Fiddler Oatmeal Stout | Potosi Brewing Company

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Fiddler Oatmeal StoutFiddler Oatmeal Stout

Brewed by:
Potosi Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Winter

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Photo of alarmclock314
3.47/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, no date, 6.5% ABV. Pours clear amber with a medium sized light tan head. Smells of sweet and roasted malt with some licorice, earthy hops, and oats. The taste follows exactly with sweet/roasted malt, licorice, earthy hops, and some oats. Below average taste/smell intensity. Moderate sweetness and light bitterness. Thinner body for the style and above average carbonation. Overall, it's closer to a Porter in look/mouthfeel, but has an good smell/taste if you're okay with sweet licorice.

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Photo of Millersbrewers
3.57/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark brown, with a reddish tinge. One inch tan head that holds pretty well, with good lacing.

Smell is slightly off-putting for a stout, has a cloying sweetness mixed with a bit of smokiness. Smells more like a traditional porter than an oatmeal stout. Has a bit of an unfinished, homebrew-like sweetness in the aroma

Taste is a mix of roasted chocolate (maybe caramel) up front. There is a bit of sweetness but the acidic taste takes over in the end. Alcohol is well hidden. Body is medium, thinner than most oatmeal stouts. It's a pretty easy drinker.

Overall a perfectly drinkable beer, especially considering the abv, that needs a bit more balance in its roasted malts

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Photo of jwc215
3.4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark brown to black with a thin bubbly head that fades to a ring. Spotted lacing sticks.

The smell is of chocolate and licorice.

The taste is of candy-like chocolate licorice - reminds me of a combo of chocolate and licorice Twizzlers and Tootsie Rolls. A bit of roast, but not enough to give much balance to the sweetness.

It is lighter-bodied, slightly watery, pretty smooth. Alcohol well-covered.

An oatmeal stout with a candy-like sweetness. And, it's a bit thin. Overall, for a sweeter, thinner oatmeal stout it's decent enough. But, with so many richer, better balanced ones out there, I doubt I would revisit this one.

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Photo of Vixie
3.62/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The color reminds me a bit of a class of cola, looks black at first, but is actually more a dark brown with a reddish tinge on the edges. Has a small tan head that quickly turns into some lacing.

Starts out sweet, like a toffee or caramel. There's also a bit of coffee and chocolate.

Tastes a lot like it smells, bit of sweetness up front like caramel. There's chocolate and coffee as well, and maybe some cherry. Kind of reminds me of the flavor of cherry and chocolate blended together.

Goes down fairly smooth, but a bit thin for the style.

Not a bad beer, goes down easy, and the alcohol is well hidden. The one thing I would like is more complexity, it could use more depth of flavor. Still, it is an easy beer to drink, and has enough flavor to make me glad I gave it a try.

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Photo of NilocRellim
2.86/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured cold form a bottle.

This beer was a very dark brown colour with a tan head that disappeared quickly. There was not much of a smell... slightly sweet and malty, but barely noticeable. The taste was sweet and matly with a very faint roasted finish; not much to it.

Would I buy it again? No.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
2.88/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

A. When the glass is held up to the light, it does indeed show as a translucently clear dark chestnut brown color. Has a single finger of foamy head that doesn't leave much lacing at all.

S. Smells of a small portion of roasted malts mixed with a larger portion of unroasted dark malts. That is really not typical for a stout aroma at all! But on the other hand, it isn't a 'bad' nose per se... just not to style at all. Another BA has hit the nail on the head with their review: This is the nose of a porter, not a stout. Some minor twinges of smoke and coffee aroma appear as well when the glass is allowed to warm up for a bit. Points removed because I have to rate according to advertised style on the bottle. :(

T. Some roasted malt, some chocolate, but there is also a large 'oakey' wooden astringency to the mid palate that one would expect to belong to a barrel aged beer with a smoother, richer malt pairing than this. On the positive side, the finish is properly bitter and the alcohol level is well hidden.

