Milly's Oatmeal Stout
Stark Brewing Company

Milly's Oatmeal StoutMilly's Oatmeal Stout
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English Oatmeal Stout
Ranked #216
Ranked #19,505
3.86 | pDev: 9.84%
Stark Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States
Very Good
Milly's Oatmeal StoutMilly's Oatmeal Stout
Notes: Our award winning ale is a traditional sweet stout. Rolled oats bring out the flavor and richness. It is full bodied and is a meal in itself.

35 IBU
Reviews: 27 | Ratings: 98 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a glass mug.
The appearance was a fairly nice looking burnt dark brown close to a muddy black color. Slowly dissipated to leave some messy lace.
The aroma had some sweet oats, sweet coffee, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, dark toast, slight dark fruits and a touch of anise.
The flavor leaned towards the roasty coffee bean side while a developing touch of dark and milk chocolates rode in to play with the balance of it all. Subtle aftertaste of dark toast, dark fruits and malted chocolate.
The mouthfeel was between medium and full bodied with a fair sipping quality about it. Oats provide some sweet smoothness. Finishes exceptionally smooth with sweet oats and coffee bean dryness.
Overall, pretty nice oatmeal stout well worthy of coming back to.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Good morning & welcome to my first entry in my New New Hampshire CANned Beer Sunday (Week 657)! I have gotten the bulk of the Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody winnowed down to the point that I CAN again focus on what really matters. Namely, The CANQuest (tm)!

From the CAN: "Made in Manchester, New Hampshire"; "Est. 1994"; "Hail the Ale"; "This gold medal beer is named for the matriarch of Peter's shepherds. This is a traditionally styled sweet stout with the luscious taste of flaked oats. Robust and full bodied, this velvety ale is great from start to finish."; "Like a Meal in a Glass"; "Made With Barley Oats Hops Water Enjoy!"

Wot?!? No little yeasties were harmed in the production of this brew?!? Next to hops, the wee yeasties are my faves. Oh, well, let's Crack! this bad boy open & see what's what in Whoville. It seemed a little light on its fill, but it offgassed so I was not CANcerned that the head space might have allowed for oxidation. I gave it an inverted Glug which produced a finger of foamy, deep-brown head with limited retention, quickly falling away to wisps. Color was Black/Opaque (SRM = 44), allowing ZERO light penetration. Nose was less sweet than I expected, more smoky and with a bittersweet chocolate essence. Mouthfeel was on the thin side, not watery, but not up to par for a Stout. The taste was quite chocolaty, slightly bitter, but quite sweet for an Oatmeal Stout. Finish was semi-sweet with a lingering smoky chocolatiness. I am CANflicted as to how I feel about this one - it was decent, but it seemed to straddle styles, leaving me CANfused.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color with a thin light brown head that fades quickly and leaves a very thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains strong chocolate, roasted malts, toasted oats, coffee and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of toasted oats and a hearty but not too heavy roasted malt character. Then some sweet flavors of chocolate and coffee come in. The hops presence is very mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium-to-heavy body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, slightly filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid stout to drink for a while.

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Photo of Dope
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No canning date that I could find.

A: Pours near-black with a very tall and very frothy light brown head. Great head retention and thick tendrils of lacing everywhere.

S: Burnt toast and a tiny bit of chocolate. A little bit sweet.

T: Hmph. Sweet and creamy up front, followed by a deluge of burnt pretzel and dark chocolate. Interesting contrast. Finish is dry with lingering charred bread.

M: Light bodied, creamy.

O: Not a bad oatmeal stout. Creamy at first and then dry and bittersweet. A bit of a departure from most oatmeal stouts which border on milk stout (very sweet).

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Photo of SawDog505
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured on draft into a tall tulip glass at The Holy Grail. Pours a beautiful near black, with a two inch tan head that leaves some wisps of lace behind.

Smell is grainy biscuit, toffee, sweet chocolate, and some vanilla.

Taste follows biscuit, mild coffee, chocolate, toffee and vanilla .

Mouthfeel is almost medium creamy, mild carbonation, fairly dry, and excellent drinkability.

Overall this is a very nice brew for what it is being only 4.9% ABV.

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Photo of Dakin
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Look: Straight molasses with head that resembles whipped cream. Thick lacing left on glass.

Smell: Vanilla, roasted malts, hint of black coffee.

Taste: Decent taste. Slight bitterness at first, yielding to coffee with a malty finish.

Feel: Mouth-feel is medium to heavy.

Overall: Alright. Nothing exceptional yet, but i'll give this brewery a chance.

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Photo of vdamato_25
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer was phenomenal. Thick, subtlety sweet, and very smooth. If you go to Stark and do not get at least a taste of this beer, you are missing out.

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Photo of tone77
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of oats, roasted malts, lactose. Taste is roasted malts, chocolate, oats, light sweetness, highly drinkable. Feels creamy in the mouth and overall is a tasty and enjoyable beer.

