Oatmeal Stout | Breckenridge Brewery

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Oatmeal StoutOatmeal Stout

Brewed by:
Breckenridge Brewery
Colorado, United States

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.95%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
It's a bold, smooth-bodied concoction that oozes dark-roasted coffee aromas and flavors of espresso and semi-sweet chocolate. We round out these heady pleasures with a dose of flaked oatmeal for a creamy body and a semi-dry finish. Unforgettable.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-25-2001

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Photo of Callipygea
1.22/5  rDev -66.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

This is a wonderfully opaque black beer with a dark tan head. There ends the good points. Smells of soy sauce, mushroom, green apples, sausage, and brown rice. Tastes like soy sauce, mushroom, oatmeal, sausage, and brown rice. The apple smell does not become an apple taste. Kind of thin feel, almost overwhelming bitterness and acridness.

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Photo of Ross1982
1.47/5  rDev -59.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

I bought a six pack at a liquor store bottom shelf covered in dust.
I'm wanting to believe this was highly outdated or expired (?) beer at the fault of the liquor store.

So here it goes
Appearance - very dark brown to black. No head even with vigorous pour. And no lacing.

Smell- light roasted barley, coffee, raisin.

Taste- if it had not been flat probably would've been better. Really choked this down. Roasted barley, slightly hoppy, coffee and raisin notes.

Mouthfeel- almost zero carbination but thick.

Overall- not satisfied at all, but I will try this again if I find a fresh one. Again I think this is the liquor stores negligence and not the brewery's fault.

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Photo of rpmetzler
1.82/5  rDev -50.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Andrea: Initial taste ok. Terrible aftertaste. A very simple stout.

Ryan: Initial taste ok. Terrible, bitter, smokey aftertaste. Chocolate flavor absent. Would not drink again.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
1.84/5  rDev -49.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A - pours a typical stout black with a medium caramel colored head, too dark to note any carbonation

S - a rather bland aroma, a metallic chocolatiness/graininess is about the only smell i can detect, a slight hint at a hop profile

T - wow, not what i expected, the taste is kind of bland as well, no oatmeal or chocolate sweetness, only a slight coffee/hop bitterness, mostly a metallic taste

M&D - rough, hard to drink, though not a pour. i am shocked, everything i have had from Breckenridge up to this has been amazing, i need to trade for another one to make sure i didnt get a bad one. if i find that i had a bad one, i will edit this, ut for now, a surprisingly low score

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Photo of trbergman
2.13/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

A - Aggressive pour yields a black body with one finger of sticky taupe head.

S - Low aroma despite vigorous pour. Smells of bittersweet chocolate, raisins, and a bit of alcohol.

T - Powdery cocoa and hot oatmeal. Little hint of roasted grain. Surprisingly dry, with a bit of earthy hop character and moderate bitterness. Leaves a chalky, unpleasant aftertaste.

M - Smooth, but thin.

D - All this has going for it is looks, and that's not enough to save it. This is one of the few times I won't even bother to finish the bottle. If you want good beer, look elsewhere.

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Photo of CharlieMopps
2.27/5  rDev -38%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Pours a deep black hue with absolutely no head whatsoever, zilch.

S: A roasted malt aroma that's nice, but there is an alcoholic scent in the background along with dark fruit.

T: For the most part, there's hardly anything to taste. The roasted malt flavor kicks in toward the end, and the balance is somewhat askew, which is surprising because the flavors are already low-key as it is. A washed-out finish with a weak, lingering malt aftertaste rounds out this lackluster beer.

M: Low, low, low carbonation, even for a stout. This gave the beer a mostly watery taste and feel, hardly any body for an OATMEAL STOUT.

D: Would not drink this again, as there's nothing to it. Just not really an enjoyable beer by any means, especially when in the market for something with a bold malt presence. They really missed the mark with this one.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.32/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

12oz bottle. Pours a dark brown black with a medium dark brown head that goes to a thin film and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is lactose and some roasted / charred (plastic) chocolate malts and a bit of grain.

The flavor is acidic roasted malts and some sweet chocolate with a bit of bitter char in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation and slightly watery.

Overall, reminded me a bit of the Crabtree version. Pretty bland with some off notes. The sweetness and char didn't mix well.

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Photo of Blupoet03
2.33/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I poured this beer into a tasting glass, raising a nice head. The color was dark, but not black as some oatmeal stouts can be.

This beer had a flat, bitter nose. The taste was coffee, stale dark chocolate, with a hint of alcohol. Aftertaste was chalky with a dash of hops.

The bitter and stale tastes are all that came through for me and didn't make for a good drinking experience. For lack of a better word, it went down harsh.

