The Blackwatch Oat Stout | Great Waters Brewing

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Brewed by:
Great Waters Brewing
Minnesota, United States

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by edbeered on 11-07-2005

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Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 34
Photo of pat61
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours bright black with a negligible head. Roast and coffee aromas. Coffee and chocolate on the palate with nutty notes. The body a little thin for the style, drinkable, a touch of sweet.

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Photo of zeff80
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with a two-finger, light brown head of soft foam. It had long retention and left some thin trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of oatmeal and mild floral notes.

T - It tasted of oats with some sweet chocolate flavors. Light toffee and caramel flavors with just enough bitterness.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A light bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a nice oatmeal stout. Another solid and tasty brew at Great Waters Brewing.

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Photo of jera1350
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass a solid black with a creamy cask foam cap.

Some roasty and nutty notes with a touch of sweetness.

The taste offers up a very drinkable mix of roasted malt with some back notes of nuts and sweetness. Very, very drinkable and enjoyable taste.

Well, it's cask and GW does a great job. Creamy, velvety and smooth. High end of a medium body here.

A very solid oatmeal stout offering and the perfect choice for a cask beer. This one does not disappoint and offers exceptional drinkability.

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Photo of GeezLynn
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black with a frothy white head.

S: Mild chocolate, bready and very sweet smelling.

T: Very yeasty/bready with easily distinguished oat flavor. Malt starts out showing mild roast, but quickly transitions to cocoa. Very sweet with light fruitiness. Nice progression of flavors finishes with a touch of bitterness. Definitely the “breadiest” flavored stout I can remember having.

M: Light, yet sticky body with soft carbonation. Delicate but not overly thin.

Always nice to have a good oatmeal stout on cask and this one is worth having a couple.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer arrives a dark brown nearly black color. The head is one inch of dark tan foam that recedes slowly leaving nice lacing. The aroma is of roasted malt, coffee, and cocoa. The taste is similar to the aroma. There is a ton of roasted malt with coffee and cocoa in the background. There is also a nice bitterness from the roasted malts. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a velvety texture, and appropriately low carbonation. Overall, this is a really good stout that I will certainly drink again.

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Photo of JackieTH
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark brown-black, not opaque. Thin but persistent dark tan head.

Smell: Roasted malt and cocoa witha hint of coffee.

Taste: Roasted caramelly malts and barley with a distinct taste of malted oats and baked chocolate. Coffee. Oaky.

Mouthfeel: Chewy.

Drinkability: Pretty good stuff that shows off it's oats.

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Photo of herman77
4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes on 11/24
A: Very good looking black pour with a tan head. Very frothy and creamy looking. Good lace.

S: The only place where this beer falls short. Pretty weak nose. There is light roasted malt, a hint of coco, coffee and cream.

T: Creamy roasted malt, a bit of chocolate and coffee. You can really taste the oats in this one too. A bit of bitterness to balance it out. Very very tasty.

M: So smooth. Fuller to medium body. Creamy, velvety. Low carbonation. The beer engine does wonders for this.

D: Very good drinkability. Wish this place was in MPLS instead of St. Paul, I would get growlers of this stuff often.

5.8% ABV

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Photo of Ragingbull
3.46/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Black color with tannish foam head. Very faint prickle breaking through the head and breaking it up. Malt nose with faint hints of oat. Smooth attack with smoke, malt and roasted flavors. The smoke flavor hangs on through the finish. I wouldn't go so far as to say that there is "bite" to this beer, but there is a little bit of a bite at the finish. Pretty light bodied for a stout and pretty light mouthfeel.

Completed from notes.

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Photo of morimech
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark, black stout with a smallish tan head that disapeared quickly. Just a little lacing is left on the glass. Has a coffee and cocoa aroma. Overall a sweet smelling stout. The flavor is likewise sweet with a mild coffee and chocolate flavor. The roasted malt is apparent but subdued in flavor. Has a medium body with a nice creamy texture. A nice stout and the first stout I have had on cask. The heavier body limits consumption though.

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Photo of happygnome
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: pours a deep dark black color that is not transparent when held up to the light. the head is about a quarter inch high and a nice dark tan color and does not dissapear throughout the entire time i enjoyed it
s: deep roasted malts with a strong cocoa and coffee aroma very warm and inviting aroma
t: nice roasted malts with strong flavors of cocoa and coffee flavors very nice, a very malty beer but there is enough hop flavor to balance the brew but not too much to loose the malty aspect essential to the style
m: medium to full bodied beer with little carbonation visible

overall, wow this is amazingwill get a growler next time i stop in if they still have it

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Photo of mnstorm99
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good looking black pour with a nice tan head, no lacing to be found.
Nice chocolate, coffee aroma. Hops are subtle.
Flavors of coffe and chocolate dominate with a nice touch of carmel and a toasty flavor from the oats.
Oats always ad a great chewy mouthfeel and this one is no different, perfectly carbonated. I had a couple of these it is a very good overall beer.

