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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
Reviews:
159
Ratings:
324
Avg:
3.71
pDev:
16.71%
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
25
For Trade:
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Reviews: 159 | Ratings: 324
Photo of apintofknowledge
4.06/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours as black as night with a seriously large creamy tan head. The aroma is toasty, with hints of roasted coffee and unsweetened chocolate. It has a really nice mouthfeel... a creamy and foamy head, followed by a slick and oily liquid with lots of tiny bubbles of carbonation.

The initial taste is of sweet dark roasted coffee, followed by a earthy/root-like flavor, with a slightly sour woody finish. As I drink more, and the beer warms, a sweet molasses flavor comes through, and the bitterness begins to fade, becoming more and more smooth to enjoy.

On a pairing note, dark chocolate makes an excellent companion for this beer, but only in small amounts, because something too rich could overwhelm the beer.

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

Thanks one last time to Nick the Greek, you know who you are, for the Iowa beer hook-up.

Pour a dark brown to blackish color with a slightly oily consistancy. The head reminds me of brownies, and dissipates a little too fast for my liking.

The aroma is mild bakers chocolate with just a very light touch of soil, then some rich coffee and cream notes.

The taste has a grain and oil mix upfront combined with chocolate. The middle presents a subtle chocolate, giving way to more deep roasted grains and a little coffee. The finish is smooth, dry, and a little bitter from the almost burnt grain flavor. Another good beer I wish was available in Chicagoland, but alas....

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Photo of Wallstreet
4.07/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

This beer was served with a nice transparent black/dark red hue. It was not cloudy, and had a off white head. The first one tasted of the darkest chocolate and coffee I had ever tasted. The second sweetened up slightly with more of an herb character. It was a very smooth beer but not to the extent of some lagers and lighter ales, keeping an adequate mouth feel. I don't know why the first one tasted different but I preferred the first. the second beer I had was probably closer to the actual taste of the beer. Overall good beer, I will continue to drink this one wile getting used to the really dark beers.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is good. Perfect beer to help me relax. Pours very dark in color. Kind of like cold coffee. Thin brown head. Aroma is slightly coffee, and just a tad bready. The flavor is very strong in roasted barley. I like it. Nice flavor. Dark chocolate flavor too. The hops are there and bring out a nice peppermint tone. The oatmeal come across in the mouthfeel and I almost want to chew this beer. Other than that, it is fairlyfull bodied (just a tad watery) and full of good flavors.

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Photo of TCMike
4.09/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thin beige head. Beer was dark brown.
Smell was of chocolate, and coffee.
Taste was similar, not as heavy as I anticipated. Easiser drinking, than some. Medium mouthfeel, and low carbonation.
This is a good stout. I'm liking stouts more, and more. Give this a try!

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Photo of mentor
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle obtained from To Your Health (Coralville) in Janurary 2005 and consumed that same evening. Freshness date says November. Pours thick and silent with a half-finger brown head...and with a chocolate smell. Appears utterly pitch black, even when held up to a light. Smell has a nice blend of chocolate and coffee. Taste takes a while to take hold. Chocolate and coffee run around playing tag in my mouth. First one dominates, then the other. What an interesting experience. Hazelnut comes in late and the finish is dry and roasty. Body is medium heavy and carbonation is strong (too heavy for the style IMO). The flavors are really well-balanced in this beer. I find this to be one of the most drinkable stouts I've ever had.

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Photo of kjyost
4.11/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased as part of the sampler pack at Princeton Liquors in Maple Grove, MN. Undated 12 oz bottle poured into a Perfect Pint glass.

A: Absolutely gorgeous. Tons of tan lacing, deep black body with clear ruby red edges. A cap that laces lasts for a whole half hour drink. Amazing.
S: Liquorice, molasses and burnt sugar are primarily on the nose, with a hint of earth underlying it all.
T: Nice sweetness with lots of roast bitterness, a bit of molasses and a lingering earthy note on the tongue.
M: Smooth, somewhat silky beer with a good balance of sweetness and roast / hop bitterness.
O: A rock solid effort, that is great for what it is. Needs a bit more complexity to be a world class beer though.

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Photo of vdoz3
4.11/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a reallly nice brew. Picked it up on a whim, poured from a 12oz bottle into the only glass my friend had in two servings.

Appearance is pitch black, standing up even to direct sunlight (I don't give out 5s that easily). The roasted smell translates directly into the smooth taste, which is just a bit sweet and chocolatey. The finish is dry and a little bit sticky.

Overall, delectable. Goes great in place of afternoon tea & cookies.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opaque black pour with a nice soft bubbly tan head...recedes fairly quickly to a ring around the top. Some nice lacing as well...no light is getting through here. A very nice robust ground coffee aroma intertwines with notes of dark chocolate and toasted oats. Big, impressive nose!

