Oatmeal Stout | Four Peaks Brewing Company - 8th Street Brewery

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Four Peaks Brewing Company - 8th Street Brewery
Arizona, United States

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
25 IBU

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Photo of maddog13lb
2.49/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Decided to finish off my meal in Tempe at Mac's Boiler & Tap with a dark beer. Mac's changes their tap selection often, though Four Peaks is just down the road. MAC's has wonderful specials.

A: Dark brown with a slight head which remains to the bottom.
S: I cannot detect an aroma... maybe a hint of chocolate
T: Slight chocolate, coffee, smoke taste.
M: Extremely refreshing
D: Not the best oatmeal stout I've had, though it's not bad.

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Photo of Phelps
3.06/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Served from a nitro tap into a tasting glass.

Looks: dense. The liquid's thick and black with no head at all, though a negligible amount of bubbles the color of graham crackers grip the sides of the glass.

Smells: like the fair. Peanuts, light roast coffee, and an interesting sweetness I can only compare to warm cotton candy waft out of the glass. Subdued and sweet.

Tastes: undemanding. The flavor is similar to the nose, with cotton candy sweetness and a very light roasted character. Finishes surprisingly dry and crisp finish, with less lingering flavor than I'd expect from a stout.

Feels: surprising. The carbonation is high for a nitro stout, but the body is nice -- just a shade under medium and silky over the tongue.

Drinks: I want to love this beer, but as a fan of roastiness, Four Peaks' Oatmeal Stout always leaves me a little depressed. Pack some more flavor in there and we'll talk.

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Photo of LittleDon
3.34/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

An understated, less bitter version of Guinness. Black, very dense off white head with great retention. Aroma and taste are very mild chocolate with little bitterness. Very hard to find anything here of note. Medium body. Great mouthfeel due to the nitrogen.

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Photo of swthomas55
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewpub, 4oz sample.

App - black with a dense tan head.
Aroma - roasty coffee-chocolate, malty with prune fruit.
Flavor - milk chocolate, malty-sweet, with barely balancing low bitterness. Oatmeal smoothness is evident.
Mouthfeel - medium body and smooth, with low carbonation.
Overall - very pleasant sweetish stout.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.46/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown to black color, tan head with good stick. Lacing is a bit wimpy.

Aroma of lightly roasted grains, the smell is mild but definitely astringent. Strangely, I'm getting a lactic, sweet vibe from this one.

The flavor follows suit, really only providing the malt-driven side of the equation: mildly bitter roasted dark malts, like a burnt coffee. The hops are weak and tucked away, really making no impact on the flavor profile other than to keep it away from too bitter. The cream doesn't reappear from the nose, which is major points.

Good smooth mouthfeel, oatmeal makes its presence here. Finish is bitter/astringent but not inappropriate. Not watery but not terribly chewy either. I found the flavor not terribly likeable enough to want to keep drinking.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.47/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours a finger and half of head on a black body.
The aroma is mild roast.
The taste is slightly sweet overall with mild roasty flavor.
The texture is smooth with low carbonation.
It's great looking and feeling with average flavor.

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Photo of paulginva
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

APPEARANCE: When brought to the table in a pint glass, this beer exhibited a medium tan 1/2" creamy head that had good lacing and dissipated slowly. The body was a very dark brown, almost black, opaque, with ruby highlights and little carbonation.

AROMA: A modest amount of chocolate and roasted grain. Somewhat malty sweet with just a hint of hops. Really not much of a smell.

TASTE: A light taste of milk chocolate and coffee with a hint of nuts; a moderate taste of roasted oatmeal, and a very light taste of hops. A light taste of earthy yeast, just enough to keep the hop taste in check, also was present.

MOUTHFEEL: The beer had a medium body with a thin, watery texture. There was little carbonation and a lightly astringent, bitter aftertaste. The initial flavor was moderately sweet with a lightly bitter finish flavor that lasted for a moderate amount of time. There was a fair amount of body lacing that dissipated slowly.

DRINKABILITY: This beer was easy to drink and was certainly repeatable throughout the night, but there was nothing memorable, no "wow factor" to it. There are many better exemplars of this style.

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Photo of Stoneman78
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at the Tempe brewery
A- Brown/black hue, tan light head and lacing
S- Subtle bread and biscuit malts, roast and toast, coffee, anise
T- Initial mix of bitter chocolate and coffee, light floral hops, biscuit malts, finishes bitter
M- Medium-bodied, watery texture, moderate carbonation
D- Simpler type of stout, very mild and straightforward, not much incentive to drink this beer in great quantities

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Photo of unclejimbay
3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Oatmeal Stout on tap @ 4P Brewery
Dark coffee color with decent head retention. Mild roasty aroma.
Tastes of dark roasted malts, backed by some dry coffee notes. Med thin body and low carbo. OK stout but not my preference, too roasty and low carbo for me.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured ontap at the brewery.