M. Lightly carbonated, medium body texture, not quite as creamy nor smooth as other oatmeal stouts I've had before, sadly.

A lot of minor flaws really add up in this beer. This is the first time that I've been let down by Potosi. I know that they can do so much better than this, their other beers are so much better than this. Please guys... workshop this beer's formulation a bit and try again.

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Photo of Duff27
3.52/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


A- Semi-aggressive pour leaves a khaki one-inch tall head, fizzy at first but then settles in denser. Color is see-through dark brown, odd. Head retention is above average and some lacing is left on all side of the glass.

S- Aromas of sweet dark chocolate and oatmeal. Enjoyable.

T- Chocolates, acidic coffee notes. Some hop presence but hardly noticeable. Oakiness? Very hard to believe this is 8%abv.

M- Medium to medium-thick mouthfeel. Lower end of carbonation.

D/O- Overall this is easy drinking, albeit higher end on the alcohol content. No wow factor, just solid in every field.

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Photo of TwinButte
3.42/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into my New Belgium tulip.

Pours very dark and little head. Smells a little like a nut brown with a slight smoky hint that follows through with the taste. Surprisingly I dont taste any of the 8 percent alcohol at all. How did they hide it! Mouthfeel is a little prickly but not bad. No aftertaste whatsoever in fact it is very pleasant to drink. Nice brew.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz twist-off bottle poured into a nonic.
8% ABV, 3500 on the neck, "All profits to charity."

A - Clear through the pour, Fiddler becomes dark midnight brown in the point and is topped by a creamy off-white head with moderate retention and spotty lace.

S - Dusty, dirty roasted malt isn't too pleasant-starting with a mocha chocolaty nose following behind. This roasty brew finishes off with an oaky hint to it.

T - Creamy oats are followed by mocha, roasted chocolate, and a lingering acrid bitterness through the finish. Dusty and dirty like the aroma, it's a bit off-putting at first. Chocolaty notes poke out at the end.

M - Fiddler has the smooth, creamy oak texture down pat but even with the malty, full body the acrid finish is just a bit too much in this oatmeal stout.

O - An average oatmeal stout, Potosi's Fiddler leaves a bit to be desired. Less burnt and acrid bitterness for starters, a little earthy hop balance would help too. Not a touch of the higher alcohol comes through in this beer though!

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Photo of WoodBrew
3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A great friend brought this beer back from visiting his family. The Potosi Fiddler Stout is a solid beer, but not incredible. The stout pours a clear black with deep garnet highlights when held to the light. The head is thin and tan colored and diminished faster than I would like. The aroma is moderate-high roasted malt with a bit of sweetness. The flavor is dominated by roasted malt with a low hop bitterness but acidic nature of roasted malt keeping the stout balanced. The body is medium and carbonation moderate. Overall a decent oatmeal stout, but the head could use some work as could the overall flavor and drinkability, more body and perhaps a little less acidic nature from roasted malt.

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Photo of SolomonGrundy
2.87/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Gotta hurry back to the Sharks Game - final period of game 7 vs. the wings...2-1 Sharks. GO SHARKS!!

(full disclosure - I'm actually a Sabres fan, but my daughter loves the Sharks, so I'm rooting for them now)...

Thanks to GraniteSkunk for the excellent extra. Cheers mate!

The basics: No idea on price, but 8% ABV (hmm, nice)...

Pours super thin for a stout. You can almost see right through it. Yikes! Not a lotta head, neither. Lightly carbonated. I'm starting to worry that this is gonna suck...

Aromas show some sweetness. Lots of caramel malt, however. This is more like a porter or strong Amber ale than a stout so far. The alcohol is quite apparent in the nose, too. Not getting any of the chocolate or coffee notes typical to a stout. I get some vanilla and perhaps some maple hints, so there you go. Curiouser and curioser...

