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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Millstream Brewing Company
Iowa, United States
millstreambrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
159
Ratings:
323
Avg:
3.71
pDev:
16.71%
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
25
For Trade:
0
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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

You think you know a thing or two about beer, until someone puts a bottle in your hand that reads "Oatmeal Stout Lager." Whodidthewhat? Howdidthehey? Huh.
Appearance: fully black, with a nice, burnt tan head.
Aroma: bitter and roasty, with fruity notes.
Texture is limpid, body and mouthfeel and everything else is light, light, light. Short finish. Drinks down extraordinarily smooth, but ...Actually, I have a hard time criticizing this. I could fault it for lacking the complexity, depth, or flavor of a good oatmeal stout, but it's an oatmeal stout lager. It is what it is. But I'm not sure why it is what it is.
Fruity notes emerge in the middle, and are appreciated.
Not a bad brew at all, but the lack of top-fermenting yeast did not please this stout-fan's palate at all, only left me yearning for a true stout.

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Photo of Crass3000
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes on 12/28/2011

3.5/5 Pours out dark as night with a brown, two-finger head with retention of roughly a minute.

3/5 Smell is dark fruit forward with roasted malts and maybe a little coffee. All the nose is really muted.

3.5/5 Taste is roated malt forward with some dark fruits. I also taste a little chocolate but really no coffee.

4/5 Mouthfeel is almost medium or maybe medium. Fairly nice mouthfeel for a stout with a low ABV like this. It's not an imperial stout.

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Photo of Misfit138
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

A- Coffee in color with a tan head that went away quickly to nothing.

S- Roasted dark chocolate malt with some sweetness

T- Coffee flavor is there for sure with some hints of chocolate bite at the end

M- Fairly thick with mild carbonation

D- Decent offering. For some reason I didn't like the first few drinks but after that it was pretty good. Good full flavor.

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Photo of AleWatcher
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Millstream Back Road Stout 

Dark murky brown with a sticky tan head. 
Smells roasty, with chocolate and black malt notes.  
Some dry bitterness opens up as this warms, but otherwise this beer is run of the mill...  
Little chalky feel, with some oily action and a dry roasty finish. 
Overall...  This isn't bad, but it isn't really too great either.  
A - 4
S - 3.5
T - 3.5
M - 2.5
D - 3.5

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Photo of jsprain1
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pretty darn near black with some brown highlights and a thick cocoa head that falls flat pretty quickly.
S- Aroma is mild of dark malt and sweet chocolate. Fairly sweet overall.
T- Quite sweet up front for an oatmeal stout. Sweet chocolate, a bit of cookie, a very light touch of smoke.
M- Smooth, medium body with low carbonation.
O- It's a perfectly fine beer, but not a beer that I'm likely to remember. Fairly tasty but relatively pedestrian.

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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 lackenhauser
3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very deep black color with a very slight head on top. Low aroma-some roasted malt and a slight bitter smell. Mellow roasted flavor with some chocolate going on. Slight bittersweet after taste. Ok enough body. A fairly drinkable beer. I am confused by the label stating its a lager but an oatmeal stout. For me it suffers an identity crisis. A notch above average.

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Photo of hardy008
3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black with a 1 1/2 finger creamy tan head with good retention and lacing. The smell has coffee, oatmeal, raisins, and some dark chocolate. It smells like an oatmeal raisin cookie with a cup of coffee.Where the chocolate fits in with the rest is what I don't know.

The taste has coffee, dark bitter chocolate, and a little caramel. Somewhat sweet, with a good deal of bitterness from the coffee for balance.

Smooth to drink, which is not surprising for an oatmeal stout. Medium bodied with average carbonation and a bitter finish. I have had better oatmeal stouts, but am always glad to try each oatmeal stout I can find. Worth trying if you have the chance.

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Photo of Reaper16
3.36/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served into a pint glass

Pours a decently black color. I like black. Black is good. It looks silky when you rotate the body in the glass. One finger of dark khaki head shows up but leaves like it was disinterested in the party.

Pretty average stout in terms of aroma. You've got some milk chocolate, some faint roast, a flutter of oat. Nothing is assertive but there is a welcome balance. The most interesting part of Back Road Stout's nose is a sort of browned raisin scent. It shows up with warmth, and it doesn't really jibe with the rest of the beer.

