Heartland Brewery Farmer Jon's Oatmeal Stout | Heartland Brewery Union Square

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Heartland Brewery Union Square
New York, United States

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-21-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 150 |  Reviews: 63
Photo of bejaranobio
5/5  rDev +29.5%

Photo of beerluvr
4.8/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow! Came to the table with a creamy frothy and quite healthy light tan head that just about refused to fall upon opaque black liquid. Nose had aromas of oats, chocolate and slight coffee tones. The taste was great, a mix of sweet maltiness giving way to silky-smooth oats, with just enough hoppiness to off set the sweet notes. Finshed long and smooth...I had absolutely no problem whatsoever in polishing off three pints of this after a pint of the Barleywine.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.8/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tasted on-tap 01/10/07 at the Heartland Brewery Times Square in NY, NY.

Black in color with a nice light brown head. Nice balanced roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate aromas and flavors. No hop character really noticable but it's certainly balanced nicely. Medium-full bodied and creamy smooth (likely due to the oats) with a nice roasty espresso-like finish.

A very nice Award Winning Oatmeal Stout that is a definite must- try !

Per HB website: 6% ABV.
1999 GABF - Silver
1997 GABF - Gold
1995 GABF - Bronze

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Photo of ejane
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

Photo of mrgreent2
4.62/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The gums from the Oatmeal really stand out making the mouthfeel smooth and it goes down easily and kept me wanting more, despite it being a heavier beer. Subtle at first but the taste develops into a somewhat complex mixture of oatmeal and caramel/maple. Maybe a little chocolaty. No bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of CrescentLake
4.53/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I frequent Heartland, and I consider Farmer John's to be one of- if not THE- premier stout in the city. It's drinkability is uparralled for an oatmeal stout. The complexity roots from the typical heavy notes of deep roasted barley, chocolate, espresso being expressed smoothly. The mouth feel and drinkablity vs. the taste are what make this beer an absolute paradox... and that is why it's great... whether it's a wind-blown winter day or a smulter summer scorcher, I highly recommend this beer in NYC.

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Photo of GrandpaGeorg
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of jneiswender
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer as part of a flight at the Radio City location. Cool and in sample glass.

Nice and thick light tan head with a very dark brown body. Light smell (faint coffee).

Dark toast flavor, creamy flavor. Dark chocolate.

Light mouthfeel and slick.

Excellent representation of the style. Authentic.

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of Samdaddy
4.48/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this beer with lunch and it was quite a treat. Rich and smooth it goes good by itself or with something to eat. It has a pitch black body with an adequate head. Similar to Samuel Smith's oatmeal stout, but it seemed to have less of a powerful finish. If you're ever in Times Square stop by the brewery, I seriously doubt you'll be disappointed

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Photo of orcasteve
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

sampled this one at the empire state building location

this one is smooth and robust, it is sweet in the bigining and bitter in the end. it is beautifly ballanced start to finish. i loved this one so much i had to bring a growler home with me!!! i wish that i dident have to drive 6 hours away to get this

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Photo of RoyalT
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This Oatmeal Stout is almost black in color with some pretty ruby highlights around the edges. The full, tanned head showed good retention.

Smell – The dark roasted malt backbone was covered in oatmeal, fine coffee, and baker’s cocoa. All of these smells came together like a symphony. I usually enjoy drinking better than smelling, but this nose was awesome.

Taste – The big oatmeal from the nose softened up a bit at the tongue and was highlighted with delicate cocoa notes. The backbone here was a dark, almost burnt roasty malt flavor. What a combination!

Mouthfeel – This one is medium-bodied, almost fluffy, and very well balanced.

Drinkability – This is a very even-handed yet exceptional example of this uncommon beer style.

Comments – This is Heartland’s award-winning beer that is advertised at every tourist location in the city. There are even giant posters of “Farmer Jon” drinking his oatmeal stout gracing the large picture windows on the ground floor of the Empire State Building (where you stand in line to get in). I was sure that it wouldn’t live up to the hype.

Well, it did. This is an incredible beer. Why the hell they can’t do any other style this good I do not know.

