Oatmeal Stout | Gray's Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Gray's Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
graybrewing.com

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.21%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-06-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
108
Ratings:
161
Avg:
3.59
pDev:
16.99%
 
 
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5
Gots:
9
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Photo of grynder33
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark blackish color, slight chocolate aroma, 1rst taste quick hit of chocolate, then roastedness, chocolate aftertaste on the tongue. Bitterness starts creeping in. Oily feeling starts covering tongue and chocolate aftertaste is replaced by a soothing bitterness.

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Photo of ngandhi
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On-tap at The Canopy Club, Urbana, IL. 3.75/pint.

This oatmeal stout is one of the darkest I've seen and would have been nicely complimented by better head retention. Nonetheless, it looks tasty. This oatmeal is not influenced much at all by aromatic hops. What's impressive, however, is that the malt nose is distinctive, not bland like most maltiness would be. Easy to drink, this is certainly a fine oatmeal. It differs from Sammy Smith only in the lack of diacetyl (butterscotch) that Smith gets from its stone fermenters. In terms of style, then, Gray's is a truer representation. The bittering hops marry well with the malts, but not perfectly. The thin body is expected and certainly a result of pushing the alcohol to 5.6 percent. It's nice to see an oatmeal with this high of an abv. A great beer for a great time. The finish is coffeeish and sometimes a little biting, disintegrated. A fine interpretation, nonetheless.

Relax, relax.
ng

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Photo of MJR
3.54/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours an opaque, pitch black with a brown head that quickly fizzes down to nothing.

Smell: Strong aroma of roasted grains, oatmeal, and a bit of coffee. Maybe a touch of licorice too.

Flavor: The first impression I get is one of strong coffee. There's a substantial malt background, which is somewhat balanced by a faint, green hop flavor. Finishes with a strong roasted note. Fairly aggressive flavor...

Mouthfeel: Why can't I find a damn oatmeal stout with the right mouthfeel? These beers should be THICK! Like just about every other one I've tried, it's too thin...

Drinkability: Fairly high...though this comes off as more of a coffee stout than an oatmeal one. Still, it has a nice flavor...

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Photo of brakspear
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
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 cokes
3.95/5  rDev +10%
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 ZAP
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

One of my all-time favorites...haven't had this in a couple years now...midnight black with a small tan lace...great nose...sweet milk chocolate...some java tones...some roasted malts...a little thin in the mouth...not as a rich as I remember...nice burnt malt taste...not as much of a creamy texture as I remembered....not as good as I remembered but still solid....a pretty dry finish....I'm a bit disappointed as I came into this review expected to put this in the high 4's, but it is not that good...still it is worth trying if you see it.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.23/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The beer is nearly black and has a creamy medium brown head. Lacing effect is nice. Deep roasted malt and mocha on the nose. Mouthfeel is pure silk. Very creamy. On the buds, there are some nice mocha and chocolate notes. Not overbearing at all on the palate. Could actually use a little more burnt quality to it. However, it is a very drinkable oatmeal stout.

This was the first oatmeal stout I ever tried (about 8 years ago) and it is still one of my favorites.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.04/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Mild yet characteristic malt aroma for style. Head is rather thin, and doesn't sustain very long. Coal black. First thing I noted is that if feels rather thin for style. It has an overall roasted quality and a bit of an oily feel. Flavor is rich and feels like a whole mouth experience. Fairly complex taste with the malt, yet noticable dryness and bitterness of the hops, which keeps it from being too sweet. I had a 6-pack a couple of years ago and thought it was the best oatmeal stout I'd ever had. Either my tastes have changed or this is different than those, because this is a very good, but not a great beer.

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