Brass Knuckles Oatmeal Stout | Barley Island Brewing Company

Brass Knuckles Oatmeal StoutBrass Knuckles Oatmeal Stout
BA SCORE
63.6%
Liked This Beer
3.86 w/ 110 ratings
Brass Knuckles Oatmeal StoutBrass Knuckles Oatmeal Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Barley Island Brewing Company
Indiana, United States
barleyisland.com

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by zerk on 01-24-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#11,896
Reviews:
78
Ratings:
110
Liked:
70
Avg:
3.86/5
pDev:
10.36%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
4
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 110 |  Reviews: 78
Photo of Beejay
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark black with a very nice looking cappuccino colored tan head.

S: Dark chocolate and roasted malts. Maybe a bit of molasses.

T: Dark and roasty. A good bit of bitter hits, then leads straight into the dark roasted flavors.. Coffee, and malt in there as well, roasty throughout.

M: Fairly thin on the mouthfeel, nice subtle carbonation, and the texture is fine.

D: Good, drinkable, I'd probably get it again. But it is not amazing. Very solid, just not amazing.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Anoter of my spoils from Indiana last weekend. It pours a nice black color with a 2 finger tan head over top. Maybe a touch too much head. The nose is big and roasted. Lots of coffee and chocolate, even a slight creamyness from the oats. Me like...me like. The flavor is just as bold. The dark roasted coffee flavor really hits me first. It falls off to a light sweet chocolate and a lingering hop finish. Not too bitter, just very nice. Very good brew. The feel is moderate, with a light to moderate carbonation. A touch more body would be nice. Very drinkable stout. It is bold in aroma and flavor, but also clean and refreshing enough to keep me coming back for more sips. I will get more of this in the future. I really enjoy it.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dug this review outta the notes pile.

12 oz bottle pours a murky, dark brown/black body with a scant coffee colored head that hugs the wine glasses' edges. A nice aroma on this one: oats, chocolate, coffee, some dough, and raisin, too.

Flavor packs some big roasted malt flavors with touches of chocolate and coffee (pretty typical oatmeal stout taste). A bitterness rests up front, as well as an oxidized feel across the top of the tongue. Medium body and a good carbonation round out the mouthfeel. This oat.stout goes down very smoothly, easily consumed by my fellow drinkers. It may be a touch light on the flavor, but the style works.

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

A semi-local brew here, and a righteously fine one it is, too. This deep, impenetrably black stout pours with a nice head and solid lace on the glass.

Aroma and taste summon notes of coffee and cocoa. Well-done! It's a smooth, even creamy drink (thank the oatmeal infusion for that), with a nicely burnt malt finish. Very enjoyable, and a brew perfectly exemplary of the style. Bravo, Barley Island!

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Photo of FreshHawk
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of JamesS
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

An excellent oatmeal stout. Pours a nice dark color with decent head, but almost no lacing. Excellent scent, a great combination of burnt grain/coffee with the slight sweetness of oatmeal. Same for the taste, a great combination of flavors that enhance the other srather than detract from each other. By far my favorite Barley Island brew to date.

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Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A strong pour gets only one finger of milk chocolate colored foamy head. Body is a thick ink black abyss that lets no light thru. Nose has a even roasty malt that is deep and slightly burnt, includes some coffee tones also. As I take first sip I automaticly think of how sessionable this stout is. Rich and toasted oats quickly balance the burnt malts and coffee like feel. Some dark fruit notes also exist on the back of the palate. A dark toffee like mouthfeel is created with the clinging blackness. This beers finish is a brooding but silky bitterfeel. A lovely drinkable stout from a very humble Indiana brewery.

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Photo of mpayne5
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of clvand0
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark color with a small head that has nice retention and leaves good lacing on the glass. The aroma has a lot of coffee and a lot of chocolate malt. Very nice. The flavor has a lot of the coffee along with some other dark malts. Finish is bitter from the coffee/dark malts. Drinkability is very good and the body is pretty thick.

