Blue Point Oatmeal Stout | Blue Point Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Blue Point Brewing Company
New York, United States
bluepointbrewing.com

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-11-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
90
Ratings:
214
Avg:
3.7
pDev:
15.14%
 
 
Wants:
5
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27
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Reviews: 90 | Ratings: 214
Photo of ThickNStout
2.53/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle from Lucky's (Woodstock, GA). 3.99. No bottling date. Served in a Wild Heaven snifter.

Pours flat black with a half finger head that neither stays around very long nor leaves lace.

Sweet, metallic and a bit earthy sour nose.

Bitter dark chocolate, sweet sourdough bread, burn caramel and sour cherries.

Thin but slightly oily feel with light but apparent carbonation.

Overall a dissapointment. There are way too many good stouts around for me to ever revisit this.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
2.6/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

The latest offering from my Long Island beer haul.

Dark brown with a peaceful blanket of beige retention. Leaves a few flakes of retention but not much. A dusting of lace if you will.

Char, ash and Raisinettes at first sip. That ruckus fades after a bit and leaves a quite pleasing dry roast oat aroma.

Tastes like watery chocolate and odd roast malt. There's an off flavor there that this beer is soaked in and I can't place it exactly but another review said chlorine - that's about right. Chlorinated.

This wasn't very good.

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Photo of DNICE555
2.65/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Plan B Double Date night review. The only blue point brew I have thought was decent was the hoptical illusion. The rest have left a lot to be desired. Hopefully this one will change my opinion.

A - Received a pint at the table with zero head and zero lacing. Looks thin and oily. I feel like I could fill up a ballpoint pen and write with this stuff.

S - Weak malty aroma with a shot of coffee. Not impressed.

T - I have had some good hearty oatmeal stouts before. This is not one of them. This is like an anorexic version of one of those tasty stouts. No bold statements - weak flimsy malt backbone with some low grade coffee grounds and chocolate thinly dispersed within.

M - Flat bud light.

D - It's so weak and light it'll go down fast but I'm not looking for a stout to chug. If you want to fill up your beer pong cups with a stout - use this one. If you want something with any character at all - avoid this one.

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Photo of wcintula
2.75/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Had on tap at Surf Bar, Brooklyn.

Looks decent, black body with big brown head, but dissipates fast. The smell is weak but but chocolate and roasted aromas can be picked out here and in the flavor. The body is very thin. Maybe they should just multiply the recipe by 1.5, because it just seems all around weak.

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Photo of Sammy
2.78/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Draft at Prime 16. Very watery, black with some head and lace. Water tasted clorine. Not working. Some chocolate malt,malting and some roast but not really a sweet stout style. Fairly weak for the style. I could use this for cooking however.Passable.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
2.81/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Pours a dark brown color with a slightly off white head. Aroma of roasted malt, charcoal, somewhat meaty. Brewed with oatmeal but not nearly as smooth as some of the more famed versions of the style. Thin, boring, not really flavorful. Roasted malt, faint hops, bit of coffee. Thin, over force carbonated mouthfeel. Most American breweries take on this style and are much more inspired. Sub par.

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Photo of godlessape
2.82/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This brew pours an extremely dark brown body with a tan head that vanishes, completely, within a minute.
The aroma is dominated by the roasted malt, with notable dark chocolate notes.
The flavor is rather flat in all regards--the roasted malt, the coffee notes as well as the chocolate and the non existent oat flavor. Nothing jumps out at all and nothing says "nicely balanced".
The mouthfeel is light and thin and just as underwhelming as the taste.
Overall, given the fact that Blue Point is a great brewery, this is an astonishing dud.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
2.88/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed on 8/9/08. On tap at the brewery. Pours a dark brown with a hardly there light tan head. Aroma is quite sweet, of sweet roasted malt. Flavor of the same sweet roasted malt, weak palate. Tastes like your typical mediocre stout. Meh.
6/4/6/3/12 (3.1/5)

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Photo of shand
2.9/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Well, this is a weird beer. It looks tasty, the mouthfeel is great, the aroma is solid if perhaps a touch over-roasted, but there's something just a little bit off on the taste. If I knew more about how to catch beers with infections that haven't fully taken over yet, I might be able to describe it better, because I have a sneaky feeling that's what's going on here. There's a tart, slightly fruity flavor in the back that really doesn't fit the beer's flavor profile. It's too bad, because this would be a tasty one otherwise.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.92/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Brief impressions from a brown glass bottle picked up for $4.99 USD at a Brooklyn bodega:

Nice cascading khaki colour head with a soft even consistency. ~5-6cm in height with good (~5-7 minute) retention. Leaves a nice layer of even coating on the sides of the glass as it recedes. Body colour is, predictably, an opaque solid black. No yeast or sediment is visible within.

Aroma brings notes of sweet chocolate (malt), caramel, Whoppers-redolent malted milk balls, and a hint of roast along with the requisite dark malt sweetness. Suggests a beer that's too sweet for an oatmeal stout, lacking adequate balancing bitterness from roasted barley or other means (coffee, char, burnt sugars, etc.). Aromatic intensity is average.