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Photo of StringsAreWings
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: Odd how this pours with virtually no head then forms one mild one from the microbubbles that arise. Pitch black with minimal lacing. Not seeing others site this. Did I get a shelf turd?

S: Smells pretty good. Typical oatmeal and malt nose but it smells fresh.

T: Tastes pretty good too. Not outstanding but a well rounded oatmeal and malt profile with what seems to be a lingering note of coffee in the background.

F: Under-carbonated. I am OK with that on a stout but this is a bit too flat for my liking. Wet finish.

Overall this is a very generic but drinkable oatmeal stout. Nothing to go crazy about but on par with something like Otter Creek's Couch Surfer with a bit of a coffee aftertaste. Offered at a low cost however for a decent local brew ($8 a 6pk of 12oz cans).

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Photo of Brew_42
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with a medium tan head that leaves lacing.

Smells of roasted malts, and a hint of coffee

The taste was actually a bit bland. Roasted malts and coffee with a tad bit of sweetness but nothing too strong.

Mouthfeel- Creamy and smooth with a tiny bit of carbonation. Really nice texture.

Decent oatmeal stout but I think it suffered in comparison because I have been drinking a lot of Trillium Pot and Kettle lately which is just a better example of the style IMO

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Photo of cbutova
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Woah, added to BA in 2002 from Manchester, NH. Never heard of this one, guessing newly canned or sent out of NH...

A- 12oz can pours into my glass with a pitch black body and a fluffy tan cap. The head dissipates just about as fast as it formed and dies out to a tiny ring at the edges. Lacing is composed of spotty rings.

S- Rich roastiness comes to mind with a very apparent chocolate presence right up front. Cocoa powder, brownies, deep roast coffee, charred grain, toasted oats and hints of sweetness. All around clean and smoothed out.

T- Decadence from the roasted malts right off the bat and it is clear that the inviting aroma was not deceiving. Milk chocolate in the forefront right along side blackened barley that provides just the right amount of char before being astringent. Toasted nuts, complex caramelized sugars, espresso bean, toasted oats and overall it is of low-medium sweetness. Hops are realized as earthy and resinous hints come out in the finish.

MF- Silky and smooth but this particular can seems to be lacking a bit of carbonation. This doesn't end up being much of a problem as the flavors are rich and hold their own but a bit more creaminess would have been great. Slick and comes off as just a bit flat.

No expectations going in and leaving knowing why this brew is award-winning. For 4.9% it not only has a flavor as rich as beers 7%+ but it still drinks very easily. Great clean roastiness with plenty of chocolate notes right up front.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one is very dark, cola brown (SRM 29-30). A thin, fine, beige foam leaves spotty lacing while the head retreats within moments.

A Pretentious Beer Glass Company "Malty" glass captures the boozy character of this beer. Other characteristics include chocolate syrup and milk. While well done in its simplicity, I seek greater depth and breadth from this style.

Light bitterness is in balance with sweetness. The flavor carries dry brownies, sweet black coffee, and faint roasted malt. Slight character builds with warmth and a long mild finish.

There is no perceptible alcohol. Carbonation is light and prickly. A medium-to-light body reveals the texture to be creamy.

This is one of those surprising finds from a random pick. While there is nothing superlative about it, it is very easy drinking and enjoyable in its own uncomplicated way.

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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
4.67/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 22oz bottle into pint glass in November 2015. I did not see a bottled date on the bottle, but I drank it within a week after purchase.

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

Smell: Aroma filled with mix of roasted malt, coffee, and some chocolate. Nice variety and balance, with a little hops aroma.

Taste: There is a nice mix of sweetness from the malt and bite from the hops. There is a strong roasted coffee flavor, and I also a little chocolate flavors, balanced with a bit of hops. This was done in a nice combination with the other flavors. There is a nice variety of flavors in the aftertaste too, that lasts for a minute. I like how the flavors vary overtime with the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, and very smooth. Mild alcohol, which confirms the 4.9% on the bottle.

This is an extremely smooth full-bodied Oatmeal Stout. It is an interesting combination of flavors, and I would definitely drink this again. Not as sweet as some other oatmeal stouts I have tasted, but overall a very good beer. I now want to get to Manchester to try this on-tap.

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Photo of DoctorD
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Sweet oatmeal taste - almost like drinking a milk stout. Leaves a lingering oily film down the glass and in the mouth, very balanced and smooth with no harsh aftertaste.

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Photo of Brad007
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pitch black with a huge brown head that is quick to fade to lacing. Very much looking forward to this.

Slightly creamy and roasty with a touch of cocoa. Not quite a milkshake but close.

Mellow and creamy with cocoa and roasted cream. Malt profile is well-balanced.

Slick on the tongue due to the oatmeal. Fades away without much of an issue.

A hella decent oatmeal stout. My standby is always Wolaver's but I'd like to try this on tap!

