Stillwater / Emelisse Holland Oats
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American Amber / Red Ale
3.66 | pDev: 10.66%
Stillwater Artisanal Ales
Maryland, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Stillwater / Emelisse Holland OatsStillwater / Emelisse Holland Oats
Notes: A collaboration with one of Holland's best craft breweries. As a nod to Dutch culture and a little sense of humor, we brewed this one with toasted oats & appelstroop.
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Reviews: 24 | Ratings: 50
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, this beer is just punny....


Pours a rustic amber, slightly brown. Little head, but I poured it that way, and was probably too cold right out of the fridge.

Sweet, malty aroma, but not overwhelming. This no American version of anything. Soft caramel, baked. A bit nutty. Nice earthy spice and some green pine

Flavor is lovely. Nice sweetness with a touch of spice. Earthy and caramel. A gentle but noticeable wave of bready yeast comes and goes. Finishes sweet and then dry. Very nice. I guess it's a Man Eater....Hey O

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Photo of keithmurray
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance - murky crimson body with slight white head

Smell - caramel, apple, pine

Taste - caramel, apple, pine, hop bitterness , green tea

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, high carbonation, slightly sweet, hop bitterness at the back end for balance, flavors linger

Overall - nice amber ale that I enjoyed, having said that, I wouldn't pay the asking price of $6.75 for a single of this

Price Point - $6.75/ 11.2 oz single ( didn't pay this price, got it 'free' after buying a shitload of beer from Havana House in OH )

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

(Served in a tulip glass)
A- hazy deep caramel body glows below a bubble sticky thin cream head and is supported by strands of microbubbles that trail up the sides.

S- The butterscotch note leads to a sweet malt note that finishes with a caramel hint and a faint earthy oat quality.

T- The caramel sweetness blends with a herbal bitterness which lingers a bit after a dry finish. There is a slight spicy phenol that comes through as it warm along with some butter hints that are not quite diacetyl and some raw oat flavors aswell.

M- The medium mouthfeel is slightly chewy as it opens up and no alcohol heat is noticed.

O- The nice depth of sweetness is balanced by some mellow bitterness and a crisp finish is balanced by a oat fullness in the mouth.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Amber-orange with a finger of frothy off-white head. Fades medium.

S - Sweet caramel malts, grapefruit and citrus hops, oats, apple, caramelized sugars, touch of bready malts.

T - Sweet caramel malts, grapefruit and citrus hops, mild bitterness, apple, brown sugar, caramelized sugars, oats, bready malts, bit of pine hops, bit of Belgian yeast.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a sweet and brown sugary finish.

D - Nicely balanced. The apple and syrupy flavors are a bit different but well balanced.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange-ish to brown in color with a small white head. In the aroma, faint green apple sweetness. In the taste, faint green apple sweetness and a note of apple tartness. A smooth and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dryer small yeasty tartness in the aftertaste. A nice mellow tartness and small fruity presence, quite enjoyable.

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

A cellar temperature bottle is split between two glasses. I'm using a NERAX half-Imperial pint.

This si a slightly hazy amber beer, with a tan/pink foam head. Great lacing is left behind as the head recedes.

The nose is spicy and fruity. Apple, rye, and citrus hops are each mixed in.

The flavor isn't spicy at all, despite what I thought I smelled. There is a slightly dry flavor and plenty of oats. It's an interesting taste; I usually only have stouts that contain this much oat flavor. I only taste the apple flavors in the finish. Hop bitterness comes in after I swallow.

The beer is a bit thicker than average and carbonation is a tad low. A thin, watery coat is left behind, but it holds onto some good malt flavors.

This is a interesting amber. I like the oat addition a lot, and the apple syrup is unique (to me). It's very different from other Stillwater beers I've had. I recommend it!

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

Pours a one finger cream head that fades quickly to ring leaving traces of lace. Murky amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Light grapefruit and caramel nose flavor follows with a mix of grapefruit and caramel, light bitter finish. Pricey at $6.20 for a 330ml bottle from Tully's Beer and Wine Wells, ME.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out looking very thick, minimal head on top with just a thin film on top. There is no real head retention or lacing here. The smell was malty and earthy, not much of a lively aroma or anything like that. The taste moderately sweet with some very muddy or earthy flavors in there following up with some oats in the finish. The mouthfeel was soft but thick, moderate carbonation with oily dry finish. Overall it's not my favorite from Stillwater but I was glad I had it.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Strong, malty aroma has an overtone of caramel and more than a hint of honey - wild mountain honey? ;) Pours a clear sepia with a nice pale tan head that leaves spotty lacing. Flavor has a nice overtone of caramel and honey, a strong malty underpinning, and a firm woody hoppy notes. Hoppy component is more woody than bitter. Smooth texture has decent body and good fizz. Tasty, if not spectacular. Love the pun!

