Oatmeal Stout | Breckenridge Brewery

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Oatmeal StoutOatmeal Stout

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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 DerekP
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The darkest brown or the lightest black; you decide. That's how it looks with a dark nougat head that sticks to the glass with generosity.

In the nose: roasted barley, chocolate malts, the fruitiness of an ale. Feels creamy with some rough edges and a favorable bite in the back end.

Tastes like it smells with the addition of charcoal as a lingering, yet acceptable aftertaste. Damn drinkable.

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Photo of JayS2629
3.91/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A rough pour gives me a thick three finger cream of tan that floats on top of a rich ebony, opaaque beer like coffee ice cream in a root beer float. Very inviting. As the bottle says...dark and dreamy. Leaves rich foamy rings and walls of lacing.

The aroma is dark and earthy. Rich roasted malts, coffee and hints of dark cocoa. Nothing complex, but nice balance

The flavors are rich and elegant. Roates malts and coffee are dominant with cocoa notes, hints of toasted nuts and woody elements. A little unbalanced on the roasty side.

Great body! Thick, rich, full bodied, creamy and smooth.

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Photo of DavidST
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

This pours an almost black color with light able to penetrate the edges, there is a nice mocha head with large bubbles which leaves a lacing. The smell is of roasted malts, oats, bread and a little chocolate. The feel is medium. The taste is a little light, but not bad a little more bread than roasted malts and oats, not as creamy as I would prefer.

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Photo of blakelive784
3.47/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into pint glass -

A - creamy, tan head forms after a fairly aggressive pour, and recedes quickly. Dark, dark brown/black color.

S - roasted and chocolate malts predominate the nose. Some sweet fruity notes as well.

T - roasted malt, bitter chocolate and coffee flavors, but they seem a bit muffled. Quite sweet and creamy. Nicely built.

M - full-bodied and smooth.

D - a nice oatmeal stout that's widely available (at least here in Colorado). Certainly a good choice.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz beer poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a one finger mocha head that has reduced to a thin layer and left some lacing on the side of the glass. The beer is pitch black with no clarity and no signs of carbonation.

Smell: Sweet malts, bready, oats, and a bit chocolately.

Taste: Same as the smell, but the flavors are all there and some coffee too. A little bitterness towards the end too.

Mouthfeel: The beer is very smooth and easy drinking. Medium bodied with the right amount of carbonation.

Overall: I enjoyed this oatmeal stout and would get another one in the near future whether here in Mass or out in Colorado when I go there in December. Easy drinking and has simple quality tastes that make this a well rounded beer.

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Photo of tbern007
3.42/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- pours black/dark brown w/ slight mahogany around the edges. Head is light brown sugar colored, does not stay very long and lace is light.
S- smells a bit sweet, chocolate like, light coffee.
T - tastes more bitter than it smells. Chocolate, light anise, coffee, roasty, a little smoke at the end.
M- dry, not heavy for a stout.
Overall decent. I'd have it if available but others out there are prefereable for a stout. (Sam Smith in particular is a favorite) Not bad.

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Photo of tigg924
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark brown in color with 1/4 inch head, clear, moderate carbonation

Smell: chocolate, roasted malt, and oats

Taste: Big chocolaty start followed by oats, then roasted malt.

Mouthfeel: medium/heavy body, moderate/high carbonation, seeet start that becomes roasty and more bitter

Drinkability: A very good oatmeal stout. I could have several of these. This is one of Breckinridge’s better beers.

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Photo of NixonsHead
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. No date that I can find on the bottle, or the 6-pack it came in.

A - Looks black in the glass, with a tan 1/2 finger head from a pretty vigorous pour. The head recedes to a thin layer of bubbles after a minute or two, but almost 10 minutes after the pour, it's still a nice full covering across the top of the beer. Great lacing too.

S - I'm getting a lot of roasted malt smell. Maybe a little cocoa if I try to convince myself it's there. A simple, but pleasant smell though.

T - A roasted flavor is the primary thing I notice. The flavor overall is a bit light for a stout. I was expecting it to be a bit more intense. No frills, but it does tastes good.

M - Very smooth and creamy. The mouthfeel is a bit lighter than most stouts I've had, but there's still no doubt I'm drinking a stout.

