Buck Eye Oatmeal Stout | Boston Beer Works - Canal Street

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Boston Beer Works - Canal Street
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Reviews: 35 | Ratings: 51
Photo of Flounder57
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

On draft at the Beer Works in Logan Airport.

Appearance: A one finger mocha head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a dark brown/black color with no vision of anything. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Sweet and bready oats, a little chocolate, roasty, smoke, old ale.

Taste: Same as above with a little bitterness in there too.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, a little chewy, some ashy bitterness, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Pretty nice oatmeal stout. I'll revisit this one again.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Black body with a thin tan head.

S- Roasted malts with a good grainy oatmeal scent coming through.

T- Roasted flavor with some coffee and oatmeal coming through.

M- Lighter bodied for a stout, but easily drinkable.

O- Good flavor, solid beer for the style.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured on-tap and served in a tumbler, the beer is a dark ruby-brown coloring, almost black, with a thin, off-white film that clings as you drink. Aromas of cream, chocolate, and coffee blending together for a sweet nose. Flavors are more towards the dark side, with a solid bitter coffee backbone giving rise to subtle chocolate and roasted characteristics. The aftertaste is the bitterness of the dark roasted coffee tones, with a bitter, dry finish. Tasty brew.

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Photo of Brad007
4.01/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on 3/11/11.

This beer pours a pitch black color with a small brown head into my glass.

Coffee and cocoa present themselves in the aroma, which should be expected for the style.

The palate is dominated by flavors of coffee and cream. It's a simple, no-frills layout.

Mouthfeel is slick with only a hint of coffee remaining. Not much else to decipher here. Perhaps a bit thin.

This oatmeal stout is decent at best. It went ok with my meal.

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Photo of tigg924
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Hingham location

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, opaque, black in color

Smell: sugar and roasted malt

Taste: cream, dark roasted malt, some charcoal, and oats

Mouthfeel: medium body, sweet start with a bitter aftertaste and backbone, high carbonation

Drinkability: I have been having a lot of this style lately and this one falls somewhere in the upper middle. I could have several and the beer tastes fine. I would like a bit more oat taste though.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
2.89/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

@ Beer Work Canal St., my commuter rail is late hangout

Opaque black with dark hazelnut edges. A friendly one finger width sized head simmers down to a horseshoe skim of retention and leaves a lacey silhouetted tree in its wake.

Aroma is roast malt and a little dark roast coffee acrid astringency. Tastes like oatmeal stout tea. There's a tea-like swampyness that ruins an otherwise appealing chicory, bittersweet baker's chocolate and bready oatmeal stout.

Beer Works fizz carbonation. I don't know if they force carbonate to a different level or use a different method but it makes BW lighter beers crisp and BW darker beers fizzy. The carbonation was a deal breaker.

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Photo of erosier
3.26/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Roommate brought this back from his trip to the Lowell Beerworks.

L: Pours a deep brown/black color with a medium bodied and medium sized off-white/tan colored head that laces the glass a little on the way down as it fades pretty fast.
S: Smells of sweet roasted malts, nice sweet oatmeal, hints of chocolate and a slight sweetness at the end.
T: Tastes of sweet roasted malts, a lot of chocolate malt, some nice smooth oatmeal flavors, and then a bit of sweetness mixed with deep roasted malts.
M: Smooth, light bodied, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable, nice mix of flavors and texture, could have a bit more body to it.

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Photo of nas5755
1.45/5  rDev -60.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A black beer with an ok head. Appearance was fairly normal, slightly thin looking. Nose was unoticable and thus poor(in a bar setting, but nothing worth noting). Taste was horrible, it was like a watered-down stout, no depth, no nothing, just bad. Mouthfeel was super thin and lame. I never want to drink another again.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Second beer of the night after the Red Sox game yesterday. Served in the usual BBW glass. Nice white head atop a jet black body of beer. Nice looking presentation. Smell was of peat and campfire, very lightly smoked. Flavor was very good. Nice hit of roasted barley then some of that oatmeal flavor, followed lastly by dark malt flavor. Mouthfeel was thick enough to satisfy a stout craving, but smooth enough to add to a high drinkability for this beer. I can see why this well-crafted brew has been a staple on the BBW menu for so many years, and it's a shame that it took me this long to review it. A favorite here.

