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Stout - Oatmeal
Ranked #22
Ranked #2,819
4.16 | pDev: 8.89%
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Notes: Brewed with cocoa and vanilla.
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Mehinaman from Washington

4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very similar to Beer Beek Beeakfast, but this one is a touch sweeter due to the vanilla and lack of a coffee taste. I think they are both excellent and can't really say that I prefer one over the other

Sep 11, 2015
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sunnrider from Spain

4/5  rDev -3.8%

Pours dark, small caramel colured head. Smells like fresh roast coffee and chocolate/cocoa.
Tastes really sweet and vanilla like and finishes with a bit of background bitterness. They weren´t kidding with the name, this is a dessert in every sense of the word. The small 33cl bottle was more than enough, probably even better shared.
A delicious diabetes loaded beer, only bettered by the Vanilla Shake in my opinion.

Oct 22, 2014
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

When that delectable dinner has concluded and the night falls into malaise, the notion that one last taste of decadence comes to mind- the dessert menu board comes to the table. Perusing the cookie this, chocolate that or the fruity what-not... maybe a beer menu is best suited for this special occasion.

After layering a highly creamy and viscous deep mocha-stained pour, the to-the-point review might read, "tastes like burnt marshmallows" and drops the mike. But there's much more to this beer even though its initial taste and rounded scent is resounding with scorched sugars, heavy cream, cocoa powder and vanilla.

While the enormity of caramel, nougat, cream and vanilla sculpt the early palate, the earthy taste of espresso, char, and smoky chocolate weave seamlessly onto the middle palate. Bitter with notions of cocoa and smoldering embers, the long finish looms.

Absolute fullness, creaminess and an undeniable chewy texture is lavish to the mouth and mesmerizes the tastebuds. Those bitter chocolates and warm kahlua spice simmers under the surface of sweetness and ensures a long and savory taste- just like tiramisu.

Jan 03, 2015
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lordofthewiens from New Mexico

4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It is a very dark brown color with a tan head and some lace.
Aroma of chocolate, vanilla, and oatmeal.
Great taste. Bittersweet chocolate, almost like eating fudge. Vanilla and oatmeal round out the taste.
A heavy-bodied beer. It would be a good dessert beer. I just made it a breakfast beer.

Aug 06, 2017
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cbenson from California

3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Typical dark black Mikkeller stout with no head and a dark tan rim that leaves bubbly residue up the sides.
Smell: Wow! Very sweet. Notes of licorice, cinnamon, red velvet cupcakes, and laundry detergent.
Taste: Surprising presence of a smoky malt character in addition to notes of dark chocolate and blackberries. Very acidic. Just a hint too sweet.
Mouthfeel: Dry on the entry and finishes with a full bodied presence and minimal carbonation.
Overall: Too sweet and strangely acidic but the smokiness and dry full bodied mouthfeel elevate this beer.

Jan 27, 2018
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kojevergas from Louisiana

3.44/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Brewed at Lervig. "Oatmeal stout brewed with cocoa & vanilla." Pink label. Unbranded silver pry-off crown cap. Brown glass bottle. 11% ABV.

Served chilled into a goblet and allowed to come to temp during the live review. Expectations are sky high given the two brewers behind this.

HEAD: ~1 inch wide. Gorgeous tan colour - could be darker, deeper, and richer, but it's great as-is. Complexion could be shinier, if we're nitpicking. Leaves no lacing as it recedes, which takes about 6-7+ minutes - pretty impressive at 11% ABV.

BODY: Predictably, it's an opaque black. Not quite a jet or ink-black, but also not a weak schwarzbier-esque cola appearance. No yeast can be seen within.

Attractive for an imperial oatmeal stout, but not perfect, unique, or special. I'm eager to try it.

AROMA: Finally, a stout with some overt roasted barley presence! Some might confuse the roastiness with coffee; there's a definite bitterness there. Maybe this "dessert" beer will be balanced after all. Rich multidimensional cocoa/chocolate, genuine vanilla bean aromatics, starchy oats, and the requisite schwarz/dark malt sweetness. To style, there're no hop aromatics nor any overt yeast.

Aromatic intensity is mild. I find no booze or off-notes. Promises a sweet but balanced oatmeal stout with some interesting vivid flavours.

