Great Lakes Ohio City Oatmeal Stout | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Great Lakes Ohio City Oatmeal StoutGreat Lakes Ohio City Oatmeal Stout

Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Winter

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Added by aaronh on 02-03-2003

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Reviews: 101 | Ratings: 366
Photo of WoodBrew
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I bought a bottle of this off the Binny's single shelf. It poured an opaque dark with ecru head that is not leaving much lace. The scent had hints of chocolate and peat. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to for a stout. There is a presence of chocolate, coffee and earth. The mouthfeel was medium in body with smooth carbonation. Overall it's a solid stout.

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a nice dark black color with a tan head that dissipates quickly. The smell is pretty nice. It has a moderate oatmeal note and a light dark chocolate note as well.. The most interesting part of the smell is the roasted note. It's a bit light but adds something nice. The taste is good. It has a good oatmeal note that mixes well with a very light dark chocolate and light roast. The feel is decent. It has a light body but with a minimal of the creaminess normally associated with the style. Overall, this is a decent bordering good beer that is worth getting during the winter.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

December 16 - pours pitch black. Complete darkness, light ring of tan foam. Roasted oaty nose. Espresso notes. Smooth rich mild chocolate milk toasty flavor. Creamy. Light bitter close, very creamy. Smooth finish. Simple sweet stout.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A- black opaque with brown head that is half a finger. poor lacing.

S- roasted malt and coffee, faint hints of chocolate/cocoa powder.

F- coffee, roasted malt and cocoa powder.

M- medium bodied stout with great overlay of the coffee with the roasted malt.

O- a good stout. had a six and loved it

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Found a single of this at the local Allegheny Six pack shop. Into a pint glass. Impressive looking stout especially for the gravity fairly pitch except for ruby hues at the base and a 1/2 inch of frothy mocha tinted head. Smells of roast and char with a touch of chocolate and malty sugars. Mostly roasted mats and chocolate malt flavors. Hops transition a bit for balance. Body is light to medium somewhat easy to crush. Overall pretty stellar Oatmeal stout but I usually like mine heavier.

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Photo of Jason
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle, sample from the brewery.

Epic lacing on top of a very dark brew. Smells of charcoal, dark chocolate, toast, and burnt sugar. Semi-sweet and silky, roasty with hints of chocolate and dark sugars, black currants and some oats on the palate as well. Exceptionally smooth, very drinkable even if the body is a slightly hefty. Nothing short of amazing.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

$ 19.00 (including tax)/12-pack ($ 0.132 /oz) at Franklin Beer, Franklin, PA
Bottle dated 02/04/17 at 42 degrees into a hand washed and dried JK snifter; allowed to warm to 50 degrees
Aroma – roasted malt and some coffee
Head average (Maximum 2.4 cm, aggressive pour), tan, frothy/creamy, diminishing to an irregular three to six mm ring and thin layer with raised creamy island
Lacing – fair. Partial bands of tiny bubbles are present.
Body – dark brown and opaque with some effervescence
Flavor – Roasted malt gives both chocolately and nutty flavors. The roasted barley coffee aroma does not translate to the taste. There is a slight hop bitterness which follows the initial taste, but the roasted malt lingers as well. Neither alcohol nor diacetyl are evident.
Palate – full bodied, creamy, lively carbonation

This is a very pleasant and highly drinkable example of what I consider one of my favorite styles.

Appearance 3.75, Aroma 4.25, Flavor 4.25, Palate 4.5, Overall 4.25

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Photo of Tone
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark brown color. 1/4 inch head of an off-tan color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of coffee, roasted malt, sweet malt, oatmeal, hint of hop, and slight chocolate. Fits the style of an Oatmeal Stout. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, roasted malt, slight oatmeal, hint of pale malt, hint of hops, and slight chocolate. Overall, good aroma, body, and blend.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours deep mahogany bordering on black with a tan head that hangs around.

Smells delicious of caramel, molasses, roasted malt, whole grain bread, herbal hops, and earthy yeast.

A very nice creamy mouthfeel smoothly delivers delicious caramel and molasses malts balanced by bitter coffee and chocolate with an herbal hop hit and a round earthy finish. An excellent stout.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass, color is black, head is off white with fine bubbles presenting 1/2-1 inch deep, dissipating to a ring.

Smell is light roast, touch of biscuit/oat like sweetness/fullness.

Taste is light roast, great flaked oat flavor that softens the feel and sweetness of the style; hops are light, bitterness moderate.

Mouthfeel is a bit crisp, and lightly sharp on the tongue.

Overall a very good stout, great oatmeal flavor and fullness and very easy drinking.

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Photo of drtth
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a dark brown, almost black, color with a 1/2" dark tan head that soon recedes to a ring of foam and a thin layer covering the surface of the liquid. There are two or three larger islands of foam floating on the liquid. Sipping creates a sheet of foam that mostly slides back down to the liquid but leave a couple of arches and scattered speckles of lacing. Some foam persists for quite a while.

The aromas are dominated by coffee but include some dark chocolate, a light, almost burnt, dark roast smell and a hint of cream.

The flavors pretty much follow the nose but with the dark chocolate and some sweetness up front while the coffee, dark roast and some bitterness fill the background.

The mouthfeel is on the full side of medium bodied and with a creamy texture that is only very slightly prickly with the light but persistent carbonation. The fairly long finish begins as the chocolate sweetness moves to the background allowing some roasted dry bitterness to show. The roof of the mouth and back of the palate take on an almost chalky feel that goes on for a fairly long time.

