Brass Knuckles Oatmeal Stout | Barley Island Brewing Company

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110 Ratings
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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

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Added by zerk on 01-24-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
110
Reviews:
78
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
10.31%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
4
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 110 |  Reviews: 78
Photo of zrab11
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Gehrig
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thick black body where light goes to die supports a finger of brown sugar froth. Thick rings of lacing adorn the Yankees pint glass; excellent look. Solid nose, full of chocolate and some coffee malt, molasses, and hints of berry. The berry comes forth more in the taste than the smell, as do the molasses and berry flavors. What detracts from a higher score is the lack of a take-charge flavor, something to instill a particular character for this beer. There is no shortage of flavor or character, and it's quite good. I would infuse more chocolate and caramel malt to complement the rest and add a slightly more viscous texture, though the mouthfeel does not suffer in the slightest with Brass Knuckles. it's creamy, well carbonated, a bit sticky, very good.

Really good oatmeal stout, not the biggest and boldest, but solid, a bit complicated even if the complication would use more attention, and easy to consume. Well worth the purchase, the best I've had from Barley Island.

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Photo of wcudwight
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque black with a brown head that rises to a 1/2" and quicky recedes to a rim around the top of the glass.
Smells of milk chocolate and cheap coffee. I don't mean cheap coffee in a negative way as I like the aroma of cheap coffee.
The perfect stout trio of flavors. Big roasted malts, dark chocolate, and coffee. Nice oatmeal finish. There's a hint of bitterness in the finish that seems it shouldn't be there. It's not so much a negative taste as just an out of place one. This beer taste a lot bigger than it is.
The mouthfeel is a bit light, but it works here as it's creamy, velvety, and smooth.
This is a full flavored stout with a low abv. The perfect session beer.
Thanks go out to patyoda, BA Fantasy Football, and the San Diego Chargers Defense.

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Photo of BeerTruth
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to leftmindedrighty for this one.

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours a complete black with a full two finger tan colored head that dies down to a thin layer of bubbles. Stickiness remains on the sides throughout. Smell is pretty smokey for an Oatmeal Stout. Charred wood aroma with a mild sweet toasted oat. Dark chocolates and a slight caramel malt on the nose as well. Taste is more of that smokey flavor. Roasted barley and burnt chocolate malt with a subtle sugared oat flavor. I could use a bit more sweetness on the tongue, the smokiness is a bit much for me. Smooth medium bodied feel with a thick water-like texture. Carbonation is mild, but present. Good drinking beer if you can get past the smokiness. I would love to get my hands on their Bourbon Barrel Aged Oatmeal Stout.

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Photo of cosmonick
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of ruckus232
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of samie85
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A-Pours a ruby-hued black color with two fingers of light brown head.

S-Smells of that classic roasty yet sweet notes of a traditional oatmeal stout.

T- Roasty and slightly sweet with a dark chocolate finish.

M-Slightly slick and medium bodied with low carbonation.

D-Very easy drinking with that classic Oatmeal Stout profile.

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Photo of BigJim5021
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours inky black with a nice tan head. Settles quickly to a ring, but leaves little lacing.

The aroma is of coffee and burnt chocolate, though less aggressive than some other stouts.

The flavor is quite good. Almost like drinking a cafe au lait thanks to the oats. The dark roasted malt is nice and smooth. There is -- however -- just a bit too much acidity. It's also wicked bitter, but in a good way (like a black-ass cup of coffee).

Mouthfeel is just a tiny bit too thin for the style. Other than that, all is well. Carbonation is right where it should be. Dryness is near puckering.

Overall, Brass Knuckles is a quality oatmeal stout. It's not quite as good as Barley Island's coffee stout (Black Majic), but it's good nonetheless.

EDIT: I had a bottle left in the fridge, and I have to say that time has actually been kind to this puppy. The acidity really fades over time. I wouldn't suggest aging the beer, but when it's fresh, the acidity can be a bit much. A little time does wonders to smooth that out.

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Photo of hero27
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle.

Dark brown w/ ruby accents. The head is downright enormous, due to some obvious overcarbonation. Because of this, it seemed like the foam held up forever.. The aroma is roasted malts and coffee grounds. Thick roasted flavor with some smokiness as well. Quite bitter in the finish, and if you let it warm up a bit, the mouthfeel improves tremendously..at fridge temp, this is pretty harsh. I'm not sure I'm crazy about this one, but if they can correct the carbonation issues and beef it up a bit, this could be a really great brew.

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Photo of SheepNutz
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter. It pours an opaque black color with one finger of dark tan head that dies down almost as soon as it's poured. There is no lacing left on the glass. The smell has lots of roasted malt with some peat character. Sweet alcohol in the aroma as well. The taste is silky smooth, with lots and lots of burnt malt. There's molasses sweetness and bits of caramel and toffee. Espresso bitterness is every so slightly present in the finish. The mouthfeel is decently thick and smooth. The drinkability is nice as well. Danke Kev!

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Photo of seaoflament
3.17/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this one via a trade with SPLITGRIN, thanks!

Pours a nice dark color. Head is very minimal.

This one smells very appetizing with some sweet chocolate, coffee, roasted barley, oats, and toffee. There is also a smell of used coffee grounds in there, not sure if I like that or not, and it appears in the after taste as well which is not very pleasing.

There is some bitterness and a dry finish but the sweetness upfront keeps it at a close balance. It tastes close to a coffee stout. Now I see what that reviewer was talking about when he/she mentioned ashes...weird.

The mouthfeel is average, mellow and a bit refreshing.

Pretty weird oatmeal stout.

