Blackbird Oatmeal Stout | Flying Bison Brewing Company

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Blackbird Oatmeal StoutBlackbird Oatmeal Stout

Brewed by:
Flying Bison Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: English Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-19-2003

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Ratings: 42 |  Reviews: 28
Reviews by Avagadro:
Photo of Avagadro
4.92/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got this from the growler case at beers of the world in rochester NY. Nice little green sticker on top with a date (packaged, shipped, or brewed on?) either way its fresh, and tasty. Appearance is velvety black with a coffee brown around the edges of the glass. Head is minimal, but I've never had good luck with oatmeal stouts and head. I'm guessing this isn't an issue at the bar with Nitrogen running through it. Aroma is beautiful and upfront, dominated by sweet maltiness and backed up by a roasty nuttiness. Flavor is exactly what you would expect from the aroma. This is one of the best tasting oatmeal stouts I've ever had. Very rich, but with a balancing crispness. There is a nice thick mouthfeel to back everything up. Drinkability is through the roof. On several occasions I've finished a growler of this in a night. I'm addicted to this stuff. I will probably get it as long as it's still cold outside. I highly recomend this to anyone in the area who likes this style. It's a classic example of a good oatmeal stout.

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Photo of oberon
4.11/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a near pitch black but there was a little ruby hue when held up to some outside light with a thinner but nice creamy textured mocha colred head,lighter aromas I picked up a nice roastiness and some hints of vanilla and coffee.A nice smooth creamy mouthfeel and it was a standard not nitro pour,soft rolling flavors dark roasted malts and mocha, with touch of roasted nut and a leafy almost hinty hop presence in the finish.A well rounded and smooth oat stout with alot of flavor,recommended.

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Photo of generallee
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.23/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Flowing at Smokin' Joe's had a cool propeller blade tap handle and they weren't sure if it was flowing the Aviator Red or the Oatmeal Stout after a sample pour I decided it was definitely the Oatmeal Stout. Appears a cola brown dark chocolate tone with some red highlights when held toward the light forms a moccha tan head leaves behind specks of lacing. Aroma has sweet chocolate soft mild coffee tart lactic tone with minimal herbal hops to embrace some soft sweet grainy oat character as well. Flavor is upfront with the chocolate roasts but the addition of the oatmeal gives it a soft character with the bitter roasts and mild herbal hops it gives the overall chocolate sweetness a balance, but it did finish with a touch of lacitic acidity sort of a cream stout in nature. Mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied evenly carbonated definitely a flavor that stays on the palate. Drinkability was decent just I've had some really good oatmeal stouts in my day and I couldn't get down that lactic touch in number.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to that guy with his balls in the exhaust.

Pours a nice black color with some slight highlights, a good off white quite fizzy head roils up with ease so pour slowly. The lacing left behind is ok.

Nose is a weakpoint so far. I thought it may get a bit better as it warmed, but that was not to be. Some dark malts in the nose, a wierd metallic, coppery note as well. Maybe a splash of anise.

Taste is kind of odd. It starts of with a touch of the metallic flavor that i described in the nose, but nowhere near as strong as it was in the smell. Quickly changes gears though, and starts featuring a roasted malt quality. Sort of hidden amongst the thinness. Strange. I'm not getting any of the signature oatmeal slickness in here either. Towards the finish, much of the flavor is dampened by the overcarbonation, but there is some slight dark fruit and a bit of a hop kiss. The aftertaste is mostly a bitter malt twinge.

Mouthfeel has some real issues in the bottle. This one is overcarbonated. Not to gusher status, but if not poured like liquid nitrogen, this one will rise quickly out of the glass. The mouthfeel is also just thin in general. Kind of odd to feel the roasted malt presence through the middle with such a thin body.

Drinkability is not bad, but would be better if the flaws in the mouthfeel werent so pronounced. Not sure of the abv here, but Im putting it around 5, maybe 6. I could put away a couple of these, but it would seem like a bit of a chore with the overcarbonation.

Overall, this is not a bad beer by any means, it just has some serious mouthfeel and body issues that need to be repaired. The Oatmeal could also be amped up a bit here, as it was thin there as well. I have heard that this one is a treat on cask, which i can see, as it might kill some of that excess carbonation and maybe take a touch of the metallic notes out. Not a horrible beer at all, but defenitely not an attention grabber either. Give it a shot, but don't go into it expecting a new favorite.

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Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Preview of 2004 Fall batch. A sweet stout. Decent taste, yeast, generous malts that give forgiveness, nuts and chocolate and bit of toastiness. Soap bubbles head.

I had this again two years later and it was right up there as a stout, very creamy mouthfeel without nitro, malty chocolately aroma.

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Photo of DaveCash
3.81/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ryften
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of spark3148857
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of cpn920
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured very black with a creamy tannish head. Smell was very mild with nothinhg other than the caskish aroma coming through. Taste was good that matched the style as you would expect. Was a little thin and lacking some carbonation but very smooth. Drinkability for me is high. Served at about room temperature and it was one that I could sit back with all night. Good brew.

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Photo of tclapper
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of bignick
3.41/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

On cask at Sunset in Allston 4/18/06 during a Flying Bison promotional night. Served, courtesy of BA Marc, the owner, into a tulip glass.

This is clearly a very different beer cask-conditioned than the one that the previous reviewers are reviewing. Malty roastiness does not determine this beer; rather, there is a sour acidity that reminds me of Jolly Pumpkin beers. It tastes almost vinegary, but in a smooth and enjoyable way. There is cocoa maltiness in the background, but the red-wine esque flavor defines this beer. This is an enjoyable offering the way it is, and it is certainly very different. I am not sure I would like drinking this on a regular basis.

