Oatmeal Stout | Independence Brew Pub

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Independence Brew Pub
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-14-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 12 |  Reviews: 12
Reviews by boelker62:
Photo of boelker62
2.85/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This brew is one of the more tolerable brews of Independance, a place that caters to the "near club" crowd, and tourists as well. There have been some great brews from these folks, and while this is one of the regulars, it isn't one of the "best" of which I write.

Appearance - better than most of what they have there, but it is a weak, but dark head, on top of a standard black body.

Smell - one of the more reeming features of this brew, with some deep grainy notes, but nothing too sweet.

Taste - sometimes, things just don't live up. Watery, is what I come to when I taste it, but it has an acidity that is undesiravble to me in an oatmeal...

Mouthfeel - the taste was average, and the mouthfeel does the same or less, in it's taste stays and feel the same the entire time and palette.

Drinkability - nothing harsh, but not that good. Sorry I can't explain more. I just think an Oatmeal Stout should have depth and culture to it, a full taste with a lean body, without being overpowering.

I went there, however, to seek out the Double IPA as advertised on the website, but not on tap, OR the Imperial Stout they served at Brewer's Plate at Reading Terminal Market, which was WONDERFUL. If you hear it's on, and your in Philadelphia, make a trip just for it.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of shapudding
4.44/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had to stop in for a taste before pub crawling, so nice that you can just jump off the train and hop over for a pint!

Nice and dark chocoalate brown, clear and clean, bit of ruby showing through down at the bottom of the glass. Alot of thick creamy khaki head. Served wayyyy to cold a stout... Aroma of dark coffee, chocolate, and toffee. Taste of dark frutits, burnt toast. Very wet mouthfeel. Sweet aftertastes linger in your mouth. Surprisingly thin bodied for a stout... Lightly carbinated so it is an easy drinker.

Really wanted this to have more body to it, was more like a porter...

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Photo of Sammy
3.76/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nitro-tap to give it light creaminess, not overdone. Roast, smooth. Sour and malt and milk,coffee, sugary malty. Opaque black with mocha head. Light to Medium mouthfeel, bitter finish. Alcohol scent. A few oats, not the ebst oatmeal stout I have tried.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Independence's Oatmeal Stout is brewed with malted oats and lactose to lend it body and smoothness. It's almost black in color with clear ruby and mahogany glints at the base of the glass; and its creamy, slightly-orangeish tan head leaves rings and spots of lace as it goes. The nose is delicate with subtle notes of dark chocolate. The nitrogen dispense leaves it creamy and smooth in the mouth. The flavor is sweetly cocoaish upfront; revealing coffee notes and some darker chocolate across the middle; followed by a dry, softly roasty finish that lingers gently. Very drinkable!

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer came a flat black with three quarters of an inch of smooth and even tan head. This left some nice rings of lace around my glass.

Smelled of a slight hint of chocolate and maple syrup with a well blended smoky sourness.

What first caught my attention in the flavor was a little sting along the back of my tongue. If I didn’t wait a little bit between sips, a lemony oak dominated the flavor. If I took my time, there was a creamy and woody milk chocolate that sat in the middle of my tongue along with a slight bit of coffee. This flavor seemed to be isolated from the sour. The way these two flavors separated themselves was rather interesting and tasty.

The mouth feel was medium bodied but sill managed to stay creamy. This worked really well with the flavor.

This was a nice change of pace, and the best beer yet I’ve had from the IBP. I’ll be keeping my eye open for this on cask in the future.

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Photo of soupyman10
3.91/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - deep brown color, nearly black,, solid finger of tan head floating on top

S - Chocolately, roasted malt, fairly mild but very distinctive

T - Distinct oat smell, lot of roasted malts, some sweet raisin hints; it took me a while to place, but I also think there's a flavor of cookie dough

M - Nice, creamy mouthfeel, although fairly short-lived aftertaste, nice bite (not flat)

D -A good beer with a very distinct taste, but not the best oatmeal stout ever

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Photo of RBorsato
3.31/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tasted On-Nitro-Tap 03/08/06 at the Independence Brewpub.

Almost black in color with a low light brown film for a head. It's all downhill from there. Virtually all dark roasted malts in aroma and flavor. Very sweet and more of a Milk/Sweet Stout than an Oatmeal Stout. No chocolate character at all as described. Medium bodied and pretty much gets the little body it has from the nitrogen and nowhere else.

Thn most drinkable one of the lot which is not saying much....

Per IB blackboard and menu: 14.9 OG. Milk Sugar and Malted Oats.

Per IB website: Crystal, Roast, Black, & Chocolate Malts. Northern Brewer hops.

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Photo of Gavage
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black in color with a 1/2" tan head. The aroma is of roasted malts and was sweet on the nose. The flavor was of roasted malt, mild chocolate, light coffee tones, and a hint of bitterness and sweetness. Decently balanced, but the roasted malt was a bit stronger than the other flavors.

The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy at the start, and was disappointingly thinner in body. The finish was smooth with the roasted tones lasting on the tongue briefly. Some light lacing developed through the drink. Not a bad drinking brew, just not overly exciting.

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Photo of stegmakk
2.54/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

They had this on cask as well. After the dissapointing regular version of the stout, I figured cask HAD to be better. Man was I wrong.
Looked the same, maybe a tad darker.
Still the same burnt aromas.
The flavor was about the same, but muted. The taste was alot less prominent.
The only thing that was better was the mouthfeel. It was smoother and slick, but still not exactly the expected creamy feel.
Drinkability not so hot.

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Photo of stirgy
3.86/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served as part of a sampler tray at their brewpub. They were out of the cask condition version of this beer, so this came from the standard tap. This is a beauty of a stout. Attractive to the eye. Poured a very dark brown, nearly black in color with some ruby shining through when held up to the light. The head looked great and had good retention throughout the drink. Looked like a nitro pour. Light aroma of dark chocolates and roasted grains. The flavor is roasty and flavorful. Light body which is creamy and smooth and gives a small amount of that roasted bitterness. Leaves a pleasant bittersweet chocolate taste in the throat. Very nice.

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Photo of donnebaby
2.96/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Nice looks, dry head reminds of the froth that's created when cooking dried beans. Dark black body, served very cold. Sweet nose. Taste was oatmeal stout--but definitely on the sweet side. Watery in the mouth, simple, and far too sweet. Wouldn't order it again probably.

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Photo of HimerMan
4.07/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On Cask at brewery on 3/18. Great beer for after St. Patrick's Day.

Very dark brownish/black when delivered to table, quite nice aroma of mild chocolate and oats.

Taste - very light beer for a stout, full flavored with a strong roasted finish on each sip. Easy to drink, and good and clean straight through the pint.

Alcohol not present at all - highly recommend if you are not comfortable with the heavy hitting imperial stouts, as this oatmeal stout delivers a very good example of what an oatmeal stout should taste like.

I would definitely have this again, if you are in the area - and are lucky enough to have this on cask - it makes the difference.


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Oatmeal Stout from Independence Brew Pub
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