Texture is light and thin bordering on watery, but has a nice smoothness and wetness to it - owing to the smoothening oats the style is named for. Well-carbonated with a nice softness and creaminess to it. Unrefreshing (to style). More body and dryness would help. The label calls it "silky" - which is a bit of a stretch, but I see what they're going for.

But texture is hardly the main issue here. It's indeed a bit too sweet in terms of (im)balance, but the most fundamental problem here is the lack of depth of flavour; there are no vivid deep expressive notes - just some shallow chocolate malt, the usual generic dark malt sweetness, and maybe some caramel/hints of roast. Build is too simple to interest discerning drinkers, and I don't require much of an oatmeal stout - just a nice one-two punch of robust dark malts and roasted barley; this doesn't deliver. Average flavour duration and intensity.

To style, there are no overt hop flavours. I find no overt off-flavours. No yeasty notes.

Overall, it's drinkable fare but it's also a bit of a shrug of a beer - but then what can one really expect in a $5.00 bomber? Oh, wait, actually a lot - see Lagunitas Hop Stoopid. Blue Point needs to go way bigger on the roasted malt(ed barley), get rid of the crystal malt & give this more body, and commit to more complexity (coffee wouldn't hurt, but if this delivered in terms of style basics it wouldn't need it). I can't imagine any drinker who's aware of both brands reaching for this over, say, Trader Joe's Stockyard Oatmeal Stout - and that's a lot cheaper and more widely available than this. Heaven forbid this try to compete with Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout, let alone Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast or other style paragons. I imagine it's successful because of Blue Point's niche "budget bomber" approach, but it's not a beer I'd buy a second time unless the selection at a given store was bleak. Not bad - just mediocre.

C (2.92) / AVERAGE

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Photo of dudecandle
3.05/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Near pitch-black body with one-finger head when served. The head disappeared, and never came back. I agitated perhaps more than I've ever agitated before without seeing a speck of head. Granted, when it comes to stouts, it's more likely, but still a bit surprising.

S: Smoke, and some delicate dark fruit. Chocolate was there, and maybe some coffee was drowned into the smoke as well.

T: Smoke. The chocolate and a bit of a toasted grain were there as well, but in the end, as the beer warmed, it didn't open up, it closed up to the point where all I could taste was the smoke. Horribly disappointed.

M/D: Given the dominance of the smoke, by the end it felt like drinking toasted gasoline. I couldn't finish the pint, and I always finish my pints. It was a beer that started off well, and just fell apart completely in all aspects.

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Photo of Mancer
3.07/5  rDev -17%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

This beer poured a dark brown color with a weak yellow head. The lacing seemed weak for a stout and barely stuck. The initial smell was coffee. The initial taste of the beer was the coffee, which led to some oat flavor and finished with a light maltiness. The brew had a light body with light carbonation.

The key word with this beer is "light." Everything about this beer is light. Sure the coffee smell was nice, but I really wanted a thick and creamy stout, not a dark light beer. I can't say I would seek this beer out anywhere.

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Photo of negroobserver
3.21/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

C: Dark. Chocolatey.
S: Nutty tones.
T: Mild nutty taste with mild coffee flavor. Medium body, but still light. Tastes more like a nut brown ale than a stout.
C: Medium Carbonation.
WYDA?: Would drink again if it's the only "stout" in the bar.
C+ / B-

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nearly black with a small head of dark tan foam atop, just an island really.
Smell is of mainly roasted malt and wet cardboard with a touch of hops.
Taste is cardboard, hops, malt and, I believe, burnt toffee.
Medium body and medium effervescence. A decent brew but just middle of the pack for style. No sweetness to speak of either. So, nothing special here.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.27/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer is poured out a little thinner looking than I expected. The color of the beer was a dark brown and doesn't look too much like a stout to me. The head was thin and basically vanished into nothing. The smell of the beer was a little roasted. The taste of the beer was toasted and a little dry. The mouthfeel was very thin in my opinion. Overall I wasn't super thrilled with this beer, I might try it again but not if it's from a cask.

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Photo of BrewDoctor
3.27/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 5

Cask @ Blind Tiger in 9/03.

This stout is pours a deep dark mahogany color with a thick to medium head that reminds me of fudge swirl ice cream or the froth in a cappuccino.

The smell was feint, but was mildy sweet, with hints of coffee.

The taste is mild, but definately malty. Malt flavor includes a light sweetness, roasted grains, and coffee. The hops didn't make an appearance until I was 1/2 done with beer. However, it was a welcome surprise. I spicy tone that helps the otherwise 'thin' flavor.

This brew was 'thin' on the palate and had very little mouthfeel. Almost non-existent until the appearance of the hops. Perhaps this one was served before it's time.

This brew has decent drinkability as it is light for an oatmeal stout.

I'd like to try this one in the bottle for another interpretation.

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Photo of Bung
3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Draft at VGBG.
Dark brown pour, very light tan head. Laces pretty well., bu this is a lighter looking stout.

Somewhat subdued aroma, some roast malt, dark chocolate, oak.

