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Great Lakes Ohio City Oatmeal StoutGreat Lakes Ohio City Oatmeal Stout

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Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Winter

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Photo of Caveworm
4.69/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great Lakes Ohio City Oatmeal Stout - Great Lakes Brewing Co. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, this brew's head is three fingers thick and eggshell brown, with solid lacing, and an extremely dark brown body.

Smells like full, yet mild roasted malts. Also get a whiff of oatmeal.

I taste caramelized/roasted malts tamed by perhaps the oatmeal. Not much coffee or chocolate, but they do appear mid-palate. Also a very small tartness at the end. Very well done execution.

The mouthfeel here is smooth and clean.

Overall, I'll give Great Lakes Ohio City Oatmeal Stout - Great Lakes Brewing Co. a 4.75. This is a very sessionable stout and could probably get skeptics into this style. I'll definitely grab this again.

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Photo of beergeek279
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on a nitro tap at Great Lakes' taproom. The color was black, with a solid, creamy beige head. The smell was oatmeal dry. The taste was a nice oatmeal dryness, with a good malt backing, and some slight bitterness. Mouthfeel was nice and creamy. As for drinkability, the only thing that would be limiting me is the drive back to Pittsburgh.

These brewpub-only beers are why I love heading up to the Great Lakes taproom. A solid oatmeal stout that used the nitro just right, and this wouldn't be bad to release as another seasonal.

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

Review taken from notes as this was enjoyed by me at the Brewpub back on Thursday 5/15/08.

Another on-tap only "pub exclusive" from GLBC. This beer is a very dark brown color that lets in no light whatsoever. The tan head was a good inch thick when drawn and served to me, eventually settling to a nice ring lining the inside of my glass and a thin surface coating. Malty smells of oats, coffee and chocolate and coffee were surely present. The flavor is also malty sweet with the oatmeal, chocolate, and coffee coming through nicely, rounded out with a bit of hop bitterness. Has a crisp and full bodied mouthfeel with fairly heavy carbonation. Easy to drink in the way that all of GLBC's beers are. Winning!


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Photo of Wiffler27
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pours black with a solid cream colored head.

smells like a sweet milk stout. like sweet coffee, some milk in there too.

taste is clean and like sweet milk coffee. doesn't leave a weird aftertaste like other oatmeal stouts. pretty damn good oatmeal stout. not a high abv so goes down easy.

overall this is a pretty good beer. not the best stout i've ever had but is not overly sweet or malty. a nice combination for an oatmeal stout. i would agree it's heavily carbonated compared to being thick and malty. many oatmeal and milk stouts leave me with a thick coating in my throat and a bad aftertaste but this one does not. so instantly i like it more

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a Great Lakes imperial pint.
5.4% ABV, 25 IBUs, Enjoy By: 01/31/16

A - Without intently staring at the beer while pouring, it's hard to get any clarity or color from this black stout. A fleeting ivory cap of foam rests on the beer briefly before disintegrating into a ring of laceless foam.

S - Just killing it with an intoxicating stout aroma, Great Lakes' Ohio City Oatmeal Stout smells of milk chocolate chip pancakes with the slightest drizzle of maple syrup sweetness and a fresh cup of Joe and warm oatmeal with a small scoop of vanilla bean ice cream on the side.

T - Ohio City's roasted malt flavor keeps the coffee presence the nose offers but strays from the milk chocolate and light syrupy sweetness in favor of a burnt bread crust flavor that mimics butterless wheat bread.

M - Starting with an initial roasted and dry texture, this medium-bodied stout becomes quite smooth and drinkable due to it's hefty dose of oatmeal. The creamy finish fades out, only to leave some of the lingering roasted bitterness on the palate.

O - With Edmund Fitzgerald in their lineup, Great Lakes' Ohio City Oatmeal Stout might have some big shoes to fill, even if it is a different style of beer but, right from the get-go, it's off to a damn good start. The aroma is top-notch and invites you in for a wonderful experience of roasted malt and oatmeal characteristics across the board. With a lighter alcohol percentage, Ohio City is a winter beer that's robust and satisfying but not confined to a one-pint type of beer.

