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Brewed by:
Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
California, United States | website

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by kbub6f on 07-23-2002

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537
Ratings:
1,057
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
11.69%
 
 
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Photo of Jinholic
3.03/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into pint glass.

Appearance - 4 fingers of soapy brown head, black body with red on the edges little lacing.

Smell - Slight roasted malt with chocolate and coffee notes.

Taste - Light coffee and chocolate with the malts, hops are buried down deep. After taste is a lot more mild but still the same flavors.

Mouthfeel - Light body a bit watery in the finish and the little dry but not too the point of being bad.

Overall - An okay stout I'd rather have rogue or samuel smith but a big step up from most other oatmeal stouts. That said go grab one and see for yourself.

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Photo of gandres
3.03/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Tap to glass @ Lost Coast tap room@ Eureka,CA
Appearance : black, brown small foam- goes away quickly
Aroma: toasted grains, nuts, slight coffee aroma
Taste: lightly bitter, light sweetness
Palate: medium body, creamy, flat
Overall: Fair not to repeat
Drank: April 11, 2016

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Photo of ggroller
3.05/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thick, black, used motor oil in appearance and viscosity. Dark mahogany head that surfaced after a very turbulent pour. The head was completely gone after a very short period of time. Even before the first sip. I couldn't coax even the tiniest of heads out of the beer even after swirling the glass around a bit in my hand.

Very smokey in the fore front of the nose with chocolate, coffee, and vanilla lingering in the background.

Very woody, earthy, smokey taste and a super thick mouthfeel to match.

This beer is ok. I wouldn't seek it out but would drink another if the opportunity presented itself.

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Photo of Boppar
3.09/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

POured from a bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours black with no head. Meh.

S: Roasted malts, chocolate, coffee.

T: See above. This is pretty much a bog-standard stout.

M: Thin, weak, and poorly carbonated. I would have liked either a creamy or silky consistency, or at least some brisker carbonation and more body.

D: There is nothing really limiting the sessionability of this beer, although it didn't really "wow" me.

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Photo of rarevos
3.1/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into oversized wine glass.

A: Pours a deep, dark brown with moderate tan head. Head dissipates almost instantly. No sticky trails, no real lacing. A foam island, but that's it.

S: With my eyes closed, this doesn't resemble a stout at all. I would have guessed a fruity, hoppy pale ale. A slight--SLIGHT--hint of roastiness, but not much.

T/M: Roasted malts up front with coffee the most noticeable, and some citrus in the middle. Strange combination. Like a roasted grapefruit? Finish is dry, hoppy, and moderately bitter with a burned tail.

D: Eh. As stouts go, it's not very, um, stout. Has a strange fruity hoppiness that doesn't really match up well to the rest of the beer. I'll give it another try at a later date, but I was pretty underwhelemed by this one.

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Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
3.11/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours very dark brown, with large bubbles rising to form a solid 2-finger head of toasty-brown froth. Lingering was good, although lacing unimpressive after the head settled.

S: Burnt coffee and molasses were all that really came to me.

T: Sweet and acrid malt up front. Dark raisins and dried apricot notes are there in the middle, but end up getting drowned by surprisingly strong (for a stout) hops bitterness.

M: Not bad for a beer -- moist, but with good carbonation -- but lacking in the richness and smoothness I expect from a stout.

O: It seemed that it just didn't quite add up, as if the brewer started out to make a stout, but changed his mind and tried to make an ale halfway through. It was neither creamy nor complex. I didn't finish even finish it, so I'll pass on this one in the future.

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Photo of beeroclock
3.11/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance is very dark w/ a brown head. Smells kind of sweet w/ a coffee type smell behind it. Tastes very malty w/ some chocolate aftertastes. Overall, this is just above average in my opinion. Its not bad, just nothing special. The chocolate is a bit much for me I think.

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Photo of CaptainTripps
3.12/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz Bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Really dark brown, almost black. Off white almost brown head. Little to almost no head at pour. Little to no lacing.

S: Oatmeal, roasted malts, small amount of chocolate and citrus hops. This things isn't to "smelly." Very mute

T: Roasted malts and chocolate are the dominate flavors in this brew, coffee and oats are present as well with a bitter finish. Semi sweet up front.

M: Medium bodied, pretty good carbonation, has some what of an oily quality to it.

