Oatmeal Stout
Tröegs Brewing Company

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Stout - Oatmeal
4.16 | pDev: 7.93%
Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Oatmeal StoutOatmeal Stout
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mikesgroove from South Carolina

3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

sent to me as a novelty extra as i love older and retired beers, i was glad to see another one holding up well

completely opaque liquid coming forward in front of me. Rich dark brown notes, with a good sized head of maybe an inch in height coming over the top of it. Nice settling left behind a thin layer and a good amount of side glass lace.

The aroma was your typical oatmeal stout, though a touch more bitter then what I was expecting. Nice notes of lactose, chocolate and vinous hops. Some light grain notes as well in the finish. Rich, though not terribly filling. Lots of burnt and roasted malt flavors in here. Not as sweet as the aroma would have led me to believe it would have been, still though very solid in both bitterness and malt profile. little thin but no oxidation and i think it help up nicely.

Aug 03, 2011
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Deuane from Pennsylvania

4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage bottle from 8/17/2006--let us see how this one is hlding up.

A-Deep brown/black with dark ruby highlights. A medium dark tan head reduces to a thin veil and leaves spotty lace.

S-Dark roasted malts with a healthy dose of chocolate and a touch of licorice and even a little smoke.

T-Rich and roasty with a ton of dark chocolate. Nice supporting grain feels almost palpable. A touch of spicy/earthy bitterness in the finish.

M-Medium bodied with a oh so smooth, velevty feel. This one lingers nice and long on the palate.

D-Still holding it's own after nearly three years! A really nicely done beer that for it's price point was quite a bargain. This is the kind of beer you should have on hand at all times! Now, if the Brother's would only bring it back!

Jul 16, 2009
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ClockworkOrange from Pennsylvania

3.86/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Let's see how this one is doing. My last sixer is now one lighter. 12 ounce'er bottled on 8/17/06 and poured into my Ithaca shaker glass. The stout appears a translucent dark brown color with at least two fingers of dense ecru colored foam. The head settles to a half inch thick ring within a few minutes, leaving behind a thin lace on my glass as I sip my way to the bottom. Smells and tastes of sweet caramel, milk chocolate, medium roasted grain, toasty brown bread, more caramel, still a noticeable amount of bitter grassy hops. Dark chocolate, mocha, and sweet dates come forward as the stout warms. Mouthfeel is a tad thin for an oatmeal stout, but there is still an ample amount of carbonation. Overall, a very nice beer that needs to be brought back into rotation.

Jun 24, 2009
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ffejherb from Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2006 bottle, courtesy of Deuane. Poured into shaker pint glass on 9/23/08. Giddyup!

A - Black body with hazelnut accents and thin, creamy tan head that receded into patchy film and spotty lacing.

S - Roasted malts and plenty of chocolate in the nose with just a touch of black licorice and toasted oats and grains.

T - Lots of dark chocolate flavor, flaked oats, caramel malt and some earthy bitterness. This drinks like a milkshake!

M - Smooth, creamy texture with pretty lively carbonation for an oatmeal stout. Luscious, velvety mouthfeel, yet chewy and quite thick. Finish is bittersweet on the palate.

D - What a nice blast from the past! This has aged well and it is still as good as I remember it. Big thanks to Deuane for parting with one of these gems so I could review it.

Sep 24, 2008
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flexabull from California

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of warriorsoul, thanks again!

Beer pours a dark flat black color with a tan head.

Aromas are subtle, of sweet milk chocolate, oats, dark sugars, and roasted malts.

Taste is dry, mineral like, a bit bitter, with a hint of dark cocoa. There is a clean and crisp oat flavor, and a hint of cola. Nice flavors, a bit lighter than a lot of other oatmeal stouts I have tried though.

Mouthfeel is ok, a bit thin for the style in my opinion though.

Drinkability is quite good. Not a lot of huge flavors or aromas, but this is tasty enough, and really easy to sip. I glad a got a chance to try this.

Aug 01, 2008
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KarlHungus from Minnesota

3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to MuenchenerKindl for this one. It pours a very dark brown, almost black color. The head is one inch in height, and tan in color. It recedes slowly into a quarter inch of lacing that lasts until the beer is gone. The aroma is of graham cracker, vanilla, and cocoa powder. The taste is like the aroma, but with a little more cocoa. It is a very nice flavor, but it seems to disappear very quickly. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a pretty high level of carbonation for a stout. Overall, this is a nice oatmeal stout, but it is not quite as hardy in both flavor and mouthfeel for my liking. I could enjoy drinking this beer again, but there are better out there.