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Photo of metter98
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is very hazy amber in color and has some small sediments visible near the bottom of the glass along with a slight amount of carbonation. It poured with a thin but dense beige head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of caramel malts in the nose along with some notes of citrusy hops—grapefruit seem to stand out in particular.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has flavors of caramel along with notes of citrus and hints of apples. There seems to be a balanced amount of light sweetness and light bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit smooth on the palate with a light amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is rather easy to drink and the appelstroop makes the taste a little more interesting but it seems that it could use more carbonation.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a murky amber/burnt orange color with a thin head that went away quickly. There's a decent amount of lacing left on the glass. The brew smells like sweet malt, apples, caramel and some light berries/fruit. It tastes like apples, grapes, sweet malt, caramel, and some grapefruit. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and creamy with moderate carbonation. I liked this brew more after I had been drinking it for a while. But at $5.99 a bottle, I'm not sure if I'd buy it very often. But it's certainly worth trying if you've never had it before.

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

consumed on 6/29, while I was "on Hiatus." picked up locally. enjoyed from my stillwater wineglass.

a - brew poured a deep burgandy reddish brown with a finger of head that left rather quickly leaving spotty lacing at best. rather attractive for an amber (oooh, stillwater doing an amber!!!)

s - nice caramel malts. hints of cinnammon, sweetness, and fruit. some berries in there. amber with some fruitiness. nice. you get the apples for sure.

t - oaty and grainy on an amber. the apples come out, but not as much as in the scent.

m - mouth is definitely on the creamy side for an amber. rather belgian, but kind of grainy and a bit dry in the finish. leaves a bit of a tingle.

o - overall, more than anything it is nice to see something that is not a saison coming from stillwater. i would love to see brian experiment with other styles. would LOVE for a stout. that being said, this is a pretty decent amber. the oats add a nice touch as do the apples. quite enjoyable for a style that i often find to be too malt and grain heavy. keep in mind that i'm a stillwater fanboy, but i genuinely dug this beer (wish they were bigger than 11.2 though).


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Photo of Bung
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz. Picked up at Brawleys.
Cloudy brown amber pour, thin layer of white though I poured it pretty carefully. Looks like a Barleywine.

Aroma, pretty sweet, caramel, malt, raisin, some sherry. Light tea.

Taste, not getting the sweet fruit others have gotten. Do get earthy malt and peat. Toasted oats you can notice. There is sweetness, just not fruit. Toffee and raisin. Just faint herbal notes and bitterness.

Nearly medium bodied, ample carbonation. Alcohol not noticeable but not high to begin with.

Two breweries I have enjoyed and I thought the collaboration worked just fine. It's hard to find a good red, this is an example that is not the hopped up American version, which is just fine by me. Maybe a little expensive.

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Photo of oline73
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: The beer pours a cloudy reddish amber color with a very small layer of off white head.

Smell: This beer is quite sweet and has a strong fruit smell to it. I'm also getting some Belgian yeast spice.

Taste: Sweeter than most beers of the style. I'm getting the fruity notes, some grape and maybe some mild cherry as well. There is a candy like malt sweetness to this beer. The finish reminds me more of a traditional amber, some hop bitterness. The Belgian yeast spice is there, but it's in the background.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly, fluffy carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This beer is alright, but a bit weird. The fruity notes were too prevalent. I don't think I'd have another.

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Photo of avalon07
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint bottle. Had an amber color and a cloudy consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Good lacing.

S: A somewhat muted aroma of hops, malt, and caramel.

T: Tasted of hops (a moderate amount), some malt, and a little bit of caramel. Not an awful flavor, but much too thin to be memorable.

M: A fair amount of carbonation with a smooth, but thin finish. Light-bodied.

O: This isn't a bad beer, but kind of underwhelming.

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Photo of cvm4
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a cloudy brown. Minimal head and lacing.

S - Sweet caramel, dark fruit and malts.

T - Slightly sweet up front, floral, strawberry and bitter hops in the end. Slightly mehhh to say the least.

M - Good carbonation and mouthfeel here.

O - Nothing melds or compliments the beer while drinking it. Just odd to me.

