Oatmeal Stout
Gray Brewing Company

Oatmeal StoutOatmeal Stout
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Style:
Stout - Oatmeal
Ranked #499
ABV:
5.21%
Score:
83
Ranked #42,284
Avg:
3.63 | pDev: 16.53%
Reviews:
114
Ratings:
172
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Gray Brewing Company
 
Wisconsin, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
83
Good
Oatmeal StoutOatmeal Stout
Notes: Our award winning stout is brewed with aromatic hops & rolled oats for a creamy body and smooth taste.
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lwillitz from Wisconsin

3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12-oz bottle into Guinness pint glass

A - pitch black body under a quickly-receding finger of deep tan

S - roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, light sweetness

T - notes of coffee and chocolate, smoke and roasted malts, quite dry

M - medium body, medium-high carbonation; prickly and dry--not smooth as I would expect from an oatmeal stout

O - an enjoyable brew, but unimpressive as an oatmeal stout

May 09, 2020
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defunksta from North Dakota

3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Pours a deep, dark, nearly all black color. Zero head. SRM of 23-24. (3.25)

Aroma: Huge aromas of rich chocolate fudge. Traces of cream. Very simple and strong. (3.75)

Flavor: Flavor follows the nose with more creamy fudge. Some milk and cream, but mostly rich chocolate rudge. Finishes dry. Hints of bitterness, but mild. Finishes dry overall as expected. (3.50)

Feel: Medium-bodied. Extremely flat without any carbonation. Flatter than fudge under a dough-roller. (2.00)

Compared to Stockyard: Similar color. More rich fudge, chocolate flavor. . Less airy and cream. Less complex. I prefer the Stockyard.

Overall: Not the best oatmeal stout. The fudge is nice, but one dimensional. The body is absolutely terrible, which hurts the rating. Otherwise not terrible, but as others have mentioned. Not even close to the best oatmeal stout out there. (Final Rating: 3.25)

Dec 27, 2019
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scaliasux from Wisconsin

3.47/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L - Very dark brown. Thin tannish head, not persistent.

S - Dark roasted malts. Coffee and toast.

T - Characteristically dark. Slightly bitter coffee, grain, a little fruity sweetness.

F - Medium body. Smoothness from the oatmeal.

O - Pretty solid. Among the best beers brewed by this brewer.

Feb 10, 2019
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into glass. There is a smudged stamping on the bottle neck but not clearly legible.
Deep brown colored body. Half a finger of thick, creamy light tan head. Leaves behind just a few spots of lacing.
Aroma is roasted malts, with just a hint of chocolate.
Taste is roasted malts, with just a hint of chocolate. Chalky and has a sour end.
Thin to medium mouth feel. Okay carbonation.
Weak excuse for an oatmeal stout.

Oct 23, 2018
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Beginner2 from Illinois

3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Uneventful, but solid stout.
Looks below average (no foam, odd brown fringe), but Smells are the stuff of stouts (well-roasted malts, chocolate.) Taste follows the same, not exceptional just good. Dry enough. In the mouth, this has very little of the silkiness of oatmeal; somehow I missed that.
OA: I give points for the novelty for having found Gray's for the first time, despite going to Wisconsin twice a year. Good story on a five generation Gray family that makes soda and beer.

Sep 28, 2018
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pat61 from Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: pours dark brown under a cream to light tan cap with poor retention

S: has a moderate aroma of oats and coffee with some chocolate in the background

T: starts moderately sweet with creamy chocolate, coffee, oatmeal and traces of fruit. It finishes drier than it starts

F: medium body and medium high carbonation

O: a lighter oatmeal stout that needs a little more oomph

Aug 31, 2017
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hoptheology from South Dakota

2.48/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Chocolatey brown-black with a very active carbonation leaving tons of head.

Hints of metallic oat and milk chocolate, some dry cocoa, roast malt, and milk.

Wow. This tastes like blood. Oatmeal and blood.

Feel is irrelevant at this point, but creamy and highly carbonated.

Overall, one of the worst tasting stouts ever. As I sip it more the blood is less intense and I get more roasted malts but there's still a sour metallic element to it that makes me want to pour it down the drain. This beer is over.

Feb 17, 2017
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

I tried a bottle of this at my neighbors house it's from a variety pack that he brought back from Wisconsin. It poured a nearly opaque black with no head and no lace. The scent had roast. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink for a stout. There was coffee and touch for sweetness. The Mouthfeel was lighter in body with smooth carbonation. Overall it's decent.

