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Millstream Back Road Stout | Millstream Brewing Company

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Millstream Back Road StoutMillstream Back Road Stout

Brewed by:
Millstream Brewing Company
Iowa, United States

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by jt31914 on 06-19-2010

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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 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 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 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 for under $5 of this stout, 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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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Prune, coffee and grain on the nose. Pours bright black under a 1” finely bubbled tan foam cap. The palate starts with grain, chocolate, light coffee, and fruit. The roast is fairly mild and the beer starts with a little sweetness but dries out with a hint of sour on the finish. Above average carbonation and a medium full body. Very easy to drink.

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Photo of Brenden
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks, Benny.

This stout is an oily near black, some brown just showing through the thickly dark body. The brown head is small and frothy, compact and strong as it sits at roughly half a finger for most of the duration, making a moderate show of lacing.
This is a sweeter stout, less of the big roast than many and countering most of the dryness. There's a light note of coffee, but coffee with so much creamer it drowns out the bitterness fortunately and the depth and strength less fortunately.
It's pretty tasty but held back just a little. It has a light roast, some coffee flavors, even a note of oats such as don't come out in an oatmeal stout, and cream, but it's not allowed to reach its full depth and potential. Still, I'd definitely have another.
The smoothness the style is known for is achieved in this beer, with little roast coming from dryness but having enough heft and just enough of a drier aspect to give it the balance and character it needs.

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Photo of beergoot
4.41/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Black body with a rich, tan head. Coffee, charred grain, and chocolate in the aroma. The taste reflects the aroma with the addition of bitter black walnut and hazelnut and a very faint vanilla presence; terse hop bitterness. Medium-heavy feel; slick and oily with a semi-dry finish.

This felt more like a dry stout to me. It's packed with dark, welcoming warmth. Plenty of roasted character in the smell and taste and it finishes with a complex offering of delicate malt sweetness and dry hop bitterness and feel. Very nicely done.

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Photo of AUGRAD06
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A lighter stout than I expected. Nice deep roast color, with a nice tan head. I predominately tasted coco powder and the oat meal. It's not a "sweet" stout by any means. It is light, and leaves a very mild aftertaste on your tongue. I almost taste a fruitiness I can't place after I swallow. A good stout if you're looking something that isn't thick and rich feeling.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.21/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sampling right now on 1/24/14. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees in my beer cooler and poured into a brandy snifter.

Pours a very dark brown/almost black in color with just a thing beige head seen. Spotty lacing is seen with each sip. The aroma is of dark roasted malts, black coffee with a hint of chocolate. The taste is actually even better with the roasted malts/coffee coming right though that ends with a slight chocolate finish. No bitter or harsh finish on this one! Goes down very easy and is very enjoyable to drink.

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Photo of Beertender01
3.27/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A slightly better than average stout.

I've had this in both the bottle and on tap (and also freshly from the brewer's taps). I prefer to avoid the bottle as it can be a totally different experience (one that the brewer could remedy with the purchase of a new bottling machine).

Normally this is a competent little beer that doesn't overwhelm you.
It pours black with a brown head that quickly dissipates.
Chocolate and roasted malts. The taste for fresher batches is more crisp. When the been has sat for a while (in the keg or the bottle), that crispness goes away.

Very drinkable.

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the tap.

The beer is very dark, almost black in appearance. The smell is very clean and crisp, chocolate, and coffee. The taste is rich, you taste the oats right away, slightly sweet, with a clean roastiness and coffee aftertaste.

Would I buy it again? Yes.

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Photo of 312HopBomb
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle served in a 3 Floyds imperial pint.

Black in color with brown highlights and a medium head which falls quicly to a ring. No lacing.

Sweet chocolate and roasted malt aroma is inviting.

Taste of milk chocolate and toffee with mellow roast malt. Mild, not bitter roast but with a good roast taste.

Smooth and creamy mouthfeel is thin to medium with light carbonation creating a very sessionable stout.

Overall a smooth, creamy and mellow brew that is easy to drink. I like this one. My first taste of Millstreet. Great job.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from cpolking, so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a short beige head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, a faint touch of hops but also a metallic quality.

T: The taste starts out very creamy with flavors of coffee, chocolate and roasted oats. The malt character is on the thin side for the style but it works well for this particular beer. The hops presence I mild but complementary and brings a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, although there are others in the style that I would choose first, this is still a solid beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Photo of waldoiverson
3.13/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tap into nonic

A: dark black, tan head that didn't stick around but that may be the bar's fault. Nice lacing

S: caramel, burnt sugar, cherries, citrus zest

T: sweet with sugary chocolate, moderate cherry flavors and a bit of tannic bitterness. Slight alcohol warmth.

M: medium with some syrupy sensation from
The sugars, medium dry finish

O: sweeter than I'd optimally like but the alcohol moderates. An ok brew.

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Photo of WildHighlander
4.36/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Up in Wyoming, MN on business. I always like to try what is local. I was very pleasantly pleased with this beer. Never heard of Millstream Brewing Co. Very good flavor. Nice aroma. Good head retention. Nice color. Smooth, slight sweetness. Good blending of flavors. I'm going to have another.

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Photo of momoagogo14
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into an Okocim pint glass

Aroma: strong dark chocolate, coffee, toasted malts
Appearance: chocolate brown, light brown head with minimal lacing and retention
Taste: Coffee and bitter dark chocolate flavors come through up front, the oatmeal nuttiness is more present on the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Almost seems too thin and too carbonated for the style.
Overall: Tried this on a whim because I like supporting local breweries. I think it’s a good first attempt at the style. I was pleasantly surprised at the flavors. Just wish the texture/mouthfeel was a little more substantial.

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Photo of bmike86
4.07/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a 6 pack from Hyvee Wine & Spirits in Pella, IA.

Appearance --- dark brownish black, with about a finger and a half of a light brown head, pretty good retention leaving a light lace

Smell --- pleasant smell of chocolate, with a small bit of roasted malt & coffee scents

Taste --- nice blend of sweet and roasted malts, chocolate & coffee, with a minimal amount of hops

Mouth feel --- medium bodied, average carbonation, a bit of creaminess and bitterness

Overall --- I figured I would give this one a shot, and was pleasantly surprised. The smell is fairly strong & extremely nice, leaving me to want a bit more from the taste I felt. I would say this is an above average oatmeal stout that I would recommend to anyone that could possibly find/come across it. Millstream did such a good job with their version of it, that I am now curious about their other offerings. I know what I will keep an eye out for, the next time I visit Iowa.

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