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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Yellowstone Valley Brewing Co.
Montana, United States
yellowstonevalleybrew.com

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
The Biter is a smooth malty oatmeal stout balanced by flavors of roasted barley with chocolate malt. Gentle bittering but generous aroma is given by the popular English hop, East Kent Golding.

This gentle stout will be attractive to anyone who likes a full-flavored beer, including hard-core connoisseurs of stout.

The image was developed to symbolize the alluring, if not sinister character of the Black Widow Stout!

Added by packetknife on 04-10-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#31,992
Reviews:
67
Ratings:
91
pDev:
17.21%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
5
Trade:
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Ratings: 91 |  Reviews: 67
Photo of marburg
4.69/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer brings balance to the Force. A dark, well-carbonated brew -- maybe a bit light. Whatever. Pushes an amalgam of dark, roasted flavors out of the glass and at you. Coffee beans, roasted pecans, and chocolate being cooked on the stove. Aromatic to say the least! A bit light on the tongue, but the flavor follows through. Sweet khalua / White Russian sort of moment of clarity is immediately enveloped by burnt coffee beans and chocolate. Surprisingly smooth and easy to drink. Just a straight ahead, no frills, no gimmicks, no nonsense stout. Excellent.

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.55/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Written From Notes Compiled 6/04-8/04:
Deep, opaque brown color, with a finger height of tan head. Leaves rings of sticky lace on the way down the glass. Bitter chocolate and rich coffee aromas, combined with oatmeal which rounds off the nose. Bitter, challenging flavor, yet body and creamy flavor make this perfectly balanced. Great brew from a brewery that I respect more with every one of their offerings.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.5/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This dark, dark ruby beer throws out a small chocolate brown head that is soon only an edging that provides some decent lacing. Great chocolate, java and vanilla bean on the nose. Really nice aroma. This is really a nice tasting oatmeal stout. Great bittersweet chocolate characteristics. Some definite coffee tones that are very nice. And some cocoa too. Wow. This is nice. Creamy, velvety texture. Feels like silk on the tongue. Medium to full bodied. Excellent Oatmeal Stout.

A Bighuge thanks to Cokes for the sample.

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4.5/5  rDev +23%

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4.5/5  rDev +23%

Photo of GClarkage
4.47/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

07/07/05- Purchased at Osco Drugs in Billings, MT.

Presentation- 12oz undated bottle poured into my Delirium Tremens tulip.

Appearance- Black pour with an inch dirty white head and average lacing.

Scent- Lots of darkness. Coffee, chocolate and roasted malts.

Taste- Coffee hits first, then a very big dark chocolate taste takes over. Lasty a nice hop bitterness finishes it off.

Mouthfeel- Very smooth and a lower carbonation level.

Drinkability- Very recommended. My favorite beer from this brewery. Good beer all around.

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Photo of RedBaron
4.47/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Yum...oatmeal stout)

Appearance: Opaque. Poured with just the right CO2. Only a scant, off-white head remained (kudos).
Smell: Complex roasty malt aromas. Nicely varying degrees of kilning going on here.
Taste: Dry roasty and toasty malts up front, with a nice velvet-y taste at the back of the palette (hence, the 'oatmeal'). Clean taste all around, too. Some hints of black currant.
Mouthfeel: As dry as the beer starts, it's the finish that really clinches my affection for this stout. It's a nice blend of malts for sure (not much hops here), and it makes for a damn fine interesting stout.
Drinkability: Good. This is your typical drink-in-front-of-the-heart brew. Good on a cool autumnal evening. Would love to have this on draught at a good pub, too.

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Photo of beernut7
4.45/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours with a deep dark color and lacy tan head. The robust aroma hints of roasted and chocolate malts. A heavier medium body supports a sweet roasted malt flavor with a light bitter twang and chocolate laced finish. Very drinkable and quite tasty.

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Photo of cokes
4.42/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Quote from the label: "...brewed with the finest hops & malted grains with only a hint of spider". The spider didn't show up in the taste, but may have explained the lace web left down the glass.

Amazing brew. Pours a very deep amber (who I am kidding..this black by most standards). Aroma is big and roasty.
Likewise, big roasty, oaty flavors. Lots of coffee and milk chocolate (this actually might be two separate flavors, dark chocolate and lactose sweetness). Hops add just the right amount of bitterness.
The carbonation levels may be just slightly too high...detracts a little from the smoothness. This is a minor complaint. Still very nice in the mouth.
Makes you want another...leaves a wonderful roasted coffee flavor filling the mouth. This aftertaste is almost as good as the beer itself.
One of the best oatmeal stouts I have tried. Snap it up if you can find it...good luck. Worth searching for.

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Photo of loren01
4.38/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours from draft at the taproom into mason jar black with 1/2 inch white head. Smell is of roasted grains and slight hint of coffee. Black Widow is a very smooth drinking stout, light on carbonation goes down very easily. Nice flavor of coffee and roasted grains and maybe a hint of spider. Very easy drinking oatmeal stout. They are now have a bourbon barrel aged Black Widow Stout at the taproom that is to die for!! Its a bit sweeter than this stout, served in a bourbon glass. Both brews deserve a stop at the taproom.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.38/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark color of solid black with slivers of dark red highlighting, nice thick and creamy one finger high head of tannish hue, a bit lumpy and settles slowly leaving nice sticky lace in big strings.
Smell is a nice dark and rich roastyness with a touch of chocolate and coffee swimming around in the nose.
Taste is mostly tanged chocolate tones at first, very smooth and inviting, moderately sweetened, introducing some light coffeeish like dryness and flavor with a fairly calm hop bitterness in the finish. Good amount of heavyness, creamyness, and smooth lingering coffee, chocolate, and hop bitterness and dryness. Lots of good roastyness thoughout. Quite enjoyable feel, nearly heavy and full with a good smoothness, which I think it gets from it being an oatmeal stout. Has some very nice lingering qualities. Quite a good stout. Recommend trying it out if you can find it.

