Old Man Oatmeal Stout | Woodstock Inn Brewery

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Old Man Oatmeal StoutOld Man Oatmeal Stout

Brewed by:
Woodstock Inn Brewery
New Hampshire, United States

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A creamy unfiltered oatmeal stout with roasted and black patent malts shinning through. Complex, medium to dry palate with a bittersweet finish.

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Photo of smakawhat
2.1/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Good till December 2012.

A real aggressive head, lots of large bubbles, makes six fingers deep of suds, holding up and staying around for a good period, creamy and very weak meringue like looking. Color is a real deep cookie milk/dark chocolate brown head. Body is a very dark walnut black, maybe a hint of red in there too.

Nose is a mild fruit, hints of raspberry and plum, a dense malt body and mild roast. Pretty solid bouquet here.

oh dear lord.. This is umm... sour as all friggin and infected. Massive sourness and not in a fun, genuine, fruit or intended way. Mouthfeel is what it is perfectly fine, but I can't even say more because I can't even hold this liquid in my palate for 2 seconds without spitting it out. Medicinal sour, beyond tart. There is NOTHING stout like or even beer like resemblance in this at all.

This has got to be one of the most unpleasant experiences I've had in a beer in ages. I could not even swallow this beer. Yikes totally undrinkable.

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Photo of johnnnniee
2.71/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a fairly solid black color with a creamy tan head on top. Smells a bit sweet, roasty with chocolate, caramel butterscotch and earthy hops playing supporting roles. The taste is kind of a mess. Roasted grains atop a mountain of butterscotch gives a really unpleasant burnt toffee kind of taste to it. Medium body and level of carbonation with a sweet burnt mouthfeel. I couldn't finish this one and the rest of the bottle ended up down the drain. If your going to play with ringworm yeast do a diacetyl rest or something to quell that horrible buttery aroma and flavor.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.01/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

While they were putting a new keg of the brown ale on, I had a couple of these. It started out well. Nice dark brown to black color with a thick, sticky, tan head. A roasted malt/coffee aroma, kind of muted. The taste was similar to the aroma, but it had a harsh feel, as if it had been burned. Not a very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of mountdew1
3.03/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Poured a completely black, looked slightly translucent, with a thick 2 finger foamy head. Small amounts of carbonation rose from the bottom. Aroma was a fruity floral sweet, backended by an oatmeal bread. Taste was extremely bitter, very small bit of milky lactose to finish it up. Felt good in the mouth, maybe just a tad thin, but not bad. Overall was disappointing. Outside of the bitter flavor was a decent stout, but the extreme bitterness killed it. Best by Sept, 2012.

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Photo of tigg924
3.05/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured at Woodstock Inn Brewery

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, dark brown in color, opaque

Smell: roasted malt and chocolate

Taste: light and creamy start, with coffee and dark chocolate coming in the middle

Mouthfeel: low carbonation, medium body, sweet start with bitter middle and dry finish

Overall: Probably one of the least oaty oatmeal stouts I have had. Maybe it gets lost in the cask. Not a bad beer, but considering how many outstanding beers come from Woodstock, not one of my favorites either.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.23/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: deep brown; 1 finger light brown head that recede quickly to a thin ring with large bubbles; light lacing;

S: deeply roasted grains; bittersweet chocolate;

T: deeply roasted grains up front with an underlying sourness; smoky finish with moderate bitterness;

M: a little thing; moderate carbonation;

O: the smoky finish was a pleasant surprise, but the rest was a little boring; the sourness in the flavor wasn't to my liking;

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Photo of granite
3.25/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I tried a pint of this last night on draft.

A---It was a muddy dark brown with a little white head.

S---Esters, burnt malt, butterscotch.

T---Fruity ringwood yeast and a little roasted malt in the front then finished very sour sour.

M---It was full bodied and silky smooth.

D---The creamy texture of this stout is its best attribute. The roasted malt seems like an afterthought. I tried most of their offerings last night and this was IMO the best.

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Photo of neophilus
3.26/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown, almost black. Fluffly tan head.

Slightly smoky scent, bready malt aroma with a tint of spiciness like rye.

