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

very good
368 Ratings
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by aaronh on 02-03-2003

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Ratings: 368 |  Reviews: 101
Photo of kcc
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of zp6167a
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 Dewsby
3.06/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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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Photo of rspauldi
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Harrison8
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
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 PatrickCT
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of prototypic
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of warrendietrich2001
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of FBarber
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of shanegatter
2.87/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Decent but needs more flavor of somethings, anything

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Photo of DMarlinJ
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Wajohnst
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of byronic
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 dbattey
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of pbass0
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
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 +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 TheSupremeAJ
4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Uniobrew31
3.42/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jmartinger
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Raime
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
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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Great Lakes Ohio City Oatmeal Stout from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
3.92 out of 5 based on 368 ratings.
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