Oatmeal Stout | Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

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3.99 w/ 26 ratings

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Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
United States

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
OG: 1.057 Color: 29 IBU: 30

This English Stout is medium-bodied, black in color with a roasted malt aroma and flavor, but a silky smooth character. The oatmeal in this recipe and the nitrogen pour give this beer a round creamy mouthfeel.

Added by tgbljb on 01-19-2008

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Photo of oberon
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pitch black with a creamy head that lingers into a soapy look,aroma is coffeish and nutty with a light roastiness.Taste is softly sweet with a coffe flavor with an underlying nuttiness,seemed to get a little watery/thin near the bottem of the glass otherwise a pretty good beer.

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Photo of wattoclone
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at Brewers by the Bay.

A: The beer is black with a small tan colored head on top. Not much retention leaving a thin cap on top.

S: Nice roasty malt, faint dark chocolate, coffee, and some oats. Slightly sweet.

T: Similar to the aroma with a combination of roasted malt, slightly charred, with some chocolate, oat, and a little coffee/mocha flavor.

M: Medium bodied and smooth, moderate carbonation. Slightly sweet finish.

O: A nice oatmeal stout, drank surprisingly well despite the heat at the outdoor event.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Carbonated and dispensed with mixed gas via nitrogen faucet. It's basically black in the pint (but actually just a very deep brown) and topped by a creamy light tan head that holds well and leaves some very good lacing about the glass. When held to the light, clear, brown and soft ruby highlights can be seen. The aroma offers some subtle fruitiness beneath a bright chocolate maltiness with a very mild roastiness. The body is medium-light with a very fine, restrained carbonation that gives it a silky smooth-but-still-lightly-chewy mouthfeel. The flavor is sweetly malty with a quick note of fruitiness up front that's followed by its main flavor of rich milk chocolate. It finishes fairly dry with a more noticeable bitterness and some subtle nuttiness. It's clearly balanced toward the sweet, chocolatey side; yet it remains very well balanced! A very nice, and highly enjoyable beer that's soft, sweetish, and light but also offers alot of character - allowing it to fill a variety of different roles. Highly recommended!!!

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Photo of Ralphs66
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kegatron
3.45/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the North Wales location on 3/7/09. Served in an oversized mug.

Pours black with a thin head of light tan fizzy foam. This flares up decently but lacing doesn't stick around much. The aroma is kind of on the lighter side. Notes of chocolate roast, oatmeal sweetness, and a touch of floral hops.

The taste is a bit more robust but not a whole lot more than the aroma was. Chocolate and oatmeal sweetness with some solid backing notes of roast and hop bitterness balancing things out. The mouthfeel is lighter-medium bodied with a pricklier carbonation but overall smooth feel. Unfortunately, this is feeling a tad too light in the mouth.

This was OK. While this wasn't the most tasty Oatmeal Stout that I've had, the flavors were decent enough. Unfortunately though, it was the lightness in the body that hurt this the most. I think that a bit more heft would have helped those flavors come out a bit more.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Midnight black in the glass with a thin khaki colored head that was patchy and quick to dissolve. A very thin band is left for a lacing.

S: Decent level of fresh roasted character appears on the nose. Some light charred woodiness and roasted chocolate malts is also present. Strength is of medium proportions.

T: Nice level of roastediness appears on the open but is well mannered along with a light chalkiness. Deep burnt character, almost like freshly charred wood along with bitter chocolate malts are also pronounced. The beer finishes out with a nice roasty feel, well mannered, nothing over the top strength wise, but just enough to give you a general appreciation and reason to come back for more.

M: The mouthful was fairly smooth with just the faintest hint of carbonation on the tip of the tongue. Medium bodied with a fresh roasted lacing appearing on the swallow.

D: Nice drinkability, doesn't try to bowl you over with brute force or flavor, but invites you to have more. Easily manageable in repeats and could be a candidate for a growler recommendation.

