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Brewed by:
Gray's Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States | website

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.21%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-06-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
105
Ratings:
156
Avg:
3.6
pDev:
20.83%
 
 
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Photo of blitz134
3.72/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A treat from Vancer in 2MBBIF...thanks...

Nearly pitch black, but red highlights show through even at the middle of my pint. Khaki one-finger head initially, reduced to a ring around the edge.

Burnt toast, charcoal fill the nose. Smells good but isn't too copmlex. A bit of toffee shows through with some searching.

Lots of char and dark toasted notes in the flavor, again a bit sone sided. Sweetness typical of a sweet stout finishes it up. I'd just like to a see a bit more in this than just heavily roasted malts.

Mouthfeel is thin for an oatmeal based stout. Coats the mouth well enough, but lacks that chewiness I was looking for.

Overall good drinkability, but could use some complexity to kick it up a notch. This is still worht a shot if you like black patent dominated stouts. Would also pair well with a ribeye cooked over the coals.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.72/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drinkin this from a slightly chilled bottle and pouring into a 7 oz snifter.

The beer pours pitch black with no light penetrating the glass. A small fluffy tan head foams up about 1 cm and fades rather quickly.

Aroma is some chocolate (bittersweet), roasted malt, some brown sugar sweet scents too.

First sip reveals a silky textured brew with almost no carbonation. The bubbles that are present are very gentle and roll smoothly over my mouth.

Flavor is a little mild for what I was expecting. Not very bold up front, but a coating roasted malt, and coffee flavor comes in strong from mid swallow to finish. Strong lingering flavor in my mouth is nice and robust. No presence of hops anywhere that I can detect.

This is a tasty brew and very smooth and gentle. Wish the flavor had a little more "umph!" But definitely a tasty treat.
Worth a shot if you see it and like darker brews.

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Photo of Tone
3.72/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a black color. 1/3 inch head of a pale tan color. Decent retention and slight lacing. Smells of roasted malt, sweet malt, slight pale malt, slight vanilla, and a hint of hope. Fits the style of an Oatmeal Stout. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of roasted malt, sweet malt, slight metallic, yeast, and a hint of hops. Overall, the metallic flavor fades quickly; good body and aroma, but the blend is not quite right.

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Photo of bditty187
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black in hue and it is basically opaque. A lovely brunette head of two fingers topped off the beer. The head retention was great as it took a few moments before it faded to a tight cap. The subsequent lacing was minimal and very spotty. The nose is charming. I really like the Stout aromas of roasted malt, chocolate and coffee notes. The oat sweetness is small and mainly at the back. The potency is solid and I find the bouquet to be inviting. The palate is good; however it lacks something to hang its hat on. The roasted malt is the focal point with its charred taste. There are much less coffee and chocolate flavors, so the nose is a little misleading. Honestly the oat sweetness is so minimal I’m not sure if I’d label this an Oatmeal Stout in a blind taste-testing. It is flavorful enough and is easily the best tasting beer I have had from this brewery. Medium/medium-full in body, I’d like it to be a touch fuller for a stout but it is very workable. The carbonation is moderate but pleasing. Good mouthfeel, better than ordinary. This is a good (oatmeal) stout, easily drinkable and tasty enough to care. If you were interested in a beer from this brewery this would be my recommendation. I purchased a 12-ounce bottle in Iowa City for $1.30. I could drink this again.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.74/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Good lookin beer, dark brown, bordering on black. Little bubbles. Beige head. Good oily aroma, viscous.

Taste, a solid smooth OS. Standard choco coffee flavor rounded off by the oats, lacks bitterness, this is what an OS is supposed to do. Hardly original, but why fix something that ain't broke? Thins out down the bottle, minimal hop presence.

Great price.

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Photo of wheatyweiss
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presents a thin head that recedes quickly. Dark cola color with no visible carbonation.

Aroma is of sweet raisins and molasses. Dark malt is present.

Taste is of raisins and rum. Sweetbread and sweetrolls. Cinnamon and clove with a burnt malt, caramel flavor. Chocolate and sweet vanilla.

Nice..a well played stout.

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Photo of Deuane
3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Deep, dark black/brown with the slightest of chestnut highlights. A medium tan head looks impressive at first but is fades away to a meager ring with no lacing to speak of.

S-Dr, Pepper like with notes of light chocolate, coffee, dark cherry and roasted malt. Nice, but all quite light.

T-Surprising amount of bitter, earthy, roasted malt up front with a nice dose of backing dark chocolate and mild sour cherry twang.

