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:
#11,852
Reviews:
78
Ratings:
110
Liked:
70
Avg:
3.86/5
pDev:
10.36%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
4
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 110 |  Reviews: 78
Photo of whoneeds8
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of mdvatab
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into shaker pint.
No B.O.D.

Aroma: Big Cabernet-like wine note right up front. Smooth vanilla, powdered hot cocoa mix, very subtle metallic hint, roasted coffee, and earth.

Appearance: Tan one-fingered head disappears relatively quickly. Body of beer has a dark coffee color.

Flavor: Smoky up front, dry dark chocolate, fruity red wine, with minimal bitterness. Finish is notably short-lived.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation. A bit on the thin side for an oatmeal stout. Not quite enough body to be creamy. Quite honestly a bit watery through the middle and finish.

Overall: Not a bad tasting beer at all, but I wish they'd bump up the gravity a bit. Had this beer tasted like its aroma, it would have really knocked my socks off. The aroma profile was fantastic! I just wish it had the body/texture of an oatmeal stout...

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Photo of orangemoustache
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours midnight black with thick a brown head that is multi colored with light and dark changes,the cap is much lighter than the sides of this mushroom looking head that is billowing out of my mug.The nose is packed full of chocolate like opening a varaity box of Godiva.The taste is pretty awesome,starts off with dark roasted malts,and I mean Dark!Bitter chocolate with a hint of vinilla sweetness lightens up the burnt soul of this gritty Stout.The body is heavy and charcoal like and below average carbonation keeps the focus on flavor!This is a well done Oatmeal stout,wish I had another round.

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Photo of AaronHomoya
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle.

This is a very dark, pretty much black color with minimal tan head. The aroma is nice and roasty with a little bit of malt sweetness. The taste is also malty and roasty with a nice finish. Mouthfeel is nice and smooth, not too thick or bubbly either. Overall a nice, drinkable oatmeal stout but nothing out of this world.

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Photo of tayner
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, thank you leftmindedrighty.

black with nice khaki head that settled to a ring which laced nicely.

smell is dark roasted malt, coffee, bitter chocolate.

Taste followed smell only with the coffee the dominant feature followed by roasted/burnt malt and bitter chocolate. there is a pretty decent balance of these three flavors however.

Thin mouthfeel for a stout, probably due to the low abv and lack of fermented sugars in it, but still fairly creamy... but on the same token, it makes it highly drinkable and even sessionable for a stout, so it is give and take.

Wouldnt hunt this one down, but its a decent oatmeal stout i wouldnt turn my nose up at either.

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Photo of karengarys
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stout float anybody? This poured way overcarbonated, to the point of frustration. It looks great if you ignore the fact that you have to eat the foam out of the glass to get the beer to fit. Once settled, it looks quite good with a nice fluffy head on top of a dark brownish black glass of beer - I can't tell if it is hazy or filtered for it is too dark to tell.

Smell is very nice and malty.

Taste is an excellent combination of toasty malts and sweet hops. this has a heckuvalot of character!

Mouthfeel is - guess - very good, creamy to no end.

Finish is very creamy and clean, finishing off sweet.

This is a surprisingly great brew from a brewery i'd never heard of before. Give it a try!

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Photo of beersvh23
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of emyers
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Black color, nearly opaque, with a huge light brown head. Not a whole lot of lacing down the glass.

Smell: Roasted malt, milk chocolate, and smoke. Has a milk-stout type sweetness to the aroma. A bit of wet cardboard oxidation smell to it.

Taste: Roasted malt is dominant. More milk chocolate with a definite sweetness. Caramel and molasses also come through. I'm not picking up the oxidation present in the aroma anymore. Really quite delicious. Fairly complex. There could be a bit more intensity, but for a standard oatmeal stout it packs quite a bit of flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium carbonation (I was expecting a whole lot more carbonation given the huge head).

Overall: This was a pleasant surprise once I got past the smell. A very good oatmeal stout. I'm curious if there was some oxidation and how it would taste without it.

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Photo of treque
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: black opaque in color, looks thick, creamy, very nice 2 finger tan head, with nice retention,

S: roast malts, some coffe, toffe, some oat aroma

T: sweetness, nice bitter roasta after taste, the end is long lasting, chocolate/coffe flavoured. medium high body, nice contrasts of flavours

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Photo of jnikkel
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of Alkey
4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz.bottle poured black with a small brown head that leaves a few specks of lace around the glass. Has a big roasted and toasted malt aroma. Taste is rich with an oatmeal creaminess and lots of dark roasted malt and just a hint of unsweetened chocolate. There isn't much alcohol that I notice in this brew so I would guess it is around 5% or less. The full flavor and light alcohol make this an excellent session beer.

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Photo of trep
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle shared with a friend, courtesy of tonedef131

Dark black body with a thin brown head. Glints of ruby around the edges, when held to the light. Malt-driven aroma, notes of vanilla. Taste is all coffee, oatmeal, and vanilla. Roasted malts are present throughout. Has a bit of sweetness also. Mouthfeel is smooth, medium bodied with medium carbonation. It's very porter-esque. Very easy drinking and i'm glad i have a 6-pack of this stuff.

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Photo of BogAl
2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

Photo of dmfrench
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A decent enough earthy, hoppy, creamy Oatmeal Stout.
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A: Opaque body with a fairly dark and somewhat persistent one finger head.

S: A bit of roasted oats, a hit of earthy hops, and a bit of inkyness... not particularly aromatic.

T: Much more of that earthy hops from the nose... nice dirty, creamy oat malt underneath... a bit salty.

