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Summit Oatmeal Stout | Summit Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Summit Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States | website

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Fall

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Added by truthbrew on 05-23-2004

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396
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4.07
pDev:
11.79%
 
 
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Reviews: 100 | Ratings: 396
Photo of iabeerbaron
3.76/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this in all places, Stone City, IA right outside Anamosa on tap!! Was pretty excited to try it. Pours a dark black with tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, somewhat faint. Flavor is roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate. Very smooth and an awesome creamy texture. Two thumbs up!

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Photo of beerkittycat
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off, this was slowly and properly poured at Stub & Herbs in Mpls. Appearance is a deep jet-black with a gorgeous frothy tan head that you could float a quarter on. Aromas of roast malt and dark bitter chocolate are everywhere with a hint of grassy English hops. Flavor is....well, silky smooth and oh so creamy again with the roast malts and dark bitter chocolate. Hop bitterness and flavor are just enough to balance out the sweetness and creaminess. This is a great quaffing beer and if I would change anything it would be to allow the oats to come through a bit more. This was more like a Guinness than an oatmeal stout but an awesome stout nonetheless.

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Photo of teg8612
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On Nitro from the brewery.

A- Dark brown, nearly black. If you didn't hold it to the light, you would swear it was none more black. The cascade was a little weak but oh well. This provides the great head. Thick lacing.

S- Aroma is very soft and subtle. Not intimidating at all. Light chocolate and roasted oats.

T&M- Very creamy and soft texture. Roasted oats are smooth and not harsh and cocoa is left on the palate. Not very bitter but a slight burnt coffee in the aftertaste. Medium-bodied with that great feathery carbonation from the nitro.

D- This doesn't come out to assult your senses. The taste begins to grow and become more complex and you really start to appreciate this beer. Like Guinesss, made to drink a ton off by being ultra smooth and sessionable. I just wish they would brew this more often, not just around Irish Fair time.

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Photo of DaneBramage
3.44/5  rDev -15.5%
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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Photo of jlb307
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from the tap in a 16 oz. pint glass.

A: Black coffee, of course. Thick white head that coated the glass the whole way down.

S: Coffee and nuts with a hint of chocolate. Very malty aroma.

T: Out of sight! Probably the smoothest stout I've ever had. Hints of coffee, chocolate, some caramely sweetness too. Roasted malts helped round it out and make it a full-bodied beer.

M: Smooth as satin. Coated the mouth, tongue, and throat like syrup. I plan on using this as cough medicine in the future!

D: Not as smoky as most stouts I've tried which makes it very easy for me to drink. I think I may have a new favorite dark beer.

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Photo of LunaChick
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

had this at the memphis tap room in philly.
Wonderful rich deep brown-black color with a deep tan head that holds up throughout and leaves nice lacing towards the end. Nice malt smell--hints of coffee as well. Taste had a very rich coffe flavor with hints of chocolate. Thick in the mouth, rich and smooth. A very good stout.

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Photo of rkinsella
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I couldn't wait to try this beer, and it didn't disappoint! Had a pint with my meal at the Groveland Tap in St Paul.

Appearance - Near pitch with some brown/ruby highlights on the edges of the glass. Creamy tan head, thick lacing down the whole glass.

Smell - Toasted malt/oats, roasted coffee, dark toasted bread.

Taste - Sweetness upfront, roasted flavors of coffee, bit of dark chocolate, finishes with a smooth mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Although it was a nitro-tap, it wasn't over the top creamy. Tiny bubbles which were velvety, no where near watery. Perhaps the gas mix had less Nitrogen than other nitro-taps. Anyways, it was perfect!

Drinkability - As much of a session beer as Guinness and others like it. Even though it is on the sweeter side.

Would love to see this in bottles sometime. And I would prefer carbonation in the bottle rather than a nitro-widget. This would produce a better match to the "on tap" mouthfeel. Excellent offering from Summit.

