Oatmeal Stout
Summit Brewing Company

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Style:
English Oatmeal Stout
Ranked #40
ABV:
4.7%
Score:
90
Ranked #5,122
Avg:
4.05 | pDev: 11.85%
Reviews:
105
Ratings:
431
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Summit Brewing Company
 
Minnesota, United States
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Fall
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90
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Photo of GuyFawkes
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From old, undated notes; had this on nitro draft.

Black liquid; ruby edge.

Khaki nitro head; minimal lace.

Raw oats & barley in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel; very creamy.

Smooth oat flavor; not overly tasty but far from offensive.

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GuyFawkes from Illinois, Oct 17, 2019
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4.57/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap @ Crooked Ale Pint House in Rochester, MN.

The head has lasted for about five minutes now. Dark, delicious and a great take on the oatmeal stout. Hard to find on tap, since Summit requires a potential tavern to have nitro available, but worth it if you can find it!

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Photo of ManapuaMan
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Default to a 4.5 for look - a properly brewed and poured nitro stout is a thing of beauty, and this is no exception. Deep-brown-almost-black with a cascade of khaki bubbles rising up to meet a tightly packed, bottle foamy head. Ahhhh...the simple things in life.

Aroma and taste is in harmony - roasted malt, char, bitter chocolate, light coffee and bitter hops.

Appropriately sweet, bitter and smoky. Great balance serves up in a low ABV and ultra-smooth chassis. Easy drinker that demands sipping.

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ManapuaMan from Massachusetts, Apr 22, 2018
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3.71/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Summit Oatmeal Stout Nitro, 4.7% ABV. Pours dark brown and medium viscosity, with a nice one finger nitro head. Nose is roasted malt, taste follows, with a bit of coffee and chocolate, though not bitter. Not a lot of flavor here, more like a porter. Decent mouthfeel, overall very good.

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bbtkd from South Dakota, Apr 23, 2017
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4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a no frills stout here from a more or less no frills brewery, good beer is just good beer here, and this is wonderful from the nitro tap at their brewery. dark and creamy looking with the nitro head setting up thick and brown and lasting pretty much the whole drink, thick rings cling to the glass as i sip it down. lots of roasted grain here, but seemingly without the bitterness that usually comes with it, dry cocoa notes too, dark chocolate, a little raison and a little burnt bread. its straight forward and real well done. lots of the chocolate malt profile above the roasted barley, good balance, and not way too much body, its almost thin in comparison to some others. the low abv and the creamy dryness make it super drinkable, almost feels healthy to me. not way different than a whole host of other oatmeal stouts out there, its just really well done. i felt that way about a lot of the beers they make here, quality ahead of innovation, and i am totally cool with that. we had a great time in here, and i will definitely be drinking another one of these fine stouts next time i go back. i have not seen this on tap around town at all, is it just at the brewery?

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Photo of jakecattleco
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Nitro draught pour at MSP in a shaker pint. Pours chocolate brown with two fingers of high density khaki head. Nose is mostly oatmeal with a bit of roasted malt. Taste is better balanced between the roasted malts and oatmeal. Finish had a subtle bitterness to it, that didn't linger. Mouthfeel was creamy as expected in nitro. Damn solid oatmeal stout.

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jakecattleco from California, Jun 28, 2016
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3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On nitro draft at Capone's in Norristown, PA. Extremely smooth as expected for a nitro oatmeal stout. The flavor was mild on the palate, with notes of chocolate and roasted malt. Not a rich flavored beer but smooth and enjoyable.

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wattoclone from California, Mar 10, 2016
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3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I didn't have a chance to take extensive notes when I had it. It had the expected dark appearance, certainly a heavy dark kilned barley and some caramel notes. It has some woody and earthy note. It was pleasing and clean to drink, but the beer seemed a bit thin and didn't have the presence of other oatmeal stouts.

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Photo of Taybeh
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

have had this numerous times around town, and sometimes I've been very underwhelmed...it has seemed fairly thin, a decent melding of barley, carmel, and coffee, but only decent. Other times, this has seemed like a real revelation, being super creamy and rich, with a substantial body, full flavors of roasted barley, a little faint smoke, a little dark bitter chocolate, and a little hoppy bitterness at the end. I'm not sure if it is me, the bar/restaurant, or the beer that varies.... I'm averaging here. Definitely worth a shot.

