Oatmeal Stout | Breckenridge Brewery

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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

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Reviews:
549
Ratings:
1,554
Avg:
3.66
pDev:
13.11%
 
 
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Photo of barczar
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
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 tigg924
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark brown in color with 1/4 inch head, clear, moderate carbonation

Smell: chocolate, roasted malt, and oats

Taste: Big chocolaty start followed by oats, then roasted malt.

Mouthfeel: medium/heavy body, moderate/high carbonation, seeet start that becomes roasty and more bitter

Drinkability: A very good oatmeal stout. I could have several of these. This is one of Breckinridge’s better beers.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +9.3%
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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Photo of rfgetz
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark, chalky black with minimal cap of tan, dense froth. Scent is of roasted grains with a mild sweet chocolate note and the faintest hint of dark fruit. Taste focuses on the roasted grain with solid chocolate notes, mild milky sweetness. Body is disappointing as oatmeal stouts are supposed to be creamy and not watery. Overall, this beer drinks like a porter in scent, taste and body.

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Photo of DrJay
3.66/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pint was black with mahogany edges, covered by fine, dark tan foam. Good head retention and there was plenty of thick, solid foam covering the glass. The aroma was fairly mild, a bit of roast, chocolate and caramel. The flavour was dominated by sweet caramel maltiness, some toffee and milk chocolate. Bitterness was solid, but not quite up to the task of balancing the malt. There was also a pleasant, lingering roastiness and a kiss of hop flavour. Medium bodied with a bit of a creamy texture. Carbonation was a little aggressive in my serving, but the mouthfeel was decent overall. I'd definitely have another one of these if it was available, and it's certainly tasty, but I wouldn't go searching it out again.

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Photo of Brad007
4.28/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark black with a thin head into my glass. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Sweet with a dollop of cream and roasted malt. I like the creaminess in the nose.

Creamy with good coffee overtones. Dark fruit and cocoa are there, if not prominent.

Lingering coffee and cream at the back of the throat round out the mouthfeel.

A very nice oatmeal stout. It's hard to find one that I don't like and the ABV is where it should be for this style.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.27/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a dense brown head that laces the glass nicely as you drink. Nutty aroma. Chocolate notes also on the nose. Fairly bitter for an oatmeal stout. Nice taste though. Bittersweet chocolate comes to mind. Medium body. Smooth mouthfeel. A slightly bitter aftertaste. Overall, a fairly solid oatmeal stout.

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

A- Pitch black body with a big mocha tan creamy head. Retention is pretty nice and ring leaves nice web of lacing.

S- Rich milk chocolate cocoa powder and roast malt in the forefront. Has a vanilla aspect, probably none actually added in. Caramel malt in here too.

T- Nice cocoa aspect and dark roast malt upfront and then there is what seems to be a lactic infection, very early on but a slight sour feel and metallic fruit feel going on. Cocoa lends a bitterness. Slight coffee notes.

MF- Creamy body that isn't quite as substantial as I would like it to be. Cocoa bitterness and slight sour from who knows what. Classic oatmeal feel.

DB- The stout aspect of this is nice, good roast malt and milk chocolate cocoa feel. I sense a very early stage infection (or some strange acidity) which is unfortunate because this is probably the first batch to hit my local store. I'll leave this for reference but hopefully can have a fresh one in the future.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served in a standard pint. Pours slightly darker than cola with a one inch, tight, mocha-colored head. Head eventually settles into a consistent soapy skim with delicate strands of lacing encircling the edges of the glass. Nose is rather subdued, but a suggestion of cocoa, roast and oats comes out in the mix. Taste consistent with nose, but there's also a slight artificial sweetener character interspersed in the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a carbonation that falls just short of lively and a slightly creamy texture. All and all, a pretty drinkable Oatmeal Stout and quite flavorful for the abv. I'd like the opportunity to try this one on nitro if possible.

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Photo of Viggo
3.86/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Kyoko for hauling this back from Nevada for me!

