The Rusty Nail
Fremont Brewing Company

The Rusty NailThe Rusty Nail
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Fremont Brewing Company
Washington, United States
Stout - Oatmeal
Ranked #1
Ranked #115
4.55 | pDev: 5.93%
Apr 24, 2022
Mar 28, 2014
The Rusty NailThe Rusty Nail
Notes: The Rusty Nail begins life as The First Nail, an oatmeal stout of epic proportions with brewer’s licorice, smoked barley, and pale malt and is then aged on cinnamon bark. She becomes The Rusty Nail after spending 15 months in 12-year old bourbon barrels.
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4.65 by JeffNev from Nevada on Apr 24, 2022
4.4 by not2quick from Missouri on Apr 18, 2022
4.01 by Bhubbard34 from Pennsylvania on Apr 17, 2022
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4.74/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by Whyteboar from Michigan

Pour as black as black can be and the light brown head was sparse, short and faded quickly.
The aroma spoke more of bourbon than oatmeal, which is typical, (Oatmeal generally affects to feel more than the flavor for me in most cases) but I wasn't sure what to expect. The malts were very present, rich and deep. Strong coffee, cinnamon and bakers cocoa all made their appearance.
Taste followed, no new surprises awaited me except the sheer level of flavors that came at me. The prior BA stout today I could have (and would have) consumed a bomber of, but this one somehow go through to me rational mind that finishing it tonight would not be wise. So I'm testing the bottle sealer that so many have recommended.
The feel was pretty typical BA stout, as the bottle was from 2019 it may have lost a bit of it's carbonation but that didn't spoil anything for me.

Apr 17, 2022
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4.52/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by TreyIsWilson from Michigan

A - Pours a motor oil black with a thin tan head. Nice head retention with a good amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is dark chocolate, cinnamon, black licorice, molasses and bourbon.

T - The taste is dark chocolate, cinnamon, vanilla, caramel, roasted malts and bourbon barrel.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Velvety mouthfeel with a soft dry finish.

O - Top notch bba oatmeal stout.

Apr 17, 2022
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4.52/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Houser from Pennsylvania

i think i expected this to be mind blowing given my love in skinnamon. maybe i wanted more sweetness due to the molasses. anyway, i thought this would be 101% up my alley, and, while it way, it didnt quite live up to my exorbitant expectations. the beer was extremely drinkable. i really enjoyed it, but, alas, i found myself wanting it to be better. im definitely not poopoo-ing it as it was goddam delicious. ill ramble more tomorrow. maybe.

Mar 25, 2022
4.5 by akk14 from Illinois on Mar 20, 2022
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4.42/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by Viaduck from California

A glorious black body with virtually no head, a thin ring coats the glass. It could not smell prettier: cinnamon, chocolate, caramel, vanilla & bourbon. Mildly sweet with lots of alcohol heat. Plenty of lovely flavor, exactly as promised by its aroma. Velvety smooth feel with mild carbonation. Extremely delicious!

Mar 19, 2022
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4.71/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by dafla67 from Pennsylvania

Pours jet black. Amazing complex & sweet aroma. Dominated by cinnamon, bourbon, chocolate & roasty. Taste is insanely well balanced -- cinnamon, dark chocolate, caramel, licorice, bourbon and roasted oaks. Medium+ mouthfeel. Not quite full bodied. Absolutely incredible oatmeal stout.

Mar 11, 2022
4.57 by o29 from Texas on Mar 07, 2022
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4.76/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by barnzy78 from Illinois

22oz bomber
2021 Limited Release, 12.3%
L: jet black stout with a thinner brown head
S: roast, black licorice, cinnamon, bourbon, oak, dark chocolate, caramel
T: crazy complexity and balance: dark chocolate, caramel, cinnamon, black licorice, boozy bourbon, oak, vanilla, oats, smoke, roasted barley, molasses, cherry, raisin, char, earthy hops
F: full body, ample carbonation, a boozy sipper, sweeter finish with some warming bourbon
O: outstanding beer - might be the most complex beer I’ve ever had. It just explodes with flavor - delicious!