Flavor is much more robust than the nose or appearance suggest. Some unique and bizarre flavors in there. Right up front is the nice malt tang, and that's very stout like. The light carbonation helps the flavors in this sparkle, so that's a plus. Alcohol hits you in the late middle, and that's too bad. They must not have used a lot of oatmeal, because the body is quite thin. Other flavors I pull out, albeit with effort, are fig, and also some cassis. Finish is very dry and carries some of the booze. This beer is average at best and that might be pushing it. All the great things about oatmeal stouts seem to be absent here and I'm sure better can be found regardless of the price. Look elsewhere...

What I like most: The unique take on oatmeal stout.

What I like least: The decided lack of body on this beer.

Verdict: Likely not worth the price as I'm sure even Guinness is better value.

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Photo of adman08
3.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Deep brown with very little head.
S-Rich chocolate aroma. Lots of malt.
T-Big malt flavor, mostly chocolate, a hint of toffee.
M-Not as thick as some oatmeal stouts.
M-Very smooth as an oatmeal stout should be. The oatmeal provides good body.
Overall, a decent beer. Not as thick and creamy as I expect an oatmeal stout that comes in at 8% to be. It's very tasty just not what I look for in this style of beer.

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Photo of Jason
3.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Charcoal black but still light enough to show off some ruby edges, head drops to a thin lacing. Blackberries and alcohol with a soft roasty edge in the nose. Slick and crisp almost syrupy body. Pretty damn sweet, tastes like sugary iced espresso with a shot of brandy. An interested sweet beast, happy that I tried it but hard to finish. Not sure what the brewers intent was but it misses the mark IMO.

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Photo of KeefD
2.32/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pours a, wait what? Dark red color? How is this a stout? Aren't stouts supposed to be dark brown/black? Small tan head that was gone quickly. Aroma is just not there. I'm getting very little in the nose. There's some caramel, maybe a little toastiness, but almost absent of the deep roast I was expecting out of an 8% Oatmeal Stout. Tastes like a super malty red ale. There's plenty of sweetness, some caramel again, maybe some light fruitiness, but completely absent of any chocolate and roast that I find pleasing in a stout. It's malty, with little to no hop presence, which is fine by me, but it lacks complexity. Mouthfeel is medium-full, and is actually quite nice, but still this is not a stout in any way, shape, or form. I'm really let down by this one. I've been impressed with every beer I've had from this small brewery up until this point. It's not a bad beer by any means, and it's very drinkable considering the ABV which can't be felt at all, but don't call a beer a stout when it's clearly not up to the style. Sorry Potosi, had to review to style, but I know you can do better!

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Photo of FreshHawk
3.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark mahogany with a small, foamy, creamy, light cafe colored head. Doesn't stick around too long leaving a thin circle of lace.

S - Decent aroma but not what I expected from an oatmeal stout. Chocolate covered dark fruit aroma. Raisin, prune, and fig. Some burnt malt as well. Smells much more like an Imperial Stout than an Oatmeal Stout. As it warms a bit more chocolate and cocoa comes out.

T - Like the nose suggested, this is more like an imperial stout than a oatmeal stout. Dark fruit and chocolate dominate the taste. Starts with dark fruit. Hints of smoke and charred wood come out mid-sip to the finish. Chocolate and cocoa show up throughout. Some bitter, roasted malt as well. Has a faint oatmeal aspect but nothing that would suggest it is an oatmeal stout.

M - Medium to thin body (closer to medium) with decent carbonation. Quite smooth and creamy. Not quite as full or chewy as I would like though.

D - Easy to drink and there is no way I would suspect it is 8% ABV. Not too sweet, bitter, tart, or anything... just well balanced.

Notes: Interesting and nothing what I was expecting. More of an imperial stout than an oatmeal stout. Dark fruit and chocolate make up most of the flavor along with some roasted malt. I liked it but did not love it. For the price and the ABV it is quite nice.

