Mastiff Oatmeal Stout | Railhouse Brewery

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Mastiff Oatmeal StoutMastiff Oatmeal Stout

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Railhouse Brewery
North Carolina, United States

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by KAP1356 on 04-11-2011

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Photo of OldManMetal
3.54/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mastiff is a black, effervescent oatmeal stout with sullen orange highlights; it wears a brief-lived, slightly pebbly medium tan head that leaves decent lacing, consisting of thinnish spiky bands. The nose is medium in intensity and quite distinctive; it leads with peaty smoke, backed by a sweeter molasses-and-tobacco character with hints of milk chocolate and significant boozy undertones. The palate is dominated by a very tart, thinnish light chocolate flavor with hints of the molasses/tobacco from the nose, but none of its sweetness. The finish is a tart molasses ghost, followed by the onset of a mild, quite tart peaty bitterness that lasts for a few minutes. Mouthfeel is thinnish for the medium-full body, and the texture is medium-creamy and quite prickly from the overenthusiastic carbonation. (12 oz bottle, no code date)

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Photo of jwhorsley26
2.76/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Oddly tangy with a smokiness that doesn't sit well. Not sure how this can be called a stout- weak flavor. Hits the tongue with a curious acidity. Less than appealing finish. Coppery. The body is actually quite creamy despite the bottle's claim as "intentionally light." I would like to try this on draft to see if any different qualities emerge.

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Photo of MacMalt
3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into pint glass. The color is a rich, dark brown with a creamy, tan-colored head and lacing which, unfortunately, did not last. The smell is a pleasant combination of roasted coffee, oatmeal, and malt. The taste follows the nose with burnt coffee, dark chocolate, and oatmeal. Unfortunately, there is no dark fruit, which I like in a stout. The bottle states that this brew is "intentionally light in body compared with traditional stouts." I prefer a stout to be fuller-bodied. At 6.5 AVB, this stout is easy to drink but it lacks the character I look for.

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Photo of MichaelProcton
2.8/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The claim on the label is that this is intentionally lighter than most stouts, but to me, it's hardly even mighty enough to be called a porter. Weak, limp, and not particularly appealing.

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Photo of TWM
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Have to support any beer celebrating mastiffs. Disappointed that they used a brindle dog on the label instead of a fawn (like my 200-lb lapdog...) but had to give it a go.

In general... oatmeal stopped being used for brewing beers for a long time because they led to astringent, bitter, and unpleasant ales. Bringing them back has been an exercise in blending the grains to come up with a drink that can balance these characteristics of oatmeal beers. Most "oatmeal stouts" have 1-2% oatmeal- not enough to make a difference, just a marketing ploy. Therefore, I have to start with a salute to Rail House for making a definite oatmeal beer.

Unfortunately, it didn't balance well enough for me. A heavier beer with more starches and perhaps a touch more sweetness might have done better; the effort to make a light-bodied oatmeal beer backfired. The flavor was difficult to detect behind the bitterness, and the mouthfeel was almost rough (this was the astringent property that led to abandonment of the grain in brewing). The predominant flavor was soy sauce, and this was the only aromatic component that actually got into the air in any quantity.

Giving it a 3.5 only because it is true to type for an oatmeal stout. Rail House swung from the heels at this one, and while it was not a home run, they definitely got on base.

Hoping they take another stab at it with a heavier body beer; will definitely try that if it comes out!

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Photo of devilben02
3.72/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I like big dogs and oatmeal stouts, so how can I not want to try this beer. It pours from the bottle with a good, dark, cola-brown color, but there is next to no foam. The aroma is subtly sweet and simultaneously roasty. The flavor similarly has a noticeable earthy roast contrasted against a creamy, lactose-like sweetness, making this beer taste like some kind of hybrid between a dry Irish stout and a milk stout. Much like an Irish stout, though, the texture is smooth, light, and almost creamy. Overall, the light body of this beer makes it go down easy, but the complex combination of roast and sweetness asks to be sipped and savored, making the beer seem a bit confused.

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Photo of Mojo
3.07/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12 ounce bottle -> Foothills Brewing glass

A - obsidian black with a one inch khaki colored head, decent retention and lacing

S - weak nose, mostly soy sauce

T - vanilla, soy sauce, oats, not much coffee or chocolate.

M - velvety without a huge amount of carbonation

O - being honest, this one just doesn't do it for me. I'd pass on another one.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had on-tap at Asheville Growler. Served in a snifter.

A- Pours a 99% opaque black color with a 1/4 inch tan head that retains a bit before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Non-resilient lacing leaves clots behind.

S- Tame aroma of vanilla and dark roast. Semi-sweet.

T- Sturdy dark roast brings notes of chocolate, vanilla and mild coffee. Slight char and moderate hop bitterness. Easy to drink while still being flavorful enough to stay interested.

M- Quite thick, almost chewy. Medium carbonation and a full body.

O- Pretty solid stout from a brewery I've never heard of. Will look out for other offerings from them.

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Photo of Bung
3.12/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12oz. Very dark brown pour, just a ring and whispies of light tan head.

