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Oatmeal StoutOatmeal Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Breckenridge Brewery
Colorado, United States
breckbrew.com

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
544
Ratings:
1,541
Avg:
3.67
pDev:
22.07%
 
 
Wants:
31
Gots:
242
For Trade:
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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Color is a dark, dark brown, almost black. The creamy head is of medium height and is a fairly dark brown. Retention is fair. Aroma is of sweet, roasted malt and is a bit on the weak side. Taste is dominated by roasted malt flavors, with an underlying oatmeal sweetness. Balance isn't quite right for the style, too much strong roastiness and not near enough sweetness. The roasted astringency is also a little too high. Still, this is a pretty tasty stout, just not great or quite to style.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.21/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another new addition to the beer available in NH. Pours a pretty solid black color with a tan head that dissipate almost immediately. Smells of caramel, chocolate and roast with hints of vanilla. Taste is slightly acridic coffee mixed with caramel and chocolate. Slightly mineraly in taste. Medium body with a semi dry finish. Creamy acridic mouthfeel, medium level of carbonation. MEH. Nothing really objectionable here, but nothing really spectacular either. I would drink one if offered to me, but I wouldn't seek another one out.

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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 feloniousmonk
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
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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Photo of WoodBrew
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Last beer for the night is a Breckenridge Oatmeal Stout...whilst wrapping gifts for my hellions. The beer pours dark opaque with thin ecru head that is not leaving a very good lace. The smell is mostly roast. Teh taste is slightly bitter with hints of roast espresso and dark chocolate. The mouthfeel is a medium to light body with good carbontaion. Overall it is a decent stout....but not out of this world. I was hoping for a bit more smooth and creamy.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is an extremely dark, blood-red and ruby coloring with a thin, spaced bubble, light brown head that coats the glass. Nose of milk chocolate and bitter dark chocolate, with a touch of bitter dark coffee. Creamy smooth body, with flavors of dark roasted coffee, bittersweet cocoa nibs, and a good roasted feel. The beer has roast coffee and dark chocolate in the aftertaste, with a smooth initial finish, and a slight linger to the sweet characteristics. Tasty stout.

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Photo of Duff27
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Dark brown/black. Quickly disappearing head, some lacing.

S- Smokey, coffee notes.

T- Coffee, roasted malts. Taste lingers...

M- Little carbonation. Smooth.

D/O- This has 'stop at one' written all over it. Not terrible, but I wouldn't seek it out again.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Popped in here on my bday to drink some local beer.
This one poured a glossy black color, a bit of rust around the rim. Little off-white head, that died down quickly.
Aroma of soft coffee and caramel. The roasted malt tended to be light as well. Tasted somewhat watered down. Nothing overwhelming, like a dark IPA. Some dry hops at the end. Drinkable, but not great.

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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 WesWes
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep, dark black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a black malt scent that boasts of patent and chocolate malts along with a dry oatmeal aroma. The taste is good as well. It has a creamy black malt flavor. It goes down easy and finishes dry with an oatmeal feel. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good stout. It really has a nice earthy black malt and oatmeal flavor; a good drinker.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.36/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Is this beer dreamy, as the label says? Or will it send me to dreamland? On to the beer:

That inch-thick head isn't bulging since I finished pouring. Its color is black like the dark, no colored hues anywhere, even when shined through a light. The aroma is low on intensity, and pretty straightforward. Toasted oats...it smells like Cheerios. I'm not getting anything else.

There's the sweetness in the taste I wasn't getting in the nose. Slightly sweet, which I'm guessing is the oats doing that. I get astringent, burnt grain. A little charred too. Finishes dry with a faint linger of baker's chocolate.

It's not tasty enough to be dreamy, but the idea of pairing it with dry, unsweetened chocolate...or maybe a bowl of Cheerios for breakfast is. The final verdict: a solid stout, but anything more....dream on.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my Dad for sharing this beer.

The beer pours a dark brown to black color with a tan head. The aroma is roasted malt with some chocolate. It smells a lot like I expect an Oatmeal Stout to smell. The flavor is roasted and burnt malt with some chocolate and oats. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of tone77
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head and considerable lacing throughout. Smell is of oats and malts. Taste is good, roasted malts up front, some oats,bitterness at the finish. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this is a good quality beer.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle Date appears to be January 2007, Sampled March 2007
Pours an almost black, it sits quite opaquely in my glass. It is topped by an initially two-finger thick, light chocolate brown colored head that disappears fairly quickly. The aroma is driven by the roast malt character. Lots of toasty malt notes evoke thoughts of chocolate and powdered toasted soda-crackers. Despite the large dark malt character, the aroma really does not seem to pick up any dark, coffee-type roasted notes.

The flavor has a soft sweetness to it up front, though it has quite a light body to it. It immediately pix up toasted malt / almost roasted biscuit flavors; these flavors linger on in to a long dry finish. In the finish is also a touch of roasted acidity (think a hint of black coffee acidity) as well as more traditional roasted grain notes of roast coffee beans and deeply caramelized (to the point of being burnt) malt sugars.

