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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 Masonz223
3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
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 -3.8%
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 -0.8%
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 -4.1%
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 +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 fscottkey
3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
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 +1.8%
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%
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 +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 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 smakawhat
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
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 +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 superspak
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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 Brutaltruth
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed from the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This nice oatmeal pours a nice blackish brown with a pale tan head of foam that dissipates to a thin ring, thin layer, and decent lacing. Nose of moderate to dark roasted malts, light nuttiness, and a touch of cream. Flavors exceed the nose with dark roasted malts, smoothed out by oats, and followed mid taste with light cocoa and a touch of coffee and cream mixed with a touch of cola. Warmth brings out more flavors, yet there is a touch of metallic on the back that is odd for this brewery. Good mouth feel, good carbonation, moderately coating.

Nice minus the metallic flavor which is hard to say since I am a huge fan of this brewer.


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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 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 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 barczar
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
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 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 K-Dog
3.46/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Didnt expect this this to be great but thought it would have been at least decent. Very thin appearance. Smelled of slight liquorice. Taste at first was slightly mint, then just watered down nothing. I know it's basically a see soon stout at 5.6 percent but this was just not good. Oh well blackout stout will be avaiable shortly.

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Photo of glass_house
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Just a very solid all around oatmeal stout. Nothing jumps out as incredible but it so smooth, bordering on creamy, with plenty of mild coffee and soft cocoa. A bit light, but full enough to carry the flavors, subtle as they may be. Finishes clean with a slight semi-sweet chocolate bitterness. Excellent option when a lighter stout is what you seek.

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Photo of Glanzman
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle served in a pint glass.

Pours a jet black color with a 1/2 fingered, tan head. Minimal lacing.

Smells of dark toasted malts and biscuit.

To be honest, not much flavor. I was expecting a robust, roasted malt flavor with stronger bits of coffee and chocolate. For me, there's not much to this beer. Kind of like a Guinness... a stout and nothing special to it.

I really wanted to love this beer. I live a few miles from the brewery (and love most of their beers)... I had it on tap once a few years ago (I thought I remembered it being better)... I love stouts... it had a cool looking "wintery" label on the bottle... and so I was excited when they announced they were being offered in a six pack and bought them the day they came out. Now I am wondering what to do with the other 5.

UPDATE: After a week and 3 of them downed, its grown on me a little more. Still not great, but better than my original review.

I still won't be buying these again (too many great beers out there) but I will finish the six pack instead of giving them away.

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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 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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Great Lakes Ohio City Oatmeal Stout from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
3.9 out of 5 based on 306 ratings.
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