Appears blackish with a light tan head and some lacing going on. Aroma is of roasted malt sweetness. Tastes pretty similar to a Guinness, with a little more roasted/coffee flavors. Mouthfeel is oh so smooth and thats where the oatmeal can best suit this beer. Decently drinkable and certainly worth trying out. If you're into smooth and creamy draught stouts this is for you.

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Photo of Sammy
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at Scottsdale location, brewed of course at the Tempe brewpub. Dark brown with off-white head. A decent stout with an easy mouthfeel, and thickish. Roast grains' aroma. Noticeable thickness. Mollasses, chocolate malts, bit of coffee substitute. Roast aromas.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On nitro into a shaker pint.

black opaque in color, with the thick nitro head. roasty aroma. taste is on the drier side for an oatmeal stout. typical nitro mouthfeel - soft nitro bubbles and full mouthfeel.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This must be on nitrogen dispension because the creamy brown head on this beer really lingers and won't go away. The beer is a pitch black color. The aroma has notes of chocolate with a bit of butter (perhaps a hint of diacetyl). I also get notes of lightly roasted coffee, though with time the buttery diacetyl notes becomes more evident, but not so much that it becomes distracting. The taste is incredibly smooth and creamy with a solid chocolate character to it. The two characteristics are reminiscent of a chocolate malt shake. The finish has notes of chocolate malt and a bit of alcohol to it. This is not a bad beer, the diacetyl is faintly noticeable in the taste, but adds to the dimensions of this beer. This is quite quaffable, and could probably get me in trouble if I drank too many.

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Photo of chinchill
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On nitro-tap at the brewpub.

Pours with a huge head that quickly recedes to a proper size top coat. The color is virtually black with dark ruby highlights. The head sticks around and keeps the glass thoroughly coated until the pint is slowly drained.

Smells of roasted malts with a hint of chocolate. Mildly sweet.

Taste: Roasted malt, oatmeal and choclate flavors up front followed by darker malts and more chocolate flavor. Mildly bitter ending. A bit light flavored but otherwise very nice.

Mouthfeel: great, thanks in part to the nitro. Light and semi dry; creamy smmoth.

Overall: a very fine Oatmeal Stout with a great look and feel. Worth seeking out on nitro.tap.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery. From notes. Reviewed 9 January 2016.
Black dark. Mocha head.
Smells like chocolate and deliciously roasted malt. Some toffee.
Rich and creamy, with little other than sugars going on in the maintaste. Hint of caramelization. Milky and fun.

ABV: 4.2%
IBU: 9
SRM: 2
Malts: Two-row, Cara-pils, White Wheat
Hops: Magnum

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Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewery.

Pours a color that's one shade away from black with dark ruby highlights and a one-finger tan head. The head sticks around for quite a while before settling into a patchy layer on top and leaving decent lacing.

Smells of roasted malts with a good amount of milk chocolate. There's not a lot going on here, but so far everything's done correctly.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Roasted malt flavors up front followed by milk chocolate flavors that hit right before a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a great thickness, but the carbonation was a bit too far over to the soft side.

Drinkability is good. I could certainly order more than one of these, though it'd be a lot easier if it wasn't 75 degrees outside.

Overall this was a very tasty Oatmeal Stout. Nothing stood out as spectacular, but nothing stood out as spectacularly bad either. Worth a shot.

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Photo of Auraan
4.01/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured with a beautiful cascade, which settled into a deep brown/black with a finger and a half fluffy tan head that stuck around. Scents of roast malt and some burnt grain. Not amazing, but it was stout-like and made me excited to taste it. Flavor is roast malt, black coffee, and some burnt flavors. Standard session stout flavor, not picking up a whole lot of oatmeal. Mouthfeel is excellent, smooth and creamy nitro stout texture with a medium body. A very good sessionable stout, one of my favorite Four Peaks offerings. It suffers slightly from not being quite as heavy on the oatmeal part, but it's a good stout.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Went to the brewery with my dad earlier this evening for dinner and beers, as we are on vacation in Phoenix for another day. Had this beer on nitro tap. Served in a standard pint glass, this beer is a very dark brown, almost black color with an off-white/slightly tan colored head that is about an inch thick when first served. Settles to a solid 1/4 inch covering. Good lacing too. Aromas of dark, very roasted malts along with coffee and cocoa notes and a hint oats. Flavors of dark, very roasted caramel malts with some subtle sweetness that gives way to bittersweet dark chocolate and black roasted coffee notes. Rounded our with some oatmeal-esque graininess and a slight hint of hops. Has a slightly crisp, but mainly frothy and smooth, medium bodied mouthfeel with light to moderate carbonation. Easy to drink in the good way. A solid beer indeed.


