Oscar's Chocolate Oatmeal Stout | Sand Creek Brewing Company

Oscar's Chocolate Oatmeal StoutOscar's Chocolate Oatmeal Stout
BA SCORE
54%
Liked This Beer
3.69 w/ 291 Ratings
Oscar's Chocolate Oatmeal StoutOscar's Chocolate Oatmeal Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sand Creek Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
sandcreekbrewing.com

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by arizcards on 06-12-2005

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#28,691
Reviews:
130
Ratings:
291
Liked:
157
Avg:
3.69/5
pDev:
11.38%
Alströms:
-
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
23
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 291 |  Reviews: 130
Photo of Ryan011235
3.13/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter on 5/14/10

Pours a dark, cola brown & settles near black in the glass. Despite the head initially reaching the top of the glass, it has dissipated to an 1/8th inch layer of foam. Ok retention & lace.

The aroma is that of roasted malts - chocolate, coffee & a mild toastiness. Mild, earthy hop notes are peak through from time to time. The oatmeal is distinct & really helps to smooth out the overall aroma.

The taste is pretty much in line with the nose. Roasted coffee & subtle chocolate notes are most notable. A touch of hoppy kick picks up toward the finish, adding a few spicy hints. Oatmeal is soothing, but seems more restrained than I might expect.

Full bodied with moderate carbonation that offers just a little bit of prickliness. Roasted residuals & a dry bitterness linger on the finish.

Nothing particularly astounding is going on with this beer, but it's certainly decent. It's pleasant enough to drink; it just seems tame to me. No regrets about trying it, but I likely won't pick it up again.

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Photo of WJVII
3.21/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass this brew has a deep dark chocolate color with a 2 finger milk chocolate head that didn't leave much lacing on the glass. The aroma is a little weak. Some chocolate, burnt caramel, definitely some malt character and a little spice hop note. The taste was a little weak as well. Some chocolate, hops almost take over any sweetness there might have been. A little too much bitterness. Medium body, good carbonation, easy drinking stout, but much better in the class.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
2.56/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Surly pint glass.

A: Moderate pour yields a 1 finger semi-coarse, light chocolate head that fades gradually. Beer is a dark, almost opaque amber. Lacing is actually pretty epic... frothy, full, and nearly completely covering the glass.

S: Oatmeal is really prominent in this one. Never had an oatmeal stout that actually smelled like oatmeal before... also hints of burnt chocolate and a distinct slightly sour wheatiness.

T: Opens with a coffee sourness, faint chocolate in the middle but its nearly completely suppressed by a strawy, oatmeal. End is a smattering of roasted chocolate malts and coffee but all really thin and without any real character.

M: Light to medium bodied, bitingly coarse and rough. Very watery and thin. Finish is near non-existent. I kept hoping this would get better as it warmed, but it didn't... isn't the addition of oatmeal supposed to make a beer smoother? fuller? I guess they missed the memo here.

D: I won't be having this again. Just not impressed at all. The flavor was a little off, nose wasn't all that, but the feel was just a crime... never had a stout so coarse and I hope I never do again...

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Photo of charlesw
4.13/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Low head, very lasting lace. Thin black - almost opaque but in a thin way.

Smells delicious - roasty and deep, chocolate and coffee and sweet caramel malts. A hint of smoke but definitely not burned.

Obviously at 4.5% it's not a huge and thick impy stout! There's still plenty going on and it's great for the style. I get chocolate, black licorice, a touch of that toastiness, maybe some brown sugar, too. Very nice.

Seems perhaps a touch light in the body. Certainly a great beer and I'd drink this every day. Maybe be happier with it in the summer months - when it's hotter and I want something lighter.

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.13/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle, nice label, no date

Appearance: Dark brown beer crowned with a big fluffy light tan head with good retention

Smell: More brown ale than oatmeal stout, but pleasant; This is nutty, with mild esters, and just a TOUCH of coffee and mild chocolate malts

Taste: Again...this makes a pretty tasty brown ale. It's just not very "stout-like." Where's the roast, the burnt, the coffee, the chocolate, etc? You get some mild, dry chocolate malts here, and an unfortunate metallic bitterness.

Mouthfeel: NOT what I look for in what's usually a creamy, chewy style

Drinkability: Medium...the metallic bitter notes really hurt here

Conclusion: Good looking beer that fails to come through in the flavor department.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada Imperial Pint. No date or info.

