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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Reviews: 63 | Ratings: 150
Photo of beerluvr
4.8/5  rDev +24%
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%
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 mrgreent2
4.62/5  rDev +19.4%
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 +17.1%
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 jneiswender
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
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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Photo of Samdaddy
4.48/5  rDev +15.8%
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 +15.5%
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 +14.2%
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 +13.4%
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 +13.2%
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 +13.2%
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 +12.4%
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 +10.6%
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 +10.6%
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 Billolick
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
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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Photo of bob3701
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a shaker pint at their South Street Seaport location. Thin tan head and black as night body which laced really well. Very smooth and silky mouthfeel with tiny carbination. Great chocolate and coffee undertones. A very fine representation of a stout. Enjoyed this one. By far the strongest offering of their year round brews.

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Photo of TheDeuce
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Union Square location...

Appearance-thick black, decently formed head, lots of carbonation and sits well.

Smell-malty with a lot of breaded aromas, chocolate/coffee as well.

Taste/Mouthfeel-sweet upfront and much fuller on the back, lots of chocolate and other sweetness. Smooth, maybe a little lighter than some other stouts but enjoyable.

Drinkability-really nice, again it's light but full flavored, easy to drink.

Overall-by far the best beer I've had at Heartland, light but very flavorful and a great example of the style. Simply a great beer.

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Photo of PopeJonPaul
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So, if you are stuck working in midtown, and you don't have the money to go to Virgil's, and you need to take a client to lunch, Heartland ain't so bad. If you have the Farmer Jon's, that is.

This is their flagship beer , the one with the medals on the logo. An ultra-dark brown with a thick, creamy head, smells like a bowl of Quaker oatmeal mixed with Toll House chips.

[oops...pardon me a moment, just spilled beer on my Mr. T. coaster.... ... Okay....]

Definite choclate taste, very malty, like a puree of Malt-o-Meal and Quaker Oats, really chewy and creamy, with a teaspoon of espresso and just enough bitterness to arch your eyebrows. It left a massive amount of lacing, this beer drools down the glass like the Rancor.* Finish is smoother than Ron O'Neal.**

This brew falls in the "beer as food" column: this, a potato and a bag of peanuts would keep you alive in a snowstorm. If you visit one of the Heartlands, be sure you have at least one of these.

*see "Return of the Jedi"
**see "Superfly"

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Photo of SixpointJMH
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a very nice looking, essentially black colour with a mid-ranged tan head that is creamy and inviting. A good amount of residue is left on the glass as well.

The aroma is cocoa sweet with hints of coffee and general maltiness, along with some roasted notes as well. A bit faint from the nitro but still nice stuff overall.

The flavour is more of the same. Cocoa once again leads the way and blends a bit more with roasted notes than with the coffee notes present in the aroma, which as still there just a bit more muted. Maybe a bit of creamy caramel here as well. Mouthfeel is full bodied and creamy as can be. Very nice.

I always seem to go back to this one @ the Heartland's. It's got good flavour and is just really easy and enjoyable to drink. I think it could be that much better if they took it off nitro, but that's just me. Still, it's amongst their best and certainly the most drinkable of all the Heartland brews that I've sampled.

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Photo of tigg924
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Union Square location--served into a pint glass

Appearance: red-brown in color with 1/2 inch head, clear, moderate carbonation

Smell: big oats and toasted malt

Taste: Big oats through creamy caramel malt

Mouthfeel: light body for the style, moderate carbonation, sweet

Drinkability: This is easily the best brew I had at Heartland and the one I would go back for. I love the light body and the way the oats pop here. Really great example of the style.

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Photo of putnam
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fairly pungent with herbal notes - including sweet grass, spinach and mint - along with diligent dark roasted coffee, licorice and chocolate. My sample was on the cold side, something that emphasised its piney resins. As it warmed the coffee-flavored, cake-like texture emerged and offered a noble disply of roots, twigs and more herbs. This all worked as a polished whole. Nearing cellar temperature, black, petroleum oils emerged with complimentary notes of lemon peel and roasted rocks. Certainly powerful and polished enough for a beer.

Consumed at the Heartland Brewery Chophouse on 43rd in Times Square.

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Photo of stingrayvr6
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had at the Times Square location. Paired it with the smeared steak, and it was like they were made for each other. Beer was black with a thick cream colored had that stuck around forever. Smell was roasty and slightly chocolatey, also coffee notes. Taste was similar, very creamy with obvious oatmeal notes. Dry finish. Very good beer, defnitely one to have.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark with ruby tones when held up to light. Nose is malty and of roasted qualities. Flavor is great. A nice even roasted profile that leaves a nice lingering aftertaste. Feel is pretty good and it is overall drinkable. I think this is a good example of a stout and is one to keep your eye out for if you hit Heartland up.

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Photo of DIM
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: This was a very dark brown. It was served to me in a pint glass with, saints be praised, a one and half inch light mocha colored head.

s: Aromas of roasty coffee with a hint of chocolate and some earthy sweetness. I thought I smelled a bit of alcohol, but at 5% abv, that may have been my imagination.

t: This is a very good oatmeal stout. Nothing unexpected, roasty malt flavors of mild coffee and cococa. The sweet oatmeal flavors were there as well, very much in balance.

m: The carboantion was lush and long lasting. It had a pretty good body for such a low abv.

d: I only had time for one with lunch and I think I picked the right one. This was a very solid effort.

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Photo of Gavage
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: black in color sporting a two finger creamy head that lasted a long time. Nice lace painted the glass.

Smell: roasted malts and hints of coffee make up a pleasurable aroma.

Taste: roasted malt, soft coffee and licorice tones, prune sweetness. and a soft biiterness makes up a creamy, smooth, and silky beer. A bit of dryness is evident throughout.

Mouthfeel: smooth and creamy from start to finish with some dryness. Nice aftertaste as the beer seems to stick to the tongue for a bit. Heavy in body.

Drinkability: if you are in the mood for an oatmeal stout, this will cure the need. Easy to drink this slow sipper, and this is a great session beer. One of the better beers at Heartland.

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