Millstream Back Road Stout | Millstream Brewing Company

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Millstream Back Road StoutMillstream Back Road Stout
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
Ratings:
334
Reviews:
164
Avg:
3.7
pDev:
12.16%
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
30
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 334 |  Reviews: 164
Photo of jwilcox767
1.52/5  rDev -58.9%
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 Herky21
1.75/5  rDev -52.7%

Photo of spoonhawk
2/5  rDev -45.9%

Photo of Joebraggot
2.25/5  rDev -39.2%

Photo of teetotaler
2.3/5  rDev -37.8%
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 tgates
2.52/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.53/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a black body with ruby-hued edges and a thin, thin khaki-colored head.

Smell: Mild, faint aroma of dark malts, with a hint of dark chocolate and metal.

Taste: Lightly sweetened, smokey dark chocolate flavor. Finishes tangy and metallic.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Displeasingly watery.

Drinkability: Using a lager yeast for an oatmeal stout, though it could be considered an exercise in creativity, did not serve the final product well at all. Or, hell, it may just be an infected bottle. Either way, this is one poor beer.

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Photo of Hopstout
2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of DrunkMcDermott
2.83/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Starts out really nice. Beautiful roast coffee smell when opened. Pours a deep black body under a thin tan head. Taste is very roasty, too, but I also get the big sour orange taste other raters mentioned, followed by a punch of Coca-cola. Taste does settle out to a nice creamy oatmeal stout, but the sour cola gets in the way. How could they got such a taste with a lager yeast?

I emailed the brewery and they suggested the off taste came from the fact that I had an 8-month old bottle; since they don't pasteurize their beer, that's past its prime. I will definietly buy more fresh beer and revise my review at a future date.

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Photo of Erdinger2003
2.85/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The pour gave a good head that fell, but it did not break right away. There is a little bit of lacing, but it falls when the glass is tipped. The color is a dark black like a stout should be.

The smell is like a good stout with slightly sweet coffee/chocolate smell, but there is something slightly off. It's a lighter malt smell. Perhaps mixed with dark coffee malts.

The taste is pretty light, still coffee/chocolate, but the body isn't very thick and the finish is clean and doesn't stay with you. The lighter malts are in the body more than the coffee malts and it takes away from the flavor of stouts I like and are more accepted.

The mouthfeel is well carbonated, but not prominent. It is a slightly smooth water bit of a mouthfeel.

I know it's not too far and I would give this to friends as a transition beer into other types of beer that are labeled "dark beers" by uneducated drinkers.

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Photo of tavernjef
2.85/5  rDev -23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Brown bottle liter swing-top: Matte black color with a bit of a darker brown tint in brighter light. Firm finger high crown of lumpy broken chocolate brown, keeps a good puff for a while, settles to keep s broken skim and firm frothed edging, drippy lacing with nothing sticking.

Aroma is fantastic, soft bakers chocolate and milk chocolate, just grazes a roasted tint; sweet nuances of oats and barley flakes, little noting of iced coffee and charred wood.

Taste is far too sweet; it has tart, tangy, tones that aren't doing it for me. Lots of malt and oat sweetness thats becoming uncomfortably close to wine-like for an oatmeal stout. Dark cherry and some charred wood notes actually make a way in towards the finish, but the sweetness here is over the top for me. Perhaps this has gotten past its prime. The smell maybe eludes to what it may have once existed in flavors, but this is a sweetified, tangy mess. No matter how hard I try, I cannot enjoy this bottle. Looked and smelled promising, but the taste promised nothing but an overly sweet twang of undrinkable soda pop syrup.

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Photo of barnzy78
2.86/5  rDev -22.7%
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 Dibujob
2.9/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours dark and black with a fizzy tan head which quickly dissolves. No lacing.

S-bready, roasty malt arouma.

T-Initial impression is very sharp and bitter, the roasted malts definitely jump out and make the first impression. It wasn't until I was halfway through the bottle that the chocolate malts and sweeter oatmeal started to register.

M - Very carbonated, a little too much for my liking.

D- Too carbed and sharp for my liking. I prefer my stouts to be a little creamier.

All in all not a bad beer, I've had worse but I've had better.

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Photo of Tballz420
2.95/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is a completely black beer, with a small, brown head on the top. The smell is of clean, lagered water, and of chocolate. The taste is a bit peculiar, clean lagered, chocolate, pretty sweet, a tad bitter, and something else, possibly some fruit. It just seems a bit confused, something about it but this isnt my favorite.

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Photo of drpimento
2.97/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is from a bottle that I got well over a year ago in a beer of the month club. I reviewed it elsewhere and am not comparing this beer to then too. It seems to have smoothed out somewhat. But it's still an opaque black. It poured now as then with a big foamy head that quickly dissipated to nothing; no lace. Nice aroma of black fruit, licorice, dark malts, roasty, and just a bit yeasty. Big licorice in the flavor with some of the other aroma components too. Not bad. finish is a typical stout. Not bad, nothing special.

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Photo of bpfrush
3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of nuebs
3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of raymo55
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of Joey-bags1990
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of BBelch
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of Dave2234
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of DustinSWB
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of Benvarine
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of jrallen34
3/5  rDev -18.9%
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
3.7 out of 5 based on 334 ratings.
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