TASTE & TEXTURE: For a dessert beer, the sweetness is rather curbed...roasty bitterness, almost acrid coffee ground-redolent flavours, and a hint of fennel assault the dark malt backbone, making this lean towards the bitter side for an imperial stout (let alone a dessert beer). Contrary to the doughnut on the label, this isn't a saccharine brew. The roast dries out the mouthfeel, but the oats smoothen it - which is an interesting albeit uneven push-pull. The starchiness of the oats proves a burden on the texture, letting the roast win - though dry as she finishes, she never parches or fatigues the palate.

I expected more of a porter-like smooth wet texture given the oats, but this is fine as-is. Full-bodied and weighty on the palate, but fortunately never syrupy or sticky - which just wouldn't work for this build. It's generally balanced, but not perfectly dialed in, and never quite feels like a gestalt whole even if it has general cohesion. Well-carbonated, with a generally pleasant overall presence on the palate.

The cocoa is a highlight here, but still fails to be as vivid or expressive as the chocolate flavour is in many of the best imperial (oatmeal) stouts. The vanilla - while tasting authentic, as though from vanilla bean rather than artificial vanillin - is sadly one-dimensional, and similarly fails to bring as rich a flavour to the build as would be ideal.

Hop presence is minimal to style. It's surprisingly mellow for an 11% imperial stout, never betraying its ABV. I'd guess this was maybe 8-9% in a blind tasting.

OVERALL: The beer geek series from Mikkel may be my favourite line of imperial stouts in the world at present, but this is not amongst the best offerings in that lineup. Worth trying once (though hopefully not at Norwegian or American import prices), but not stellar. Still, outsized expectations be damned, this is a solid imperial oatmeal stout. More a sipper than a quaffer, but I'll be enjoying sitting back and finishing the bottle as it warms.

B- (3.44) / WORTHY

Jan 05, 2016
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Nightrain87 from California

4/5  rDev -3.8%

Nov 12, 2014
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PG2G from California

4/5  rDev -3.8%

Nov 09, 2014
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rderedin from Maine

3.3/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It's accurately described but it tastes like somebody pumped in Chocolate syrup after the fact.

Apr 25, 2015
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mecmd from Tennessee

4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Oct 09, 2015
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brentusaurus from California

4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Aug 22, 2015
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Lare453 from Florida

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aug 13, 2015
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BMMillsy from Florida

3.74/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Tipples, and on the pricey side so hoping for the best. Pours pitch black and thick with a big brown creamy head. Aroma of chocolate, lots of roast, some lemony hop notes, not much vanilla here. Flavor follows with big rich chocolate and vanilla, finishing with some roast and leaving a strange vanilla lemon peel aftertaste. Nice rich body with adequate carbonation, slightly dry finish. Overall this is solid, but the hops used here don't seem to mesh right. Still worth a try, but only if you don't have to pay $9 for a 12 oz.

Feb 08, 2015
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chippo33 from Vermont

3.99/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aug 14, 2015
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SocalKicks from California

4/5  rDev -3.8%

Nov 10, 2014
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MaseFace from Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jan 16, 2015
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tectactoe from Michigan

4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Feb 28, 2015
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shelby415 from Oregon

3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

May 19, 2019
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sabitu from Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dec 21, 2014
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patre_tim from Thailand

4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pitch black, even when ascended to the light, topped with 1 finger of dark ruddy chocolate brown foam.

Vanilla, dark imperial stout qualities, fruity and sweet, coffee, dark chocolate, cat pee, and black liquorice.

Vanilla, black liquorice candies with the coloured icing, the kind that come in a bag. Dark toasty notes on the end, and caramel. A hint of dark bitterness on the end.

Thick, oily body, medium low carbonation.

Great tasting brew, great feel to it as it goes down smooth. Got on Wish beer, drank in Chiang Mai May 19th, 2016.

May 19, 2016
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MarkyMOD from Colorado

4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Jan 25, 2015
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VeganUndead from Virginia

3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Jul 20, 2017
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cyrushire from Florida

4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Jan 30, 2015
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durlta from Iowa

4.81/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours very dark with a slight, tan head. Smells delicious. Notes of chocolate, coffee, strawberry jam, vanilla, and oats. Taste matches the smell. Fairly thick with very little carbonation. This is a fantastic beer.

Jul 31, 2015
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rcjennings from Ohio

3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Jan 03, 2016
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