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Photo of WesWes
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown/black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has your standard black malt scent; dry and earthy. It's also a bit on the sweet side with maybe a bit too much chocolate malt. The taste is decent as well. It's quite smooth with an excellent oatmeal mouthfeel. It has a moderate black malt bitterness, yet leans a little in the sweeter direction. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a pretty good OS, but I've had better.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received a pint of deep brown brew with a thick head that dissipatd quickly but left a little lace. Nice.

Nice deep roasted malt aromas and a little herbal element and sweetness as well.

Nice light coffee flavors with a good balance of bitter and sweet. Short and rather clean finish with a hint of carmelized sweetness. Very nice stout out of the tap.

A wee bit thinner than I expected -- maybe I'm getting bombarded with bigger beers and forget what tradition is all about.

Overall, a great brew and an easy drinker. Absolutely worth the try.

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Photo of Jayli
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had at Logan Airport on 5/19/09
This beer pours a deep brown, with some light passing through. One finger off white creamy head that left thick coats of lacing on the glass. Nose is of oatmeal and roasted malts. Taste - this one gets better as it warms. Initially it is quite sweet - some caramel malts and chocolate, then gets in to the oat and roasted malts flavoring. There is a bitter coffee bite at the end. This beer is a highly carbonated and lighter bodied (though still a medium body). It goes down very easily and not filling at all.

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Photo of bsend
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received a 22 oz. glass from my server.

Appearance: Received a lovely jet black oatmeal stout that let little to no light through. Nice 2 finger foamy white head that lasted for a good portion of the beer.

Smell: Decent mix of burned malt aroma, and oatmeal.

Taste: Decent tasting oatmeal flavor right up front. Following that was a decent malt backbone, small portions of liquid smoke, and burned coffee.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied stout. Somewhat watery but thick enough to keep the stout style.

Drinkability: If the game I was watching went into another overtime, I would have bought another. Decent quality mixed with smooth easy drinking ability.

Final Thoughts - This one is a winner for Beer Works. I hope to get this again. This tap goes empty a lot. When its around I try and get one. Hope to see it around more as it mixes a session.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on my recent trip to Boston.

Pours a dark brown, almost black color, good sized head that fades slowly and leaves some good lacing on the glass.

Smell is strong in roasted malt with a bitter aroma.

Taste is similar to the smell in that it is very strong in roasted malt with that burnt malt bitterness, decent creaminess but could have been better.

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Photo of ph2001
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz glass poured from tap

thick foamy head. black in color with brown highlights against the light. smells malty

incredubly malty taste. roasted creamy flavor. it is full and rich, but not too heavy. the bitterness is minimal. there is tons of lacing left on the glass.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sample at Beer Works Fenway: This beer is a very dark brown color (almost black) but not completely opaque. Medium thin light tan head that dissipates slowly and rings of lacing. Aroma of roasted malt and coffee. Medium body with a coffee and chocolate character. Light hops and malt are present too. The finish is roasty with a coffee finish that is ultimately short-lived. Another slightly above average offering from Beer Works.

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Photo of bjohnson
3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Came to the table in a 16oz. glass. Very dark brown with a hint of light coming through in the bottom of the glass. One finger off white colored frothy head had nice retention and returned with a swirl of the glass. Slight roasted malt notes in the nose with a touch of sweetness.

Thin and light on the palate, but very smooth and soft--20% flaked oats? that'll make it soft for sure. Roasted malt finish with a touch of bitterness and dryness in the aftertaste. Small touch of sweetness in there also. Not a very complex brew--probably only had one or two specialty grains thrown in. An easy drinking, low abv stout that could be a nice session brew.

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Photo of YonderWanderer
2.83/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark, dark brown with a one-finger tan head. Lacing is spotty, but present. Head dissipates slowly.

S: Not much of an aroma. Hints of burnt oats, a little bit of malt, but not much else.

T: Burnt oats, a little bit of chocolate, a bit of caramel from the malt. Bitter, but not overpoweringly so. None of the flavors are that upfront, making it balanced, but relatively bland.

