Oatmeal Stout | Free State Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Free State Brewing Co.
Kansas, United States | website

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
Reviews:
79
Ratings:
234
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
19.42%
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
40
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Photo of sulldaddy
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from my buddy Raging bull. Poured at cellar temp into a snifter.
The beer pours a deep cola brown with no light passing through except on the edges of the glass revealing some ruby highlights.
Aroma is some rich malt with a bit of roastiness and some toffee. I get a little bit of grassy hops but primarily malt, no booze anywhere to be found.
First sip reveals a silky smooth beer with fine slightly tingly carbonation. Flavor is roasted malt and a bit of dark chocolate and some molasses. Not really any hops here, a little bitter but more of a coffee ground or burnt malt bite than hops.
The beer is smooth and enjoyable. Easy drinking and could easily have a few of these without getting bored or to drunk.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass. This is from a selection of Free State Brewing beers send to me by JeepCop. Thanks Dale!

Pours a deep brown/near black in the glass, with a finger of smooth and creamy mocha colored head. This stays rich, leaving back a foamy cascade that settles that quickly slides down the sides but still leaves some light spotty lacing behind. The aroma is surprisingly hoppy upon first whiff, with floral notes, spice, and some bright-smelling green fruit. Coffee flavors and chocolate quickly swoop in behind the hops. I'm really digging the melding of the citrus, cocoa, and roast here. This is nice.

Those hops are equally forceful in the taste, with a fresh citric bite that sits up against a wall of crunchy roast, caramel, and chocolate. The sweetness does offer up some balance here but this is mostly coming off to me as roasty and bitter and that's what hangs in the finish the most. The mouthfeel bodied, with a relatively perky sharpness to the carbonation that makes those hops and roasted notes pop that much more but the oats keep this overall pretty smooth and silky in the mouth.

This is a very solid Oatmeal Stout and I'm really glad that I got to this one fresh, as that mildly aggressive hop profile really helped make this one for me. This stayed quite smooth and drinkable though as well. I enjoyed this.

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Photo of midwestbrewers
4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at Free State in Lawrence, Ks.

A: Very dark with a 2 finger head in a pint glass.

S: The same as from the bottle it has a very chocolate like smell with coffee notes. Roasted all over smell.

T: The taste was better than in the bottle though. It was much more creamy and smooth. The chocolate was a little less present as the "roasted" flavor was compared to the bottle. Very smooth finish with slight bitterness.

Overall this beer was better out of the tap than the bottle but at $11 for 3 pints and $8 for a six-pack the 6'er comes first. Not a huge difference comparing the two, but enough to notice for me. Great Beer Free State!!!

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Photo of SuperNova777
3.57/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Notes from 11/08/10

Thanx to gwquest for this as a extra

A:Pours a non transparent black with a small white head that falls fairly quickly,
not much lacing is left down the glass.

S:Smells of roasted malts and coffee right off the bat, a slight amount of chocolate
and bittersweetness in there as well.

T:Not really like the nose detects at all more bland and weak than it leads you to expect.
Slight roastiness up front with a lingering of coffee and a tiny bit of chocolate on the
back.

M:Body is a little thinner than you would think coming from the style also could possibly come down a bit on the carbonation.

D:Overall a slightly above average brew, the nose leads you into something good but just
does not come thru on the taste or the body. Decent but not one I would search out for.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from noted. On tap in August 2009.

Pour brings a body that is near black with a mocha head. Head dies quickly without leaving too much lace. Nose is roasted malt with a faint hint of dark chocolate. The taste is quite plain with just a bit of roasted character. The feel is pretty nice and creamy. Drinks well overall but is a bit bland.

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Photo of crusian
4.6/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bottle from awesome girlfriend...
pours with almost no head, but as I finish pouring the head magically appears. nose is strong coffee and choc.
taste is the same, very nice, I have a hard time believing this is an oatmeal stout though. The finish is VERY dry. i think it may be the driest I have ever had... amazing. makes it better to be honest. very coffee and chocolate forward. Too thin for my taste, but for the style, awesome.

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Photo of Ineedabeerhere
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this tonight, thanks for the extra Sean.

Pours nearly black, some light coming through near the edges. 1 finger light tan foam, creating some dotted lace.

Lightly roasted flavor in the aroma, combining with some dull coffee-ish notes. Nicely creamy, medium body with a nice light roast throughout lending just a touch of bitterness. Cocoa powder mid palate. Good malt profile, a solid oatmeal stout but nothing new or groundbreaking here.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best by 3rd week of December, 2010.

Pours near black, with brown around the edges. Nice puffy tan head adorns, dissipates to a nice little film that laces significantly.

Aroma is decent, but faint. Roasted malts, maybe even a little nutty.

