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 schoolboy
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
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 -1.1%
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%
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 +14.4%
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%
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 -5.2%
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 +3.3%
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 -5.4%
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 +19.9%
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%
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 -5.2%
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 +4.1%
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 -7.9%
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 -1.1%
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 +11.7%
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 +13.4%
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 +6.8%
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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Photo of pollox87
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery in Brekenridge 9-19-10 from notes.

A-looks like a stout should, head left the building pretty quick
S-Smell is not all there, perhaps served a bit cold, as it warms I get a nice bit of the "oats" and that great burnt malt.
T-taste is perfect on the oats, just there to where you notice it, but not enough to overwhelm the rest of the stout. It is sweet with a bit of floral hops if anything. The blend of chocolate and coffee is fantastic.
M-its smooth with a good CO2 bite. Oats do something magical to a beer. They really create a good creamy mouth-feel, this one is no exception.
O-Just a solid representation of the style. It would be good if I did not have to wait till GABF to get it.

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Photo of iDrinknewglarus
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Black with a nice mocha colored frothy head. Once the head settles down, the head looks just like the crema present in a greek coffee. Leaves some decent lacing as well.

S: The first whiff gave me the standard oatmeal stout smells, but I also noticed right away dark fruits, and an almost wine smell. Sort of similar to Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout. Quite pleasing, can't wait to taste.

T: Roasted malt, coffee, and a very slight red wine taste. Just ever so slightly sour, in a good way. This tastes like Samuel Smith Junior. Nice bitterness across the palate after swallowing.

M: Medium. Wish it was a bit thicker and chewier. Smooth.

Overall this beer was a huge surprise to me! After drinking their Vanilla Porter earlier in the day, I had low expectations for this (I gave the porter a C+). Very solid beer, would drink without hesitation. Like I said, it tries to emulate Samuel Smith, and does a decent job, scoring just a bit lower in each category.

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Photo of ChugginOil
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the House Pub.

This one pours black with dark brown edging. a fingers worth of tan colored head sits patiently.

The nose offers some faint roasted coffee and cocoa aromas up front. There is an oat presence wrapping up the scent.

The taste is quite similar. The roastiness kicks in immediately followed by a bit of espresso and chocolate. A smokey char is noticed on the back end.

The mouthfeel is pretty full and pleasing. Silky smooth with a good amount of carbonation.

Overall, decent American stout that includes a nice array of flavors.

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Photo of claytong
2.85/5  rDev -22.3%
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 NaLoGra
4.4/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pitch black, about 90% opaque. The only reason I wouldn't rate appearance a 5.0 is because it didn't have much head.

S - Very grainy and malty smell.

T - Very toastie upfront, with a sharp malty aftertaste. Very slight hint of oatmeal, but I figure thats what accounts for the toastieness.

M - Very thick, full feel.

O - Overall, another great beer from Breckenridge. I have never been disappointed with this brewery.

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Photo of Beer4Baltimore
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle
A - rich foamy head with lots of lacing on top of a near black brew.
S - malty coffee and chocolate.
T - sweet roasted chocolate and coffee malts but not overpowering.
M - super creamy smooth with enough carbonation.
D - gone and ready for another.
Overall this is a solid beer.

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Photo of BrewStoutMagic
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is one fine stout. I like the espresso and rich chocolate smell. Tastefully good as well.With the same taste of chocolate milk with a hint of hops and lots of malt.I could have this one for breakfast lunch,and dinner.What ya mean I'm a raging alcholic.I beg your pardon.This is one tasty beverage,one that will put a smile on your face all day long.

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Photo of Fenris244
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the saucer

Super creamy 1 finger head, great retention, this shit is dense! Black in color.

Lots of coffee and roasted malt aromas, not much chocolate but an underlying sweetness is there.

Light coffee flavors, underlying sweetness must be from the oatmeal. Not super flavorful but pleasant.

Very creamy, medium in body, the creaminess is this beers strong suit

Overall, creamy stout that needs a little more flavor in my opinion

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Oatmeal Stout from Breckenridge Brewery
3.67 out of 5 based on 1,558 ratings.
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