Oatmeal Stout | Gray's Brewing Company

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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

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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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5
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9
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Reviews: 105 | Ratings: 156
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 tavernjef
4.07/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a leathery brown settles nearly black with slivers of brown coming through the edges. Finger high head of tannish bread thickness that faded kinda fast, almost fizzy, to a thin open haze on top. Lace in sparitic fast dripping strings and spots. Aroma is quite nice, deep and roasty, darkly sweet, dark milk chocolate, cocoa, and coffee are all present and pleasant. Taste has a milder flavor then expecting compared to the smell, but a favorable mixing of roasty dark malts, coffee, and lighter chocolate, the usual tangy sweetness that I like to have in an oatmeal stout really doesn't come through for me, a bit much on the coffee, which isn't bad, just was hoping for that oatmealy sweetness. Hop bitterness adds to some of the finish which finishes with a bittered tangyness mixed with coffee dryness which helped it become a bit more enjoyable. Feel has a pretty empty start, kinda thin but builds nicely of coffee, smoothly calming out and getting close to full over the top, and has a coffee drying with a tangy little roasty finish that lingers. I'm a bit torn with this one, it was close to getting the next lowest number in smell, taste, and feel, but I became intrigued with its finish and it began to grow on me. So I made an exception. Would like to put this up against a couple of my favs, Black Widow & Lk. Superior Sir Duluth or even Slow Elk to see where it fits in. A pretty good oatmeal stout none-the-less.

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Photo of francisweizen
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown, near black with red highlights and a small beige head. The aromas are simple enough and consist of faint hops and roasted malts, as well as an undistinct chocolate sweetness. THe taste is sweet up front and roasty in the middle and the finish is a bit dry. The mouthfeel is a bit thin for my taste and the drinkability is just OK. A good enough beer, but no benchmark for its style....

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Standard looking 12 ounce bottle per the BA Database picture. Twist off cap and neck label that professes that Gray brewing Co. was Established in 1856, that’s quite a history for a US brewer! The main label is rather unique in respect of the fact that it is an angled sash shape. There is a yellow dot-matrix printed code and date on the bottle, but it is indecipherable, as they usually always are.

Appearance: Thick black pour with no head whatsoever at first. The creamy brown head dissociates from solution only halfway through the pour and forms a collar like head that soon rescinds to a light halo ring with minimal lacing. Finely attenuated carbonation, a quick swirl helps to reinstate some head, but not much. Not even the setting sun could penetrate this one, but some ruby hints were seen at the edge of the glass. Subsequent top-ups from the partial poured 12 ounce bottle seemed to form a nicer looking head.

Nose: Roasted malts mixed with a chocolate character and some dark roasted coffee in the back end. Oatmeal is detectable as contributing to the smoothness of the aromas. Very nice.

Taste: Gorgeous lines. Smooth, tasty, bold, plenty of body and a great finish with a little dry bitterness. It has it all. Roasted black malts start the beer, a creamy smooth oat-like middle with coffee hints and a dry lingering finish that becomes a tad bitter once the Stout is long swallowed. This is a Stout that seems to reveal different facets of its character the more you drink it.

Mouthfeel: Truly a Stout-Stout. There is no oxy-moron in this one. A beautifully fulfilling offering that has a smooth V8 poise with plenty of V12 gusto when you need it. It seems like you can keep opening the throttle on this one.

Drinkability: Well, this has exceptional Drinkability. Creamy, smooth, tasty, and it packs it a punch with the mouthfeel also. Yet it is 5.6%, which means that you can easily and comfortably tackle a few of these. I just wish I had another. A quaffable well-made Stout that can stand up to higher alcohol versions quite easily I think.

Overall: I would buy this most certainly if it was available here in So.Cal. A beautiful creamy smooth Stout, which drinks exceptionally well. I like the fact that all this flavor and body comes from a brew that is ‘only’ (for the US at least) 5.6% ABV, making it an attractive 6-pack purchase and an all-night beer. I wish.

A Stout-like Cheers to BigHuge for this one, it worked wonders in washing away the awful tastes of the previous Mojave Red beer that I just had.

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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 garymuchow
4.04/5  rDev +12.2%
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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Photo of Vancer
4.29/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Paradoxes! First the pour came out jet black, all right ! But the non-existent head was puzzling. Good aromas, roasted malt, coffee and chocolate. Taste matched it, and included some coffee and plum undertones. But the texture – was at best thin to medium. Expected such a nice mixture to be sturdier. Damn! Could have used more malt in the finish - but all in all, could drink *a few* of these anytime, anyplace.