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Photo of tmoneyba
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at GLBC.

Poured a black color with a large frothy brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate toasted chocolate and coffee aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium roasted bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration.

My expectations where met and is good for style.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Cocoa brown ruby hue pretty dark brew with a light moccha head leaves speckled lacing all the way down the pint glass. Aroma: Light dusting of cocoa wtih a nutty edge comes across my senses light herbal hop notes are evident along with dark roasts is the oatmeal graininess that is situated nicely in the mix. Taste: Extremely smooth not watery or not flavorful just extremely smooth crosses the palate with a sweet bready tone light cocoa and hints of dark chocolate fluffy creaminess to it all characteristic of a good oatmeal stout finishes with a slight bitterness gives of a leafy flavor works well altogether. Mouthfeel: Light ot medium bodied stout does not sit heavy still packs the flavor of a great dark beer evenly carbonated as stated earlier silky smooth. Drinkability: Very nice session stout, a rarity in today's realm of imperial oak barrel triple wet hopped in your face beers, highly desired another pint masterfully brewed by the folks at Great Lakes.

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Photo of AC-Mivsek
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black, with hints of red when held to light. Khaki head quickly fades leaving a good amount of lacing. Smells of dark roast malts, coffee, dark chocolate. Taste is similar except with a slight smoky quality. Very smooth and creamy, medium body. Another outstanding offering from Great Lakes, this is the first time I've seen this beer bottled and I'm thankful for that. I could see this as a dark beer staple like their Edmund Fitz. This is a sweeter, creamier version of that.

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Photo of wedge
4.24/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

@ Tyler's (Raleigh)

Black with a tight beige head that reduces to a permanent covering on the surface. Patches of drippy lacing coat the glass. Malty, powdery cocoa aromas greet a significant oatmeal presence, nuts, and some light fruit. Super smooth coffee and chocolate malt, hazelnut, and big time oat flavors. This may, in fact, be the most oat-forward beer I have ever had. Light and drinkable, but with a silky, creamy quality that prevents any notion of wateriness. Very enjoyable!

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
4.24/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After having tasted many of GLBC's offerings I'm beginning to wonder if they are capable of producing a bad beer formula. I had this little beauty on tap at Boston's Bistro in Dayton and what a pleasure it was. Ultra smooth and tasty, it also produced one of the most inviting aromas I've ever experienced from a beer when it warmed to near room temperature. There was something really complex going on that I tried to grasp and I guess my best sense is that it was roasted caramel and just enough hopping to make it like a very light perfume. I had the publican try it and she thought it was very distinct as well. The taste of this little beauty reminded me of Samuel Smith's fine Oatmeal Stout with a better attitude. There was just a better sense of real depth in the flavor than from the venerable SS stout. Nicely tan capped dark brown body that laced through the whole glass. Well done Great Lakes - you've done it again!

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Photo of tigg924
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours opaque, dark brown in color, with 1/4 inch head. Taste is oats, sugar, and slightly roasted malts. Really loving this beer. This one may be one of my favorites from a brewery I like. I would get a six of this and then some if I could find it easily. Rivals Rogue for the best domestic oatmeal stout.

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Photo of Dogbrick
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draught at the brewpub. GLBC has a couple great Stouts, namely Blackout (esecially the Barrel-Aged) and Wolfhound. Being a Stout-lover and knowing their track record, I was looking forward to their take on the Sweet Stout. While not disappointed, the beer does fall just a bit short. The beer pours black as pitch with a thick and foamy light tan head and sticky lacing. Aroma of roasted coffee and chocolate. Creamy with a medium body and roasted character. Flavors of coffee, malt and chocolate are tasty but don’t resonate long enough. The finish is dry with a mild bitterness. Good for the style, but I know GLBC could do even better.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.19/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into Spiegelau glass best by date of 2/13/16

A: Dark mocha blackness but with hints of light escaping at the edges was not much of a head but it might have been too cold.

