Caywood Station Oatmeal Stout | Wagner Valley Brewing Co.

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Caywood Station Oatmeal StoutCaywood Station Oatmeal Stout

Brewed by:
Wagner Valley Brewing Co.
New York, United States

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-17-2002

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Ratings: 56 |  Reviews: 42
Reviews by stegmakk:
Photo of stegmakk
2.49/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured a beautiful black with a dark tan head...alot of it too...and it lasted
Aroma of burnt roasted malt. Kind of weak. Not much else.
Taste was a bit off. Roasted coffe malt.
Mouthfeel was a bit over carbonated but not bad.
Drinkability was not great. I would not drink any more.

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

Nice to see Wagner Valley beers popping up around Buffalo,poured an ink blackno light even held up right next to the light a thinner creamy mocha colored head atop,French roast coffee and bitter chocolate aromas abound even a light nuttiness to boot quite nice.A nice almost fluffy mouthfeel not to thin and not overly full,highly roasted flavors but they dont overstep the boundaries in this beer there is a gentle rolling softness that keeps everything intune a sweeter chocolate flavor glides along for the ride with a hint of wood in the finish.I think a pretty good oatmeal stout quite flavorful and smooth.

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Photo of sponberg
4.39/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep opaque brown/black with a thin tan head that left lace down the glass. A tryuly wonderful aroma - dark toast, some dark sweet fruitiness that I spent a long time trying to better define, and some roasted and alcohol notes way in the background.

Mmmmm - that typical oatmeal oiliness is there in spades, along with a restrained caramel/toffee and fig(?) like fruitiness which really does a fine job of rounding out the roasted/toasted malt flavors. The hops come in more at the end, with a nice spiciness (more than flavor or aroma) balancing it out even more. Finishes dry, with the flavors hanging on well into the finish. An ever-so-slightly thin body is noticeable, but not much of a detriment - that aroma, and the flavor that follows, makes this stout worth searching out. Very drinkable, again and again. Get a growler of it - you'll be happy you did.

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Photo of Billolick
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle sampled. Train station theme on the label. No freshness dating to be found. Pours black with no light shining through, minimal tan head, leaves light lacing. Nose is of the inside of a box of dried out raisins, and some chocolate. Smokey brew, notes of burnt malt, mocha and coffee. Nice smooth mouthfeel, more burnt malt late, lightly hopped. Respectable stout, nothing amazing. Decent sessioner.

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Photo of Thrasher
3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pitch black with large, rocky head. Fresh aroma of roasted barley. Roasty flavors of wood, smoke, oatmeal, pumpernickel, and a light grassiness. Pleasant, tickling spices come into play towards the end. A generally bitter beer but little in the way of coffee or espresso notes. Some prickly sugary qualities a la Mackesons XXX. Thinnish, spiky mouthfeel; the antithesis of a creamy stout. Very nice aftertaste. Quite refreshing on the cooler side, and equally good as it warmed. This is fine, but still tastes like a "brewpub" beer if you know what I mean; it's lacking some of the refinement and intrigue that makes for a truly great stout. I usually like raw beers but not in the case of stouts.

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Photo of yankeeheel
2.94/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

As the bottle opens I'm greeted to a cascade of beautiful coffee colred foam running all over my counter. 30 minutes later I have this beast contained within my pint glass, at least what's left of it.Needless to say it has a huge frothing head. In fact, I can't ever recall a beer head going as big as this one. I have no rational explenation as to why.

The smell is very coffee with a slight oatmel sweetness in the background. The taste is coffee, chocolate, dark malts, and caramel. Quite complex. The finish was the big letdown, very dry, acidic, and unpleasant. The kind of burn that stays with you for a while, otherwise I would really like it. Creamy solid mouhfeel like a good oatmeal stout should have. The finish kills the drinkability.

*Edit: Upon further review I see I'm not the fiirst to have the bottle blowout. Beware.*

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Photo of BadBadger
3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This oatmeal stout pours from the growler a nice dark color (not pitch black but certainly opaque). There is a very nice, foamy, tan head which forms and lasts awhile. The smell is nice and malty, with coffee undertones. The taste is a nice mixture of malt and hops: with a leaning towards a slighlty bitter coffee flavor. The mouthfeel is the weakest part of this brew, being relatively thin. Overall a good oatmeal stout.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.78/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

No light gets through this stout, and the head, while thin, is a nice burnt tan color.

Indeed, it actually smells like crushed oatmeal grains, also some smoke and light on the bitter chocolate.

Flavor is solid...smoky, toffee, nut, coffee, a little chocolate. All mingle together well and give you all the flavors you'd want in this style. Bitter finish, even burnt tasting, but that's good in this case.

Mouthfeel is on the thin side, watery...could've used a little more heft in this area.

This is a good stout to chill out with, nothing too heavy and certainly one that could act as a gateway stout for those who are unsure of this style. Solid stuff.

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

A smoked oatmeal stout - new hybrid to me. Pour black with a light brown head, always a good sign. Smells of rich chocolate. The smoke mixes nicely and isn't over powering in the aroma. Taste of smooth chocolate with smoke. At first I didnt taste the smoke, but as the beer really warmed up, it was undeniable. Basically just a tasty stout here, give it a try.