Definitely can taste the oats. Theres a smidge of hop bitterness, but majority is nice roasted malts. There is a slight coffee taste that comes through on the finish.

Feel is medium to full bodied, with minimal carbonation. There is some creaminess, lending it very smooth.

This is definitely a sold, above average Oatmeal Stout, with a well above average drinkability to go with it.

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Photo of bfields4
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with a hint of amber. Nice mocha head too.

The smell is mostly oats with a touch of dark chocolate. There is a faint coffee presence as well.

The bitter coffee and slight hop taste give a more bitter take on the style, but it also has a nice oat backbone to give it a little complexity.

Very smooth body maybe a touch too much carbonation. Very drinkable light oatmeal stout. I'm really glad these guys are finally bottling.

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Photo of busternuggz
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Flying Saucer in Kansas City.
Poured into a pint glass. Opaque black with a foamy off-white head that recedes to a ring. Leaves a little lacing.
Smell was a little bland, some roasty and sweet cream notes. A little cocoa.
Had a rich taste of roasted malts, coffee grounds, and a little bitter chocolate. Had a nice bitter/dry finish.
The texture was medium bodied but too dry and carbonated for me. I also wanted it to be creamier, like my favorite oatmeal stouts are.
Pretty easy drinking but I didn't find it too engaging.
Not a bad beer but I think I had certain expectations of it as an oatmeal stout (more creamy, less dry) that made me like it less. Maybe if it was just called a stout I might have rated it a bit higher.

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Photo of eclaycamp
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Free State is a local beerpub based out of Lawrence, KS. For the longest time their beers have only been available either at the brewpub or via growler. Recently, however, they've begun bottling their beer (finally) and making it available for purchase, albeit on a very limited basis.

Stouts for summer. Why not? While lots of folks are reaching for a pilsner or pale ale, I figured I'd go the opposite direction, drinking some stouts, which I usually prefer to have in the dead of winter.

12 ounce bottle. Pouring the beer it looks reminiscent of cola, with a nicely building sudsy tan head. You have to pour this beer somewhat aggressively to get any kind of head out of it. You can really smell the oatmeal in the nose, with some chocolate and burnt molasses. The flavor to this beer is an explosion. The first taste is amazing, with lots of bittersweet chocolate, roasted oatmeal, and caramel sweetness coming through. There's some hints of coffee here, though they are muted. The hops profile also adds a light fruitiness to the whole affair. Light mouthfeel, not creamy or thick, but drinkable in it's own way. Honestly, for my money it's right up there with Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout as one of the best examples of the style you can find.

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Photo of Reaper16
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

served on-tap @ Flying Saucer, Kansas City, MO, into a pint glass

Pours a satisfying cola-brown, well, a shade or two darker than that anyway. The light-tan head was pretty small but it laces well. Such is the result of a bartender trying to maximize the amount of liquid in the shaker pint.

The nose contains of light whisps of chocolate and, well, coffee roast. Not coffee bean smell but just the aroma of the roasted nature of coffee beans. There is some decent hopping going on, providing a tinny, metallic twang.

The flavor is pretty much just like the nose. Generic roast characteristic meets milk chocolate. Perhaps a very small amount of raisin. The hops impart a minerally flavor. This has quite a bit of flavor for such a sessionable stout.

Nice, light body for a light, session stout. The oats don't thicken the body here so much as they make for a silkier, healthier texture moving across the tongue. The relatively low ABV% helps to make this a nice choice to enjoy a couple of pints of.

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Photo of acelin
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into a pint glass. Several pint glasses.

Smelled like roasted oatmeal, very beautiful, with coffee, chocolate and toffee smells.

Was black like black coffee with a mocha - cooked oatmeal color about 2 fingers deep.

Tasted like it smelled, with a beautiful hint of hops. Not sure what kind.

A very good, thick roasty mouthfeel. Was pretty drinkable because it wasn't too hoppy.

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Photo of rye726
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the brewery. Pours near black with a nice tan head. Nose is very oaty with some chocolate, roasted malts and light hops. Taste is well balanced and easy to drink. Again lots of cocoa, oats and dark malt. Clean body is well carbonated. Good stuff.

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Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured an opaque, deep black hue with a nearly two-finger, tan, rocky head of foam. It left great sticky, patchy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of oats, roasted malt and coffee. There were subtle chocolate notes.

T - It was a great blend of bitter and sweet. Bitter hops and coffee blended with sweet, roasty caramel and chocolate.

M - It was soft and smooth with a somewhat dry finish. A medium-bodied stout.

D - This is a very good oatmeal stout. It has a great blend of sweet and bitter.

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Photo of Goliath
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black and completely opaque. A one inch tan head forms and lingers with good retention and leaves some nice lacing.

