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

Jus in time for cooler weather, the classic oatmeal stout emerges from a world of imperial-this and double-that for a robust flavor that's friendly to the palate and won't unnecessarily fatigue the senses. Great Lakes Brewing Company gets back to basics with Ohio City Stout.

Gentlemanly black and capped with a mocha-stained, whipped cream froth, As suggested in its appearance, its robust and earthy perfume wafts over the senses with coffee, cream, dark chocolate and burnt toast. Its malty upstart is of sweet char as the taste of seared caramels and toffees play a savory tune on the early palate.

The heart of the stout reveals a toasty and roasty focus as the stout opens up on the middle palate. Dark-roast coffee, bittersweet chocolate, roasting walnut and heavy whipping cream layer onto the tongue giving impressions of malted milk-chocolate candies. Modest bitterness is suggestive of coffee-like earth and wood as the beer's later taste is light of cereal and soil.

Medium-full in body, the beer's creamy and starchy texture trends drying and lightening late and suggests a high rate of drinkability and an almost refreshing mouthfeel. Hints of licorice and chicory shine through the creaminess of oats and keep the excitement coming with each and every sip.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, best before 1/31/2016. Pours crystal clear very dark brown color with a 1 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toasted oats, dark bread, light smoke/dark fruit, herbal, floral, and roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of roast/bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toasted oats, dark bread, light smoke/dark fruit, herbal, floral, and roasted earthiness. Light herbal/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toasted oats, dark bread, light smoke, and herbal/roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of roast/bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate roasted dryness after the finish as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/silky/bready, and slightly chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 5.4%. Overall this is a damn good oatmeal stout. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of roast/bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of oberon
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
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 dbrauneis
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at Great Lakes Brewing Co (CLE Airport location) in Cleveland, OH

A: Pours an opaque very dark amber (almost black) in color with light amounts of gentle carbonation and a light amount of brown highlights. The beer has a finger tall frothy tan head that slowly reduces to a medium patch of thick film and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of roasted malts, coffee beans, and just a touch of chocolate.

T: Light to moderate flavors of roasted malts with some light notes of chocolate and coffee. There is a light presence of oats and just a touch of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin for the style but still creamy.

O: I was actually a little disappointed in this beer - the rest of the beers that I have tried from the brewery have been really good and this one is just mediocre in my opinion. Easy to drink but really nothing stands out about it.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
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 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 TMoney2591
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in a shaker pint glass at Durty Nellie's.

Gotta jump on every tap-only GLBC offering when you can. Take my word for it. Anyway, this stuff pours a straight obsidian topped by two fingers of light khaki foam. The nose comprises cocoa powder and light roasted malts. The taste brings in more of the same, with everything coming through soft, as though in a child's dream. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, a nice little oatmeal stout, nothing special, but something easily drinkable and generally enjoyable.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
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 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 smakawhat
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Dark walnut brown body, with excellent dark red edges and hues. Creamed top light tan with espresso creamy color apperance and a big crown bowled puck as it settles. Two fingers tall, and with a nearly nitro looking appearance. Very nice looking stout.

Classic roasted grain notes, a hint of cream and sweetness like flavors on the nose as well. Small hint of vanilla, a little bit of white flour, mild sensing milk chocolate as well.

Palate manages some of the basics, with a little bit of oddity. Lightly roasted and moderate senses of dark grains. Finishes kind of bitter with also a bit of prickly carbonation feeling as well. Slightly acrid and sour twinge a bit in the mid palate as well, which is a little distracting. Muted chocolate notes, not much creamy texture, but a hint of vanilla kicks in slightly.

Most of the pieces are there, but manages a little bit of sour grain that takes away from much of the other beers pleasurable qualities.

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Photo of jwc215
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
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 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 GreesyFizeek
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
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 Stinkypuss
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Great Lakes : Ohio City Oatmeal Stout

Look: Pours a dark opaque brown. Retention ok, off white head. No real lace to speak of, looks fairly simple.

SMELL: Roast, smoke, somewhat meaty. Malty, nutty and chocolatey.

Taste: Coffee, roasted malt, mild vanilla and cocoa. Pronounced oatmeal like flavor. Mild herbal hop character. Agreeable and session able ale, I found that one was not enough and had a second pint. Solid roasty American stout with black malt flavor.