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Photo of BlindPig
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- 1/4" dark tan head on a black body!
S- Big oatmeal comes to nose first. Light chocolate is found in there too but it is just a strong oatmeal aroma and a hint of earthy hops.
T-Big oatmeal flavor followed by a bit of a coffee malt. Light chocolate comes out along with some earthy hops leaving a nice bitterness on the tongue to help balance it out.
M- Nice soft and creamy mouthfeel to it. Medium to full in body and low carbonation.
D- This is a very tasty oatmeal stout. If I saw this I would want to pick up another (and I'm glad I have another sitting in my fridge).

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Photo of gmfessen
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is coal black with a two-finger, creamy looking brown-tan head. The smell is excellent; roasted barley, chocolate and coffee and perhaps a hint of vanilla. Unfortunately, the taste isn't nearly as enjoyable as the nose. The beer is pretty well hopped, which I'm usually a big fan of... however in this case it takes away from the chocolate and roasted notes ability to shine through. The finish isn't bad, but the initial hoppiness could be subdued a little. Although as I drink more of the beer, the hops don't seem to bother me so much and actually make the beer more drinkable than it otherwise probably would be. The mouthfeel is "velvety" and full bodied with minimal carbonation. Overall, a good Oatmeal Stout - one worth trying.

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Photo of Pellinore1
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The bottle pours deep brown into an imperial pint glass, leaving less than a finger of tan head.

It smells of roasted malts and maybe just a hint of oatmeal. There a tiny bit of sharpness in the nose, not what I usually expect from the style.

The dominant flavor is that of roasty malts, followed by oats and a bit of coffee bitterness.

Feels a bit thin in the mouth, not as creamy as most oatmeal stouts I have tried.

Drinkability is just fine; seems like a possible session beer.

Overall, this is a perfectly enjoyable oatmeal stout, if nothing particularly special. I probably would not hunt for it again, but neither would I object to having another.

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Photo of happygnome
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: pours a dark black black body with opaque hues and an inch worth of head that doesnt dissapear too fast but leaves plenty of reamy lacing around the dge of the glass
s: hmm im smelling roasted chocolate malts, not overly sweet which i really like. very slight bitter hop aroma but not strong enough to really tell
t: nice roasted chocolate malt flavor with hints of prune
m: medium to full bodied beer with good amount of carbonation

overall, i really enjoyed hit brew and will be getting another

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Photo of Lukafer
3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Brass knuckles

Pours a dark almost black.  A semi-vigorous pours gives a huge  head, I had to stop pouring.  Is it infected?  Smell is some coffee, roasted malts and a touch of chocolate.  Mouthfeel is kinda thin but drinkability is good for a stout. I am not saying that this beer is infected, but, it was really thin and almost a gusher. If I was cellaring any of these I'd drink it now just in case.

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Photo of indy351
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Phoneguy
3.59/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of baos
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz into glass.

A: Dark dark with one finger head that disappears.

S: Scorched caramel. Dark chocolate.

T: Coffee and Chocolate with some hop bitterness.

M: Nice and medium bodied.

D. Not as balanced and drinkable of some of the other oatmeal stouts I've tried, but good nonetheless. Could end a little less bitter.

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Photo of stanale
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of MaximalC
2.93/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Pours a dark cola color with a minimal tan head. Aroma smells of caramel, pretzels, and roasted malt.

The taste could best be summed up as thin, roasty, metallic, and overcarbonated. The carbonation is so vigorous that it masks most of the flavor on the front end. Roasted malt comes through when the carbonation burn subsides, but there's also a metallic twinge that keeps you from really enjoying it. On a positive notes, the Earthy hops are pretty well balanced against the sweetness of the malt, so it does have that going for it.

In a nutshell, it looks like a stout, but drinks like a coke.

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Photo of Another6Pack
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of zerk
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just got home with a growler... I was dissapointed that they were out of their cask conditioned special bittter, until I poured this one into a glass... I could tell this was something special the moment I layed eyes on it. Dark as night... not a single ray of light passes through this baby. Has a beige head that reamins at about 1/2 inch, and leaves some lace behind. Aroma is full of roasted malt... coffee and chocolate, with a touch of grassy hops. Flavor is nearly perfect... chocolate, a slight sweetness lent by the oatmeal, and some grassy notes, finishing with quite a bit of coffee... each flavor held in perfect balance. Mouthfeel is full and creamy... oh so smooth! This rivals some of the best oatmeal stouts I've had, and is by far the best brew I've had from Barley Island. Now that I know about this gem, I'm going to be going there more often.

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Photo of KI9A
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm trying to get into stouts. Only problem is, I hate coffee.

I tried this. Someone told me to break into stouts via an oatmeal, not a dry stout. So far, so good. I like it!

Pours perfect black, with 2 finger creamy head. Smells of toffee, chocolate, and wonderful roasted malt. Nice.

Tastes of toffee, chocolate, deep roasted malt & to my surprise, not much a coffee note. It's there, but blocked by the sweetness.

I found my favorite oatmeal stout as of now, downed 2 bottles of it, and really enjoyed every drop. Nicely done guys!

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Photo of Jon
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1/2 gallon growler.

Impenetrable black color with reddish tints around the edges. Creamy, thick tan head with excellent retention and lacing qualities.

Roasted oat malt, chocolate, caramel and toffee linger aromatically.

Minute notes of coffee and chocolate accentuate the appropriately roasted character of this beer. Further notes of minimally bitter finishing hops and a nice lingering acidity appear on the long finish.

Full-bodied, rich, thick and plentiful. So smooth.

Super drinkable. A very pleasant surprise from a brewery by which I've been pleased, but far from amazed. This stuff ends all doubts. Its best beer and a new favorite.

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Brass Knuckles Oatmeal Stout from Barley Island Brewing Company
3.88 out of 5 based on 110 ratings.
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