This is a very good oatmeal stout and is a keeper in that I'll be looking to have more this year and will include it on my "buy again" list for future years. On the whole a well made beer worth seeking out.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a dark blackish brown with a moderate amount of bubbles. About a finger of light tan head which settles into a thin patchy layer.

Smell: A roasty and fairly sweet dark malt driven aroma with a scent of chocolate and oatmeal. Dark roasted malt with a scent of chocolate, coffee, oatmeal, toast, biscuit, nuts, and caramel along with some yeast. Sweet hints of lactose milk, vanilla, and brown sugar. A pretty solid aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a roasty and sweet dark malt driven taste with notes of chocolate and oats. Dark roasted barley malt with notes of chocolate, coffee, toast, oatmeal, biscuit, caramel, and nuts with some yeast. Sweet taste of lactose milk, brown sugar, and vanilla. A very solid roasty taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy and pretty smooth.

Overall: A pretty good take on an Oatmeal Stout. Good roasty chocolate and oat notes.

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Photo of dditto2
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark. Light brown medium head. Smell is toasty roasted malts. Flavor is roasted malt. A little oaty. The taste is lighter than expected.
The feel is also lighter than expected. A little creaminess but, light overall.
This is a great brew. The flavor is amazing. It is just lighter than expected. You can drink a few of these. It is going down amazing on Thanksgiving. Cheers.

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Photo of Bluerabbitbell
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a bottle on the day before Thanksgiving Day at home. From a Twelve pack i bought in Dry Tavern. Nicely smokey flavored. Actually more smokey than I expected. Good job, Great Lakes Brewing!

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Photo of lastmango
4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured black with a ruby hue and two finger tan head. Heavy lacing is present. Aroma is wonderful with malt, milk chocolate and a hint of coffee. Taste is the same with more pronounced malt and chocolate. Very little hop bite. This has a light to moderate body and is thinner than other stouts. Yet, it is full flavored. Carbonation is moderate. I prefer my stouts to be a bit thicker and chewier but this is very nice. Especially if you want to have a few. :)

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Photo of DEdesings57
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Black but with ruby hues coming through and completely filtered. Head is off white/tan in color. Looks real good but for a stout could be a litter more darker.

Smell: The aroma is composed of three components. They are first and foremost, espresso/roasted notes, then, lactose milk sugar and finally a touch of dark fruits.

Taste: Creamy smooth, dark chocolate, some malt sweetness, coffee, some oatmeal, espresso comes through again especially in the finish. Light bodied yet still full of flavor. Just tastes light a quality beer that was well put together.

Feel: For 5.4% ABV the feel is perfectly fine with me. The addition of oats helps create a smooth and creamy body that ends up being med overall and slightly chewy at that.

Overall: This is an excellent beer. A perfect winter session beer thats full of flavor yet pretty crush-able. I dont find this beer watery at all as I have herd some say. It's got some weight to it for a 5.4% beer. Im impressed!

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Photo of sokol_1993
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: dark black with ample amount of head that lasted for a long time
Smell: Full of cacao, chocolate and coffee notes. A lot of maltiness smell also.
Taste: again, full of cacao and coffee notes. Very malty. The hoppiness is well hidden, as well as the bitterness from the roasted malt.

An excellent oatmeal stout.

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Photo of atr2605
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-pours black with an off white head with good retention
S-roasted coffee, chocolate
T-more roasted coffee, milk chocolate, with some burnt notes in the finish
M-medium bodied and smooth

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Photo of jzlyo
4.31/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is dark/roasted malts, dark fruit and a hint of sweetness. The flavor is roasted malts, dark fruit, a hint of chocolate and a mix of mild sweetness and acidity in the finish.

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Photo of shreha
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Got this at the Rail, with a stout-soaked burger and a Great Lakes/Rail pint glass!

Look: deep brown, small head
Smell: coffee, roasted malt
Taste: coffee, malt, hops

I like it! A smoother stout, not very bitter.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an excellent stout. It's nice to see it around town in bottles. We really need it year round.

It is very pretty in the glass. All black and lacey. The aroma is actually quite outstanding (raised my original rating). Malty brown, roasted and hopped just the right amount.

The taste is very authentic - not really American. I wish it were more American (over the top). It is, none the less, very good.

I don't know what this brew costs elsewhere, but in the brewer's home town, these things are a steal. Highly recommended as an easy drinking stout.

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Photo of tigg924
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
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 mlockman
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The flavor of this oatmeal stout, while perhaps not anything that will make you say "wow!", is 100% on-point for the style. Furthermore, the creamy mouthfeel makes this beer an easy drinker that is a nice alternative to Edmund Fitz.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.49/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass, just a bit past its best by date of 1/31/16
A: Dark brown, almost black with a one-finger head
S: Oatmeal, burnt malt, chocolate malt and cocoa
T: Generally matches the nose but quite burnt overall which isn't particularly pleasant. Adds a bit of smoke
M: Medium-bodied, bitter
O: I'll give it another try fresh/on tap but I'm not sure how that will help

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Photo of 420Dude
2.89/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Never even thought this beer was even worth rating but I figured I'd let everyone know to not waste their money on this beer. I gave one to a friend to get a second opinion(plus I din't even want anymore after a couple and he said it tasted like they burned the ingredients.

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