A - Pours out clear and dark amber brown. In the glass, light barely pokes through around the edges. The tan head rises up to a formidable three fingers and slowly descends with clumps of lacing along the way. Great retention!

S - The aroma is great for breakfast; oats and roasted malts with a dry, unsweetened chocolate nose, cocoa, and coffee. Very delicious and inviting this morning.

T - The roasted malts seem to be used in a manner not sparingly as they give the flavor a big dry and bitter flavor that pushes past the other nuances. Again, cocoa, unsweetened chocolate and a bit of coffee but that roasted flavor demolishes all in the end.

M - The oats impart a nice creamy feel to the beer. It's nice and smooth feeling, almost silky, with a well-balanced carbonation crispness to the end and a very dry and bitter finish.

D - Not as good as I had hoped for for breakfast, but it'll do the trick. A good oatmeal stout that'll hold its own against any others. Being strong and assertive makes it a bit more of a chore to drink beyond one or two.

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Photo of Jmoore50
4.17/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I really really enjoyed this beer.

The appearance is a dark brown with light cocoa edges. It does come with a nice one finger foamy head, goes away pretty fast though. No lacing.

The smell is of cocoa and sweet roasted malts. A bit of coffee flavor is present as well, really strong characteristics right when you open the bottle.

The taste is of a good oatmeal stout. Dark roasted and black patent malts are present. The chocolate flavor is coming from a chocolate malt, I say this because the cocoa flavor is earthy and roasted. It tasted like chocolate oatmeal!

The mouthfeel is not very good because it is a bit overly carbonated, which is too bad because if this were a bit mellower, it would be even better.

I drank this really fast, a session stout.

J

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Photo of shivtim
3.57/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice bear-themed label. Works well for a chocolate stout.

Poured out into a pint glass. Great nearly opaque look. Tiny hints of brown/red around the edge. Huge, foamy, fluffy mocha head. that gradually collapses.

Nose is wonderful tart baking chocolate and cocoa nibs, roasted smoky campfire malts, and deep luscious plums. Subdued brown sugar sweetness.

Taste doesn't hold up to the smell, but it's ok. Simple sugars, oily malts. Bitter chocolate.

Average mouthfeel and drinkability for a stout. Slightly chalky. Overall a nice stout with a great nose.

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Photo of mdwalsh
3.57/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Got this as part of a wedding present. Not something I would have picked out, but we'll see.

A: Pours black and does the whole Guinness falling bubbles thing and makes a nice head, but unlike Guinness, this head stays way too big. It's light tan foam with bubbles of all sizes. The beer is very black.

S: Smells of coffee and burnt sugar, just like an Oatmeal should. Now I'm not usually one to drink Oatmeal Stouts, but I can review with an open mind, and this does smell good for what it's trying to do. The smell isn't too strong, but it is very full bodied and really smells like it's still in the kettle, very fresh. I only dock points because I guess it isn't just perfect and I'm factoring in my opinion of the style.

T: Tastes like coffee grounds smell to me, putrid. Which I guess means this is doing pretty good. But perhaps it's too coffee like. The label calls it chocolate oatmeal, and I don't get either of those tastes from this guy. The burnt sugar stays strong, and there are no hops to speak of that I can find in here. The strong taste is starting to fade and there isn't much there to fill it in.

M: This should be chewy, and it isn't. It SMELLS full, but the body shows otherwise. It seems to be modeled very much after Guinness and shares the thinness trait through and through.

D: Very good. A very sessionable, though not ideally flavored beer. I would recommend this to fans of the style who want to drink a lot without getting too drunk.

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Photo of birchstick
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - very dark with a nice one-finger head

S - smells of roasted malts dominate the nose; there are also tones of dark chocolate...smells pretty good

T - It has the sweetness of an oatmeal stout and the chocolate tones are there as well. However, the coffee/burnt malt character stand out the most. This is definitely a well-labeled beer.

M - smooth but a little thin

D - This is a pretty decent stout. Not very overpowering with its taste, but flavorful enough to keep it pretty interesting. I could definitely have more than a couple of these without thinking twice about it.

