Ohio City Oatmeal Stout
Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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English Oatmeal Stout
Ranked #119
Ranked #13,584
3.9 | pDev: 8.97%
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States
Very Good
Ohio City Oatmeal StoutOhio City Oatmeal Stout
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Photo of Trailboss76
3.11/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Looks about like a coke when it's poured - both in terms of color and head. It's dark like a stout but also looks and feels "thin." The aroma was slight but did have a grainy, barn-like smell to it. Did not particularly care for the flavor. No malts, or caramels, or coffee hints of any sort in my experience. Maybe because it's an "oatmeal" stout. After having a few sips and then almost burying my nose in the glass, I pick up some faint aroma that was a bit sweeter and better. I've not had oodles of oatmeal stouts, so I don't no whether to "blame" the issues with this beer on that factor?? None of what I find pleasant about a stout was there and some qualities I didn't care for were introduced. I'm a fan of Great Lakes specifically and stouts generally... not in this instance, however.

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Photo of mikeinportc
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

"Enjoy By 01/15/20"

Dark cola-brown, with a little chestnut brown showing at the edges. Moderate very fine , creamy tan head, that dissipates to a 3/16" ring, with slight lacing.

Smell is nutty,roasty malt, peat, (decaying) charred wood, and brief hints of black coffee and cocoa powder.

Taste is roasted, nutty(peanut + pecan) malt, cola (with attendant light tang) , and slightly-sweetened coffee. Light , drying bitterness that pops in towards finish, giving a drying effect, that lingers awhile after finish. .

Feel is smooth, lightly creamy while head is still apparent, barely oily at first, becoming just a bit watery near finish. Light, very fine carbonation comes in late-ish.

Overall , just an all-around enjoyable beer. The whole is better than the individual parts. Will have again , on occasion (on #6 ; ) ) . Recommend trying, it if you like straightforward stouts without a bunch of additives. (I do.)

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle. Label has best before date of '12/29/19'.
Medium brown colored body, with beige colored head (goes from one thick finger to thick cap). Dense patterns of lacing left behind.
Aroma of dark roasted malts, oatmeal sweetness.
Taste is dark roasted malts, with caramel. The sweetness of the oats mixes in. Slight bitterness at the end.
Mouth feel is medium, with smooth texture. Very good carbonation.
Good mixture balance of barley and oats. Easy drinking.

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Photo of EnderFett11
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Guiness glass, moderate pour resulted in over a fist of off-white head. Smells of roasted malt and bittersweet something, maybe toffee. Taste is similar to the smell, with malts coming first followed by the toffee, which is a slightly strange after taste. Moderate body and moderately oily mouthfeel, not too much carbonation after the huge amount of head. Not a bad oatmeal stout, but the bitter sweet toffee after taste isn't my favorite.

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Photo of Stooven
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Stately in appearance. Calm, dark body and even head. Mouthfeel is lighter than anticipated, taste is more brown ale than what's teased in the smell (roasted malts, oats, toffee). EdFitz doesn't need to worry 'bout this one.

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Photo of aficionado224
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not being a big fan of heavy or dark, stout is not one of my favorite styles and even though I love the flavor of malt and hops I want a brew to be extremely balanced. Anything too strong either way doesn't satisfy me and there are so many that do swing both ways. This brew isn't one of my favorites but it isn't terrible and I actually rate it above average for a stout. If you are a lover of the ones with the heavier flavors this is one that you will enjoy.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ohio City Oatmeal Stout brewed by Great Lakes Brewing Co., With an ABV of 5.40% This English Oatmeal Stout pours from a glass 12oz bottle into a pint beer glass. The color is a deep brown color with a nice light brown head. Nice amounts of lacing to this brew, it sticks to the side if the glass well. This brew has the look of cola, not saying that is a bad thing. The smell is Rich with a Roasted grains an malts, you also pick up on a slight sweetness in the smell as well. There are some oatmeal notes in the smell as well. So far Ohio City Oatmeal Stout is a nice inviting brew. Now for the taste, it is Bold with flavors. There is a lot of roasted goodness in this brew. This is a nice straight forward Oatmeal Stout. There is nothing overpowering about this brew, it has a super nice balance to it. The body of Ohio City is a solid medium. I really enjoy how smooth an rich this brew is. This brew would go nice on a cold day or with dinner. The mouth feel is Bold, Rich, Roasted, Clean, Smooth and Refreshing. Overall I am going to give Ohio City Oatmeal Stout a soild 4 out of 5. I would definitely look this brew up again giving the opportunity to. Great Lakes Brewing Co., did a real nice job with this oatmeal Stout.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A rich cola pour settles to a dense black offering in the vessel. A modest size dark bronze colored head is creamy and short lived. A small presence of micro-effervesce is observed.