May 05, 2008
SPLITGRIN from Kentucky

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I do like stouts with a little head, and this one has it big time. Three fingers of foamy dark tan head with nice staying power. Leaves fat clingy lace. Body is a pitch blackness as it should be. Nose is a rich spicey zest of peppery hops and nutty mineral malts. A long rich creamyness flows all over the tongue quickly waking the taste buds to a chocolatey carmelized malt feel that is very toffee like. The way it balances out reminds mo of a very good scotch ale. A soft smokey bitter survives on the tongue to kick off a fuzzy dark chocolate mouthfeel. A wonderfully smooth drinking oatmeal stout that represents the style well and shows great craftmenship. They really must make this one again.

Feb 29, 2008
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GClarkage from California

4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

02/01/08- Received as a gift from BA member Talisker.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no freshness info on the label. Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance- Deep brown pour with a larger bubbled off white thick one inch plus head. Lacing is evident from small chunks and lave trails.

Smell- Lots of sweetness from chocolate malt, a touch of coffee grounds and a base of mildly burnt caramel malt.

Taste- All the flavors a good oatmeal stout should have. Deep roasted malted taste with a batch of mid-dark chocolate to back it up. Mild coffee notes hidden beneath the chocolate. Rich and caramely. Mild hops finish it off.

Mouthfeel- To carbonated to be a a perfect stout, but not off the chart. Mild bitter chocolaty-hop aftertaste. A bit creamy as well.

Drinkability- Very nice oatmeal stout here. Would have this again in a heartbeat.

Feb 02, 2008
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a solid black with a tan head that leaves some lacing on the way down the glass. Aroma is malty with some caramel and coffee mixed together with a little fruit. Taste is a creamy coffee with some fruits and a citrus hop bite at the end. Medium body and mouthfeel. Very easy drinker, I could not notice the alcohol. Great brew, I hope its not really retired because I'd love to enjoy this again.

Jan 17, 2008
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imasickboy from Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a thick, really dark brownish black. Much darker than the bottle itself. Very dense, tan head, with no dissipation. The final drops from te bottle beaded on top of the head, sitting there for a minute before seeping through. Very cool!

Strong malt aroma, coffee primarily, with a hint of caramel. No hop aroma.

Thick and bitter in the mouth. Almost chewable.

Tastes of bitter molasses, chocolate, and strongly of coffee. Aftertaste is the same.

Left a picture perfect lacing.

Drinking just one made me feel fat. Good beer, but not really for me.

Sep 25, 2007
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Slatetank from Pennsylvania

3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured cool into a Guinness pint glass.
A - Deep walnut brown w/ garnet highlights and a thin 1 finger band of tan. The head is made up of very compact bubbles that leave a thick ring of lace.

S - Fruity and intense w/ a coffee-like roastiness, minor dark bread notes and a whiff of chocolate, but an estery ale scent is the dominant odor.

M - Full, rich, dry and roasted feel that borders on creamy and burnt simultaneously with a very faint bitterness from malt and hops.

T - The taste is deeply roasted w/ a burnt taste like French roast coffee. Very smooth tastes of caramel and dark sugar with charred malt and creamy tastes w/ the fullness of oatmeal. The sweetness is restrained, but still there hanging in the background w/ a slightly piney hop taste. The nutty dryness is in full effect sometimes chalky w/ a similar flavor to lightly burned popcorn. The taste goes from sweet to dark coffee w/ a dry finish making you come back for more.

D - A good oatmeal stout w/ a crisp slightly burnt taste. Nice hops and mouthfeel except for a tinge too much of char in the malt. Basically well balanced and quaffable.

2nd review bottle tasted 6-29-09
4 - A, 4 - S, 4-M , 3.5-T, 4.5-D
A - Deep walnut brown w/ a beige cap of about 1 1/2 fingers light lacing collects and the beer appears mostly opaque as the head is rocky

S - Roasty coffee and notes of roasted nuts blend w/ light sweet esters

M - Roasty yet sweet w/ spice from hops and roast that lingers after the finish. Full feel chewy and balance malt w/ spice from hops

T - A nice smooth flavor surprising how rich after two years in the bottle, but a sweet note is overpowered slightly by the roasted barley a full bitter accent from the pine flavored hops which balances the sweet and roasted elements of the malt

D - A very tasty oatmeal w/ slightly less creamy qualities than others but one of the best I have had, full of flavor w/ very balanced, less sweet and complexity from dark roasted malt and american hops

Sep 11, 2007
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objectivemonkey from Minnesota

4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Into a Guinness glass, pours pretty much solid black, a small light tan head shrinking to a thin film, slight but thick lacing. The aroma is not overly expressive, but a nice combo of darkly roasted malt, ground coffee bean, and a bit of bittersweet chocolate, with the slightest of leafy hop produced by a rough swirl.

