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 Brian_L-2056
3.66/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a typical pint glass. Pours a very dark brown color with a thin tan head. The head dissipates fairly quickly but the lacing is very good and really stays with you throughout your enjoyment. Smells kind of a strong roasted malty note. Initial taste flavor is an explosion of dark roasted malts and a strong black coffee, mellows out to a dry finish with a dry coffee aftertaste. Definitely a good full flavored beer. I enjoyed this brew as a learning experience but would probably not buy a 6-pack of it. I would drink it again but would not really seek it out.

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Photo of TheDrunkenDwarf
3.84/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pour - (From bottle) Jet black with 2-finger off-white head that dissipates quickly to a persistant ring. Decent lacing in glass.

Smell - slight chocolate notes.

Taste - Smooth with a tinge of bittersweet chocolate on finish. Finish does leave a slight roasted bitterness in aftertaste. Mouthfeel a little bit lighter than many oatmeal or dry stouts, but nothing way off the mark.

Overall - A relatively smooth stout with a lower ABV. This could be a good session stout, and I would have no problem tossing back 5 or 6 of these.

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Photo of Carrier4
3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Over killed on the oatmeal, was not Breckenridge;s best. Samuel Smith's Oatmeal stout is a better oatmeal stout if were being tbh. I did appreciate the nice coffee complex they added though. It was a good try to say the least.

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Photo of Beerma
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

very week stout so you could drink a lot if you wanted to but was a little bitter. I have had stouts that are way better but are very strong. This wasn't that bad.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.66/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Undated bottle at 50 degrees into shaker
Aroma weak roasted malt
Head large (5.5cm, aggressive pour), light brown, creamy with rocks, slooowly diminishing to 3 mm ring and broken frothy layer
Lacing good – irregularly curtains the inside
Body dark brown, opaque
Flavor of lightly roasted malt, start slightly sweet, ends slightly bitter; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, slightly creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 4.75, Aroma 3, Flavor 3.75, Palate 4, Overall 3.75

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Photo of CoffeePorter
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pitch black with a thin tan head.
Smells of chocolate and some cream. Smelled toasted bread like as well.
Tastes some what buttery with notes of chocolate and very little coffee.
Mild carbonation. Smooth body.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

My browser crashed so here we are again. Typing in notepad.

Appearance : Chocolate brown to black, almost no light penetrating. The beige head is about 1 finger tall and leaves some lace on the sides of the glass.

Aroma : Burnt and charred malts, followed faintly by dark chocolate and some root/earthy notes, as well as some dirty hop. No oatmeal to be detected.

Taste : The burnt malts come out in a big way immediately, taking up most of the flavor profile. As the beer slides down there is some faint dark chocolate that rests politely on the palate and also some very muddy earthy notes and dark hop.

As the beer warms up a bit it starts taking on a garbagey antiseptic property. Points deduced.

Mouthfeel : The burnt notes mixed with an intense carbonation gives the sensation of the tongue being on fire almost, which depending on who you are is either interesting or displeasing. To me it's a little too carbonated, I could have gone for smoothness instead of the stabbing prickliness, but it drinks fairly well aside from that. It ends dry like a drought and fairly dusty.

Overall : I enjoy the beer but there's a lot wrong with it. First off, there's no oatmeal. If you're going to advertise "oatmeal stout" on the label, I should be able to detect it with one of my five senses. This is very much an English Stout, as it's a bit too intense for a milk or sweet stout and is wreaked with kilned malts. Drink it ice cold, because as it warms up its flaws become glaringly clear. It's basically very burnt and charred, mixing with some dark chocolate and dirt and hop. It's decent but not outstanding.

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Photo of bgillespie
3.51/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pitch black with a very thin tan head.

Smell: A little dull, hint of coffee, dark chocolate.

Taste: Much stronger than the smell, but similar. Some espresso, a little sweet from chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Super smooth, medium body.

Overall: A solid stout beer, very drinkable. I would have it again.

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Photo of Joe_Howard
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black with a small tan head. Smells like roasted malt and coffee. Taste is mostly roasted malts with a little bit chocolate. Has a medium mouth feel, more light than it is full.

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Photo of leantom
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed their Vanilla Porter. Let's see how this one goes. Here goes:

A: Pretty good. Pours pitch-black with a small head. Leaves good lacing.

S: Coffee, some dark chocolate, some oats. The smell is pretty muted, however, relative to other oatmeal stouts.

T: Good. Roasted grains impart tastes of coffee and dark chocolate. These tastes are also complimented by oatmeal and dark fruit (plum, raisins, etc.). Good compliment of flavors, but relatively mild on the palate (not robust like in other oatmeal stouts/porters).

F: Light and watery but well-carbonated.

O: Solid beer; probably won't have again, though.

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Photo of maedhros09
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Look: Pours black/brown with nice big head that leaves lacing
Smell: roasty, sweet
Taste: A mild sweetness and roastiness, mild bitter hops towards finish. Light on flavor but good balance.
Feel: fairly carbonated with medium body
Overall: I remembered not being very impressed with this last time. True, it's not the smoothest, richest, most flavorful oatmeal stout, but it has a nice balance of fairly subtle flavors and it's pretty drinkable.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pretty, completely opaque, pitch-black color, with an eighth of a finger of caramel-colored head that quickly dissolved into a thin lacing of foam that partially covered the top of the beer. As the beer drinks, there’s a great lacing of foam that curtains the glass, from top to bottom.

Aroma: Some mild aromas of roasted malt, some freshly baked bread, a hint of dark chocolate and a touch of coffee.