S: Beautiful roasted oats and walnuts with fresh wet coffee grounds. Some peat, and a soothing charred bitterness.

T: A very rich flavor, dark and lively, with some oily roastiness. Dark roasted coffee beans, with a earthy roasted charred bitterness.

M: Very silty mouthful, creamy oats, soft medium body build with a oily feel.

O: Very nice first impression, its hard to go wrong with Great Lakes in just about any category, a brewery that offers a solid lineup throughout. Oily roasted body, creamy rich dark bitterness, silty smooth body makes for a solid drinker. The oats really make a great contribution here.

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Photo of champ103
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a near opaque black color. Just a hint of light comes through. A one finger tan head forms and recedes pretty quickly. Light lace is left behind.
S: Chocolate, roasted malts light coffee. All malts, and as simple as that is, the malt character is very nice. I really enjoy it for exactly the simplicity.
T: Follows the nose, with lots of silky chocolate flavors. Roasted malts, bread, light coffee. A bit mealy from the oatmeal of coarse, though that is very minor. Finishes with a bit of bitter roast. Excellent all around.
M/O: A full but certainly not overbearing body with good carbonation. Though ultra smooth. This is like silk. Incredibly easy to drink. I have put away a six pack in no time, and need to get more while I can.

The malts and oatmeal are simple, but add a lot character. Along with being so incredibly moreish. I wish more breweries could put out quality like this, that is just straight forward and all around excellent. Not surprising from this brewery.

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Photo of michaelsmith11
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The look was dark black with a small head. The smell was mostly roasty. The taste was very much roasted malt with a touch of chocolate and a little sweetness. The feel was somewhat smooth but thin. Overall it was okay.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.57/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle best by 1/15/19. Great Lakes shaker pint.

A: pours an opaque black that some light just barely penetrates at the edges, showing a brownish cola-like hue. 1/4 finger brown head rapidly dissipates. Can’t really see inside. No lacing to speak of.

S: a little sweet, roasted malt, but pretty faint, all things considered. Perhaps chalk it up to the glass.

T: arrives with a malty, lightly roasty, taste which follows on the mid-palate with an ever so slightly sour turn, right before a very clean finish for a stout. Superbly drinkable.

M: Not a lighter beer by any stretch; but it is in the lighter side of full bodied, and is fairly well carbonated.

O: a perfectly executed and highly sessionable oatmeal stout. It’s in a weird spot; not the high-ABV RIS, which is what you think of when you drink a stout these days, but certainly loaded with flavor and low on the alcohol. I liked it more than my rating would indicate. It’s only available a short season, worth trying.

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Photo of OhioBeerFan
3.49/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This oatmeal stout was a disappointment to me. This could be accredited to the fact that it was the first oatmeal stout I had. I found it to taste really dusty and mild, not to mention a mere 5.4% ABV. I expected more from not only a stout, but from Great Lakes Brewing. From my perspective, it was not great, but many people rate relatively high, so maybe give it a shot.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a black body with decent head that left little lace. Aroma is more roasted malts than anything related to oats. Smooth, dry, roasted/toasty, fuller body with some slight sweetness and a touch of oat smoothness with an enjoyable finish. Can't say this beer is great or anything stands out but it's not bad and worth trying.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tasted in a snifter from draft at O'Toole's on November 21, 2018. A smooth and creamy medium bodied stout with soft malty notes and a dry finish. Decent.

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Photo of Nephilium
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mild roasty aroma, pours an opaque dark brown with a thin tan head. Mild flavor, with just a touch of sweetness and some chocolate and roast notes. Moderate body and mouthfeel. A nice solid (near) session oatmeal stout. Good for the colder weather.

