Oatmeal Stout | Crabtree Brewing Company

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Oatmeal StoutOatmeal Stout

Brewed by:
Crabtree Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A stick-to-your-ribs full bodied stout that is sure to warm you with it's roasty finish. Brewed with flaked oats, giving it a velvety smooth feel, chocolate notes and a touch of sweetness.

Added by Beaver13 on 04-07-2011

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Photo of Tone
3.7/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a black color. 1/2 inch head of a tan color. Good retention and slight lacing. Smells of sweet malt, oatmeal, slight pale malt, hint of hop, hint of roasted malt, and a hint of chocolate. Fits the style of an American Stout, Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of slight roasted malt, sweet malt, hint of hop, slight oatmeal, and a hint of chocolate. Overall, average appearance, good aroma, body, and blend.

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Photo of Bitterbill
2.95/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours pitch black, small tannish head of foam, some lacing.

Light smell. Some mild bitterness from roasted malt and oats with a strange bit of sweetness.

Light oats and roasted malt but not as dry as I was hoping for. Again, it has a slight sweetness like that from a Milk Stout.

Carbonation is okay but the body is thin.

One pint and done.

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Photo of spoony
3.71/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 16 oz can into a snifter. No date.

A-A normal to aggressive pour produces about one and one-half fingers of mocha-brown head. Retention is so-so, with about a minute passing until the head drops to a cap. The beer is nearly black and still in the glass.

S-I smell a little bit of roasted flavor, lots of oats/oatmeal, some cocoa and milk chocolate, and a bit of cream. It is semi-sweet and simple, but not bad for something that professes to be an oatmeal stout.

T-The taste tracks the smell with lots of oats, a little bit of roast, some chocolate, and a hint of bitterness on the short-ish finish. It is not terribly complex or huge and wild, but it drinks well.

M-The beer is medium to fuller in body with a foamy carbonation that settles softly on the palate.

O-This may not be a beer to sit around and think about, but it drinks well enough and offers a nice hit of sweet oat flavor. It is good-looking to start and while the oats/oatmeal are very obvious and a touch heavy, there is the slightest bit of roasted intrigue in there on the finish. I don't need to drink a ton of this beer, but I wouldn't turn it down if somebody offered.

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Photo of Bear1964
3.03/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured almost jet black from 16oz can into a Pint glass, huge 4 fingered tan head erupted even with a careful pour and took forever to subside to finish the pour. The aroma held some roasted malt richness but also a citrus/metallic scent, a hint of smokey sweetness was also in the aroma. Tasted of bitter roasted coffee with a malty and slightly sweet finish, creamy feel at first that slipped into a thick aftertaste of bitter chocolate/coffee with a citrus like tartness. Overall it's not bad and really kind of grows on you as you continue to sip your way through, wouldn't mind tasting this again...got it in a mix 6 and consider it a good find for that reason as well.

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Photo of beergoot
2.95/5  rDev -14%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

A rather pedestrian dark beer with mostly blasé character. Body appears dark red, almost brown with a quickly disappearing head. A faint roasted grain aroma barely comes through. The taste comes across rather flimsily with unremarkable, rather weak roasted grain flavors; some bitterness. The mouthfeel at least does some justice to the oatmeal component of the beer; smooth and medium bodied, dry finish.

A pretty sad example of a stout. Flavor and aroma really lack any memorable substance. At least the mouthfeel comes close to the body of a stout. Weak and forgettable.

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Photo of Moose90
2.95/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Deep dark brown, almost opaque. Has a thin yet foamy head with decent retention.

S - Fresh cut oats, some chocolate, sweet, not much roast here.

T - Sweetness carries through, almost like chocolate milk with some oatmeal. Hits the spot on a cold day.

M - If anything, it was a little thin for a stout, not enough substance to it for me.

O - Decent representation of the style, I would have liked more body and a more complex malt profile.

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Photo of mactrail
2.16/5  rDev -37%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Big foam-up in the glass. Very gradually settles down to a tall coarse head. Near black color with a brown edge. Smell of a wet basement with some fermenting fruit.

Rather thin bodied. What flavor there is fades to a dry finish with more than a hint of acidity. I don't know how this could have been an award winner, but apparently they got a good version of this. Out of the can, the bacteria are the only winners. A hint of malt and plenty of burnt barley. An odd and unpleasant bitterish aftertaste. More like dishwater, that soapy bitterness. If this had some malt and sugar in it, apparently it got eaten after being canned.

I would certainly avoid this unless it's clear you have a newer batch. From the 16 oz can just bought in Denver in November.

