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Stone Hammer Oatmeal Coffee StoutStone Hammer Oatmeal Coffee Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
F&M Brewery
Ontario, Canada
fmbrewery.com

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Beer or coffee today? If you can't decide, why not have them together? Our Oatmeal Coffee Stout is brewed in partnership with our friends at Planet Bean, using a single origin roast called Cafe Feminino.

Added by Viggo on 01-22-2009

BEER STATS
Reviews:
16
Ratings:
36
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
13.16%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
7
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 36
Photo of thehyperduck
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

473 mL can purchased at the brewery store; best before Jun 3 2016. Served slightly chilled.

This stout pours a deep, dark blackish-brown colour, and is initially fitted with a half-inch crown of creamy, light tan-coloured head. It dissipates within a few minutes, producing a decent-sized collar; not much in the way of lace, though. Molasses and lots of roasted malts on the nose; coffee grounds come through nicely, with accompanying notes of rich chocolate and perhaps a bit of vanilla. Hints of ash and metallicity are in there too, weakening as the glass gains warmth.

Enticing malt-forward flavour profile that delivers exactly what the name suggests. I'm getting a mix of roasty, bready malts and oatmeal, subtle molasses sweetness and hints of baker's chocolate. Notes of coffee, vanilla and earthiness towards the finish, with coffee grounds and some herbal bitterness in the aftertaste. Light-medium in body, with relatively low carbonation levels that nicely complement the smooth, oily texture imparted by the oats. A solid session stout, to be sure.

Final Grade: 3.85, a B+. It's hard to go wrong with an "oatmeal coffee stout", and Stone Hammer's yummy interpretation is certainly no exception. Exquisite balance: each element is allowed its opportunity to shine, with none that are too dominant, or conversely, buried in the background. Unfortunately for me, this is a seasonal offering that isn't stocked locally - I'd certainly be picking it up on a steady basis otherwise. Enjoyable and absolutely worth a go.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.2/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from Hopsolutely this past summer. Thanks heaps guys!

From a bottle into a snifter
Planet Beam coffee

APPEARANCE: Muddy dark brown pour yields a 1 ½ finger, medium looking, fluffy tan head with decent retention. Black body with no real carbonation evident. Head fades to a full wisp that remains the whole way and leaves some decent lacing down the glass. Okay, though a touch muddy.

SMELL: Roasted coffee, milk chocolate, some sweet cream, caramel and hints of leather on the nose. Coffee comes off a touch stale, but it’s still okay overall.

TASTE: The first impression is that the coffee is rather stale here. Burnt malts and some sweet cream take up the slack up front. A bolder and lingering finish of burnt coffee beans, light caramel, sweet cream and bitter coffee. Nice, though this might have been better fresher. The coffee gets better as it sits.

PALATE: Slightly thinner body. Medium carbonation, creamy enough, goes down fine and finishes a touch dry.

OVERALL: Okay, but probably better when it was fresher. No best by or bottling date on this one, so I have no idea what I’m looking at. This became less stale as it sat in the glass, which made it a rather enjoyable brew as I got into it. Thanks again Hopsolutely!

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle 4 of 4 from the Stone Hammer Taster's Pack. Served well-chilled into glassware.

Appearance - Very dark brown, nearly back colored beer is poured. Very minimal head is poured, what lingers is merely a soapy ring around the edges of the glass.

Smell - Potent blends of roasted oats, coffee, a sugary powdered donut aroma, and some caramel concoction. Very enticing.

Taste - Starts kind of bland, but after a couple of seconds the roasted oats and coffee blend smack you right in the face to alert you of their presence. The blandness is a bit tonic like up front, before transitioning to the big flavors.

Mouthfeel - Filling, oily mixture in the mouth, medium carbonation, and a bit heavier than average for the body, although on the lighter end for the style.

Overall - A fine stout that went down surprisingly easy on a warm June day, the nos eon this is great and the taste and feel of the beer is pretty solid as well. Highly recommended and as with many of this brewery's offerings very good across the board.

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well done, F&M! Definitely a beer I'd seek out again...

Viscous and inky black pour with decent cappuccino coloured head that dissipates quickly, but leaves sufficient lacing. Mouthfeel is satisfyingly heavy, although more of an oatmeal coating than I'd expected for the 5% ABV.

Impressive aroma of roasted dark malts, with coffee predominant, but notes of chocolate and vanilla. Smells heavenly! Flavours are well balanced, with a sweet body followed by a pleasantly bitter finish. The oatmeal is present and adds body, but is not overpowering.

An excellent example of this style - brewed in Ontario, no less!

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Photo of liamt07
4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Volo, hand pumped into a pint glass.

Poured a shade or two off black, with a finger and change of light brown head. Moderate retention and some lace. Nose is mostly chocolate, some muted coffee notes, some oats and roasted qualities also. Taste is a bit more interesting, with the oats being more prominent. Good balance between the dryness of the oats and coffee and cocoa character. Smooth mouthfeel, borders on silky. Dry oat is evident in the aftertaste. Good drinkability. Overall, a nice stout and one I'd like to see more of. Relatively tame yet well constructed.

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Photo of kwjd
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on cask at C'est What. I'm excited this beer is finally back as it is one of my favourite (if not my favourite) Ontario stouts. Pours an incredibly dark brown with a finger of thick tan head. Head remains all the way down the glass with some nice rings of lacing. Smells of sweet roasted coffee, toffee, oatmeal and mild chocolate. Really nice balance of sweetness with the roasted bitterness in the flavour. Incredibly smooth mouthfeel. This is easily my favourite beer from this brewery.

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Photo of pootz
3.32/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dregs of the keg at the Kiwi:

Black and light shedding, puffy tan cap, good lace.

