Dark Night Oatmeal Stout | Santa Cruz Ale Works

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Dark Night Oatmeal StoutDark Night Oatmeal Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Santa Cruz Ale Works
California, United States
santacruzaleworks.com

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by illidurit on 02-27-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
55
Reviews:
32
Avg:
3.46
pDev:
14.16%
 
 
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Ratings: 55 |  Reviews: 32
Photo of TimCasby
2/5  rDev -42.2%

Photo of Murrhey
2.04/5  rDev -41%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A- Poured from a bomber into a pint glass, reviewed live. Massively over-carbonated. Quarter glass pour had the head (admittedly an attractive light cocoa brown) spilling over the top and into my hand. Good start. Very fluffy and foamy head and a deep black body.

S- Pronounced coffee and bitter dark chocolate notes, but otherwise smells like the average oatmeal stout. Maybe even a bit mealy.

T- Coffee and bitterness with some roast malts. Finishes bitter and somewhat soapy tasting. Not great.

M- Way too thin and the carbonation is too aggressive for the style for me.

O- Not utterly bad, but the negatives heavily outweigh the positives for me. Avoid.

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Photo of biglite351
2.54/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Sliver of orange around the edges whit a creamy tan head

S - VERY mild bitter malts

T - Roasty malts, chocolate and an oak-aged like taste. Bitter turn at the end

M - thick feel but low coating. Quick tingle all over tongue

O - Not really my bag due to the bitterness

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.6/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours an opaque black with a 1 inch puffy white head that settles to a small cap. Random streaks and dots of lace stick to the glass on the drink down. Smell is of roasted malt, toasted oats, cocoa powder, and slight coffee aromas. Whoa, the taste is not good on this one. I get some roasted malt, oats, and cocoa powder but the overall taste is very watery and not balanced. This beer has a low level of carbonation with a flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty bad beer which is surprising because this one pours and smells very good.

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Photo of KevMo84
2.75/5  rDev -20.5%

Photo of 2GOOFY
2.75/5  rDev -20.5%

Photo of DankSinatra
2.91/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Serving type: 22oz bottle poured into a Kona Breweing Co. Pint glass.
A: Pours a dark, blackish, typical stout-looking color with a tan, quickly dissipating 1 1/2-finger head. I'd give it a 4 on the Appearance, based on the quickly dissipating head.
S: Not a particularly strong smell for a stout, but smells like chocolate & coffee. - 3.0
T: Taste is pretty good, though definitely has room for improvement - mildly chocolatey biter taste, almost like a watered-down Sheaf Stout. - 2.5
M: Mouthfeel is similar to most stouts, pretty good, I'd like it to be creamier, but this isn't a cream-based stout to my knowledge. - 3.5
O: Overall I'd say this is a decent oatmeal stout, though I was expecting better because I really liked SC Ale Works' Hefeweizen. I'll see what my ratings average out to, but overall I'd give it a 65-70%.
I was disappointed because I paid about $4 for a 22-oz. bottle, expecting this to be a premium product. I would much rather buy a 6-er of Anderson Valley's or Lost Coast's Oatmeal Stouts or a 22-oz of Sheaf because they are much cheaper per ounce and are superior beers. Definitely not one of SC Ale Works' better efforts.

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Photo of NickMunford
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of Samuel906
3.01/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark brown with a huge, fluffy tan head that stays for several minutes. Aroma is mostly bitter chocolate and some roasted notes. Taste is very similar, lots of bitter dark chocolate, with the faintest hint of brown sugar. Not as much oatmeal flavor as I would like. Feel is very thin with lots of carbonation. Would have liked it a little creamier. Decent beer, but nothing to write home about. The best thing this has going for it is the bitter chocolate, and is not the usual sugar bomb that stouts are turning into these days.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.06/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap at Parish Public House, on to the beer:

It's black. The beer does feature some good lacing and good head retention. "Raw" oatmeal makes up most of the aroma. A little roasted, astringent malt in there too. For an oatmeal stout, it is on the more astringent side. The fact that the oats don't add a lot lot of sweetness hurts the beer as well. Bitter chocolate notes dominate. That oatmeal isn't doing a lot of good, rather raw and its cons cancel out its pros. There's a mild hoppiness found halfway through the sip. roasty and astringent. Lacks the creaminess I'd like from an oatmeal stout, kind of undecided about the drinkability.

An up and down beer. Sands the edges to this beer and it could be a good one.