O - I bought this for being cheaper than most stouts I drink, and I was hoping it would be a good beer to keep on hand when I don't want to reach for the expensive stuff. It's a simple but enjoyable stout, and I think it fits the bill nicely.

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Photo of depechemode1983
3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out very dark brown in color. The head is tan and disappears quickly. See just a bit of lacing. Nose is of lightly roasted malts and coffee. Not getting much of anything else. Taste is bitter sweet. Getting a good amount of hops and roasted malts. Coffee is present in the finish. Mouth feel is average. Pretty smooth and a bit lite. Carbonation is higher than usual. Average oatmeal stout. Good but not great. I don't think I would go after this again.

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Photo of schwaeh
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours black with a small tan head. The head fades into a small ring. Good lace.

S: The smell is composed of chocolate and roasted malts, vanilla, oats, and some cocoa. Smells simple and smooth like most in it's style. Nothing too strong.

T: Fairly simple here too. Comprised mainly of roasted malt and some cocoa. Chocolate, a roasty nut shell flavor, some oat , and a touch of alcohol all come out when it warms up. Not much in the way of hops here.

M: Medium body. Really creamy and smooth.

O: I wrote this brewery off after the 471 IIPA but this may have got them back in my good graces. Nothing mind blowing but a very easy going stout. Not many bad things to point out here, just a simple everyday kind of beer.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.1/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- I can fairly call this black. Head is one and a half fingers brown, good lacing.
S- The aroma coming off this is tremendous. It's heavy on the roasted malt, more coffee than anything else. There is also a light smoky character.
T- It is only fractionally as perceivably roasted on the tongue as it was on the nose. Initially it's a bit of coffee flavor, but it gets sweet quickly, way too sweet for my tastes in this style. For a bit of the sip it's almost like an amber ale, before a bit of smokeyness in the finish reminds you it is a stout.
M- A bit too light of a body for the style. Carbonation is underdone. Not nearly as smooth as an oatmeal stout should be.
O- I find myself disappointed by this one. It looked good, it smelled good, and then it hit my lips and just fell flat. I'd pass on it.

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Photo of ckollias
4.42/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: A Dark black with a thin tan-brown ½-finger head that quickly dissipates and leaves a wispy lace.

S: Wonderful roasted malt aroma fills the nose. Hints of coffee and chocolate are also present. Every sniff of this brew is a potent as the last.

T: Roasted malt flavor with heavy chocolate and coffee overtones. Toffee and cocoa powder background. Alcohol is present but masked by the roasted malt goodness.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation

O: Great Oatmeal Stout. A very well balanced and easily drinkable brew. I could drink this all day. One of the best oatmeal stouts I have ever had.

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Photo of DUBinMIA
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a mug from a bottle. Pitch black color with about 2 in. tan foamy head and lots of lace.

Smell is of roasted malt and light coffee. Some pine like hop notes and toffee towards the end.

Taste is of toffee and sweet malt. Smooth and rich in flavor. Very good.

Creamy full bodied which lets the flavor linger

Overall a good stout…. Prob. Have to pick this one up again.

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Photo of txbrewer
3.99/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Black unless held up to bright light - then it is a dark brown. Even the bright light only comes through as though you are looking at thinned molasses. Thin, quickly fading, rich tan head with some lacing.

S - Big coffee with a mild bittersweet chocolate/toffee in the end. The coffee is what keeps with you.

T - All that coffee from the smell is easily found on the palette and the chocolate/toffee is just as mild. If you do not enjoy black coffee (by nose or taste) you would most likely not be a fan of this one.

M - Creamy stout goodness.

D - Yep - sure is, at least for the stout drinkers.

While writing this review, I keep going back to the glass for more smell and taste and I just notice that this is easily more than half empty now. I am quite enjoying this stout and will have to keep this on the list to watch for in the stores. This came from a Breckenridge sample pack that was on sale.

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Photo of coldriver
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into Sam Adams glass. Pours a deep brownish-black with quickly dissapating one finger head but decent lacing. Smell of roasted coffee, chocolate, and burnt toffee. Coffee seems to be the dominating taste, a bit acrid (in a good way). Mouthfeel is well carbonated, nice and smooth. Overall a solid brew but less than world class.