D: Average. An ok beer. There is much better in the style making this one less desirable.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.14/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A: black body, trace khaki head,

S: roasted choc nuts, malt, hint of coffee

T: same as nose hint of sweet up front,
firm roast malt, with semi-burnt finish

M: med/light body, bubbly/semi-dry finish

O: Nose and Taste are fine; great start for stout newbie.
Wish the body was creamier. Alcohol very well hidden.

SOLID; NOT MUST HAVE!

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Photo of doughanson78
3.15/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle poured into new Gulden Draak tulip.

A: Black as one would expect. About a finger and a half tan head. Dissipates fairly quickly. No lacing to speak of.

S: Fairly light smell. Lots of roasted oats. Light roasted coffee.

T: Roasted oats. Little coffee. Very light chocolate. Pretty light on the taste also. Not bad at all, just VERY light.

M: Thin. Not much body at all. No creaminess.

O: Not impressed in any way. Maybe the OE 800 (8-Ball) of Oatmeal Stouts. For $1.49 I gave it a shot. Won't again tho. All together light in the ass.

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Photo of OldManMetal
3.16/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This oatmeal stout's black, copiously ruby-litten, slightly effervescent body is capped by a brief-lived, slightly pebbly medium tan head; lacing is fair and consists of irregular bands. The nose is light-medium in intensity: a fairly undifferentiated medium-roast dark malt aroma that touches on molasses and cocoa. The palate is a thin, mostly undifferentiated light-roast darkish malt flavor that alludes to the lighter side of molasses and cocoa, countered by a modest earthy hop bitterness that is actually discernable as a flavor because of the light-footedness of the malt character; as a result, this stout lands a bit on the bitter end of the balance. The finish is a light hit of very thin darkish malt that quickly vanishes; the linger is a brief echo of the finish. The mouthfeel is thin for the medium-full body, and the texture is medium-creamy and medium-peppery from the overexpressed carbonation. (12 oz bottle, 140 days after pkg)

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Photo of watermelon
3.17/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

$3 pint draft had a The Tapp Room in Boone NC

A: Opaque black body with a khaki head. little lacing and decent retention.

S: Smell of dark malts some smoky fragrances as well.

T: Lots of dark malt flavor in the taste. Some bitterness, a little bit of coffee in the flavor.

M: Really thin mouthfeel low carbonation.

O: If you don't mind a thinner body stout I would give it a shot. This one isn't very complex and wont be one that I will be returning to.

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Photo of Hex92
3.18/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Looks good, smells and tastes OK. Overall its a big meh. It doesn't really excel in any category. The taste is just not much of anything. Very boring. Tastes like something you would get at a brew pub 15 years ago. Its just not big enough for today...or at least not for me.

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Photo of CaptJackHarkness
3.2/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A little on the lackluster side, no nose to speak of, thin weak head, that dissipates quickly, no lacing of the glass.Very unexiting brew.
Taste is decent but not exceptional, hints of chocolate and burnt oatmeal.

Surprizingly disappointing, since the ingredients are fully listed on the bottle and they should yeild an otherwise remarkable stout!

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Photo of waldowin
3.22/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours an inky black, with a thin brown head that faded extremely quickly, leaving nothing behind.

Smells of cherries, raisins, and smoke.

Tastes heavily of roast, with a very thin hint of sweetness at the finish. Very simple, and not very impressive, it tastes like a mass-produced "micro" almost. A bit of a let-down from the smell.

Mouthfeel is thin, and a little bit harsh. The hops leave your tongue stinging, and the smoke leaves your throat feeling a little raw.

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Photo of CampusCrew
3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Well, its not the best stout in the world. Making irish stout stew for st pats dsy and this wss the least expesive single at the store. Looks pretty nice in glass, nkce dark black with crothy tsn head. Sme, ls metallic and a litgle plasticy. Flavors are not off, just underwhelimng. I love stouts but this is a de ent stout at best.

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Photo of hero27
3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle.

Very dark brown..thin tan head.
Aroma of roasted malts & cocoa powder..but fairly faint.
Coffee, oatmeal, and heavy roasted malt flavor. Good finishing hop bitterness.
Medium-bodied, somewhat oily mouthfeel..
Certainly not jawdropping in my book, but it's a decent stout overall.

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Photo of marcobrau
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Looks: like a porter; very dark brown with some ruby highlights. pours with a good release of carbonation forming a light tan head that dissipates quickly, leaving a persistent, fine layer of bubbles.

Smells: like grain, coffee and dark chocolate, perhaps a touch of prune.

