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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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Ratings: 1,566 |  Reviews: 556
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
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

I remembered this from my last trip to Colorado several years ago, and felt like it would be a nice one to have this afternoon. That was a good decision. This is a very drinkable stout. You could actually have several if you wanted (I only bought the one this time).

It is a nice balance of malty and hoppy goodness. The aroma is very nice as is the aftertaste. I could see this going well with a hearty meal too (it is making me want to eat dinner).

I intend to come back to this when I want a stout that is easy to drink. It is hitting th spot right now.

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Photo of jamescain
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a St. Arnold's tasting glass thanks to texasclimber for sharing this one.

Appearance: Pours a jet black with reddish hues when held up to the light. Topped off by a fluffy off white head that fades into a ring around the glass.

Aroma: Roasted notes with coffee and chocolate.

Taste: Chocolate dominates the flavors but is complimented with hints of coffee and roasted grain, essentially the same as the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Fully and creamy body with low to medium carbonation and a sweet finish.

Overall: It wasn't bad, I've had better oatmeal stouts, but it was enjoyable. I don't think I would seek it out.

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Photo of soulfly1492
3.89/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Thin light brown head, thin lacing, dark, dark brown color. Head dissolved quickly.

S: Sweet chocolate on the nose, followed by coffee, roasted malts, and a bit of licorice.

T: Sweet chocolate, quickly turning into bitter coffee, a bit of bread.

M: Medium body, thin, almost watery. A bit dry. Very little carbonation remains after the pour.

O: Nice flavor balance, sweet at the start and bitter at the end. Wasn't quite as delicious as it smells, and the mouthfeel was somewhat unimpressive.

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Photo of RickS95
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really dark brown, close to black, only hints of lighter shades of brown peeking through. There is no head, zero.

Smells of coffee ooze from the glass. Dark roasty notes.

Tastes like the smell. Some coffee mixed in with some bittersweet chocolate. A bit of smoke from all the roasty things.

It's smooth and creamy, with some bitterness finally making a presence in the swallow. It feels like a stout, but not really like an oatmeal stout. Still good, but I expected a bit more of the smooth and creaminess.

Another good beer from Breckenridge. It's not quite great, but this is something all dark beer drinkers should keep on hand.

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

A: opaque, medium body, deep brown, almoust black, no carb presence is noticed, one finger, creamy, sand in color head, the head is persistent, waste is left on the glass

S: toast, tiny amount of caramel, oatmeal

T: its a nice flavour, is not so heavy, kind of sweet, well balanced, the toast flavour is nice, the flavour is good but not exceptional

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Photo of smcolw
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Moderate starting head that dies quickly. Some ring lace. Dark brown, but light does shine through the center of the glass.

A surprising fresh hop smell is the initial impression. There is a lack of any toasted or burnt malt aromas.

The taste is notably better than the smell. There's a good burnt (black patent) malt flavor. More hop bitterness than many stouts. The body is far too thin for an Oatmeal Stout...it's even thin for a dry stout.

I like the flavor, but not the consistency.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of a sampler pack, never heard of this brewery before time to give it a try.

Pours black like oil, nice brown fluffy head to it. Not too much aroma to it. Taste is medium bodied and very creamy. Chocolate and coffee tasting notes come through. Finishes nice and clean. A little too weak on the taste, it doesn't stay on the taste buds too long, but the creaminess makes up for it and gives it some great drinkability. Not the best oatmeal stout out there, but a very solid one at least.

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

A: Dark caramel syrup pour is glossy black in the glass. A whispy cinnamon tinted head is quick to dissipate without leaving much visual appeal. Since its pretty easy to nail the coloring here a bready head that sticks around would have been nice, instead just average regards.

S: Dark ripe fruit meets dry bakers chocolate. Dry powdery cinnamon along with dry caramel malt powder extract is set against some butterscotch toffee sweetness.

T: The flavor is sweet caramel and toffee, with some instances of sweet dark fruit. Oats, and some dart sweet roasty malts appear equaled by a dry bitterness of chocolate. Things are finished off by a light roasty and caramel combination and dark ripe fruit.

M: slippery and creamy, maybe not as hearty as I would of liked, but has a good edge to it from the carbonation. Medium body with dark malt and fruit sweetness on the swallow.

O: Overall interesting complexity, a bit sweet but has a smooth easy roastiness that goes down fairly well enough.