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Photo of drpimento
2.85/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Kind of a disappointment. Poured with a smallish tan head that quickly subsided to a ring around the inside of the glass. Color is a clear red brown. Aroma is toffee, caramel, roast malt. Flavor is like nose and rather shallow. Body is ok but carbonation is too strong and leaves its mark in the mouth. Finish is like flavor plus that leftover buzz from the carbonic acid. Not looking for more.

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Photo of Bobby12many
3.52/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Deep dark ruby brown pour with a thin, somewhat lively khaki head. Some oily lacing left over after the head quickly recedes

S - Chocolate nibs and grains, smells rich and milk chocolatey sweet. Slight hint of alcohol in the back end.

T - Subtle hints of chocolate and lightly roasted malt. Finishes quite sweet for how subdued the chocolate notes are. Enough bitter roastiness in the finish to not make it unbearably sweet.

M - Medium bodied, if a bit thin. Well carbonated and lively on the tongue.

D - An average Oatmeal Stout. Although well balanced, its subtle notes of chocolate and dark sugars just leave me wanting more bold flavor and a thicker body. I dont see myself buying more, but I certainly wouldnt turn another down.

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Photo of dhannes
4.19/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a chilled bottle into a standard pint glass.

A=Dark brownish red, with a 1/2" foam head that lasted a half minute or so.

S=Faint...malty with slight cocoa presence. harshness to speak of. A moderate malt presence with a slight sweetness.

M=Heftier than most...could have been a tad thicker.

D=Very enjoyable...not too bitter, nor too sweet...very little carbonation...nice rich flavor. I cannot detect the alcohol at all. To date, my favorite Stout and my favorite Potosi product (I've only had this Potosi offering, however).

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Photo of Blakaeris
4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a creamy tan head that leaves slight lacing.

Aroma is bitter, charred dark grain balanced by dark fruit sweetness.

Taste is more of the dark fruit sweetness from the nose up front - plum and date stand out. Then dark chocolate, and charred dark grain bitterness takes over. Finishes with anise and lingering alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel is medium-full. Very smooth and silky.

A tasty and flavorful stout. Sweet and then bitter and smokey. Nicely done.

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Photo of bashiba
4.1/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep dark black with a nice dark tan.

Had a nice cereal grain smell with some nice chocolate and burnt grains.

Has a nice black smoked malt flavor with subtle hints chocolate and coffee with a nice bit of anise in the finish. Finishes slightly sweet along with some nice fresh hops for a decent bit of balance.

Has a nice thick and chewy mouthfeel.

Very solid Oatmeal Stout, I think Potosi's best beer to date.

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Photo of cokes
3.12/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark translucent brown with garnet highlights when backlit. The gry-tan lace is low and short-lived.
Chocolately aroma with roasted grain and loads of jammy dark fruits, primarily raisins and figs blanketed by a general doughiness.
It rides into the mouth massively sweet with figs, plums, and raisins, leading the charge. It hints at Imperial Stout stature, but lacks depth and clarity. The flavor begins to recede, yet it still stays sweet with whispers of milk chocolate. A lowly roastedness appears. Alcohol is noted, but isn't a nusuance. It finished with a worty sense of underattenuated fruitiness. Oat can be perceived here and there, but aren't particularly noteworthy.
Fattened full bodied that cloys overtime, paridoxically thinning out at that same time.
This is oversweet, plain and simple. Had a solid roastiness stepped in, you'd be looking at a balance and fairly complex, big stout. Right now, it's one-sided and not especially enjoyable.

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Photo of uwmgdman
3.49/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The stout pours a clear black with deep garnet highlights when held to the light. The head is thin and tan colored and diminished faster than I would like. The aroma is moderate-high roasted malt with a bit of sweetness. The flavor is dominated by roasted malt with a low hop bitterness but acidic nature of roasted malt keeping the stout balanced. The body is medium and carbonation moderate. Overall a decent oatmeal stout, but the head could use some work as could the overall flavor and drinkability, more body and perhaps a little less acidic nature from roasted malt.

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