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 mgdeth
4.17/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Black, and almost completely opaque. Tan head dissipates quickly, but there is some beer lace.

Smell - Roasty, chocolatety, coffee aroma. There is a slight earthy aroma present.

Taste - Excellent cross of roasty grains and bitterness. There is a lingering sweetness that shows up after the bitterness passes.

Mouthfeel - The body is pretty thick. Gritty. This is a good oatmeal stout.

Drinkability - Very drinkable. This beer should be fairly accessible to craft brew novices.

Comments - I was looking for something to brighten my day and this was it. I think I'll have oatmeal for breakfast tomorrow morning to continue the good vibe.

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Photo of BigRedN
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black, as sits in the glass. When held to the light it is dark ruby red aroound the edges. Tan head, 1/2 inch. Lingers for a while then fell back to a thin covering over the liquid. Lacing to the finish.

Smell: Immediately noticeable is the malt profile, with aroma of roasted barley and malts. Scent of chocolate and coffee beans.

Taste: To the forefront are the previously mentioned malts, which I typically expect from a stout. Taste of dark chocolate and coffee with a little sweetness, almost caramel like. There is also a bitterness here, I assumed from the use of hops.

Mouithfeel: Medium bodied and smooth. The rasted malt taste lingers on the tongue after the liquid has been swallowed.

Drinkability: A very good stout, easily approachable IMO. Definitely worth a try. I look forward to try additional brew from Breckenridge.

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Photo of kosmoraios
3.01/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque black with a fluffy tan head that has brown specks all through it. Smell is mostly of the roasted barley, giving it a coffee-like aroma with a hint of freshly baked, yeasty dark rye bread. Taste is heavy on the roasted barley and malt, a bit of the hops. The oatmeal flavor characteristic of most oatmeal stouts is very much lacking. A bit of caramel sweetness and a hint of papaya. Mouthfeel is well-carbonated and refreshingly light. Smooth, but in an oily way. For a "stout", this is a drinkable ale, but not extremely so, as more than a few for me would quite enough. This is not an excellent example of the style, in my opinion, but is not an unpleasant ale.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.05/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Brewed with 2-row Pale, Caramel, Roasted Barley, Chocolate, Oat Flakes, and Black Patent malts. Hopped with Chinook and Perle

31 IBU. 4.95% ABV.

Pours out to a clear, nearly opaque very dark mahogany, forming a large and sea-foam like medium-tan head with good retention and very nice chunks of lacing. Carbonation is moderate. The aroma is very good with a sweet oat and dark malt backbone, dark roast coffee, sweet chocolate, milk, pale malt sweet grain husk and some earthen hops. Wierd sour vegetable note with swirling. Mouthfeel is a little sharp at first with a mellowing finish, not as smooth or velvety as I would expect for an oatmeal stout, with a medium body. The taste doesn't echo the aroma with a predominance on the hops, and showcases flaws of an odd chemical sourness in the front, a strong pang of metals in the middle, and a sandy chemical bitterness in the finish. The hops are very vegetable, out of whack, and out of balance with the charcoal and dirt in the aftertaste The finish is somewhat ruddy and leaves a mild wet cardboard feel in the mouth.

Not a very good oatmeal stout. I was impressed with the other beers I've had from these guys, but this one is a mess. It's not a horrible beer by any means, but it's a mish-mash of flavors that don't go well together. Pass on this one.

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Photo of JISurfer
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This looked like it was going to be a great brew. On the otherhand, we don't taste with our eyes. At any rate, it was a pretty black color, with a dark tan head. The head was friggin' fluffy as hell and lasted the whole brew. The smell was of chocolate, hops, some light fruits, and malts. The taste was similar, but a little more in the area of hops. I think that kind of ruined it for me. Althought the hops had some bite to them, they did manage to "cool off" as the beer warmed up, but they were still very present. Overall a nice oatmeal stout. I just prefer the Oatmeal Stouts a bit sweeter.

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Photo of RushLimbmalt
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A new brew that has appeared on the shelves of my local liquor store. It pours a nice black with a thick tan head that stayed for a minute or two and leaves a nice lace around the glass. It smells like coffee and the aroma is heavy on the roasted malt. In fact the dark malts are a bit overpowering for the style, but I still find it drinkable. Maybe they should take the oatmeal out of the description? But it is a nice brew and it makes me want to explore Breckenridge's other brews.

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Photo of LarryKemp
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This stout poured a near black with a slight deep redish tint. The head was tan and left fairly quickly leaving an weak ring around the glass.

The roasted, sweet creamy chocolate aroma filled my nose. No off aromas. Hops were not present in the aroma.

The creamy chocolate was the first taste followed quickly by a roast bitterness. There is some dryness in the finish but mainly it leaves malt on the tongue.

The mouthfeel was closer to medium than medium full. It was not as silky as I had hoped when I got my first whiff or first sip.