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Photo of Dogbrick
2.48/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Chocolate and beer do not belong with oatmeal. Not even Wilford Brimley would approve. There are other stouts I would rather have if given the choice. I may have gotten a bad batch but I have had much better Chocolate Stouts since.

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Photo of jcdiflorio
2.52/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

served from a 12oz brown bottle with a crimped cap into a nonic glass. Opaque,black with barley a 1" tan/mocha head that dissapated like a soda.Had some thin sticky spot lacing.

Moderate aromas roasty,black coffe and some chocolate.

Very roasty taste with dried rolled oats was smokey/burnt wiht a earthy/mineral taste.Clean mid-taste with a moderatly sharp dry,bitter,woody finish.

Very light mouthfeel on the watery side with a slight amount of cloying.Was bland not interesting at all. Not interested in another. Looked really flat halfway through.. My first beer from this brewery,hope this isn't one of their better offerings.

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Photo of LairdChisholm
2.56/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a dark brown, chestnut color. There is a little more than a half a finger mocha head that has sub-par retention with sub par lacing.

S - Virtually no nose here. The only reason I didn't give this a 1 is because it doesn't smell bad.

T - Everything is repressed into a mediocre Stout here. I feel like nothing really comes out here. It's just there. It's trying to be a good stout but it's not by a long shot. It's a weird mixture of chocolate, dark fruits, and alcohol in that order. It has a bitter after taste that is reminiscent of distorted hops. Eh.

M - WAY too light for a stout and WAY too much carbonation.

D - This is kind of a chore to finish. Light mouthfeel and warped taste make for a stout that goes down less than easy.

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Photo of pijiu
2.58/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Deep brown color with a thin layer of caramel head that clings to the glass.

S: Very weak scent. Faintly roasted coffee.

T: Acidic beginning with dark roasted flavor. Rounds into a bit of molasses with a raisin aftertaste. Taste is thin, and overpowered by the dryness.

M: Medium bodied with a sharpness on the tongue. Very mild carbonation.

D: Drinkable, but uninspiring.

Not bad, but definitely not one of my favorite stouts.

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Photo of ZimZamZoom
2.6/5  rDev -29%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured a 12oz. bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass. This one is pretty black with no red at the edges even when held up to some light. Tan head did not last long and di not leave any lacing.

Aroma of coffee and chocolate, nothing in your face just subtle. Some dark roasted malts as well. Something goes awry with the taste rather quickly. It starts out like bitter chocolate and then gets more bitter and then it really dries the mouth out in the end. Somehow there seems to be some alcohol in there despite the low ABV. OK I have not had many oatmeal stouts but I really don't think this one is right. Maybe it's fusels I am getting, and possibly old hops.

I keep going back to the aroma and to me it is excellent and getting better. Whatever is making it taste like it does is not at all evident in the aroma.

Seems to have a lighter body than expected and it is not filling. I probably wouldn't drink another one of these now or later.

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Photo of JThysens
2.71/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Look- Extremely dark beer. no light passed through the glass at all. Black as ink. Very small head if none at all.

Smell- Dark chocolate malty flavors with combined with coffee fragerances

Taste- COFFEE. malty and chyocolaty, tasted just like it smelled. Bitter with a little bit of metalic taste. Tasted like a mixture of beer and coffee 50/50.

Mouthfeel- Felt smooth but not to light.

Drink- not very good. felt again like I was drinking coffee and since I cant consume more than 2 cups of coffee the drinkability had a very low rating.

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Photo of intensify
2.73/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Even with an aggressive pour I couldn't squeeze a half finger head out of this stout. Sits flat in my glass.

S- Am I missing something? A touch of malts and soy sauce?

T- Dark chocolate and expresso. Some smokey character to it.

M- Average. Medium bodied with low carbonation.

O- Maybe I was expecting this to be a bit better coming from Breckenridge as they make decent beer, but this is an average stout. Nothing more, nothing less.

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Photo of mntlover
2.74/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours black with a big tan head, mixture of small and big bubbles. Smells is light roasted malts some coffee mostly just to weak. Taste is burnt malts more bitter then needs be, can't really distinguish any hop bitterness over the burnt bitter flavor. Pick up some light coffee flavors not much else just burnt and bitter. Mouthfeell is to light, little to much carbonation taste fizzy in your mouth not smooth and creamy as it should. As drinkability goes bottle says it all "A Tall, Dark, And Dreamy Stout" it is tall and dark and right now I am dreaming of drinking a goood Oatmeal Stout instead of this. Don't even think they put oats in this stout just a bitter fizzy mess. To think when I lived in Colorado use to enjoy this hopefully they have changed it in the past 7 years.

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Photo of champ103
2.78/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On Nitro at the Flying Saucer in Houston, TX. Labeled as Thunder Stout, but is the oatmeal stout for sure.