Some bitterness up front with a heavy dose of what tastes like rye, medium roasted malt flavor and some smoke in the finish. Bold but a bit messy on the palate.

Medium body, spicy on the tongue. Smooth mouthfeel but with a heavy dose of grain flavor.

Lots of bold flavors going on up front yet they step on each other's toes a bit. Good body and mouthfeel but the heavy grain flavors dominate, somewhere between spicy and smoky.

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Photo of bultrey
3.28/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at the Woodstock Inn on a recent vacation to NH.
Nice looking oatmeal stout, dark, essentially opaque, with decent creamy tan head. Aroma is of cocoa and vanilla. Taste is initially OK, but yields to the same problem as the Pemi's Pale Ale -- an unappetizing musty, buttery flavor. Here it is at least offset by some decent nutty and chocolate notes. The mouthfeel is good and the drinkability is average. Best of their beers I tried, but not saying much.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours deep brown with a tan foamy head that reduces to a ring. Nice.

Really nice nose on this. Dark roasted malt, charred notes, a little molasses.

Wow, what a letdown. All the nose notes are present on the palate. Charred smoky dark roasted malt, but there is a sour edge to this. Not bad bottle sour, but sour grain. The bitter coffee fights thru and it finishes deep and bitter, but that sour kills this. My scoring is really kind.

A tad thin, and over-carbonated. The tingling on the tongue makes the sour worse.

Overall, plenty of potential, but plenty of disappointment. I like these brewers, and have been to the brewery a number of times. But this brew is a real dog. $5.00 for a bomber, and I feel cheated.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.46/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #67 (August 2012):

LOOK: Tiny bubbles, black, big head

SMELL: Charcoal, faintly acrid, Mexican chocolate, burnt raisins

TASTE: Slick, creamy, smooth, medium body, tart, burnt toast, semi-acrid, mild oat sweetness, modest hopping, grapeskin; burnt, dry-ish finish

Dedicated to the collapse of “The Old Man of the Mountain,” granite ledges in the White Mountains of New Hampshire that looked like an old man. A bit off kilter but still noticeably within the style. We’d hoped for more balance, but the burnt flavors wanted to take over with each sip.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.49/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this one on 12/26/06 at Harlow's Pub in Peterborough,NH

AP: looks hefty, deep and dark. Pitch black color, with a remarkably smooth and even mocha-frothy head. The head very dense and very smooth, much like an Irish Stout i.e Guinness and Murphy's Draught style.

Nose: Nutty scented malt with cream, mild chocolate and oak scents.

Taste: The first hit is a mildly bitter roastie malt and nutty flavor with slight vanilla current, charcoal...much roastieness!!. There is also some red wine like sourness as well in the finish.

MF: Very dry, Full body. Ultra smooth and thick feeling.

DA: This is a very easy to drink style and one of my favorite's. This one looks and feels good, but the overall flavor was sub par at best. For me to NOT want another Oatmeal Stout is very strange.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
3.52/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black with a cream head. Smells of light roasted chocolate malts. Taste is a bit sour, burnt, roasty, mild chocolate malt. Almost pretzel like with a chocolate coffee aftertaste. Mouthfeel is creamy but the body is very thin with high carbonation.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.54/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a 22 oz. bottle with an expiration date of May 2012. Sampled on March 9, 2012. The pour is about as oily black as an oatmeal stout should be with an adequate mocha head. I'll give the apperance a 5. The aroma is enriched with dark malts, oatmeal, and coffee grinds. The body is thinner than I would like in a stout. The flavor also has a coffee-like character with a bitter and moderately dry finish. It is not all that bad.

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.57/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Pours pitch black with a light brown head. Smells of chocolate and coffee, with very slight fruitiness. Tastes of raisins, and other fruits, more sour than expected; very slight chocolate. Beer is lightly carbonated with light/medium body, but a bit of a sour aftertaste. Overall, a slightly above average beer.

