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Oatmeal Stout | Rivertown Brewery & Barrel House

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Rivertown Brewery & Barrel House
Ohio, United States

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Beejay on 02-24-2010

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Ratings: 47 |  Reviews: 29
Photo of gmfessen
4.15/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, Oatmeal Stout is black in color with a creamy looking, mocha-tan head. Nose is of rich, roasty notes like molasses, chocolate and coffee. The taste is very well balanced yet malt forward with the aforementioned malty characteristics being centerstage and a clean hoppy finish. The mouthfeel is a little light in body but with a velvety, creamy carbonation which is exactly what you would expect from an "Oatmeal" Stout. Overall, drinkable stout - goes down smooth and easy, tastes good too!

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Photo of neenerzig
4.06/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was down in Cincinnati this past weekend as my brother graduated college from University of Cincinnati. So Saturday afternoon after the graduation ceremony we headed over The Party Source right across the river in Kentucky. I purchased a 6 pack of this, among other things that I can't get here in Cleveland, and some beers I can't get in Ohio at all. Poured into my pint glass, this beer is a dark brown color with amber/ruby hues when held up to the light. Has a thin brown head well under 1/4 inch thick that disappears very quickly after being poured to a nice medium sized ring lining the inside of the glass. Has a little bit of lacing on the inside of the glass. Aromas of dark roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and oatmeal are all nicely present, certainly enjoying the nose with this one! Has nice roasted chocolate, malt and coffee flavors upfront that give way to the oatmeal. No discernible hop aroma or flavor here. The flavors certainly come out more as the beer sits and warms a bit. Has a crisp, thin to medium bodied mouthfeel, with moderate carbonation. A very drinkable beer indeed. Almost dangerously drinkable in fact. A very good, solid beer here. My only complaints are that I thought the body/mouthfeel was a big thin for a stout and the lack of head and foam when the beer was first poured. Certainly worth a try.


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Photo of mcorwin
4/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of rogueleonardi
4/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of DmanGTR
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brought this to share at a tasting. Review from notes.

Poured coffee black with light chestnut hues in the light. Very rich and roasty aroma with the sweetness of oatmeal enhancing it. Nice silky smoothness. Blend of light coffee, touch of browned toast, and cocoa powder. Very easy to drink. I would easily down a growler of this in a session.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.97/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep black, with a huge head of tan foam. Big spokes of lace on my ale glass.

Nose is cocoa-chocolate, slightly roasty and definitely mouth-watering.

Taste is roasty (but not burnt), with more chocolate tones and a hint of coffee. This is a smooth-drinking stout, no doubt made creamier by the oatmeal.

Absolutely nothing wrong with this brew -- tasty, enjoyable, and with plenty of depth.

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Photo of BigDRS
3.89/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Opaque dark, dark ruby red/near black in color with a tan colored head. Head dies down quickly to just a light film.

S - The aroma on this beer is awesome. Oatmeal, roasted malt, some dark chocolate, and coffee notes all are present in the nose. Roasty qualities really stand out.

T - Very similar to the smell. Starts out with a lot of up front roasted malt character and about mid-way through sweetens up a bit and the coffee and chocolate flavors come through.

M - Not very good. Mouthfeel is quite watery for my taste, and the carbonation level is just a touch high.

O - Overall this is a quality beer, but the mouthfeel is a real letdown. If one is in the mood for a decent stout, this will at least fulfill the craving.

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Photo of rembrant
3.87/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pour- Black with a little brownish cast and a very brief tan head Some lace.

Aroma Coffee,black currants

taste Coffee and currants,a trace of black cherry and some roasty elements.

This works rather well cold though the malts do bring up the coffee and roasted malts more as it warms. As tends to be the case with Rivertown it's a pretty good beer,pretty much "to type" yet too understated,as if the target is a transitioning "mainstream' drinker..not a BA guy. Though an Oat stout, it's more Porterish in it's weight. As it DOES do well cold, it can be a nice "summertime" malty beer.

Mouth....More carbonation than the norm for an Oat Stout but that fits this,as it's maybe aimed to be perky,accessable. has a wetness without being TOO thin,but i expect a bit more viscosity,heft to an Oat Stout. Creamy mout and the finish is short but clean.

Drinkability is high for an Oat Stout....because it's light/medium body and carbonation make it drink more like a middleweight Porter. Kind of a niche beer that's pleasent enough but would benefit from more oomph.

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Photo of ThaBobfather
3.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours about as well as you can ask an oatmeal stout to pour-black/brown with an exploding cascade of chocolate bar color with malted foam.
Smell is solid-roasted almonds, oats, sweet malts, and chocolate.
Taste comes through-not overly complex but very deep in roasted malts, sweet oats and almonds I believe-with some chocolate.
Finish is long with a roasted fireside quality that stays a while.
Drinks solidly-jury is out until an ABV can be assessed, but there is no boozey quality and its very smooth.

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Photo of seanote
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of Miles228
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of mattboyer182
3.74/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - dark black, thin brown head, dissipates quickly.

S - dark roasted malts and chocolate and oatmeal.

T - decimate oatmeal right upfront. Good sweetness with a balanced bitter at the end.