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Photo of chinabeergeek
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

i believe this was an extra from natasharai. but i've lost track. if the kind BA who actually gave this to me could correct me, that'd be greatly appreciated...

12oz. i don't think there was a date printed anywhere. tasted in early may 2009.

dark brown, almost black. red tints under the light. some sediment at the bottom of bottle. 1.5-finger tan head gradually fades to thin layer. good lacing, esp later.

aroma: roasted malts with coffee/cocoa note and trace of earthy hops. simple but rich.

taste: roasted malts again, plus more coffee rather than chocolate. touch of stout acidity. mild to moderate bitterness with leafy hop hint. coffee finish.

light to medium body, with a bit of astringent and acidic character, accentuated by the moderate but crisp carbonation.

not too bad. sort of don't understand so many of the low scores here. maybe some batch inconsistencies?

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Photo of CHL
3.96/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, opaque beer with reasonable tan head that settles into a ring.

Smells malty, noticeably chocolate; nicely dark oat beer, but not spectacular. I enjoy the taste more. Almost no hops, so almost all of the bitterness is provided via espresso flavor. Small oats on the nose, but the beer is focused on the chocolate malt, which lingers in the aftertaste.

Pleasant brew. Not too complex, but would happily have a couple.

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Photo of Strix
3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Opaque black, little head

Smells roasty, with the slightest hint of chocolate. A little bit earthy or musty in the smell too.

Taste a bit muted for me. Roastiness, oatmeal, and chocolate. Sort of dry.

Mouthfeel smooth, slightly creamy.

This was pleasant enough. It could stand to be a bit more flavorful though.

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Photo of SPLITGRIN
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A quick growing three finger head jumps to the top of my glass and fades slowly. Head is toasted biscuit brown in color. Body is jet black and only shows hints of light when held to flame. Nose is roasty with toasted malts that are really bready. Includes some coco and soft spice also. Enters the mouth with that same roasty feel, very malty up front on the palate. It is a bit thin mid palate but quickly fills in with some dry bitter feel towards the end of the palate. The oats keep this brew smooth throughout. Mouthfeel is dry, bitter and slightly thick, but it still stays soft. Drinkability is very good. I actually had an oatmeal raisin cookie towards the end of this beer and it was the perfect pairing.

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Photo of veachster
3.82/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - It pours a very dark brown (on the verge of black) with a small tan head. Head retention is little with no lacing.

S - The aroma of roasted malts with oatmeal reigning with chocolate overtones.

T - It tastes as it smells. A nice combination of roasted malts with chocolate...a dark chocolate.

M - Sits somewhat sharp on my tongue from moderate carbonation and goes down quite smooth. Leaves a strong roasted malt aftertaste.

D - It is a fairly good drinkable stout. You can taste the chocolate but I'm torn with what seems moderate carbonation, but it is good!

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Photo of Ragingbull
3.57/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Black in color but with faint hints of light threatening to break through if you hold it up to direct light. If you were to say "brown" it would be a very, very dark brown. Very little lacing and a bit of prickle. Very sweet malt nose and a little whiff of banana and quite a bit of coffee. Nice roasted malt flavor with pleasant coffee, smoke and a little oatmeal in the flavor. It drinks better than it looked upon the initial pour. The prickle and coloration of the stout made me nervous as it looked more like a dry irish stout than a chocolate oatmeal stout. The flavor removed my fears. Some sweet maltiness in the flavor that is carried by the body and the abundant flavor from the roasted malt.

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Photo of disastermouse
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Thick, dark, and opaque. Disappointing head.

S - Peatty, grainy, no smell of chocolate. A little bit 'musty' smelling - like a basement.

T - Nothing too overpowering...it's just a hint like a Scottish, which I didn't expect. Flavor is actually a bit too mild. A hint if sweetness in the aftertaste along with the alcohol.

MF - perfect body.

D - An easily sessionable beer - if you dont get a little bored.

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Photo of washburnkid
4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a little over a finger of dark beige head. Brew is so dark that only the tiniest bit of light is able to pull through. Head retains as a tiny ring, and there's very little lacing on the glass.
S: Oatmeal and dark chocolate malt aromas dominate on the nose. Very pleasant and inviting (and exactly what I was expecting).
T: Great malty notes reflecting the aroma with bitter dark chocolate and oats at the forefront. Espresso notes are bold, and the sip ends in coffee bitterness, rather than a balanced hop bitterness. Ends on a slight sour, fruity note. Great layered flavors.
M: Medium bodied, but muscular. Slides down easily, leaving just a sweet glaze of malt on my tongue.
D: This beer would make a great session. It's refreshing and the complexity is delightful!

