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 Biggness
1.8/5  rDev -53.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I so looked forward to this beer on the flight I tried because the 4 before were horrible and the Oatmeal Stout followed suit. The ingredients did not mesh. The appearance was ok, but on tap it came with a very minimal head and thats usually my favorite part of a good Oatmeal Stout. If you'd like to try a nice Oatmeal stout stick with Samuel Smith or Blue Point Brewery

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Photo of PatandDavid
2.16/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Sorry to be a downer, but this beer was full of diacetyl during our visit to the Union Square location. Very dark cola color, but not opaque. Came topped with a 1/2 inch of tan frothy head. A lot of butter in the aroma, but to be fair, perhaps some toffee as well. The roasty finish couldn't make me forget the initial buttery rush of flavor at the start however.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
2.63/5  rDev -32%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours a jet brown body with a cloud of light tan head floating in the middle of the glass and is a bit bubbly. The body is too dense to see any carbonation.

S-The big coffee aroma was a bit like coffee grounds with some dark chocolate roasted malt hints to follow.

T- There was a slight sweetness to the big coffee flavor and notes of cocoa with a watery taste to follow. The finish tasted like a cigar butt and was enhanced by the astringent mouthfeel.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a slight watery texture followed by an astringent finish.

D- This was a tough beer to get down. Some of the flavors were interesting but the astringency and taste grew as the beer warmed.

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Photo of dherling
2.66/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice dark brown color with an off white head. There's some good roasted malt in the nose, along with the usual suspects, coffee and chocolate, but it's all a bit on the weak side. The taste mimicks the nose, but is unremarkably light and watery. A poor example of the style. The finish is thick, and viscous, creamy, but the flavor is like watered down embers. Not pleseant.

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Photo of ATPete
2.86/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the Heartland Brewery on 43rd.

The waiter really pushed this one on us. Blah blah blah awards blah blah blah. This guy was comparing all stouts to Guinness...come on! Honestly this stout did nothing for me. It pours a deep brown almost black color with red highlights and an off white head. The nose is of straight black coffee and burnt grain/malts. This stout is crazy high in licorice flavor, also burnt wood, burnt malts, coffee/mocha, and cream. Heavy medium body. I wouldn't even go for another shot on this one.

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Photo of albern
2.88/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I part company with the other reviewers on this one. It is a decent looking beer, with a dark mahogany hue. This dry coffee stout has quite a bit of carbonation for the style. There are some chocolatey notes but what is most memorable is the chalky flavor, the slightly burnt molasses note or two, and the coffee and mocha underpinnings. This one had no real discernible oatmeal creaminess one would expect for the style. I give this one a big miss.

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Photo of maddogruss
3.21/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got a pint of this at the brewery.

A: Pours a dark black body with a tan head with low retention and some lacing along the sides of the glass.

S: A dark, roasted smell with some coffee undertones which was quite enticing.

T: A nice, roasted taste, but seemed a little watered down. Some coffee notes were evident in the aftertaste.

M: Fairly thin and a little watery. This beer even seemed a little too thin, even for a stout.

D: An ok combination for mouthfeel and taste, but nothing overly impressive. I was expecting a little more from this beer. You can drink it, but I can't say it's a good representation of the style.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.34/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on nitro-tap at the Lower Manhattan location by the pier. Pours a thick dark brown with a nice inch of head. Nothing but the faintest smell of roasted oats in the nose. Taste is more roasted oats and some cocoa bean. Mouthfeel is very creamy and smooth. Not a bad beer.

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Photo of Dave1999
3.49/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured almost pure black with a thin white head.

Didn't have much smell could get malts not much else.

It didn't have a huge amount of flavour I could get malts and some bitter hoppiness.

Felt smooth in the mouth with a little carbonation.

Overall not the best oatmeal stout, pretty mediocre.

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Photo of RTEdmunds
3.56/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nitro tap from the Heartland Brewery near Rockefeller center. 50th street maybe?

Poured a thick black color with frothy cream colored foam full of some good ol' nitrogen.

Smells grainy with some sweet malts. Couldn't detect much else.

Oaty taste that follows up with some sweetness. Some very subtle coffee undertones, but I would like them a little more prevalent.

Very smooth, pretty light body.

Overall, well balanced and quite sessionable. Not the most amazing/interesting flavor but it's thoroughly enjoyable

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Photo of Andreji
3.62/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Least impressive one I tried at the heartland. However award winning, thisbeer isn't far from an average guinness with a milkish spin.

In general term the beer looks and acts like a plain old stout- far from my favorite style. The only spin lies in the mouthfeel, which turned out to be like the taste of outdated or overheated milk somehow.

Not too shabby but definetly not my beer of choice.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

18th Jan 2013: my last beer in the Heartlands New York outlet under the ESB.

Looked good: dark and mean, the beige head setting it off nicely.

Malts all the way in the nose: roasted and over toasted with some hints of both coffee and dark chocolate within.

Those hints in the aroma came out in the taste also: rich coffee flavours with a dark chocolate biscuit feel.

Very drinkable and smooth in the mouth, a pleasant way to end a mini-session before more sight-seeing during the afternoon.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sample at the Heartland Chophouse: Pours black with a medium thin and foamy beige head. Sticky, spotty lacing. Aroma of roasted coffee and mild malt. Sweet and creamy with malt, espresso and caramel flavors. The finish is also smooth and very flavorful, espresso and hops. I wouldn’t call this a medal-winner but it’s a fairly good Stout.