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Photo of JDV
2.92/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Tytoanderso for the this bottle!
Pours a thick, oily black with a nice big tan head. Smell is roasty dark malt, cream, and faint sweetness. Touch too thin in the bodied for a stout, but the flavor is nice, and roasty. Not burnt or overly done, and very drinkable. Nice beer.

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Photo of LJWalker
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of mntlover
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black with some deep red showing thru. Sports a big fluffy medium tan head that falls slowly and laces well.

Aroma is nice lots of chocolate malt with some nice espresso flavors with some sweetness from the oats and a decent piney hop aroma in the background.

Taste is lively a tad too much carbonation in this brew. Nice chocolate malt and good espresso flavors mingle but chocolate wins out. Hard to feel the oats due to the excess carbonation but some sweetness does come thru. Hops citrus/pine mixture add some nice flavor and a decent bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium in body but might feel lighter due to the lively carbonation.

Drinkability is good a nice Oatmeal Stout would be wonderful if they toned down the CO2 a bit. Received this from goodbyeohio in Beer and Gear BIF.

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Photo of mentor
3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle provided by Patyoda...thanks for the opportunity. Poours a one finger dark brown head over a pitch liquid with edgings. Smells potent coffee roast. some ashy malt character and english hops. Chocolate and caramel are way way beneath with some cherry sour.

Tastes potent roast grains, to the point of lasting like ashes. caramel and cherry sour. Sour effect is enhanced by the sharp carbonation. Hops are buried under the malt with some smooth fuggles character. Finish is sweet and silky, yet woody dry. Alcohol cleaning the pallette? Roast hangs around and deeply contaminates a dark caramel so it comes across as scortched. Bitter of molasses or unsweetened licorice. Mouthfeel is somewhat silky and medium. A bit too much carb, IMO, and it wouldn't escape with swirling.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks go out to SPLITGRIN for this one.

Pours from the 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Emerges dark and somewhat viscous, with a cocoa powder colored head. Nice size, about one finger. Small amount of lacing. The slightest dark ruby highlights are visible at the bottom of the glass as I raise toward the computer light. And I mean SLIGHTEST. Basically opaque.

Aroma is filled with chocolate. Burnt grains and burnt wheat toast. The slightest bit of fruitiness.

Lots of coffee and chocolate in the flavor. Very smooth and velvety. However, the mouthfeel is on the lighter side. This was the case with the java stout from this same brewer. Another good stout. This brewer seems to put out some good brews. Highly recommended.

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Photo of nlmartin
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer was poured into a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a solid blackness with no ruby opaqueness to light. The head was thick and creamy tan in coloration. The beer has fantastic head retention.

Smell: This beer is loaded with dark roasted coffee and choco-malty smells.

Taste: The beer is full of dark roasted coffee with chocolate cookie goodness. There is a nice hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer has a nice full body. There is ample carbonation present. The mouthfeel is very creamy. This is a very good stout with high drinkability.

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Photo of tdmccarthy
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of lucasj82
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of emottram
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of pmcadamis
3.31/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Motor oil black with a thick finger of brown foam on top. The head looks like creamy chocolate milk, and I'm temped to eat it with a spoon. A bit of brown lace is left on the glass, and the head eventually settles at a tight cap, but swirling brings the one finger right back. This looks like the archetypal stout.

S - Milk and dark chocolate are there in equal proportions, along with some rootbeer and roasted grains. Chocolate laced coffee with plenty of cream. Cocoa Puffs cereal drenched in whole milk or Half and Half. This is really nice; it's not extremely complex, but it's exactly what it's supposed to be. I don't think a stout could look any more beautiful than this one does sitting in my snifter.

T - Burnt rubber with some phenolic medicinal flavors that are a bit startling at first given the rich chocolate and coffee nose. Earthy, smoky, and almost peaty. Reminds me of the enriched soil that you find in a potted plant...the kind of dirt with little white specks in it. I don't quite know if I like this, but it's very unique and earthy. It sure isn't lacking in complexity, but the flavors seem a bit odd and mushroomy.

