French Toast Devil Dog
Roak Brewing Co.

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Stout - Oatmeal
Ranked #36
Ranked #4,004
4.19 | pDev: 8.83%
Roak Brewing Co.
Michigan, United States
French Toast Devil DogFrench Toast Devil Dog
Notes: All the big bold characteristics of our Devil Dog Oatmeal Stout with the unmistakable taste of Sunday morning French Toast.
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sulldaddy from Connecticut

4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Sampling a 12 oz bottle poured at cellar temp into my snifter. Picked up at a beer store in Pennsylvania. The beer pours a dark cola brown color and no light passes through my glass.
A creamy beige head of about 2.5 cm foams up and recedes to a sturdy surface layer that sticks around throughout the sampling. Very dense lattice on the sides of the glass on each sip or swirl. Beer looks very nice.
Aroma is heavy with maple syrup and roasted malt mixed with a little bit of chocolate. But the maple dominates the aroma.
No hint of hops and not boozy at all either.
First sip reveals a medium body with soft creamy texture. Gentle rolling carbonation. Beer is very gentle on my palate.
Flavor is maple syrup, roasted malt, maybe some coffee, maple syrup, and then is dry and roasty on the finish.
there are no hops here and the abv is well hidden as well.
This is an enjoyable beer that is sort of straightforward with heavy maple notes and roast character. Tastes good and feels nice and drinks easy. Winning!

Sep 13, 2021
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willcull78 from Ohio

4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like no other stout I have ever tasted. It is delicious; however, what makes it delicious makes it overkill after a couple. It is heavy on the maple flavor, which I love. Thus, a couple at a time is great but after which it gets to be a bit much. I love the maple flavor mixed in with the coffee and the chocolate but it is heavy on the maple. Reasonably priced at $9.99 a six and well worth buying and trying.

Sep 05, 2021
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LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured regularly into a 160z pint glass.
L: Pours jet black with a 1" fluffy rocky tan head that eventually dissipates to edge foam, very minimal lacing. I agitated the sediment to produce some chunks.
S: French toast, maple syrup, cinnamon and black coffee.
T: A nice initial hop bite then French toast, maple syrup, vanilla, cinnamon, coffee, chocolate. Lightly bitter in the finish with no alcohol. The oatmeal stout beer beneath the flavor control panel is lightly sweet and rather toasty with a hint of yeasty malt and a whisper of egg nog.
F: It has a fluffy medium bodied mouthfeel that is very easy drinking and the 8.3%ABV is well concealed.
O: The cinnamon flavor becomes a bit more pronounced over time and the drink retains it's toastyness. This beer is a breakfast stout for sure! It is very approachable and has a dignified taste that is excellent in it's style.

Jul 04, 2021
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Chris-547 from Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Holy cow this is a fantastic beer! The nose is bursting with dark chocolate, malt, black coffee, and hints of cinnamon and vanilla at the end. The palate was dark, with malt sweetness with a clear presence of maple and cinnamon. If you’re an avid coffee drinker or a fan of darker beers, this is a great drinker!

May 05, 2021
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klarcbarr3 from Michigan

4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I cracked open a cold one, and inhaled.. WOW! This is the most scented beer I have ever experienced.. predominantly maple, but a bready malty presence was notable too. A fairly meager 1/4 in. dark brown head topped an impressive, black as night brew. The taste was a tad startling at first, even though the nose had forewarned. This beer tastes exactly as advertised! French Toast Oatmeal Stout! The Maple syrup taste, the oatmeal providing the bready undercurrent, the malt/hop mixture adding a slightly burnt char to round out that fresh from the pan feel, and a sweetness reminiscent of powdered sugar. It all comes together, and works beautifully.. even the slightly sticky mouthfeel mimics that gooey French Toast fork full. I am not a morning beer drinker.. I generally wait until somewhere between 2 and 5 pm, before my first beer of the day. However, this is the perfect breakfast beer! Good Morning.. Cheers to you! Let's have a Roak French Toast Devil Dog, with bacon!

