Chocolate Oatmeal Stout | Lobethal Bierhaus

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Lobethal Bierhaus

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by CrazyDavros on 11-03-2009

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Ratings: 14 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by chinchill:
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3.54/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

5.8% On tap at Hashigo Zake, Wellington NZ

Poured with a towering head that had excellent retention and lacing

Aroma: sweet, with oats, chocolate and red wine.

Flavor: better and more true to style that the aroma. Mild dark roasted grains and oatmeal in the aftertaste.

Feel: full body is very smooth.

O: a solid oatmeal stout with a somewhat peculiar aroma.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.61/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours jet black with a large tan creamy head showing great persistence.
Aroma shows lots of milk chocolate, roasted barley and creamy oats. Impressive.
Flavours are not quite as complex, but include roasted barley, smoke, and finish with a mild bitterness.
Creamy body, slightly thin in my opinion though.
A very nice creamy, milky stout.

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Photo of Kroehny_Loves_Hops
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of pin
2.5/5  rDev -29%

Photo of Macca
3.28/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This pours dark brown with a centimetre or two of beige head.

Some great sweet milk chocolate aromas with just a touch of coffee as well. Make that quite a bit of coffee.

Coffee comes through much stronger on the palate. A little astringency that seems out of place.

Not a thick stout.

Not bad except for that odd astringency.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown colour with nice ochre head, made up of visisble bubbles and retaining well. Leaves some pleasant beige lace behind. Pretty nice.

Nose is very chocolatey, with a good belt of espresso as well. Quite sweet though, with none of the bitter burnt character I've experienced with other oatmeal (or any) stouts. Not much else to it, really, just toasty notes and a lot of chocolate. Maybe a hint of hazelnut on there.

Tastes very stouty. Quite roasted on the front, with hints of cocoa and some dark fruits, plum and berry flavours. Mid is a bit bitter, and finishes quite roasted with hints of that burnt coffee character. There is a weird tang to the back almost akin to lemonade, just a kind of light citric sourness. Not bad, but a very standard stout flavour. Lacks nuance on the palate.

Mouthfeel nicely full and very well textured. Not thick but a great presence on the tongue. Thank you oats, you've smoothed this up to the max.

The bitterness at the back is a slight turnoff, but apart from that it's a well done stout.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted on the morning of New Year's Eve, to complement a breakfast of leftover turkey sandwiches and brie.

Pours a deep brown, but certainly not a black colour, with a fine, oily and filmy head of yellowish beige bubbles. Some large shapes of lacing form, but the body doesn't want to support anything more. Decent enough, but not that exciting.

Nose is roasty and sharp, with a slight dark boozy note giving some red grapeskin tannins and a little sweetness. Not a lot of the chocolate to it, but the nose is very mellow and deep.

Flavour is round and roasted for the most part, and pleasantly, the smoothness burgeons on the back, giving a roasted grain and nut character to wash away some early astringency. Chocolate sits as a light smooth liquor in the middle of the palate, but it's certainly not very pronounced. Feel is smooth enough, but sits very light - an extra thickness would elevate this beer significantly.

Still, this is a pretty tasty beer, and a roasty stout. It's not as smooth, heavy, complex or robust as the best examples, but the chocolate and oatmeal are both well used, and I think Lobethal knew what they were going for with this one.

Tasty with breakfast, too.

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Photo of doktorhops
3.49/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a new one for me from a brewer I’ve never heard of: Lobethal Bierhaus Chocolate Oatmeal Stout - they hail from South Australia, which apart from Coopers isn’t renowned for its craft beer scene, but who knows Louis? I think this could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship [insert walk off into a foggy night]. Seriously though I do like my Oatmeal Stouts - so this is a real tester for whether Lobethal has the right “stuff” for the discerning drinker in me [trapped inside layers of beer gut, screaming to get out but I won’t let him, muahahaha!].

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Presents an opaque [insert random brand name] cola coloured body with a generous wispy 1 inch tan head which soon recedes to a half centimetre on top. Looks a bit weak in the head department if I’m being honest [am I ever not?]. 6/10.

S: At least the aroma is bang on the money with vibrant sweet milk chocolate, vanilla and nutty/earthy characters. Not so much with dark roasted espresso characters, but they are needed not in a Sweet Stout of this calibre - balancing the sweet notes with a bitter/sour/dry foil becomes crucial here. 8/10.

T: Hits that chocolate/vanilla/nutty/earthy spot well, and as it turns out there is a hint of smoke too. As far as Oatmeal Stout/Sweet Stout flavours go this is one middle of the road yet tasty nonetheless affair with a classic Dry Stout finish to cap it off. Flavour is overall nothing “WOW! Megabucks!” nor is it also “Meh!”. 7/10.

M: Mouthfeel, for an Oatmeal Stout at least, is way too thin - mid to light bodied with a light/nearly flat carbonation. Compare this to the king of mouthfeels: Founders Breakfast Stout - and this is indeed, 5.8% ABV taken into account, lacking sorely. 5/10.

D: I’m sorry but after reviewing the awesome Hardtail Henry Oaked Stout from NZ brewer Panhead my taste buds have been ruined for Oatmeal Stouts. Yes, yes, I know there’s a bit of a difference between a 5.8% and a 8% ABV Oatmeal Stout, and we can’t always be drinking 8% ABV brews because some of us have to drive home after Soccer practice, but really: Fuck Soccer - a tasty brew like Hardtail is more important than being fit [Warning: Being fit is definitely more important than a tasty brew - disregard Doc’s advice on this matter]. 7/10.

Food match: Rich casserole/stews and crusty bread with this bad boy.

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Photo of ADZA
3.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This brewery is definately a first for me and it pours a dark as cola hue with decent carbonation that leaves behind a one finger head and sporadic lacing,the smell is chocolate,dark coffee and vanilla,the mouthfeel is abit light for me and well carbonated and has tastes of chocolate,coffee,vanilla,dark plums and finished off again with some dark bitter expresso notes and overall an alright drop but not the greatest Oatmeal Stout cheers.

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Photo of chogm54
3.33/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Jamestregenza
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Stuckey_Stuckey
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of cammo84
4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

Photo of dgilks
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Big sweet, chocolate aroma. A hint of roast comes through but the chocolate is dominant and overpowering.

Dark, dark brown with a nice, silky tan head. Good head retention.

Good flavour with a nice, crisp roast bitterness, hints of chocolate and a touch of fruit. It's good but feels a little bit empty in the finish.

Medium body with a moderately high carbonation. The finish is a little thin.

A decent beer that I would be more than happy drinking again.

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Chocolate Oatmeal Stout from Lobethal Bierhaus
3.52 out of 5 based on 14 ratings.
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