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 TreyIsWilson
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a dark brown with a one finger off-white head. The head receds quickly leaving some light sticky lacing.

S - Aroma is roasted malts and some faint coffee.

T - The taste is roasted malts, coffee, milk chocolate, and dark chocolate. Bitter black coffee in the finish.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Crisp mouthfeel with a smooth creamy finish.

O - This is a nice drinkable stout. My only complaint is I wish the body was fuller.

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Photo of PhillyB
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I drank this a little faster than I normally would have liked to for a proper review. Still going to give it a try.

Look: A little disappointing. Standard dark beer, with a slightly off-white head that dissipates within a short period. Don't judge a book by it's cover though.

Smell: Very pleasant. Dark chocolate with almost equal milk chocolate/cream notes.

Taste: Very much the same as the smell. Dark chocolate mixed with milk chocolate or cream.

Feel: Smooth, creamy. Slightly lacking in fullness, but very enjoyable.

An almost 3.75 across the board. I quite enjoyed it, but is it my favorite porter? No.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Russet to taupe in color. Middling khaki head dissolves before first sip.

S: Standard light roast on grains, earth elements from coffee, chocolate fruitiness with some sweet cream.

M: Soft and smooth. A little bite of carbonation. I think it lacks some in body.

T: Iced coffee soda. Some elements of chocolate, woodsy birch, sarsparilla, licorice bark. Great roasted finish. Earthy and strong grain element persists.

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Photo of Vogie
3.49/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pour a black slightly brown with a khaki colored head. Aromas of roasted malts and maybe some dark chocolate. The taste is similar roasty, some chocolate, maybe some black licorice. Mouthfeel is light, no carbonation, pretty thin.

An ok oatmeal stout that needed a little more flavor and creaminess.


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Photo of StoutHunter
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
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 fx20736
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bought a single bottle from Beers of the World, November 2015. Served cool in a Duvel tulip.

Look: Black, thin khaki head

Smell: roast, hint of licorice

Taste: roast, touch of coffee, touch of cocoa

Feel: maybe a little carbonated for the style

Overall: ok

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Photo of buschbeer
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
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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Photo of maedhros09
3.54/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look: Dark brown/black but still somewhat transparent. 2-3 fingers of tan head that settles slowly but doesn't leave much lacing
Smell: Roasty, nothing out of the ordinary.
Taste: Strong roast flavors and a pronounced bitterness towards the finish. The bitterness seems to me related to the roasted malt rather than hops, and was excessive to the point of unpleasantness. Fairly dry on the balance.
Feel: Full-bodied, somewhat smooth but fully carbonated.

Overall: If it weren't for the strong bitterness in the finish, which seems out of character for an oatmeal stout, I would have liked this one just fine. The main distinguishing feature compared to the Edmund Fitzgerald porter is a more pronounced roasted malt character. I didn't perceive a significant difference in mouthfeel, but I didn't do a head to head comparison either.

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Photo of morimech
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown that looks black in the glass. Barely one finger of head forms and settles to a thin cap. Quite a bit of spotty lacing is left down the glass. Not the most impressive looking oatmeal stout. Aroma of cocoa, dark roasted coffee, and herbal and earthy hops. Flavor is pretty straight forward with the dark and roasted malt. Pleasant cocoa notes and a mild roast of malt. Earthy in the finish. The body is where this should of shined but again it fell short of other oatmeal stouts. Nice enough oatmeal stout which there are not many on store shelves.

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Photo of bsp77
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Very dark ruby with impressive tan head.

Smell: Rich chocolate, roasted notes, oats and a light mustiness.

Taste: Chocolate and roast, with a slight grainy sharpness. Not too much hops, but the beer stays on the drier end of the spectrum. Slightly more subtle than I hoped for.

Feel: Moderately low carbonation with a creamy body. However, it is quite thin.

Overall: Despite being a little too subtle and thin, this is very drinkable.

