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 | website

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:
323
Avg:
3.71
pDev:
16.71%
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
25
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 159 | Ratings: 323
Photo of jrallen34
3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Mike for this second Iowa tick. 12oz bottle poured into a Cigar City snifter... Black body that looks decent. A darkish tan head rises a bit, but poor retention and lacing... The aroma doesn't get my hopes as its quite plain, milk chocolate, light cocoa bitterness, a touch of cream, pretty boring... The taste just screams average stout. Not bad or offensive, just a plain boring stout that has such a horrible mouthfeel that really knocks it down even more. The feel is water light with low carbonation.

I would pass on this in the future.

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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 Misfit138
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

A- Coffee in color with a tan head that went away quickly to nothing.

S- Roasted dark chocolate malt with some sweetness

T- Coffee flavor is there for sure with some hints of chocolate bite at the end

M- Fairly thick with mild carbonation

D- Decent offering. For some reason I didn't like the first few drinks but after that it was pretty good. Good full flavor.

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Photo of Reaper16
3.36/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served into a pint glass

Pours a decently black color. I like black. Black is good. It looks silky when you rotate the body in the glass. One finger of dark khaki head shows up but leaves like it was disinterested in the party.

Pretty average stout in terms of aroma. You've got some milk chocolate, some faint roast, a flutter of oat. Nothing is assertive but there is a welcome balance. The most interesting part of Back Road Stout's nose is a sort of browned raisin scent. It shows up with warmth, and it doesn't really jibe with the rest of the beer.

That same curious browned raisin flavor shows up on the aftertaste. It is interesting, but again, does not really mesh with the well-executed traditional stout flavors. This tastes more like a dry stout than an American stout for the most part, but the mouthfeel screws that up a bit. The beer is pretty dark thick. I quite enjoyed the viscosity and the reassuring oat creaminess. Drinkability is pretty darn good, I'd say. Pleasant flavors and a good mouthfeel make for a drinkable beer.

Millstream is not trying to innovate here. They seem to be committed to making solid, traditional beers for a very local consumer base. If that's what the people of Amana, Iowa want then Millstream seems up to the task of fulfilling that desire. Back Road Stout is a simple reminded that "basic" beers are still something worth appreciating.

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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 TheQuietMan22
4.37/5  rDev +17.8%
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 SpdKilz
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Old stout from the BOTM club from over a year ago.

Appearance - Pours a damn dark black into my SA Perfect Pint with less than a finger of head that dissipates almost immediately leaving literally no lacing.

Smell - Chocolate, coffee, and sweet malts. Overall, quite subdued.

Taste - More so coffee than chocolate. Also, there is a definite odd metallic taste that is extremely off-putting.

Mouthfeel - Lighter to medium bodied. Decent carbonation.

Drinkability - Yeah, not feeling this. The metallic taste is just so distracting I can't enjoy this beer. My drinking it now reminds me that this is how the beer tasted a year ago and age did not improve this (that is why I didn't review it then - I wanted to let it sit for a bit). Oh well...a swing and a miss.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.46/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ah, one of the few advantages of having a girlfriend in law school in Iowa ten years ago.
Great dark black (oxymoron) beer with frothy tan head. Aroma was a little more alcohol than I liked, but the deep rich and roasted malt also came out nicely with it.

Taste, definitely chewy, and the alcohol was no longer as omniprescient (sic) as it was in the aroma. Came off as smooth. More coffee and caramel to it than chocolate. The mouthfeel did develop a little more bitterness than usual with the use of oats, but I guess when you have a coffee feel, you're gonna get some bitterness usually.

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Photo of FreshHawk
4.22/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark black with a hints of walnut and dark ruby hues on the edges. About average sized, smooth, creamy, dark tan/cafe colored head. Decent retention with a nice thin, creamy layer of lace.

S - Wow, lots of coffee and a good amount of roasted oatmeal aroma. Also a good amount of dark cocoa along with some caramel malt.

T - Plenty of dark and milk chocolate and coffee along with some slightly roasted malt and oatmeal. Slight sweetness with only a hint of roasted bitterness. Not quite a sweet stout, but somewhere between a sweet stout and a regular one, with it a bit closer to a regular stout. A touch of caramel malt. Lingers with a not too bitter roasted flavor. Just vague hints of hops and dark fruit.

M - Medium body with about average carbonation. Fairly smooth and slick feel.

D - Good amount of chocolate and coffee that provide a slightly roasted bitter flavor but also a good amount of sweetness. Keeps me drinking, especially big for the ABV.

Notes: A nice easy to drink stout with plenty of nice stout flavors. Not overly bitter, nor overly complex, but well balanced and tasty. This is a very nice, basic, easy to drink stout. Not outstanding, but good.

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.61/5  rDev -2.7%
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 Blanco
3.84/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Received as a gift from a friend living in Cedar Rapids. Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Black with a dark brown head that holds for about 30 seconds then fizzles to almost nothing.

Strong chocolate and coffee smell.

While the smell leans more to the chocolate side, the taste is more like coffee. It's very pleasant and slightly sweet and bitter at the same time. Starts off almost bland, but gets more complex with every sip.

