Six Impossible Things
Mystery Brewing Company

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English Oatmeal Stout
Ranked #92
Ranked #11,185
4.01 | pDev: 8.23%
Mystery Brewing Company
North Carolina, United States
Very Good
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Notes: A rich, buttery oatmeal stout with undercurrents of cocoa and coffee. The grain additions in this beer are designed to impart chocolate, toffee, and caramel notes without overt bitterness, creating a smooth, drinkable stout. Aged on Dominican cocoa nibs; locally roasted coffee added in the fermenter.
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Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 48
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4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

These are local brewers from Hillsborough. I deliberately tried to tease out the head on this one but it wouldn't cooperate. It went to a cap and then zero very quickly. Aroma is heavy on the chocolate and roasted tones and some backing bitterness.

A little too much carbonation initially, but when you get to the flavor, its quite good, with plenty of coffee and roasted oats. Balanced nicely with hops, this nevertheless delivers on the promises of richness and butter. Solid complexity throughout. Give it a little time to warm.

No subtlety here, but there is flavor. For my money, it is quite true to the style. Good effort overall, but God knows how many calories it pumps. I'm not crazy about the can design either, for the record. Worth a definite try.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque yet still clear jet black in color with moderate amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and faint dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a three finger tall foamy tan head that slowly reduces to a small to medium sized patch of thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of dark roasted malts with light to moderate aromas of chocolate/cocoa and cold brewed coffee.

T: Upfront there is a moderate to slightly stronger than moderate flavors of dark roasted malts with just a hint of caramel malt sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of dark chocolate/cocoa and light flavors of cold press coffee. Light to moderate amounts of lingering bitterness in the finish.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin/watery.

O: Easy to drink and very enjoyable - nice subtle flavors of chocolate and coffee. Wish this one had more of the creaminess I associate with oatmeal stouts but still quite easy to drink.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with a 1/8 inch medium brown head that bears little retention before deteriorating to literally no surface foam. No lacing.

S- Inviting aroma of chocolate and dark roasted malt. Moderate coffee and a bit of booze.

T- Very straightforward dark roasted malt flavor profile. I actually wouldn't have been able to tell you that chocolate or coffee was used in this since I'm really just getting the usual bitter notes that I get from any oatmeal stout. A bit of milk chocolate finally shows up in the aftertaste.

M- Slightly creamy with low carbonation and a full body.

O- It's decent but there are certain elements that fall flat...literally, since there's barely any carbonation and the chocolate and coffee haven't really lent any extra character to the beer.

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Photo of barczar
3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very sweet, chocolatey aroma, nutty, with a touch of roast.

Flavor is sweet and chocolatey, with buttery diacetyl notes and a touch of acrid character.

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Photo of stdaniel
4.36/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Pitch black, light caramel colored head that quickly dissipates.

S - Nice notes of chocolate, subtle coffee, vanilla blended well. None overpower another.

T - Similar to smell, nice hints of chocolate and coffee on the front end that blend toward vanilla and cream on the back end. Again, well blended flavors with none of them overpowering the others. It's one of those interesting beers that I can sip over the course of an hour and pick out individual flavors.

M - Lighter body at 5.8% (2014/15 version), soft mild carbonation that, help round out the edges .

O - Overall, this is an incredibly drinkable, well balanced stout. I'm amazed at the overall product considering the relatively low ABV. Excellent price point as well.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer is a mahogany highlighted black coloring with a fizzle of dark brown head that quickly disappears. Some subtle carbonation action rising to the surface if you look closely. Aromas of milk chocolate, cream and vanilla, bitter roasted coffee, hints of smoke, and a rich toffee backbone. Smells balanced and damn tasty. Flavors are robust, with a burst of bitter coffee on the forward tongue, followed curtly by milk chocolate and cream notes, helping to smooth the edges quickly, making the entire trip across the palate smooth, almost velvety. Toffee once again in the backbone, providing a bit of tangy sweet to shake up the otherwise bitter and roasted notes, all on a smooth, light body. This beer remains very drinkable, through and through. The aftertaste is more on the chocolate/mocha side, with sweet cream ribbons throughout. Smooth, clean finish, with a subtle roasted and sweet linger. Solid stout, very smooth, and extremely drinkable.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

on tap at the brewery

pours black with a half inch beige head. smell is BIG on coffee and smoked malts. this one is promising. taste hits you with a massive coffee burst at first, followed by some great chocolate notes. ooh. creamy feel, not syrupy at all. super smooth. body is medium, but bigger than the ABV would lead you to believe.

very enjoyable. as a fan of BIG stouts I wasn't expecting to be wowwed, but this beer is excellent. highly recommended.

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Photo of tdm168
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Bottlemixx

A - pitch black with a big, thick, brown head that has great retention

S - big coffee aroma with a smooth transition to cocoa

T - cocoa nibs, coffee, roasted malts, faint bitter finish

M - medium to full bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This was a very delicious beer. It was highly drinkable, but also intricate. The cocoa and coffee are superb. The overall flavor is tremendous. This is definitely worth trying.

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Photo of oberon
3.55/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a growler from Bestway today.Poures jet black into an impy nonic with a very thin deep tan colored head atop.Aromas of burnt sugar and coffee roast stand out,like creme brullee and a strong coofee mix.The mouthfeel is mellow but full,it goes down easy.Flavors of deep roast and char mixed with brown sugar and caramel sweetness,it's not as soft as I would like.Not a bad stout but it's a little rough around the edges for the style.

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Photo of brentk56
3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Out of the cask, the beer has a small khaki lid that crowns the dark brown liquid; a modest amount of lacing is left behind

Smell: Smells like a cup of richly roasted black coffee

Taste: Up front, the coffee flavors dominate, with black bread and chocolate undertone; after the swallow, however, the coffee adds a lot of acidity to the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; for an oatmeal stout, the body is rather thin and lacks the creamy quality I would expect from the style

Overall: This beer was made by adding coffee to the cask and it tastes rather like carbonated coffee, lacking the depth of flavor and mouthfeel that I would seek in the style; although the IBUs are low, the finish reminds of that old commercial where the drinker complains "Oh,this coffee sure tastes bitter."

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Six Impossible Things from Mystery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 48 ratings