Pours an opaque black/brown, thick brown head forms, settles to a thick ring, very solid lacing and nice retention, looks like a stout! Smell is chocolate cereal and oats, roast, toffee, some smoke, bit of charred wood, roasty bitterness, nice. Taste is nice and roasty, chocolate, smoke, burnt raisins, some cereal and oatmeal smoothness, milk chocolate finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, low carbonation, pretty silky, creamy, pretty solid. Thanks Kyoko!

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Starts off a little questionable, not a good color for stout, kind of a weak middle of the road brown color, head is weak as well. Smell is nothing to write home about. Not bad, but just average.

Taste starts to grow, typical oatmeal stout, a little chewy, much more than the aroma and appearance of the beer would have led me to believe.

Sticks around tastewise, doesn't evolve into the tobacco taste some stouts will do. Not a complex oatmeal stout, but its hard to make a bad version of this style. Straight forward.

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Photo of champ103
2.78/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On Nitro at the Flying Saucer in Houston, TX. Labeled as Thunder Stout, but is the oatmeal stout for sure.

A: Pours a dark brown color, nearly black with some ruby highlights around the edges. A two finger tan head forms, and recedes in a second. Lace is left behind.
S: Lightly toasted malt. Plenty of sweetness. Buttery diacetyl is present in the nose.
T: Buttery diacetyl just takes over. A light sweetness lingers, though nothing else.
M/D: Thin and watery. Pretty typical for a beer on Nitro. That pseudo type of creaminess which is associated with this type of beer, though is severely lacking in body. Not hard to drink. Though nothing I care to come back to.

Very generic on Nitro, and the diacety really detracts. Pretty much ho hum with some flaws. Not something I would recommend.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
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 glid02
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Taco Mac Metropolis in Atlanta.

Pours black with a half-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of roasted malts with hints of semi-sweet chocolate. As it warms hints of char and sweet oats waft out.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Roasted malt flavors without much depth kick things off. Midway through the sip the flavors turn slightly chalky with hints of unsweetened chocolate. The chocolate flavors fade out into a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is OK. It's a bit on the thin side, especially with oats as an ingredient, with decent carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall there wasn't a lot going on with this beer but it wasn't hard to drink. Not worth seeking out but not worth avoiding either.

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Photo of ZAP
3.03/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Update-cola like brown/black....little to no head...some burnt malts and java...some creamy textures but slightly acidic mouthfeel...sour on the finish...unremarkable...somewhat sour tasting...some OK java notes but not worth buying..
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12-25-01-This is an ok stout..Good bitter chocolate tones..finish is definitely on the dry side..I get an odd off taste on occasion...maybe a tich of caramel, but it is not real strong and hard to detect. Good creamy head...aroma is average with a faint coffee like scent..Not super thick, but certainly not too watered down....definitely worth trying but I've had better (and worse)..

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was on nitro at the Breckenridge Brewery/BBQ and had the telltale cascading head. It was black with a light cream colored head, looked like a Guinness. Smells were slight roasted malts. The taste was roasted oats and malts. Nice beer, easy to drink, and went well with the rack of ribs. It smells

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.04/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark with medium head. Roasty chocolate aroma, some sweetness. Flavor follows with big chocolate notes, some nice roast, and mild coffee. Does not finish with much bitter to balance the sweetness, but pretty smooth creamy mouthfeel. Found this to be a very nice stout.

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Photo of Gusler
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer as it sets in the glass a deep dark brown to black, ah the way a beer should look IMHO, the head large and creamy, the color a nice light chocolate, and after decomposition the lace forms a sticky sheet upon the glass. Nice toasted malt nose, hint of chocolate and coffee, the start is rich in malt, sweet with the top middling in feel. Finish is lightly hopped, mildly acidic, and the aftertaste dry, a “Beginners Stout”, quite drinkable when you’re not in the mood for a heavy stout.

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Photo of mynie
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

That's the kind of pour I frankly did not expect to get from this brewery. Large, rocky brown head sits atop a very dark black that laces great.

Solid oatmeal stout. Deep roasted malt, chocolate, and that stingy oatmeal rawness. A little tame, perhaps, but very smooth.

Decent hop start moving quickly to bitter roasted malt, ending on a tree-barky earth malt. Very raw and robust.