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Photo of 6993bc
4.4/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I had this beer in the comfort of my home after a long day at work.

A-I poured it into a tall glass, it was dark black, thick.

S-The smells come at you right away, there is a distinct heavy chocolate smell. Once I smelled that it was hard to want to smell anything else.

T-The taste is great, it was hard for me to detect all the tastes going on, that was why I gave it a 4.5. I think once I smelt the chocolate my taste buds went crazy.

M- It is a thicker, heavy beer, with sweet taste.

O-Great beer to have every now an again, to change things up.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Breckenridge in Denver, CO.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown color with a 1/2 inch dark tan head that fades to an oily film. Thick broken rings of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted oats, dark malt, and cookie dough. Taste is exactly the same as the smell. This beer has good carbonation which makes for a crisp and smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good solid oatmeal stout that I would get again.

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Photo of jwc215
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a thin, lasting, light brown head. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is of heavy roast (peat), and underlying chocolate.

The taste is roasty/smoky with a hint of chocolate and coffee. It has a dry, mild, roasty finish.

The feel is on the weak side, but enough of it holds through on the aftertaste to put it at average.

A pretty standard oatmeal stout, though with enough flavor to put it above average.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Been meaning to try this beer for some time now, and today is the day. Get some. It pours a bleakly dark black-brown topped by a finger of creamy tan foam. The nose comprises toasted wheat, toasted oats, light roasted malts, and light chocolate powder. I gotta admit, though it sounds mild, it's still pretty pleasant and effective. The same, unfortunately, cannot be said of the taste, which is overwhelmingly of charred oats, with some chocolate powder, mild coffee, and black pepper being neglected in some flavor basement. That isn't to say things taste bad, just not as good as they smell. The body is a light-feeling medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a pretty smooth feel. Overall, not a bad oatmeal stout. Not a particularly noteworthy one, but definitely nice enough to drink fairly happily.

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Photo of WankelEngine
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass

A: Very dark, opaque brown, bordering on black with the faintest of red tinge around the edges. There is a tan, foamy head of two fingers which dissipates quickly and leaves some relatively heavy lacing.

S: Smells darks and malty, with roasted coffee and chocolate flavors.

T: The taste of dark chocolate is prominent. Coffee and an earthy flavor constitute the rest of the flavor, with a mild but bitter aftertaste.

M: Creamy and smooth but a little watery.

O: Mediocre. Drinkable but there are much better stouts out there.

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Photo of OldIronLungs
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass a deep brown/black with a few fingers of chunky tan head.

Roasty and slightly burnt malt nose.

A sip is thinly bodied and smooth yet pretty carbonated - subtle roast and definitely a toasted oat flavor - some coffee and hop bitterness plays on the tongue.

It's got the smoothness of oatmeal, but no body! Other than that the flavor is fine, but I've had much better in the style. Great bottle art.

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Photo of Gavage
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a black color with a 1" head. No lace develops.

Smell: light roasted malt aroma.

Taste: roasted malts, light chocolate, and some oat flavor comes through. Mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp to start, smooth and somewhat velvety at the finish. Aftertaste is long as the roasted tones linger.

Overall: this is a very drinkable oatmeal stout with a nice balanced flavor. A few of these can easily be consumed in a session.

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Photo of jdspears41
4.16/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow what a beer this was. I am very happy to say I tried this beer. Along with their Vanilla Porter this stuff is amazing.

A- DARK color like a guiness color. Motor oil like! Which I love to see because I know its going to be strong!

S- Very strong aroma of hops.

T- Immediately tastes good and leaves you wanting more. Amazing.

M- Great after taste and and very good bubbly feel.


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Photo of therica
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A= very dark bordering on black and no light passing through, with a fair beige head and great lacing and rimming.

S= modest at first, takes some warming to find more than roasted malts, then very nice roasted malts and finally hops florals and toasty oats and worth the few minutes of waiting.

T= wait a few minutes to warm and then delightful malts, oats and hops. Decent hops bitters. A bit over-carbonated for the style but eventually that also dissipates.

M= hops bitters, roasted malts dryness, toasty oats, very nice to savor.

O= overall this is a great contendor in its class and style. Probably goes well with charcoal broiled steak, also pepper-hot omelets for breakfast or dinner. Grilled burger with mushrooms also sounds great.

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Oatmeal Stout from Breckenridge Brewery
Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 1,566 ratings
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