Folk Metal
Burlington Beer Co.

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Style:
Stout - Oatmeal
Ranked #81
ABV:
6.2%
Score:
89
Ranked #11,121
Avg:
4 | pDev: 5.75%
Reviews:
20
Ratings:
90
From:
Burlington Beer Co.
 
Vermont, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  1
Gots
  12
SCORE
89
Very Good
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hopsputin from New Jersey

4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

a: jet black color, no light penetrates. thin dark tan head

s: tons of deep roasted malt, milk chocolate, and molasses. sticky toffee and a touch of earthy hops. hot chocolate powder and sweet caramel. not crazy complex, but the nose on this is fantastic

t: roasted malts that provide a nice combination of sweetness and a small bitterness. cola, dark chocolate, and some sweet milk chocolate

m: medium mouthfeel with medium carbonation

o: this is a straightforward Oatmeal Stout, but it was extremely well done. very good beer and a fantastic example of the style

Jan 15, 2021
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.84/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Worthy Kitchen
Deep brown in color with a huge frothy tan head that slowly recedes. Thick rich caramel coffee and chocolate with some light earth and fruit to counter. Nice desert beer.

Mar 02, 2020
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Apellonious from North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16 oz can from ? (no date) poured into a Guinness style pint glass. This can had different cover art and sports a 5.5% ABV. Pitch black with a half finger of dark tan head that moves quickly to a thin layer of lace. The aroma is anise, roasted grains, chocolate, and some vanilla. The taste brings out more of the roast and some smoke, chocolate, coffee, and cocoa. The feel is full, very smooth and creamy with a touch below medium level of carbonation. Overall, worth a try.

Jan 17, 2020
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

No can date
Pours a darker colored foamy fizzy 1 finger head with medium retention, light lacing, very dark brown color basically opaque

Nose brings lots of creamy oatmeal and roasted malt with chocolate, dark choc cocoa, little burnt sugar caramelization, roast with a little coffee, little biscuity, possibly milk sugar lactose note, roast level of an export stout

Taste brings lots more roast up front, not charred but big roast and touch smokey even, dark chocolate and cocoa, burnt sugars again and again I think lactose or burnt milk sugars, some creamy oats as well, a touch biscuity and caramel note, almost creme brulee but not sweet just the burnt caramel flavors, medium bitterness increasing to med-high on the finish that dries a bit, more burnt sugars and roast

Mouth is med to fuller bod, rich chewy creamy oatmeal like, medium carb, astringent bitter finish

Overall mixed, this had some oatmeal stout notes with the dark chocolate, light biscuity and caramel notes, but the roast was over the top a lot more like an Export or Foreign Export stout, the burnt sugars and roast were too much, and I felt like there was burnt milk sugar, so a good roasty winter stout, but a clear oatmeal stout I would say it is not

Jan 15, 2020
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samcrowther from Vermont

4.74/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I liked this one a lot. Such an amazing stout. Smells like coffee, chocolate and roasted malt. Taste follows with hints of vanilla and the slightest bitterness. Medium to full body. I will definitely be seeking this one out again, so tasty and easy drinking, highly recommend!!

Jan 15, 2020
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BEERMILER12 from Maine

4.11/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a near pitch black color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a thin cap

S: Roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, and light caramel/toffee

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the roasted malt and coffee and then picks up the dark chocolate and toffee notes. Finishes with lingering roast and toffee

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth

O: A very nice and straightforward oatmeal stout that has good drinkability and complexity. Solid

Nov 13, 2019
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brureview from Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice beer!
One never knows what to expect with an oatmeal stout.

Thick, opaque midnight brown color, 2F head in a Stone English pint glass.

Fruit esters in the aroma and taste. Different than a lot of other beers in the style. Smooth MF, very moderate bitterness, tangy.

Excellent beer!

Oct 23, 2019
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dacrza1 from New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

DATE: February 18, 2018... OCCASION: a family fun day of Black Panther and Friendly's ends with some beer and Parks & Rec... GLASSWARE: Samuel Smith pint... pours a sable, opaque body beneath a craggy, bubbling brown head that settles to a flat ring... cola, rusty iron, peat, toasted biscuit malts, slight smokiness, and some briny phenol... first draw is medium-bodied, smokey, sweet, with a flat cola's mouthfeel... the finish is gritty, substantial for a 6.3% ABV--though light at the teeth... the flavor profile is sweet, with vanilla, cola, schwarzbier-like bacon, cocoa nibs, and toasted malts that make this a bit more than the sum of its parts: drinkable, balanced, and a reasonable introduction to Burlington Beer Co.... thanks again to Jeff for his Vermont mix pack...

Feb 19, 2018
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RT-Kris from New York

4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Looks awesome coming out of the cam. Nice and dark black with hints if browns and tans. Great head, good smell. Pretty damn good taste but dissipates a bit as it warms. Best served cold as the can suggests

Jan 05, 2018
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polloenfuego from Canada (NB)

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

Pours a deep brown nearly black with a small off white head. Head breaks slowly leaving a nice cap.

Smell is chocolatey roasts, rich and full.

Taste is those roasty malts with a background of smokey cocoa. Just a touch of sweetness as well.

Feel is light and carbonation seems about average.

Well, a good beer, quite enjoyable and worth another.

Dec 10, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Farmhouse Tap and Grill, Burlington, VT. This was poured into a nonic pint glass. The appearance was a black color with a bar pour’s kind of slim head that dissipated into oblivion, so obviously, yeah, there’s no lacing, not worried, it’s a bar pour. The smell takes some roasty cocoa and blends with some roasty coffee beans. There’s light bitterness in the coffee bean as well. The taste was moderately sweet with a mild roasty flavor trying to balance but rapidly dissipates. Grainy oatmeal is noted. There’s a light sweet to roasty aftertaste and finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium in body with a fairly nice sessionable feel about it. Carbonation runs fairly light with nice roasty to bitter feels clinging to my tongue. Overall, I’d say this was a nice oatmeal stout that I’d have again.

