Oatmeal Stout | Free State Brewing Co.

Oatmeal StoutOatmeal Stout
BA SCORE
64.4%
Liked This Beer
3.78 w/ 239 Ratings
Oatmeal StoutOatmeal Stout
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:
#17,541
Reviews:
81
Ratings:
239
Liked:
154
Avg:
3.78/5
pDev:
11.38%
Alströms:
-
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
46
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 239 |  Reviews: 81
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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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Speiglau Stout glass.

Look is pitch black with a bubbly white head.

Aroma is straight roast with a malty oatmeal sweetness.

Taste is less roasty than aroma but still pretty roast malt. Lots of upfront sweet oatmeal flavor.

Really solid oatmeal stout.

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Photo of batt6343
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of warpig372
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BGCoon
3.42/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jws7968
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip glass. I got this one in a beer of the month club. Had a bitter taste that disappeared as the beer warmed. Poured dark with an aroma that offered very little. The taste is better than the smell with a little cocao. The beer is a little light in feel for a stout.

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Photo of SHDoyle
3.57/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark brown appearance, almost black, with a thin white head

S - Not much smell to talk about. Maybe some sweet/creaminess and...oats? Pretty bland.

T - More blandness going on, or maybe not going on, it's hard to say. A little bit of the oat/sweetness from the smell but noting notable.

M - Lighter and more carbonated than expected from a stout.

O - This was an extra in a trade so I can't really complain, but if this won a silver medal at the 1997 World Beer Championship then 1997 must have been a rough year for craft beer. Overall, just really bland and forgettable.

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Photo of zaraspook
3.12/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of hopflyer
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Unknown bottle or best by date

Pours cola brown with auburn highlights, minimal light tan, almost eggshell white head.

Smells of roasted malts, coffee grounds, subtle nutty walnut.

Taste initially light roast coffee with a noticeable bitterness. Has a German/European hop flavor. Kind of odd that it's a stout but the flavors in the background are akin to a Pilsner. As it warms, a little bit of sweet dark fruit appears along with some nuttiness with walnut.

Light bodied for a stout, medium carbonation and somewhat on the higher end from what. I expected. Lingering bitterness still but also a bit dry.

I get more coffee and hop bitterness here than oats. It's a pretty light bodied and quite drinkable stout for sure also aided by some crisp carbonation. Got better as it warmed. Pretty decent.

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Photo of bbeerman
4.21/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of dar482
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a dark brown color.

The aroma offers cocoa, dark fruit, raisin, medium roast.

The flavor follows with upfront medium roast, cocoa, light earthiness, oatmeal, tinge of creamy sweetness.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look : Pours a chestnut brown color, darkens to a deep chocolate brown in the glass. The head is slow to form and barely does, but the finger that forms sticks around for awhile. 100% opaque.

Smell : Nutty brown aromas with toasted nuts (walnuts, pecan, brazil nuts), oatmeal, lactose, cocoa powder, and dark malts.

Taste : Fairly dirty with a hop bite out front, followed by smooth velvety notes of coffee and bittersweet chocolate. The dirty flavor persists, and finishes with slight rust and lactose. Reminds me a bit of a west coast oatmeal stout.

Feel : Pretty carbonated, a bit dry in the context of oatmeal stouts, leaving a waxy layer on the tongue as it finishes.

Overall, FreeState Oatmeal Stout is good, but not great. Not something I'll probably be buying again soon.

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Photo of hilgart1
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Oatmeal Stout from Free State Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 64.4% out of 100 with 239 ratings
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