BarrelHouse Stout
BarrelHouse Brewing Company

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English Oatmeal Stout
Ranked #216
Ranked #20,539
3.87 | pDev: 13.44%
BarrelHouse Brewing Company
California, United States
Very Good
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Notes: Since the first batch our people can’t get enough of this creamy and slightly hoppy BarrelHouse Stout. It’s crafted with oats for creaminess, lactose for sweetness, belgian dark syrups for intense dark fruit notes, dark malts for chocolate and roast, and just enough hops for a balanced bitter/sweet finish.
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3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bomber from Don.
Crane snifter.

Pours a light brown which forms into a darker near-black body. Head is off-white and creamy, 1/2 finger tall.

Aromas of rubber, burnt wood, chocolate malt, and fruity yeast cake.

Flavor brings chocolate malt, slight cocoa puffs, ashy roast, sulfur, latex glove, slight general sweetness, and slight pine.

Feel is roasty with a ton of carbonation lighting up the beer. Medium to medium-plus viscosity. Slight slickness. Moderate warming alcohol even at 6%. Resins can be detected on the finish with more roast.

Overall this has room for improvement. Barrelhouse definitely has much better beers to offer. A huge extra in my box, but kind of disappointing unfortunately.

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The-Adjunct-Hippie from South Dakota, Jun 19, 2019
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3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

$ 13.57 (Including shipping)/bomber ($ 0.619/oz) from Blackwell’s, San Francisco, CA
Bottled 12/13/16 at 42 degrees into a hand washed and dried JK snifter, allowed to warm to 50 degrees.
Aroma – roasted malt, a hint of chocolate
Head - large (Maximum 6.5 cm, aggressive pour), light brown, frothy, decent retention. Slowly diminishes to an irregular four to seven mm frothy ring and a thin layer with rocks
Lacing – poor. A couple of irregular rocky islands remain after the lacing moves down.
Body – dark brown/black, opaque
Flavor – slightly bitter with roasted malt and some chocolate. No hops, alcohol, nor diacetyl in either taste or smell
Palate – medium, creamy, soft carbonation

At 6% ABV this seems more like the porter end of the spectrum. It certainly isn’t bad nor is it overpriced – just a little thin for a stout IMHO.

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

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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania, Jan 27, 2017
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3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottle Date: March 2016
Palate Contaminants: other beer

Appearance is a super-dark brown with a bit of light brown fine head.

The smell is a bit like smoky oats with a little bit of honey. Sweetly metallic, yet pleasant at the same time. Add a little cinnamon.

The first taste I get is charred barrel, and it overwhelms. There's a bit of tea leaf stem, and the bitterness isn't excessive, but it's simply not dynamic. Then the charred barrel takes over again. And it stays. Man, the scent had me thinking this would be something pretty good. The most I can get out of the rest is a little bit of molasses, but it's not strong enough to raise the grade.

The feel is moderate, maybe a little stronger than I'd expect for a 6.0er.

It's nicely crafted, but the taste is lacking.

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Zythophile from District of Columbia, Aug 28, 2016
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3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Very dark, nice tan head. Slight aroma of roasted malt, not very strong. Feels much thinner than it looks & doesn't tastes as dark as it looks. Roasted malt & cream dominate the flavor with a slight bitter & sweet finish. Lots of carbonation. Very good.

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Viaduck from California, May 08, 2016
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3.51/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Look - looks dark brown like a stout should. Light Brown grainy head.

Smell- coffee chocolate and a touch of sourdough bread

Taste- smokey bitterness of coffee made on a camp fire. Subdued hops and a slight metallicness, it's not unpleasant. There is virtually no taste the sourdough smell, I know that too much oatmeal in a stout can produce an acrid taste and I am not getting that here.

Feels - smooth, the flavor lingers on the tounge but not too much

Overall- I love Guinness but if I ran into a person that didn't like stout because of a prior experience with Guinness, I would point them in the direction of this beer! I would like to pair this one with chocolate of course maybe raspberries.

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Uncle_Jimmy from California, Jan 04, 2016
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3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass, twice

A: Pours black with a mocha colored head that did not retain very long, no lacing, some light comes through around the edges, not much carbonation, pretty straightforward appearance.

A: Fresh ground coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malts, picking up some hops, smells pretty good.

T: Definite hop presence up front, coffee bitterness up front, hint of chocolate, some hop presence in the middle, and finishes with coffee bitterness, dry, very different taste than the aroma.

M: Medium body, got lots of carbonation at the end.

O: I had high expectations for this, it has more hops than I like in a stout, great aroma but there is a definite hop presence in the taste. If the hops were a little subdued I think this would be really good because I like my stouts with a bigger coffee, chocolate, and roasted malt presence than this beer has to offer.

