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 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 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 Lexluthor33
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep brown with a nice foamy head. Good lace and the aroma is cocoa,oatmeal and toffee with hint of malts.
The taste was oats,sweetness(but not overdone),chocolate(not too much) and some malts with hints of coffee/toffee flavors.
This beer was heavy and seems to be a good beer for winter time. I would not have it for sessions,yet it tastes really creamy and rich so I could see why one would want to session with it.
Slightly dry finish with good carbonation through out the life of the beer.

Notes: I only wish the ABV was higher.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I finished off my session with a pint of this at the Union Square location and I was not disappointed. It was a deep chocolate brown color with a thick mocha colored head to it that just seemed to sit there like it had no place else to be. It gave off a great coffee aroma that followed through to the taste. The beer was heavy coffee, rich and creamy. It also was a little sweet, I seemed to taste a little toffee. The beer is highly drinkable and would probably be the first one that I order when/if I go back.

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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 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 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 akorsak
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pint at the Radio City location.

A: The oatmeal stout is a dark brown murky brew, looking black from afar the softer colors emerge up close. A finger's worth of head lined the top of the glass.

S: The nose is burnt malts and subtly sweet oatmeal, an aroma that borders on the lactic sweetness of a milk stout.

T: The mouth is scalding, thick with burnt toast and roasted chocolate malts. Upfront there is no sign of the oatmeal. As the initial heat fades, the oatmeal sweetness does emerge, full of sugary notes that, as I found above, could pass for a milk stout. The end of the sip revealed more thick chocolate and espresso flavors.

M: The mouthfeel is strong but not overwhelming, it is perfect to a chilly December night.

D: The abv is deceptively low, the flavors are so strong that you'd expect a 9% or so beer. A nice drink that has earned its accolades.

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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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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 Sammy
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Tonight this was not only the standout, it was the only good beer on tap, found at Radio City location. Some roasty aroma, not that much, but it invites you in. Black with a good looking white head. It is a well balanced stout between expresso, bitterness, and chocolate. I could have a couple pints. The sessionability of the 5% is a plus as well.

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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 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 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 NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Almost opaque black with ruby highlights when held to the light. Densely creamy tan head holds remarkably well.
S: Delicately roasty, malty and cereal-like, ...coffee, ...light cocoa.
T: As indicated by the nose. Gently roasty over a cereal-like base with a touch of spicy hops and a hint of licorice.
M: Remarkably smooth and creamy. May be due to the oiliness of the oats. Quite nice.
D: Enjoyable. Just enough flavor to keep you coming back without overwhelming your senses.

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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 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 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 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 Stimack
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had the Farmer Jon's Oatmeal Stout, and was impressed. The color was black with a dark tan head on it that stuck around for the entire brew leaving heavy rings of lace around the side of the glass. The aromas where very nice, coffee, chocolate and a nutty like scent. The taste was nice, very silky smooth with a chocolate/caramel sweet flavor along with a light to medium roasted malt feel. Over all I really liked the brew, will get it again on my next visit.

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Photo of beeroclock
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at the Union Square location by a cute bartender. The beer was served in a pint glass that said Jon's Oatmeal Stout on the glass.

The appearance was great, almost completely black w/ a frothy head that stood maybe 3/4 inch thick. The smell had a hint of a coffee smell, unfortunately I could not get the full scent on this one as I was in a very packed bar and there was so many other smells going on. The taste was good, it was a creamy coffee taste and felt good, I drank a few of these before venturing back out to NYC.

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Photo of Citadel82
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I swung by the Seaport location on my way home from a cocktail party. I had some time to kill before the next ferry and needed to purge the Fosters from my system. They were closing up for the night so the barkeep put it in a To - Go - Cup for me. Thanks.

Rich deep brown with a short lived minimal tan head.

Sweet, malty aroma, some faint floral notes, coffee, molasses.

Taste is initially malty sweet, bready , then some molasses and coffeee and finally a short floral hop finish

Mouth feel was a little on the thin side though it was still substantial when compared to the other offerings of this brewery.

Very drinkable, a nice night cap for sipping on a cold night on Pier 11 while waiting for a ferry home.

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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 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 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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