Mar 17, 2021
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Jim_Benz from Minnesota

2.37/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.25

Blech. I thought I was buying a regular oatmeal stout. Somehow I missed the detail about maple syrup, which, unfortunately, utterly dominates the flavor profile. Do people buying craft beer these days not like the taste of beer? This was HORRIBLE, like drinking a glass of carbonated maple syrup. Which is a shame because I can't hardly find a good oatmeal stout anymore. Whatever happened to New Holland's The Poet? Instead, we get to drink this dreck?

In my opinion, this beer is no better than drain pour. But I suspect that my opinion means nothing. Pity.

Mar 16, 2021
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buschbeer from Ohio

4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a snifter

This beer pours black and is topped with an inch of mocha head that leaves little lacing.

I could smell the maple as I decanted. I get some sweet chocolate.

The taste is maple forward. It is almost cloying, but I get just enough bitterness to keep me from developing the diabeetus. I get some chocolate and roasted malt with hints of black coffee in the finish.

Medium bodied with a smooth mouthfeel

It is a pretty good representation of a "Liberty toast" stout.

Feb 07, 2021
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Mrseanworldwide from Ohio

4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The smell is the strongest characteristic, but of course its taste that makes or breaks a bold stout. This baby works. Maple is strong and it lingers far more than typical. Between sips the flavor is still present. Not a bad thing in this case! The roasted coffee flavors keep it balanced and very much in the realm of beer. Not strictly a dessert beer, but perhaps best enjoyed as an alternative to coffee house-style baked goods. The dark look and balanced feel are good if pretty standard, though I will say there’s some nice tan lacing on the glass as I sip it down. ...I’ll buy this again that’s for sure.

Jan 22, 2021
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WoodBrew from Ohio

4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I tried this beer at The Happy Grape in Lexington, OH off the tap. It poured a opaque dark with very thin fizzy tan head that dissipated quickly and there was no lacing. The scent had beautiful French toast and maple syrup notes. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with French toast presence. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it is a good beer.

Dec 30, 2020
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BigIronH from Michigan

4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer is 100% what im looking for in a stout. I didn’t know what to expect because the idea of it brings artificial flavors to mind but this one is incredibly true to flavor description, and it all works out in a way that tastes authentic to the ingredients. First flavors to come through are the smooth and sweet maple syrup, followed up with the oat and malty breadiness you were hoping for. This is exactly what I wanted when I read the label on this beer. I will grab more of this anytime I see it.

Dec 25, 2020
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I try to stop in at Rieker Bottle (gasp!) Works on a biweekly basis to see what is on offer, both in terms of CANs & bottles (eek!), but also to perhaps grab a Crowler or two from their rotating taps. Three weeks ago, this one was available!

From the CAN/Crowler: "10/30".

I beCAN by Crack!ing open the massive vent on this equally massive CAN/Crowler & following that up with a practiced C-Line Glug into the awaiting glass. This produced two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, deep-tan/light-brown head with very good retention. Color was Very Dark Brown to Black/Opaque (SRM = > 34, < 44), allowing for cola highlights only at the edges. Nose smelled of cinnamon, maple syrup, brown sugar, dark chocolate, morning coffee (very strong!) & treacle. Mmm. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but knocking on the door. The taste was super sweet with a definite maple syrup quality, almost too sweet for my refined (ha!) taste, but held in check by a spicy cinnamon-coffee flavor. This was truly evocative of cinnamon French Toast & I found myself CANsidering putting an Eggo into the toaster as an acCANponiment. I held myself in check though, as that might have been gilding the lily. Finish was semi-sweet on the cusp of semi-dry. I saw where they also make a bourbon barrel-aged version & that could really be something to look for! YMMV.