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Brolo75 from California, Oct 06, 2015
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3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Smells nicely of chocolate, vanilla, malt, and oatmeal. Taste is similar. Taste and smell are excellent.

More carbonated than i prefer in an oatmeal stout, which inhibited the smoothness.

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Absolut from California, Mar 23, 2015
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4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Beer Craft in Rohnert Park, CA

Nice and dark, thick, thick mocha head. Lightly sweet, barely any hops flavor. Minimal to no after taste. Very drinkable. Recommended

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IRONRakkasan from California, Mar 22, 2015
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3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Type: Draft
Glass: Pint glass
From: Planing Mill Artisan Pizzeria in Visalia, Calif.
Price: $5.00
Purchased: Oct. 2, 2014
Consumed: Oct. 2, 2014
Misc.: N/A

Poured a pitch black color with two fingers of khaki tan head when I got it. Good amount of layered spotty lacing along the sides of the glass. Average retention on the top all the way down. (Sight - 4.00)

Smelled roasty malts, nuts, right chocolate, slight crayon, toffee, caramel and cocoa nibs. (Smell - 3.75)

Tasted chocolate, roasty malts, crayon, caramel, toffee, roasted nuts and dark cocoa. (Taste - 3.50)

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long, slightly bitter finish. (Feel - 3.50)

An above average stout, but nothing special. (Overall - 3.50)

3.59 | 81 | B

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BucannonXC5 from California, Oct 09, 2014
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4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the brewery – Paso Robles, CA
4oz taster – 08/18/2014

A: Black Onyx color body right down to the pearly reflective sheen. Half finger of sandstone cream settles out to a ring around the glasses edge. Some random beads of lace stay clinging on to the glass.

S: A deep roasted barley and cereal mix instills freshly brewed coffee with chocolate crème, dark berries, and brown sugars. Really nice with the highly kilned malt showcasing a fresh Espresso roast character in the nose. Hints of earthy greens and a dash of licorice spice. Loving this one already.

T: A clean roast flavor profile of blackened barley, toasted oats, and high end coffee-espresso that is rich with bittersweet chocolates. Brown sugar and dark fruits develop mid way along with a nice earthy hop presence to help cut back the sweet. This is super creamy and well balanced with the alcohol completely masked. Finishes out a touch on the sweeter side with a faint spice component. Pretty solid stuff.

M: Moderate to heavier filling with a sleek coating on the palate. Not too filling however with a frothy carbonation and touch of bitter dryness in the finish. Some sticky residual sugars linger on.

D: This is a superb house stout. It’s rich and roasty with a creamy texture and good balance to it overall. Very approachable while delivering some great depth of flavors. Possibly their best offering. I thoroughly enjoyed this one.

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Nugganooch from California, Sep 19, 2014
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4.2/5  rDev +8.5%

Coffee-ish smell and thick foam covering when poured. A bit frothy and thick, nice bitter hints and what I think is a bit of spices and chocolate. It is creamy, and reminds me of a precursor or warm up beer for the Curly Wolf.

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avwrite from California, Aug 27, 2014
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3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Totally black with a very nice rolling and billowing tan head. Retention is quite good as is lacing.

Nose: Chocolate, coffee, vanilla, toffee.

Taste: More chocolate, toffee and coffee with some vanilla sweetness and a bit of hops.

Notes: This is quite a good stout. I think breweries need to be very , very good to even compete. This stout didn't grab me by the collar and scream in my face, but it did get my attention. In today's market, I'd say thats quite an achievement.

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travolta from California, Jun 25, 2014
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5/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bittersweet throughout the entire experience in this BHBC brew. I'm bitter when my glass is empty and it's sweet when they fill it back up to the top with this rich and creamy brew. This stout has a little more hop character after it crosses your tongue than you'd expect from the initial nose inspection.

I can't get enough of this one folks and I highly recommend letting it warm up a bit after pouring to let that aroma and complex coffee and chocolate maltiness awaken !

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tomheath14 from California, Apr 22, 2014
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3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Black with a thin layer of light brown head.

S - Roast and a big sweetness. Chocolate, dark caramel, molasses.

T - Big sweetness. Roast, chocolate, molasses and dark caramel. A touch too sweet to my palate but a nice overall flavour profile.

M - Medium body. Creamy. Light carbonation.

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TheSevenDuffs from Ontario (Canada), Aug 07, 2013
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3.46/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Malibu Sundowner Tasting Room in Westlake Village, CA.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and slight lactose aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and dark fruit flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice bittersweet flavor going on.

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UCLABrewN84 from California, Aug 04, 2013
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