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Photo of buzzy
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of TheFightfan1
4.52/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

After I had the seasonal sampler's this was the main beer I took a sip and said "Damn that's good". Poured into a pint glass and poured jet black with a caramel colored heading.It left leg's all the way down the glass when finished. Smell of roasted coffee beans and nice aroma's of molasses. Taste's like coffee,and an aftertaste of chocolate.An awesome velvety texture. I would highly recommend trying this one out if you go.

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Photo of mcb4538
5/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of woodychandler
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A review in real-time, as opposed to transcibed from notes. A real rarity for me.

My schooner glass was filled nearly to the rim but it still managed to eke out a film of deep-brown head. Nose had a pleasant roastiness with an undercurrent of chocolate. Color was a deep cola-brown with ruby highlights. Mouthfeel was somewhat full due to the pour type. Taste was roasty, chocolaty, but not overpoweringly so. Finish had a welcome dryness, more coffee than anything, but still reasonably drinkable. I think that I might have liked it more on a standard CO2 tap.

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Photo of GreatPumpkin
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of tapbit
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of tobelerone
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very well done oatmeal stout, on tap at Iron Hill Media. Near black color, minimal head, retention or lacing. So-so appearance, but better aroma, nicely roasty, with hints of coffee and cream. Flavor delivers pleasingly, good roastiness, again, coffee, cream, milk sugars, light sweetness balancing out the bitter roast aspect. Hints of bittersweet chocolate as well.

Medium-thin bodied with moderate carbonation, feels right for the style, easy drinking, creamy and smooth.

On tap at Iron Hill Media.

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Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of brez8791
3/5  rDev -24.8%

Photo of tgbljb
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on nitro-tap at the brewpub.
Served as a deep brown colored beer beer with a creamy tannish head.
Smell has profound notes of chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt.
Taste also displays a the same characteristics as the smell with a light bitterness at the finish.
Very easy to drink.
Good example of the style.

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Photo of zekeman17
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of tpacek
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of vfgccp
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of jemmel
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rolltide8425
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DIM
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: As usual, the cask was spot-on. The dark brown body let a little light through. It was served to me with a long lasting off-white foamy cap.

s: Beautiful, smoothe roasty malt aromas that have notes of chocolate and to a lesser extent, coffee. Just a trace of something warm and some gentle flowery spice as well.

t: One of best oatmeal stouts I recall having. Strong roasted flavors that have a bitter but not abrasive edge to them. Nice balance between chocolate and coffee with a little spicy tingle at the end.

m: Gently foamy carbonation, dead-on cask texture.

d: Just a beautifully crafted beer, I can't wait to have more.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very thin tan head on a jet black body. Aroma Consists of Roasted malts, wood notes and earthy hops. Flavor is mosty roasted malts with notes of oats, milk chocolate and maybe a hint of banana. Medium to full body and moderate carbonation. Not a very exciting stouts. Needs to have more complexity and stronger flavors to be memorable but as oatmeal stouts go it is pretty good.

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Photo of ffejherb
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at Iron Hill Lancaster on 9/16/09.

A - The body of this stout is about one shade away from black and rests underneath about a one-finger bubbly tan cap that settled into a patchy layer, leaving some spotty lace around the Imperial pint glass.

S - Dominant roasty aroma with plenty of chocolate notes and hints of coffee and flaked oats. Some vanilla also creeps out from beneath the layers.

T - Sweet initial flavor with milky lactic notes, a hint of vanilla and a prominent chocolate character. Subtle coffee and oatmeal notes also emerge. This is a sweet, malty stout overall with minimal hop bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with a smooth and silky texture, although perhaps just a tad thin overall. Sweet finish with a slight dryness and very minimal bitterness on the palate.

D - Very good oatmeal stout overall with excellent drinkability. This could have used more of a bitter kick to counter the sweetness, as well as a slightly more robust mouthfeel, but otherwise this was a fine representation of the style.

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Oatmeal Stout from Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
Beer rating: 80.8% out of 100 with 26 ratings
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