S: Huge roasted nut and coffee nose with deep maltiness grainy oatmeal getting something almost salt maybe a little smokey like meat

T: deep rich oats taste with a nice sweetness that gives you big roasted flavors a little coffee some almost very light dates taste but it is gone in a flash

M: pretty full mouthfeel for such a low ABV beer makes the beer drink bigger than it is very rich texture creamy

O: This beer is fantastic I would almost say better than Edmund Fitzgerald. The only thing I am not crazy about is that salty roasted meat smell smokiness the taste is superb though and that smell does not translate to the taste. For such a low ABV beer this has exceptional flavor.

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Photo of oberon
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I was very suprised to see this on tap at the Corner Slice here in Greensboro last night.Poured into a standard pint glass a deep dark brown with amber highlights,a thinner deep beige colroed head atop.Roast and brown sugar aromas mixed in with lightly sweet chocolate,a little char was in there as well.A full but creamy feel in the mouth made it go down very easy,deeply roasted with some vanilla/caramel flavors along with more bitter chocolate.This was nice oatmeal stout filled with different flavors and a nice creamy feel,I have come to expect kick ass beer from GL.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at The Old Toad in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a fairly dark black, with a very small, essentially non-existent head, and not a lot of lacing.

Smells like chocolate, oats, and roasted/charred malt.

Like most everything that Great Lakes makes, this is spot on for the style. It's got a good amount of flavor for the lower ABV, a nice roasted malt character, some creamy vanilla like flavors, and powdery chocolate. It's not too sweet or too bitter.

This is medium bodied, fairly creamy on the palate, with a moderate level of carbonation.

Pretty solid stuff here, tasty and very drinkable.

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Photo of utopiajane
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black and opaque in the full glass. as you drink it down it's a lovely brown and quite clear. Thinner head of tan foam that does persist. Mild with the scent of light cream and an earthy coffee like impression. No hops on the nose and only a low presence of dark fruit. Taste is smooth and creamy. Oats do not give much oily feeling or slickness to the palate. They finish without astringency or harshness. The dark fruit presence is a faint hint on the palate. Drinks easily with no abv to speak of and without any hops flavor. The hops do their job and balance the beer so that it finishes mostly dry. Leaves with the impression of a touch of sweet cream. Silky rich but not heavy and a only a tempting bit of sweetness to linger and bring you back for more.

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

An overall terrific oatmeal stout. I can't really put into words how happy I am with this sout from GLBC. In a year where I believe the overall quality of many GLBC beers has fallen considerably . . . Ohio city stout is a beacon of light for one of my favorite breweries. Along with the likes of session wheat, lawn seat and Albert clipper. Ohio city is a stand out this year.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap into a nonic glass at Great Lakes Brewpub.

A-Poured a nice dark brown with ruby undertones with one finger of khaki head.

S- Notes of toffee, roasted malt, and chocolate

T- Sweet chocolate, toffee, roasted malt, and coffee. Sweet but well balanced

M- Drinks smooth and creamy, finishes dry

O- This is a highly drinkable, sessionable stout, with great flavor. This beer went down quick, so smooth and flavorful. I wish Great Lakes would bottle this.

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Review taken a week ago(late winter 2013)

On tap at Ashland beverage Centre(Ashland, KY.) I didn't see the tap handle, but GLBC usually have some good looking designs. Poured this into a tulip style stout pint glass.

A - basically black. But we will say very dark brown in the light with the darkest of amber edges. Light brown/khaki colored head sits very well on top. Im actually surprised at how fluffy and beautiful it looks. Head lasts a good portion of the experience leaving pretty good stick along the way.

S - Hmm.. Sweetness all over of cocoa and milk chocolate. A real nuttiness to it as well. Nice roasted malt aroma and mild chocolate with brown sugar whiffs.