Taste: Pretty good. Nice flavors of roasted malt up front, imparting notes of chocolate and a little coffee, followed by some caramel-like sweetness, and a touch of hoppy bitterness at the finish. A well brewed oatmeal stout.

Mouthfeel: Slightly chewy, with some pretty good carbonation. With an ABV of 4.9%, there is absolutely no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a good, solid, well crafted, oatmeal stout. Nothing spectacular, but a very solid beer. Certainly worth a drink.

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Photo of far333
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Dark mahogany colored and nearly opaque, but ruby highlights appear at the edges. Low oatmeal colored head recedes quickly. Aroma of toasted malt and cocoa, some leather notes. Rich flavor of dark malt, some cocoa, subtle charred bark and root beer, leather and roast in the finish. Slightly watery mouthfeel, finishes tingly, I expected more body. It's tannic and woody and talcy at the same time. Seems to straddle the dry stout style. Drinkable, but off style.

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Photo of Beer-Revelry
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours jet black with a 1.5 finger head, dissipates down to a film. Nice whispy lacing.
S - Smells of coffee, chocolate, vanilla and caramel.
T - Sadly, smells better than it tastes, quite bitter coffee taste and alcohol. Not much else going on here, medium full bodies with a quick finish.
O - An OK beer, wouldn't buy again, but would order at a bar perhaps.
V - Medium.

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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 ta_hagen
4.5/5  rDev +23%

One of my very first oatmeal stout's. Very dark, coffee smell, but not over powering. For me, the finish was dry and that is how I like it. It has a low ABV 4.95% for a stout, but is perfect if you want a light oatmeal stout. The burnt dark chocolate is my favorite note in this beer.

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Photo of dbl_delta
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from undated bottle into glass mug. Virtually no head; minimal lacing.

Very dark - looks black, but there is just a hint of ruby red around the edges if you look close.

Tastes of coffee, chocolate, caramel, burnt malt....a very pleasing blend. I thought it might be a tad thin for a stout, but maybe that's just me. Nice finish - just a touch of hop bitterness at the back of your throat, combined with the sweet aftertaste, makes you want to try another sip to see if you can sort it all out.

All in all, a very drinkable stout.

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Photo of cervezango
4.14/5  rDev +13.1%

I really liked this, most stouts i try end up being to sweet for me, this one was prefect, great dry after taste. nice malty heft with some raisin and pumpernickel flavors ,some dark chocolate but not really sweet, I think this is very good american stout.

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Photo of dcscientist
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Breck's stout is pretty good, though it's not my very favorite beer of theirs. The oatmeal base adds a nice flavor that's a little different than a milk stout, and it's not quite as midnight black colored, but it's tasty. Very low alcohol for this style, which means you can have a few if you want without too much trouble. Definitely smooth and very drinkable.

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Photo of travolta
3/5  rDev -18%

Appearance: Black, with a brown head that has a rocky head with minimal retention, but nice lacing.

Nose: Toasted malt and coffee, with a hint of vanilla sand toffee.

Taste: Nice carbonation level with very similar tastes to the nose. A little watery for a stout. This would be better if it were labelled as a "porter".

Notes: Very drinkable.

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Looks like a porter, which is what I thought this was at first for some reason. Perfectly clear ruby black appearance, with a ring of brown head and a little bit of lacing from the initial three finger or so head that was floating on top. Looks very good.

Smell: The beer's low point. It just smells pretty average for the style. Chocolate malt sort of aromas in there with a bit of the usual roasted coffee. There's also a trace of dark fruits and something I can't quite pinpoint. It's almost a phenol quality, I think? It's very mild regardless, and none of it is off-putting -- just a pretty standard smelling oatmeal stout. Nothing to be blown away by.

Taste/feel: Yeah, the feel is definitely oatmeal stout-esque rather than like a porter... no doubt. It has that "light but creamy" thing going on, like a Guinness or the like. I feel like it could use a tick more creaminess, but it's still pretty damn good where it's at. The taste is also quite good as well. Coffee and chocolate on the start, with dark fruits then coming in, with a bit of oatmeal and quite a lot of nuttiness on the finish... maybe a slight char sort of thing as well.

This is a very good oatmeal stout. I'm liking it. At just under 5%, it'd be an excellent stout to session on a cool fall evening or in the winter while shoveling or blowing the snow. Well worth trying.

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Photo of JSigsbach
3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Creamy sweetness upon first wash of the palate. Slight bitterness more prevalent at tip and along back of tongue as it warms and you drink more of it. A bit thinner than anticipated. Fantastic with grilled sausage. Overall a nice offering in the oatmeal variety. Very nice to see these ales making a comeback. Personal favorites.

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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 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 BryanCarey
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Very dark in color and with a creamy head of tan colored foam, Breckenridge Oatmeal Stout has a fragrant nose that is roasty with notes of chocolate, earthy scents, and a touch of alcohol. The beer holds its foam very well and generous lacing coats your glass as you drink.

Moving to the taste, this oatmeal stout offers flavors of chocolate/cocoa, roasted malt, caramel, toffee, and a touch of molasses. There is some coffee character too, although not as much as I expected, and the beer has a creamy texture common to the style.

I love a good oatmeal stout, but this offering from Breckenridge doesn’t quite measure up to some of the finest in its class. It isn’t a bad beer by any means, but the body is a little thinner than I prefer and it doesn’t have quite the sweet, dessert- like quality I have grown to love and expect in my oatmeal stout.

Still, all things considered, this is still a good enough beer to recommend a try. Keep your expectations at a moderate level and you should like it just fine.

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Oatmeal Stout from Breckenridge Brewery
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