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Photo of BeerBadger
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of Eric908
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of Ishogai
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of Smithers406
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of Libeertarian
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

It pours a thick, opaque, dark brown, topped with a massive, sturdy tan head with larger bubbles for the most part, but finer where it sticks out over the top of the glass. Excellent retention. Looks like a root beer float. Smells mainly of sweet chocolate, with molasses and blueberries harder to pick out. A bit roasty and meaty as well. First few sips are all bubbles. These taste bitter, but also like the outer layer of a roasted pork loin or the like. The beer itself is incredibly metallic-tart throughout, but easily balanced out as it fizzes up, bringing forth the smoke and roast aspects, be it meat or tobacco or coffee, not so much chocolate as one might assume going by the aromas. The finish is all cigar smoke. Full bodied, viscous, fairly acidic, teeth-coating, with lots of suds, and a stiff swallow. A great Montana take on the Oatmeal Stout. I prefer it to the Shakespeare Rogue, I think, but that's truly a matter of taste. The Black Widow is 'harsher' on the palate, so to speak.

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Photo of rpheld
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a six-pack of 12 oz. bottles purchased in Bismarck, ND.

A: Pours a dark brown- thick black with a creamy two-finger head.
S: Smells sweet, with chocolate and burnt scents.
T: Has a creamy chocolate flavor, silky oatmeal, burnt aftertaste
M: creamy and silky, a very drinkable stout
D: Pretty good stout, I'd recommend trying it if you can get close enought to Billings, MT to get it.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Almost black with ruby red hues, a full pillowy light brown head, good carbonation, and rings of lace. Chocolate and coffee aroma at first turns roasty. Bitter roasty flavor dominates. Medium finish with a dry roasty and lightly bitter finish.

Per Y.V.B.Co. website: Roasted barley and chocolate
malt. Gentle bittering but generous aroma is given by the
popular English hop, East Kent Golding.

1998 GABF - Gold - Oatmeal Stout

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Photo of dirtylou
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz single, Brennan's

appearance: pours a rich dark walnut color, tinted ruby, bubbly chocolate brown head, lacing around the rim...sick bottle as well

smell: heavy aromas...cocoa powder, a bit of smoke, licorice, coffee grounds, a lot of dark fruit, chocolate covered cherry, plum, dates, raisins

taste: taste is very familiar...i've had something quite similar to this recently but I can't put my finger on it...dry cocoa powder, dark coffee, cherry, plum, raisins, smoky, sweet toasted malts, some sweet floral hops buried underneath

mouthfeel: creamy and velvety, pretty nice

drinkability: very drinkable

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Photo of JISurfer
4.11/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one good brew. I wasn;t expecting something this good with the cheesey logo and all, but I was wrong. It had a good strong taste of chocolate malts and coffee. It had some hints of alcohol present, but nothing too overbearing. The bottle said that it had hints of spider in it, but I didn't really taste any. I would recommend this one for anyone looking for an everytime stout or a winter warmer type.

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Photo of ZAP
4.07/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I didn't know what to expect with this one, but I am impressed...black with a red tint(some light does shine through)...tan lace...great nose of roasted grains...oats definitely present on the nose along with some nice java and dark cocoa tones....medium bodied....not quite as creamy as I like my oatmeal stouts to be, but pretty smooth in the mouth...taste is of burnt malt...dark cocoa...java and some oaty characteristic....not in my elite class of Oatmeal Stout's but not far off that..

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Photo of packetknife
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark dark amber with a thin light-brown head that followed to the bottom of the glass. Lots of malt and some smoke on the nose, like cooked chocolate. Baker's chocolate, amish molasses, roasted almonds. Some hoppy and citrus-like finish that lingers. Just thick enough, quite drinkable.

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Photo of granger10
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was simply an all around well done beer. It poured a light black color with crimson colored highlights and a perfect sized fluffy brown head. The nose was roasted barley and maybe some earthy components as well. The taste was very well balanced. I would equate the main flavor to being a bittersweet cocoa but oatmeal was definitely there as well. The was some roasted espresso but it wasn't as apparent as in the smell. Vanilla seemed to mix with the chocolate, esp. as the beer warmed. Earthy hops come in and give this beer more balance. Medium in body but the flavors weren't the smoothest. No alcohol prescence at all and the end was uninspiring. But this simply was a great example of making a balanced yet flavorful oatmeal stout.

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Photo of russpowell
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark mahogany going to black, with just a little light getting through. Great tan head dissipates to about 1/4' with good lacing.

Smell: Roasted grains, malt & nuttiness.

Taste: Roasted grains, coffee, and hop bitterness and dryness on the tongue, throat & roof of the mouth.

Mouth feel: Smooth, but not silky smoothness you expect with this style. A little more carbonation would help.

Not the best oatmeal stout out there, but pretty good. Would work well with dessert or a nice thick steak.

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Photo of BrewtalHonesty
4/5  rDev +9.3%

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Black Widow Oatmeal Stout from Yellowstone Valley Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 91 ratings
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