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Photo of denver10
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pourd a dark brown with a nice rich, nitro styled khaki head. Decent aroma but a little minimized by the nitro; roasty, sweet from the sugars from oats, and hintings of some coffee. Flavor stood up to the nitro quite well, roasty, creamy, sugars from the oats, a hint of some coffee, and an ever so slight charred finish. A thinner to medium and creamy mouthfeel. Overall, a very nice low abv stout. One I could easily drink much more of.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My final beer on 3/28, a 'dessert' beer if you will. A pintful of nitro goodness (not advertised as such), listed at 5.2 % ABV.

A: Super blackness, capped with an extra-creamy head, light tan in color. Creamy lace in long, draping sheets.

S: Malty, dark, and full of chocolate and coffee roastedness. Mild spices and sugars, develops into a "baker's chocolate" sweetness with cereal grains throughout.

T: Delicious cocoa sweetness, mild spicing. A sugary, cereal-like maltiness, full of bakers chocolate shavings.

M: Velvet-like, extremely creamy. Whenever a beer is forced through nitro, it can't help but get a '4' on the mouthfeel grade. Another smooth, lovely mouthfeel.

D: A fine ending to a nice afternoon, a recommended stout in a near-perfect setting. Despite no awards, this is a lovely example of a delectable style; it gets my recommendation.

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Photo of jillmart
4.11/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is at the Tempe location. I was passing through while travelling.

A: A very dark brown, good creamy head.

S: I honestly didn't detect much of a smell. If anything, it was just a hint of chocolate.

T: A good healthy mix of coffee and chocolate. I was pleasantly surprised how good this was after I could barely smell anything.

M: A very smooth beer that went down easy. Very easy to drink.

D: I was pleased with this beer. I would recommend it to others who typically gravitate toward stouts and porters.

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Photo of breadwinner
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of the rare beers that nitro totally works for for me. Gorgeous, as is often the case w/ nitro, huge, symmetrical cylinder of foam atop, gleaming jet black body. True to form for nitro, as well, the nose is muted, soft roast about all to be found. Taste is nice, though, a touch of sweetness amidst some roast and a touch of acidity. Smooth as ever, perhaps inching around a bit of wateriness, but then kinda coming back together on the swallow to feel smooth and rich. This has been good for a LONG time, and I still happily order it whenever I'm in the pub (when I'm not drinking tasty cask beer). Good stuff, FP.

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Photo of jbphoto88
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black Guinness like color with mahogany reddish highlights. The head is very reminiscent of a Guinness with its fine creaminess and retention. I didn't see the pour but it looks like its from a nitro tap despite the obvious over-pour and spillage by the bartender. There was only half an inch of khaki brown head on the top of the beer but the side of the glass wore at least another quarter inch.

Smell is of dark roasted chocolates, coffee and deep rich malts. Smooth smells that work well together are quite pleasing to jam you nose in. It was so good I accidently dipped my nose at least twice.

Beautiful creamy texture to this brew. A smooth almost milky (coating) mouthfeel with coffee , chocolate and rich warm malts. Dark roasted almost bitter flavors plays well with the creaminess. The aftertaste reinforces those flavors and lets them linger on the palate. Quite nice.

Little to no carbonation brings out the flavors of this beer and adds to the milky mouthfeel. It compels you to drink and allows you to slug it down fast. One of the better oatmeal stouts out there.

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Photo of cswhitehorse
4.29/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Got a pint of the Oatmeal stout which was to my surprise served nitro style. It was pitch black with a good 2 finger foam head. The mouthfeel was obviously soft and a pillow to my tongue. The was of a slight chocolate taste with a mild bitterness. Aroma was roasty coffee nose and overall a solid stout.

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Photo of humuluslupulus8
4.31/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer was a very dark brown color, almost black. It looked transparent, and there were practically no carbonation bubbles rising inside the glass. The head was thick and cream-like in appearance with a light tan color; it left plenty of lacing on the glass.

S: I mostly smelled coffee and bitter chocolate with a little bit of yeast.

T: The beer tasted very similar to how it smelled. The coffee flavor was strongest, and a bitter, dark chocolate flavor was also present. I did not taste hops or alcohol too much.

M: This was the one of the smoothest beer I've tasted, and it felt thicker than other beers I've drank. There was very little carbonation.

D: Overall, this beer was very tasty, and I would recommend it to others; especially those who like dark beers. I agree with other reviewers that this is more of a dessert beer, and it could easily be the dessert after a meal. This beer reminds me of 1554 by New Belguim, but I like the oatmeal stout better.

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