Elbow Patches
The Virginia Beer Company

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The Virginia Beer Company
Virginia, United States
Stout - Oatmeal
Ranked #122
Ranked #15,072
3.93 | pDev: 7.38%
Mar 17, 2022
Mar 23, 2016
Very Good
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Notes: Roasty, Creamy, Chocolatey.

An Oatmeal Stout to be enjoyed with breakfast, lunch, dinner, or anytime in between. A smooth, velvety base sets the stage for pronounced aromas of Chocolate and Coffee.

- Style: Oatmeal Stout
- ABV: 6.2%
- IBU: 26
- Hops: Northern Brewer


- 2021 Virginia Craft Beer Cup Silver, Stout
- 2021 Australian International Beer Awards GOLD, Other Stout
- 2020 European Beer Star Awards Bronze, Stout
- 2019 Brussels Beer Challenge Bronze, Export Stout
- 2019 International Beer Cup Silver, Export Stout
- 2019 Australian International Beer Awards Silver, Other Stout
- 2018 European Beer Star Awards Silver, Dry Stout
- 2018 Virginia Craft Beer Cup GOLD, Dark and Strong British Beer
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Photo of Guppy314
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Guppy314 from District of Columbia

From a can, pours as an opaque black with a thin tan quickly dissipating head. Aroma of cocoa and sweet malts. Taste is roasted malt forward with chocolate-like cocoa-ness and caramel; nicely smooth but a bit watery actually. Overall, really pretty solid. Not quite "world-class", but I'd offer this to guests.

Mar 17, 2022
Photo of VABA
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by VABA from Virginia

Pours a very dark color with a slight head and lacing
Aroma has chocolate and malt hints
The taste follows the nose with a chocolate and malt flavor
A medium bodied decently carbonated beer
A good Stout

Jul 23, 2021
3.79 by Stofko1992 from Pennsylvania on Dec 14, 2020
3.36 by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania on Dec 13, 2020
3.77 by WillieThreebiers from Connecticut on Jun 20, 2020
3.82 by S_McAteer_95 from Ireland on May 10, 2020
4 by 1971bernat from Virginia on Apr 07, 2020
4.45 by RBorsato from Virginia on Mar 07, 2020
4.05 by beerrat from Virginia on Feb 07, 2020
3.75 by Mattias from Sweden on Sep 27, 2019
4.09 by sisterofba from Maryland on Sep 25, 2019
4.06 by desint from Belgium on Jul 25, 2019
Photo of Smakawhat
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Smakawhat from Maryland

Poured from the can into a nonic pint glass.

Good sized just under three finger tall head, with a light tan appearance. A bit of foamy styro looking but real good retention. Nice classic dark walnut opaque body to go with it.

Simple yet solid aroma. Touches of light fruity yeast, mixing with a good bit of char but some real nutty almost peanut butter quality on the nose. Flirts with a little bit of chocolate but the nut quality dominates, and doesn’t quite make that chocolate peanut butter character either. Faint touches of roast coffee as well.

Palate manages a bit more subdued. Slightly wet bodied, with a little bit of grass like bitterness. Good flavors of mixing malt Whoppers like candy and a kind of mixing not and char like roast. Misses a lot of the classic chewy texture of a good oatmeal stout unfortunately.

Drinkable, and decent, but this could be better.

Jun 14, 2019
3.75 by Stengelfoot from California on Nov 18, 2018
Photo of kevintaraross
4.54/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by kevintaraross from Maryland


Sep 07, 2018
Photo of Lucular
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Lucular from Maryland

A solid oatmeal stout. Pours dark with a tannish head. Aroma and taste are dark roasted malts, coffee, and bitter chocolate. Well made with no off flavors or sourness.

Aug 06, 2018
Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by pat61 from Minnesota

L: bright dense dark brown with light brown highlights around the edges. A 2” creamy dark tan cap with clingy lace and good retention blankets the top.

S: fresh oatmeal, traces of light city roast coffee, chocolate, a faint nuttiness, and a mild sweetness

T: very creamy, mild, with malty dark sugars, coffee, chocolate, oats and traces of dark dried fruit

F: has a luscious, creamy, velvety, silky, smooth medium full body with a moderate slickness from the oats

O: The brewer achieves a nice balance between the intensity of the oats and the roast

Jun 19, 2018
Photo of stakem
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by stakem from Pennsylvania

12oz can into a tulip appears black in color with mocha head.

Decent aroma of coffee roast, char and earth. A little tinge of green yeastiness/hops.

This tastes roasty almost acrid with char/earth. A slight coffee appeal lingers with modest bitterness in the finish.

This is medium to lighter in body with ample carbonation. Overall pretty decent.

Oct 10, 2017
3.87 by Dewsby from Kentucky on Sep 28, 2017
Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.37/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Eamonn-Cummings3 from New York

Poured from a 12oz can into a speiglau stout glass.

Look is a deep dark black with no highlights and a cafe au lait head.

Aroma is rich and decadent roast malt a wonderful mix of chocolate and coffee.

Taste is again rich and malty with a definite smoke and roasted note running through it.


Aug 19, 2017
4.32 by louiebianchi from New York on Jul 24, 2017
3.5 by Bdel34 from Pennsylvania on Jul 20, 2017
3.75 by avisong from Virginia on May 13, 2017
3.65 by SadMachine from New Jersey on May 11, 2017
3.69 by Barleycorn from Pennsylvania on May 01, 2017
Photo of 11-52_4hops
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by 11-52_4hops from Virginia

While this one may not bring anything new, this is a very nicely crafted oatmeal stout. Pretty standard in regards to nose and flavor which seem to come exclusively from the dark malt. Nice velvety mouth feel. No bourbon, no coffee, no spice - but if you are looking for a straightforward oatmeal stout done well - this would be a good one to reach for.

Jan 29, 2017
4 by CB2maltygoodness from District of Columbia on Oct 30, 2016
4 by redfox405 from California on Sep 02, 2016
4.03 by CreightonSM from New York on Aug 22, 2016
3.43 by VeganUndead from Virginia on Aug 20, 2016
3.58 by Boone757 from Virginia on Jul 01, 2016
3.67 by Cpmitchno1 from Virginia on Jun 24, 2016
3.85 by bigbutter from Virginia on Jun 17, 2016
4.02 by John_Beeryman from Virginia on Jun 14, 2016
4.06 by 2dogbrew from Virginia on Jun 03, 2016
3.87 by Beer-A-Lot from Virginia on May 28, 2016
Photo of jimpyle48
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by jimpyle48 from Virginia

Sampled from draft

May 23, 2016
4.27 by godawgs from Louisiana on May 08, 2016
Photo of cjgiant
4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by cjgiant from District of Columbia

On tap at brewery:
Pours black-I have trouble seeing through even at the edges. Head is a medium tight rim around the glass, fairly tan leaning brown. Agitation brings a fleeting resurgence of the head.

I get the oat in the nose, and would like a little more roasted malt notes that are present, but slightly subdued. Charred wood comes out most.

A bitter beer at heart, the wood comes through lightly charred as well as an unsweetened medium roast coffee. The oat hides underneath initially but pops out early mid taste. A medium bodied brew, a light drying friction accompanies this beer like many oat-based beers for me.

A nice representation of the style.

May 08, 2016
3.59 by brocktune from Virginia on May 01, 2016
Elbow Patches from The Virginia Beer Company
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