Tastes: more fruity than I expected, and even a touch tart. Some coffee, but more chocolate malt flavor. The dry, tart and almost tannic finish is interesting, but I'm not sure that I like it. Very welll attenuated and comes across rather watery.

Feels: light and thin, even spritzy.

Overall: This would be a more drinkable stout if it weren't more than six percent alcohol. A more vigorous pour would probably have smoothed out this brew. I imagine a draft version might be more impressive. In the bottle I think this compares to Trader Joe's Stockyard Oatmeal Stout which can be for $3 less a six-pack in my area.

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Photo of MrDanno96
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Impervious to light with a little foamy lace on the sides of the glass. Very little head.

S: Some nice roasted malt aroma mixed with a good dose of chocolate and some very feint coffee.

T: Not a ton going on in the flavor to be honest. Very feint chocolate notes, but they never fully develop into the sweetness I am expecting. A little coffee bitterness in the finish with a hint of grain from the oats.

M: Medium bodied and pretty smooth.

D: Meh. A decent oatmeal stout, but definitely not anything special.

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Photo of smcolw
3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Near black color with a large three-finger, beige head. Plenty of streaky lace that I'd describe as a cross between spotty and ring-like.

Aroma: Creamy, mocha aroma, slightly chalky.

Thin bodied and above average carbonation starts off the taste. The flavor reminds me of iced coffee, both in taste and consistency. This is a weak stout, but it has the elements of a darker and drier dark beer.

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Photo of kemoarps
3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A fairly standard (albeit pretty) pour. Cola dark, with an almond/cappucino head. Lingers, but not much lacing.

Nose is roasty with some cocoa sweetness

There's a roasty quality there, with some stale coffee, and a little grassy/bitter character. Meh.

Way thinner than I want right now. smoothe enough with the oats. I like Lost Coast as a brewery (both most of their products, and the brewery/people who work there as well), but this stout just doesn't do anything for me. There are infinitely more appealing options available in my area (many of which are even more local than LC), although it's not an atrocious fallback if the only other options are BMC status

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Photo of kflorence
3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours an opaque, dark brown with a finger thick head of tan foam.

S: Smells of chocolate, caramel oatmeal, dark fruits and alcohol. Inviting, especially during the colder months.

T: This one is pretty flavorful... lots of different notes in there. Chocolate, caramel, dark fruits, caramelized oatmeal and a roasted malt/hop flavor are the distinguishing features. A bit bitter on the backend... some coffee like tastes and chocolate that linger on the tongue.

M: Slightly syrupy but not overly thick, I would say a bit watery for a stout, but I've had worse. Pleasant on the tongue.

D: Pretty drinkable for a stout, but not overly heavy. I could have a few of these.

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Photo of sinistrsam
3.29/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This stout had a dark brown to black color, with a typical head. The bouquet was originally weak but even after warming up the aromas never fully came out. The most obvious thing I noticed was the carbonation; it was too harsh for a stout. Despite the almost nonexistent bouquet, the flavors were pronounced with hints of caramel, coffee and chocolate. The mouthfeel was mediocre, due to the carbonation and a watery consistency. I think this is a very typical micro stout, unfortunately from a favorite brewery of mine.

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Photo of AndIWantYou
3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looking at the black blackness of this black beer (yup, it's dark) and the deep brown of the head, I was prepared to be blown away. The smell led me further towards this expectation-- it smelled so clean and delicious. I began to be a little let down, although this is still a great beer, when I took a sip.

It has a pretty intense coffee and burnt malt taste, which could be very desireable in some contexts. The main drawback is a somewhat sharp bitterness in the aftertaste and a sesame oil flavor that I've discussed in other beer reviews (hint: I don't like it).

There's nothing really notable about the mouthfeel, but nothing wrong with it either. Overall I had to give this a 3.0 for drinkability (I treat drinkability as a general "will I buy this again" ranking) because there's nothing bad about it but the cost for what you get. If you like bitter and the deep coffee flavors, this is the beer for you. I'll buy it again, but it'll be a while.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours a dark brown with a slight tan head. Had to pour pretty aggressive to get the head. Coffee and chocolate notes in the aroma maybe even some coconut but pretty faint to me. The taste is ok. Roasted malts are the first flavors that make an appearance followed by some bitterness from either the roast or the hops. Pretty smooth and velvety. Medium mouthfeel Not bad but somewhere in the middle.

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