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Photo of ZAP
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
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 BeerFMAndy
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
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 1000lbgrizzly
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Coffee brown but translucent body, tan silky head, lots of bubbles. Toasty grain, chocolate on the nose. Toasted grain, chocolate, sweet flavors. Feel is incredible, silky smooth medium bodied, some might consider it flat but to me this is smooth stuff.
Simple but delicious stuff.

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Photo of Masonz223
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: dark black with a mocha tan head
Smell: roasted coffe milk chocolate
Taste: dark coffe upfront light dark chocolate taste middle of the mouth
Smooth roasty dry finish
Feel: light body smooth
Overall: a very solid stout light easy drinking

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Photo of FriedSlug
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark black with a nice tan head that leaves lacing all over the place. The smell is roasty malts and coffee mainly with an underlying sweetness. The taste is very different from the smell. The taste is mainly burnt coffee followed by a nice sweetness and perhaps a hint of chocolate. This beer smells way better than it tastes but that is not to say that it tastes bad. It is just not as complex as the nose would lead you to believe.

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Photo of Nyg
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours nice and black light lacing with tasty tan head. Not heavy at all. Very medium body with a nice oatmeal taste with chocolate and coffee hints. Very drinkable very little bitterness. I'll drink again

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

(enjoy by 01/31/16 - poured into a shaker)

L: very dark, burgundy-brown, nearly opaque, but with nice clarity when held to a light... I've poured a few now, and the foam has little retention

S: rather bold hard cookie malty base (think less-spiced ginger snap) with overtones of dark cocoa powder and fresh ground coffee... bit of a grassy thread through the middle, though not openly hoppy... maybe also a touch of molasses sweetness in the middle... pretty American stout aromas

T: bit more citrus-y hop flavor apparent right away, carrying through the finish... above-average bitterness,
short of biting, which lasts long through the aftertaste with some traces of sweet coffee and a nutty, dark-toasted (semi-burnt) granola... not notably chocolaty nor sweet - it's pretty much a backbone of toasty dark malts with a clean, dry finish

F: nearly glassy-smooth in its rather light body with a lightly-lively spritz on the palate... perhaps only a delicate viscosity in the finish, vague grittiness... arguably relatively light-bodied considering the boldness of some of its flavors - not quite thin, but a bit lacking in dimension

O: nice, flavorful, clean, easy-drinking - could see having as many as 2 or 3 if the mood calls for it... decidedly American malt profile - a little more depth and complexity in that department would be great - perhaps scale back the bite of its (roasty/hoppy) bitterness to let the other flavors show through more?... overall, solid enough, but won't buy another sixer

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
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 fscottkey
3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

A: [4.50] Black looking beer. The beer has 1 figner of khaki tan head. the head is pretty uniform and clings to the sides. The head has good retention. The bottle lists a best by date (02/06/16) and lists the ABV at (5.4%)

S: [4.00] Roasted malts,mild chocolate with cream.

T: [3.75] Tasted marshmallow flavor. Roasted malts. The toasted malt flavor is really nice.

M: [2.75] The body is smooth and creamy but it feels VERY carbonated. Like drinking a Coke. It is really a jarring amount of carbonation and it throws an Oatmeal Stout out of kilter.

O: [3.75] This beer looks, smells and tastes really good. It falls down on mouth feel. It is very carbonated and it really distracts from the flavors. It almost seems like it has to be a bad bottle or something because GLBC usually makes top notch beers.

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Photo of BB1313
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Enjoy by 2/3/16. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours almost black with a light khaki head that fades leaving nice retention and lacing. The aromas are full of cocoa malts. Hints of anise along with some very subtle coffee notes. Very roasty. The flavors follow the nose. Lots of roasted malts. Lots of anise. Hints of chocolate. A touch of coffee. Finishes very clean and dry. Alcohol goes completely unnoticed. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's light, but has boys to it. Actively carbonation while remaining creamy and fluffy. Smooth stuff.

Very good stuff. Perfect light stout for the winter time. Very quaffable and well crafted. Recommended.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
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 jwc215
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
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 SomethingClever
4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
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 smakawhat
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
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 Blueribbon666
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
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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Great Lakes Ohio City Oatmeal Stout from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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