little low. this has no reason to pour dead flat from the bottle, none at all, and yet here it is in front of me, almost entirely still, what gives? it looks thick enough and is nice and matte black, but where is the life? some bitter roasted malt to this, its intense for a second in both nose and taste, with a burnt coffee vibe and a little bit of earthy dark cocoa. i really like the flavor and texture provided by the oats, but the lack of carbonation is a real issue for me, there is nothing to propel this beer forward, wash away the bitterness, and keep it working with food, so it sort of stagnates for me, which is unflattering, and its worse as it warms. the dark malt flavor is good, and there is even a bittering hop complexion to this, but the saggy mouthfeel ends up being a deal breaker for me. i had higher hopes for this, finding it on a bottle list at a fine dining establishment, you would expect more in a place where everything else is so attentively curated...

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Photo of jwilcox767
1.52/5  rDev -59%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

A - 95% head, semi transparent, poured an ounce and it foamed the entire glass.
S - stout-like... ?
T - couldn't tell, carbonation was burning my mouth
M - Ouch. Carbonation overload.
O - Dumped it after 1 sip. Nuff said.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
3.96/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Almost black color,malt,hop,almost bread like aroma.taste starts sweet and almost creamy but ends on a bitter hoppy note. A nice beer that was more complex than i thought it would be. If i could find it again i would get a few more bottles

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.32/5  rDev -10.5%
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 FriedSlug
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A murky, opaque brown brew with a quickly fading head. The aroma is filled with maltiness and some roasted coffee notes. There is a sweetness and oat component to the aroma as well. The flavor is sweet and oaty with some roasted malt and chocolate. The beer is lightly carbed and leaves no lacing. The body is a bit light and more reminiscent of a porter. This is a nice tasty beer that reminds me of a traditional porter.

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Photo of Clutumbo
4.39/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Overall a very solid beer. I was so happy to go back to Iowa and taste a great home grown dark beer. This beer is very good on tap and fresh from the bottle. Enjoy it with a big ass pork tenderloin sandwich and some potato wedges with sour cream! -Never settle.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
3.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours jet black like oil not much head even with a pretty aggressive pour. There is not much lacing either.

Smell - Dark chocolate, oatmeal, bitter roasted coffee, Rich malts.

Taste - Roasted malts, bitter coffee grounds, dark chocolate, oatmeal.

Feel - Pretty thin feel, medium body and pretty bitter.

Overall - A decent beer but it is thin for an Oatmeal stout I did not like that, little too bitter.

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Photo of jp32
1.79/5  rDev -51.8%
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 barnzy78
2.86/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle, may be notched March or April along the edge of the label but it's hard to tell
A - fizzy light brown head fizzles away to nothing very quickly; body is near black and cola-like
S - heavy roasted barley, dark chocolate, dark roast coffee, caramel, and earthy hops
T - harsh and astringent roasted barley and black malt dominate the palate with a burnt and ashy taste along with burnt coffee, dark chocolate, caramel, grain, and earthy hops and faint oats
M - medium body, modest carbonation, finishes very dry and astringent with roasted barley lingering with some piney notes
O - quite a disappointment here. Glad I only bought one. I expected better and I wouldn't recommend this one.

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Photo of bbtkd
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Millstream Back Road Oatmeal Stout, 6.7% ABV, 22 IBU. Pours thin, got little head which dissipated quickly, no lacing, nose is slight alcohol and malt. Taste is - not much - mostly malt, almost no bitterness - can actually pick up a slight carbonation twang since no other flavor is covering it. It's not offensive, just not much of anything else either. I'm disappointed since I loved their Raspberry Stout - maybe that is this beer as the base, and the Raspberry is so strong because there are no other distractions. Just OK.

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Photo of SawDog505
2.85/5  rDev -23.2%
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 rodbeermunch
3.39/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hits those big black used oil notes with a 1" brown head, looks sharp. Lots of roasted malt aromatics, some booziness.

Hit those chewy roast notes in the taste, mouthfeel was smooth like oatmeal. Caramel creeps in. Some bitterness restrained downbottle.

