Oscar's Chocolate Oatmeal Stout | Sand Creek Brewing Company

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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

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Added by arizcards on 06-12-2005

BEER STATS
Ratings:
289
Reviews:
129
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
11.41%
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
23
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 289 |  Reviews: 129
Photo of Gavage
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of lakeviewmike
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I liked the taste and the smell of this beer but the appearance and mouthfeel wasn't what I hoped for.

The beer poured with a very small head, almost nothing. It is opaque black. Very little carbonation. The mouthfeel was a thick and a bit slick. Once again, almost no carbonation. The effect was more like drinking a heavy cup of cold coffee instead of a beer.

The taste was coffee and chocolate. The oatmeal made for a very smooth, mellow flavor.

I like iced coffee with cream and sweetener. This beer would make an interesting substitute. I could see pouring it over ice with some cream. It has plenty of flavor to stand up to the ice.

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Photo of Ragingbull
3.57/5  rDev -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 mdwalsh
3.57/5  rDev -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 shivtim
3.57/5  rDev -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 MaximalC
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of jera1350
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep and dark chocolate brown color with a frothy tan head that leaves a small amount of lacing.

Big milk chocolate nose with some roastiness and a hint of coffee.

The taste pretty much matches the nose, but without the sweetness that milk chocolate brings. A good roasty aftertaste.

Very foamy and overcarbonated in the mouth. The body is a bit thin for the style as well. Finishes very dry.

An above average oatmeal stout that is worth a try.

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Photo of zeff80
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a jet black color with a small, light brown head. It left nice rings of lace.

S - It smelled of oats, roasted malt and chocolate.

T - It tasted of sweet roasted malt and chocolate with an oatmeal taste that added a touch of bitterness.

M - It was smooth and creamy-soft. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a good oatmeal stout. Not exceptional but certainly worth a try and a good value.

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Photo of arizcards
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received as part of my MicroBeer Club November shipment received at the end of November.
Beer poured black with a tan head that is barely hanging around. Nose is very pleasant, of chocolate malts. Taste is very heavy on the chocolate malts but the lack of hops leaves this a bit unbalanced. Mouthfeel is very smooth but a bit thinner than hoped. Overall drinkability is pretty good. Not a bad beer but could be better with a few tweaks to the recipe.

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Photo of JeffSK
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Slatetank
3.64/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of drseamus
3.64/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours jet black with a one finger mocha head. It smells great with strong chocolate and coffee aromas. The flavor is weird. It has a great initial chocolate flavor, but that fades very quickly to a thin taste and feeling. It is very creamy though. It almost makes me think that this beer might be past it's prime, but there is no best by or born on date to check.

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Photo of Tone
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of ism
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One-finger tan head settles to a thin layer slowly; low alcohol content. No lacing whatsoever. Impenetrable black body. Nose of chocolate and caramel, a bit of oatmeal too. Good, evenly gentle carbonation on the tongue, body is medium-thin, rather straighforward, chocolate and a slight oatmeal acridity (the good kind) mixing nicely, smooth going down. Refreshing in the way oatmeal is. An interesting spin on the style but not something I'd revisit that often.

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Photo of alarmclock314
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Strix
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
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 beveragecaptain
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a very dark brown, nearly black color. Very little head. The aroma is a nice combination of chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, nuts, and fruit. The flavor has the same characteristics of the aroma, but is also both sweet and sour. Some oatmeal flavor too. I would enjoy a little more oatmeal flavor. Medium mouthfeel. Decent drinkability. Pretty good beer, but nothing to get too excited about.

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Photo of Lemke10
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of SkitzIrish3
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with thin layer of tan head that dissolves quickly to thin lacing, but sticks around until the very end.

I'm not grabbing a real solid aroma but what is there is a real thin chocolate, light coffee, and traces of vanilla.

I'm impressed with the taste after the fairly weak smell. Light chocolate and coffee notes, slight vanilla, and some pleasant bitterness, all led by huge roasty malt characters. It has a medium mouthfeel in regards to stouts.

My first Oatmeal Stout and an enjoyable beer, but I feel like this is not a good first example of the style.

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Photo of Metalsnota
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of blackie
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

appearance: The pour produces a very thin khaki head that quickly disappears. The beer is a very dark brown, nearly black in color.

smell: Roasted malts, definate chocolate aroma, slight lactose...smells good. I think I can pick up on some slight oat aroma, but that just may be the chocolate and my expectations playing a trick on me. Hops are low, but just right.

mouthfeel: Carbonation is a high medium and the body a light medium. Not as smooth as I would expect an oatmeal stout to be.

taste: Chocolate malt at the forefront here, and it tastes damn good. There's a slight creaminess on the tongue. Plenty of roasted malt flavor present also. Just enough hops to provide some balance. The finish is of lingering roast and bitter flavors. Pretty good.

drinkability: Thin, both in flavor and in body, but tasty and easy to drink

gracias to dirtylou for smuggling this bottle out of el norte

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Photo of BeerSnobRobinson
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of tgbljb
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

poured a deep brown, virtually black color with tanish head that feel to a slight ring. Smell is of coffee, chocolate, and toasted malt and is very pleasant. Taste is strong of coffee and toated malt and follows through with the smell. Aftertaste is a bit dissapointing and fails to follow through from the taste. A very good beer that seems to fail in the finish.

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Photo of Chugmonkey
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
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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