Aroma, toasted malt, some molasses, caramel. Lighter cola. A very faint vinegar.

Taste, Mostly sweeter malt, caramel, sassafras. Milk like chocolate.
A slight tart fruit, me be wondering on the age of this.

Heavy side of light body, barely. Carbonation is a tad edgy, but it drinks very easy. It just needs more, a little watery seeming. Alcohol well hidden though.
Either age or a little qc issue has made this not much more than average.

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Photo of Axnjxn
3.67/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

on tap at bottle mixx in raleigh into a shaker.

pours a pitch black with a nice inch thick head. smell isnt much, maybe tad of malts. taste is good. nice cocoa flavor though subdued. its what you expect from the style. easy drinking, but a little light on the body.

overall enjoyable. typical and nothing that you'll brag about, but good.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.77/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served on-tap in Doubletree Hotel Lobby Bar in Durham, NC (Doubletree Raleigh Durham Airport)

A: Pours an opaque yet clear very dark brown (almost black) in color with some light amounts of gentle carbonation near the surface and a light amount of very dark amber highlights. The beer has a finger tall pillowy dark tan head that slowly reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of roasted malts, oats, chocolate, and coffee with the lightest hints of toffee sweetness.

T: Similar to the smell, the flavor of this beer is dominated by the lightly roasted malts and oats. There are some lighter notes of chocolate and coffee, which intensify as the beer warms up. Light amounts of lingering bitterness.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and creamy, almost slightly airy.

O: Easy to drink with the lighter mouthfeel and slightly sweet malt flavors. Sessionable feeling and definitely a great beer for the early spring.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.82/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic.
No date or info.

Thanks for the brew Alex!

A - From a tall pour, Rail House's Oatmeal Stout fills the glass with a deep, dark mahogany brown color that looks almost black and is topped by a short-lived light khaki head. No retention and no lace to speak of.

S - Gritty roasted malt presence suggests a milk and bittersweet chocolate combination with cocoa notes and a grainy pale malt background with little hop influence. Oats definitely play a part though, and it smells like this beer will have a creamy mouthfeel.

T - Roasted malt opens up with a nice chocolate and coffee blend, but never becomes acrid or bitter. Nutty and woody earth tones follow up in this simple but tasty flavor.

M - Smooth and creamy with a moderately carbonated, faintly bitter finish, Rail House's Oatmeal Stout is medium-full bodied and coffee-lingering.

O - Grab a hunk of Dove milk chocolate and let it melt in your mouth with Rail House's Oatmeal Stout, a smooth voluptuous beer with chocolate and coffee nuances and a tasty finish.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.91/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a growler of this while passing through NC on our way from Florida to NH. I poured into a pint glass, and the beer poured a dark, crystal clear brown color, with ruby highlights and a low-profile, one inch, small bubbled off-white head. Aromas of chocolate syrup, coffee, subtle char, and a nutty highlight. The beer's flavors are tangy sweet, with a slight molasses tang to the heavy coffee foundation. Some dark fruit (raisin and date) highlights, with chocolate highlights, too. Smooth, light, and dry in mouth. The aftertaste is darkly sweet, with a roasted mocha-coffee character. The finish is dry and clean, and lingers for a bit. Decent brew. Good flavors, and it would certainly make a tasty ice cream float.

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Photo of kmatlack
3.35/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Grabbed this on tap at the railhouse brewery, and got a growler fill and promptly returned home to enjoy more and write this review. Poured into a small 8oz snifter.

A- Dark in color with hints of an amber-brown if held to the light. Not your traditional "oil black" stout which is unique and a nice change of pace. Very small tan colored head that doesn't stick around long but leaves a nice thin layer on the surface. Very little lacing, but there.

S- Roasted malt, bready, nutty, chocolate, and small hints of coffee. The coffee aroma really starts to pop out as the beer warms.

T- Great roasted malt flavors on the front, has a slightly sour yeast flavor to it, but its not a bad thing. On the back end is a lingering coffee flavor with traces of chocolate and bread.

M- Smooth mouth feel, small amounts of carbonation on the tongue and roof of your mouth.

O- Overall a great beer. Definitely an interesting spin on a stout, but like i said before, its a good thing. Its a well rounded stout that you can have several glasses of and not feel like you just ate thanksgiving. Will definitely drink it again.

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Photo of KAP1356
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found on draft at The Bell Tree Tavern in Southern Pines, NC. Poured into a standard pint glass...

A - Poured a dark, almost opaque brown color. A tiny khaki colored head was present when served and receded a bit to a collar of the same color.

S - Roasted malts, coffee, some chocolate, and some toffee are present right off the bat. The Malts definitely take the stage on the nose with everything else complementing what that has to offer.

T - Roasted malts, some roasted coffee and some slight chocolate up front on the palate. The sweetness mixes nicely with the bitterness here.

M - Little thin, but still had a nice smooth feel to it. Carbonation was moderate and the body was on the medium side.

O - Really nice offering and one that I would definitely go back to again. Seemed like quite a sessionable stout which was nice to find.

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Mastiff Oatmeal Stout from Railhouse Brewery
3.54 out of 5 based on 72 ratings.
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