Mar 06, 2022
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4.54/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
by Rug from Massachusetts

2020 vintage

Alright, I've obtained the highest rated Oatmeal Stout! This title used to of course belong to Founders Breakfast Stout, but the restructuring of BA rankings shifted it to this. I am very excited to dive into this massive beast, which is also my first beer from Fremont. Let's see what this is all about

Pours pitch black with 2 fingers of dark brown head that fades to a thin cap and leaves minimal lacing

Oh man, even after 2 years the cinnamon in this thing is still super prevalent. I'm picking up on aromas of cinnamon bark, milk chocolate, caramel, toasted oak, spicy bourbon, light char and black licorice. Very earthy and raw

The earthy and spicy notes from the aroma is still present in taste, but it focuses much more on the smoother, somewhat sweet notes. On the front end of the sip I'm tasting dark chocolate, fruity coffee, earthy cinnamon, caramel, toasted oak, and light raisin. The swallow brings notes of earthy cinnamon, spicy bourbon, dark chocolate, black licorice, dark cherry, molasses, and spent coffee beans

A medium full body pairs with gentle tingling carbonation, resulting in a creamy and lightly zesty beer. Finishes slightly sticky but dries over time. Decadent but not overly sweet

This is a fantastic beer. It is incredibly creamy, balanced, and complex. I would love to know what this is like fresh but this is a treat regardless

Feb 21, 2022
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4.59/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by Gatch from Massachusetts

2020 release, enjoyed mid-February 2022. This is a very serious beer. Wow. Been chasing it for over a decade and happy to score a few back in 2020 and sitting on them for about a year and a half. Super sweet but not cloying, roasty and smoky without being off-putting. Pretty boozy in the nose, signifying it could use even more time to mellow. Luckily I have another bottle for years down the road. So smooth and easy-drinking but SO full of complex flavors. The best flavor in the finish is roasted marshmallows, without a doubt. Such a fun beer to drink. Epic stuff.

Feb 15, 2022
4.5 by josephwa from Minnesota on Feb 13, 2022
4.25 by BSW from California on Feb 08, 2022
4.9 by irishevans from California on Feb 06, 2022
4.63 by PDinunzi from New Jersey on Feb 05, 2022
4.54 by KAP1356 from Pennsylvania on Jan 22, 2022
4.23 by rbrefbeerman from California on Jan 08, 2022
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4.48/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by The_greener_the_better from Oregon

2021 Limited Release. Found quite a few of these Fremont gems at Albany, Oregon Winco. Poured from a wax sealed 20 oz into a 16oz glass.

Look: poured nearly black with almost no head.

Smell: notes of licorice and dark chocolate with a little bit of coffee.

Taste: one of the most intense and smoothest aged oatmeal stouts that I have ever had. No “cough syrup” sting, but notes of licorice, chocolate, and cherry. Nice finish, very smooth.

Feel: smooth and bold.

I am a huge fan of Fremont, so there is some bias. In winters past, my wife loved barrel aged imperial stouts, so this type of “beer” is familiar. This is intense. I’m half way through the bottle (by myself) for dinner and it continues to be an enjoyable sipping beer that will have me in good spirits for the rest of the night. I’m interested in the other bottles of limited release after enjoying this.

Jan 03, 2022
4.27 by LloydDobler from Indiana on Jan 02, 2022
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4.58/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by MacMalt from New Jersey

2020 vintage. Received from @snaotheus in the NBS BIF #14. Poured into a snifter at 63°. It pours an oily black with a half finger of creamy, medium-mocha head and thin coating of lacing. Very pretty. Its smell offers roasted malt, dark chocolate, burnt coffee, pepper, earthy char, and a strong bourbon aroma. The taste is sublime! Like a dessert. It features dark chocolate, oatmeal, cinnamon, burnt coffee, anise, and a strong dose of bourbon. The flavors are distinct but blend magnificently. The result is delicious. The mouth feel is terrific: thick and creamy with lite/moderate carbonation, and the 13.3% ABV is warming but not distracting. Overall, The Rusty Nail is a magnificent Oatmeal Stout; the best example of the style I've had. It excels in all categories. I'm grateful to have had the chance to enjoy it.