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Photo of DelMontiac
3.23/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Stumbled upon Crabtree Oatmeal Stout in pint cans at Goebel Liquor/Rob's World of Beer in Wichita, KS.

I immediately found that this beer was over-carbonated. As I delicately poured, 3 inches of beer into a pint glass yielded 4 inches of rocky mocha head. The color is just shy of black and you get those red/cola highlights at the narrowest part of the glass. The massive rocky head leaves massive rocky lace. So after 20 mins of pouring and waiting I got to taste it.

Aromas are milder than expected, but it's still roasted barley, chocolate/cocoa beans, and a bit of pipe smoke.

Falvors are not pronounced but are the expected sweet dark chocolate malt, mild coffee, dark bread dough, and vanilla at the finish. There is an astringency that really detracts from the overall flavor profile. I don't care for stouts to have a sour/puckering trait. Without that astringent character it would get another point.

Pretty thin for a stout. I call it medium bodied at best. Not silky smooth either due to the mountain of carbonation. It's just all wrong in this area. Too much filtering???

Kind of a let down as I love thick sticky black brews and I love cans. The best thing you can do is to let this thing warm up and swirl most of the carbonation out of it before drinking. I'll save one of the four cans and give the other two away.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

THIS is the last of Blargimus' original shipment and part of the reason for the delay is that no picture heretofore existed and I CANnot brook the idea of submitting a photo of a Cracked CAN. The skids were greased by Bro. Jason's lightning-fast approval of the pic and I am about ready for a beer.

From the CAN: "Winner of the 2011 GABF Silver Medal for the Oatmeal Stout category."; "A stick-to-your-ribs full bodied stout with a roasty finish. Brewed with flaked oats, giving it a velvety smooth feel, with chocolate notes and a touch of sweetness."; "Partnered with MOBILECANNING".

Good Crack, Good Glug, lots of initial dense mocha-brown head with moderate retention, causing me to have to back off on the Glug momentarily. The head retention was not great, which was actually a good thing, since there was a lot of it and I was getting thirstier by the moment. Once everything finally settled down, my glass was filled with a dark, brown beer with cola highlights at the edges, but other than that, there was no light penetration. The nose reminded me of bittersweet chocolate - kind of roasty, somewhat bitter and with a chocolaty undertone. Mouthfeel was somewhat thin, given their glowing description, and the taste was of bittersweet chocolate, but nothing really earth-shattering. Finish was pleasantly bitter, but I just could not help but feel as though I were missing something. Oh well.

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Photo of tone77
3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A shout out to woodychandler, whose big box of beers included this one. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a black color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of roasted malts, coffee. Taste is mild, smoke, roasted malts, a touch of hops. Oats seem to be missing from both the smell and taste. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer.

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Photo of Blargimus
3.35/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 oz can poured into snifter. No bottling info.

Pours a very-dark-brown-but-not-quite-black. Maybe a finger of head that fades rapidly. Only a ring around the edge of the glass is left. Pretty standard stout-y look.

Smells of roast barley, oatmeal, a bit of coffee. Enticing, but again, standard.

Roasty and just a bit bitter at first, with coffee and chocolate being the two main side tastes. Finishes with a nice amount of sweetness and a smooth feel.

The oatmeal makes it quite smooth, almost slippery in small sips. A larger mouth portion reveals a bit of astringency. Carbonation is a bit on the high end. I bet this would be amazing on nitro.

Yeah, this is a tasty oatmeal stout, but it doesn't stand out in any particular way.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.7/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Beertopia in Omaha, NE
No bottled on date
Poured into a standard US pint glass

Crabtree produces a chocolate-forward oatmeal stout with enjoyable roasted characters as well. The aroma is a bit of let-down, and while the flavor is good, it is not extraordinary. Still, an easy-drinking stout when in the mood.

Pours a huge, voluminous head, made up of medium and large bubbles, moderate tan to very light brown in color. The top of the head takes on a frothy appearance. Despite the huge head recedes quickly to a thin, patchy cap atop the body, with only the smallest of patches of residual lacing. Body is a dark brown, nearly black, and totally opaque when in the glass. When tilted a bit and held to light, it gives a caramel brown color with orange highlights.

Aroma is of chocolate, malt sweetness, and a slight bit of solvent scent, somewhat like acetone. Decent, but not particularly expressive or complex.