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Photo of Treyliff
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

12oz can poured into a can-glass

A- pours a dark brown/black color with a small creamy khaki colored head that retains for a while after the pour, eventually settling to a film floating on top and around the edges

S- roasty dark chocolate malt gives a bit of smoke and char, coffee, toasted grains

T- lots of creamy milk chocolate up front with notes of caramel, char, coffee, herbal/earthy hops. Milky sweetness finishes it out with more roast and chocolate on the linger

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a thick and creamy mouthfeel that continues into a velvety smooth finish, super drinkable

O- this beers is technically categorized as a session beer, but it packs the flavor of a typical 6-8% oatmeal stout. The addition of the oats gives it a perfect mouthfeel and makes it remarkable quaffable. I'd but this all the time if I could

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Photo of REVZEB
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours super dark brown with a tan foam cap. Smell has milk chocolate syrup, roasted malt, oats, and toast. Taste brings in earth and coffee, and really lets the oats play. Feel is velvety smooth, somewhat airy and sneaky sweet feeling. Nice oatmeal stout for year round

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Photo of JebBeerFish
3.22/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

I like oatmeal stouts to have a fuller body and more creaminess. Coffee has a strong presence in this stout, thinner mouth feel than appearance would suggest. An OK beer but nothing I would buy.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured on-tap and served in a tumbler pint, the beer is a dark ruby brown to black coloring with a foamy, frothy, low profile, light brown colored head. Aromas of chocolate, roast coffee, and toasty grains. Flavors are much more coffee based, with a slick, tangy sweet underlay that keeps the bitterness light and balanced. Somewhat of a campfire char highlights, also. Aftertaste is slick and bitter, with a roast coffee ground flavor lingering behind. Finish is surprisingly sweet and rich, with a bitter linger. More dry and bitter than most oatmeals, but damn tasty regardless.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Welcome to Manchester!!! Arrived at Manchester airport for a 1/2 marathon over in New Market. Was picked up by my bro-in-law and quickly swept away to Milly's Tavern to begin our pre-race inebriation. The Oatmeal Stout was a very solid beer, with great nose and taste. The color was black/dark with perfect head that left a good lace. There was espresso and roast on the nose, which lead to a very good tasting stout. The mouthfeel was fine...could drink alot of it if I had to. Certainly worth a try.

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Photo of akorsak
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A nitro pour at the brewpub today.

A: The oatmeal stout is a black beauty, dark and bold with the darkest of brown hues complimenting the depth. Resting atop the stout is an off-white head, thick and creamy thanks to the nitrogen. As the ale is consumed, the head laces in strata.

S: The nose is creamy, sweet with lactose and cream. Underneath the sweetness, roasted malts with chocolate and coffee linger. The whole package is sweet and roasted, building the anticipation.

T: The first sip is money, sweet and dark. The creamy oatmeal aspect is sweet with au lait fullness. The creamy taste leads straight to the stout's fullness. Roasted malts, burnt and charred, along with chocolate and coffee are present. The combination of all of the flavors is a sweet, dark taste that carries no boozy baggage with it. A delicious oatmeal stout.

M: The mouthfeel is creamy, oatmeal sweet. Offering lactose, burnt malts and chocolate, it was difficult to put this beer down.

D: If not for the nitro tap, I'd carry two growlers out with me. A delicious oatmeal stout, well worthy of its multiple awards.

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Photo of Satchboogie
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Milly's 12/28/10:

A: Dark brown and hazy with a 1 inch light brown foamy head that slowly dissipates. Becomes black, clear (as in not hazy), completely opaque as it starts to settle.

S: Lots of dark roasted malts, oatmeal, coffee notes, chocolate.

T: Oatmeal and dark roasted malts are the most notable flavors. There's a good helping of chocolate and coffee, medium caramel sweetness. Very creamy. A good traditional oatmeal stout.

M: Very rich and cream, full body, viscous, smooth, low to medium carbonation, silky mouthfeel.

D: The thick body make this almost like a little meal in itself, I paired it with a burger and thought it complimented quite well.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap on September 20, 2009. The pour is nearly black with a creamy, frothy tan head. The aroma is an alluring collection of oatmeal, hops, and malts. The mouthfeel is heavy and creamy. The taste had a good dose of hops along with the oatmeal and it was smooth overall. I liked this one.

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Photo of mountdew1
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had the end of one keg and the start of another. Poured a nice dark black with a brown foamy head. Smelt like oatmeal, and tasted the same. Hints of some other grains in the flavor, and was very smooth tasting. Very easy to drink, with a slight hint of bitterness. No unneeded carbonation. Highly recommend this brew.

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Photo of gixxerman
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, very smooth, rich, complex and sweet taste. Great creamy/smoothy mouthfeel. It is the darkest beer they server and I think the brewmaster got this one right. Full bodied, roasty aroma, and truly a privilege to drink! At only a dollar a pint during happy hour, they are practically giving this away!

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Milly's Oatmeal Stout from Stark Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 98 ratings