M: Big and creamy... fills the mouth well... great carbonation... noticing a trend here with Barley Island.

D: Quite easy.

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Photo of FrankHashimoto
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%

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

This beer was poured into an Imperial pint glass at 52° from a 12 ounce bottle. There was no date information on the bottle. There was approximately one finger of tan head that displayed lacing. The beer was a dark brown almost black color.

Roasted malt was sensed while looking for color and clarity. The dark roast was verified with a purposeful whiff which also displayed a hop fragrance.

The taste was smooth and creamy with a slight bitterness. The dark roasted malt came across with a little coffee.

Roasted malt filled the mouth with every breath. A slight bitterness was attributable to the hops and was very complimentary.

Glad to see Barley Island still producing after my visit there several years ago which was very enjoyable. Don't remember if I had this on tap but it is very acceptable from the bottle.

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Photo of ironwill54
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of PirateUlf73
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Interesting artwork on the label. This was yet another member of my latest mix-a-six. Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Very dark and opaque with a chocolate brown head, which didn't last long.

S: Fantastic nose. Roasted chocolate and almost smoky malt aromas. Oatmeal manages to sneak in as well, but is not overly pronounced. Very nice.

T: Roasted malt flavors with a pinch of chocolate. Sweet, but not overpowering. Nice and subtle. Flavors are somehow not as blended as the nose night suggest. Oatmeal does not shine in the taste...

M: ...but rather helps to smooth out the texture. Medium-bodied. A bit lighter in the mouth than I might have liked. Just enough carbonation to satisfy. Slight roasted malt and chocolate in the aftertaste.

D: Very drinkable. Not too heavy. Alcohol level makes this one very sessionable.

While definitely not the best Oatmeal Stout I've ever had (not even in the top 10), it was still very much worth the try. The nose was to die for, but I tend to like mine with a heavier mouthfeel and with the malts and oatmeal more smoothly blended. However, if Barley Island's goal was to make a mildly interesting, albeit lighter-bodied Oatmeal Stout, then Mission: Accomplished, I suppose. An interesting venture, and one that I may feel inclined to have again. We'll see...

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Photo of diabecktic
3.52/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance:
Chocolate-colored head (~2 fingers) forms quickly, but seems to disappate fairly quickly, too; lacing is average. The beer itself seems pitch black (like most stouts), but is actually a very, very dark shade of ruby red. You can verify this by looking at it in front of a light as it is being poured.

Smell:
Roasted barley seems to be the dominant aroma, but there is distinguishable chocolate and oatmeal character. It's quite a sharp scent that has no problem piercing the nostrils. As said by someone below said, it's almost "smokey." I personally find this one to be a bit more on the hoppy side.

Taste:
Ah, here's where it gets interesting. My first sip seems to hit me with a bitter sweetness. As strange as this sounds, it's like getting a mouthful of barley and oats that turns into dark chocolate (the bitter kind). Relative to others, it's quite distinct in this regard because it's a quick hit/shift. The oatmeal character is definately present in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel:
Given the style, I'm suprised that this beer is as light as it is. I suppose with respect to all beers you would say that this has medium body. With respect to stouts, I think that this one is a bit on the watery side; it just doesn't "feel" like there's much there. It's fairly smooth, but I don't know if this redeems it given the body.

Drinkability:
This brew is definately a sipper. Given the % ABV and the style, I guess you could call it a session beer. I personally find it a bit hard to drink in this respect because I don't think it's heavy enough to sip. The type of flavor is not conducive to a quick-drinker.

Summary:
I'm not sure what to think about this beer. It's not a bad oatmeal stout, but I've definately had ones that are far better. I think that this brew is a lot less "subtle" when it comes to flavor because it's a pretty distinct taste. Now, whether or not this is a good thing has yet to be determined. However, I would try this beer again in the future. I just think it's a bit too thin for the style even though the flavor is unique.

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

A - Black and opaque, thin coffee-colored head that quickly fades.

S - Malty, chocolate/coffee, sweet.

T - Roasted malt, hint of chocolate, strong coffee notes. Velvety smoove. Nice bitterness from the roasted malt.

M - Smooth as silk, medium-full body. Clean, not cloying at all.

D - Simply awesome. IMO, a paragon of the style.

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

A: Extremely dark brown, almost completely opaque. It is hard to get light to go through it. The head is a khaki color with decent retention.

S: Classic roasted barley notes, with coffee, chocolate, and some smoky tones. Slightly elevated sweetness from oats, with little to no hop smell.

T: Flavors start out very light on the front with some dainty sweetness. The middle begins to pick up with a milk chocolate sweetness. The finish ramps up even more with an intense coffee bitterness that is surprisingly well balanced by a powder sugar sweetness.

M: Thick body with slight carbonation, which fits the style very well.

O: This is a great version of an Oatmeal Stout. It focuses on the nuances that can be created with barley and oats. Props to Barley Island for distinguishing itself from a majority of craft brewers fright now, and not feeling that American hops need to shine through in each style.

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Photo of ERRL710
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of ChrisWashington
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of cincybranr
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of HoboAGoGo
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of the bottle into a tulip with a super thick creamy tan head on top of a dark, almost black body with healthy carbonation. Nose was of a sour bread quality with roasted coffee, slight citrus and very faint burnt chocolate. Mouth was slightly sour, roated grainy with a slightly, bitter floral coffee taste that when it warmed up over the course of the 45 minutes I drank this beer lent more vanilla and almost caramel flavors to it. Very nice beer.

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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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