Greenbush Brewing Company

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English Oatmeal Stout
Ranked #204
Ranked #18,695
3.87 | pDev: 9.82%
Greenbush Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
Very Good
Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 74
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3.09/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Taste: dark cocoa and toasted malt, cookies, coffee, with clean finish. Semi sweet dark chocolate toasted coffee bean nose.
Black/brown hue, mostly opaque, with a tan foamy head but not much lace on the glass. Medium body but no heavier. thinner dry finish. 46 IBUs

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Photo of superspak
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours nearly opaque dark brown/black color with a 2 finger dense and rocky light khaki head with awesome retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Thick soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toasted oats, and dark/brown bread; with lighter notes of nuttiness, vanilla, smoke, char, dark fruit, herbal, wood, pepper, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and light earthy hop/fruity yeast notes; with solid strength. A bit too yeasty, but not overpowering. Taste of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toasted oats, and dark/brown bread; with light notes of nuttiness, vanilla, smoke, char, dark fruit, herbal, wood, pepper, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness. Light roast/char and herbal/woody/spicy hop bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toasted oats, dark/brown bread, nuttiness, smoke, char, dark fruit, herbal, wood, pepper, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; with a great roast/hop bitter/sweet balance; and zero acrid/astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from hop/char bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready/grainy, and lightly sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol for 6.7%. Overall this is a delicious oatmeal stout. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the mildly bitter/drying finish. Absolutely spot on English style example. Nicely rich and complex English malts; with mild complementing EKG hops and fruity English yeast. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of stortore
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle into a snifter. Bottled 11/17/16, had 1/9/17.

Pours a dark brown, kind of a cola color, fairly opaque, with a quickly dissipating half inch foamy head and some soapy lacing. The smell is roasted malts, coffee, some chocolate and caramel, light vanilla and cocoa. The taste also leads with the roasted malts, then coffee, dark chocolate, more vanilla than the nose, some caramel. A fair amount of bitterness throughout, especially for the listed 46 IBU. Mostly smooth, somewhat creamy, well carbonated. The body feels a little light, but not thin.

A solid oatmeal stout, enjoyable to drink. Worth a try.

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3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served on draft at Ashley's in Westland, MI.

Appearance- Pours jet black with a 1/4 inch jamocha head that slowly fizzles out into a veil-y halo around the glass.

Smell- Burnt roasty coffee notes, oatmeal tartness. No doubt where this one's going.

Taste- Cold Sumatran coffee, a little booziness, dry bitter malts, faint black licorice notes, robust Cameroon wrap cigar finish coats the mouth. Tart sweet oatmeal sugar on the teeth as an afterthought. A good example of the style.

Mouthfeel- smooth and creamy with a slight mineral water fizz. Pretty standard.

Overall- a great example of the style. Nothing extraordinary, but if I wanted an oatmeal stout, I'd reach for this one any time. A very sessionable stout. Perhaps a good base to build off of for some added chocolate, coffee, barrel aging, etc. for Greenbush in the future. I dig stouts, so this would be a go-to for sure.


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Photo of kylehay2004
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No head really with scattered lacing on a jet black body. Aroma is light like so many of this brewers brews with mostly light roasted malts and coffee and a subtle vanilla sweetness. Flavors include roasted malts, oats, coffee bitterness and minimal earthy hops. Medium to full body and light to moderate carbonation. A little dark chocolate sweetness rounds this one out. A nice traditional oatmeal stout as drinkable and good as these can be.

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Photo of warnerry
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with one and a half fingers of brown head. Head has decent retention but doesn't leave much lacing. Smells of roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate and grain. Taste starts off very roasty, before bitter chocolate comes through. Oats provide a bit of silkiness. More roast than a typical oatmeal stout, but really tasty.

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4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-Tap locally

A- Pours an opaque/black color with a significant one finger ivory head. Puffy head leaves great lacing on glass and retains well.

S- Roasted coffee, chocolate, some nuttiness, and some sweet vanilla. Lots going on here.

T- A bitterness hits you right off the bat and sticks with you throughout the sip. The malty and roasted coffee notes are strong. Some sweetness finds its way through along with some hop bite. Mild alcohol trace in the sip.

M- Medium body with good mouth coating and warming. The aftertaste is bitter which should be expected from the smell and taste.

O- One of the more bitter examples of this beer. I personally enjoyed the strength of this brew and the fact that Greenbush stuck to the basics.

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4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Greenbush.

A- Pours a deep black color. One finger dark tan head shows medium retention. Long lace sticks to my glass with each and every sip.

S- Good clean roast up front with this beer with oats and chocolate acting as secondary aromas right after the roast. Hints of vanilla follow this along with a hint of alcohol in the ending. The chocolate in the backend shows up a little more as it warms.

T- Good roasted malt comes out first with a bittersweet chocolate like flavor right after. The roasted malts do come out more after the initial chocoalte flavor in a coffee like hit. The middle shows off more the coffee roast along with a matching bittersweet chocolate. Ending of the beer shows a light bitterness from hops and a little dose of roasted malts.

M- Medium-heavy body. Carbonation was a little light for the style I thought but managed to work itself out with the beer nicely. Lots of roasted coffee and chocolate left on the palate. Hints of warming alcohol, bittering hops, and light roast are left long into the aftertaste. No off flavors at all in this beer. Medium drying on the palate from the alcohol.

O- This beer was a good example of the style without going overboard. Smooth with a perfect amount in the aroma and flavor. The ABV is nice and low enough that you can drink a couple of these to stay warm in the coming winter months.

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4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from growler into english pint glass.

Pours a dark black color with a beautiful beige head. Can't really tell the carbonation by the look. Nice coating of lacing.

Aroma is typical for a stout. Dry roasted grains up front followed by a touch of oats. A little bit of sweet chocolate and caramel follows.

Creamy and bittersweet chocolate and caramel up front like in the aroma. Big roasted grains follow showcasing a heavy dose of coffee flavors. Dries out in the end and ends with a little bit of bitterness, presumably from the grains and a small dose of earthy bittering hops.

Good creamy mouthfeel. Medium-full body and low-medium carbonation.

Another solid offering from Greenbush. Good creaminess and drinkability for an oatmeal stout. Nice dose of roasted grains too. Really looking forward to trying more from Greenbush. Really hope to see their stuff in bottles soon.

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Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 74 ratings