Back Road Stout | Millstream Brewing Company

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3.68/5
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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
Ranking:
#33,813
Reviews:
171
Ratings:
361
pDev:
12.5%
Bros Score:
3.58
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
37
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Ratings: 361 |  Reviews: 171
Photo of barnzy78
2.86/5  rDev -22.3%
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 Taphouse_Traveler
3.34/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bpfrush
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of bbtkd
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
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 cmoore32
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TonyTwins
4.32/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SawDog505
2.85/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured aggressive into a 16 oz snifter not sure when it was bottled. Pours a dark brown with a inch and a half light tan head that settles quickly into a outer ring of bubbles.

Smell is loaded oats maybe, caramel, faint expresso, and vanilla.

Taste follows vanilla and caramel kind of dominate, but it has a strange almost coke cola taste, odd and not my thing.

Mouthfeel is way too thin, enough carbonation, not dry really, and not working for me.

Overall this is why I am impressed when a brewer makes a non imperial stout that impresses me Sierra Nevada, Stone, and Henniker Brewing. This one let me down.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.39/5  rDev -7.9%
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 nuebs
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Miami66
3.28/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of teetotaler
2.3/5  rDev -37.5%
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 NickSMpls
2/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Purchased on 20 Dec '1, consumed the next day. Bottle has a notch type date code with an almost imperceptible mark on Oct. Beer poured flat and absolutely no head from two bottles from the same six pack. Taste is stout, but it's off. We'll rate it better if the next bottles are bettter.

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Photo of raycoll
3.39/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ignition16
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jmarko579
4.16/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tgates
2.52/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Strike00
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cbcrunch
3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Slarson7
3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of spoony
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BobbyOlson
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Giggy
3.42/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kylehay2004
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RAFH
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Back Road Stout from Millstream Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 361 ratings