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:
336
Reviews:
164
Avg:
3.7
pDev:
12.16%
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
31
For Trade:
0
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Photo of scruffwhor
4.07/5  rDev +10%
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 +10%
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 apintofknowledge
4.06/5  rDev +9.7%
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 augustgarage
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
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 clvand0
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one says it's an oatmeal stout lager...what the heck is that? Anyway. Pours a dark brown color with a moderate head that has nice retention and leaves some lacing on the glass. The aroma has a lot of chocolate and roasted malts in it. Very pleasing. The flavor is much like the aroma with the chocolate and roasted taking the front. Slight sweetness and the body is thick and creamy. Very enjoyable. Drinkability is great as well.

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Photo of alexgash
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown body. No light penetrateth. Creamy, toasted-tan head. Nice. Good lacing. Sweet, roasted barley with notes of coffee and chocolate. Smells good to me. Sweetish mocha sweetness unfolds, amidst lightly roasted barley. Full-bodied, and velvety-creamy. Slight homebrew funk. Reminds me of Lake Superior's Sir Duluth. Overall, a very nice oatmeal stout that would make a great session beer.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of pwoods
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. stubby brown bottle, twist off cap, poured into an imperial pint.

A: Pours pitch black with nearly no light on the edges. A finger or so of dark khaki head forms and holds for a bit. No lacing.

S: Some nice debittered malts aroma. Very light sweetness behind a dry maltiness. No hops.

T/M: Nice maltiness without any sharp bitterness. Very light chocolate in the back, probably what lends the sweetness in the nose. Some cereal grains. Nothing overdone here, and that's how it should be. Body is medium to medium light with smooth carbonation. Glad they didn't nitro this.

D: Very drinkable. ABV is probably 4 - 5%, making this crushable. The flavor is good but I'd like to see just a little something else... something light to boost the complexity a bit.

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Photo of Saxboy10
4/5  rDev +8.1%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of RandyKemka
4/5  rDev +8.1%

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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4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of bluckbeyes
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of tom79mp
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Mojo
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of dasmusik
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of herman77
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of LukeGude
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Jho3325
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of bigdaddypolite
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of eph1291
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Thompson
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of beerguy23
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of beerinator
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The label says Stout and Lager. I don't know who to believe.

Appearance: Black, very opaque unless held up to light, hints of reddish brown appear when the light strikes correctly. The head is fairly sturdy and the lacing hangs around well.

Aroma: Black coffee. There is quite a bit of steady roasted character with cake batter mingling into the aroma. Maybe there is some caramel, but most of the flavors are dominated by the burnt roastyness.

Taste: The first sip is quite shocking. The roastyness is very solid here. The burned roast is very much like the flavors expected in a cup of strong coffee. The mouthfeel is thinner than most stouts but this beer seems to have a nice bubbly carbonation. The beer finishes slightly bitter leading to a twinge of pleasant sourness.

Notes: This is a very nice beer. It seems to be a bit thin compared to most stouts, but this may have something to do with the fact that it's supposedly using lager yeast? Regardless of whether it is to style or not, its a very tasty beer. Maybe the lager yeast choices help this beer attain session quality?

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Millstream Back Road Stout from Millstream Brewing Company
3.7 out of 5 based on 336 ratings.
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