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Photo of plaid75
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep brown hue with a half finger frothy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a robust burnt grain coupled with coffe a bit of smoke.

The taste consisted of a full mix of burnt grain, bitter coffee and sweet chocolate.

The mouthfeel was very smooth and toward the fuller side.

Overall a very good oatmeal stout. Robust and complex.

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Photo of pitweasel
4.65/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

At a recent visit to The Old Toad, I checked their cask board and was very excited to see a stout on the list. Fan of the thick black beers that I am (plus a name like Flying Bison), I had to give it a try.

It took one sip to remember that drinking a cask brew is a whole different world compared to what I'm used to. In this case, that's a very, very good thing. This drink smelled terrific - I've waited too long to review it to offer much detail about the smell, other than to say that it had my mouth watering.

The first sip revealed a borderline thick mouthfeel, with no carbonation, that caught me a little off guard. Your average bottle of beer, this wasn't! This cask stout was smooth, creamy, and not served at sub-zero temperatures.

What struck me most (and last) about this was the head. This is the first time that I can remember a beer still having a full one finger head after all but the final ounce or two have been consumed. The beer poured with a finger and a half to two fingers, so this was darn good retention.

Flying Bison Oatmeal Stout in a word: sexy. In three words: sexy and delicious. As long as they keep making it, I think I'll keep buying it. And please, Flying Bison, don't be afraid to run a sampling down the road in Rochester sometime!

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Photo of GreatPondBrewer
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just plain delicious. Poured a dark brown with hints of ruby staining the bottom of the glass. The head was sumptuous, pillowy creamy and left plenty of lacing. The smell gave a plentitude of olefactory delights, including a fair bit of nuttiness, sweetness from the oatmeal, slightly sweet chocolate and mollassas. The taste was like a piece of chocolate dipped in coffee and then drizzled with warm candy factory fresh toffe it ended on a fairly bitter note with a good use of finishing hops. Carbonation was almost non exisitent, which in the case of this beer made perfect sense. Used this beer to introduce a buddy of mine to the world of beer and I do not think he was at all dissapointed.

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Photo of Nyrangersgrrl
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gabedivision
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler fresh from the ol' brewery.

A- Pours a dark brown with a tainted white 2 finger head of fluff on the top.

S- Faint chocolates and malts.

T- Chocolate malts roasted nuts and creamy smooth oatmeal touch that leaves a sugary zing on the tongue.

M- Medium bodied, smooth, dry.

O- This is a good oatmeal stout that i will surely revisit. I am hoping this makes its way back to the bottling line soon. Cheers!

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Photo of wiseguy142
3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on cask at the Tap and Mallet in Rochester. Pours black with a light frothy head and low visible carbonation. Aroma is.. cask-y? Just sort of screams fresh without any really overwhelming aromas coming from the ingredients. Taste was pretty nice.. a little watery but about what I look for in an Oatmeal Stout. Nothing really extreme, just a dark and hearty beer with a super smooth mouthfeel from the cask. Usually when I'm drinking cask ales I'm looking for some sort of irresistability and this gets about a 6/10 in that category. It's just missing a little bit of the flavor that I could really crave.

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Photo of wailingwench
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have drank this when it's been good and when it's gone "bad." I will of course only rate it from a positive standpoint. It is not a beer's fault that it has lost it's magic. Even at the bad point, it was still drinkable, which says alot about Flying Bison.

Foam Factor: Nice creamy billowy head. The presentation encouraged me to drink it. Poured silky smooth with a deep black and garnett color. Nice lacing and retained head almost to completion.

The Nose Knows: Sweet chocolate and coffee aroma. Slight alcohol scent.

Tongueland: Sweet and rich with the chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts competing with each other for equal playing time. A real treat. As it warmed, the flavors really emerged, making this one of my favorite domestic stouts. Nice lingering aftertaste, nothing too powerful. Just the right combination to accompany grilled chicken or even nachos. I have started and finished a night with FB Blackbird.

Someone on another site rated this "rippingly good." I must agree.

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Photo of WesWes
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a nice mix of bitter black malt and chocolate malt. It gives off some weird esters. Also, I don't detect an oatmeal in the nose. The taste is decent also. It has a smooth and quite dry, roasted flavor with just a hint of chocolate sweetness in the finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an above average beer, but not representative of a true oatmeal stout.

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Photo of Iamjeff6
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rob_Molecule
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of shippos
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

sampled at clarks real ale fest on 09-05-2004.

thick tan head witha deep dark brown color, clear and brilliant. some hints of roasted malt with some burnt malt and a smooth creamy aroma taking over. very smooth and creamy mouthfeel rich but highly drinkable. the flying bison flew above everyone at clarks that day.

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Photo of orfeu
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler filled fresh from the brewery. Garnet-hued brown with a dense and steady desert-khaki head. Roasted chicory aroma, with coffee grounds and chocolate malted scents making a strong showing as well. Very pleasing chocolate mocha flavor predominates with subtle coffee notes and a thin, plum-like vinous character creeping in just before the finish. Long, roasty aftertaste. The thinnish body certainly heightens the drinkability (factored in terms of ease, at least), but I do find myself wishing this one had just little more heft. The oatmeal definitely makes it smooth and creamy, nonetheless. This is an incredibly tasty Oatmeal Stout that I'm lucky to have available almost any time of the year.

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