T - very nice chocolate. Nothing too dark yet nothing too sweet. Just zipping through the middle of both sides. Milk chocolate sweetness with a mild dark chocolate bitterness. Semi sweet brown sugar as well as a GLBC style roastiness. Solid oat and grain backbone with downright powerful nuttiness.

M - this little stout drinks bigger than the abv suggests. It has a smooth, legit medium body that booms with flavor. Coats the mouth nicely and is a ridiculously smooth drinker. I could drink this stuff by the growler yet as rare as it is i think I'll save some for the next mornings breakfast which I did :)

O - idk why GLBC doesn't release a lot more of their stuff in bottles. This is the perfect session stout for the stout lover. Low on abv and big on that black oatmeal flavor. Roastiness reminds me of Fitzgerald as well as texture but the oats and grains say hey, I'm just a sibling. This would be an excellent fall bottle release and I hope to see this brilliant stout again next year. If you can get it you need not think about it. Buy it! It's a very good oatmeal stout

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

A very good example of a traditional oatmeal stout. Just a hint of smoothness and body from the oats differentiates this from a standard stout, and a good malt balance give this beer enough edge and roastiness so no one will mistake it for a milk stout.

Those who are getting any harsh or metallic flavors- this beer really shines when it warms up to 40-50 degrees. Take it out of the fridge and let it warm a few minutes before pouring and drinking.

Well done and great price point. This will please any beer lover looking for a stout packed with flavor that is a decently low abv.

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Photo of Blueribbon666
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours cola colored w/a head that reduces quickly to a fine lace.
Smell is a wonderful nose of chocolate, licorice & espresso that is very reminiscent of GL's Blackout Stout.
Mouthfeel medium to thin, similar to a dry stout but softer w/the oats w/a bit of sweetness but not like a milk/sweet stout.
Solid overall. Perfect for sessions, nice to see another oatmeal stout. I believe I've had this @ the brew pub a couple years ago, not sure if they tweaked this for bottle.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, best by January 16, 2016. Served in a snifter glass.

Pours a medium-dark brown body, one finger offwhite head with fairly short retention time. Not much lacing. Smells of oatmeal, rich cocoa, chocolate, a bit of espresso. A very nice dense aroma that clearly evokes oatmeal stout. Not porter or imperial stout, oatmeal stout. Flavour is similar; very nice cocoa, milk chocolate, touch of espresso, mild earthiness rounds things out. No char or smoke. Very clean but fairly cocoa/chocolate-heavy for a 5.4% oatmeal stout. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, not thick by any means but not thin, with plenty of depth. Good carbonation. Smooth, easy drinking oatmeal stout. Overall, this is a pretty prototypical oatmeal stout that's very well crafted. I think beers like this are underappreciated in the era of big, bold imperial beers, but this is yet another beer done in the GLBC fashion- clean, stylistic, approachable yet complex.

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Photo of jwc215
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoy by 01/31/16 stamped on 12 oz. bottle:

Pours pitch black with a thin lasting head. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is of rich dark chocolate with a mild coffee-like roast.

The taste of dark chocolate balanced by mild roast and dark bready notes in the finish.

It has a silky smooth body.

A dark, smooth, enjoyable malty, slightly roasty, brew!

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Photo of chilidog
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Got this rare brew outside of Cleveland on tap.
It poured bark amber black. Tan head on top settled to film a ok lace, ring like around the glass.

Aroma of chocolate and tested malts.

The malts carry on as chocolate, toffee, and brown sugar sweetness treat the mouth.

The mouth is very smooth.

Overall the low abv takes away from this brew. But the smoothness and mouth are pleased.

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Photo of buschbeer
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a Cleveland Browns pint glass

This beer is almost black. When held to the light some very faint ruby highlights come through. It is topped with an inch of mocha head that leaves little lacing.

Aromas of chocolate, coffee, roasted malt and oatmeal are present.

It has great classic oatmeal stout flavors. It starts out with dark chocolate. Some roasted malt comes through the middle with an unsweetened chocolate finish.

Full, velvety smooth mouthfeel

This is a prime example of a classic oatmeal stout.

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