Oatmeal Stout | San Marcos Brewery & Grill

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Brewed by:
San Marcos Brewery & Grill
California, United States

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.25%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-13-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 8 |  Reviews: 6
Photo of Masonpp85
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of 2beerdogs
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of armock
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap @ the brewpub

A - Poured a black color with a tan head that leaves som lacing behind

S - Is pretty light roasted malt with some chocolate scents

T - Follows the nose with roasted malt giving off chocolate flavors

M - This beer has a thin watery body with light carbonation to it

D - If the mouthfeel was thickened up a bit it would make this a lot better but as it stands its another average beer nothing to go out of your way to get

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Photo of DogFood11
2.16/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Had it on tap but the keg tasted stale so I took a bottle to go in hopes of having a true sample of the oatmeal stout. Poured into a stemmed tulip it forms a meaty tan head that leaves stringy lace. Body is dark brown. Very inviting appearance.

Smell is not promising as it has the same off smell as every other offering I've had from this brewery. Once you train your brain to tune out the stale/old taste it becomes a better brew. Slow roasted malts have a charred side to them that is mellowed by what I would call a milk stout type of creamy presence. Body of this brew is full and the mouthfeel is creamy. A light touch of astringency from the charred malts and it gets only lightly bitter at any one time.

Notes: At the very least the oatmeal stout tends to hide the infection with an abundance of dark malted goodness. How can every sample I've had from this place tast old...?? I mean was I there on clear out the backstock day or what... still a few more to go.

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Photo of tonistruth
4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on cask @ San Macros Brewery & Grill

A- deep brown with red hues, two finger milky tan head with great retent, some silky lace on side of glass.

S- oats, creamy sweetness

T- oats, some sweetness up that fades to background, a creamy sweetness, rich chocolate flavors, and some caramel, some hop bittering, but more bitterness from burnt malts.

M- medium body, ridicously smooth, with just a hint of carbontion

D- complex but easy to drink and easier to enjoy, hands down one of the best oatmeals stouts i've ever head, i wish there was more of the brew to take in the scent department, recommened brew

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Photo of SwillinBrew
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep redish earthy-brown ice-t color with a cream finger of tan colored head. The head was like butter i could put on some bread. The aroma was rather faint but of some roastiness and charred timber.

The taste of faint coffee, caramel and roasted malt slid on my tongue like silk, not too cold and felt just right. Nicely balanced.

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Photo of loving44
4.68/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have had the privilege of drinking this delicious stout on two occasions. Both times served in the standard straight sided pint glass, the stout pours dark black with a thick, creamy, tan head.

The nose brings about obvious oatmeal scents with hints of chocolate. The first sip of this beer always makes me smile, it is incredibly light, and drinkable. You will be suprised! The beer is served slightly below room temp and I wouldn't have it any other way. It leaves with a warming mouthfeel.

The taste is exceptional, well balanced oatmeal taste with a chocolate malty aftertaste. Very smooth. This is my favorite of all the San Marcos brews and I highly recommend it!!

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A superb oatmeal stout in the tradition of fine English brews, this little beauty was nearly as good looking as it was tasty. Surprisingly light colored head for the brutally dark body, I would guess that it is only a degree or two off white.

The nose is nicely aromatic and gives great notes of roasted grains while subduing the minmal hop presence. Very nice flavoring that is more substantial than many oatmeal stouts, there is very real bite and traction in the flavor.

The feel has great presence but is not thick nor heavy adding to the very good drinkability. Easily one of my favorite oatmeal stouts.

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Oatmeal Stout from San Marcos Brewery & Grill
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 8 ratings
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