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Photo of stegmakk
4.39/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I thought I was being served oil. It was completely black until held to the light (got a few stares), then a tiny but of ruby came through the black murk. Had a great head that lasted and left lacing.
The aroma was a bit weak of roasted coffee oat. Not bad but surprisingly weak.
Then the taste. Another Wow. This had an almost perfect flavor. Roasted malt, oats, great slight bitter taste to it. Damn fine.
Mouthfeel was slick, but not as thinck as the taste and look lead me to believe. still good though.
Drinkability, this is my beer of choice at Heartland. I had a couple before I had to go to my concert.

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Photo of bultrey
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an excellent beer, and one of the best examples of the style I've ever had, even better than Barney Flats from Anderson Valley, which I thought was the shit for a while.
I had it in a pint glass at the Heartland at the South St. Seaport in Manhattan. Served at a proper temperature, that is to say cool, not cold. The color is gorgeous dark brown/black, and the aroma is nice, but not overwhelming. Coffee roastiness and malt sweetness abound. The taste and the mouthfeel can really not be separated, as they depend on each other so much. The creamy mouthfeel made me feel like I was drinking a fine, dark, sweeter stout, mixed with some milk. The initial sweetness is punctuated with nuttiness from the oatmeal, and yields to a fine, dark, roasty, coffee and chocolate maltiness. This is so damn smooth, several pints would not be a problem, something you can not say for most stouts.

Overall a class act, and clearly the breadwinner of the Heartland family. The rest of their beers, sadly, are not very good (except the pumpkin ale), seemingly made to cater to the weak beer drinkers of the world.

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Photo of HimerMan
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery below the Empire State Building 6/23/06.

Incredible darkness with a small but nice looking white head. The smell of chocolate and espresso come through very nicely.

Taste - very smooth, a lot of creamy/chocolatey sweetness that really fills the mouth with flavor.

Overall - I am very happy with this beer, it is incredibly easy to drink, compliments food well and is smooth (no alcohol sharpness, no overly used rolled oat flavors, or strange chocolate). This is a really well made Oatmeal stout.

I would absolutely suggest going here and trying this beer, it is my favorite one in the brewery - by far. My only regret is having the 16oz of this, I should have had the 23...


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Photo of MuddyFeet
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a reak dark and heavy beer. Thought I might have to chew my way through it. It poured completely black with a thin head that never went away until I was just about finished with the beer. Lace clung to every bit of glass. The beer smelled earthy. It tasted of smoked wood, with aftertastes of dark malt (is there such a thing? like a chocolate malt) and coffee. A great slow drinking beer.

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Photo of Lupe
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Close to black in color with some ruby hues, a tight beige head sits atop the liquid and leaves nice lacing. Nose was a little weak, with a light roasted aroma, hints of dark chocolate and a touch of sweetness. Flavor picks up the slack from the aroma. Roasted malt, oats, cocoa, coffee, and sweet malt. Then throw in a touch of hops to help offset the sweetness. The bitterness from the roasted grains and the sweetness in this beer balance very nicely. Medium-full in body, silky smooth and creamy. Great drinkability, and oh-so smooth. Highly enjoyable, and did I mention smooth??

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Photo of jimbotrost
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

THis was one of eight beers available on a sampler platter last visit.

The pour was black, deep black. This was topped with a smallish nitro creamy head, light brown in color. The nose was big and sported a nice dry roastiness. Very dry coffee like full flavor leads up to a long and very dry finish.

THis is not a wimpy, watery stout. Great beer

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Photo of Troy_P
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice Oatmeal stout. Very smooth. Solid chocolate aroma and taste.

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Photo of Billolick
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours almost black, sporting a frothy head and nicley elongated and striated lacing. Bready nose oozing flavor and interest. Smooth creamy stout, tons of roasted malt flavor. Also cocoa, vanilla noted. Tasty stout. Smooth mouthfeel, drying finish, nicely crafted and well worth a try at the Heartland, now all over the city

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of lzepplin01
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of LutherBrau
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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