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Summit Oatmeal Stout | Summit Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Summit Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States
summitbrewing.com

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Fall

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Added by truthbrew on 05-23-2004

BEER STATS
Reviews:
100
Ratings:
403
Avg:
4.07
pDev:
23.83%
 
 
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Photo of Pintofbrown
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was given this in a shaker pint.

Appearance- Look at that beautiful, black body! No highlights on this one whatsoever. The head is about a finger, very dense, and a light tan in color. It almost looks like a head off a nitro-tap, but I am assured it is not. And the sheet lacse is fantastic.

Smell- The head is slightly roasted, just a little bit of sweet, caramel-like malt. There is some oat in there, but it is crazy big.

Taste- The sweet quality is apparent immediately, slightly toffee and a little dark fruit. There is some roastiness and oat that follows into a decent finish. This is really good!

Mouth feel- Well, it goes down easily. However, it is just a medium body and a little watery on the tongue. I would appreciate a little more creaminess.

Overall- This is a really solid stout. It tastes great and feels pretty good. I would have this again and again.

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Photo of kevinlater
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
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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Photo of GossageBrewery
3.45/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Served this Oatmeal Stout on tap, in a pint glass. Poured a very nice dark brown color, almost black, produced a tan average head, retention was average and it left ample lacing on the glass. The aroma of this stout consisted of roasted grain, and milk chocolate. Full bodied, this stout is smooth, creamy slick- You notice the mouthfeel almost before you taste anything. Roasted grain, milk chocolate, a splash of coffee complete the flavor profile of this beer. Excellent session beer, very nice example of a traditional oatmeal stout.

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Photo of happygnome
4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Idaho Chuck's in Hudson Wisconsin 24oz $4.50

a: pours a nice dark oily black color with about a half inch of tan/cream colored head that doesnt dissapear fast, leaves a lot of rich sticky lacing along the edge of the glass
s: roasted malts dominate the aroma, a lot of sweetness, hints of cocoa and coffee not much hop presence going on in the aroma smells warm and inviting
t: sweet roasted malts featuring cocoa, oatmeal and a sweet creamy like taste followed by just enough hop bitterness to make this a very well balanced beer
m: medium to full bodied beer with little carbonation

overall, i LOVED this brew, enough so in fact that the friends and i will be making weekly trips up to Hudson for this

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Photo of supercolter
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is very good. Lots of head and a fair amount of lacing.
Smell and taste are very good. The smell is a bit weaker than the taste. The oatmeal really comes through while drinkin and expecially as it warms.
Mouthfeel was very good, medium in body.
Drinkability is good, only inhibited by the mouthfeel being a bit heavier.

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Photo of Ilafan
4.76/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What a creamy delight (TWSS)! I had this on tap on the 4th of July and the hottest day of the year. Despite the heat, I really liked this thick, rich beer. It poured with a heavy foam into a dark color. The smell was pleasant but not overwhelming. The taste was ALL STOUT! It was rich, creamy, and flavorful without a single hint of alcohol aftertaste. It was thick and filling. A+

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Photo of MsRif
3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on nitro-tap at TJ's in Paoli, PA. Poured a dark brown/black color with a bit of ruby on the peripheral. Creamy beige head that kept retention and left nice lacing. Had an aroma of roasted malts, smoke, leather (?) and coffee. Tasted of coffee, smoke and seriously, leather. Was a touch metallic towards the beginning but as it warmed that flavor seemed to fade.

Full-bodied with low carbonation. This is a dessert beer at best...do not drink it with food like I did or else you'll be unable to finish your meal.

Overall, not a bad brew, but definitely not a favorite. Still, good and fairly drinkable as a night-cap.

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Photo of Ragingbull
4.26/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at the brewery. Heavy cascading action as I watch being drawn off the tap. The head is thick and creamy. The nose is mildly malty and smells almost "creamy" with some touches of smoke. The flavor is consistent with the nose. Rich and creamy mouthfeel with a slight touch of smoke flavoring. Clean finish that is very light considering all that is going on. The rich flavor and mouthfeel and the fullness of the flavors would lead me to expect more of a residual aftertaste. It stays pretty clean and the creaminess begs to be sipped again.

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Photo of dfried
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black throughout, the slightest red at the bottom. Creamy tan nitro-tap head on top. The aroma is quite sweet, with some roasted coffee and malt. The flavor also has a fair amount of dark roated malt flavor, but is sweet and chocolaty, with cherries, and some hops lingering in the aftertaste. A sweet and smooth stout, easy to drink. Pretty standard for the style. Good work Summit.

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Photo of ParnellJoseph1138
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
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 pmccallum86
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark opaque color with a think coffee colored head that dissipates slowly.

The smell is of roasted malts and oatmeal.

Super smooth taste, oatmeal definitely there with maybe some coffee. Roasted malts are also there behind the oatmeal.

The mouthfeel is very light, smooth and refreshing, for a stout. This beer feels like silk on the tongue.

Drinkablility is great, this may be the definition of a session stout.

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Photo of DissentFatsquirrel
2.47/5  rDev -39.3%
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 +5.4%
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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Photo of AdmiralDiaz
3.82/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Needless to say it looked perfect off of nitro-tap. Amazing two finger head that was almost as thick as whipped cream. Thick lacing all the way down.