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Photo of jeremy13586
3.06/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black. Very black. Black dynamite black. Khaki four finger head (my pour was a bit too vigorous in my snifter) stuck around for a bit. Left some lacing as the beer was consumed.

Very heavy roasted malt aroma, but that was pretty much it

Roasted malts and a bit sour. Generic bitterness and a semi-metallic finish.

Medium bodied with some astringency. Clean and semi-dry finish, but a bit thin in body overall.

The drinkability factor was very good, but the metallic taste was a bit of a turn off. A bit above average.

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Photo of B_B
3.11/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.12/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle tried 27 Jan 2010.

Think this got mixed up with some purchases made with my bil at Ledgers... sorry D...

Poured in a Celis shaker pint. Medium fluffy dark brown head. Medium carbonation. Basically pitch black in color. Aroma is like a chocolate chip cookie, sweet with a touch of cocoa. Flavor is roastier and much more bitter. Finish is a bit charred. Aftertaste of lightly sweetened coffee. Medium body. Expected more body and mouthfeel.

Think my bil got the better deal with whatever beer of mine he ended up with...

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Photo of illidurit
3.19/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the Parish Publick House. Amazing cascading carbonation. Dark brown with red hues, light beige foam, lots of lacing. Powdery chocolate aroma with some roasted malt. Flavor is roasted with semisweet chocolate and a dry, burnt coffee finish. A little too watery overall.

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Photo of Mantooth
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of caverog
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of PG2G
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of drgonzo2k2
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of Devinph
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of DrDemento456
3.3/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Damn I question if this is going to be good since the first pour explodes with a full two inch of head that takes a while to settle. Color is a nice tan head and the beer is a dark pitch black.

S - Hard to tell if any off smells but most dark chocolate, roast, bittering hops, and some charcoal.

T - Taste is kind of thin with not very much flavors in the chocolate department. Taste like roasted water with some smoke and coffee roast. Eh,,,

M - This is the worst aspect. Way too carbonated making this way too light to drink ruining all flavors associated with oatmeal stout...

Overall nothing to track down and a far step down from word class examples of the styles. Drinkable but barley passable.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of JohnCoctosin. Served in a Mikasa tulip.

Pours near black with a single-finger tan head. Good retention and some spotty lacing. Thin cap throughout. The nose brings forward some good roast and chocolate, tending toward the roast. The flavor is quite roasty with some espresso and chocolate behind. Mouthfeel takes a turn for the worse, as it's a bit thin and really harsh with an acrid roast character that is quite dry. Hurts the flavor as well. Okay, though I wouldn't seek this out again.

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Photo of DucksFan16
3.34/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Halcyondays
3.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours black with a solid light tan head, spots of lace.

S: Lots of dark chocolate, hint of acid.

T: Dark chocolate, some roasted malt flavours. Not terribly sweet, but a good stout flavour if not exactly to style.

M: Medium-bodied, fizzy carbonation, gets a bit acrid and chalky on the finish.

D: My first beer from Santa Cruz Ale Works is a solid beer. Not going to blow anyone away or approach the class of Sam Smith's, but a fine quaffing pint.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.45/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Black in the middle brown to the edge, brown of a lighter shade for the head 2/5". Lots of roastiness and bitterness in the aroma and taste.

Oatmeal smooths out the mouthfeel to where you don't get a substantial amount of chocolate, brown malt notes or coffee therefrom, its just coming through like a lot of heavily roasted 2 row and oats straight up.

Pulls down a hint of smoke. Its affordable unlike most bomber format beers. Average stuff overall but recommended if you like hearty smooth oatmeal adjunct otherwise less stouts.

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Photo of comfortablynumb1
3.45/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into an Inland Empire Brewing pint glass...

A - Pours a deep brown with a two finger froathy head on a fairly passive pour. Head retention is decent at best, and there is next to no lacing to be had...

S - chocolate and dark roasted malts. Smells pretty roasty...

T - Chocolate, sweet caramel, coffee, and dark roasted malts. Ends roasty with some bitter chocolate lingering. Finish is pretty bitter. Abv is well hidden...

M - A little light for an oatmeal stout. Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Ends pretty dry...

O - Glad I got a chance to try this one, but not something I will purchasing again. The price is right at five dollars, but the lack of abv really kills this for me. An overall average oatmeal in my books. Spend another five and get a BORIS...

Cheers...

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Dark Night Oatmeal Stout from Santa Cruz Ale Works
3.46 out of 5 based on 55 ratings.
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