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Photo of brentk56
3.47/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a pretty darn dark chocolate color with a tight knit tan head that leaves a smattering of lace behind

Smell: With a hint of chocolate and roasty malt, this beer provides a strong oaty element in the aroma

Taste: Starts out with a black bread, chocolate and oats character and adds a hint of molasses in the mid-palate; after the swallow, the beer develops a peculiar lemony character that is very un-stoutlike

Mouthfeel: Medium body with mellow carbonation

Drinkability: A very unusual oatmeal stout though not unpleasant to drink

Thanks, joshuaseresse, for the chance to re-visit

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Photo of KeefD
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown color, not quite black, with a nice two-finger tan head that fell slowly, and lacing ensued. I could smell the roasty, chocolate aroma as I poured it into a nonic. Very nice smell to it. Flavor is mostly chocolate, plenty of chocolate malts used in this one, and not some much roasted malt. Very creamy tasting, notes of vanilla, caramel and coffee are also present, but not too strong or overwhelming. It tastes very nice but it's not complex and is unfortunately a little light on body. It's silky smooth, but a bit watery on the finish. A very drinkable stout and quite sessionable. I will easily put back 2 or 3 of these tonight.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark, dark brown in the pour. Borders on black when held to the light. Very faint roasted aroma. Slight metallic/coppery tinge to it. Mellow roasted flavor with a faint hop bite to it. Again it has a somewhat metal taste to it. Rather thin body wise. Lacks the silky smoothness of an oatmeal stout. A notch above average.

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Photo of SykDoc
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. This beer forms a mocha colored 1/2 inch head which reduces to a nice lacing. It is a deep brown with the pouring and is opaque when held to the light.

The aroma includes semi-sweet chocolate and coffee. There is a certain level of toffee, as well.

The taste is again bitter chocolate malts and coffee. The oatmeal seems a bit hidden until the finish which includes a nice bitterness.

The mouthfeel was confusing to me because the carbonation and flavor didn't mix well.. A sticky sweet coffee and oatmeal flavor lingers on the tongue.

Overall, this is a quite drinkable stout. It is certainly reasonable given the price and availability for my location. I will enjoy it when available.

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Photo of AdmiralDiaz
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle to pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark brown with amber edges. One-finger light brown head with ok retention and little lacing.

S: Smells like strong roasted malts with a bit of chocolate.

T: Tastes a bit more complex than it smelled, strong roasted malts with a creamy chocolate finish.

Overall: It's pretty drinkable being that its under 5%. The mouthfeel is alright and its only moderately carbonated, if it were a bit stronger in carbonation then it may have had a chance to show more flavor.

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Photo of Chugmonkey
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light black with some off white head.

Chocolate smell and taste.

Mouthfeel is quite nice, very smooth & somewhat creamy. Bitterness is minimal vs. your typical roaste barley dominated stout. Extremely drinkable with a really nice smooth finish.

Pretty tame, but very drinkable.

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Photo of cdkrenz
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A very special thanks to my super-intelligent wife Krista. I love you baby! And not just for the beer.

A - One full inch of frothy, dark brown, hummocky, and strong head. The body is black and allows no light to pass.

S - Coffee and chocolate aromas are consistent over a malty base.

T - Uniquely bitter throughout this brew touches chocolate and coffee on its way to a subtle malt finish.

M - The texture is coarse to start and finishes rather soft. My first sip makes be think this is going to be a difficult feel but the finish is relaxed. The coarse beginning does a great job of getting the quality flavors to surface. The mild finish allows those flavors to be enjoyed.

~ I first tried this beer a few years ago and was quite inexperienced in characterizing different attributes of beer. Since then I've learned enough to recognize the uniqueness of this Chocolate Oatmeal Stout and realize how enjoyable this beer really is. If you have not tried Oscar's, your doing yourself a disservice.

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Oscar's Chocolate Oatmeal Stout from Sand Creek Brewing Company
Beer rating: 54% out of 100 with 291 ratings
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