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

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Added by illidurit on 02-27-2009

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Ranking:
#40,098
Reviews:
32
Ratings:
55
pDev:
14.29%
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Ratings: 55 |  Reviews: 32
Photo of Stoutmaster9
3.9/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured all 1 PT .6 FL OZ into a big, frosty mug.

Silky-smooth smokey oatmeal and sporadically strong yet watery chocolate, with a crisp coffee mid to aftertaste.

If followed by a half pint of Coffee Stout or perhaps a pint of Obsidian Stout, which has similar characteristics, this brew would serve as a satisfying 'launching pad'

Potential.

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Photo of Dsimenson
3.83/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mantooth
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
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 DucksFan16
3.34/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jtrigonis
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PG2G
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Mike-Harms
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of B_B
3.11/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of kborning
3.64/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of 2GOOFY
2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of KevMo84
2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of Zach_Voth
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Samuel906
3.01/5  rDev -12.2%
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 drgonzo2k2
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of mctizzz
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Devinph
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of DankSinatra
2.91/5  rDev -15.2%
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 DrDemento456
3.3/5  rDev -3.8%
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 tizride
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of MadeInOregon
4.5/5  rDev +31.2%

Photo of caverog
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of biglite351
2.54/5  rDev -25.9%
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 jeremy13586
3.06/5  rDev -10.8%
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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Dark Night Oatmeal Stout from Santa Cruz Ale Works
Beer rating: 3.43 out of 5 with 55 ratings
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