That same curious browned raisin flavor shows up on the aftertaste. It is interesting, but again, does not really mesh with the well-executed traditional stout flavors. This tastes more like a dry stout than an American stout for the most part, but the mouthfeel screws that up a bit. The beer is pretty dark thick. I quite enjoyed the viscosity and the reassuring oat creaminess. Drinkability is pretty darn good, I'd say. Pleasant flavors and a good mouthfeel make for a drinkable beer.

Millstream is not trying to innovate here. They seem to be committed to making solid, traditional beers for a very local consumer base. If that's what the people of Amana, Iowa want then Millstream seems up to the task of fulfilling that desire. Back Road Stout is a simple reminded that "basic" beers are still something worth appreciating.

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Photo of climax
3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had to pour pretty much right down the center to get a few seconds worth of dark tan/almost orange head. Color was about the same as the bottle.

Nose was very full of brown sugar. Other hints included chocolate, coffee, overripe fruits and a metallic/glassy twang.

Flavor is good, better than the smell. Dark sugars and coffee for the most part. A slight bit of fruitiness and oats are present as well.

Feel is pretty full bodied, lots of carbonation, maybe too much IMO. it all settles into a fry finish with a lingering twinge from the carbonation.

This one's got good flavor, but it's not too well rounded, falls into the realm of average.

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Photo of taxguyjase
3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer came as part of one of my wife's fantastic beer ofthe month club shipments. When this showed up at the office (and boy, I do enjoy getting beer and wine shipped to the office...really brightens up the day), I was really looking forward to trying some different types of beers, especially of the darker variety. The Millstream Brewing Colony Oatmeal Stout was a good representation of an oatmeal stout. Expect a lot of roasted malt and oat scents and flavor, with some coffee taste included. The color is extremely dark, not allowing a single bit of light through the glass. This beer had a distinctive aftertaste - mostly of alcohol and coffee (which in my book, is a great combo). The flavor really hits in the back of your mouth and throat, making it stick around with each sip.

Appearance - 3.5/5.0 - I really enjoyed the darkness of the beer - the head was ok, but nothing to write home about.
Scent - 3.5/5.0 - Lots of strong coffee, malt and alcohol aroma. While enjoyable, could have been blended better.
Taste - 3.5/5.0 - Strong flavor profile, with lots of coffee taste. The alcohol aftertaste lingered more than I would personally like, but it wasn't offensive.
Feel - 3.0/5.0 - The flavors stuck around longer than I would like after each sip and they weren't blended well enough for my taste.
Drinkability - 3.0/5.0 - I have a number of other oatmeal stouts that I would rather have. If offered, I would drink again, but not my first choice.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.34/5  rDev -10%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours s deep dark cola color with a popping fizzy tan head on top. This "pops" away to nothing very quickly. No lacing. Smells of cocoa, roasted coffee, and warm breads. Decent.

Mouthfeel is a little too carbonated for an oatmeal stout. Not as creamy as I would have liked, but not harsh either. Flavor is of mild roasted cocoa, some bready malts, and some faint bitterness. All in all this is a pretty average beer. Not bad, but not that great.

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Photo of WJVII
3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BOM from June 2009. Poured into a pint glass this brew has a slick oil like color with a thick creamy off white head that dissipated quickly and did not leave much lacing on the glass. The aroma was of chocolate and some sweet raisin. Mild malts and some yeast. The taste falls flat and is not as bold as the aroma would lead you to believe. This is an ok stout, but I have had better.

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Photo of beerfan82
3.32/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I guess this beer caught me off guard. Just being a beggining beer drinker I haven't had much experience with darker beers. Personally I wasn't a big fan of the nutty taste. It had an almost coffee dark taste to it. If you are a fan of darker beers this one will be the one for you. It's tastes are complex enough for a dark beer fan.

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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 orangemoustache
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-pours nearly pitch black with some brown tones at the edges,it has a chocolaty looking head that dissapears at an alarming rate of speed and zero lacing is seen

S-this is the first Oatmeal Stout I have had that has smelled anything like oatmeal,it smells of dry burnt oats,and toasted wheat

T-dry old fasioned chocolate donuts,coffees,some hoppy bitterness midway,and a somewhat dissapointing dry finish,the bottom just kind of falls out of this one

M-medium to light body,with very low carbonation,and again a dry finish that just did'nt flow very well

D-a decent Stout for anyone wanting a change from average Dry Stouts,but,not one that I will revisit on purpose

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Photo of hwwty4
3.23/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Stolen from my buddies beer fridge. He said it had been in there for over a year.

