Oatmeal Stout | Free State Brewing Co.

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3.78/5
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253 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Free State Brewing Co.
Kansas, United States
freestatebrewing.com

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Silver Medal Winner 1997 World Beer Championships - Oatmeal Stouts.
Our classic dark beer. Full body and a well rounded flavor comes from a foundation of seven different grains. The oats add a special silky texture that complements the roasted malts. The rich malty flavor is spiced with plenty of Northern Brewer and Fuggles hops for balance. Enjoy this perennial Free State Favorite by itself or as a blend with one of our other beers.

42 IBU

Added by Bitterbill on 10-16-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#21,078
Reviews:
86
Ratings:
253
pDev:
11.38%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of Beaver13
3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours dark brown with a medium creamy tan head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet roasted oats and chocolate malt.

The flavor is sweet roasted malt and some black licorice and fruit with an ashy bitter finish. The mouthfeel is rather thin and watery and nitro like.

Overall, a nice oatmeal stout. I remember liking this more last time I had it.

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Photo of NeilSilber1
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours almost black colour with medium brown foamy slow fading froth. Malty hoppy aroma and taste of coffee, chocolate, brown sugar and vanilla. Smooth and complex at 5.7 ABV.

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Photo of Cooker_stp
3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CNoj012
3.57/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a dark brown color with a 1.5 finger, frothy tan head. Retention is above average for the style and there are some spots and chunks of lacing left on the glass.

Smell is subtle and also pretty run of the mill. Only roasted malts are apparent, but if you really agitate the beer a hint of chocolate and bitter coffee makes themselves known.

Taste very similar, although a bit more flavorful. The hops definitely make themselves known on the finish providing a good deal of bitterness.

Feel is light, smooth and creamy with low carbonation. Dangerously drinkable.

Overall this beer is solid, but I wish it was thicker and more flavorful. I will say that it makes for a solid morning beer. Light, easy drinking and low enough abv that it won't put you on your ass for the rest of the day.

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Photo of hozersr
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JamesGrove
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) brown bottle into a conical pint glass; no production information.
A: Pours a clear, but very dark brown color with a one half to one inch head, decent retention and rings of lacing.
S: Aromas of coffee with sugar, dark berries (including their tartness), and maybe a little cocoa.
T: Sweet, like most oatmeal stouts. Flavor of dark roasty malts, coffee, anise, and pepper with saccharin-like sweetness. Bitterness evident relatively late and entirely consistent with this style.
M: Full bodied with ongoing effervescence. Slick with a clean finish.
O: A very respectable version of the oatmeal stout style, more impressed by the second (or third) go.

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Photo of FBarber
3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours pitch black with a thin tan head. head dissipates leaving no residual head or lacing. Beer is rather thin in appearance and tales on a reddish hue when held to the light. When held to the light you can almost see through the beer. Kind of looks like Coca Cola?

Aroma has notes of nuts, roasted malts, and earthy hops.

Taste follows through with some toasted malts, cocoa, earthy hops, and bit of oatmeal malts. As the beer warms there is a bit of a licorice note. Somewhat sweet with a slight bitterness on the finish. Pretty classic flavor profile but its tasty.

Feel is light bodied and actually quite thin - I would like a bit more in the mouthfeel. Very mild carbonation. Pretty dry finish.

Overall a nice oatmeal stout. Well done.

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

Photo of BAHartman
4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TylerJ
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LarrysDeerGut
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kccode1
3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CUBeerBuff
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of S-Taylor
3.44/5  rDev -9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Karibourgeois
3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of brentk56
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: An impressive bubble show produces the full three fingered effect; the liquid is fudge brown, the head tan and the retention/lacing good

Smell: Roasty, with chocolate, licorice and oat tones

Taste: Chocolate and dark fruit forward, with sweet licorice tones building; earthy bitterness, through the middle with residual sweetness from the fruit and licorice in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: As others have noted, the mouthfeel here is missing the creamy fuller bodied tones expected for the style; otherwise, not bad

Thanks, jmueller216, for the opportunity

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Photo of futiledevices
3.16/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Not particularly exciting, but easy to drink and no off flavors. Upfront roasty bitterness with hop and oat flavor and a lightly sweet malty finish with mild astringency. Light body, little bit of lacing down the glass. Nothing to write home about, but pretty nice on a warm autumn evening.

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

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

This is a nice session oatmeal stout. Decent chocolate, it's also smooth and creamy. A thin feel as expected for the style but with that easy drinking. It has an overall sweetness that I like too.

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Photo of cavitae
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Aaron197
4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mhenehan7
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of EFitzsimmons
3.21/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown with a light brown head, which lasts throughout the drink.

Light nutty, but with a strange slightly skunky smell very light for a stout.

Light nutty, coffee flavor, along with the moderate oatmeal flavor you would expect.

Thin for a stout. This reminds me of a light summer beer feel wise.

I enjoy this beer. I just think it's a bit different than what you would expect for an oatmeal stout.

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Oatmeal Stout from Free State Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 253 ratings