Taste matches pretty well, not real powerful either. Toasted malt, a twang from the oat. Some chocolate, finishes with faint coffee.

On the thinner side, borderline watery. Very easy to drink though. A warm weather stout.

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Photo of adam42381
3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes at World of Beer - Fort Myers on 11/17/11.

Poured on draft into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark woody brown with a 1/2 finger medium tan head. Decent lacing.

Smell: Earthy malt with a light touch of roasted malt.

Taste: Roasted malt up front followed by sweet citrus in the middle before ending with unsweetened chocolate at the finish. Aftertaste is unsweetened chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a high amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Decent drinkability. You wouldn't want more than a couple.

Overall: Decent beer overall. It doesn't taste anything like what I expect from an oatmeal stout. I wouldn't recommend this one.

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Photo of Gmann
3.34/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a black color with a huge pillow khaki colored head that slowly settles.

The aroma is disappointing for a stout. Really not much there, perhaps some grain and light metal.

Light roast in the flavor, some grain. Not much of a bitterness from the roasted barley. Kind of similar to a Guiness but not nearly as grainy. Just a very muted flavor. Not much oatmeal flavor except for the fact that it might neutralize the roasted barley. I must say there is a nice smoothness to this beer.

The feel is moderate with fizzy carbonation. Very balanced, perhaps too balanced. Drinks very easy and I love the lower ABV.

Not a flavorful stout. However it does provide a roasty brew with low abv which is rare. A couple of notches above your standard Guiness (not Foreign Export).

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Photo of gentlebubbles
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

on cask at The Ginger Man

It's gorgeous. Let me admire its black body and creamy tan head, smell its sweet and sour hops. Yet somehow it looks thin. Sure enough, the body is quite thin.

It has nice tiny creamy bubbles, but I can't say it tastes all that distinctive: dark malt, bit of wine in the finish, like sherry or port, not particularly oatmealy. A decent stout. The more I drink, the more I think it's like Guinness without the nitro, it's a bit sour, a bit metallic, a bit sweet. But nothing much of anything.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Strong aroma has firm tones of roast coffee, semi-sweet chocolate and molasses plus a hint of honey. It is sweet but not cloying or repulsive. Pours a deep sable just a whisker or two above black with a thick, fluffy and rather persistent light tan head. Flavor, unfortunately, does not quite live up to the very tempting aroma. It has the mocha and molasses tones that the aroma promised, but these are on the wan and watery side. Texture has watery body and not much fizz. Finish is smoky with coffee, chocolate and caramel notes. OK, not great, but worthy of at least a try.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.41/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served ina wellington glass.

Appearance: Very dark brown, well let me rephrase that pretty much black with a light head, it rises but drops to nothing before sipping.

Smell: Bland coffee-chocolate scent but real light.

Taste: It isn't crazy impressing but still good, I like the coffee notes and malt finish. Lightly bitter with a chocolate feel that is appetizing

Mouth: Has a slightly peculiar after-taste light to medium carbonation but still crisp.

Overall: I have and you have had better oatmeal stouts, granted for the price it does the job. Not meant to wow, it just enough. Salud!

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Photo of DIM
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

a: This had a black body and was served to me with medium sized, big bubble head.

s: Fairly mild overall, I found some nutty roast with hints of coffee and chocolate.

t: Again, on the mild side, but very smooth. Roasted nuts with some coffee bitterness at the end.

m: Thin and a bit watery, not liking the cask conditioning on this one.

o: There is a pretty good stout here, but the cask hinders this one I suspect.

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Photo of RickS95
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

22 ounce bomber

It's extremely dark. There's simply nothing light about it. The head is a bit thin and not all that impressive and that's what keeps the score down.

As you'd imagine, it's a malt bomb. There's a bit of a chocolately scent to it, but caramel dominates. Slight anise and vanilla hint to it.

There's some malt to it, as well as a splash of hops, but it's lacking in lots of things. Caramel is all that really comes through and it mostly tastes like a watered down coke.

Needs some work. It's got a thin, watery feel. Somehow, it finishes with a carbonated bite but there's something missing that binds everything together. It's got a smoothness to it, but the watery feel early on and the carbonated feel in the swallow keep the smoothness underwhelming.

It's an easy drinker. ABV is only moderate at best. There's no alcohol or hop presence. It looks and smells pretty good, but it tastes and feels more like a water down soft drink.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this one up at New Beer Distributors in NYC. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my DFH tulip.

a - Pours a pitch black color with one finger of dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks really nice.

s - Smells of roasted malts, sweet chocolate, coffee, bitter chocolate, burnt malts, and toasted malts. Very nice nose; like it a lot.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, cream, coffee, and some sweet dark fruits. A little light and weak; pretty average taste.

m - Light to medium body and moderate carbonation. Body is a little too thin for me, and a little watery.

o - Overall a pretty decent stout. The beer looks great and smells awesome, full of coffee, roasted notes, and chocolate. The taste is okay, though a bit weak, and the body is a little too thin. Not my favorite oatmeal stout or BP beer, but worth checking out.

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