Oatmeal Stout | Breckenridge Brewery

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Breckenridge Brewery
Colorado, United States

Style: English 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.

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Reviews: 569 | Ratings: 1,605
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

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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 -3.6%
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 +7.1%
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 +3.8%
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 +3%
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 -3.8%
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 -12.6%
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 -7.1%
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%
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 +23.6%

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 +13.2%
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 +13.7%

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 +2.5%
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 -17.6%

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 +1.9%
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 +2.2%
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 -66.5%
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 -22.3%
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 -1.1%
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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Photo of BTodd
3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass

A-one finger of fine, tab bubbles when poured hard. Deep black in color.

S-Lots of chocolate, coffee.

T-Coffee, metallic, with a drier, more earthy/herbal finish.

M-A little light for the style, lingers nicely but not as full as I'd like. Low carbonation.

O-Nothing offensive about this one. Easy drinker, but missing some of the body and bigger, roasty flavors I might expect.

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Photo of Boggdogg
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - pours completely black looks extremely thick. Thin head that is light brown in color and leaves mediocre lacing around the pint glass.

S - . A hint of coffee and cocoa and oats. Nice complex odor.

T - really not appealing to me. I thought it would be better after smelling the complexity but all I taste is bitterness from beginning to end just bad bitterness.

M - nice and smooth full bodied beer. The bitterness lingers though.

O - not horrible but I would not buy another one. Disappointing on the flavor.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.09/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a single bottle into a pint glass.

Pours pitch black with a little ring of white foam. Roasted, espresso oatmeal nose. Hints of vanilla. Taste is rich and creamy, light chocolate, smooth finish. Some coffee grittiness. Oaty. Easy finish. Solid stout. Very nice.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 2/23/2014. Pours clear nearly pitch black color with a 2 finger dense tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roast, caramel, toast, dark bread, oats, light char, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast malt and moderate hop notes; with good strength. Taste of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roast, caramel, toast, dark bread, oats, light char, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Moderate amount of earthy herbal/roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roast, toast, dark bread, oats, light char, herbal, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of dark/roast malt flavors with moderate hop presence; with nice robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy, smooth, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish as expected of 4.9%. Overall this is a very nice oatmeal stout. All around good balance, complexity, and robustness of dark/roast malt and moderate hop flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a nearly pitch black color with just some hints of light shining through to show the beers deep brown color. Upon pouring there is one finger head of a tan foam atop the brew. The head has a lighter level of retention, fading moderately fast to leave a nice level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is heaviest of a mix of roasted malt mixed with an oatmeal base. Overall the aroma is rather dry, with just a bit of a caramel sweetness in the smell. Along with these aromas are some bitter coffee smells as well as a light earthy aroma rounding it all out.

Taste – The taste begins with a mix of roasted malt and a moderate coffee taste. There is a little bit of a sweeter caramel and oatmeal flavor upfront with the caramel fading as the taste advances to the end. With the loss of the caramel comes some coffee flavors which bring with them a moderately level of bitterness. From the start, the oatmeal flavors increase up to the middle only to fade a bit again as the flavor advances to the end. With all the flavor transitions that take place and with a little bit of a earthy flavor coming to the tongue at the end of the taste, one is left with a slightly bitter and drier, light oat like, roasted coffee flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and chewier side for a brew of only 4.9 % abv. with a carbonation level that is on the average side. Again considering the 4.9 % abv. of the brew, the thicker and chewier body of the brew are fantastic for the darker and oat flavors of the beer, all while the moderate carbonation keeps this a still easy drinker as its lighter abv. lends well to.

Overall – A rather nice tasty stout that is on the lower adb. side. A good session style stout that packs lots of flavor and body even when not nitrogen poured.

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Photo of TaylorMade2014
3.86/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark chocolate appearance with a caramel colored head. The head was thin and somewhat disappointing that it didn't last longer.

Not to much smell going on. Slight hint of chocolate but not much more.

Despite tha lack of coffee smell it has a coffee taste that hits at the end. Roasted malts along with a sweetness of molasses and dark chocolate.

Crisp and smooth. Thin, no carbonation.

Very drinkable. Not over done in any area. Nice beer.

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Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 1,605 ratings