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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 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 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 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 ADR
4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Plenty black, just some trace of light passes through at the bottom. Good initial head of dark tan color, but its down to a collar in 50 seconds. Fat rings for laces. Aroma shows nice roastiness, almost Dry Stout-like in coffee, combined with a touch of huckleberry. Low carbonation, very smooth oatmeal mouthfeel, nice. Java impressions early with a condensed milk sweetness sticking around throughout. Almost smokey at the close. Nice balance and a very drinkable beer. Minnesota is low on Stouts, its nice to see this one on the shelves, I'd pick this up again for sure.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.66/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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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 TastyTaste
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

Jet black body in color, opaque, except for a small bit of light at the bottom of the glass which reveals a dark maroon color. Coffee is very present in the smell, but the lack of oatmeal graininess was somewhat of a surprise. Taste was smooth and sweet, with coffee and a little oatmeal smoothness featured. Mouthfeel was watery thin, too thin for a stout of any style. Better than average, but not the best.

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Photo of bashiba
1.57/5  rDev -56.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Poured a cola brown with a light tan head.

This isn't a good omen, but I was actually suprised as this is the first beer I have had from Gray's that actually smells like the style its supposed to be. A nice bit of oatmeal, chocolate, and smoked black malts.

This beer is god awful tasting, super sour and vinergery, hopefully a bad bottle, but I know its a fresh sample so this doesn't bode well for this beer.

Mouthfeel is slick and oily.

Undrinkable, drain pour it!

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Photo of mentor
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle obtained from John’s Grocery (Iowa City) in January 2005 and consumed the next evening. Whoa, buddy…pours a four-finger light brown head! Beer is dark, but not pitch black. Smells of coffee and milky cream with some chocolate. Lactose early on the tongue and then it tastes of coffee, chocolate, and smooth sweetness like milk. Pleasant to drink, but not much to keep me thinking. I get a rough roast and dry in my mouth as an aftertaste, but no play of flavors that really exctites me. Silky medium mouthfeel and medium-light carbonation.

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Photo of marc77
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Near black, with deep, hazy bister hints when held to light. Persistent, fluffy, dark tan head leaves frothy lace. Waft of sugary, soft mocha upfront in aroma yields to sharper dark roast coffee notes and butterscotch. Understated smoky, charcoal hints. Appetizing and well rounded aromawise. Snap of burnt barley acidity initially in flavor is ensued by a mellow combination of chocolate malt and toffeeish dark caramel sweetness. Dryish roasted barley bitterness augments as it breathes. Actual hop bitterness is meager, leaving ample residual sweetness. Herbal hop undertone complements the mocha theme. Trace tart, prunish twang persists throughout and adds depth. Lightly bodied overall, but discernibly "silky" in mouthfeel from the oat glucans. Finishes with fading hints of chocolate covered coffee bean and dilute molasses. A tasty and well crafted oatmeal stout, with a steadfast sweet mocha note a hair shy of overbearing. Rich in flavor, but soft on the palate overall. Thanks to Feloniousmonk for the opportunity. This would be a staple stout in my fridge if it were available here.

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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 granger10
4.37/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Mohagany black with a medium creamy tan head which dissipates quickly. Only a thin layer sits atop. Smells smoky and toasty but also a bit of some hoppiness as well. A touch of chocolate. Taste is similar. Really noticeable smokiness upfront. Milk chocolate seems to be the malt component. Nice full body supports the malt with a touch of toast. A bit of a nutty caramel flavor in the back. Finishes with a bitter smokiness. Not the quaffer one expects most Oatmeal Stouts to be, but honestly better than most Oatmeal Stouts I have tried. For the price, this is one of the best deals you'll find!

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Photo of pmcadamis
4.31/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The cool bottle (different than the one pictured here) depicts an old civil war type bearded dude who looks like he takes beer very seriously. The label says "big, black, and bold," and I agree.

Licorice black with hints of brown around the edges where the light can get through. A very thin brown head lasts a minute or two and leaves a bubbly collar and some brown lacing on the glass.

Smells smooth and rich like hot oatmeal or Malt-O-Meal (remember that stuff....I was raised on Malt-O-Meal and Cream of Wheat!) Also nutty black bread, double chocolate chip cookies, and peanut butter. Sweet, warm, smooth, and inviting but it could be a tad more pungent.

Nice sweet initial flavor followed by notes of chocolate, oatmeal (again....Malt-O-Meal), bitter coffee with loads of sugar or splenda. Just roasty and bitter enough IMO while retaining a balanced sweetness throughout.

This is one of the smoothest oatmeals I've had, and it seems almost perfectly balanced. This is smooth, creamy, and somewhat light-bodied in mouthfeel, my only compaint is that it is a bit watery.

This is one of few oatmeals that I would love to session. An excellent brew!

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Photo of peabody
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of BrownAleMale
4.28/5  rDev +18.9%
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.

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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 BeerBelcher
3.05/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer pours a fairly dark black (although I could see rays of red and brown as light passed through the bottle-to-glass stream) with a minimal tan head.

Aroma is a quite potent coffee and chocolate malt odor.

Flavor is also strong coffee and chocolate notes, and is quite good.

However, I was very distracted from the taste of this beer with a watery and flat-feeling mouthfeel.

This is a good tasting beer, but the mouthfeel issue led me to be slightly disappointed with it.

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Oatmeal Stout from Gray's Brewing Company
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