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Photo of deadbody
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at BLue Door pub, comes to the table a gorgeous deep dark broung with a delicious looking cream colored head. Smells dark and roasty like a good stout should. Taste is on par with the style, not better than others, but very good. Solid mouthfeel, a bit thin at times but very solid. Very drinkable, I would order this again in a heartbeat.

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Photo of trentley87
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the 8th Street Grill in Minneapolis.

A: Looks good like a stout should. Darn close to black with a dark tan head. Generous lacing and good retention.

S: Nice and malty with plenty of roasted/bitter aromas to balance. I can actually smell the oats in this one slightly.

T: Sweet malt and chocolate dominate with some coffee flavors present as well. Oatmeal is apparent in the finish.

M: Creamy, not undercarbonated like some stouts but not so full bodied that it is extremely filling. Very good.

D: Great all around beer. I'm very impressed by this one and would definitely enjoy a few in a night.

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Photo of shaunb81
4.26/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Picked this one up at the St. Paul/Minneapolis Airport. Pours pretty black with some dark red hues around the bottom. Nice cream head and some generous lacing.

Smells of roasted malts and coffee. Very smooth tasting. Some coffee, chocolate, and a buttery, nutty goodness. Some nice bitterness on the backend. Body is heavy and carbonation seems light.

I really like this stuff and it makes me wonder about the other Summit offerings.

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Photo of manitouman84
3.91/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown black with a dense foamy three finger khaki head. Very mild on the nose, a hint of dark roasted chocolate malt, oats and leather. Pleasant flavors, chocolate, bit of cocoa, mild oatmeal, and a smidgen of smoke rounds out the dark roasted malt backbone. Fairly dry, modestly carbonated, creamy and smooth. Solid offering from Summit.

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

Enjoyed at the Summit brewery on 5-22-04. Smooth creamy nitro stout with a whiff of oatmeal character. It was served WAY too cold, but even at frozen temps it was still pretty enjoyable and not at all harsh, which will help it's general sales. After warming, the oatmeal and chocolate aroma became more evident and body became even more silky smooth. Very drinkable and while nothing that is ground breaking, it is a very welcome addition to the Summit lineup. This will be available in the Twin Cities area mid to late summer on draft only, but I would love to see it as part of the normal lineup. Hopefully some will stick around for the fall/winter. If they do eventually bottle, would they do it on CO2 or a nitro widget bottle/can?

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Photo of duffcalifornia
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a nonic pint at the Milwaukee Ale House.

A: Dark brown with the deepest mahogany. Mocha colored head which stuck around for half the beer. Better than average lacing.

S: Roasted malts and hints of dark chocolate. Vague smell of oatmeal cookies.

T: Roasted oats, chocolate, malty deliciousness.

M: Thick, oily, low carbonation. Exactly what a stout should be.

D: Very high. At 4.7%, it's extemely sessionable, and a great winter warmer. I couldn't wait to order a growler of this.

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Photo of JFCLACK
3.76/5  rDev -7.6%
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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Photo of Monkeypaws
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Ed's Bar:

What a treat. Fresh stout, with a heady aroma, damn near jet black in the glass, with a beautiful creamy head. Lovely smoky oats flavor, with a long aftertaste, smooth, and not overwhelming in alcohol. This is one beer I can drink all evening. Summit's masterpiece.

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Photo of TonyBaloney
4.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've had this on draft a lot lately, and here's what I've found:

It pours a beautiful dark brown, almost black, with a nice head.
It has a robust smell of oatey, grainy malt.
The taste is outstanding, smooth, rich and flavorful, lots of creamy, malty goodness.The beer just slides down the throat; it isn't fizzy like some stouts I've had, just smooth and rich. At 4.8%, with smooth and easy drinking the Summit Oatmeal presents, this is a perfect session beer.

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Photo of yaegerje
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Another great beer enjoyed after the Summit brewery tour

A - A great dark body with a beautiful light tan head that sticks around

S - Coffee with an oatmeal kick

T - Excellent roasted coffee taste

M - The best of the beer, super smooth

D - Another great part of this beer, a nice little kick to finish it off

This beer is definitely the sum of its parts, quality ingredients, quality brewing, quality beer.