A: Pours a dark brown color, nearly black with some ruby highlights around the edges. A two finger tan head forms, and recedes in a second. Lace is left behind.
S: Lightly toasted malt. Plenty of sweetness. Buttery diacetyl is present in the nose.
T: Buttery diacetyl just takes over. A light sweetness lingers, though nothing else.
M/D: Thin and watery. Pretty typical for a beer on Nitro. That pseudo type of creaminess which is associated with this type of beer, though is severely lacking in body. Not hard to drink. Though nothing I care to come back to.

Very generic on Nitro, and the diacety really detracts. Pretty much ho hum with some flaws. Not something I would recommend.

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Photo of frazbri
2.79/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Ruby accented black body crowned by a small tan head. Lacing was good. Slight fruitiness and a faint mustiness in the aroma. Nutty and bitter. Full body, moderate carbonation.

Not a favorite for me. The aroma set the tone for me. Maybe a little hop aroma would have pushed it higher for me.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
2.8/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours jet black with a small tan head. In the aroma, a roasty malt and a small oatmeal presence. In the taste, watery and a small sweet roasty malt. A watery and small bitter mouthfeel with a dry malty aftertaste. Very light and watery, which mellows the flavors. OK, but thin and watery.

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Photo of JackieTH
2.82/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The pour was of only average viscosity with about a half-finger of head light brown head. Color was dark brown or black, but not opaque, with a ruby red hue when held to a light.

Holding my nose over the glass there was no discernable odor. Taking a deep whiff brings perhaps a hint of roasted barley and a trace of chocolate.

On the palate it was somewhat bitter with traces of chocolate and roasted malts. The texture, for a stout, was unimpressive and a bit too thin. It was quite dry on the finish.

All in all the lack of surprises here and unassuming nature seems overly dumbed down for mass appeal. I'd drink another, but only if somebody else was buying.

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Photo of fscottkey
2.83/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

A: Dark brown to black. Pours with a large foamy head. The bubbles are initially all different sizes - which I am not a fan of. It settles to a 1 finger cap of light tan foamy head. There is lots of lacing left on the glass.

S: Slight chocolate and burnt wood smells come through.

T: Burn wood up front. Slightly bitter profile. After taste is similar but slightly off and metallic.

M: Very thin. No chewiness that I like in a stout. Just thin like water - no bite or creaminess at all.

O: This seems like a miss. The flavor is off and the mouthfeel is not what I'd expect on an Oatmeal Stout.

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Photo of claytong
2.85/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

color bout the same as all oatmeal stouts, little head. low abv which takes away a bit of flavor for me. tastes a bit flat.
had in side by side comparison with crabtree oatmeal, and crabtree definitely won out which i was a bit surprised about.
not much to say about this one. wouldnt recommend getting a 6 of it.

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Photo of chadmoe1
2.85/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

notes from 12/13/11

A -- Dark brown/black with 1/4" golden tan head, heavy lacing

S -- Toasty/roasty malts; chocolate malt

T -- Roasted/burnt malts, chocolate malt; lingering malt taste; not much yeast or hops

M -- Medium carb; a little thinner than it appears

O -- Not as heavy as I thought it would be given how it poured and stuck to the glass; malt seems more burnt than I'd prefer; no real oatmeal flavors. I've had other Breckenridge beers and I've enjoyed them, but this one is not for me.

Bottle, pint glass

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Photo of weller1js
2.86/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

appearance: pours a dark brown, with reddish-orange brown visible at the edges when held to light, carbonation is light, with tan creamy foam leaving creamly, slightly filmy lacing.

smell: roasted malts are predominant, with undertones of oatmeal and caramel.

taste: begins semi-sweet and malty, yet the roasted character quickly clashes with the strength of the bitterness and taste of alcohol and finishes as such; similar to the scent, the presence of oatmeal is faint and comes off as forced.

overall: for its intent as an oatmeal stout, it is rather subdued; but for a stout in general it is satisfactory.

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Photo of stakem
2.88/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. The brew appears black in color with a tan head that fades leaving patchy lace sticking to the glass. Some brown clarity is noted when held to the light.

It has an overall muted aroma despite being allowed to warm up in my glass. What is noted is a bit of roast and something almost along the lines of being like cola. Not bad but also not the most enjoyable or expected aromatics.

The taste isbroasty and mildly bitter sonewhat like day old coffee. There is a bit of bakers chocolate coupled eith earth and some minerals fill out the void across the backend. Not terrible but also not the most enjoyable either.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of prickly carbonation. This was an ok offering that sort of missed the mark. The cola aspect was weird and it missed on the expected oatmeal inclusion in both flavor and feel. Its not a beer I would purchase again.

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