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Photo of BierBliss
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had this at the brewery when I was up for the Highland games on 9/16/11. draft

aroma: earthy tones, not overwhelming

appearance: pours black into a standard pint glass. a finger width head. good lacing

flavor: creamy, earthy flavors, no real hop or malt

mouthfeel: creamy, no carbonation, good body

overall: a good milk sout, solid but not exceptional.

a beer that I'll have on tap again.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.66/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the bottle, it pours a dark brown with a nice light brown fluffy head. Roasted malt and coffee in the nose. Some roast in the mouth, not as much as I expected, however. Medium body. Enjoyable.

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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
3.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22oz bottle into pint glass in November 2015. Drink before April 2016 printed on the bottle.

Appearance: Deep black with dark tan head. Beer color is opaque but not cloudy. Head is thick, and leaves a thin film on the glass.

Smell: Aroma filled with mix of roasted malt and coffee. There is a hint of chocolate as well. Nice variety and balance, with a little hops aroma.

Taste: There is a nice mix of sweetness from the malt and a little bite from the hops. There is a strong roasted coffee flavor, and also a little chocolate flavors, balanced with a bit of hops. This was done in a nice combination, but I expected a wider variety of other flavors. The flavors in the aftertaste was good, and they lasts for a minute or so.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, and very smooth, but thinner than I expected from a stout. About the same mouthfeel as Guinness Draught. Mild alcohol, which confirms the 5.13% on the bottle.

This is an extremely smooth full-bodied Oatmeal Stout. It is an interesting combination of flavors, and I would drink this again. Not as full-bodied or complex as some other stouts I have tasted, but overall a good beer.

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Photo of AllThingsNinja
3.86/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Blue Echo and I swung by the Woodstock Inn and Brewery after hiking up Cannon Mt. We were in the mood for something dark and hearty, and the oatmeal stout seemed the best bet. The obsidian brew was poured into a takll shaker glass, with a lingering nitro-tap head. The brew looks like a beer for guiness fans, but packs more flavor and body. The aroma is of burnt grains and the flavor profile is a bit more complex, but not outstanding. The dominant notes are burnt malts, oatmeal, and nuts. There are some subtle chocolate and toffee flavors and a bit of a sourdough finish. It's a solid, full bodied, and drinkable brew.

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Photo of Smoke
3.87/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had this one on tap. Although the head was not as robust as I would have thought for an Oatmeal Stout, the aroma was great. Lots of roasted malt and a hint of smoke. The taste followed the same theme with a slightly sweet malty start, but then a roasted and smoky finish. I really liked this beer and how it wasn't just a sweet, thick stout. Had no idea it was only 5% abv. Good for them packing all that flavor into a lower abv beer

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Photo of Truh
3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Climbed the carriage trail with this one on 7/26/2004. 16-oz. pour at the Woodstock Inn Brewery in a shaker glass.

An eighth of an inch, creamy, mocha-colored head, and very tight; thought we might be able to stand a quarter on top of it, and one of my so-called friends, Jim, tried to do just that, much to my chagrin. Deep, unfathomable, jet-black hue that Kumar said reminded him of the dark side of the moon. Jumpy blackberry and junipers on tongue, with a creamsicle sweetness following afterwards that dissipated quickly with little clinging. Further notes of charred oak with some roasting peat that were pleasant additions. A medium-bodied, and very clean, stout.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.95/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black with a smooth blanket tan head. Great retention but not the perfection I expect from a nitro tap.

Smells like dark roast malt. Tastes like it too. Light body, a bit water if you're looking for a dense, chewy stout.

My favorite from Woodstock Inn. It's neither complex nor chewy but I love it as a sessionable stout when the mood hits for dark beer.

A fine way to wash down a Moosilauke summit.

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Photo of Oldejoe
4.43/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look. Dark mahogany, smallish head, medium brown.
Smell. Molasses, earthiness, bit of yeast.
Taste. Good sense of molasses, sweet malts, dry finish but little hoppy bitterness.
Mouth feel. Medium heavy body, slightly chewy, dry-ish on the back tongue, not much happening on upper palette, good robust feel to it.
Overall. Way better than was expecting. I like the molasses-earthy feel/taste, I like the sweet malts and I like the dry finish without the hops. Drank it after it had warmed up for about 20 minutes which definitely helps these dark robust beers.

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Old Man Oatmeal Stout from Woodstock Inn Brewery
3.42 out of 5 based on 84 ratings.
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