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Photo of teetotaler
2.3/5  rDev -38%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

51 degrees, poured into a tulip glass.
The view is a typical stout brown/black with faint ruby accents.
1/2 inch head with very little lacing.
Chocolate malt nose with hints of black patent bitterness.
Light mouthfeel and body, fading within a minute or so.
The beer presents as an earnest homebrew. The brief flavor of chocolate malt with the backbone of black patent -and no hops to speak of- make it a sessionable (if not forgettable) experience.
Honestly I expected more viscosity from an oatmeal stout. The nose is promising, but the experience is reminiscent of an excited teenage fumble in the back seat;
enticing, passionless, and a brief bitterness remains.

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Photo of NickSMpls
2/5  rDev -46.1%
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 BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Typical stout roast aroma with a hint of berries. The berry doesn't come through nearly as much in the flavor, but it does help to add a fun little tang to it.

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Photo of bluehende
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

nice overall stout. Not a big stout. Hop presence is very low giving it some sweetness. Everything you would want from a stout. There are better ones but this is much better than average.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.54/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Poured dark brown. Aroma was quite to style. A mixture of sweet, dark malt and drier roasted malts. Flavor had some sweet chocolate but also a percentage of semi-bitter, darker chocolate. Roasted malt and soft coffee. Doesn't have the same fullness of body as others of the style. Had some Brown Ale flavors and elements, too.

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Photo of metter98
3.72/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a quarter finger high tan head that died down, leaving delicate wispy lacing on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of dark malts with bits of roast are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of dark malts with notes of coffee, oats, and roasted malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied, smooth, and a bit creamy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I found this beer to be rather easy to drink. The strong point of this stout is its smooth and creamy mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of AlarmClock314
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, no date. Pours brownish black with a good-sized tan head. Smells of earthy hops and roasted malt. Subdued taste of light coffee, roasted malts, and hops, some citrus rind coming through. Medium body and average-high carbonation. Pretty good, but the smell and taste is too mellow.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Re-review : I recently scored a couple six packs (this beer is insanely hard to find for some reason) and it's fabulous.

This one poured a nice, 2 finger head. Black as always.

Flavor is just perfected roastiness, chocolate, and oats.

Aroma : Milk chocolate, steel milled oats, and lactose.

Feel is creamy with a dry, roasty finish.

Overall...what a knockout. Probably my second favorite oatmeal stout.

-----------------------------Review from 2015------------------------
Appearance : Pours a motor oil black body straight out of the bottle, but what's most disappointing is the total lack of head. There's none, period. I'm wondering if I got a dud, and the "best by" date is December of 2014, so maybe that had something to do with it being 4 months out of date. Still, I've had some beers WAY past date that still poured an awesome head. So, yeah, major problems in this category.

Aroma : Chocolatey malts, some licorice, oatmeal, light coffee aromas. Typical for your standard Oatmeal Stout, and I love that, so this is right up my alley. Faint woody hop in the distance at just the right level.

Taste : It's pretty easy drinking stout right off the bat, with the oatmeal coming out right away. Some coffee grounds and light earth follow, and some faint roasted malts with cocoa powder. At the end is some semi-sweet chocolate that rests on the palate.

Mouthfeel : Pretty medium bodied, a bit sticky and tarry, perhaps sappy even. It ends with a pleasant dryness as it soaks up the saliva on your tongue with authority. Pretty on par for the style, though I like the extra dryness here. The lack of head equates to a lack of stable carbonation, and it comes off a bit flat unfortunately.

Overall : I'd have it again, and for what a six pack goes for ($8.99 around here), it's worth a grab. The total lack of head really started out this journey a bit rocky down the back road, but by the end the ride smoothed out and it's a pretty decent brew overall.

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Photo of maedhros09
3.59/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Nearly opaque dark brown with moderate chocolate cream head. Moderate to light body for stout. Deep roasty chocolate notes with slightly acidic palate. Decent, but I like more body and less acidity in my stouts.

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Back Road Stout from Millstream Brewing Company
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