Was a bit thinner and lighter than I expected, with only the slightest tingle of carbonation on the tongue.

Very solid. I would definitely drink it again.

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Photo of jt31914
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a bottle in Des Moines from Beer Crazy

A: Dark black with no head or lacing. Very obvious lack of carbonation.

S: Straight coffee...

T: Coffee and malt balanced by bitter dark chocolate. Reminds me of Founders Breakfast Stout. Very good tasting beer.

M/D: Pretty drinkable I suppose, smooth mouth feel - very slick.

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Photo of pwoods
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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 BehindtheFinBrew
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served at the Taproom in Amana. Check the place out if you're around the area.

Poured into a 12oz plastic glass. Wish they would change their serve ware.

A: Pours thick and black almost like oil. A caramel 1/2" head that laid beautiful lace rings down the glass. Retention was low however with the majority of the session showing a carb supported crown.

S: Roasty, chocolate and dark coffee.

T: Follows aroma. Bitter roasted finish with a lingering bitterness throughout. A lovely bitter-sweet chocolate character presents itself.

M: Good carbonation, creamy with a slight carbonation tingle breaking up the smoothness. A little thin in body.

D: The richness could limit the amount consumed, but overall quite nice for an oatmeal stout.

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

Thanks goes out to tedpeer for this one.

Pours a nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy tan head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some nice little chocolate/toffee/caramel notes. The taste follows the nose pretty much, with some nice sweetness. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice brew.

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Photo of climax
3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
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 homebrew311
3.2/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received as an extra in a trade with drhinehart- thanks!

A: Pours dark brown/ black with a nice two finger head which quickly disappears

S: a nice dose of oatmeal on the nose followed by faint hints of chocolate and roasted barley, nice roasted profile, a bit mellow

T: the flavor doesn't follow the nose all that closely. A tinge of sourness and astringency on the front that I didn't detect in the smell. Slightly unpleasant for the style. There are some notes of molasses sweetness followed by the oatmeal and roasted notes.

MF: a bit thin for the style, medium carbonation

D: a nice easy drinking stout with some nice flavors, I prefer my stouts to have a little more body

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Photo of CHickman
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Came from the Beer of the Month Club. Poured black in color (can't see through it) with a very small tan head; smelled of coffee, mocha, caramel and oatmeal. A heavy beer with very little to no carbonation, that goes down creamy and smooth.

Tastes of roasted malt, coffee, toffee, caramel, a hint of vanilla and mocha flavors; slight hint of grains, which I assume to be the oatmeal. A very malty and enjoyable stout for those who like coffee since the roasted malt flavor dominates this brew. Has a grainy feel to it where the malt/oatmeal almost feel like it's leaving a residue, yet it's a dry finish. Good tasty stout that goes down easy, like water. It's worth trying this beer.

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Photo of taxguyjase
3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer came as part of one of my wife's fantastic beer ofthe month club shipments. When this showed up at the office (and boy, I do enjoy getting beer and wine shipped to the office...really brightens up the day), I was really looking forward to trying some different types of beers, especially of the darker variety. The Millstream Brewing Colony Oatmeal Stout was a good representation of an oatmeal stout. Expect a lot of roasted malt and oat scents and flavor, with some coffee taste included. The color is extremely dark, not allowing a single bit of light through the glass. This beer had a distinctive aftertaste - mostly of alcohol and coffee (which in my book, is a great combo). The flavor really hits in the back of your mouth and throat, making it stick around with each sip.

Appearance - 3.5/5.0 - I really enjoyed the darkness of the beer - the head was ok, but nothing to write home about.
Scent - 3.5/5.0 - Lots of strong coffee, malt and alcohol aroma. While enjoyable, could have been blended better.
Taste - 3.5/5.0 - Strong flavor profile, with lots of coffee taste. The alcohol aftertaste lingered more than I would personally like, but it wasn't offensive.
Feel - 3.0/5.0 - The flavors stuck around longer than I would like after each sip and they weren't blended well enough for my taste.
Drinkability - 3.0/5.0 - I have a number of other oatmeal stouts that I would rather have. If offered, I would drink again, but not my first choice.

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Photo of katan
3.96/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a pint

A - Pours a brown to amber hue, not completely opaque but darn near it. Head formation is immediately strong, and immediately gone. Very effervescent.

S - Roasted barley, smoked notes, and a strong acidic coffee bite dominate the nose. A light chocolate scent hides in there.

T - Starts off with a malt sweetness that is quickly overwhelmed by that somewhat harsh coffee roast. Mid-stream actually grows sweeter, with little hopping. Finishes with a smooth bittersweet chocolate flavor, with just a hair of bitter finish. Aftertaste shows some of the oatmeal sweetness that I found only lightly hanging around in the early parts.

M - Very biting carbonation and a rather stinging acidic finish. Beer itself is moderately bodied.

D - Easy drinking for an oatmeal stout. An abv of reasonable levels (it is Iowa you know.

I rather enjoyed this one - even trying to put the hometown bent aside, I found this to be a very quality beer.

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Photo of ILikeGoodCider
3.82/5  rDev +3%
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 WJVII
3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
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 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 ThirstyBird
3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
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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Millstream Back Road Stout from Millstream Brewing Company
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