Interesting tasting beer, has some chocolate syrup and roasted malt flavor, but also a higher sweetness than compared to oatmeal stouts I am familiar with. The focus is definitely on the chocolate and roasted flavors, as these are the predominant ones in the beer. Fades out with a bit of smoky, roasted flavors, leading to an aftertaste of mild bitterness with chocolate.

Beer is medium-light in body, with a bit of wateriness around the edges, which isn't a problem given the body. Carbonation is initially far too high, but this tempers down quite a bit after a few minutes in the glass. The result is a smooth-flowing beer with a bit of soft carbonation that foams the beer up on the palate. Finish is quite dry.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.83/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

another distinct beer from crabtree. this one pours a chocolate looking creamy brown with a decent white head from a pint can. smells a little acidic, some coffee, and a nice hearty grainy malt body. flavor is a little sweet, and not what i was expecting. i taste the flaked oats, but it doesnt round this one out completely. there is a mild bitterness in the finish. the body is full, but the mouthfeel isnt as smooth as many oatmeal stouts. overall its a good stout, but its not amazing. it is however, a little unconventional, and i like that

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.56/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

The beer is a deep, rich coffee color black. A dark tan head sits atop which dissipates to a wisp of tan bubbles with a cream ring around the sides. Nice rings of light lacing.

Smells of vanilla, slight bitter chocolates and roasted malts.

The taste is not bad at all. There are hints of bitter chocolates, nice roasted malts and a hint of oats as it finishes. Faint vanilla as well.

Mouthfeel is slightly watery.

Overall, a decent representation of the style, you'll like it if you enjoy easy drinking stouts.

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Photo of jmbranum
4.58/5  rDev +33.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought in KS but enjoyed at home in OK.

Pours a very pretty dark brown with a giant fluffy tan head.

Slight malty aroma with chocolate notes.

Dark xhoxolate,toastyness and nice oatmeal smoothness. Exquisite. So enjoy the oatmeal. Hint of hops.

Velvetty mouthfeel with a little bit of a prickle

Love this beer. One of the examples of this style.

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Photo of zeff80
3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with a two-finger, light brown head of bubbly foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of oats, chocolate and roasted goodness.

T - It tasted of some bitter chocolate with roasted malt and toffee. There was a mild oat flavor, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a pretty nice oatmeal stout. Another solid brew from Crabtree.

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Photo of rawfish
3.92/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours soft like velvet a black hue with rich mahogany highlights beneath a inch of mocha brown head that reduces all the way down to a thin cap. Very little retention or lacing.

Roasted with lots of sweet cocoa nibs and dark fruit, raisins and dates, stand out from the malty background. Sweet and pleasant but not cloying means the hops are keeping everything in check though not obvious. Not unlike having a mouthful of chocolate covered raisins.

Malts are slightly roasted but with a toffee and chocolate milk flavor, very creamy and smooth flavor, the roasted oats really bring the flavors together. No hop character to speak of but once again not overly sweet.

Thin for a stout with acceptable carbonation. Very smooth but limited creaminess due to the lack of body. Feels thin over the palate and dries sticky.

Probably the most impressive offering I've had from Crabtree thus far. Great aroma and flavors well integrated all around. Considerable deeper and more pleasant when near room temp. Enjoyable and worth seeking out.

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Photo of JCDenver
3.85/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Poured on tap as part of a flight. Fairly average but pleasing appearance, semi dark brown with very little head and a bit of lacing.

Aroma was roasty, malty oats with some notes of cocoa.

Tasted of chocolate, roasted oats, and really no discernible alcohol. A bit of sweetness with a strong malt backing.

Mouthfeel was surprising. Fairly thin for a stout, bone dry, and light but warming at the same time.

Pretty enjoyable overall, glad I tried it, and I would likely seek it out again whenever I'm looking for a more warm weather stout.

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Photo of claytong
4.02/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Didn't seem to have a plastic taste to me. I got the toasty flavors but my palate was saying more in the lines of roasated dandelion root or roasted oats. creamy. very smooth overall, one of my favorite oatmeal stouts.
id suggest trying it. it might be his bottle that had issues.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.32/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

12oz bottle. Pours a dark brown with a small creamy brown head that quickly goes to a thin collar that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet perfumey chocolate malts with a little plasticky bitter roast.

The flavor is sweet perfumey chocolate malts with a bitter roast finish. It has a weird plasticky aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, this was not as good as when I've had it on draft. It seems that Crabtree can be a bit inconsistent. This bottle had too many off notes to my liking (plastic, char and perfume).

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Oatmeal Stout from Crabtree Brewing Company
3.43 out of 5 based on 47 ratings.
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