M - Medium to full bodied with a gritty, earthy character. Very mild carbonation with some mellow graininess. Finishes pretty much neutral with a bitter and mushroomy aftertaste. For some reason, this just keeps reminding me of black, loamy, wet earth.

D - An oddball, that's for sure. I like it, but it seems a bit of kilter and weird. I do like the dirty earth tones, but it wouldn't be something that I'd have two or three of when there are much better Oatmeals out there (and much better Barley Island brews for that matter).

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Photo of neckbracesub
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

If you ever find yourself visiting the Noblesville brewery, this is one of the best bets on the rotating tap list.

As far as oatmeal stouts go, Brass Knuckles ranks somewhere in the middle for me. A thick, full-bodied pour creates a head that is darker than you would imagine, but the aftertaste leaves something more to desire.

There is still a lot going for this one, though, and I would rank it toward the top of what Barley Island has to offer.

They are a hit-and-miss microbrewery nowadays, but this is always a nice mainstay.

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Photo of RickS95
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's simply pitch black. There's no other way to describe it. It's coal in a glass sitting under a couple fingers of brown bubbles.

A few things your nose will pick up include coffee, roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate, earthy flowers.

Roasted malts take center stage on the tongue, though coffee is present too.

As you would expect, it's extremely creamy in the mouth. For creaminess, I'm not sure there is a better combination than a stout and oatmeal. The beer starts off smooth and finishes with just a touch of bitter from the coffee deep in the swallow.

This is highly drinkable. It's smooth, has a minimal bite and is only moderately alcoholic.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Six pack purchased from Binny's in Schaumburg, IL.

Pours a nice two centimeter head of light brown or burnt tan foam, composed of large and smaller bubbles. This fades to perpetual brown suds around the perimeter of the glass, which leads to nice spots of sticky lacing with each sip. Beer body is a dark, impenetrable brown with orange highlights if held to light.

Scent of darkly kilned malt, a touch of smoke, very dark chocolate, and molasses or maple syrup hanging around in the back. If you probe deep enough, though, there's a bit of soy sauce in the far back, which is a bit of a turn-off. The good aromas are nice and upfront, though, so no major worries.

Nice flavors of darkly kilned malt, charred toast, bittered coffee, and ultradark chocolate. Aftertaste is of dark, kilned malt and bitter chocolate.

Mouthfeel is very smooth with carbonation levels that are perhaps just a bit higher than necessary; still good, though. Finish is fairly dry, just slightly wet.

For the price and quality, this is probably my new go-to stout for the autumn and winter months. Goose Island's oatmeal stout is no longer in production, and this fills that void quite nicely.

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

opaque black. nice head not aggressive. nose of sweet chocolate, caramel, and a light smoked at first, hazelnut. the palate is pretty consistent with the nose. solid but not something to write home about. lightly creamy. actually quite light... lightly bitter not acidic.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

thx orbitalr0x for this one, or was it autumnaldave? i think both of you gave me one.

black, impenetrable by light. beautiful tan khaki thick foam with big bubbles showing an active carbonation. aroma is straight up coffee aand sugar cookie. taste is heavy malts with oatmeal smoothness and caramel macchiato notes. aftertaste brings out a bitterness of coffee grounds and whoppers. alcohol burns slightly and cancels out some of the smoothness, asserting this beers powerful force. now i know why they call this m-f brass knuckles. i feel like ive been punched by a pretty damn good brew.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.32/5  rDev -14%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Timing is everything. This pours to a deep, opaque balck, with a long thick long lasting tan head and excellent lacing. Aroma is very strongly coffee, toffee and chocolate. Flavor is more of the same...and malty. Thick body, and rich, warm finish. I drank this on a hot summer day, yet rated it as if I were having it in late fall, on a cool night. A good beer in the right place and time.

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Brass Knuckles Oatmeal Stout from Barley Island Brewing Company
Beer rating: 63.6% out of 100 with 110 ratings
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