S: Very light roasted scents and some chocolate.

T: Similar to the smell, mellow malts with hints of chocolate.

M: Extremely smooth, just what you would expect.

D: Highly drinkable and every sip enjoyable.

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Photo of slyke
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Boy was I excited a couple of weeks ago when I breezed into my local and saw Summit Oatmeal Stout on tap. I'd only had it a couple of times when it first made an appearance in the Twin Cities. I don't know how long it will be around, but I have drunk it exclusively at this place since it arrived.

It is black with a tight, dark tan nitro head about an inch tall. The aroma is coffee/espresso-like. The taste is similar to the aroma; a friend suggested it tasted to him like Guinness with a shot of espresso. I think it is better than that combination would be. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth as you'd expect, not watery, not too thick.

Drinkability is good. At 4.7% it is definitely sessionable. I think Summit hit the mark with this one. If you find it, give it a try!

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Photo of blackearth
5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

And for my 100th review, Summit Oatmeal Stout. A holy grail of sorts for me since it's only sold on tap and not in bottles because it's tapped with half CO2 and half Nitro. I don't live near the Twin Cities, so it was a treat to finally have some at Stub and Herbs in Minneapolis.

Pours black with a light tan head that cascades in the body of the beer for a while after it's poured. Aroma was of roasted malts and creaminess. The mouthfeel was medium bodied and super silky-smooth. Flavors were a perfect mix of roasted, toasted malt with hints of cream and coffee. I was anticipating that this would be good and it exceeded those expecations. This is to date the best beer I've ever tasted.

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Photo of PieOhMy
4.44/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into imperial pint.

A Black as night (as it should be). Thick creamy tan head. Fat lacing follows to bottom.

S. Strong black coffee. Chocolate. Roasted malts. Subtle hint of lemon. Black pepper. Awesome smell!

T. Mimics the smell. Coffee and chocolate are very forward with a piney bitterness that follows. Spicy lingering aftertaste.

M. Full. Chewy. Sticks to the roof of your mouth but finishes clean.

O. This has been one of my favorites for a while. Proof that stout doesn't need 8 plus ABV or to be barreled to be great. The richness of the coffee and sweets balances perfectly with the bitterness. Zesty aftertaste stays with you. One Summit's greats.

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Photo of AmberMan22
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap, in a pint glass.

A: Probably the coolest pour I've ever seen. The bubbles just forged up from the bottom, settling into a nice, thick tan head. A perfect compliment to a very black looking color. Lacing looked like an intricate lattice pattern of dots.

Smell: Mostly oatmeal, not so much the rest of the beer. The other flavors are there, just not as prevalent.

Taste: Good, but not great. I did enjoy it more thoroughly once I got into it a bit, when I could taste hints of brown sugar along side the oatmeal. It provided a nice sweetness to the stout, and feels like a perfect pairing. Otherwise, actual malt flavors felt subdued and I was slightly disappointed.

Mouthfeel: Solid, fairly heavy stout feel. No complaints here.

Drinkability: I feel like I could drink this all night long and just enjoy it. I would be quite content drinking this on a late fall night, into winter.

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Photo of mnstorm99
4.52/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The beer in my avatar.
Apperance is a nice opaque black with a tan head that retains well, not much lacing on the glass.
Nice aroma of chocolate and silky grains
Taste is much better as you get the bready tastes from the oats and a nice chocolate tinge that stays.
I love the mouthfeel we get from any beer that has oats in it. smooth, chewy creamy and it coats great.
I could drink many of these as they are extremely sessionable and easy to drink.

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Photo of edbeered
4.51/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The appearance is black, with a nice full head and good lacing. The smell is mild and sweet. The taste is complex, with hints of oatmeal, burnt chocolate, plum and just a very slight bitterness to balance the sweetness. This beer goes down very smoothly. A great addition to the Summit lineup.

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Photo of mjryan
5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Irish Fair O8. Nearly jet black with a thick tan head. Mild earthy, roasty aroma that gets much stronger after it warms up a bit. Wonderfull chocolate and coffee flavors with a rather sweet finish. Hops are there for balance but that seems to be it. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy(oats?). This is a smooth stout with no pretentions. Just drink it and be happy.

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Photo of RushLimbmalt
5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Summit needs to make this beer a regular. I had it on tap at Old Chicago, in St. Cloud, and it was terrific. I love nitro-poured beers for their creaminess and this beer was creamy and full bodied. I have had a few benchmark oatmeal stouts and this beer blows them out of the water. Sam Smith who?

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Photo of zjungleist
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Summit Brewing Company. Nice black pour with a medium, dense tan head. The smell was nice and roasty. Taste had some coffee, a bit of chocolate, and some oats. Mouthfeel was nice and creamy/silky with light carbonation and was fairly clean and refreshing for the style. Drinkability was fair, and this would make a hearty addition to a good meal (especially breakfast).

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Photo of MNAle
4.49/5  rDev +10.3%
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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Photo of exonthebottle
3.59/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

nice looking beer took a while to pour at ed's but it was worth it from appearance stand point.
not much to smell a better ale than Guinness but from same ilk. light malts a real oat taste and chocolate taste
good texture low carbonation fits the style
drinkable

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Summit Oatmeal Stout from Summit Brewing Company
4.07 out of 5 based on 403 ratings.
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