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Taybeh from Minnesota, Dec 21, 2015
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4.49/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Deep black color, opaque in the relatively dim lighting of the restaurant. Light carbonation. 3/4 inch off-white to tan creamy thick head. Attractive lacing clings as you drink The verbal description does not do it justice... this is a gorgeous looking beer. Malty sweet aroma with hints of roastiness. Moderately thick mouth feel, very smooth and creamy. A bit of carbonation apparent to the tongue. Matly, smokey, hints of cocoa flavor. Slight bittering in the middle. Clean, crisp, slightly bitter finish. Absolutely wonderful.

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MNAle from Minnesota, Dec 12, 2015
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3.89/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this on tap yesterday served on Nitro pour in a pint.

the color is dark-black opaque with thick pale beige hea with whipped looking head and lace clings in rings. The smell is semi-sweet with a light coffee-like roast in the nose. The feel is creamy and smooth as a nitro stout with roasted texture and dry in the finish.

The taste is very good the oatmeal adds a light sweet edge along with nice roasted malt character but not quite burnt or bitter with a smoothness of nitro adding a creamy quality. The flavor is gentle nothing is out of place -traditional and tasty. Overall I would recommend this to fans of dry stouts or other nitrogen dispensed stouts in general it is easy to enjoy with low abv for nice session style stout.

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Slatetank from Pennsylvania, Nov 09, 2015
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3.44/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On tap at my local pub. Bartender had quite the time, pouring a 3/4 glass of head before done, which might explain why I'm not crazy about this stout. Maybe I'm spoiled from some of the better imperial stouts out there, because the Summit Oatmeal just doesn't quite measure up. Very smooth and drinkable, just nothing special in the taste department.

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DaneBramage from Illinois, Nov 09, 2015
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3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

draft sample at ike's in the minneapolis-st. paul airport, oct 14 2015

a: pitch black with light brown head

s: lightly roasty nose with mild coffee and cocoa

t: more roast in the flavour, pretty rich stuff. sweet roasted malt, slightly bitter cocoa, black coffee, toasted nuts, and a hint of ash

m: medium-minus creamy mouthfeel with mild carbonation

o: good stuff!

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kevinlater from Ontario (Canada), Oct 16, 2015
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2.47/5  rDev -39%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

It was my first summit that I remember having during the first summer of my 21st birthday. I had seen billboards talking about if they knew how much beer it took to cook 100 brats. First, Minnesota, you have no idea, (Wisconsin), and second when I had the sip of the beer, although it looked great, the oatmeal stout was bland. It had, no taste, or aroma.

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Photo of maedhros09
4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: black with a nice two finger cap of dense tan head
Smell: roasty, slightly chalky
Taste: Dark roasted malt notes dominate with mild herbal hops. Very mild flavor profile like many nitro stouts.
Feel: Super smooth medium body

Overall: Definitely one of the best Summit beers I have tried, their nitro oatmeal delivers pretty much everything that is expected of the style. Gentle roasty flavors dominate with the anticipated smoothness delivered by the nitro.

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maedhros09 from Minnesota, Aug 09, 2015
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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Have had this from the nitro tap at the brewery and at the Pig & Fiddle. L: Pours bright black under a 1” tan foam collar with a very fine bead. S: Light coffee with chocolate notes. T: Slightly sweet, very rich coffee and chocolate flavors, no harsh roast or burnt flavors. F: Very smooth and creamy, medium full body, medium carbonation, very soft. O: I forget to order this too often. When I do order it, I drink it all night.

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pat61 from Minnesota, Jul 06, 2015
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3.76/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is flawless oatmeal stout, pours black with thick creamy tan head awesome retention and lacing. Frothy dense texture is very appealing, taste like roasted chocolate malt no bitter finished lightly hopped. Shot way up my list.

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JFCLACK from Texas, May 04, 2015
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3.85/5  rDev -4.9%

Dark brown black color with a nice tan head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate and roasty malt. Taste follows with chocolate and coffee with a hint of toffee. The mouthfeel is smooth, but slightly thinner than I prefer. Overall a decent oatmeal stout.