This is a fine stout. I would say that the oatmeal does not come forth as promenent as it should. I think that it is closer to a sweet stout than an oatmeal stout. I look forward to enjoying more of them in the future and would recommend them all.

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Photo of ADR
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown to black look, just a speck of light comes through at the bottom. Tan head rises to over 1/2 an inch in height and leaves laces that last until the end of the glass. Sweetened coffee aromas, a dustiness like confectioner's sugar. Texture is decent, could be more coating as its an Oatmeal Stout, I'd give it medium but a bit sandy. Flavor begins with a malty cocoa impression, but the chocolate tone warbles into cheaper off flavors just a bit. Does dry respectably mid mouth to close, a re-assertment of coffee roastiness, perhaps a speck of hops combining. The mouthfeel and late bittering are more like some Dry Stouts, I'd give this decent drinkability.

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Photo of alexgash
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark, almost black, with dark ruby edges. Sturdy, creamy tan head. Delicious looking. Good lacing.
Smells of sweet barley, mellow chocolate, and light roast coffee out of an old Stanley thermos.
Taste starts off with sweet, creamy malt and chocolate milk. This is greeted nicely by roasty bitterness. More sweet than bitter overall though. Roasted notes have a slight cardboard edge. Finish is briefly roasty and then turns almost cloyingly sweet. Still, a pretty good oatmeal stout.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.39/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the only brew I sampled at the pub. Got the 10 oz size. It comes chilled and exhibits a soft vreamy beige finely packed head that doesnt fade quickly at all, in fact it stick around for most of sampling.
Aroma is soft and mild with some roasted malt and some chocolate. Body is very creamy and soft rolling carbonation rolls over my palate.
Flavor is mild too, with roasted malt and chocolate mixing with some bitter coffee notes. Very nice creamy finish. Nothing too exciting but a decent brew with no glaring flaws, just not outstanding.

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Photo of mntlover
2.74/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours black with a big tan head, mixture of small and big bubbles. Smells is light roasted malts some coffee mostly just to weak. Taste is burnt malts more bitter then needs be, can't really distinguish any hop bitterness over the burnt bitter flavor. Pick up some light coffee flavors not much else just burnt and bitter. Mouthfeell is to light, little to much carbonation taste fizzy in your mouth not smooth and creamy as it should. As drinkability goes bottle says it all "A Tall, Dark, And Dreamy Stout" it is tall and dark and right now I am dreaming of drinking a goood Oatmeal Stout instead of this. Don't even think they put oats in this stout just a bitter fizzy mess. To think when I lived in Colorado use to enjoy this hopefully they have changed it in the past 7 years.

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Photo of frazbri
2.79/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Ruby accented black body crowned by a small tan head. Lacing was good. Slight fruitiness and a faint mustiness in the aroma. Nutty and bitter. Full body, moderate carbonation.

Not a favorite for me. The aroma set the tone for me. Maybe a little hop aroma would have pushed it higher for me.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.38/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark black with touches of ruby to light with a nice creamy brown head. Nice light roasty malt aroma. Nice balanced sweet-dry roasty maltiness. Medium-full bodied with a dry roasty finish.

Very nice robust stout. This was my favorite Breck brew at the brewpub in Denver... now I remember why.

Per Breckenridge website:
Beer Style: Specialty Stout
Flavor: Chocolate coffee maltiness, round oatmeal mouthfeel with very slight hop character
Malts: Two Row Pale, Caramel, Roasted Barley, Chocolate
Hops: Oat Flakes, Black Hops, Chinook, Perle
Bitterness Units: 31
Alcohol ByVolume: 4.95%
Alcohol By Weight: 3.96%

Bottled: 3rd week Dec ('03' emb on bottom)
Tasted: 07/20/04

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

12 oz bottle served chilled in a pint glass.

Appearance: Jet black liquid with dark brown highlights. Small light brown head that went away pretty quickly, but left some small wisps of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Strong aromas of roasted malts with hints of chocolate, vanilla, and coffee. The roasted smells dominate, though.

Taste: Bittersweet burnt/roasted malts largely. Very dark and robust. A little monochromatic. Again, hints of chocolate and coffee.

Mouthfeel: Thick and hearty. Decent length on the aftertastes.

Drinkability: A decent Samuel Smith clone, and much more affordably priced if this is in your region. FWIW, I think Tröeg's Oatmeal Stout is better.

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Photo of chriscolby
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with a new label different than old one pictured here (at the time of my review)

Black-colored with a thin, tan head. Roasty and chocolatey notes, with little hints of coffee, dominate the aroma. A chocolate malt flavor is backed by some roasty notes. Moderately hopped for a stout; the focus here is on the dark malt. The roast flavor is smooth, with no hint of sharp, dark grain bitterness. Moderate body -- "thicker" than a dry stout, but "thinner" than a sweet or cream stout. A lightly tingly mouthfeel (instead of the usual velvety smoothness of most oatmeal stouts).