This is a very good oatmeal and certainly the best beer I've had yet from Breckenridge.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.96/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark ruby color; I'm let down that it's not mostly pitch black. The head is a one finger mocha shade. Retention is decent, and nice lacing is left behind.

S: There's a nice snap of roast here, along with a significant nuttiness. Hints of chocolate and oatmeal float around. Nothing special here, but it hits all the right notes a lighter oatmeal stout should.

T: Actually, it tastes closer to a roasty brown ale than a stout. The start is strong in roasted flavor, before a finish of nuts and oatmeal. I know what's missing from this brew, but it's hard for me to explain, so I'll just say this: all the roast here need more 'stouty' flavor to balance it out. Just a bit more defined sweetness (like cream or chocolate) would go a long way toward making this really good.

M: This is a lot drier and cleaner than I expected, with only a hint of lingering sweetness. The strong carbonation helps its drinkability cause, too. But you know what would really give it great drinkability? Better flavors.

O: Eh.

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Photo of ccrida
3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Silk-screened bomber depicting a moon wearing a nightcap, poured into a shaker, the oatmeal stout is pitch black with a decent, creamy tan head with lots of large bubbles interspersed that leaves a fair amount of lace.

Smell is a little strange, roasted nuts, metallic, graham cracker and chocolaty. I pulled this from the fridge about 20 mins before I opened it, but it still took a while to open up

Taste is pretty good, rich and fully roasted, semi-sweet caramel, a slight tang from the oats, some oakiness and a lingering dry, bitter, finish.

Mouthfeel is very smooth, thick and medium bodied.

Drinkability is pretty good, the richness beckons slower sips (I'd have guessed the ABV was a good bit higher, even though there's really no alcohol taste, just thickness.

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Photo of papat444
3.29/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Taken from a mixed 12-pack with a best before date of 1-25-14. Poured from a 12 oz bottle.

Pours a dark brown body, head is light tan. Bubbly foam, chunky lacing, nice cascading effect. Smell is of roasted cocoa and oats. Chewy taste, smoke, dry cocoa, bit of charcoal but feels underdeveloped. Feel is quite thin for a stout. Decent but not much more.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a black color, with brown around the edges. The head is onw inch in height, and dark tan in color. It recedes slowly into a nice cap of lacing. The aroma is of cream, vanilla, toffee, and roasted malt. The taste is like the aroma, but with the addition of a roasted malt bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, this is a fine Oatmeal Stout. Nothing really "wows" me about it, but I would drink it again.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well, its the middle of summer and I already had to satisfy a mid-summer stout craving!

Super dark brown, almost black. Fat, thick brown head...pretty beer.

Smell those oats, baby! Chocolate sweetness is there, roasted latte nose.

Coffee expresso taste with a nice balance of oats and hops with more than a hint of bitterness at the end. Was not sure about this one at first (Avalanche got me dissin' Breck), but it has kinda grown on me as this is the 5th of a 6 pack bought only a few days ago.

Light and airy for a stout and seriously quaffable, a highly drinkability stout.

Recommended drinking. Will be buying this one again.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.16/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a solid black color with a deep brown around the edges. Quickly dissipating, tan head that is easy to bring back with a swirl of the glass thanks to the carbonation. The initial smell is burnt coffee beans, roasted malts, and barley. The smell is very subdued and hard to pick up on at first. You really have to let this one warm up a little bit, otherwise it's hard to smell anything. Taste follows through with a initial hit of bitterness and faint floral notes, but the roasted malt flavors are heavy and so it's easy to taste the bitterness but miss the hops. There are definitely some oats in the background that really come through at the end. Overall, your mouth is left with a nice bittersweet toasted malt flavor. A bit of oatmeal here, a bit of coffee beans there. This brew is pretty thick and creamy on the mouth with just a slight carbonation bite.

Overall, a reasonably decent oatmeal stout, fairly standard. It's not incredibly flavorful or unique, but it's highly sessionable at 4.9% ABV. Balanced well with bitterness and sweetness, just nothing exciting going on, really. A little above average I'd say, but not much to see here.

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Oatmeal Stout from Breckenridge Brewery
3.66 out of 5 based on 1,554 ratings.
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