M - heavy bodied and light carbonation.

O - pretty enjoyable. Solid oatmeal stout.

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Photo of Beejay
3.69/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep black, no light is coming through my glass at all. The head practically explodes out of my glass. The head looks nice; a great tan color, and a pillowy softness. I just wish that the head wasn't filling the top half of my glass.

S: Definitely a nice slightly smokey roasted smell right up front. Slightly Earthy, oatmeal is present, and there is something else there I can't put my finger on. Very nice though.

T: Roasty comes through right away. This fades to a bit of a bitter kick from the hops, and a nice mellow malt and oatmeal flavor.

M: It feels just a little thin, and seems highly carbonated for the style, this also explains it foaming out of my glass.

D: Overall I think the smell and taste are pretty good. I am super excited that there is another local brewery in Cincy, and hope to try their other offerings. I just hope they don't foam up like this one. Hopefully I will be able to find this beer on tap and compare it with the bottle.

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Photo of projectflam86
3.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a deep brown color with a thick brown head that leaves nice lacing.

S- Strong roasted aroma with some subtle sweetness and coffee scents.

T- Bitter dark roasted flavor initially with a slightly sweet finish. A bit of astringent coffee flavor lingers around in the aftertaste.

M- Medium bodied with higher than usual carbonation.

O- Overall this is a decent stout but the flavor could be tweaked a little for improvement.

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Photo of keeganfrank
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I drank two bottles of this stout while writing the review. The first one I poured filled about 2/3 of the glass with foam. As it's labeled a stout, I did not expect so much carbonation! The second I poured more slowly and generated almost no head. Smells of coffee and bread. The oats are not easy to detect upon first tasting but become more obvious after the stout sits on your tongue for a moment. Also present are roasted coffee and a nutty, earthy flavor. The first bottle (the foamer) seemed too thin to be a stout. I almost wouldn't have even considered it a porter. The second bottle-the one that barely foamed at all-was much more like a stout, but still a little thin. Don't get me wrong, this is a good beer- I just think it may be mislabeled.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - opaque pour, four fingers of light mocha foam with a few ounces still in the glass. Falls back without too much delay and is holding at about a finger.

Aroma - roasty and oaty smooth, toasty and nice.

Taste - the roastiness doesn't translate as fully in the early goings. Too much foaming in the mouth. Working some of that out, the malts come through much better, smooth with a good roasty, coffee-influenced favor. A note earthy on the swallow, and some residual roast on the finish.

Mouthfeel - over-carbonated to the point of interference. I can deal with it by employing some focused swirling, but I'm still belching like a sailor. Body has a good feel to it, smooth and just a tad weighty, but overall the bubbles are in the way.

Drinkability - I couldn't go too far if it is this gassy on tap, just too much CO2. I like the flavor though, a good stab at the style.

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Photo of aasher
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a medium bodied dark dark brown on the verge of black with a one finger beige colored head. The head quickly dissipated to a light lacing around the glass. The nose is of smooth roasted malts, light chocolate, and light coffee. It's solid. The flavors consist of roasted dark malts witha dry and bitter finish. The amount of roast that you get is surprising. It drinks pretty light in body for the style and finishes really dry. Overall there isn't anything too special here but it's an ok beer.

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Photo of SPriestle
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

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Photo of rcwhiteky
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance-Black With ruby hints When held to light and a huge and I mean huge Beige head.
Smell- Roasted malt with a hint of sweetness
Taste -Good taste strong coffee with oat overtones and nice dry bitter finish with a hint of oak
Mouthfeel to much fizz this beer has a head on roids i couldn't drink it for the first five minutes till the foam calmed down
Drinkablity- I liked this beer but untill they cut down on the co2 its to much to deal with even with the most gentle pour

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Photo of BEER88
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bmoney
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of crytion
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of glid02
3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Jeremy - thanks!

Pours one shade from black with a two-finger tan head. The head recedes into thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of heavy roasted malts with hints of cocoa powder and coffee grounds.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Deep roasted malt flavors with hints of char kick things off. The roastiness carries through until midway through the sip where it sweetens a bit with the addition of semi-sweet chocolate. The chocolate fades out into a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is not so great. The thickness is on the light side and the carbonation is overly active.

Drinkability is alright. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass however I'm not sure about another.

Overall I wasn't a big fan of this beer, it's missing some complexity and the heavy carbonation doesn't do it any favors.

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Photo of raznug
3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This pours just like a stout should thick, black and no visible light coming through. It is topped with ¾” of off light brown colored head that dissipates to a thin layer at a steady rate.
Smell: I can smell roasted malts and an oatmeal aroma that hangs around just after the roasted notes leave the nose. I think I can smell toffee notes that are almost not there, very, very faint.
Taste: The flavor is a little lacking compared to some stouts but it is a good stout just not great. The taste goes well with the aroma; mainly roasted malts along with the slight hints of toffee and maybe vanilla. The oats aren’t as visible in the taste as I would have liked but no beer is perfect.
Mouthfeel: My first thought was that it was a little thin bodied but as the beer gets warmer it seems to be getting thicker. It has a tasty creaminess to it that makes it very easy to drink especially on this august day.

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