A solid, easy-drinking stout.

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Photo of DPMomutant
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This stout pours a nice opaque black with a very small dark head which leaves fairly quickly. A bit of lace sticks to the glass.

The smell is interesting. Some oatmeal but mostly a cross between coffee and well-roasted nuts. Unique to my nose, which is still learning.

It has a very nice, dark stout taste...like strong coffee. I do catch the oatmeal some in the end.

As bold as the taste is, it doesn't linger too long in the mouth. I like it, but may not be for those who are not into stouts.

I do like this beer, but I myself would probably move on after a couple. Overall, it's a bit above average.

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Photo of kbub6f
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A small, dark tan, dense head sits over an opaque, black body. It takes some bright light to pick out the slight red/brown highlights. Filmy lacing. There is some smoke in the nose and faint coffee. The smoky front sets up a thinnish middle that's not at all sweet. Hm. Bitter, unsweetened cocoa finish. This oatmeal stout is very light in flavor, with lots of bitter, unsweetened chocolate. There's almost no sweetness at all until it gets quite warm. At temperature there are some nice roasty nuts and a touch of sweetness. This is ok.

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Photo of jackndan
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Breckenridge Oatmeal Stout: Not much head, tan, thin skin, does not stay for long, no lace, no rings. Nice rich aroma, nice rich coffee/toffee flavor. Some dark chocolate flavors. Very smooth mouthfeel. Long coffee aftertaste that lasts quite awhile.

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Photo of babyhobbes
3.86/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is deep dark black with a small coffee-colored head. It looks like just fantastic, kind of like a cappacino! The smell is of oatmeal (not too strong) and malt. The taste is quite smooth with oatmeal and chocolate flavors.

This is a drinkable stout and I'm afraid I could drink far too many in one sitting.

The brew doesn't have a lot of different flavors but it certainly is a decent stout and worth a try.

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Photo of pio
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i can;t see into this black body of liquid with a brown ruby glow. tall foamy amber tan head leaving sheet of sticky foam lace. the head eventually dies to a thin blanket.
scent of oatmeal is most notable, along with some toasty and smokey chocolate maltiness. it smells thick, and humid. near rosey floral hops.
a slightly sugary sweet but malty and delicious start and a tight and driven hop profile dries it quickly and thoroughly. a compliment to cocoa and coffee on the finish, all is well rounded with ass loads of oatmeal presance.
smooth and silky body supports the big change in the early finish of this beers flavor. silky, also is the carbonation, perfect to style in my opinion.
very drinkable and sessionable stout while maintaining a very full flavor.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma: All chocolate malt. Not chocolate mind you, bitter chocolate malt. A hint of coffee, but not much.
Appearance: Ink black with no light coming through at all. A good pour left the slightest film of head, which left small dots of what I’ll graciously call lace.
Flavor: A good balance, but all the chocolate malt brought it over to bitter. No real hops or malt sweetness noted.
Mouthfeel: Medium light body and none of the mouth coating I associate with an Oatmeal.
Overall Impression: A bit too heavy on the chocolate malt, too light on the oatmeal. A solid brew and I enjoyed it, but the bitter took away from drinkability. Also didn’t have that mouthfeel I like in my oatmeal stouts. If you’re a fan of the oatmeal stouts, give it a try, but if you are starting in the style, go for a Samuel Smith’s Oatmeal for a classic example.

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

Black as any great Stout it left no head. Smelled hits of burnt chocolate, coffee and honey. Drinking left no lace but did leave a great tast and clean sweet after-taste of chocolate, no Oatmeal taste but still a fantastc Stout as far as Stouts go. Will definitely have again!

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer pours motor oil black and no light penetrates through. The head falls quickly but hangs around the edge of the surface and laces the glass. The aroma is chocolate and coffee. The flavor is bitter chocolate, with a dry dark coffee bitter finish that lasts. The body is medium and a bit thin. No oatmeal in sight.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Almost opaque dark brown-black. There's a small head, even after an aggressive pour, that recedes quickly to a thin film. Minimal lace. The flavor is somewhat chocolate malty and tastes a little like coffee. Some bitterness is present, but the beer is balanced overall. It's also moderately dry, especially on the finish.

The mouthfeel is no better than average. Thicker and creamier would be great. Drinkability is high due to the balanced flavor, the lack of heaviness and the relatively low ABV.

Breckenridge Oatmeal Stout is an average to slightly above average stout. I'd never turn one down, but I'll always reach for Mr. Smith's version if given the choice.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Color, dark as the night, black as they come. Head is full, lush, cocoa-colored, long-lasting.
Aroma: sweet, soft, creamy.
Taste: full, rich, tasty, toasty, with a prodigious mouthfeel, satisfying texture, rich and delicious. Long, rewarding finish.
A most marvelous stout, one I'd happily quaff again and again.

And again, thanks to Bruiser81 for the sample!

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Oatmeal Stout from Breckenridge Brewery
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