Black River Oatmeal Stout | Paw Paw Brewing Company

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Black River Oatmeal StoutBlack River Oatmeal Stout

Brewed by:
Paw Paw Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Black River Oatmeal Stout is a very smooth stout with pleasing mild roast and rich bittersweet chocolate notes derived from a complex malt profile. Terrific mouth feel, clean and drying in the finish. For the stout drinker this is a must try.

Added by jale on 03-24-2011

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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4.3/5  rDev +12.9%

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4.29/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of marcobrau
4.26/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I'm greeted with dark chocolate, fig, , a whiff of smoke and sea salt. Swiss milk chocolate creaminess leads to finish that just sort of disappears. No discernible hop bitterness but not too sweet.

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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

12oz. Picked up in grand rapids. Thicker looking black pour, frothy layer of cream colored head that just barely sticks.

Aroma, good oat, caramel, chocolates. Some roast malt.

Taste, Great chocolate covered nut and oatmeal. Nice toasted/roast maltyness. Dark chocolate, cocoa. Some coffee and light anise in the finish.

In the middle body wise, a food level of carb, not quite creamy. Coating enough but still easy drinking.

Really a solid example of the style.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Paw Paw brewery. Served in a sampler glass. Pours near-black with a nice tan head and some lacing on the way down. The nose has a nice, rich sweetness along with a bit of roasted malt and mild chocolate. Very nice. The flavor has a nice depth with sweetness that isn’t over the top along with quite a bit of malt flavor. Nice chocolate component. Medium-full body with a nice chewiness. Very nice brew.

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance was a black color with a one finger white to off white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute leaving some light speckled spider web lacing sticking to the sides of the glass. The smell was super sweet chocolate in a dry sort of way. Light vanilla enters in after a minute of warming. The taste was a really nice blend of the previously mentioned sweet flavors and then letting a roastiness come in nicely. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. The carbonation was there but nothing overbearing. The aftertaste had a long sweet chocolate vanilla which lead to a dry sweet chocolate finish. Overall, this was a really nice sweet stout that made a fantastic dessert by itself.

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3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Undated bottle at 42 degrees into snifter
$ 1.79/12 oz bottle at the Lager Mill
Aroma of toasted malt and bitter chocolate, weak, doesn’t last
Head average (three cm, aggressive pour), light brown, frothy, slowly diminishing to
Lacing excellent – complete curtains of tiny bubbles
Body dark brown, opaque
Flavor light bitter chocolate, ends slightly bitter; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium to full, creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 4.5, Aroma 3.75, Flavor 4, Palate 4, Overall 4

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3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice smooth taste, small after bite, but nothing you wouldn't expect from a stout. Added to my buy it again list...

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3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into a standard pint glass. I got this in the growlers plus BIF.

Appearance: Pours black with no light coming through at all. There if a half finger of tan head that fades to a layer on top of the pour. Nice looking beer.

Smell: Mildly sweet and quite roasty. Just a bit nutty.

Taste: Very full flavored, roasty stout. Roasty grain dominates. Hints of nuts and coffee. The roast continues throughout the pour and stays through the finish. It's nice to have a well crafted, regular stout.

Mouthfeel: Body is very smooth and on the thick side. There is some tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: A really nice stout. Not a lot of craziness going on, but that's one of the things that made me enjoy it so much. Would definitely have it again.

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Black River Oatmeal Stout from Paw Paw Brewing Company
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