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Summit Oatmeal Stout | Summit Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Summit Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Fall

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Reviews: 100 | Ratings: 402
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 soju6
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Served a dark brown-black color with a creamy tan head that fades slowly to lots of lacing.

S: Nice rich aroma of roasted malt and grain, with a bit of chocolate and coffee.

T: Flavor of roasted malt, some grain, with a mixture of chocolate and coffee. There is a mild bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Fairly full body, smooth and creamy with a velvety texture. Very good balance

Easy drinker. Excellent stout, a good example of the style. Well worth checking out.

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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 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 kojevergas
3.86/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on nitro-draught in a bar in St. Paul, Minnesota. Reviewed from notes taken over a Thanksgiving Holiday. Expectations were high given that I love stouts and it was on nitro. I thought it was curious that an oatmeal stout was on nitro, which got me excited.

A: Pours a two finger head of absolutely lovely cream lacing, wonderful thickness, and great retention. Moreover, a bubble show accompanies as tan bleeds into black. Colour is a solid black. Very appealing.

Sm: Cream and nitrogen. Some roast. A mild strength aroma.

T: Cream, oats, very light roast, and extremely light notes of coffee and chocolate. Not horribly complex for its style, but extremely refreshing and quite flavourful. Near perfectly balanced. Quite nicely built.

Mf: Lovely creamy mouthfeel - very smooth and quite wet. Those oats were put to good use. This texture complements the style quite nicely. Nitro was the right option for this beer; well done Summit. Incredible.

Dr: Incredibly drinkable. Uses cream to overcome stout dryness instead of succumbing to porter-esque workarounds. The oat smoothness synergizes brilliantly with the nitro-draught system.

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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 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 Rifugium
3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on nitro at TJ's, Paoli, PA

Poured into a pint glass, a dark brownish black, a bit light and clear around the edges when held to the light. A creamy tan head that retained and laced well. Smell of roasty malts and smoke. Taste was very dry and roasty, dark malts, and smokey leather, with a beef jerky sensation detectable. Coffee bitterness in the finish. Medium-bodied and fairly drinkable, though not the kind of stout I'd want to order for a casual session.

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Photo of zhanson88
2.48/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours close to black with ruby hints around the edges. About 2" of light tan head forms which has extremely good retention and lacing.

Smell: A touch of roast, chocolate and coffee. Pretty weak smell overall.

Taste: Weak roast and chocolate with an odd fruity finish. Nothing in the way of smooth oatmeal and rich roast and chocolate flavors.

Overall: Medium bodied with low carbonation. Pretty good here. I did not care for this oatmeal stout much. Maybe due to the fact that it was on nitro tap it killed the flavors, but I found it pretty weak all in all. I'd try this out again if given the chance.

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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 MattyG85
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the Muddy Pig in St. Paul, MN. 12 oz pint glass.

Appearance: A very dark brown with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid two and a half finger lightly tan head with good retention and lots of lacing.

Smell: Aroma of dark malts and chocolate with some oats, caramel and coffee. Hints of earthy hops and vanilla.

Taste: Sweet taste of chocolate, dark malts, coffee, and oats with some hints of vanilla and grassy hops. With the cream and chocolate this tastes like a cross between a Schwarzbier and a chocolate shake. Mild bitterness balances things out.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy and smooth. Medium body with a medium to high carbonation.

Overall: A very solid version of an oatmeal stout from Summit. Great for when you want a dark beer with a lighter body or something that goes great with a scoop of ice cream.

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4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Glad to finally get to try this beer. Nitro-tap at Hautedish. Very dark brown color with one finger of dense, tan head. The head never really settles but stays firm. Heavy lacing is left on the glass.

Aroma consists of roasted malt with hints of chocolate and coffee. A little bit of minerals as well but that may of been the glassware.

Plenty of roasted malt qualities in the flavor. Plenty of chocolate and subtle hints of coffee. Bitterness is not that high considering the roasted qualities of the beer.

Being on nitro it is difficult to determine the true nature of the body. It could be a little more full bodied. Nice creamy texture.

A nice low ABV stout that is very easy to drink.

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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 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 deebo
3.35/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Black with tan foam that hangs around for half a pint

S-Roasted chocolate malt

T-Dark malted with chocolate notes, slight bitterness from malts

M-Pretty light for the style and for how it looks it will be.

D-Average for the style, could have a few.

Overall-One of my favorites from Summit, which tends to go a little heavy on the bitter hops for most of their brews.

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Photo of Duff27
3.64/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap at Summit Brewing ~2/2011, then again 1/2015 (on nitro).

A- Pours a thick frothy silky creamy light mocha head atop a dark brown beer. A very nice looking beer.

S- Faint nose of coffee, roast.

T- Roasty. Smooth, slighty sweet berry-like aftertaste.

M- Silky, creamy, still would like it to be a bit fuller.

D/O- Pretty easy going oatmeal stout, may become slightly bored with this offering after a pint or two.

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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 kbutler1
3.76/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Draft. On tap at Town Hall Tap on nitro. Super dark brown color, almost black, with a tiny bubbled tan head. Roasted malted, coffee, and dark chocolate notes in the nose. Nice lace on the glass. Smooth, velvety medium mouthfeel, mmmm only nitro can be this smooth. Very smooth flavor, roast coffee and dark chocolate notes with an overall nice rounded out flavor. Tasty. Ends fairly dry.

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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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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 blackie
3.71/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: shaker pint, thick head with nice retention atop the nearly black bodied stout

s: roasted barley on a toffee malt body, just a glimpse of a harsh roast edge, charred coffee and dark cocoa, earthy hops with a moderate presence

m: body creamy, medium full, with carbonation on the lighter end of the medium range

t: full toffee backbone with lots of dry cocoa, smooth roasted barley, earthy hop flavors with a light bitterness, good flavors but just on the lighter side and without a ton of range

d: a nice stout, no problems with this one

pint at Gunflint, Grand Marais, MN

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Photo of dbossman
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown/black with a solid cream-colored head; beautiful looking with great head

S: Heavy oats and dark chocolate malt--so malty

T: Creamy with, again, a heavy oat presence; fairly simple but so delicious; subtle chocolate and vanilla beans

F: Incredibly creamy; great mouth coat and feel

D: Nearly chuggable, however, the incredible presence of oats makes the beer become slightly tedious toward the end of the glass

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Photo of armock
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

S - Is of roasted malt with chocolate scents

T - Follows the nose roasted malt with chocolate flavors

M - This beer has a creamy smooth body with light carbonation to it

D - This is probably the best Oatmeal stout I've had very good taste thats very easy to drink worth getting if you see it on tap

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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

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Photo of AgentZero
2.31/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

On special for $4 at Sheffields (anything for $4 in Chicago tends to be worth looking at).

A - Solid black, brownish on the edges, head is much lighter than expected. No lacing, sides clean.

S - Roasted malts, tiny bit of oats, some coffee, not really a ton going on, but it does smell like a stout, weakly.

T - Very blah. Tastes uneventful. Mild malts, a touch sweet, but there is just nothing going on here, kind of just is there in your mouth, and then it's not. Quite lacking in taste.

M - Has the consistency of some horrible health drink that went flat and is overly watery while carrying a stronger taste than the body should hold. Not good at all, almost spit out of your mouth bad. Too flat.

D - I wouldn't want to drink this again, poor mouthfeel and taste rates it low on this particular variable.

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