M-Medium bodied, smooth and semi-rich but just a tad on the thin side. I wouldn't mind a touch more beefiness. Nice lingering earthy bitterness and a mildly dry finish.

D-An all around nice, easy drinking, every day, have on hand when you want a stout kinda beer. Nothing outrageous here but the flavours work and offers up enough to make it interesting all the way through.

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Photo of Lauthaha
3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(reviewed from a tape recorder on September 2nd, 2010)

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown with a touch of ruby color; mostly opaque. Thick, tan head typical of a stout beer.

Smell: Oatmeal, roasted malts with a gentle caramel flavor.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Sweet with just a small amount of hops. Oatmeal and roasted/toasted malt. Robust flavor which fits the category. Beer is fairly heavy, but pleasant. Very pillowy texture but not a whole lot of carbonation. Leaves just a little to be desired especially in the hops department.

Overall: Decent drinkability. It's a good beer, but not great.

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Photo of brakspear
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A dark and inky body that the meager light from the bar will not pass through; with minimal tannish head formation.

The aroma is of roasted malts and a very slight sourness but not very deep or polished aroma.

The taste is a blend of roasted malts and oat dryness, slight chocolate with small toffee notes.

The body is suprising very thin, which makes the beer easy to drink, but I think a stout should have a more substantial mouthfeel.

I like this beer a lot and was glad to be able to sample it on draft rather than from a bottle.

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Photo of Redrover
3.82/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown longneck with a new and improved label.

Poured into a pint glass, the beer is black with brown highlights. There is a tan head.

Big aroma of brown sugar, molasses, & roasted malts.

Lots of char on this one. It is backed by some sweetness that us reminiscent of the smell with molasses and brown sugar. Some slightly bitter burnt coffee and bakers chocolate later. I wish they could dial down the burnt taste just a bit. I also get some dark fruits in the aftertaste. Seems to have more charred malts than most oatmeal stouts.

The mouth is decent and smooth. This is an easy drinker. I like this one, but would like it even more with just a bit less burnt malt taste.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to benji for sharing this six pack. Poured from a 12ounce bottle into a 5 ounce sampling mug.

A- Pours a nice dark brown thats almost black, had a small layer of head that quickly faded to a ring that left hardly any lacing.

S- Very roasted and burnt with some chocolate and coffee, a little sweetness shows up from the oatmoeal.

T- Roasted malts up front with a little chocolaty sweetness, some bitterness peaks through that wasnt there in the aroma.

M- Not too heavy, not too light, just right for the style, a little too dry for my taste.

D- For the style the drinkability is pretty high, i had no problem drinking 3 of these, as did my friend.

Overall, i wasnt blown away by this beer, but was surprised on easy this brew went down. I would pick this up again for those days where i just want the stout taste without being heavy. good choice to ease people into the style. thanks benji, next one is on me.

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Photo of brdc
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pitch black with a dark tan head, full that leaves a nice lacing.
Smells of chocolate, roasted malts, coffee and caramel.
Taste is full, with the same roasted malt, chocolate and oatmeal, turning coffee bitter at the end.
Medium body but easily drinkable.

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Photo of Popsinc
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: nice black looking pour with a medium tan head...wish it was bigger and more full but still looks great!

Smell: semi sweet nose with lots of chocolate hints as well assome toasted malts.

Taste/Mouthfeel: roasted malt off the top followed by some dark unsweetned chocolate and chalky hints of cocoa. the mouthfeel is creamy and a little bit light. very nice staying power. lots of chocolate bitterness on the finish.

drinkability: light bodied for a stout but tasty! while not my favorite oatmeal stout, this is a high quality beer.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.87/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of battlekow while watching my Badgers whomp on Purdue- 7-1, baby.

Pours a tepid black with a little runt-of-the-litter tan head that fades quickly. Nose is strong with burnt coffee, bittersweet chocolate, and toasted grain. Taste starts off with a hearty day-old coffee grounds bite with accents of milk chocolate and a rather potent prune aftertaste. Mouthfeel is deceptively substantial and stomach-filling. Not a bad stout, but not particularly exciting either. A decent session stout perhaps if you like the strong coffee thing.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.87/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark black color, with reddish tinges, under a thick, toasted tan head. Aroma: magnificent! Richly roasted, deep and dark, with hints of anise and chocolate, whiskey, even, I very much enjoyed this smell and kept my snoot in it for as long as I could bear.
Marvelous presence on the palate, nicely carbonated, good hops, but the flavor leaves too quickly, and the body thins out too fast. The promise found in the aroma isn't quite delivered in full in the flavor. Medium to full body, with less of a finish than I'd like. Too mellow, with too bare a flavor.
I found myself loving it at the start, and less pleased while I was drinking it. If not for that, this would be an oatmeal stout I'd be most happy to have around, day-in, day-out!
Much thanks to the generosity of tavernjef!