Jan 31, 2017
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Savan from Minnesota

4.09/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured a black hue of sorts into my clear 12 oz KahlĂșa cup. Smells of espresso, sticky rice and wet soil are all evident. Taste is very subtle of espresso and oatmeal. Feel is quite light about the same as a hot cup of joe (drink it cold though) Over all was a free beer from a rep along with an Irish one and a porter..... of all of them this is the most noteworthy and likely to be revisited at some point. Cheers!

Sep 28, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.61/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown appearance, real close to black. Small bubbled beige head. Roasted aroma.

Taste a solid chocolate and coffee malt. Nice mouthfeel lacking bitterness. Kind of like a thinner, not quite as good, but still good Anderson Valley Oatmeal Stout.

May 12, 2016
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AlarmClock314 from Wisconsin

3.64/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap, review from notes. Has a dark brown appearance with a medium sized head. Smells of mostly roasted malt and oats. The taste follows closely with malts, oats, and some cocoa. Somewhat thin body and higher carbonation. Overall, a pretty standard Oatmeal Stout; could use more flavor intensity and a thicker feel.

Apr 24, 2015
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ArchaeoFiero_TheDelorean from Wisconsin

1.91/5  rDev -47.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Watery, weak, and black. This is such a disappointing Oatmeal Stout. I guess that is to be expected from a company that mainly produces soft drinks. I would suggest avoiding this soda-beer and grabbing Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout instead. SS perfected the style, and Gray's is like Guinness in comparison. A boring beer that fails to deliver the expectations of its style.

Jul 18, 2014
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vette2006c5r from Minnesota

3.66/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Gray's Oatmeal Stout pours a black color with a large lacing tan head. There is a nice creamy aroma, with lots of roasted malts and a hint of smoke. The taste is creamy, good smokey notes, good sweet lactose flavoring. A bit watery and rough, but flavors are present. Overall its a nice sweeter stout.

May 28, 2014
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jwc215 from Arizona

3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours very dark brown with a thin wispy head. Minimal vanishing lace.

The smell is of roasted dark malt - some chocolate. There is something chemical-ish I can't quite put my finger on, but it is mild.

The taste is of roasted cocoa powder with some dark fruit and a metallic-like finish.

It is watery thin, though some roast lingers a bit.

A mediocre stout, IMO. Not sure if metallic notes come from burnt malt or poorly used hops. It's drinkable enough, but lacks the rich, silky malt character associated with the style. Could be smoother. But, again, "inoffensive" enough to be drinkable.

Feb 28, 2014
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Ryan_Graham from Iowa

3.32/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark black with a little head that fades away to nothing. Chocolaty to the nose with hints of coffee. Tastes like carbonated coffee. It starts off watery and finishes with a thick malty taste. I didn't get the "oatmeal" flavor at all here, which was disappointing. Overall, I was not impressed.

Nov 10, 2013
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Snowboarder4lifey from Minnesota

1.96/5  rDev -46%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Tasted good until the Nast metal undercurrent came in.... Like it was made in an old rusty pale.... Nasty! It is tasting like it was made in a old rusty bucket compaired to most oatmeal stouts. Bent padel and Brew house have way better oatmeal souts. Lake Superior Breing Company also makes a better oatmeal Stout.

Jul 30, 2013
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GoldHorde from Minnesota

2.41/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Label promised "Big, Black, Bold". It definitely was BLACK although I've had blacker. Head was deep and tan - as expected. Sniff was a bit funky, which is not entirely off-style (though expected more in Belgian Ale), but it was enough to cause me to re-check the bottling date. The mouthfeel was towards a porter than a stout - one expects creaminess in a black stout - don't they? The first mouthful made me wonder what all the "black" was - because the taste was lighter than a porter. I was expecting a stout "punch". If it had been categorized as a Porter I would have been less surprised. This is my first taste of a Grays Brewing Company beer so I'll have to test out their IPA or hopefully they make a 2xIPA which are my favored styles. I drink and love heavy black stouts and deep oak bourbon porters with a cigar - this beer would be quickly overshadowed by a cigar.

Dec 14, 2012
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TMoney2591 from Illinois

3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Gotta love those muttonchops... Anyway, this stuff pours a deep sienna topped by a finger of khaki foam. The nose comprises light roasted malts, toasted funky wheat, and a dusting of mild cocoa powder. The taste doesn't wanna make any waves, so it just copies the smell, despite how boring that makes it come across. There's definitely a blackened pretzel character abiding here. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel that borders on nigh-watery. Overall, a meek little oatmeal stout, one that's not offensive in any way but also doesn't seem to wanna try to be very good.

