Oscar's Chocolate Oatmeal Stout
Sand Creek Brewing Company

Oscar's Chocolate Oatmeal StoutOscar's Chocolate Oatmeal Stout
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Style:
Stout - Oatmeal
Ranked #475
ABV:
5.6%
Score:
84
Ranked #36,749
Avg:
3.71 | pDev: 11.32%
Reviews:
136
Ratings:
301
From:
Sand Creek Brewing Company
 
Wisconsin, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  12
Gots
  31
SCORE
84
Good
Oscar's Chocolate Oatmeal StoutOscar's Chocolate Oatmeal Stout
Notes: Full-bodied and smooth-drinking stout with flavors of dark chocolate and roasted coffee.
Reviews: 136 | Ratings: 301 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Man I first had this back when I was at Marquette (01-04), its been around for awhile. Pours equal parts black and dark brown. Head is beige, 1/2". Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate malt. I don't think from the smell there is actual chocolate added to this beer, zero adjuncts. You just get some coffee/chocolate notes out of the roasted malt. The old school way of brewing.

Taste, pretty standard, this is one of the more session strength stouts out there that have seriously diminished on shelves the last two decades, its all imperial this and barrel aged that. They're both good, but we need this genre too. Has more of a bitter and dry mouth feel than I expected, especially when the word chocolate and oatmeal is in the label, you think its going to be sweet before it is dry. Carbonation is appropriate out the bottle.

Its a good beer, especially for those grown up enough to drink non adjunct non imperial non barrel aged stouts.

May 17, 2019
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beerguy04 from Illinois

3.96/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours pure jet black with a tan head. Medium lacing. Smell is of brown sugar. Taste is brown sugar and chocolate. Mouthfeel is medium and easy to drink for a stout. Overall, really refreshing for a stout.

May 17, 2019
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metter98 from New York

3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is jet black in color and has traces of dark brown near the edge of the glass. It poured with a narrow collar of light beige bubbles around the edge and a patch of bubbles on the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of chocolatey malts are present in the nose along with notes of coffee.
T: The taste follows the smell and mostly has flavors of chocolate along with hints of coffee. There is a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I liked the chocolatey aromas and flavors in this beer but it was a little light in body and not as smooth on the palate compared to other beers in the style.

Serving type: bottle

Dec 16, 2018
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Eamonn-Cummings3 from New York

4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Speiglau Stout glass.

Look is pitch black with ruby cola highlights at the edges and a light tan head.

Aroma is strong roast astrigent malt.

Taste is exactly what I expected from the aroma. Sweet chocolate malt balanced by bitter astrigency.

Well done.

Nov 30, 2018
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ryannosaurus from Arizona

3.56/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark brown, scant finger of tan head settles to a persistent glaze.

Aroma is vague malt, not much going on.

Flavor is sweet and chocolatey. Some grassiness, roast and kahluha sneak in.

Medium mouthfeel is appropriate for the style.

Very nice, tidy stout. Really as sweet as a milk stout, which tends to make the chocolate take a back seat... presents more like tootsie roll.

Nov 21, 2017
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singletary from Mississippi

3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It pours a rich dark black with a small tan head that soon goes to a nice ring around the glass. The smell is mildly chocolate with a faint hint of roasted coffee. To be honest not much of smell to it at all. The taste is where I pick up the chocolate and is very smooth ( like a milk chocolate bar) you get a mild bit of a roasted coffee to the end of a sip. The body is medium but easy drinking. I would say a very easy drinking offering maybe a bit of a fall drink around a fire pit instead of after cutting grass.

Jul 13, 2017
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Victory_Sabre1973 from Minnesota

3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This beer pours very dark with a frothy, 1 finger, tan head. The nose is is interesting. It doesnt really smell like chocolate. It almost smells like root beer. Maybe I'm wrong, but not chocolate.
The taste is well, the nose lied. I do get a nice, rich chocolate taste. It is bold. It also has a slight coffee flavor.
It isn't watery, and fairly full bodied.
Delicious pick up from Wisconsin.

Mar 27, 2017
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hoptheology from South Dakota

4.22/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deep chocolate brown with a luscious, beautiful head of 2 fingers. The head is beige and very stable. Wonderful creamy lace on the sides.

Smells of Hershey bar, flaked oatmeal, vanilla, hazelnut, coffee, Pirouline wafers. It's so incredibly decadent.

Flavor is more of the same - vanilla, peanuts, flavors like a lovely cappucino rolled wafer with hints of coffee and cream. Some nuttiness and peanut skin follow. Chocolate raspberry.

Feel is medium to thick, a mild carbonation and a roasted finish.