M: Watery for a stout. This seems to be a trend with stouts at Beer Works. They're always a little thinner than I'd want them to be. Light carbonation, but too thin.

D: Easy to drink, but not much reward in it. An OK oatmeal stout, but there are many others out there that are better.

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Photo of Gavage
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: black in color with a creamy one finger head. Spotty lace develops on the glass.

Smell: faint but detectable roasted malts and oats are the lone aromas.

Taste: roasted malts, oats, hints of dark chocolate, and a touch of burnt coffee. Very soft bitterness rounds this out.

Mouthfeel: kind of weak for an oatmeal stout. Smooth from start to finish with a very brief lived aftertaste. Medium bodied, but a bit watery for the style.

Drinkability: easy to quaff, and minus the light mouthfeel there is a decent but not great flavor profile. This is a session stout.

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Photo of NEhophead
3.36/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap 08.12.06.

Poured a near black in color beneath a half inch, creamy white head that lingers for a while leaving ringed lacing down the sides of the glass.

Aromas are all fairly subtle including: heavy cream, roasted oats, vanilla, and a hints of mocha and dark chocolate.

Heavy cream with a light espresso up front. No chewiness or abrasiveness that I would expect from the roasted malts. Light, powdered dark chocolate joined by a hint of sweet vanilla. A touch of bitterness followed by an aftertaste of milk chocolate.

A light, full bodied; creamy and very smooth on the palate. Goes down remarkably smooth, but at the cost of weak, even bland flavors.

No serious flaws in flavor, but nothing that would keep me coming back either.

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Photo of shamus
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Of all the beers that we tried at the Beer Works at Fenway this was perhaps the best (maybe the Blueberry was better but as a novelty). I should also add that the other beers we tried that night were flat and tasted off to the point of not being drinkable.

It looked a nice dark ruby with a decent tan head and smelled of coffee and roasted malt. However it was too watery and the promise that came of the smell was not lived up to in the flavour.

Overall an okay stout but not exceptional.

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Photo of twelvsies
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This has never been my favorite style, but this is a pretty good take on it. Pours a deep brown color, nearly black, with a dense light brown head. Smell and taste have a distinct black coffee twinge, bitter and inviting. Nice roastedness in the malt profile, and lightly hoppy presence is barely noticable. My only complaint, and it's small, is that there was something not quite right about the mouthfeel. I won't say it was watery, but something was missing. Like I said, maybe it's just my personal preference, so I'm trying to rate according to style here. Overall a good beer.

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Photo of Sycodrummer
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had from the BBW/Fenway this beer was my "dessert." Served in their standard "small" size pint glass the beer was deep dark black with a slightly off-white and creamy head that was about a finger thick. Lace coated the glass throughout the whole sample.

The smell was a dark chocolate upfront with some coffee and malty undertones as well. A deep roasted character overall to the nose.

The taste was a little bland and a little dry. I thought it tasted a bit like Guinness and did not quite have the velvety creaminess I'm used to in oatmeal stouts. A pronounced roasted malt character was present and some faint traces of coffee and chocolate and grain.

Moderate on the palate and not quite an even coat of the tounge. Little to no carbonation.

A good stout but not much more. Average (which I guess is good) but not quite the qualities I expected from an oatmeal.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep brown with a slight red tinge around the edges. Thick foamy, creamy head. Aroma was malts and heavy on the oats. Very bready. Flavor is very sweet at first, but finishes just a tad dry and with an ever so slight bitter bite. Also present were nice tones of chocolate. Nice and chewy. Fully body. Very drinkable, I was only gonna have one then go, but it turned into two.

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Photo of edchicma
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a growler....b;ack with hints of dark brown...decent head with nice lacing. Classic burnt malt aroma with a hop undertone. Taste is a bit mild for this type...lightly burnt malt with a dry note. Mouthfeel is slightly chewy and with a hint of creaminess. Very easy on the drinkability scale. I would have preferred a bit more bite (even from an oatmeal stout)...Not bad, but I've been spoiled by Troeg's Oatmeal Stout.

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Buck Eye Oatmeal Stout from Boston Beer Works - Canal Street
3.67 out of 5 based on 51 ratings.
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