Rock Bottom Oatmeal Stout | Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

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Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
United States

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Jason on 09-24-2002

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Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big foamy over spilling tan head, the liquid was black as night. Huge aromas of chocolate and light charcoal with an underlying sweetness. Smooth with a deceivingly drinkable solid medium body, roasted bitterness is not overwhelming like other hearty stouts but there is some bitterness from the hops that shows an other level in it complex character. Slabs of chocolate and mild coffee come to mind with a thin layer of sweetness in the middle as well as some dark fruitiness. On this cooler day in Boston this was a very fitting beer for me as I had no problem quaffing this beer down.

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Photo of ADR
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Called "Freedom Trail" at the Boston Theater District location...on tap at the brewpub...

Good color, brownish dark with a bronze cast. Downward streaming bubbles and a tan head that settles at 1/4 of an inch and stays put. Simple but adequate lace. Aroma is pleasant, slight choco notes with lingering qualities. Mouthfeel is decent and mouth coating. Starts best, slight java with a mocha quality. Flavor thins mid mouth while the good mouthfeel continues. Not a lot at the end. All in all, a good beer, could use a little more persistance to the maltiness.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Bellevue, WA location, after wandering around for a half-hour trying to find a bit of dinner before watching things explode for an equally long amount of time...

This beer appears a clear dark cola hue, with one finger of thin foamy off-white head, which leaves a ring of specked lace around the glass in its wake. It smells of mild milk chocolate, and faint grassy hops. The taste is dry, chalky chocolate, bready malt, day-old coffee, and bitter earthy, floral hops. The carbonation is quite low, the body medium weight, and nice and smooth. It finishes fairly dry, the chocolate and mild hoppiness still entwined.

An earnest effort, but oatmeal stout needs a wee bit more finesse than is exhibited by this offering.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.01/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

King of Prussia location. 14.6 degrees Plato O.G. / 5.4% ABV. Nitrogenated. Black body topped by a dense tan head that seems firmer than even a Guinness. The creamy head leaves a solid sheet of lace with each sip, giving the impression of drinking from a frosted (sandblasted) glass. The aroma is lightly fruity with a softly sweet chocolatey note and a dull roastiness. The body is light/medium and it's super smooth and creamy in the mouth. The flavor is very lightly tart (due to a low pH from the dark malts) and mildly fruity, making a nice complement to the softly sweet chocolate and mildly roasty maltiness. The bitterness is gently balanced and the roastiness is kept in check - not sharp or aggressive at all. It finishes dry with a gently lingering and lightly sweet malt note as well as some subtle roastiness. Superb. The greatness of this beer lies in its delicate components which give it an exceptional balance.Very drinkable and highly enjoyable. On of the best beers I've had from Rock Bottom.

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Photo of ananddullabh
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Treyliff
3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

On tap, Cincinnati

Pours a dark black, almost opaque, foamy khaki head. Smells of dark toasted malt, black licorice, cocoa nibs, char. Tastes of coffee, roasted malt, char, dark chocolate, oats & caramel. Medium/light body with medium carbonation, foamy mouthfeel and finish. Nice toasty oatmeal stout

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Photo of KYGunner
3.52/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I went to the Rock Bottom in Cincinnati, though because it's a chain I am going to assume the beers carry over the same. I ordered a flight of six of their standard beers and as I tried each one I found that each was spot on to the style. The remarkable thing is how unremarkable the beers are. Don't get me wrong, they are well worth the try and certainly above average but they are produced for a mass market. So as lazy as it may be I am going to simply say that this beer was a text book example of the style without breaking out and setting itself above.

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Photo of Fusion7777
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of TerryB
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of jjd315
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of sansho
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of HermitDan
4.06/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rfgetz
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark black, dense cap of khaki head, decent retention. Served quite cold for cask. Scent is mild and muted, roasted grain with hints of sweet milk chocolate. Taste is rather straightforward, but good - medium roast grain, semi-sweet chocolate, faint coffee, light fruitiness. A tad thin for style but still medium bodied and smooth. Overall, a nice, highly quaffable beer.

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Photo of smartassboiler
3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of MisterKilderkin
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Justinbshelton
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of jaidenjb
3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of ZachKelly
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of adie
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of combatFlexo
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of uvachief
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Next to the IPA, this was the best they had to offer. Rich, creamy and dark stout. Light on alcoholic content for a stout. Light in the mouth and finished smooth without any lingering taste of oatmeal.

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Photo of bamadog
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was at first kind of excited to try Rock Bottom beer, but I guess I chose kind of poorly. I ordered the Oatmeal Stout, my friend ordered an ale and when I tried hers, I was disappointed in my choice as the ale was much better, and I wish that was the one I was reviewing. However, it is what it is, so here goes the Oatmeal Stout...

Appearance: Black, but seemed a little wattery under the light tan head of about one finger.

Smell: Not a whole to it at first, a little malty but that was about it -- it was brought out too cold, so it had to set for a while and warm. As it did, some chocolate came out as well as slight roast. The smell is one of the better aspects of this beer.

Taste: Nothing special jumped out at me with this beer. I felt it was a little bland at first, and again as it warmed, a slight chocolate taste showed up. I've been drinking a lot of stouts lately and this one just did not measure up in the taste bud department.

Mouthfeel: It coated nicely, but it wasn't what I was looking for. Leaves you a little dry, but the ABV seemed a little light so I was left wanting something else.

Drinkability: Meh. I would not likely order this particular beer again. Just doesn't stack up against other oatmeals -- such as Goose Island or New Holland.

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Photo of JMills52
2.59/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Served way too cold. Had a nice nose, but came off very thin on the flavor and mouth feel until it warmed up to the proper temp.

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Photo of Howlader
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of frosted33
3.75/5  rDev 0%

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