Poured into,my New Belgium globe. This beer pours a viscous black with a decent 3 inch tan head that quickly turns into a ring around the outside of the glass. No lacing sticks around on the glass. The aroma is astringent coffee mixed with bitter sweet chocolate. The flavor profile is much the same. Bakers chocolate mixed with astringent coffee. Just a little molasses. The mouthfeel is fairly dry. Has a coco-esque dryness. I was expecting something a bit more creamy. Not your normal oatmeal stout. Overall, its. Good beer but nothing crazy. I would have liked it to,be just a bit ceeamier.

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Photo of aquatonex
3.21/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BOTM offering...

Pours a deep brown-black, quite opaque, don't see much light going through at all. Good carbonation, a little head around the edge, creamy. Nose was extremely smoky with a lot of coffee up front, a bit too much. After sitting a little bit the intensity subsided and a balance was achieved. There is a bit of alcohol acridness in the nose as well. Taste was the same way, crazy amounts of overly smoky coffee (almost burnt) and then subsiding as it sat for a short time, becoming creamier but still maintaining a hefty coffee toasty flavor. Alcohol peeks through again. Altogether could be quite good, the balance is decent but the alcohols break the flow a bit.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.2/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received as an extra in a trade with drhinehart- thanks!

A: Pours dark brown/ black with a nice two finger head which quickly disappears

S: a nice dose of oatmeal on the nose followed by faint hints of chocolate and roasted barley, nice roasted profile, a bit mellow

T: the flavor doesn't follow the nose all that closely. A tinge of sourness and astringency on the front that I didn't detect in the smell. Slightly unpleasant for the style. There are some notes of molasses sweetness followed by the oatmeal and roasted notes.

MF: a bit thin for the style, medium carbonation

D: a nice easy drinking stout with some nice flavors, I prefer my stouts to have a little more body

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Photo of aracauna
3.19/5  rDev -14%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Dark brown with the usual Millstream fizzy and short-live head. The aroma is full of sweet chocolate and roast with a bit of oatmeal. The flavor is fairly big, but comes across as a bit thin. The body is really watery for the style and unsatisfying despite the flavor being pretty good. This brewery’s best beer is definitely the John’s Generations, an excellent witbier.

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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 AgentZero
3.06/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A home state tick, not familiar with Iowa beer, picked this up on a trip to see my grandma.

A - Black beer, brownish head that didn't stay around long and left the sides clean.

S - Cocoa, lactose, fairly sweet. Reminds me more of a milk stout than anything else. Little bit of roasted grain, not a ton going on.

T - Pretty much in line with the nose. A little bit sweet with some roasted notes. Slight cream taste. It's not bad, and there's probably a group of beer drinkers who would appreciate it for what it is, but I find it pretty ho hum. On the plus side, it does't have that out sourness that happens to often.

M - Slightly thin, little too much carb.

O - Average, has a couple things going for it and a couple that aren't. Sum of the parts is something some will like and some will pass on in favor of more exotic beers.

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Photo of tedpeer
3.01/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint.

A - Dark brown, almost black pour. Head subsided quickly to a thin layer. No lacing.

S/T - Tastes like it smells. Roasted, slight coffee/chocolate. Nice aftertaste.

M/D - Kind of thin. I would not sit down and drink 2 or 3 of these. This is an once in a while, want a change of pace beer.

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Photo of jrallen34
3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Mike for this second Iowa tick. 12oz bottle poured into a Cigar City snifter... Black body that looks decent. A darkish tan head rises a bit, but poor retention and lacing... The aroma doesn't get my hopes as its quite plain, milk chocolate, light cocoa bitterness, a touch of cream, pretty boring... The taste just screams average stout. Not bad or offensive, just a plain boring stout that has such a horrible mouthfeel that really knocks it down even more. The feel is water light with low carbonation.

I would pass on this in the future.

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Millstream Back Road Stout from Millstream Brewing Company
3.71 out of 5 based on 323 ratings.
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