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Photo of plaid75
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep brown hue with ruby highlights with a three finger creamy white head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell consisted of soft chocolate malt and coffee.

The taste was sweet and milky, resembling cold coffee with cream.

The mouthfeel was smooth and milky.

Overall a very creamy and rich stout. Could use some more burnt grain to keep it interesting.

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Photo of cambabeer
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed in the ground floor of the empire state building. Very creamy body. Easy drinkability, on the lighter side of oatmeal stouts. Some standard roasted notes, milkiness, and breadiness. Nothing too surprising here.

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Photo of jwc215
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours nearly pitch black with a head that stays around and leaves beautiful rings of lacing ont the glass.

The smell is of sweet dark malts, a touch of toast and chocolate-covered espresso beans.

The taste thins somewhat. It is has the dark grainy malt sweetness with hints of espresso, but not quite as chocolatey as the aroma led me to think it would have. A slight mettalic tinge in the finish. Some water is detectable that comes out more in the feel.

The feel is very creamy, but watery thin, though not enough to ruin it.

This is easy drinking, almost a bit too much so. Smooth, but the flavors fade too quickly. Fairly sweet, but with a balancing bitterness to control it. Nice aroma - a decent, though fading and a bit too watery, taste.

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Photo of david18
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this as a part of a voyage at the Heartland at 51st between fifth and sixth avenues in Manhattan. I liked this beer better in previous times than i did yesterday but I'll give it the benefit of the doubt. The roastiness is very prevalent in the aroma and flavor and with the low abv it's a great stout.

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Photo of smcolw
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful lasting head with a touch of lace. The color is ruby brown--opaque due to the darkness.

Strong coffee aromas with a slight hop. If my memory is accurate, this is not as smoot as Young's. Flavor wise, the chocolate notes are stronger than the coffee tastes. The beer is thinner than expected, especially considering the oatmeal. Standard carbonation; the chocolate malt flavors remain throughout the aftertaste.

This beer has a great start but falters in the finish. One of the better selections at Heartland.

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Photo of prsguitarsr4me
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this at the South Street Seaport location - cool place w/ great burgers.

Good stout - nice dark color with a great creamy head. Smells and tastes very sweet with some coffee and chocolate. A little thin in texture for my tastes. I also like a little more alcohol for some bite. The carbonation was maybe a little low, but made for a pleasant drink. If you're there, try it out - you may like it. I'll definitely be going back to try some of their other beers (and food).

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Photo of Rifugium
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Heartland Chophouse, NYC, NY

A good standard stout. If your bartender is nice, he'll make you a tasty black & tan with the Red Rooster. Pours dark brown to black with a small foamy head. Roasty malts and coffee in the aroma. Similar taste of dark, roasted malts, coffee bitterness, and a bit of cocoa. Sort of medium-bodied for a stout, but still good, and a quaffable alternative to Guinness.

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Photo of donteatpoop
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Empire State Building Heartland Brewery.

Poured a dark brown color, near black; no translucense. A nice creamy tan head resting atop but did not last too long into the drink.

The smell was dark roasted coffee, chocolate, and notes of earth.

This was good. Excellent coffee notes hitting the tongue, a nice thick mouthfeel and overall the best thing I had that night.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From 01/14/15 notes. Had on tap at Guy's American Kitchen in Times Square, served in a pint glass.

Pours a deep mahogany brown color with one inch of light tan head and moderate cabronation evident. Nose has a lot of coffee to it, and roasted malts, dark chococlate, grains, bread, and cream. Medium body and low carbonation, smooth and creamy.

Overall a decent beer. The nose is very nice and it is super easy to drink, though the taste is not as flavorful. Worth checking out if at Heartland or one of these restaurants.

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Photo of Nickls
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(from notes)

A - Really deep dark brown color with light brown hints around the edges; lightly tan head

S - Deep roasted coffee aromas; hints of bittersweet chocolate; light sweetness behind the roastiness...really nice here

T - Roasted coffee qualities; hints of chocolate and some sweetness...really didn't taste as good as it smelled, but certainly not bad

M - Too light for me in the style; and hinged on watery. Should have more body to carry through

D - Good, nice qualities in the taste; pleasant enough

Overall, not a bad brew and too bad the taste didn't quite achieve the same level of quality as the aroma. Worth a look.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samples at Radio City, New York. Pours almost black with a tanned, thick, long lasting head. Aroma is of grain, oats and some coffee and chocolate. Flavor is of dark fruit, oats and some espresso. Medium, smooth body. It was very nice with a cheesecake.

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Photo of Truh
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Did a little composting with this one on 3/29/2005. 16-oz. pint in a shaker glass.

Wonderful, thick down pillow of ¾-inch head with a slight tint of mocha to it. Viscous, black hue with some schizophrenic action visible to the eye on the edges only. Some slight nutty roastiness on nose, though it is hard to pull it out through the dense fog of head. Chocolate, caramel malt with husky roast on the mouth is excellent; very even body which could easily lend itself to a session ale; gentle chocolate does not overwhelm the palate in any way.

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