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Photo of Eriktheipaman
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a solid black with off white head. GREAT lacing.

The smell is of chocolate and slight roast coffee.

The taste is roasty chocolate with a slight ash on the back.

The mouthfeel is where I fall in love with Oatmeal Stouts and this one doesn't disappoint. Nice and creamy with just the right amount of carbonation.

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Photo of weller1js
2.86/5  rDev -21.4%
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 bigaltemple
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark brew! Don't catch a hint of light passing through. Huge, frothy, light brown head that resembles a too quickly poured root beer float. Half finger head remains throughout, providing very sticky lacing.

S - Solid malt character. Sweet caramel, and roasted coffee.

T - Delivers almost exactly what nose warned of. Sweet, with some coffee flavor. Finishes with a light burnt toffee bitterness.

M - Creamy, with very little carbonation.

O/D - Highly drinkable. Goes down smoothly. No objections to having a few in a row.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.47/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Breckenridge Brewery, Blake St., Denver, CO

Poured opaque black (like a stout!) with a small cap of creamy, khaki head. Scents of dark, roasted malts, dark chocolate, oats and grains. Roasty taste, dark malts, dark chocolate, dark coffee, and a touch of smoke. Not much else to say: pretty basic, and pretty good. Full-bodied, smooth, and a quite drinkable stout overall.

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Photo of Sweetmambyjamby
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pour an opaque black color. The lacing is decent. The head that poured had an off mocha color, closer to white. It was only about one finger with an aggressive pour.

S- Smells nice and roasty. The hop character is a little strong for me though. Turnoff on the smell.

T- Taste is interesting. A bit of vanilla along with the barley like malt.

M- A smooth mouthfeel is great. This beer has it with the oatmeal of course.

O-Revisit it again probably. It's a decent beer.

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Photo of dcall384
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured into a pint glass. This beer poured a dark brown almost black with a tan head and very good lacing.

S- Smelled of coffee and chocolate.

T- Tasted like dark chocolate and coffee. Also, had flavors of roasted malts with a mild smokey finish.

M- Not very thick, but very smooth.

O- I really enjoyed this stout. I liked that it was smooth and all the flavors blended together very well. One of my favorite stouts.

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Photo of mountdew1
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a mostly opaque dark brown with a very thin light brown head. The little head there was did leave nice lacing on the sides of the glass. Aroma reminded me more of a coffee stout than an oatmeal. Large amount of chocolate, medium amount of coffee, with a smaller amount of grains. A very small amount of alcohol could be smelled. Taste was slightly milky, at times was sweet, and other times was a bit bitter. Grains could definitely be tasted on the tongue if allowed to linger. Felt ok in the mouth. Coated nicely, but carbonation was off. Was too light in the main sip, but over powering as it left the mouth. Overall a reasonable stout. The after tingling of the carbonation throws me for a loop and knocks it down a few pegs.

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Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured an almost pitch black from a 12 oz bottle, with ABV on the label.
Nice one finger tan/mocha head that dissipates fairly slowly.
This is one sweet smelling stout. Nice and mellow with hints of milk chocolate, dark cocoa, roasted bitter coffee and some malt.
Medium bodied, smooth and an almost dry stout.
Nice sweet milk chocolate taste upfront with hints of hop bitterness in the finish. This is a delicious stout.
Silky mouthfeel and very drinkable.
Definitely worth a try for any oatmeal stout lover.

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Photo of jmich24
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


A: Black in color. One finger tan head, cap never goes away. Sticky lacing.
S: Sweet roasted malts. Hints of dark and milk chocolates. Graham cracker and vanilla notes as it warms. Wife smells smores!
T: Tastes as smell predicted. Roasted malts, chocolate
M: Smooth and somewhat creamy, but not quite chewy. I was expecting more of a mouthfeel from an oatmeal stout.
O: Light, smooth, and very drinkable. Low ABV rich and tasty! Solid Oatmeal stout.

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Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
3.34/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This particular stout poured black with an off white head.

The aroma was of silky Hershey's milk chocolate with a hint of coffee in the background.

The beet had a silky mouthfeel and tasted of roasted coffee that might have been a little too dark or burnt. The beer finished rather smooth with a little bitter burnt kick at the end.

Overall the beer was okay, there was just not much too it after the first taste.

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