Smooth roasted, toasty oat maltiness mixes with some nutty coffee tones and hints of bitter dark chocolate on the way down. Just a nice, tasty oatmeal stout overall.

Mouthfeel has a silky smooth creaminess to it with just enough carbonation to make it lively on the palate. This is a stout that I wouldn't mind sessioning with and is a nice suprise as I just picked it up on a whim while I was in Iowa. Recommended.

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Photo of pmcadamis
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Purple-black with a small but extremely dense brown head comprised of thick whipped luscious cream. Lots of really creamy lace sticks to the glass, and swirling builds he head up quite a bit. Looks soft and pillowy.

S - Creamy chocolate mouse and thick chewy fudge. Cookie dough ice cream with dark chocolate chips. Some firm nutty notes keep things grounded, and some autumn leaf hops add complexity.

T - Coffee with tons of cream and sugar, dark baker's chocolate, cookie dough, and cashews.

M - Ridiculously smooth and silken, full bodied, and creamy....almost airy like whipped cream before settling it's full weight on your tongue.

D - Good stuff! Nothing to complain about here. This smooth drinking stout does everything right an nothing wrong. I like the cookie dough ice cream notes...I don't think I've ever mentioned that in any other review.

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Photo of jera1350
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Solid black color with a thin tan head that leaves some streaky lacing.

Very robust roasted malt scent with notes of chocolate, vanilla and coffee.

Much like the nose, the malt is rich and outstanding. Roasty and chocolatey with a moderate sweetness. Roasted coffee beans come through in the aftertaste. Very tasty indeed.

There are some oatmeal stouts that I have to wonder how much, if any, oatmeal was used. That is not the case with this one. It is very clear that it is an oatmeal stout. Silky smooth and chewy right here. Plenty of frothy and cream-like carbonation.

This is a very well crafted oatmeal stout. Nice flavor and the feel is textbook for the style. It's also a very drinkable beer. I would have this one again.

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Photo of phenomenologian
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased this oatmeal stout in a growler during the visit to Amana colonies. Its in a pretty large growler so theres a lot of beer there to enjoy. The brewery is a nice and fun place to visit as well.

upon opening the growler some smoke comes out. Upon pouring it gives a non-see-through creamy beige head. Its about two fingers. The head hangs around for a bit. The body is completely dark black. You cannot really see through it nor can you see bubbles rising at all because its so opaque.

The smell is pretty prominent. Its of chocolate and coffee. I pick up roasted tones. It smells rich and dark. The taste is of dark roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and a bit of hops. It has a sweet roasted aftertaste. It tastes sweet on one hand but bitter and roasted-like on the other. The mouthfeel is nice as the beer is smooth. Its not too carbonated but enough so. I am drinking this down pretty quckly.

I gave this a 4.5 overall and 4.0 for smelll taste and mouthfeel but 4.5 on appearance. Overall I really like this. I will probably not be able to drink this again until I, if, ever come back to Amana. If you come to Amana visit the colonies and visit Millstream. They have a lot of other beers for you to try also. THe place has a sample bar as well as a sitting room. You can watch the brewery there. Give this one a try next time ur in Amana Iowa or order it.

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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 Pintofbrown
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This stout was poured into a glass stein

Appearance- The vigorous pour produced a crazy four-finger head that is milk chocolate in color. It has great retention and leaves long tendrils of lace down the side of the glass. The body is a very dark brown that is opaque with no highlights.

Smell- There is a little bit of roasted malt, milk chocolate, and some anise. Wow.

Taste- The roasted malt leaves a large impression that slowly presents some slight hop bitterness and chocolate. The finish is a toss-up with slight bitterness, roast, and some dark fruit.

Mouth feel- This beer is lighter for a stout, but still medium bodied at the least. It is a little too carbonated as well. It doesn't mean this one is anything less than a pleasure to sip on.

Overall- This is a solid stout in all categories. The biggest draw back is the mouth feel that doesn't quite get it done. And it was a little bit of a let down that the complexity of the nose doesn't translate as well to the palate.

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Photo of sommersb
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 12-16-2011
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle
Glassware: Nonic pint
Purchased: Received in a trade

Appearance: Black, nearly opaque, with ruby highlights. The head is 4 fingers, frothy and creamy. Very good retention and lacing.

Smell: Crisp, with dark roasted malts bringing forth a nice sweetness. To a lesser extent I pick up some chocolate and coffee notes.

Taste: Much like the aromas, but more pronounced. Chocolate and dark malts, with a toasted flavor and coffee character. Bitterness is low, with a nice level of sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy, with a think body from the oats. Finishes lightly sweet and roasty.

Overall: An easy drinking and very impressive oatmeal stout. Definitely recommend.

Thanks to Crass3000 for this one!