Cocoa and coffee dominate the nose, wafts of dark fruit and grass.

Thin bodied but coffee predominates flavor but there are some herbal fresh hop cone bittering balance. Finished clean dry and bitter with a tad of astringency.

Good effort.

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Photo of cratez
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sample courtesy of Adil. Thanks dude! Apparently the first beer in Ontario to use certified organic, Fair Trade coffee.

Pours pitch black with a solid finger of foamy brown head and lots of lacing on the tulip. Smell and taste are roasted malt, coffee beans, cocoa powder, and a quick flash of dark dried fruit. Leather, smoke, and oatmeal round out the aftertaste. Very low bitterness with a grainy, dry finish. Medium bodied mouthfeel is crisp, smooth, and chalky. Thankfully the coffee doesn't overwhelm the palate, nor does it provide a caffeine kick. Just a tasty stout with plenty of body and flavour. Great work, F&M.

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Photo of ludachris
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap @ Augusta's Winking Judge. Review from notes.

Pours a pitch black with about a finger and a half of creamy tan head. Decent retention leaving a good amount of patchy lacing.

Big black coffee, a strong roasted malt character, and dark chocolate with hints of biscuit and dark fruits in the nose.

The roasted malts are just as apparent in the taste with a sweet undertone of milk chocolate that balances it out nicely. Dry, roasted coffee takes up most of the finish with a bit of oatmeal coming in at the end.

The mouthfeel seemed a bit too thin and light for the style, but this puppy was still a pleasure to drink.

Overall, a solid stout that's great on tap. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at C'est What.

This beer appears a solid black, with minimal reddish edges, and one finger of light creamy beige head, which leaves scattered lace around the glass. It smells of dry roasted malt, coffee and sweet caramel - very much reminiscent of Coffee Crisp. The taste is light roasted malt, and some dry coffee. The carbonation is quite low, the body smooth and soft, but kind of thin for an oatmeal stout, and it finishes with some bittersweet chocolate and light coffee.

An easy drinker, and tasty enough, nothing more.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got a few sample bottles of this from our brewery reps. Ahh, perks.

Looks like your typical oatmeal stout or coffee porter. Nearly black, with a thin, tan head that forms a thin, but lasting ring. A bit of lacing.

The nose is quite good: dark chocolate, roasted malts, black coffee, some dark fruits (cherry and plum). As it warmed up a bit more I also detected a bit of cream and raisin. Very nice.

Taste is quite similar to the nose, but with the malt, chocolate and coffee dominating. Still, a fine local stout - quite flavorful.

Mouthfeel for the bottle was decent carbonation, a bit on the thin side.

Quite impressed with this. Nothing makes me happier than a successful local dark or stout. Given the moderate ABV and thinner mouthfeel, this brew is very sessionable. Would love to see this on draught in KW.

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Photo of mrmanning
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled pints at the King Edward, in Ilderton ON- Deep opaque dark brown/black, poured a finger of frothy cappucinno head. Coffee is upfront in the nose, some burnt toast, dark chocolate, aniseed. Tasted of bitter coffee, dark chocolate, charred wood, some hops, black licorice. Bitter and creamy, perhaps a bit thin mid mouth, but that is only a minor complaint in what is otherwise a good offering from F & M. Thanks for getting in this on Rich!

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Photo of funkengruven
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at Augusta's Winking Judge, this came to me a deep dark black, as to be expected, a slight tan head at the top. Smell was of deep roasted coffee, quite nice. Flavor also didn't disappoint. smooth oatmeal stout followed by a nice bitter coffee aroma. Coffee aftertaste dominates, but isn't really astringent, which is pleasant.

This is a very enjoyable brew. Something that would be a nice competition to another well known local coffee based beer currently on the market.

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Photo of bobsy
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served up at the Victory Cafe Winter Cask Fest. Here's the program description: "Thick and sumptuous black colour with intense coffee and chocolate aromas. A rich and decadent coffee flavour is complemented by roasted malt and a soft bitter finish."

Dark brown, bordering on black, pour with a small tan head and good lace. Lovely coffee aroma, with some cocoa, brown sugar and cream. There's a lot of coffee flavour in this beast, and it's nicely integrated. Fairly smooth transition of flavours, with the coffee bitterness mitigated by sweetness and milk chocolate. My one complaint is that I feel the body is slightly lacking for an oatmeal stout, especially one that's on cask. That said, its a very solid coffee beer, and would be a welcome addition to any tap lineup.

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Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at Volo. Pours brown, though no visible head, there was some nice lace. A lot of coffee grounds taste that builds up over the course of the pint, and is grainy. No strong bitterness, balanced it is though a malt sweety bias. in a world of great imperial stouts, this is a decent stout and above average prodution from the brewery. Had it again in December and it was more balanced.

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Photo of Viggo
4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pints on cask at Volo. George is always good for a nice beer, this was no exception.

Pours a deep very dark brown/black, some reddish highlights in the corners, very thick and tan head, nice lacing on the glass, great retention, this head really lasts, from a freshly tapped cask. Smell is great, some sweetness, molasses, chocolate, roast, toffee, oatmeal smoothness, nice coffee roast punch, dark fruits, everything you would be looking for. Taste is similar, nice malty sweetness up front, toffee and dark fruit, roasty middle, some dry chocolate kick, a bit chaulky, some dark roast and oatmeal smoothness in the finish, real nice. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, very smooth and drinkable. Pretty nice stuff, what it lacks in complexity it makes up for in great drinkable and very solid flavour and aroma, this is definitely a stout that can find a place in your stomach for an evening. Good work!

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Stone Hammer Oatmeal Coffee Stout from F&M Brewery
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