Nov 20, 2020
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This solid little brew pours a
rich brown tinged black with a nice head of khaki foam
that subsides to a thick ring, thick clumping layer, and sports
subtle lacing. Nose of light cinnamon, light maple, and
dark malts with faint char and roast. Flavors expand on
the nose with light vanilla, faint cream, maple, light char,
dark roasted malts with touches of bakers chocolate (dark),
and light cinnamon. Nice mouth feel; medium full verging on full
body, smooth, rich, lightly coating, medium light carbonation,
and a roasted bitter malt finish.

Overall, a SOLID brew


Nov 05, 2020
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BB1313 from Ohio

4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 9/22/20. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours black; small creamy khaki head that falls leaving great retention and sticky lacing. The aromas have lots of maple syrup. Some sausage spices. Hints of chocolate and hazelnut. Malts are there. The flavors follow the nose perfectly. More maple syrup leading the way. There's a nice amount of cinnamon and spices. More chocolate in the mix. Subtle sweetness along with a mild spiciness. Malts do their thing. Alcohol basically goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with active carbonation. It's sharp, crisp, spritzy, smooth and slightly fluffy. It's dangerously drinkable.

This is a great stout. It definitely has a French toast/breakfast vibe going on. Great aromas and flavors. It's bold but balanced. Well done. I really like it.

Oct 27, 2020
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Neil_86 from Ohio

4.56/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

L - Completely opaque dark beer with a short fizzy beige head that receeds to a thin line.

S - WOW, spot on comfort of buttery syrupy french toast. Reminds me of French Toast Crunch cereal.

T - Some chocolate on the front of the pallate. Bitterness of cocoa, and coffee somewhere in the distance. Yummy flavor of that same french toast on the back and lingering after.

F- Smooth with some carbonation. A little more brisk/carbonated than the flavors lead your mind.

O - Very solid stout that hits home on its namesake and delivers a comforting, relaxing experience.

Oct 06, 2020
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Zebra from Michigan

4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A 12 ounce bottle poured into a stemless wine glass-ish cup looks nice and opaque, with a tan head. Smells like it's going to be overdone with the maple, as the expected stout aromas - roast, roast, and more roast - are there, but pushed far into the background by an aggressive waft of syrupy scent. But then, you dive in and discover that hey, it's actually pretty well balanced! The sweetness that the smell suggests isn't really there; the stout profile comes through to balance all that maple and you get a roasty, toasty experience that isn't totally unlike French toast and a cup of coffee in a glass. I'm not usually a flavored beer person, but this gets high marks. Highly recommended!

Oct 05, 2020
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cjeep from Pennsylvania

2.98/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

i wanted to like it but the taste is far too cloying maple.
L: fine but not distinguished
S: on its own, the smell would be pretty good, strong maple, but pulled down after tasting
T: cloying maple flavor just dominates everthing. some roasted bitterness at the end but it is not at all integrate. very disappointing
F: fine, it's ok
O: sorry but completely not deserving of a 90 rating. will not buy again.

Mar 25, 2020
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57md from Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep dark brown with almost a full finger of head. The nose has notes of maple syrup and pancakes. The nose made me anticipate a sweet treat, but, instead, a strong roast dominated the flavor with only some residual sweetness on the back end. The mouthfeel is somewhat sticky.

I like both big roasty stouts and diabetes-inducing sweet stouts. But, when I anticipate sweetness, I get a bit disappointed when I get a punch of roast instead. That said, I'd very much like to try the regular Devil Dog.

Mar 07, 2020
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

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

this is a really cool beer, my first from these guys, shared by new friends. its tasty stuff, definitely desserty and sweet, but its delicious and actually does taste like french toast. i love the packaging on it, arty and cool. the beer is near black and quite thick and viscous in the glass, deep brown head on it nice and dense as well, good retention, and an aroma that fills the room! its sweet maple all the way, with some vanilla richness to it, a licorice tone to the dark grain, some sturdy coffee character, and even an almost eggy and bready thing to it, i fully buy the french toast theme here. it tastes just like it smells, way more residual sugar than it needs, and this isnt a have a couple kind of beer to me at this level, but if thats whats required to taste all this maple, im about it. plenty of dark cocoa to this, vanilla, even a lightly burnt aspect which does balance this a bit. very much tastes like real french toast, which is rad. feels smooth and weighty, the oats making their presence known here, real nice to hold up all this flavor. overall a fun and delicious drink that really does what it says its going to do, even if some could call this over flavored. looking forward to finding more from these guys, they seem ambitious and competent. i love discovering new beer like this, and id love to try the barrel aged version!