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Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Most decent stout and oatmeal stout. Surprisingly mellow smooth. Chocolate nutty mocha carmel syrup,roast barley and sweet oats. Nice mahogony deep brown and toasted head that stays around. Long satisfying finish. Could hand out a few of these. Merci feloniousmonk for the sample.

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black in color, with a decent tan head, great lacing. A large aroma of grains, oatmeal and some licorise. Off the top, this is a bit chewy, some coffee bean and licorise flavoring, which give way nicely to some roasted malts and a little bitterness. Some chocolate flavoring notes with a dry and smoky finish. Although not complex, this is a rather decent oatmeal stout.

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Photo of NEhophead
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle.

Creamy brown head with poor retention; fades quickly to the sides. Opaque black in color. Some clumpy lacing that doesn't hold well.

Deep coffee and oat aroma; lightly sweetened, burnt maltiness.

The usual roasted, oaty malt flavor along with some darker fruit: grapes and cherry especially. A mild sweetness combined with the fruit character that gives off a tart and bitter aftertaste.

Full bodied; a bit heavy given the fruit-tart quality.

A surprisingly drinkable oatmeal stout. Unique in flavor; worth a try but there are plenty of better ones out there.

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Photo of nixhecks
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Jet black in color with a miniscule brown head that was gone in less than a minute. Plenty of burnt cocoa smells, with a chocolatey malt aroma blending in. Flavor is very decent, strong cocoa and oatmeal taste to start, with a mysterious spiciness and a lightly bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel was nice and fluffy (I think that describes it well), lightly carbonated - mouthfeel was actually what struck me the most about this beer. Overall a well-crafted stout, not the best but better than average for sure.

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Photo of Derek
3.94/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the University of Wisconsin Student Union.

A: Black, tan head, very little retention or lace.

S: Chocolate, pumpernickel bread, molases.

T: Chocolate, dark bread, molases, modest bitterness.

M: Moderate to full body, modest carbonation.

D: Good.

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Photo of cokes
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ink black with just the tiniest hints of ruby when held again a halogen light. Attractive brown head that fades out too fast.
Roasted java notes on the nose. Minor chocolate notes. Not alot, but very pleasant.
Heavy on the coffee notes and somewhat less oaty sweetness, though still pronounced. Hints of chocolate covered nuts. Greasy and likeable, without having the complexities of a typical oatmeal stout. Smoky bar room type flavors.
Thin body hinders this one. Could be classic with some more bulk.
Easy drinking, no problems brew. But lacks memorability.

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Photo of Gusler
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color a soot-black with ruby high lights, the head is portly in size, creamy in consistency and the color a nice chocolate color the lace forms a fines covering for the glass. Nose is lightly toasted grains, hints of coffee, malt sweet with the start sweet and rich in malt, top is medium to full. Finish is mild to moderate in carbonation the hops personable, quite dry and long lasting, a quite nice stout, mild and pleasant to quaff.

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Photo of c1377
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

EYE
inky
NOSE
roasted and toasted, chocolate toffee malt and oats with a hint of raisins
BUBBLE
frothy
MOUTH
more silky than creamy, and not at all chewy
TASTE
roasted coffee malt, oats, and dry raisins

This is the thinnest stout I have ever had. It is more of a black lager with oatmeal than it is a stout. The flavour is straight forward and simple, without a lot of depth.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a very deep brawn color with minute tannish head. No retention or lacing.
Smell is appropriate for the style with nice notes of roasted malt and coffee.
Taste follows the taste with a nice sweetness combined with the roasted malt.
Finishes a bit thin in the miuth with little taste retention.
Very drinkable. Nice example of the style.

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Photo of gmfessen
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, beer is a very deep brown with ruby highlights and a thin yet stout head. The nose is a nice mix of oats, coffee, chocolate and caramel malts. The flavor is similar with the light coffee notes complimenting the caramel/oat sweetness and there is a slight hop pressence at the end of the taste that balances the beer nicely. The mouthfeel is a little lighter than what I would normall expect and the carbonation doesn't have that creamy, silky texture that I've come to desire in a Oatmeal Stout. Overall, a well done beer, the mouthfeel is the only thing negative I can say about this beer.

*The mouthfeel isn't bad, just not as good as some other oatmeal stouts.

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Oatmeal Stout from Gray's Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.
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