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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Photo of ILikeGoodCider
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on 08.01.09 as part of a BOTM club selection. Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a 14oz pint glass.

A: Ink black-brown color w/ a light tan-1/4 inch head that dissipates leaves fast. No lacing.

S: Initial nose had roasted malt & nuts. Dark roasted malts, chocolate and slight coffee after a few heavy sniffs.

T: As pleasantly expected - dark, sweet malts & dark fruit (dates?) up front w/a dry spicy hop & coffee finish to it.

M & D: Awfully smooth consider the good carbs. Creamy yet lager-ish. A session beer for sure.

A fine lagered stout. Thanks to my buddy for the BOTM membership. I don't believe I would have been able to try any of the Millstream brews otherwise.

Well-played, Millstream.

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Photo of gmfessen
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is almost black on the pour and appears nothing but in the glass and has a one finger- effervescent head that quickly dies down to just a thin layer around the edge of the glass. The smell is what you might expect from an oatmeal stout, roasted barley, coffee and chocolate, maybe a hint of vanilla. The taste is well balanced, with the slight sweetness of chocolate malt being countered with an unexpected bitterness. Roasted notes are quite prominent and there is a slight oxidation present which hurts the taste score. The mouthfeel is full-bodied and the carbonation is more aggressive than creamy. A pretty decent stout overall, not the best but I've definitely had worse.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
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 DesMoinesMike
3.61/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

When I poured out this brew into my perfect pour glass I had visions of this being what BP was dumping into the Gulf because it's so dark, pitch black.

This beer is black and as thick as some chowders I've had (not that this in anyway resembles chowder in aroma or taste) I was afraid it would stick to the sides of the bottle. It didn't. The aorma was coffee, perhaps some cocoa. The taste was light, earthy coffee with toffee perhaps. It had a slight twang and finished with one. It was decent enought to go for another one.

OK, the label is confusing the shit out of me. It looks like a guy putting the moves on grandma at a barn picnic while the dog is watching. WTF is going on in that picture?!

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Photo of TheDeuce
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
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 mdwalsh
4/5  rDev +8.1%
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 climax
3.35/5  rDev -9.5%
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 giblet
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
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 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 EROCK75
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of TheQuietMan22
4.37/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. The color is a sexy, completely opaque black. No light passed through when I held it to my lamp. Three fingers of thick, tan head developed and slowly dissipated to leave a foamy lacing and ring around the edge.

Smell: A mélange of dark chocolate, milk chocolate, a little toasted coffee, and hot, liquid raspberry Jell-O, like my mom used to make me when I was sick. Bill Cosby would be proud.

Taste: Much toastier than the aroma. The bitterness of toasted coffee malts is prevalent, but well balanced by the dark and milk chocolate. Even the hot, liquid raspberry Jell-O makes an appearance. The mouthfeel is thick and oh so deliciously stouty.

Drinkability: A solid stout and right down my alley. Loads of body and rich chocolate and coffee sensations. This one deserves a place on the mantel, dear.

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Photo of andy1701
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Ilafan
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of RandyKemka
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of ThirstyBird
3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jwale73 for this bottle
A - Deep, dark brown with reddish highlights. Tan head falls to skim layer fairly quickly.
S - Nice roasty nose. Malt, coffee beans, brown sugar.
T - Very roasty, much less complex than the smell. little chocolate with a dry finish.
M/F - Medium body yet a little watery as well in the flavor. Active carbonation maybe a touch too much.
D - Pretty decent oatmeal stout. Don't love it yet certainly wouldn't turn it down if offered to me.

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Photo of badbeer
3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black color, creamy tan head. Smell is of cocoa and roasty, with some hops perceived as well, nice, but could have been stronger. There seems to be some sort of sourness in the taste, but luckily the roastiness overpowers it quickly and leads you to a tasting of oats and cocoa in the finish. Lower carbonation, nice creamy mouthfeel, medium bodied. I could definately see myself having more of this, could be improved in some areas, but is a pretty good local stout. Worth trying if you come across.

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Photo of King_KongDCO93
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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 WJVII
3.33/5  rDev -10%
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 alarmclock314
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
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 aquatonex
3.21/5  rDev -13.2%
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 spoonhawk
2/5  rDev -45.9%

Photo of Mdodge8837
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Buster
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Kingcurio
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Millstream Back Road Stout from Millstream Brewing Company
3.7 out of 5 based on 334 ratings.
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