Jun 21, 2017
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angrybabboon from Massachusetts

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

Consumed 7/8/16

A: Deep, dark brown - black at its core, brown around the edges - pours with a medium sized, light beige head, slowly fades to a few wisps, maintains a small collar and leaves some streaks of lacing

S: Roasty and toasty with some oats - pretty typical for the style, but I'm not complaining - roasted barley, some toasted malt, touch of burnt - chocolate malt and dark chocolate - caramel grains and some light sweetness, caramel and molasses - straight-up flaked oat aroma

T: Nice malt profile, with some toasted, roasted, and lightly burnt flavors - toasted grains and toast - some roasty flavors with a hint of coffee - lightly burnt chocolate malts, touch of char, some dark chocolate and baker's chocolate - big oat and oatmeal flavor - overall flavor is like toasted, lightly burnt oatmeal (but in a good way) - light earthyness and a touch of minerality

M: Medium body, silky smooth thanks to the oats, medium carbonation, oats in the finish

O: Oats totes mcgoats

Burlington Beer Co typically adds a unique flair to their beers. Folk Metal, oddly enough, does not fit this pattern as it's a rather traditional oatmeal stout. There's nothing really else to say; it's a solid oatmeal stout.

Jul 08, 2016
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Jason from Massachusetts

3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can, sample from the brewery.

Pitch black liquid, thin tan lace stays around for a while. Mocha nose, very roasty but not burnt with a kiss of sweetness. On the sweeter side, perfectly fine for the style so long as there is enough roasted character to back it up which this beer does. Silky and creamy with some dark fruit in the back, modest hopping but the roasted character keeps an even keel here. Good drinking all around.

May 26, 2016
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pitch black pour with a micro thin toffee colored lacing ring.

S - Dark roasted chocolate, some char, roast, and light charcoal.

T - Dark roasted chocolate with a creamy finish. Lingering bitter roasted finish.

M - Big medium creamy body, velvety.

O -A nice stout for every day drinking.

Apr 27, 2016
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ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16oz can poured into a snifter.

A: Dark brown color. Creamy light brown head retains well. Wispy lacing.

S: Bitter dark chocolate and intense roasty notes. Black coffee, roasted barley, a little acrid and burnt. Spicy hops. Hint of plum.

T: Quick hint of cola and molasses. Bitter dark roast flavors take it from there. Black coffee, burnt toast, heavily roasted barley, soot and char, acrid. Bit starchy. Some spicy and oily hop flavor. Trailing smokey finish.

M: Fluffy and full in texture. Medium body. Ample scrubbing carbonation.

O: Solid oatmeal stout.

Apr 15, 2016
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Stevem68 from Ohio

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

Pours a dark chocolate color with minimal head. Aroma is mild notes of roasted oats and chocolate. Flavor follows the nose chocolate, roasty oatmeal and has a slightly dry finish. Overall this is very solid.

Feb 16, 2016
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BoldRulerVT from Vermont

3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the 16 oz can into a snifter.
Pours very dark brown near black and one and half finger of deep caramel head.
Aromas are tons of deep roasted malt, some leathery notes as well.
Flavors are classic big roasted stout but flavors dont stick to my palate as long as Id like.
Moutfeel is good but a touch thin for me.
Overall, this beer tastes really good and BBC makes another really solid offering.

Feb 14, 2016
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2ellas from New Hampshire

3.6/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours nearly black with a thin mocha head
Smell is a dry cocoa but there is a bit of a smell of Styrofoam or something off
Taste is the same as the nose but the Styrofoam off flavor is a bit more pronounced
Mouthfeel is nice and thick with proper carbonation
Overall a good beer aside from the Styrofoam that I'm picking up. Could be a bad bottle eh?

Jan 15, 2016
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ScaryEd from New Hampshire

4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep, near-black color with a fizzy tan head that is gone quicker than it appears. Leaves no lacing around the glass, however a thin caramel film hangs around well after the beer has been poured.

The smell is mildly toasty, with some subtle oat aromas. Maybe a hint of brown sugar. Subtle, but very pleasant.

The flavor is much like the nose. Toasted malt, sweet, honey oats, but I also get a subtle, bitter coffee character. It isn't prominent, but it's there. A faint hint of dark, roasted chocolate can be detected as well. Again, not a lot going on, but very pleasant.

The feel is full bodied with good carbonation. Very creamy and smooth. Drinks a lot heavier than a 6.20 ABV.

Overall, an excellent oatmeal stout. There's nothing that really stands out about it, other than the impressive mouthfeel, but it's exceptionally well done for what it is.

Jan 14, 2016
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founddrama from Vermont

4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Very brown, almost black. Thick, chewy, heavy mouthfeel. Very respectable oatmeal stout. What I like most here is the full mouthfeel. The fact that it's not dressed up with coffee or chocolate. Just straight up diesel stout.

LOOK: Very dark brown. Borderline black. Dense creamy head, though it dissipates pretty quickly and settles in as a thin film along the top there.

SMELL: Mild malty aromas.

TASTE: Roasted malts. Old world hops. Classic heavy stout. Very diesel. Very slight metallic aftertaste.

FEEL: Thick. Chewy. Heavy. Full-bodied, for sure.

Mar 21, 2015
Folk Metal from Burlington Beer Co.
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 90 ratings