The Raffi
Tilted Barn Brewery

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From:
Tilted Barn Brewery
 
Rhode Island, United States
Style:
Oatmeal Stout
Ranked #112
ABV:
7.6%
Score:
89
Ranked #13,525
Avg:
3.96 | pDev: 4.8%
Reviews:
13
Ratings:
54
Status:
Active
Rated:
Apr 09, 2022
Added:
Dec 31, 2014
Wants:
  1
Gots:
  8
SCORE
89
Very Good
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Notes: None
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Reviewed by jlindros from Massachusetts

4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Canned 2022/01/10
Pours dark almost inky black 1 finger fizzy dark brown head with low retention, no lacing but a little legs, looks like a 10% like beer

Nose plenty of roast but smooth, rich roasted coffee grounds, some dark chocolate and little cocoa, toasted and fairly smokey

Taste rich dark chocolate, cocoa, a little fudgey, plenty of roast with mild roasted coffee, smooth coffee grounds with a little acidity, a little smokey, very roasty, med bitterness from the roast and mild spicy hop, creamy rich oatmeal, drier finish with more spicy hop and roast lingering

Mouth is fuller bod, fair creamy, lighter carb

Overall not bad, intense overall but smooth and creamy oatmeal so enjoyable
Apr 09, 2022
 
Rated: 4.24 by smb71481 from Vermont

Mar 14, 2022
 
Rated: 4 by atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire

Feb 18, 2022
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Reviewed by colts9016 from Idaho

3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Review 1626
Raffi
Tilted Barn Brewing
Date: 13 May 2021
The beer is 46 degrees and served in a stout glass. The pour created a frothy and airy three-fingered head with fair retention. The somewhat quick dissipation left some lacing on the glass. The color charts around SRM18, dark brown with burnt oil hues. The beer is opaque. The appearance of the beer is standard for this style.

The aromas are oatmeal, coffee, dark roasted malts, a hint of smoke, a touch of Maillard, leather, dirt, and herbal.

I taste dirt, mild coffee, oatmeal, a hint of char, subtle smokiness, toasted bread, Maillard, leather, tobacco, floral, and herbal.

The mouthfeel is creamy but dry.

The body is medium, low carbonation, and has a quick finish.

It is supposed to be a coffee oatmeal stout; however, it tastes like a mild coffee porter. A faint coffee flavor; moreover, I was expecting bold coffee flavors. It is creamy, like an oatmeal stout. It is better than bud light.
Sep 19, 2021
 
Rated: 4.06 by jcoleMA66 from Massachusetts

Aug 23, 2021
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Reviewed by Jwale73 from Rhode Island

3.8/5  rDev -4%
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.
Oct 19, 2019
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Reviewed by JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
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!
Aug 11, 2019
 
Rated: 3.65 by RickyBfromCT from Connecticut

Jul 18, 2019
 
Rated: 3.9 by smcel371 from New York

Jul 15, 2019
 
Rated: 3.71 by SFC21 from Florida

Apr 25, 2019
 
Rated: 3.85 by wvsabbath from West Virginia

Mar 30, 2019
 
Rated: 3.95 by alexsergio from New York

Dec 14, 2018
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Reviewed by C-Stockwell from New Hampshire

3.81/5  rDev -3.8%
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.
Dec 08, 2018
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Reviewed by Billolick from New York

4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
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
Dec 04, 2018
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Rated by LukeGude from Iowa

4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Syd had this one, I had a few sips but wanted to note it so I don't forget. Pretty full-bodied, great fit for chilly day outside.
Dec 01, 2018
 
Rated: 4.1 by M4CDO from Massachusetts

Dec 01, 2018
 
Rated: 4.03 by CharlesK from Pennsylvania

Nov 30, 2018
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Rated by Mctr234 from Rhode Island

3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
A very flavorful stout some carbonation too.
Nov 24, 2018
 
Rated: 4.02 by joshkeyes from Rhode Island

Sep 22, 2018
 
Rated: 4.25 by paulish from New York

Aug 25, 2018
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Reviewed by GreesyFizeek from New York

3.86/5  rDev -2.5%
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.
Jul 16, 2018
 
Rated: 3.75 by djrn2 from New Jersey

Jul 08, 2018
 
Rated: 4.02 by SDRedDevil from California

Mar 26, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by ptat from Delaware

Mar 04, 2018
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Reviewed by swenny916 from Illinois

4/5  rDev +1%
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.
Feb 12, 2018
 
Rated: 3.93 by lemmy187 from Missouri

Jan 15, 2018
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Rated by Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
dark chocolate, coffee roast, toasted malts, nuttyness. nicely rounded beer.
Jan 04, 2018
 
Rated: 4.01 by coachp73 from Rhode Island

Jan 03, 2018
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Reviewed by dlos from North Carolina

3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
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.
Dec 25, 2017
 
Rated: 3.98 by MDDMD from Pennsylvania

Dec 22, 2017
 
Rated: 4.5 by grahuba from Connecticut

Dec 15, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by Rizzy17 from Pennsylvania

Dec 09, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by Sk8sean86 from Massachusetts

Nov 27, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

Nov 09, 2017
 
Rated: 3.36 by khoff5 from Connecticut

Oct 03, 2017
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Reviewed by Phineasco from Massachusetts

4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
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.
Oct 01, 2017
 
Rated: 3.75 by petermethot from New Jersey

Aug 15, 2017
 
Rated: 3.8 by dms1767 from Nebraska

Aug 11, 2017
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Reviewed by agreenman19 from Connecticut

4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
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
Jul 15, 2017
 
Rated: 3.9 by jaydoc from Kansas

Jul 13, 2017
The Raffi from Tilted Barn Brewery
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 67 ratings