FEEL: Medium bodied, smooth and well carbonated. Oats doing their work here to smooth out the brew.

Overall: A tasty oatmeal stout. One I could easily have a few of. The oatmeal was present in the flavor and could remind the casual drinker of a hearty breakfast.

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Photo of biegaman
4/5  rDev +2%
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 rhoadsrage
2.98/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

(Served in a nonic)

A- This beer has a black body that is very dense and a light creamy tan head that last for a minute never to be seen again.

S- The smell of earthy black malt is very light and only comes through after a heavy sip.

T- The big taste of coffee roasted malt flavor has a slight dark cola note to it with a clean open finish. There is a very light hint of malt bitterness that hangs on the tongue but only for a split second.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a watery texture.

D- This beer is very light and soft with more black lager qualities than oatmeal stout flavors. I didn't get any slipperiness in texture or oatmeal flavor at all. Everything that the blackout stout is this one is not.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
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 barczar
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I could smell the oats and toasted, nutty malt as soon as I opened the bottle. Underlying roast notes and hints of chocolate emerge late.

There's an acidic dark malt/metallic bite upfront, which becomes toasted and nutty mid palate, finishing with a roast bitterness and dark chocolate.

A good beer that would be even better without that acid/metallic character.

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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 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 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 Bung
3.28/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Tap at Duckworths. Cola black pour, layer of tan with some bubbles within. Some minimal lacing.

Aroma, roast malt, milder coffee dark chocolate and milder yet anise.

Taste, definetely some oats upfront, along with a tad bit of peanut and cardboard. Nice light chocolates. Some mineral water. Very light coffee and roast in the finish.

A tad thin, a tad high carbonation, may be more a result of the establishment. Very easy drinker. Session type stout as I imagine it was intended. Not sure where the ratings anywhere near 4 could be coming from.

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Photo of ZAP
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Just a delicious oatmeal stout. Loaded with coffee roast, and dark cocoa. Aroma has almost a musty like characteristic. Body is creamy but a touch thinnish. Great beer for a big breakfast at your campsite.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of Great Lakes Ohio City Oatmeal Stout a couple weeks ago for $1.69. I'm in the mood for a stout tonight and I thought I would give this one a try, so lets see how it goes. best by January 24th 2016 Poured from brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks nice, it's got a good design and it's a little eye catching. IT poured a very dark brown color that took on a little more of a brown color when held to the light with a fingers worth of darker tan head that died to a thin ring that eventually faded away and it didn't really leave any lacing behind. This is a nice looking beer, but I wish it had a little better head and lacing.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the roasted and charred malts being the first to show up and they impart some nice roasted and slightly charred aroma along with some coffee and chocolate showing up in the background with the coffee sticking out a little more than the chocolate. Up next there's a noticeable nutty aroma with a little bit of doughy yeast aroma in the background. This beer has a good aroma, I like it and it's true to style.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with the roasted malts being the first to show up and they impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma with the charred malts seeming to show up a little more and the chocolate shows up a little less. Up next i get a slight watery flavor that leads into that doughy yeast with that noticeable nutty aspect also coming through. On the finish there's a lighter amount of bitterness with a nice roasted and coffee like aftertaste. This is a pretty nice beer, it's a pretty solid example of the style, but I wish it didn't have that slight watery aspect.

M- Smooth, pretty crisp, a little prickly, on the very light side of being medium bodied with a higher amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is ok, but I wish it was a little creamy and not so carbonated.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and I thought it was a solid example of the style, but it did have a few aspects that made it a little rough around the edges. This beer has ok drinkability, but I think one would be my limit since I can't see myself wanting two in a row. What I like the most about this beer is the aroma and taste, they were both good and the highlights of this beer. What I liked the least about this beer is the mouthfeel, it could use some work and it would be better if it was just a little creamy. I might buy this beer again and I wouldn't turn one down. I recommend giving it a try if your a fan of the style or stouts in general. All in all I liked this beer, but I didn't love and I think it needs just a little more work. Its not favorite Great Lakes beer and it's a little above average for the style. Nice job guys, this is a solid Oatmeal stout.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
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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