The Raffi
Tilted Barn Brewery

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English Oatmeal Stout
Ranked #120
Ranked #13,616
3.95 | pDev: 4.81%
Tilted Barn Brewery
Rhode Island, United States
Very Good
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Photo of Jwale73
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours one shade shy of black with a rocky, khaki-colored head that disperses into a soapy slick. Great nose - chocolate, roast and a hint of peanuts. Taste expresses char, roast and bakers chocolate; however, it all comes off a bit dull and lacking in flavor. Mouthfeel is light in body with a carbonation shy of assertive. Overall, decent but the flavors are a little too char/roast forward and I was expecting a mouthfeel a little more silky from the oatmeal. That said, abv is extremely well-hidden for the strength and the style.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was the lasts of the Tilted Barn beers that I traded for a while ago, and it certainly wasn't like any of the others. I only mean that from a stylistic standpoint, as this was just as enjoyable as the others and easy to drink, while being a pleasant surprise at the same time. Equal parts coffee and oatmeal, this featured the best of both of those while staying true to form the entire way!

Nice pour to this as this looked like coffee as I emptied it out of the can. Thin, lively, and brown, plenty of bubbly, mocha head topped this off. Once that burst and settled, there wasn't a lot of lacing left behind but that was on par with the thin and slick consistency of this beer. Loads of coffee, chocolate malt, oats, dark berry, and roasted barley in the nose as the taste burst forth with all of those. Slick like espresso but not overly roasted or burnt, this had a full, biting, and cloying mouthfeel that complemented everything else quite nicely. Toasted in feel and a bit earthy in the aftertaste, there were hint of deep forest and molasses to complement the wonderful berry juice that seemed to be prevalent during my entire time with this.

This felt weaker than it was in actuality, when it came to amount of booze that this had. The barley and oats ensured that this would be a full-bodied beer that was chewy and cloying but neither of those factors were enough to overtake everything else that was going on here. Wonderfully complex and readily accessible, this may be my favorite brew from Tilted Barn. A great example of the style if there ever was one!

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Photo of C-Stockwell
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: totally dark. Not much of a head, however I did have the beer out of a 3oz sample glass.
S: coffee, like a shot of espresso
T: also coffee, but not too powerful. I'm not a coffee drinker, but I appreciated the flavor
F: good carbonation, no complaints

Overall the beer is a good choice. Balanced and pleasant.

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Photo of Billolick
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tall can procured via trade.

Bold looking typical stout kinda look, dark mocha mini cap.

Full throttle coffee on the nose, with some vanilla and roasty dark grains.

On the lighter side feel wise, smooth and easy drinking.

Tasty "Coffee oatmeal stout", waves of dark coffee, mild milk chocolate and a bit of vanilla on the finish....smooth and quite worthy...well worth a try

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.86/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This one pours a fairly dark black color, with a small head, and a bit of lacing.

This smells like rich, roasty and bitter coffee, with vanilla, chocoalte, and charred malts.

This smells like super bitter and acidic coffee, almost ashy and smokey, with bitter dark chocolate, and a hint of vanilla.

The taste is the same as the aroma, for the most part. As it warms, the coffee becomes way less bitter, and gets a bit creamier and more well rounded. It's still pretty bitter, with heavy roast and some smoke, with lots of dark chocolate.

This is a little bit thin and light bodied, with a good level of drinkability.

This needs a little bit more of a deft hand in the coffee addition, but it's got a lot of potential.

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Photo of swenny916
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark black with about three fingers of light brown, chocolate-like head.

I get a lot of coffee on the nose, with just a touch of chocolate.

There's a chocolate taste at first and the finish is coffee. The coffee taste hangs around as well.

It's thinner and easy to drink. Not as thick as some of the oatmeal stouts I've had, but that's not a bad thing.

Overall a nice oatmeal stout. Lower ABV as well.

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Photo of dlos
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark black with tan head which disappears almost instantly. Coffee, chat, toasty malts on the nose and the taste follows. Smooth and easy to drink, solid oatmeal stout.

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Photo of Phineasco
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Black, with tiny khaki head that recedes quickly.
Smell: Oats, coffee, bark, and molasses.
Taste: Oats, bark, molasses, and pine.
Mouthfeel: Light and smooth.
Overall: A surprisingly good low abv oatmeal stout. However, the coffee is subdued.

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Photo of agreenman19
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L - lactose variant. Pours a deep brown with a dark, crimson, burnt head. Lots of fluff going on.

S - English malts and medium dark fruits. Cherry, metal, toffee, fruity coffee bean.

T - definite barley roast here. Lactose gives it an iced coffee feel with minimal cream and sugar. Bittersweet dark chocolate and acrid black coffee. Flavor is thin and full at the same time. I think it's the lactose that is beefing up the backbone of this beer.

F - silky, a word I use to describe a beer that's not terribly full-bodied, but has a marked creaminess that's almost slick. Drinkable. Thank you, lactose.

O - dark chocolate is the name of this game. Refreshing and crisp, there is sweetness, but any sort of cloy or sugar is dried up by the roasty malts. The lactose definitely improves this otherwise bland beer.

NOTE: Review is for Raffi w/ Lactose. Rating for OG Raffi is as follows:

L - 4
S - 4.5
T - 3.75
F - 3.75
O - 3.75

A - 3.95

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Photo of ScaryEd
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 16 oz can into a tulip glass.

Pours a black-as-night motor oil color with a half finger of tan head. The head is gone instantly and leaves very little in the way of lacing.

The aroma is very roasted and charred. Lots of dark roasted malts and dark roast coffee beans. There's a hint of vanilla and dark chocolate on the back end.

The flavor brings dark chocolate and vanilla up front, with a subtle touch of caramel. Finishes with a wave of dark roast coffee.

The feel is medium bodied with lower carbonation. Very soft, creamy and smooth.

Overall, a pretty good oatmeal stout. The flavors are straightforward for the style, but everything works and the mouthfeel is on point.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a mug, the appearance was a dark brown color with a finger’s worth of tan foamy head. Light messy lace. The aroma takes on a combination of roasted coffee beans, vanilla bean, and some milk chocolate. The flavor, once again, blends all of the previously mentioned aromas - sweet to roast for a fantastic balance. Nicely done smooth sweet to roasty aftertaste strolling into the finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation and ABV both felt right where they’re supposed to be. Overall, nicely done stout well worthy of having again.

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Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 62 ratings