The aroma is fairly mild, but there are some fruity esters as well as some chocolate tones.

The taste is quite nice. A little fruity, then it gives way to some chocolate, caramel, and a bit of coffee. This one is also slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and nicely carbonated.

Drinkability is fairly high. Tatse is good and alcohol is presumeably low making for a nice session.

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

Fine dense black shade. The nose has plenty of coffee with a sweet liquor/scotch ale accent. Light in the front with some fruit and a nice roast at the back with some bitterness (grapefruit?) at the finish. Lighter mouth feel leaves a smoother stout drinking experience.

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Photo of Deuane
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Dark brown with ruby highlights. Thin tan head held on and reduced to leave nice lace.

S-Light roasted malts and a bit of hop spiciness....but nothing strong.

T-Dark roasty malts mixed nicely with chocolate and coffee. Flavours became much more pronounced as this warmed after serving.

M-Medium body but a bit lacking on the smooth, creamy feel I was hoping for.

D-Decent but this would be served better on nitro. A bit more body umph couldn't hurt either. Not bad but this place has better offerings.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Charred coffee bean brown with tiny, gem-like ruby highlights indicating various lights inside the brewpub. The beige cap was small to start, lasted for a bit and deposited nearly solid sheets of lace between the concentric rings that marched down the glass with drinking.

The nose was less than bold. It featured roasted malt and a whiff of fruity hops. Part of its reticence may have been the beer's temperature. Both of my selections yesterday were colder than I would have preferred when they reached my table.

When beer first hit taste buds, I thought 'eh, just another routine oatmeal stout'. By the finish of that first mouthful, I had changed my mind. The usual flavors of bittersweet chocolate and black coffee were assisted by dark caramel, sugared vanilla bean and more hops than expected. Actually, it tasted like cocoa nibs had been used, but I doubt it.

With a bigger body, the flavor profile, which was already broad, would probably have been deeper. Warming showed me that potential. From a hophead's perspective, 40 IBUs worth of Northern Brewer and Fuggles is the (not so secret) ingredient that makes Oatmeal Stout go.

I hate it when I drink a good stout that could have been a great stout if only it was a bigger stout. This one was porter-like at best and was slightly too carbonated. With more girth, the final three scores might have been one notch higher. I was hoping for soft and creamy and didn't get it.

Both of the Free State Brewing Company beers that I drank with my lunch yesterday have potential. They're already good, but they need more ingredients (especially more malt) in order to be memorable. Although Oatmeal Stout wasn't quite good enough to warrant a growler purchase, I'll probably order it again if I ever make it back to Lawrence.

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Photo of jazappi
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: On tap pour into a mug.

Appearance: A very deep brown/black. Very good head, lacing was lasting.

Aroma: Mild smelling, but a good aroma. Hints of chocolate and nutty.

Taste: Very enjoyable, the body was good, and had hints of nutty chocolaty goodness.

Mouthfeel: It was a thicker body, but very easy to drink.

Overall: This is a very easy oatmeal stout to drink. I like a lot of the Free State Brews.

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Photo of Boto
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Draught @ Free State: This one pours a very dark, fairly opaque brown with a tan head. It did leave some lacing down the glass. The aroma was somewhat milder. There are hints of roasted malt and chocolate to the nose. The taste is very smooth, with some roastiness and chocolate. A nice stout.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A good oatmeal stout, but not great.

Head is lacking, but could be due to the glasses they use.

Color is typical stout with roasted malted aroma, but not strong.

Sweet undertones in the taste, but the oatmeal roast category overcomes it. It could use some more stout properties, i.e. roasted malt.

Recommended

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Photo of KansasNate
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This oatmeal stout pours smooth and possesses a small tan head which eventually reduces to a lacey web. The aroma is of roasted hops with a slight hint of chocolate. It hits the mouth with that same maltiness then transitions to an expresso / chocolate follow-through. This stout is easy to drink, and not as thick as some. It definately is not watery, however. This is a good stout, but not great.

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Photo of winomark
3.57/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice dark brown with some light seeping through. A small head. Aromas of roasted malts most noticable. Nice palate of roasted malts, some coffee and a nice roundness from the oats. Mouthfeel is on the light side, but still very flavorful with a lingering finish. Overall, a very nice stout. Easy-drinking and pleasant. Well worth a try.

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Photo of bditty187
3.06/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark brown, almost black, reddish highlights, smallish brown head, soapy retention, good lace though. Faint nose, hint of sweet-malt... clean. Underlying hop bitterness mingles with the lightly roasted malt. No real complexity or development aside from a sparse hint of chocolate. Thin and lackluster, at best this is an average Oatmeal Stout. Far from great, nothing is offensive, but it is something I’d not recommend.

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Oatmeal Stout from Free State Brewing Co.
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