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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Buildscharacter
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great beer. Excellent stout. Had someone that didn't even like stouts try it and it totally turned them. It is very dark, and the head is more brown than white. The head dissapates quickly, so those first few sips are the best. It's got a creamy taste with good flavor. After taking down about 30 oz. of the stuff, the flavor starts to get to you. Makes the back of your mouth kinda wierd. It's not bitter, but I can't really enjoy more than two pints of the stuff. Good beer.

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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 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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