The taste is pretty good, more bittersweet chocolate, some bitter, roasted malting, roasted coffee bean, And if I'm actually sensing this, the hop profile seems to switch to a fruitier character, just the slightest citrus squeaking in.

The mouth is pretty solid, good body, nicely carbonated, pretty much a solidly good beer. I'd usually rather have a normal stout, or a double or RIS for that matter, but this is a very good rendition of the style. Much thanks to MuenchenerKindl

Jul 01, 2007
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BeerTruth from Connecticut

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to limesmut for another good one.

Poured this one into a nonic.

My first Troegs brew ever, let the games begin. Pours an absolute black, nothing more, nothing less. Very nice two finger dark khaki colored head that takes a while to die down to a half finger throughout the rest of the tasting. Sticks all over the place, it aint lettin' go. First smell I get is dark chocolate then follows the smooth caramel malt with a nice hint of toasted oatmel. Taste is so sweet and coffee like. Ends with a rich nutty malt flavoring. Mouthfeel is medium with no carbonation. Very creamy in the mouth. Definitely enjoyed this as my first Troegs beer, look forward to everything else they have to offer coughcough*nuggetnectar*coughcough

May 23, 2007
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drseamus from New York

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Decided to pour this into a chalice and take my time. It has a black body with ruby notes at the edges. Initially it had a thick caramel colored head but it fell quickly leaving only patches of head. The aroma is filled with chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt. This beer is extremely smooth with a good thick body. The flavor is very chocolaty and finishes with a bit of bitterness. There is a bit of caramel in there as well. This has decent drinkability but it's a bit high in the ABV and the flavor is a bit too cocoa-ish to drink a bunch of.

May 17, 2007
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joeskirkie from New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I can't find any freshness information on this bottle, at least none that I can translate. But I know that when I bought this bottle, it was winter.

So now it's May and into the pint glass it goes. (a nonic pint if your concerned)

Color? Forget about it, completely opaque black, tan head which is ok.

To me it smells of chocolate... and basically just malts. It's pretty good.

I get a sweet lightly chocolaty taste with a slight bitter finish. It's a good unexpected bitterness and it's overall very balanced.

It's medium to full bodied, and very filling. Not my idea of a long session but quite satisfying.

May 10, 2007
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PBRstreetgang from Ohio

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to FroggyFrog for the sample! Pours very dark red-brown with maroon highlights. Two finger head is dense and tan, holding very well and leaveing specs of lacing. Roast aromas and crystal malt are apparent, with dark chocolate, a whiff of alcohol and dark-roasted coffee in the back ground. The first sip is sweet with dark caramel and molasses, roasted barley flavors emerge soon after, but more subtle than expected. A charred taste and rich esspresso command the semi-dry aftertaste and work with a light herbal hop flavor to balance the slight residual caramel. Light bodied and lightly carbonated, but the smooth and creamy texture produced by the oats give the mouthfeel an illusion of fuller body. Finishes roasty with Java and baker's cocoa flavor accompaning a mild note of alcohol. Somewhat boozey for the style, but packed full of robust flavor and complexity!

Mar 23, 2007
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stereosforgeeks from Virginia

4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Black with nice brown highlights. There was a nice brown head that actually stayed around with nice lacing.

Smell - Major notes of roasted malt with minor notes of sweet bread, chocolate, some dark fruit, and oatmeal grains.

Taste - Nice sweet malt and some bready oatmeal grains is nice backbone for some cocoa, dark fruits. There is a nice presence of hops to balance some sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Rich and creamy with nice lingering flavors.

Drinkability - This is a nice easy to drink with rich flavors.

Mar 22, 2007
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beerphan from Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Troegs Case Review

12oz bottle -> nonic
freshest by: 2.17.07 (printed on the case)
bottled on: 8.16.06 (screened on the bottles)

The cap explodes off the bottle. Pours mostly black with some deep brown at the edges. A thick mocho head hangs around as a thin blanket and leaves spiderwebs and rings of crusty sticky lace.

When first purchased, (oct i believe) the nose was dominated by citrus hops with a sour green apple scent the most pronounced. Today the citrus hops remain, but green apple is gone. Picking up some roasted chocolate malts behind the hop.

The flavor is much more balanced today, then when first purchased. The hops have receded slightly to give way to chocolate, and roasted oats. Bitterness remains refreshing for the style. Any signs of the green apple from earlier is gone. Balanced, full flavored, and balanced.

The mouth is thinner than expected. Bordering on creamy and watery the only drawback is i'd like a little more body.

A great oatmeal stout, a definite annual purchase. I enjoyed trying this fresh fresh fresh, than trying again 6 months later. The case says freshest by: Feb. 17, i'd say best after Feb 17th.