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

A: Orange colored beer, slightly cloudy with a minimal head.

S: The smells of grapefruit, lemon and citrus.

T: Slightly bitter aftertaste and some grapefruit, little bit soft.

M: Perfect carbonation.

O: Easily drinkable, with a long bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of rfgetz
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours burt orange in color with little head to speak of. Scent is mild and muted with faint notes of dry grain, light sugary and fruity sweetness, some earthiness. Taste leads with pleasant notes of fresh dried and lightly toasted grain, gets really interesting as faintly sugary and sweet fruit pops up, nice notes of applesauce, some floral notes and more brown sugar on the finish. Body is smooth and creamy, maybe a touch under carbonated unfortunately and a touch on the thinner side of medium bodied. Quite torn with this brew as the flavor is just out of this world good, the disappointing nose and body bring it down to earth.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Churchkey during the Surly takeover. Served in a snifter.

Pours a moderate amber color with a nice off-white head and a bit of spotty lacing on the way down. The nose carries a good dose of amber malt and light brad plus some earthy and light floral hops. The flavor is similar with a nice hop presence and bitterness lasting through the feel. Medium body with a nice chewiness and then a semi-dry finish. Hops kick in there. Nice and interesting.

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

I'm down to try almost anything Stillwater is making... easy choice for me in NoLa

the beer pours a light brown with a thin head that falls flat. Unfortunately the beer was served a little too cold to get much aroma, not nothing changed when it warmed up. The taste matched the smell leaving menrather disappointed... although there was a nice yeast funk going on that was unexpected. once the beer fell flat it was no longer worth drinking... even with the potent yeast character. I would probably not try this beer again and would not consider it a success.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a murky medium to dark orange amber. Half finger light tan head dissipates slowly to a film, ring around the glass and lacing. Mild aroma of caramel malt and light and dark fruit, reminiscent of a barley wine. Unusual flavor of light fruit, dominated by peach and pear, caramel. Finishes somewhat buttery and dry with light malt and a moderate hop kick. Medium bodied with a hint of creaminess. An interesting and different flavor profile. I enjoyed trying this experiment from two excellent craft breweries.

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Photo of oberon
3.22/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a hazy burnt orange color with almost no head to speak of,a very thin layer that is gone quickly.Kind of an odd nose for an amber I pick some roasted pears,toffee,and almost a lactic tinge.Buttery caramel flavors along with quite a bit of yeasty spice,soapiness comes into play in the finish.Hmm this is kind of a strange beer to me,it's not horrible but it has flavor traits that maybe shouldn't be there or it's really daring to be different.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Doopie gave me a bottle of this as a lovely parting gift one evening. Thanks dude!

From a bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a small, medium looking, off-white head with good retention. Head fades to a good wisp and sticks to the sides of the glass. Opaque rust orange in color with medium carbonation. A splotchy wisp and ring remain leaving decent lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Medium nose of pale malts, flowery hops and plenty of toffee. Melon, red fruits for sure, and some lime notes in there. Quite fruity and pleasant.

TASTE: Pale malts and sweet toffee up front, moving into a flowery bitter hop finish with enough sweet caramel and toffee to balance it out nicely. Red fruits show up again before a medium aftertaste of sweet toffee, lime, and lots of floral bitterness lingers nicely on the palate.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes relatively dry on the palate. Good feel.

OVERALL: A solid brew overall. Quite bitter at the finish, but enough fruity sweetness was there to offer balance. Enjoyed this on a relatively warm afternoon in March. Good stuff and worth checking out if you get the chance.

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Photo of Gobigvt7
3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a wine glass at The Hop & Vine in Portland, OR.

This is actually labeled as a dutch amber ale, but amber would be a liberal interpretation of the color of this beer. Maybe if you blended a pils with an amber, you'd get an approximation of this very slightly colored ale. Burnt gold? Mild carbonation, head quickly dissipates.

A faint whiff of hops, a bigger whiff of euro-funk and an alarming scent of peaches. I know there are no peaches in this beer, so I'm guessing this is an interesting manifestation of the yeast.

Again with the peaches, very interesting. The aftertaste of this is spot-on to that of RJ Rockers' Son of a Peach wheat beer. Green apples, grass, more euro funk, a little hop bitterness woven in. Very dry crackery taste.

Pretty light in the mouth, in body and carbonation. No traces of booze.

A solid effort through and through, though not totally "for me". Interesting and unique, a standard both brewers are quite good at achieving with all their beers.

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Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 50 ratings