Dec 19, 2021
4.58 by krl2112 from Illinois on Nov 25, 2021
4.35 by bschmidt_37 from Illinois on Nov 13, 2021
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4.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by BigIronH from Michigan

Pours a viscous, oily, pitch black with a finger of mocha head quickly receding to a decent ring and leaving plenty of residual lacing. Aroma is oak, vanilla, cinnamon, burnt sugar, and chocolate. Taste is barrel on the front followed by cinnamon, sweet vanilla and sugar elements. Feel is velvety smooth, perfect carb, very full and enjoyable. Delicious beer, my highest rated for quite some time.

2021 vintage.

Oct 30, 2021
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4.54/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Treyliff from West Virginia

2018 Vintage
22oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours jet black in color with a one-finger foamy dark brown head that reduces to a ring around the glass

S- heavy barrel on the nose, plenty of wet oak, bourbon, cracked pepper, caramel and vanilla. Dark chocolate, black cherries, licorice and a nice dose of cinnamon. There's some dark fruit port-like aromas as well

T- Opens with bold oaky bourbon barrel with notes of barrel juice and peppery wet oak, immediately followed by a equal parts cinnamon. Mid-palate brings out notes of black cherry, figs, dark chocolate, black licorice and molasses. The finish gives more oaky bourbon and cinnamon that holds on into the linger

M- medium-heavy body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that turns slightly creamy into a warming finish

O- plenty of barrel adds a great complexity to the base beer, with the cinnamon adding a nice enhancement

Oct 28, 2021
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4.13/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

The Rusty Nail (2021 Release) from Freemont. Received a 22 oz bomber in a LIF from @snaotheus. Stored at home at 38 degrees. Reviewed 24/10/21. Note that I use DD/MM/YY protocol.
Served at 56.8 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter. Final temperature 60.4 degrees.
Appearance – 4.25.
First pour – Black (SRM 40), opaque.
Body – Black (SRM 40), opaque. When rear-lite, same, although some light does penetrate the edge and appears red.
Head – Average (Maximum 1.5 cm, aggressive center pour), brown sugar, high density, fizzy, quickly diminishing to a one to four mm bubble ring and no cap. Second pour produces a 0.9 cm head.
Lacing – None, hardly unexpected at 12.3% ABV.
Aroma – 3.75 – Initially weak licorice, no hops, no malt, no yeast, no cinnamon, faint bourbon as it warms, no oak.
Flavor – 4.25 – Begins with the sweet taste of licorice and dates, no hops, no malt, no yeast. No cinnamon. Weak bourbon on the exhale with no oakiness. No ethanol (12.3 % ABV, as marked on container) taste or aroma. Moderate gastric warming. No dimethylsulfide or diacetyl.
Palate – 4.25 – Full, creamy approaching syrupy, soft carbonation.
Final impression and summation: 4.25 This is one of those rare brews that looks the same in the glass as it does during the pour. It has a bit of the candi sugar feel of a Belgian brew, a bit sweet. The oats serve well, adding a luscious velvety feel across the palates. Unfortunately for my taste buds, the cinnamon is deeply buried and I’m not sure if I’m actually tasting it or only hoping that I am. As the temperature approaches 61 degrees, the alcohol begins to predominate, so it’s time to chug the remainder. Overall, a decent brew but one that is temperature (and possibly age) dependent.

