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Walking Stick Stout | Walking Man Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Walking Man Brewing Co.
Washington, United States

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by HiroProtagonist on 04-25-2004

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Ratings: 22 |  Reviews: 14
Reviews by slaintemhor:
Photo of slaintemhor
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Walking Man Brewing Co. in Stevenson, WA. The colour was jet black with a thin tan veil. The aroma was redolent of roasted malt with some dark Swiss chocolate and a touch of coffee. The palate was quite roasty with malt, dark Arabica coffee, cocoa mass, a smidgen of hop bite around the soft palate and very long finish.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.54/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This is a dark, dark brown in color with a modest head.

Smell – The first thing that strikes me about this bouquet is its balance. The roastiness of the malts is present but not overpowering. There’s a super-fine chocolate here, one of the best that I’ve ever smelled, and a nice, high-quality coffee aroma. There is a light offsetting brown sugar sweetness to round things out. Well done.

Taste – The malt steps back a bit at the taste, but otherwise the rest of the characters from the nose find their way to the tongue. I didn’t really get any oatmeal at the smell but here at the taste I can find a light bit of it along with maybe just a dash of milk.

Mouthfeel – This is just short of medium-bodied and very, very smooth in the mouth.

Drinkability – If there ever was a session Oatmeal Stout this is it. The oatmeal was very faint, hell maybe I imagined it, but this baby went down particularly well.

Comment – Thanks to skyhand for sending me out a bomber if this wonderful stout from one of my favorite breweries.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ the Walking Man Brewing Co. (Stevenson, WA) on 8/25/11. Served in a pint glass.

Pours black in the glass, with a finger of dark mocha head. This maintains some rich edges, leaving back a good bit of spotty froth and brown oils down the sides of the glass. The aroma smells of chocolate, coffee, and oatmeal, which are all wrapped up in a blanket of earthy and citric hops. The oatmeal really sticks out to me here in the nose.

That chocolate and oatmeal combine to really give this a wonderful smooth sweetness on the palate here in the taste, which then gives way to more aggressive notes of roast and green citric character. The finish is dry and bitter, with a touch of lingering roast. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, perhaps a touch fuller feeling, with a smooth crispness to the carbonation that glides along very easily in the mouth. This is showing some of its 7% ABV at times and while it isn’t too bad, I would say the thickness does hold the drinkability of this back a tad.

This was quite full flavored and well balanced for an Oatmeal Stout, with that delicious and rich tasting mix of sweetness, fruit, and coffee really being the stand out to me. I would end every visit here with a pint of this if I was local to here. This was really tasty stuff!

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Photo of Docer
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

$10 growler fill via NW Liquid Gold here in Vancouver, WA.

- Growler sat tightly capped in the fridge for a few days.. opened w/ a nice hiss.. heavy pour yielded very little mocha colored head.. quickly settled to almost nothing. But that is normal for a stout. Nice dark ruby brown brew.. can't see through the mass.

- Wonderful smell, and yet very light. Smells balanced as all hell. Light coffee, cocoa, somewhat sweet, herbal, and earthy bitter. Has a wonderful fresh aroma about it. Little grainy, and just good.

- I wasn't much in the mood for drinking, but my Steelers are on, and I had this growler.. so.. and it changed my mind quickly. Nice light balanced cocoa, bitter hops to where that is almost the only hop character present which is great for a stout. Little bread, coffee, and a light creamy fresh sweetness.

- Light to medium bodied, and so so easy to drink. Hard to believe a beer this balanced and light is 7.2% ABV. Nice stout carbonation, and a little drying.

- Overall a killer stout. I don't know why I have never tried this before. It is near perfect for a stout for me. Go get it if you can, because it is a fine local rarity.

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Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of rrock44
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of bluckbeyes
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of Rifugium
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at their brewpub

*Edit: oops...mixed this up with my review for Jaywalker. But it's fixed now.

Poured a dark black with a huge, creamy, mocha head. Typical roasty stout profile in the nose, with touches of dark chocolate. Taste was big with roasted dark malts, a bit smokey for sure, with a nice mix of sweet chocolate and bitter coffee. Very smooth, just about full-bodied, quite drinkable.

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Photo of Derek
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Big River Grill in Stevenson, Wa... a couple blocks from the brewery.

A: Black with a creamy, tan head. Great retention & lacing.

S: Light roasted aroma has hints of coffee, chocolate and nut.

T: Great smoky/roasty flavour without being burnt or having harshness. Smooth coffee with hints of chocolate & nut, pumpernickel bread & oatmeal, balanced bitterness, alcohol is remarkably well-hidden.

M: Moderately full body is velvety smooth & creamy.

D: A great drinker.

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Photo of Smileitsfreetobehappy
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of Murrhey
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured in an imperial pint glass at Horse Brass Pub in SE Portland.

