Oil Change Oatmeal Stout | Flat Branch Pub & Brewery

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Brewed by:
Flat Branch Pub & Brewery
Missouri, United States

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Black as diesel oil, Oil Change is big in roasty chocolate flavors. A large amount of flaked oats gives this stout a velvety smoothness. Oil Change is nitrogen charged to give it a thick creamy head.

Added by maxpower on 01-12-2003

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Ratings: 37 |  Reviews: 14
Photo of kylehay2004
3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of zeff80
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours out a very dark brown, almost black color. It had a creamy/milky off-white head. It left some very nice lace.

S - It smelled of chocolate and oats.

T - It has a creamy chocolate taste. The oatmeal taste is there too, although not as bitter as most of the style.

M - It was milky smooth and soft. A heavy bodied beer. It's almost like a meal.

D - A very good stout. I like the subtle oat flavor. The chocolate taste is just right, too.

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Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at the source. Great appearance. Near black with a creamy beige head. The aroma brings subtle notes of chocolate, hints of bread. A rather weak scent. The flavor is more robust, with chocolate character emerging atop a lightly toasted malt body. Smooth and creamy feel. Quite easy to drink. A solid example of the style.

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Photo of Tone
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black color. 1/3 inch head of a pale tan color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of roasted malt, sweet malt, and slight hop. Fits the style of an Oatmeal Stout. Mouth feel is smooth and thick with an average carbonation level. Tastes of roasted malt, sweet malt, slight hop, and a general sweetness. Overall, a really nice blend, but not a complex brew.

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Photo of glid02
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nitro-tap at the brewpub.

Pours black with a quickly cascading brown head that settles into a creamy one-finger layer on top. From there it recedes slowly into a thin pancake leaving solid lacing.

Smells of roasted malts with good amounts of unsweetened chocolate and a hint of tobacco.

Tastes very good. Roasted malt and unsweetened chocolate flavors up front are joined near the end of the sip by light tobacco flavors before a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness from the addition of flaked oats with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I could drink a few of these quite easily.

Overall it's not quite rich enough to be great, but as it is it's a very good beer. Worth a shot.

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Photo of psmith161
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of IpeeA
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.49/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a 18oz pint glass.

Pours a pure black liquid with nice frothy and dense light tan head. The retention is heavy.

Aroma of roasted malts and oats. Bready and slightly burnt. There is some coca in there as well.

Flavor starts of with nice grainy oat notes. Some burnt roasted malt is present but its not too intense and is balanced out by some nice slight coca sweetness. The flavors are a bit mild but well crafted and the balance between the oats and roast with the cocoa notes make this brew quite delicious. Mouthfeel isn't thick or too heavy but has enough fullness to let all the flavors shine.

Pretty good oatmeal stout. Good malty flavors and a good slight sweetness to it as well.

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Photo of MisterKilderkin
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MTNboy
3.09/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It had a brown opaque but a little transparent for a stout body.There was just some tan head and alright lacing.

Smell: A not too bad roasted malt aroma.

Taste: I thought it had a burnt tar like flavor with some coffee and chocolate tones

Mouthfeel: It was very thin and watery for a stout.

Drinkability: I one of their better beers.

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Photo of maxpower
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thick jet black in color, nice nitro creamy thick tan head, nice lasting lace. Aroma of burnt sugar and chocolate, roasted, coffee and chocolate, nice burnt bitterness. Medium body with a thick and creamy mouthfeel, burnt bitter finish, smooth and tasty stout.

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Photo of jewellrunner
4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

Photo of BrewSTL
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Reaper16
3.15/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

served from a nitro-tap into an imperial pint glass

Pours deep, deep brown (black for all intents and purposes) with a remarkably white head. Usual liquidy, pudding like consistency that is, erm, consistent with nitro-taps. Minimal lacing, though head retention was good.

A good beer in the aroma department. The oats smell wonderful in tandem with the creamy, roasty chocolate notes. Not complex, but certainly appetizing.

Unfortunately, the beer doesn't deliver as strongly on the tongue. The oats are creamy enough, but there is a slightly-sour lactic thing going on that sticks out through the loads of roasted chocolate malt flavors.

Mouthfeel is this beer's weakness. Very thin, very watery. I want to say that I was served a flat beer, but the carbonation looked on-point. If this wasn't such a watery mess in the mouth, I would want to drink multiples.

This beer was just fine at happy hour at the bar shooting the breeze with a buddy. Its a few tweaks away from being a darn good oatmeal stout.

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Photo of ajs4bd
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of karst
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark brown approaching black with ruby glints. A dense creamy thick tan persistant head and lace. Aromas of dark chocolate, burnt sugar and coffee. Mouthfeel was medium/full and satisfyingly round on the pallate. Finishes with roasted chocolate flavors. Aftertaste from lingering coffee and little bitterness make this the best offering I tried at Flat Branch. This is a keeper!

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Photo of SicemWT
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of jmccullough108
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Yesdog
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Erdinger2003
2.95/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a permanent white 1/8th inch head that stayed in the glass to the last. Dark color is very opaque. When held up to the light there is a small amount of dark brown cloudiness. There were a lot of nucleation points around the bulge of the imperial nonic. The head followed all the waves of the beer, not very thick.

Smell is of slight burnt flavors. No other flavors apparent.

Flavor is light coffee with a slightly sweet finish.

The mouth-feel is smooth and very light. The flavor is light and doesn't stick on the tongue.

Overall it seems like a Guinness, only a little thicker with more British Ale yeast flavors. Good for its drink-ability, but not if you're looking for a beer to blow you away.

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Photo of deweese
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of justinp
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of McAfee85
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The name does not lie...definitely has the look of an oil change, black and dark with a good brown head. Classic stout smell with chocolate hint and a very slight bitterness. Goes down smooth from a stout.

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Photo of AndyBeerGuy
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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