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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:
0
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Photo of argock
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a Shaker pint. An undecipherable notching date system on the label. Received as a gift from my sister Tami.

A: Very dark brown with wispy beige head with average retention and a few lace forms.

S: The aroma provides some light roast, milk chocolate, and herbal hops.

T: The flavor is more enjoyable with more roast but not overdone, cocoa and dark chocolate, and pumpernickel crust. There is some bitterness to this brew, although I think it is more due to the roast and dark malts. It ends with a little bit of sourness in the aftertaste.

M: The oatmeal smoothness is counteracted by the overcarbonation which leaves too thin a finish.

O: Reasonably decent brew that I am glad I got a chance to try.

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Photo of JackieTH
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown/black body with an inch of mocha brown foam that recedes slowly to a think skein, leaving small fits of lace.

Smell is malt, roasted malt, oats, faint caramel, dark fruit.

Taste is roasted malt, faint coffee, oatmeal, dark cherries, lightly chocolate.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a nice level of carbonation to scrub the palate. Body holds together well.

Overall a nice example of an oatmeal stout, I'd buy it again.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Black Forest Inn; served in a mug.

Seal brown liquid with faint auburn and rufous highlights around the edge. Desert sand foam with creamy lacing and excellent retention.

Lovely dark roast malt aromatics suggest coffee and chocolate.

Deep chocolatey roast malt with hints of coffee and cream and vanilla on the palate. ABV is well hidden. Smooth sweet oat cakes, ganache, and toasted bread crusts into the finish.

Medium-bodied, creamy (thanks to the oats), and velvety.

A simple but excellent oatmeal stout, perfectly balanced.

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Photo of Duff27
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks egrace84 for this one.

A- Pours an inch tall fizzy(!) mocha colored head than settles in to a small, denser head. Dark brown/black body. After the head resides the beer is much more attractive as a whole. Very nice lacing lacing present.

S- Cola/chocolate whiffs, slightly metallic.

T- Follows the nose pretty well with a hint of fruitiness going on somewhere in there, more specifically grape. More metallic than roasty. Would guess this around 5.5%abv.

M- Medium mouthfeel, somewhat creamy.

D/O- All in all, goes down pretty easily with a few off flavors present in the nose and mouth. Not something I'd recommend but not terrible either.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a very dark brown almost black color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes quickly into minimal lacing. The aroma is of roasted malt, burnt malt, and hints of dark chocolate. The taste is similar to the aroma, but a bit stronger. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with appropriately mild carbonation, and a smooth texture. Overall, this is a nice stout that I would be happy to drink again.

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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 bismarksays
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Beautiful black color, nice finger of tan head. Decent lacing, head dissapates somewhat quickly

S- Dark roast, baker's chocolate, coffee

T/M Nice chocolate flavors come through, but they don't overpower the roasted notes. Very low bitterness, slightly sweet without being cloying. Gives a very balanced flavor. Mouthfeel was perhaps a bit thin, making this have more a session beer like quality rather than a sipper. Lacks that velvety smoothness of a truly great stout as far as mouthfeel, but thats its only weakness.

Overall- A very good stout. Easy drinking, balanced, and refreshing. A great way to introduce your Guiness drinker to the wider world of stouts.

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Photo of WYVYRN527
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 ounce bottle.

A: Pours almost black, with just a tiny bit of light shining through. Thin tan head settles rather quickly, and leaves little lacing.

S: Roasted malt lends to some chocolate notes and hints of espresso and toast. Hops are hardly present on the nose.

T: Slightly burnt character up front, with coffee, dark chocolate, and dried fruits. A hint of alcohol is present, with a bittering hop finish.

Notes: Slightly thin mouthfeel, although this beer does have some body. Flavors are balanced. Overall a decent oatmeal stout, but not one that I would seek out time after time.

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Photo of frankiepop
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Black black beer with hints of red hue. Tan cream head. Nice aromatic qualities.

Taste is a nice slow mellow stout. A gentle thumb up. A little sweet and chocolaty. It's not over the top. Nice smooth low carbonation that complements the subtle quality of this stout. I recommend it.

Goes down well with a nice dose of Paul Bley solo piano music or Pink Floyd. Take your pick.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 TheDeuce
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Millstream Back Road Stout… on tap at Millstream Brewhaus in the Eastern Iowa Airport.

Appearance-a dark black color on the initial pour, a creamy one finger head rises and falls quickly leaving behind a mess of crackling bubbles and intense carbonation.

Smell-light wafts of coffee and chocolate, alcohol burn
mixed with crusted bread mash, pungent but not overpowering

Taste/Mouthfeel-tastes of roasted malt and bread mixed with the alcohol, viscous mouthfeel that is chewy. Malt dominates throughout with hops only making a mild appearance, sweet flavors do penetrate and the final flavor on the tongue is one of chocolate malt. Flavors are strong and they work, one of the few stouts I’ve had that is light enough to be refreshing as well.

Overall-nice representation of the style and well done. This was one I’d drink again, recommended.

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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 BigPapiBrewingCo
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours black color with a tan head that thinned to a layer leaving little bits of lacing. Smells of roasted coffee and malt aromas. it has a roasted malty taste, burnt, bitter black coffee flavor on the finish. This beer was medium body and silky smooth. It was a perfect sessionable stout, a nice surpise here.

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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 dgugliuzza
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams pint

Pours black with a long cascading effect. Has a fluffy tan head with some retention. The head sounds like it's smoldering like a fire. Many tiny bubbles line the rim of the glass.

Smells of roasted malts and cocoa powder. Has a subtle sweetness that seems to come from the malt. Leaves a crisp sensation in the nose that resembles a stream beer.

Tastes of roasted malts and charred chocolate. The sweet malt comes in at the middle and lingers. Slight bitterness at the back end with minuscule hop aroma.

The mouthfeel is very smooth, however, the body is a bit thin for a stout. This beer would greatly benefit from some viscosity. Has a nice prickly carbonation that reminds me of anchor porter. The only benefit of a thin body is excellent drinkability.

This stout is surprisingly refreshing without compromising much of the taste. It's roasty and smooth. Overall, I am fairly impressed. It's a good lighter bodied stout. I just prefer more body and creaminess.

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Photo of mdwalsh
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good bottle to enjoy on what will hopefully be the last day that is remotely wintery.

A: Pours dark brown, extremely dark, though not entirely black in the glass. A nice two finger head with a lot of bubble variation and texture. This beer could use a little more active carbonation/richness to the head formation, it's fading fast.

S: Chocolatey, cooked grain dominate the smell...maybe something like chocolate malt-o-meal? It's more than a little grainy, but toast, coffee, chocolate and smoke make a little appearance as well.

T: Not as astringent as many Oatmeal stouts, and while I like it, I feel that's a little off style. Or perhaps a new direction for the style? This almost borders (in taste) on an Oatmeal Porter because of that though. In general, the taste is not as strong as the aroma, in fact I would say the aroma is far more dominant. The more I drink, the more bitterness comes out though, and it's nice and good.

M: Could be slightly creamier and smoother, but good overall, not at all too thin.

D: This is just a good beer, and I'm quite happy with that.

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