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Photo of Lucular
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle for breakfast on Black Friday. Aroma and flavor bring waves of chocolate, dark roasted malts, coffee, and a hint of vanilla. Mouthfeel is creamy. Delicious.

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Photo of briandgilbert
3.06/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

L-dark pour with some head
S-nice smell
T-expected a bit more punch, easy to drink
F-light, goes down easy, stouts should be a bit thicker imo
O-it’s got a good flavor, nothing special in my view.

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Photo of TargaFlorio
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I don't drink enough Oatmeal Stouts, a problem I keep trying to address. Picked up this single along with some other Great Lakes offerings. Pours a dark brown out of the bottle but looks black in the glass with an ok tan head but fairly solid residual bubbly lacing. Not getting a ton out of the aroma, some light coffee and dark malt notes. Taste is really mild, a little nutty maybe, some hints of coffee, dark roasty malts, and milk chocolate. Mouthfeel almost feels a little thin for the style with a bit of a dry finish. Overall, a pleasant stout but not one I'll be running out to try again.

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Photo of jkblr
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle bb 2/9/19 poured into a tulip pint glass at fridge temp 5.4% ABV 25 IBU. The beer pours very dark brown with chocolate tan colored head. The head recedes to a thin film and leaves webs of lacing. The aroma is dark roasted coffee grounds and equally dark chocolate. The taste is surprisingly nuetral at first then the roasted malt comes through as a non bitter dark chocolate before a barely tangy, mildly bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with less than medium carbonation and a semi dry finish. Overall, very good example of the style.

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Photo of beersampler6
3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Quite a nice stout by a good Midwest brewery but was just too bland, light and airy for me. Looks great, deep dark brown color with some nice fluffy tan head and some spotty lingering lacing. Smells faintly of roasted malts, caramel and coffee. Tastes of medium roast coffee, milk chocolate, vanilla, caramel, malt and some roasted nuttiness. The taste was quite subtle and faint, however. Very surprisingly thin mouthfeel and I usually like my stouts more creamy and with a thicker mouthfeel that coats the tongue. Good carbonation. Just too faint and light for me but a great offering nonetheless.

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Photo of DaveyBones79
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured and it looked amazing. No light coming through, thick and black. Taste was toasty, malty and chocolaty at first, followed by hoppiness. I personally don't like any hop taste in my dark beers. So it lost a point there. But the hop doesn't last. Overall a good beer that I would drink again, but won't buy again if given other stout choices.

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Photo of Jake-northrup
4.76/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What a great beer! Full of complexity and liveliness! It pours a rich dark auburn brown, with quite a bit of active, frothy tan head. The aromatic is beautiful, chocolatey, toasted malts, and caramel. On the tongue, you'll find a rich malt backbone, with chocolate, caramel, vanilla, brown sugar, and even sweet fig overtones. The beer finishes with a very light touch of dry malt and hearty hops, not quite enough to wash the tongue of all that's in the beer. The texture is rich enough to carry the rich flavor profile. The perfect example of the often overlooked oatmeal stout style!

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Photo of barnzy78
3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, enjoy by 01/27/18
Near black pour with a frothy tan head that holds good retention. Oats, roasted barley, dark chocolate for aroma. Nice balanced flavors of roasted barley, oats, molasses, dark baker's chocolate, pumpernickel crust, leather, and earthy hops. Fuller body, creamy with ample carbonation, finishes balanced with some roast and char lingering. It's always fun to try a new beer from a favorite brewer. This was very solid, just like most all of their offerings - you can't go wrong with Great Lakes!

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

"Enjoy by 1/20/18"; drank 12/4/17 @ the Yarchives.

Black/brown appearance.

A rough pour yielded a big khaki head; frothy, tree-rung lace.

Cream, fresh earth & faint milk chocolate notes in the nose.

Creamy, medium mouthfeel.

Fresh earth, cream, mild milk chocolate & faint citrus flavors.

A bit dry with the citrus notes, but a balanced, nice oatmeal stout (although I get no oatmeal at all).

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Photo of yuenglingfan101
4.73/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

nice and black color with a thick 1 finger tan head. Rich tasting stout of malts, chocolate, oatmeal and coffee. Goes down pretty smooth for great tasting beer

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