Feb 14, 2020
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Wolvmar from Michigan

2.61/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottle purchased at Plum Market. Didn’t notice bottling date.

Pour: deep brown with small head that quickly dissipated into a thin ring. No lacing to speak of.

Nose: sugary sweet maple.

Taste: sugary sweet maple completely overwhelms what might be a decent oatmeal stout. Drank half and drain poured the rest.

Mouthfeel: fairly high carbonation overwhelmed the expected smooth oatmeal stout feel. Relatively clean.

Overall: not really bad but not really enjoyable. Won’t buy again.

Oct 14, 2019
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beergoot from Colorado

4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Midnight black body; immensely dense and creamy head, sculpted and lasting. The beer nails the aroma of freshly made french toast; caramel and pecan. An interesting flavor, mixing together elements of maple syrup, roasted/charred grains, brown sugar; sweet but with a subliminal bitterness; slightly boozy. Heavy body; thick, chewy, and velvety; lots of residual sugar sludginess; a nice blend of dull sweetness and alcohol dryness.

A nicely made oatmeal stout delivering rich and complex notes of dark malts, maple syrup and (I'm guessing) cinnamon.

Aug 25, 2019
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PapaGoose03 from Michigan

4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

One of the few beers that I've ever had with maple in it where you can actually taste and smell the maple. The mouthfeel was the only disappointing characteristic thing about this beer, and an oatmeal stout should be better.

Aug 25, 2019
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GeoAggie from Michigan

4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a really fun and unique beer. It smells and tastes like if French Toast Crunch was magically turned into a delicious Stout beer. It has a fun bottle and pours nearly black. No light passes through this one.

The smell and taste are strong with maple and cinnamon, but with noticeable flavors of vanilla and a medium bodied coffee as well. The flavors were very natural with no artificial aftertastes or anything like that. I really enjoyed this, and for the price ($9 for a 6 pack, granted I live a mile from the brewery, so it may be more elsewhere) it would be hard to find a better Stout.

It's very rich and you're probably not drinking another beer after this one. Pair it with something savory, but not too much as the beer is practically a meal in and if itself, but if you like a flavorful beer and are a fan of maple and cinnamon, this one is for you.

Jun 16, 2019
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bbtkd from South Dakota

4.41/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Roak French Toast Devil Dog, 8.3% ABV. Pours black with a one finger tan head. Incredible nose is strong maple, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Taste follows, sweet but not cloying, and very slight bitter roast malt close. Excellent thick and smooth mouthfeel, overall outstanding.

Apr 30, 2019
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hoptheology from South Dakota

4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle from drunkenmess poured into mini snifter.

Deep slick shiny black with a thin fingernail of brown head.

French Toast. All. Day. Long. Just amazing aroma here. Buttery, brown sugary, syrup-y, cinnamon-dusted french toast. Wow.

Flavor is deeply rich roasted malt, then coffee, cinnamon, slight vanilla and brown sugar, earth, and faint maple syrup flavoring.

Feel is creamy with a nice heavy carbonation and enjoyable dryness.

Overall a very tasty stout from ROAK. Good stuff. Not particularly dessert-y on the palate, but that nose makes up for it.

Feb 10, 2019
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dd53grif from Michigan

4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown color with a foamy tan head that lasts quite a while. Aroma of maple syrup and vanilla. Flavor of chocolate, maple with a bit of bitterness and coffee at the end. Good mouth feel. An excellent beer.

Feb 05, 2019
French Toast Devil Dog from Roak Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 81 ratings