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Photo of Franchise
3.12/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This offering brought back from NY pours a dark black leaving a thin splotchy head. The aroma is tart fruit, which might indicate something is wrong but let’s push on. There is a bit of smoke, chocolate, tart acidic, oats, grainy bready aroma. The taste is actually smooth, has dry bitterness to this beer. Sharp grainy, oat, tartness, followed by chocolate, caramel in the finish. This is a Jekyll and Hyde beer a lot of good qualities but that tartness is not what I expect in my oatmeal stouts. Making this a "so-so" beer.

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Photo of twillingthenoz
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of logicalparadox
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of SixpointJMH
2.38/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours a very nice looking deep brown to near black colour with a big frothy, yet slight creamy beige head that has good retention time and a fair amount of stickiness to it.

The aroma blends chocolate, roasted malt, some oat notes and a hint of coffee for a nice overall mix.

The flavour is where this one starts to bomb. The balance is way off as flavours are all over the place. Yes, the roasted notes are there, along with some chocolate and oat hints again, but they are hit or miss with each sip and are mixed with some sourness, and an almost metallic raisin-like taste as well. Something is just off here. Mouthfeel is far too light and has a sharpness and overly carbonated feel to it that is not very pleasant.

I was extremely disappointed here. I really enjoy a good oatmeal stout and this just wasn't one. It starts off great: good appearance and a nice aroma, but the first sip is where this one starts to fail. Sorry to say, but stay away from this one.

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Photo of tclapper
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of CountryRock2001
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of Brent
3.54/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

One of the blackest stouts I've poured. This is an oatmeal stout? Never would have guessed if the bottle hadn't told me - the dryest oatmeal stout I've run across, and probably the least sweet. I would have bet Irish dry. There is an interesting smoky aspect to the roasted malt - sort of like alderwood or some other wood used to smoke salmon. A little thin and astringent at the finish, but not unpleasantly so. An oatmeal stout that marches to the beat of a different drummer, but I can dig it. Thanks to Jackson for the Christmas trade.

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Photo of plaid75
3.97/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep black hue with a half finger foamy tan head. There was minimal lacing and decent retention.

The smell featured a rich toasted grain an smoky aroma.

The taste consisted of smoky toasted barley, coffee and light caramel flavors.

The mouthfeel was full and mildly chewy.

Overall a nice oatmeal stout. Very drinkable and unique in its smokiness.

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Photo of GreatPondBrewer
1.58/5  rDev -55.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I had the same problem as bighuge. As soon as the seal of the cap was broken it felt like there was a pressure leak in a some air pipe. Tons of CO2 everywhere. The pour was atrocious with mountains of foam that took forever to recede to the point where I could pour the entire bottle out. There were none of the smells of a oatmeal stout as it purported to be. It tasted like black water basically with an overbearingly metallic taste. I lament the fact that I ever bought this beer and the only joy I take away from this is that I will never have to drink another.

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Photo of Shiloh
3.67/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As with the other bottled brews by Wagner, first ya gotta get by that foamy crown..then the great product shows its head(pardon the pun). Colour is black with some residual red highlights, aroma is light coffee and the body is medium full.
The taste has a malty sweetness to it but not over powering.
Stouts are my least favourite beer style, but this is the best one I have ever tasted.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.13/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12ozer bottle bought as a single from Oliver's Beverage in Albany, NY.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" brown head above the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head is dense and lasting, with excellent lacing. Aroma is dark malts, bitter coffee comes to mind. Taste is nowhere near as bitter or coffee as the nose indicated. Found it to actually be well balanced on the dark malt side between chocolate sweetness and coffee bitterness, with a slight close of hoppiness. Mouthfeel seems somewhat thin, although still nice, and that helps the drinkability, which is excellent. A little give and take here with this nice stout.

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Photo of kevman527
3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a room temp beer mug and I let it sit for 5 minutes to warm up a little bit.

A - Very dark brown with no light coming through, creamy head.

S - Hints of coffee, cocoa, and molasses

T - It smells a lot sweeter than it actually tastes. Roasted coffee beans are prevalent in the taste. Not a lot of hop flavor, which is good for this beer.

M - Light on carbonation and has a creamy mouthfeel.

D - One maybe two would be sufficient, I wouldnt want to drink more than a couple of these.

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Photo of throwback
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of sulldaddy
2.57/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampling this beer at room temp poured into a snifter with a dark pitch black color. A thin tan head fades to nothing rapidly. Aroma is some roasted malt and dark fruit with molasses as well. First sip reveals a smooth texture and lighter body than expected. Fine spacious carbonation, but the thin body is a detractor.
Flavor starts with roasted malt and some brown sugar as well. Finishes with a quick bit of roast and then goes empty. This beer is disappointing and not a very good stout. Look elsewhere.

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Photo of nh2032
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of HappyHourHero
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cola colored head that held out for a few, then sunk down into the beer. It's dark black in color. The smell is malty with fairly strong oat scents The taste is smooth and light. The oat and singed malt flavors finish with just a touch of chocolate bitterness.

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Caywood Station Oatmeal Stout from Wagner Valley Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.53 out of 5 with 56 ratings