Overall, an 83 doesn't cut it in my opinion. This beer is totally dessert worthy and it's really delicious.

Feb 01, 2017
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Tone from Missouri

3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, dark brown color. 1/4 inch head of an off-tan color. Good retention and slight lacing. Smells of chocolate, tootsie roll, sweet malt, slight oatmeal, hint of alcohol, and a hint of hop. Fits the style of an Oatmeal Stout. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. There is also a slight bitterness. Tastes of chocolate, tootsie roll, sweet malt, slight oatmeal, hint of yeast, hint of pale malt, hint of alcohol, and a hint of hop. Overall, decent appearance, the tootsie roll flavors are disappointing, good complexity, but an average Oatmeal.

Jan 18, 2017
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bbtkd from South Dakota

3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sand Creek Oscar's Chocolate Oatmeal Stout, 4.5% ABV, 30 IBU. Pours thin and black, with three finger tan head. Nose is sweet chocolate, slight chocolate taste with moderate coffee bitterness. Mouthfeel is not up to expectations for an oatmeal stout, and given only a slight chocolate taste the overall rating is only good. With the other decent ones on the market, I'm thankful I only got a single.

Sep 05, 2016
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alexvhrk from Wisconsin

3.01/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Big ol' bear on the label intrigued me, as well as the local brewer (Black River Falls, WI)

Thick foamy and almost sudsy brown head with a dark brown body. Very mild chocolate aroma. Roasted and burnt bread taste with chocolate afterthought. Slight bitterness to the aftertaste as the barely cascades off your palate.

I love Stout/Porter and especially oatmeal. Pleasant surprise I'd be happy to drink again.

Apr 20, 2015
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maedhros09 from Minnesota

4.51/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured deep black with underdeveloped head. Rich, roasty, chocolatey palate, with mild hops finish. Very smooth and drinkable. This was a happy surprise from a brewery I had never heard of before.

Jan 19, 2015
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REVZEB from Illinois

3.57/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap. A fine year round beer. Black with some shimmer to it. Tastes like a watery oatmeal chocolate chip cookie with extra semisweet chocolate. Smell was oat and malt. The feel is the problem, very thin and watery

Jul 03, 2014
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LiquidAmber from Washington

3.69/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Reuben's Brew snifter. Pours a very dark brown, appearing opaque black in the glass with a thin light brown film that dissipates to a thin ring around the glass. Mild aroma of chocolate and toasted malt. Flavor is toasted malt, nice chocolate, day old coffee, finishes with mild hop bitterness and a touch of char. Medium bodied with hints of creaminess. A quite nice low ABV stout. The oatmeal gives it a much more pleasant feel than most light stouts, and the flavors, although not intense, are nicely balanced and pleasant. I don't usually go to the stout style for a session beer, but if I did, this would be an excellent candidate. Mild, but nicely done.

Dec 25, 2013
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jwc215 from Arizona

3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours very dark brown with a nice light brown head.

The smell is of roasted coffee, chocolate and earthy tones in the back.

The taste is of deep roasted coffee and milk chocolate. Sweet, roasty, slightly sour in the finish.

It is pretty creamy - the oatmeal maltiness makes it smooth. Nice carbonation level for the style.

A solid stout!

Dec 10, 2013
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Lemke10 from Wisconsin

3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This pours a dark brown color with a slight brown, carbonated head. The aroma is filled with cocoa and oats. The taste is a little thinner than I would have thought. It has a sweet oat flavor yet it is not super heavy in flavor. Decent body and very drinkable but I also think a little over-rated as well.

Nov 30, 2013
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vette2006c5r from Minnesota

3.86/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Oscar's pours a black color with a small head. There is a creamy oatmeal and roasted aroma with hints of chocolates. The taste is creamy roasted, mellow chocolate notes, all on a nice mellow roasted malty backbone. The overall flavor is a bit weak and watery. Overall its a nice stout, but a bit weak.

Oct 26, 2013
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Gavage from New Jersey

3.56/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a dark black color with a two finger head that lasts a while. Some moderate lace develops.

Smell: roasted malt, bitter dark chocolate, and a bit of oatmeal comes through to the nose.

Taste: follows the nose as roasted malt, dark chocolate, a hint of espresso, and some smoothness from the oats creates a well balance flavor profile. Bitterness is very mild, and there is a hint of burnt flavor arriving late.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Smooth from start to finish. Short lasting aftertaste.

Overall: a decent beer but one of these is enough in a session. Worth giving it a try especially since the chocolate does come through here.