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Photo of studentofbeer
4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours an amazingly dark black--no light getting through here--with purple highlights at the very edges and a good thick dark brown head. head falls and no lacing is left, but upon first pour this beer was awesome.

smells of bitter roast and grain, chalk, dark chocolate and soy.

taste starts with a sweet milk taste (from the oats perhaps?) quickly followed by a slightly chocolate, light roasted coffee flavor that takes over. Some soy and smoky flavor comes through with the grain, then gives way to chalk and slight minerality in the finish that combines with a bit of hop flavor/bitterness. Aftertaste leaves notes of tobacco.

overall a lightly carbonated and medium bodied beer--much lighter than i expected given it's rich color. Overall easy to drink and plenty of flavor. I'd even consider eating this with some japanese food. a fine, clean stout.

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Photo of AaronRed
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black and creamy looking, this beer also smelled wonderful. I thought I could smell the oatmeal. Smooth ,velvelty and somewhat sweet, this beer was quite nice. It has an understated richness, but with enough hop presence to not make this too cloying. I very much enjoyed this brew, even in the summer.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in trade from tedpeer, thanks for the opportunity.

Pours a solid black with a thin mocha head that dissipates quickly. Smells of roast, chocolate, and licorice. Taste is quite roasty, some bitterness in the middle and a lingering coffee roast in the finish. Smooth creamy mouthfeel. Medium body. Ample carbonation. This is a great little stout. Simple for what it is, but highly sessionable. I enjoyed this one immensely. On a side note, the bottle claims that this is a lager, I wonder if that is true.

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Photo of AmericanGothic
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Peace Tree pint. Bottled in October.

A: Pours a nearly opaque, dark brown color with one-half finger of dark tan head. Good retention and lace.

S: Sweet milk chocolate, a little chickory and coffee. Pretty good stuff.

T: Very smooth start, chocolate gradually swells and then has a hint of cherry and minerals, slowly fades into lightly bitter coffee with some roasted notes. Unexpectedly complex and pretty unique.

M: Not too heavy, solid, soda-like carbonation keeps it buoyant.

O: Very pleased with this one. Good flavor and interesting profile. After an afternoon of raking leaves, this is really hitting the spot. Will definitely buy again.

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Photo of giblet
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured almost totally black into the glass. smooth black with rich creamy head of about three eights inch of head. a bit less head than expected. rich roasted earthy malts in the smell. taste is very rich chocolate coffee roasted malt. quite a yummy stout. i am going to let the other five age till fall cuz drinking this full bodied stout is a bit much for ninety degree summer weather.

suckem up and movem out.

giblet

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Photo of ArmOnFire
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served on tap at Old Chicago in Ames, and the DSM airport.

Did not disappoint either at either venue. A highlight of my trips to Iowa for work. I just wish I could get it back east.

Nice cream colored head, with standard stout dark body.

Smells of coffee and chocolate, that lead to a taste that is a blend of both. Exactly what I like in a stout! Smooth, with no sense of alcohol, but a small trace of a hoppy bite aftertaste.

Not too thick or syrupy that other stouts have sometimes, definitely a winner here, and can easily have multiple pints without feeling bogged down.

I would recommend this stout to friends.

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Photo of Bulkman
4.21/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at the Hyvee in Mason City, IA while I was in town on business. BA shows this as 5.6% ABV, but the brewery's site shows it as 6.7% ABV.

12 oz pour into a pint glass, looks very thick & black. No head to speak of, save for a 1/8" tan ring around my glass. Definitely no light getting through this one though.

Smell is fairly heavy of black patent & roasted barley with a really sweet, pleasant aroma, similar to a milk stout. I'm really enjoying the different notes I'm picking up in this one.

Starts out tasting very sweet, I'd almost swear this had lactose added. Not cloying at all, however, just very tasty. It coats your tongue & finishes dry. One of the better medium bodied brews I've had.

Drinkability is high, I easily put down several of these before hittin' the hay. Only appropriate given the name & the label artwork.

Overall, a very enjoyable stout & one I would seek out again the next time I'm in Iowa.

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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 trumick
4.22/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown color with a light tan fluffy 1/2 inch head that dissapates quickly to nothing and no lacing.
Scent is of sweet dark roast malts, chocolate and slight coffee.
Taste follows the nose with dark sweet malts and fruits up front and a dry spicey hop and coffee finish.
Smooth as any stout I have ever had. The mouthfeel is well above average. It is creamy with appropriate carbination, the most outstanding part of this ,ah, *lager*??...
Drinkability is slightly above average also. This is a beer that I would sit and sip many. I have several and am going back for more.
A fine lagered stout. One of the best stouts I have ever had. This one easily competes with any stout from Bells.

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Millstream Back Road Stout from Millstream Brewing Company
3.71 out of 5 based on 324 ratings.
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