Dragonmead Reverend Fred's Oatmeal Stout | Dragonmead Microbrewery

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Dragonmead Microbrewery
Michigan, United States

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This classic sweet stout is made with 6% Oats. This gives the stout a velvety smoothness. Its finish is predominantly roasted with a hint of chocolate malt. The overall sensation is a lighter tasting, velvety smoothness. Enjoy!

Added by putnam on 10-17-2002

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Ratings: 27 |  Reviews: 13
Reviews by LilBeerDoctor:
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3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 6/19/2010. On nitro tap at the brewery. Pours black with a thick tan head. Aroma of smoky malt, roasted malt, and burnt notes. Flavor of solid, robust roasted malt and some smoky undertones. Pretty tasty and one of the better Dragonmead beers of the night.

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Photo of tectactoe
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had at the Dragonmead brewery in Warren as a part of a five-brew flight. Pours a very black color, completely opaque with a fuzzy, dark-khaki colored head that retains fairly well. Aroma consists of a heavy load of roasted malts with maybe a touch of smoked malt, too; oats and grains abound, along with a hint of woodiness and a slight mocha-java vibe. The taste was even better than expected - a good dose of roasted malts lead the way into a burnt and slightly smokey profile. Dark coffee beans and hints of bitter chocolate jump out, but one flavor rains supreme - the OATS! This is, without a doubt, an "oatmeal" stout. The oat flavor is heavy, heavy, heavy, and it's certainly a good thing. Dry, rustic oats coat the palate, also giving plenty of almost wheaty, grainy flavor. Very creamy on the mouth (which I'm guessing is also from the amount of oats used). I don't taste too many hops in this one, although a touch of bitterness is certain there. Carbonation was nice, mellow enough to not distract, but it really brought the flavors out.

This was a tasty oatmeal stout, and probably the best beer I've had from Dragonmead, although they don't really give it very much competition for the top spot. It's a shame that the only place you can get this is the brewery... I'd rather see this bottled over Crown Jewels or Erik the Red.

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Photo of VernonKell
4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery. Medium-thin for an oatmeal stout. In a word, roasty,in smell and taste, and enjoyable on that dimension alone. Quite nitro.Will look for bottle sometime, or cask..Black colour. Tad of coffee, low lace compared to the rest of the product line.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of IlPostino
5/5  rDev +25.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of Frozensoul327
4.59/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Solid. A great beer from Dragonmead, they should really bottle this stuff. Poured out to a dark black color, with almost the consistancy of what I would imagine black milk to look like. Medium low carbonation. Short lived brown creamy head. Smell was fantastic, with aromas of grain, oats, malt and a touch of coffee and sweetness. Flavor was exactly the same; coffee, caramel, grain, malt and a cream-like all came together in near perfect harmony. Mouthfeel was thick and chewy. Yum. High level of drinkability. If you see me at Dragonmead, odds are this will be in my glass. Highly Recommended.

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Photo of mcallister
3.71/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dead black with a great mocha head that leaves sticky lace all the way down the glass. Nice!

Chocolate, oaty, coffee goodness. Somewhat subdued toffee and a smidgeon of vanilla. Dark fruits as well.

Chocolate is much dark and more bitter than the nose would indicate. Good amount of vanilla and caramel. A currant of both red and black varieties are present as well as black coffee and granola. Tannins are noticeable in the finish. Thick, creamy silk mouthfeel.

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4.1/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of putnam
4.56/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This here is a real ale. Black, soft, creamy, dry. The grey/brown foam paints the inside of the glass with one coat. It's all texture. Sure, coffee, cream and a breath of bitter chocolate appear, but the real story is the velvet feel it posesses. Seductive. Seamless. Natural. Float away on a pillow of this beer.

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Photo of stoutman
4.68/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One word - ENJOYABLE. We all know oatmeal was used for nutritive qualities, but this effort imparts a fullness of body and flavor rarely found elsewhere. The cask-conditioning, served at room temperature, adds to the milkshake like look and flavor. Strong roasted flavors and a great balance of dryness and malt.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of DrJay
3.87/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the brewpub. Black with no highlights topped by a dense, dark brown head that fell quickly. Just a bit of lacing. The aroma was very roasted, some coffee, with caramel and dark chocolate. Mild flavour with low bitterness, some caramel sweetness and some roasted barley. Medium/full bodied with some oaty slickness and very low carbonation. The body felt a little dead overall. A solid beer, just not one of my favourites at Dragonmead.

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Photo of cryptichead
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of proc
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oatmeal stouts are fast on their way to becoming my favorite style (look out IPA's). This offerering from Dragonmead is outstanding. Poured out to a jet black color in the glass, par for the style. Aroma of roasted malt is at the forefront. The taste is superb, with all the goodness of malt, hops and that slight sweetness that seems to be present in oatmeal stouts. Yum.

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Dragonmead.

Appearance: Well, what is there to say? Thick, creamy-as-hell tan head that stays on top of the beer. Thick wall of lacing. One of the best beers I've had, visually. Dat nitro-tap!

Smell: Hm. Yeah, that's nice. Light, but pleasant. Coffee and toffee/caramel sort of aromas are there though. What's there is really good.

Taste/feel: Taste is much like the smell. Coffee, toffee/caramel. Basic. Light. Easy drinking. The obvious comparison is Founders' Oatmeal Stout. That's a better beer, but not by too much. Simply put, that beer just has a bit more flavor. The look and feel of this one though are excellent.

A well-made Oatmeal Stout. I'd like some more flavor, but what IS in here is tasty. I'd have it again for sure.

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Photo of walleye
2.75/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

from the tap at the brewery. poured dark brown to black with a brown head. aroma sour cherries, malts, caramel, choc. malts as it warmed along with raisins. flavor plum choc. brown sugar,dark cherries, was a little watery, but not to bad. I have had better oatmeals

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Photo of bozebus17
4.52/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown but I wouldn't quite call it black. It starts out with a thick tan head that is gone before the beer. is.

This one smells as you would expect it to, the roasted malt and oats are obvious. I wish they made glade plug-ins with this scent.

This beer will rock your palette. The roasted malt attacks you. You can really notice the oats in this beer, the strong sweetness that kicks in won't let you ignore it.

It felt velvety smooth but not overwhelmingly thick. It was very chewy.

For a heavier style the drinkability of the Reverend is great. It goes down easy and leaves you begging for more. Bless the folks at Dragonmead for making this one.

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Photo of StargherKing
4.31/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

By far my favorite of the (admittedly small number of) beers I tasted during my visit to Michigan. Dark black in color, completely opaque. Cappucino colored head, and scents of roasted coffee, cocoa, and toffee. Taste was slightly bitter, with the coffee and cocoa coming out full force. Mouthfeel was thick and rich, smooth and creamy. Drinkability was good, though the ABV was certainly noticable before long. A perfectly competant example of the style.

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