Jun 03, 2013
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parejkoj from Minnesota

3.81/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Completely black and opaque. Limited head, would like to see a bit more foam once poured into a glass.

Smell: Roasted coffee and cappuccino/mocha. Smells great!

Taste: For a chocolate oatmeal stout, it has some nice chocolate mocha flavors that needs a little more depth. Additional roasted coffee flavor might be good. Not particularly dry, there is plenty of lingering sweetness. Only a little astringency toward the end.

Mouthfeel: It could use significantly more body to smooth out the roasted malt. Oatmeal stouts come with the expectation that they are exceedingly smooth and coat the mouth. I imagine it might be significantly better on nitro rather than from the bottle or CO2 tap.

Overall: It's good, it could be great if you could have it on nitro or if they bump up the body and mouthfeel a bit. But if you're looking for a solid chocolate stout with a touch of roasted aromas, Oscar's won't disappoint.

May 24, 2013
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MaximalC from Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours seal brown with an unremarkable khaki head that soon recedes. Aroma smells of chocolate, coffee, and a touch of molasses. The taste features black coffee up front courtesy of the roasted (practically burnt) malt. This is not nearly as sweet as the smell would suggest, and any chocolate is barely a whisper, which is surprising considering the name on the bottle. The coffee bitterness segues into more of a hop bitterness in the middle. A more palatable coffee/mocha flavor reestablishes itself at the finish, yielding a pleasurable aftertaste that outshines the majority of the experience. The medium body facilitates a smooth mouthfeel, though I prefer a little more chewiness in a stout myself.

This is a drinkable stout, however the bitterness leaves it mostly one-dimensional.

May 23, 2013
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dtivp from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with hues of ruby, one finger dark tan head that fades slowly to a thick ring with moderate lacing.

Aroma of dark malt, oats and light coffee.

Taste followed the nose with roasted malt, oats, coffee with a slightly sweetness at the end. I did not smell or taste chocolate.

Mouth Feel was medium leaning light body, just a tad watery, low carbonation, smooth with a slight sweet ending.

Overall this is an average stout, would have liked it better if it had a little more body.

Apr 28, 2013
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Minkybut from Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

I poured this nice beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer poured a really dark brew with a very nice tan head. The smell was like dark roasted (nearly burnt) grains. The beer did not taste burnt however. The beer tasted nice and toasty with big coffee or cappuccino taste to it. The beer had good lacing and had a bit of a dry finish. I don;t like that but I would buy this beer again.

Apr 28, 2013
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KTCamm from New Jersey

3.46/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Pours dark black with some tan/off white foam. Nose is strong oat. Chocolate malt too. Present, but not potent. Taste is a smooth sweet chocolate malt, oat finish. Very subdued hop. Milky but not lactose-y. Very light and balanced. Good flavor, good stout.

Feb 06, 2013
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Slatetank from Pennsylvania

3.64/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to JC for sharing this enjoyed the bottle in a pint glass chilled.

The color is black, opaque with a good 2 inches of light beige with compact bead and good retention. The smell is like fig with fruit and sweet aromas like a fig newton with mild sweet oatmeal cookie scent. The feel is full with moderate creaminess from the oats with a sweet malt middle and semi-low carbonation with roasty finish.

The flavor has a good malt presence with some caramel and moderately sweet cocoa tinges with light dried fruit taste and very low bitterness with some light roast flavor and very gentle yeast in the finish adding to the sweetness and grain of the oats. Overall I enjoyed this but it is pretty subdued and I would probably prefer a bolder oatmeal stout to be honest. It has a nice drinkability for the strength, though.

Feb 01, 2013
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AC-Mivsek from Ohio

3.47/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip pint.

A- Pours black with some mahogany showing through when held up to light. Fluffy tan 1-finger head. Leaves spotty lacing.

S- Oats stand out the most, roasted malt, and some light coffee. Chocolate really isn't that evident.

T- Very toasty and sweet. Chocolate still doesn't jump out on the the tongue, but it does make more a presence in taste than smell. Roasted oats and malt are the main factors in play, but the finish is fairly sweet due to the chocolate.

M- Low carbonation with a medium-low body. It is pretty light for a stout. Very easy to have more than one or two of these.

O- This is not a bad beer. I enjoyed the roasty, smokiness of it, but I feel the chocolate was lacking. Typically I enjoy the roast flavors over the sweeter one, but I feel like when you advertise a beer as being a chocolate oatmeal stout there should be a strong chocolate presence. Either way this is an enjoyable stout, seems like a great introduction to the style.

Jan 23, 2013
Oscar's Chocolate Oatmeal Stout from Sand Creek Brewing Company
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 301 ratings