Oct 24, 2021
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4.87/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by Guaro from Italy

Totally black with creamy light mahogany foam and good persistence.
Extremely elegant, rich and defined perfume. Cinnamon, chocolate, raw sugar, plums and raisins, mild licorice, vanilla and coconut, sweet notes of bourbon. On the palate there is everything that can be perceived on the nose, toffee and caramel, cocoa and cinnamon cake, dark dehydrated dark fruit, vanilla and light coconut, with a light licorice background, all embraced by the warmth of bourbon. Final with gentle but marked bitterness and always a very long trail of bourbon. Velvety and softly round body with low but fine carbonation.

Oct 21, 2021
4.98 by beermanben from Wisconsin on Oct 05, 2021
4.41 by Bogdawg from Massachusetts on Oct 04, 2021
4.59 by rawbraves from Colorado on Sep 16, 2021
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4.53/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by Holderness from Massachusetts

Delicious barrel aged offering here; the cinnamon isn't overpowering or pastry-like, the licorice melds well with the roasty and boozy notes from the bourbon barrel character, and the oats lend a wonderfully velvety mouthfeel to the brew


Sep 10, 2021
4.75 by wshinevar from Massachusetts on Sep 05, 2021
4.33 by beersgud from Kansas on Sep 05, 2021
4.22 by fehrminator from North Carolina on Aug 30, 2021
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4.66/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by DIM from Pennsylvania

2021, 12.3%

Cinnamon and licorice are two beer ingredients that don't entice me so I passed on this offering last year. Since then I have tried a few BA offerings from Fremont and they have all been stellar. Plus the cinnamon in the B-bomb was amazing, so I took the leap this year.

There is just so much here and no one element dominates. The licorice and cinnamon provide a nice counter punch to keep a sweet, chocolatey stout in check. The smoke and the bourbon barrels bring it all together perfectly. The bourbon notes are so damn good, no harsh wood or sharp alcohol. The body is full and rich. Just an amazing beer.

Fremont's barrel program is among the best imo. Everything I've tried so far has had such rich, decadent barrel notes. They are clearly sourcing freshly emptied, top-notch barrels and putting them to good use.

Aug 28, 2021
4.71 by Jason1221 from Illinois on Aug 27, 2021
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4.39/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by NCSapiens from Indiana

Oily black and syrupy sweet, balanced by smoky barley and bourbon barrel. Overall really good.

Aug 22, 2021
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4.63/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by JohnG190 from New York

Pours black and viscous, more like a syrup than a brew! A thin brown head quickly dissipates into thin ring around the glass. On the nose, cinnamon, bourbon barrel, and dark roast malts. On the palate, lots of cinnamon on the front followed by anise, bourbon, and char. Silky smooth mouthfeel enhanced by lack of carbonation. Overall, the finest example of an oatmeal stout I’ve ever had.

Aug 17, 2021
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5/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by mschrei from Illinois

This is the number 2 ranked Oatmeal Stout on this site, behind one of my favorite beers of all time, Founders Breakfast Stout, and that ranking is more than well deserved.

What works the most for me is aging it on cinnamon. Oatmeal stouts shouldn’t have spice or heat, I thought, until I had this beer. The cinnamon is premonitory on the scent in a strong way, as it is the strongest characteristic on the nose. And then I taste it and I’d swear it’s a cinnamon beer. That’s not a bad thing, because wow! I don’t think I’ve ever had a beer that is this spice forward without overpowering everything else. Plenty of roasty malt and a strong bourbon presence, but that spiciness makes this a unique experience.

Medium to big bodied feel, which is surprising, cause I expected this to be a big ass beer. It’s not, nor is it thick or sticky or oily. It’s a kind of “medium in all ways” type of feel, if that makes sense, except it as boozy as hell, which is another turn on for it.

Honestly, this may be one of the best beers I’ve had in a while, and I wish I could order more from Tavour. When you encounter a just about perfect beer, you know it. I’m not one of those guys who doesn’t give perfect scores, and maybe this isn’t perfect. Maybe if I examine it more, I’d lower it. But with the impression I’ve gotten over the last two hours letting it develop, I’m going with 5’s across the board right now. I’m glad I got into Tavour just because of Fremont access.

Aug 14, 2021
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