A- Finger width milk-chocolate head. Ok retention and great lacing. Black as a spelunker's ass.

S- Dark chocolate malts, espresso, delicious dark flavors.

T- Dark chocolate and peaty flavors. Bitter dark chocolate and roast taste.

M- Not as smooth as I would have liked. Some carbonation and a dry finish.

O- Delicious and wonderful smell, loses points on aroma. Beautiful example of my favorite style.

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Photo of EasyDub
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of ithinkimasofa
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of NickThePyro
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HiroProtagonist
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Walking Stick Stout was served from the tap at the Walking Man Brewpub. It was night black, and was topped by a fine tan head which dissapated into a ring form revealing a mirror-like obsidian sheen. The nose presented well-developed and enticing notes of dry roasted cocoa and dark coffee bean. On the palate, a deeply roasted rich and dry chocolate-coffee bomb hit with prominant sharp-cola accents rising up in the transition to a powdery dry cocoa finish that left lingering multifaceted mocha essence. The body was wonderfully composed and had a high-surface area feel that really brought out and enhanced the roasty bean character. This finely-honed, meticulously balanced robust and roasty stout would please any imperial stout junky yet is approachable for session stout devotees.

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Photo of deejaydan
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Inky black color, with a compact, tan head. Opaque. Aroma is chocolate, and a slight hint of coffee. Taste is pure chocolate, again with a hint of coffee, and some sweetness. Very drinkable. Crazy drinkable. Mouthfeel seems thin for an oatmeal stout. I like mine chewier. Strikes me more as a robust porter than an Oatmeal Stout in my book, but it's still a tasty beer.

Thanks Kim!

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Photo of Slatetank
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served cold in a standard pint glass.

A - Deep black with medium brown highlights and a thin tan head. An average amount of lace collects and sticks well.

S - Sweet nuts and fruity ale scents join the pleasant light coffee aroma.

M - Medium full mouthfeel, gentle carbonation with roasted notes and a sweet lighly spiced hop finish.

T - Deep coffee flavors w/ sweet caramel notes. A light burnt/chalky flavor comes in mid-taste. This does not detract from the dark roasted character but gives an interesting accent. The finish seems dry, there is little hop flavor, but you can tell they are there intermittently. Sweet cream tinges accent the coffee taste. This is very roasty and full of flavor.

D - Not any where near in taste what it is packing in strength. By that I mean it tastes smooth, the alcohol is well hidden. A stout that does not dissapoint with deeply roasty, full flavored qualities. The depth is very full and tastes like a stout should-full of body and nicely layered. Well done Walking Man!

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Photo of woemad
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint consumed on-tap at Uber Tavern in Seattle. It was listed as Walking Man Oatmeal Stout, not Walking Stick.

This came sporting a dark brown color, with a big, rocky tan head. Lots of lace was left on the sides of the glass.

This had a roasty, dark chocolate scent, along with a rich coffee and cream aroma.There's also a slight hoppy tang.

This was a very tasty beer. There's a dark chocolatey sweet bitterness that is melded with the taste of dark, roasty coffee that has been cut with cream. The finish has a dry hoppy bite. No sign of the relatively high abv.

This is a relatively full-bodied beer, with an oily, chocolaty mouthfeel.

An excellent beer, this would make one hell of a dessert. I could see myself happily consuming this after a large meal. Since the abv is hidden, it might almost be too drinkable.

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Photo of CoryR
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Parkway Tavern, Tacoma, WA

A: Poured a jet black with good carbonation and a nice brown head. Looked very appetizing

S: Roasted notes with hints of chocolate

T: Has a nice roasted flavor with a tad bit of coffee but middle way through the chcolate and roasted malts really some out leaving this beer oh so tasty

M: Full mouthfeel and medium-full bodied beer. Finish is nice and smooth, creamy with roasted elements and chocolate

D: A must try for a stout guru

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Photo of RedDiamond
3.67/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Surprisingly little head for an oatmeal stout. Just a thin rim of tan suds on a body as black as it gets. The inviting aroma of toffee garners some competition from a few phenols, though in the end, the toffee wins. The flavor is also toffee and is slightly wooden or morose. A lack of CO2 makes for a glossy mouthfeel but restrains the flavor.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Waling Stick Stout, growler

Poured into a balloon snifter, just for kicks.

Pours a thick, motor oil black, solid ebon with slim cocoa rings of foam.

Aroma; rich, roasted, even charred...like charcoal mixed with molasses...a little sweet, a little slick, a little toast. A deep, wonderful aroma.

Smooth and flavor-loaded once on the tongue. ...mmm, chocolatey...with a lick of licorice...bittersweet flavor continues laying about the palate. Tasty, tasty, tasty.

Full-bodied, rich and delicious...smooth, silky, easy-drinking, and substantial...
oh, so nice...

thanks, Kim!

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Walking Stick Stout from Walking Man Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 22 ratings
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