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Photo of BigBry
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Only had time for one pint on my latest stop at Great Waters.
$4.50 served in a GW logoed pint glass.
Deep and dark, basically black, with a thin topping of brown foam. Head thinned, but never disappeared, and left a thin trail of lace. Nice aroma, charred grain, smoky, full and rich. Lots of flavor as well, including coffee and cocoa, and some bitter chocolate malt finish. Smooth and nicely thick mouthfeel, full body to match the full rich flavor. A very good Oatmeal Stout, compareble to Wild Rose Alberta Crude.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Inky black. Crown of brown. Lace is full. Aroma is nice. Full of oats and milk chocolate and coffee bean and a little lactose. This doesn't all come through quite as nicely on the palate, but this beer tastes pretty good nonetheless. The flavor is oaty and chocolatey. Got a "milk stout" kind of a lactose feel to it. Which is good and appropriate. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Medium bodied. Solid Oatmeal Stout. This new brewer here knows how to use oats. That's a given now.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Solid black, with a fine, toasted brown head, showing holes in the side like a little brown sponge. Quite nice looking.

Aroma is right on for an oatmeal stout, big espresso notes, nicely roasted, burnt toast, a whiff of anise, a trickle of maple, earthy and rich. I wanna keep on smellin' it...

Fills the mouth from the start, floods all area with dark, delicious flavors, turns a trifle sweet, then dries out with a gritty edge at the exit. Fat malt keeps the tongue grabbing for more. Nicely textured.

A sweetness comes in from time to time, that's the only flaw that nags at me. but it doesn't last long, and a tidy bitter note comes in to leaven it.

Full bodied, rich, bittersweet finish, and good drinkin'...I could spend some time with this one. They ought to make it more often.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.65/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer came a solid black with only a slight sliver of foggy brown around the edges.

Smelled of burnt caramel and chocolate with a slight touch of lime. As I drank this beer, the aroma of fresh cut grain became more dominant.

This is the first “oat” or “oat meal” stout that I could actually taste the oats in. It tasted strongly of oats with a slight brown sugar and a touch of nutmeg. The roasted character of this brew was well done as it blended delightfully into the creamy oat malt. There was also a mingling sourness that fit well with the flavor.

The mouth feel was very thin and cream with a light carbonation.

This is a fantastic beer that actually allows its oat characteristics to dominate. The flavor is superb and it is extremely drinkable as well.

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Photo of ADR
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub...

Deep black, no light comes through in the glass. Creamy brown head settles at just under 1/4 of an inch and sits there for a long time. Laces in rings and patterns, good coverage, not a lot of thickness. Nice aroma, a bit of roasted nuttiness and slight blueberry. Mouthfeel is medium, could be slightly slicker as per style. Flavor is nice, layered bittersweet chocolate, a bit of java, and a brightness -- tangy almost like wild cherry. Finishes nicely with a good Stout bitterness. The "blackwatch" (named after the guard of the UK royal jewels) would be a nice brew to put on cask.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewpub: Darker then dark brown, nearly black appearance with a soft brown topping of foam. Keeps a small skimming once fading has paused. Great lacing in an emense curtain across the glass.

Aroma is quite nice with mildly roasted malts, solid milk chocolate, and soft oat bread backing. Tender, sweet, and chocolatey with an adequate amount breathing out from the glass.

Taste starts a bit muted but has chocolate promise with a light roasted guild of malts, gathers the oaty sweetness in towards the middle, finishes wonderfully rounded and chocolatey with tender sweet milk chocolate and bits of undersurges of bitter roast and a sweep of light dark fruity nuances. Gracefully holds the chocolate in place on the palate for good length. Quite nice.

Feel is nearly full for an Oatmeal stout, not overly sweet, thick and lavishly creamy with a super nice silky body and clean, tender roundedness to it. Quite bold and unhampered. Finishing qualities really are the overall controlling factor to its character. Which is very nice to let settle across the palate after each sip. Great milk chocolate creamy build up.

A solid Oatmeal Stout. Served way too cold though as it had to sit nearly a half hour before it became fully enjoyable and broader to the taste buds. Was worth the wait as it becomes a fairly fine drinker at that point.

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Photo of edbeered
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the brewpub, this pours a dark brown opaque hue. The head is brown in color and the lacing is plentiful. The smell is potent and contains elements of burnt chocolate and licorice. The taste has both the burnt chocolate and a hint of licorice, along with a wonderfully pure malt taste at the finish. The flavors balance each other nicely, and the beer is rich without being overpowering. It would be nice to see this beer on cask, as it has to warm up before the balance of flavors can be appreciated. A nice example of the style.

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The Blackwatch Oat Stout from Great Waters Brewing
4.03 out of 5 based on 34 ratings.
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