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MDDMD from Pennsylvania, Nov 16, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

Great beer. Very smooth and drinkable, extremely pleasant. Heavy notes of oatmeal and malts, extremely pleasant in appearance. Head clings to the glass, making for a very appealing flavor and look. Notes of malts and oatmeal are outstanding. One of my top beers personally.

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sheeley from Minnesota, Aug 25, 2014
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4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served in a nonic pint glass

The beer is a deep opaque brownish-black with a tan head that dissipates into some spotty lacing down the glass.

Great aroma from this beer: Nutty malt, chocolate, toffee, a light hop odor as well.

This is a great tasting stout loaded with flavor. A burst of milk chocolate, then nuttiness, oatmeal, a little vanilla and a lingering bite of bitter dark chocolate. Surprisingly layered.

The mouthfeel is spot on: smooth and creamy with little carbonation. Nearly perfect.

Overall, this draft-only beer from Summit is a great example of the style and I'm pleased I got to try it.

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SD-Alefan from South Dakota, Jul 27, 2014
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4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On-tap (nitro) at Stub & Herb's on March 25. Summit's common draft-only option, and one I've been meaning to try for years.

The pour is beautiful. Dark brown, nearly black, with just a shade of light coming through the edges. Two fingers of dense pillowy head. Outstanding retention, lacing that could define the word.

Smell is deep roasted, woody, a touch charred, with a hint of fluffy-sweet from the oats. Would be nice, if it were a bit more robust.

Taste is quite good. Clean and rich, starting out lightly charred, then drifting to a smooth sweetness, then fading back into a soft bitterness. Layers of flavors, all good. Yum.

Feel is outstanding. I've had beers on nitro that felt flat and dull, but this has enough prickle, and enough smoothness, that I'm fully satisfied. Almost thin, but the oaty fullness saves it from any such problems.

A top-notch low-ABV oatmeal stout. Smooth, flavorful, rich. I'll be drinking more of this.

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zeledonia from Washington, Mar 26, 2014
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4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On Tap @ LowBrow
A- pours a dark brown/black color with a 2 finger khaki/tan head very nice clinging lacing on pint glass
S-Chocolate ,roasted malts vanilla coffee spice and cereal grains
T- follows the nose with such flavors that burst on the palate creamy smooth finish
M-creamy smooth lower carbonation
O- superb for the style so drinkable with the ABV so low with so much stout flavor love this brew

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gatornation from Minnesota, Mar 16, 2014
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4.82/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is hands down the best oatmeal stout I've had. When its poured it looks just like Guiness with its thick black body and cascading head. The taste is so smooth with chocolate overtones it is delectable. My only fault with this beer is that it is draft only. Summit please start canning or bottling this!

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TooGood from Minnesota, Mar 15, 2014
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3.66/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: Nitro
Location: Holy Hound Taproom, York, PA

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Appearance:
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Dark and deep this black stout shows no hue. The thick head comes out with a ten hint and two fingers thick. A solid ring of laces, before you take a sip you know your in for a decent beer.

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Smell:
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The nitro-tap scents take over the head, but once the head breaks up this beer opens up. Roasted malts and a hint of oat.

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Taste:
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A smooth roasted flavor. It has all the characteristics of a classic stout. It's really nothing special, but it's very smooth.

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Mouthfeel:
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A full feeling that you quickly realize is really smooth. The nitro is working its magic, and this goes down smoother than silk.

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Overall:
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A great season stout with an amazing smoothness and everything you expect from an oatmeal stout.

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wrayjustin from Pennsylvania, Aug 10, 2013
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4.63/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

On tap poured into a pint glass

A - Extremely beautiful dark brown, nearly black hue. Nitro tap makes the carbonation appear so much nicer. Masterful appearance!

S - Huge roasted notes with milk chocolate, oatmeal and slight coffee all welcome the nose.

T - Very complex for such a small ABV beer. Huge flavors of oatmeal and chocolate hit up front with a slight coffee bitterness near the end.

M - Perfect. So delectably creamy and smooth. Couldn't ask for any better in this category.

O - I was wow'd by this beer when I saw it on tap. I went in not expecting much but what I got was one of the best oatmeal stouts I have ever had!

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DemoniChris from Nebraska, Jun 04, 2013
Oatmeal Stout from Summit Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 431 ratings