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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Photo of Jason
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
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 +8.1%
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 +3.8%
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 +10.7%
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 +3.8%
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 +4.1%
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 +9.4%
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 +4.3%
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 +3.6%
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 +9.2%
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 +3.3%
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 +3.3%
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 -10.9%
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 +9.7%
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 +9.4%
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 -0.8%
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 +6.9%
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 -6.4%
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 -11.2%
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 -26.5%
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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Photo of THSdrummer
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a rich black, with a foamy beige head. Any bubbly lacing that is kicked up on the glass after a sip disappears quickly. Biscuit and roasted malts, lactose, and a little caramel sweetness form a great aroma. A little caramel mixes in with roasted malts, and oats to form a creamy taste. Mouth feel is creamy, although somewhat thin. Overall, a good beer. It gets better and better with each sip, even though my first impression of it wasn't that great.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this from the bottle with a few months of age on it, poured chilled in a stout glass.

The color is dark opaque with thick beige cap with fine bead , lace sticks in a film. The smell is very nice with slightly fruity aroma and mild caramel sweet scent with light herbal hop note and a mild roasted coffee odor. The feel is moderately bitter with dry roast texture up front and medium carbonation with light creamy body with dry finish and light char texture.

The taste is very good with creamy body light roast coffee with mild bitterness and light fruitiness with subtle caramel sweetness and light char in the malt with toasted quality and subtle mineral taste from yeast with dry finish and some caramelized sugar flavor in the back. Overall a solid stout I would drink anytime, a good American interpretation of the Oatmeal stout style

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Photo of pbass0
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Got this because they were out of Deschutes. Not a bad beer. My first oatmeal stout and it was much creamier and had less of a bite than what most stouts would have. Probably because it's only 5% abv.

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Photo of biegaman
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ohio City Oatmeal Stout has a label showcasing a white, snowy scene even though the liquid itself is jet black (well, it's unless held closely against the light in which case clear, prune coloured tones can be observed). Nonetheless, this looks like something substantial.

Porters and stouts aren't the only beers worth drinking in the winter, but they can be some of the most satisfying. In times of cold weather the scent of roasted malt - especially when it has a mocha overcoat - will cause eyeballs to roll back into their sockets as quickly as any.

The brewery doesn't say anything about using peppermint so it's either something my head or the variety of hops used. GLBC isn't one to shy away from the green stuff so my bet is on the latter. Either way, the prominent taste of dark chocolate and subtle hint of mint is the perfect holiday season profile.

Another flavour stemming from my imagination is coffee, but just because it wasn't physically added doesn't make it any less real. The rich taste of dark-roast is unmistakable and perfectly compliments the beer's full body and creamy texture. This 5.4% stout is ample but not overwhelming.

Said to pair with flannel blankets and inspire you to toss another log on the fire, Ohio City Oatmeal Stout does exactly that. Currently, the snow is falling, the wind is howling, the darkness is perpetual - winters in the Great Lakes region are a real bitch but beers like this one certainly help us cope.

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Photo of SometimesIfart
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Ohio City Oatmeal Stout.

When great lakes releases something new I tend to hunt it down without mercy. However,finding this stuff proved to be somewhat of a challenge since apparently some guy was going around the whole county buying it all up. Finally found a single bottle. GLBC usually does me pretty well so I'm hoping for the best.

Look - From the twelve ounce bottle hard poured into a pint glass. This brew pours ink black with a finger and a half of mocha head that starts leaving some immediate stock as it dies down to a semi thick cap amongst the swill. Carbonation is unreadable as expected given the depth of the brew.

Smell - Scent starts off with a toasty bitterness that is both like a dark coffee brewed on a cold winter morning with touchea of cake batter. Not a large nor overly complex nose but it came through more than I had anticipated so it'll score a little higher here.

Taste - The oats are as apparent as I have ever come across within a style dedicated to them. There is also what K swear to be just a touch of blueberry. Otherwise it is your usual stout though the chocolate cakey and coffee aspects in this one are surely a step up from your average dark swill. All flavors combine and blend into an easy drinker with enough flavor and balance to keep anybody interested.

Feel - The body is between low and moderate with a small creamy level along side a rather high dosage of carbonation. To style, it fits quite nicely and it swallows easily with nothing getting in the way.

Overall - it isn't a mind blower but it is a rather nice and easy stout for a winter night. Only too bad I'm in southeast Michigan and it's 50 out right now. But global warming is a conspiracy according to your congressman, right?. Not huge on oatmeal stouts, but this one was solid..

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