Mar 17, 2007
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brewandbbq from New Hampshire

3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown, opaque, with mahogany translucent edging.
A firm, tan head rose to a half inch with an aggresive pour, and quickly receded to a placid surface. A few errant dots of lacework and a ring around the edge of the glass was all that remained.
Aromatics are subdued, but the oats and chocolate are still evident.
Slightly biscuity and bready, with powdered dark chocolate and granola.
Mouthfeel is faded and heading for flatsville. Not quite full bodied and lacking enough viscosity to seem thinnish.
The pallet is fairly middle of the road, with a decent enough mix of
bitter chocolate, roasted malt, and some mild coffee grounds. Bitterness is right on, and balances nicely with the residuals.
Finishes slightly bitter with a fading Coca-Cola note and some faint warmth.

This particular bottle was picked up about a year ago, and I'm sure it would be superior if fresh. This one's a yawner though.

Mar 16, 2007
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TheBungyo from Washington

3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Nlmartin for this one!

Pours black yet chocolate brown at the edge of the glass. Head is dense and creamy brown. Nose is milk chocolately with a weird scent that brings to mind light struck beers.

Thankfully it doesn't taste skuned light a light struck beer would It's all cocoa, espresso and maybe a hint of black licorice.

Mouth is maybe a tad thin.

I'd definitely drink this again. A pleasure of a stout!

Feb 04, 2007
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Wasatch from Colorado

3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to msubulldog25 for this one.

Pours a nice clear dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice small tan creamy head which leaves quickly, some lacing afterwards. The nose is on the light side, roasted malts, and caramel. The taste is very nice though, sweet/malty, slightly roasty, and some nice caramel thrown in. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is a very tasty Oatmeal Stout from Troegs, I've enjoyed a few so far and have a few more other's to try real soon.

Jan 30, 2007
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CharlieMopps from Virginia

3.55/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: One finger of foaming head, adequate retention. Dark black body with a deep mahogany hue around the edges.

S: A clean smell with a malty profile, very subdued. A bready and somewhat hoppy aroma is also barely present.

T: A bit of hop bitterness with malt and oatmeal characteristics dominating. Slightly metallic and watery on the palate, but the coffee-like roasted undertones are enjoyable.

M: Appropriate carbonation and a somewhat creamy stout feel in the middle makes it full-bodied between the intro and finish.

D: I could go for another, not a bad beer by any means, but was honestly a little let down by this one.

Jan 10, 2007
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Alkey from Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured a very dark brown/black with tan head and nice lacing. Smells sweet fruit and rich dark malt. Taste has robust flavors of dark roasted malts some oatmeal and a hint of a sweet rasin taste. Feels rich and creamy in the mouth. A very good stout that is easy to drink with lots of flavors.

Jan 01, 2007
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yelterdow from New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served at cellar temperature in an imperial pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a dark ruby tinged chestnut hue, while the head explodes to three fingers' thickness with some audible volume. The crown's cafe-con-leche color is soapy and well defined, sticking nicely to the inside of the glass. Thick and stalwart, a bully among oatmeal stouts.

Smell- A hop-forward take on the style, this fresh example offers a resinous, leafy, quite green aroma of hop oils. Secondly, and only after some exposure to air, the roasted coffee notes begin their advancement. I like the hops upfront with this beer.

Taste- Extraordinary balance of all ingredients, beginning with a restrained, yet aggressive display of hops that tease the tastebuds. During the swallow and while exhaling, the incredibly smooth roasted coffee and bitter chocolate notes make their debut... then concede once again to an easy, perfectly finishing hop bite. Between sips and gentle burps, the atmosphere inside the mouth is quiet yet very alert.

Mouthfeel- The texture of this beer in the mouth is stunning and absolutely *perfect*. The effervescence nibbles and pricks the tongue immediately, then it washes over and becomes the most gentle, sublime example of any beer that I can remember. For the style, no other oatmeal stout touches this.

Drinkability- My glass is empty.

Dec 19, 2006
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leftmindedrighty from New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Troegs pint glass

Smell is very oatmeal-ly. Sweet, malty, and full of an oats and hops bitterness.

Taste is fantastic, very thick in a good way. It washes the tastebuds with that sweet oatmeal/chocolate taste. Yet this brew is not thick enough to fill you up, makes for a great session beer. Big hop profile also, more than average bitterness keeps the brew interesting, sip after sip.

If you like Porters and Stouts, or are thinking of cutting your teeth on Oatmeal Stouts, give this one a shot, if you can find it. This is my favorite from the Troegs lineup and I always buy enough to last me all year.

Dec 17, 2006
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