This is a nice drinking porter, while the burnt acidity is kept low here (definitely a good thing in a beer of this gravity), it could certainly be improved if it was even a bit less. I really like the toasted malt notes in the aroma and flavors though; it makes me think of dry oatmeal that has been left to toast in the oven. I could easily quaff a couple pints of this brew.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.67/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours black with a finger of tan head. Some lace.

S: What strikes me immediately is the amount of smoke, it's like somebody gave me a glass of Alaskan Smoked Porter. With that there's also a real inviting true caramel aspect, making for a great scent. Little coffee in there too.

T: Heavy dark chocolate, bit of creamed coffee. The chocolate is where it's at. Slightly sweet, any fan of real dark chocolate will love this.

M: Smooth, medium-bodied, creamy. Pretty easy drinking.

D: This is chocolate city here. Like a dark chocolate bar transformed into a delicious beer. First Breckenridge made me a fan with their Vanilla Porter, now they've outdone themselves with this fantastic Oatmeal Stout. Stick with the dark dark beers with these guys. Super beer, it'll be a shame when my lone bottle of this is gone.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From bottle number 05823B11. Sampled on February 20, 2011. The pour is very dark brown and it nearly goes black. Oatmeal, chocolate malts, and raisins are noted in the aroma. It may be creamy as advertised but the overall texture is thin. There is this bready and dark maltiness in the taste with a tingling hopped ending. It came from a mixed 12 pack and it was probably the best one.

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Photo of weeare138
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears an opaque black with a small, tan head that quickly fades into a mild cap and collar. Spotty bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of toasted oats, cocoa, caramel, mild smoke, and mild coffee grounds.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with brown sugar, vanilla, charred grains, and cream coming through.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sweet, slightly tart, smooth, and slick on the swallow.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two-finger light tan head that fades slowly and leaves some lace. Deep brown color, no highlights. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is roasted coffee and flavor is roasted to burnt coffee. 12oz bottle $2.29 from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma.

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Photo of corby112
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes:

Pours a very dark chestnut brown color with slight mahogany edges when held to a light source and a frothy two finger tan colored head that has very good retention, only slowly fading into a lasting ring. Sporadic chunks of soapy lacing left behind.

Malty aroma with hints of caramel, chocolate, roasted coffee, burnt toast and hazelnut.

Medium bodied with plenty of roasted chocolate malt as well as some coffee, oatmeal, caramel, toast and hazelnut. Slight lactic character that add a silky creaminess making this beer extremely quaffable. Complex and well balanced with a dry finish.

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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 Bitterbill
3.47/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a pitch black, about an inch of tannish foam. Lacing is minimal.

It has a good roasted malt aroma, evidence of oatmeal and some hop bitterness.

The taste stands by the smell. Good roasted malt, definite flavour of oatmeal, some bitterness, dry finish.

Good mouthfeel and drinkability. I reckon this is a good example of the style and not bad for the price...$8.70 a 6 pack.

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Photo of akorsak
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle from ncvbc. Thanks Walter. Originally reviewed on 17-Aug-08.

A: The stout is black, calm and settled in the glass like a cup of coffee. A small pool of tan head has congealed at the top of the glass.

S: The nose is thick with stout elements, roasted and toasted, dark and dry. Some oatmeal sweetness emerges but not much.

T: The stout has a touch of lactic sourness that mixes with the sweeter flecked oatmeal. The two mix nicely. The stout body is big but not overpowering, roasted with some baker's chocolate, cocoa and caramel.

M: The taste is lively, engaging and will with the oatmeal and stout elements.

D: I'd enjoy another one, perhaps when the weather cools a bit.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle

A- Pours a dark black color with a light tan head with great retention and lacing.

S- The aroma is dark roasted malts along with chocolate and coffee notes as well.

T- The taste is dark and roasty up front but it finishes very smooth. Bittersweet chocolate and coffee flavors make up the taste as well.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, this is a fine oatmeal stout. At under 5%, this is a very drinkable beer as well. Recommended! 

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Photo of barczar
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This one's not fresh, purchased on clearance.

Aroma is nutty, lightly roasty, and fairly chocolatey. There's a hint of dark fruit/sherry.

Flavor is more roast dominant, finishing fairly bitter and charred. Dark chocolate weaves throughout, along with a nutty malt backbone, but the bitterness overwhelms the finish.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours slightly black with mild ruby tones and a half inch of head.

S - Smells roasty and bitter kind of like a porter but not usually what I would expect in an oatmeal stout. Mild chocolate in the nose yet bitter as well.

T - Not bad. Came off not as roasty in the taste with a smooth background and a a bit of silky smoothness in the finish. Very little roasted malt bite in the end. Overall good.

M - Light to medium. Found it very drinkable.

D - A very good oatmeal stout. Would consider getting it again.

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