Black River Oatmeal Stout | Paw Paw Brewing Company

Black River Oatmeal StoutBlack River Oatmeal Stout
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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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2.25/5  rDev -40.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

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2.82/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of fredmugs
3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nothing stands out about this beer. It's just good enough.

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Photo of entenduintransit
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of deakin
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jale
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the brewery.

A: Pours black with 2 quarters of tan head.

S: Roasted malt, coffee and slight chocolate.

T: Roasted malt, bitter coffee, chocolate and mild smokiness.

M: Medium body with moderate carbonation.

D: Would drink another with a little more body.

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Photo of Fcolle2
3.61/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: pours dark black slightly thick with a tan 1 finger head. Head had good retention.

S: rich dark malts. Very faint oats and chocolate come through on the back end. Not an incredibally strong smelling stout.

T: bittersweet chocolate pull through simultaneously with the bite from the dark malts. Well balanced and but not very intense.

M: this is one of the best parts of this beer. Velvety smooth and thick with a creamy feel. It almost gives it the feel of nitro.

O: malty, smooth, and bittersweet. Not an intensely flavored brew but this keeps it very drinkable.

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Photo of chinchill
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, undated, served in a snifter at about 55F.

This Oatmeal Stout pours nearly black. A bit of sediment remained in the bottom of the bottle after a full pour. The dark tan head has decent retention and leaves good lacing.

The aroma has a bit of unattractive burnt and sour components with the dark roasted grains and hints of dark fruits. The oatmeal is evident in the flavor and soft feel. Hints of coffee and dark chocolate add to the flavor which is strong and, as expected, dominated by dark roasted grains. Minimal burnt grain but a touch of smoke and plenty of very dark roasted grains here. Low hops.

Feel: Soft, low carbonation. Near full bodied. Creamy smooth. Fairly dry finish.

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Photo of jdb288
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from trade with Cbuk1013. Aroma is chocolate, roasted coffee and toffee. Nice clean sweet stout. Oatmeal adds nice depth. Also some sweetness from chocolate.

This one has a smooth, clean finish. A nice example of a well crafted oatmeal stout with enough coffee bitterness and chocolate sweetness to balance it well.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Jeff for the bottle. Deep brown, zeroing in on black near the very center with some hanging, white-colored sediment chunks that float around all over the place... kind of strange looking, possibly not so fitting for this type of beer. The foamy, big-bubbled tan head sinks quickly to a swampy skin that lasts for the entirety of the brew.

The nose is laced with thick notes of cocoa and a light touch of oats; it has a nice, creamy smoothness to it that massages and relaxes your nostrils as it lulls them to sleep, only to be awoken again by some mildly sweet, faint back-end black licorice. I'm typically not a huge fan of the black licorice/anise aromas, but it's light enough here to compliment, rather than hinder.

Smooth and deep cocoa syrup trudges out with the first sip, under which a light touch of cream and sugar resides. There's a hint of some nice, roasted malts throughout, though they never completely peak. The finish is perhaps the best part, as it leaves your mouth feeling like you just ate a bittersweet chocolate bar; decent balance all around, with a somewhat creamy and smooth mouth feel, most likely from the oats. Low-medium carbonation.

Definitely a bit better than I expected, especially after taking a look at the sediment-ridden brew. Nothing mind blowing, pretty standard aromas and flavors for a stout (or an oatmeal stout, I guess), but a nice execution all around. Would like to try more from these guys... Thanks again to Jeff for cracking the bottle.

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3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 2 finger dense tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, oats, toast, light char, dark bread, light herbal, and roasted earthiness. Nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt, oats, and light earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, oats, roasted malt, toast, dark bread, light char, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Fair amount of earthy herbal/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, oats, roasted malt, toast, dark bread, light char, herbal, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and robustness of dark/roasted malt, oats, and light herbal hop flavors; with a good roast bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy, smooth, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice oatmeal stout. All around good robustness and complexity of dark/roast malt and oat flavors; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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3.74/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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Black River Oatmeal Stout from Paw Paw Brewing Company
Beer rating: 67.7% out of 100 with 62 ratings
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