Nov 26, 2012
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deaconoflove from Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured it cold from the fridge and still got a huge head that filled most of the glass. Beer is black, smooth fine frothy head that lingers a long time. Aroma is roasted coffee and baker's chocolate. Taste is great blend of coffee and chocolate and hops all together. A lingering chocolate finish...like chocolate oatmeal with a faint rasberry candy. Nicely balanced and blended and clean. Not too sweet at all.
Smooth and just thick enough. Easy to drink, but also easy to sip and savor.

Oct 23, 2012
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BrownAleMale from Wisconsin

4.28/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Given to me by a friend in a create your own 6 pack. Poured from 12 oz bottle into Lakefront Brewery pint glass.

Appearance- Motor oil black with 2.5 fingers of khaki head that dissipates into a silk lining with nice retention.

Smell- Strong chocolate and coffee with a little bittersweet hop smell.

Taste- Semi sweet chocolate with a very well balanced sour hop note. Such a great flavor. I would tell you this was an Imperial Stout
If I didn't know any better.

Mouthfeel- Silky smooth like chocolate milk.

Overall- Was shocked with the quality of this beer. I am from Wisconsin where this is brewed and never had even heard of the brewery. I expected a water down artificially flavored mess but was pleasantly surprised. I would put it right up there as one of my favorite oatmeal stouts just slightly behind Sam Smith oatmeal stout. Mouthfeel is number one on all normal stout that I've ever had.

Sep 03, 2012
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Stinkypuss from Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Oatmeal Stout
Gray's Brewing Company
Style: Oatmeal Stout
ABV: 5.21 %

LOOK: Pours a clear dark brown, with an off white head, decent retention, and some lacing.

SMELL: Faint aroma of roasted malts, cocoa, dark bread, grains, pretty straight forward, on par for the style.

TASTE: Coffee and milk chocolate upfront with a bit of sweet grain notes from the oatmeal. Roasted, nutty, chocolatey, malty flavor that serves its purpose well here. Generally agreeable and approachable flavor profile.

FEEL: Medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated, but a bit thin and watery. Still, easy to drink for sure.

OVERALL: Not a bad offering from Gray's Brewing out of Wisconsin. This is an average stout that tastes pretty good.

Jul 14, 2012
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

3.17/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Well it's not big (5.2%?) but it does look pretty black (not very since the pour was a deep amber) Head is minimal just the slightest bit off opaque colored that clears to a slight lace ring.

S - Smells pretty good. Lactic sugar sweetness, mild roasts, and a bit of skunk?

T - Damn where is my bold stout? Barley any chocolate with only a bit of roast and even lactic sweetness is minimal giving very little creamy body. Eh...

M - Light to medium, not bad but not anything I expected.

Overall I am a sucker for oatmeal stouts and this one is only slightly above Guinness class.
Way better examples of the style out there guys!

Apr 12, 2012
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WVbeergeek from West Virginia

3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appears a dark pitch black color with light frothing tan head forming thick. Head was speckled thin after each sip, aroma has smoked dark chocolate notes with hints of soft oatmeal. Flavor has a creamy base malt layer, with hints of watered down dark chocolate and coffee flavors. No bad tasting beers here this is a nice dark stout, maybe a bit watered down but excellent stuff. Mouthfeel like I said a bit thin but some decen flavor to make up for it. Overall I'm not planning to pick up another bottle or six pack anytime soon, this stuff is pseudocraft beer compared to some other beers out there.

Mar 30, 2012
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peabody from Kentucky

3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a really dark black slightly opaque. Not much head but some lacing.
Smell is coffee and oatmeal bread.
Taste is kind of sour. Not much going on here. Watery mix of raisin and oatmeal with some coffee overtones.
Mouthfeel is pretty clean and it shouldn't be.
Overall this one lacks some sugar. Too watery for my palate.

Feb 11, 2012
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doucmehu from Oregon

3.04/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from sampler pack bottle into oversize wine glass to start out Super Bowl 46.

A: Chalky mahogany brown, seems a little watery for an Oatmeal Stout.

S: Smells mostly of sweet chocolate and phenol alcohol, not bad. Seems promising.

T: Tastes of bitter chocolate, slightly tart and dry finish, a hint a earthy hops. Decent, but nothing to write home about.

M: Watery and thin, way off for the style. I expect silky smooth, but this misses completely, and the carbonation is too bubbly.

O: Average stout, too watery but drinkable. Lacking in the silky smooth department.

Feb 06, 2012
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