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Photo of postalroger
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport

A. It pours a beautiful black with a frothy brown head

S. It smell of roasted malts, dark chocolate, hints of coffee

T. The taste follows the smell, very nice

M. Exceptionally smooth & creamy. Perfect

O. I hope I have to come back just to have this beer. I will definitely be looking for it

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Photo of sheeley
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

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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Photo of PossumMunsen31
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer after a Summit brewery tour. Pours great with a great head. Taste is even better with an exceptional finish. Smell is different than most stouts because of the oatmeal. Hard to find but if you find it you should definitely try it.One of the best stouts I've ever had.

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Photo of Arnie2709
3.43/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a 16oz chilled pint glass at JL Beers in Fargo, ND
Looks like espresso during the first second of the pour followed by the nice cascade effect from the nitrogen and just under two fingers worth of creamy nitro-head. Smell is very similar, espresso and coffee, with a very slight sweetness of chocolate. First taste is of roasted barley finishing with a malty sweetness. Full Bodied and lingers for little while after it's gone. A very nice alternate to Guinness for desert.

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Photo of Rooney107
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Served on tap, came in a sort of faded brown color with a solid head. Overall, quite an appealing beer that just seems to scream oats.

S- Definite earthy scent, not quite an "oat smell," but malt characteristics are certainly present. I also detect the faintest hint of cocoa and maybe a little vanilla.

T- The oat flavor hits me right away, great earthy taste. Slight bitterness intermingles with a malty chocolate presence. Light bitterness remains on the palate, but it is quite smooth overall.

M- Great chewy texture that one associates with the oatmeal stout style. Low carbonation compliments the flavors quite well.

D- Surprisingly, this is quite drinkable beer, for me at least. This is probably my favorite beer from Summit.

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Photo of wrayjustin
3.66/5  rDev -10.1%
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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Photo of THEFRANCH15E
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer: Summit Oatmeal Stout

Appearance: It's a beautiful rich black color with a thick (almost two finger widths), creamy tan head to it. Darker than I thought it would be but it could have been the dark bar I was in.

Smell: A mild aroma of roast, oats and a sweet smell almost like caramel.

Taste: Very creamy and smooth with the taste of oats, light roast and a hint of sweet. It has a very well balanced taste as nothing particular jumps out and has a fantastic finish to it.

Mouthfeel: It goes down incredibly smooth with a creamy, soft feel. Easy to drink quite a few with ease.

Overall: My buddies and I tried a bar in St. Paul called Groveland Tap and I was particularly excited because I saw it had this beer on tap. This is one of the best beers I've tried in some time. I will recommend it without hesitation to anyone.

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Photo of APTrue7
5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at the brewery this weekend. Freshly tapped keg, only 6 days old. It was fantastic. I am a fan of stouts above all else, and this was truly up there with some of the most magnificent I have ever had. If you have the rare opportunity to try this, you are lucky. It is in limited distribution, and even the pub I went to the next day for another pint does not go through enough for the absolute ideal pour (perhaps why some outside of the Twin Cities may not have enjoyed it as much as I).

A: perfect cascade, the perfect deep black hue that television manufacturers wish they could match.

S: Fresh and creamy with some sweetness to the bouquet

T: Delicious, smooth, and creamy. It rolls around on the palate delicately and builds in flavor with every swirl.

M: Very smooth and delicate. Almost silky (perhaps some may think too smooth for an oatmeal stout if they are used to the nuttier, heavily oat based flavors, or perhaps the less filtered grittier tastes of others)

D: Goes down so smooth, it is almost dangerous. Great at any time of day, from morning (on the special occasion or before a great sporting match) to the evening. Only drawback is availability. I wish I could have a pint by the fire on a cold Minnesota night, but absent a nitro-tap and keg fridge, I will have to save it for special occasions.

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