Chocolate Oatmeal Stout | Trout River Brewing Company

Chocolate Oatmeal StoutChocolate Oatmeal Stout
117 Ratings
Chocolate Oatmeal StoutChocolate Oatmeal Stout

Brewed by:
Trout River Brewing Company
Vermont, United States

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A dark, deliciously roasty brew with hints of chocolate in flavor and aroma. Velvety smooth with a dry, roasted finish. Once a seasonal brew, it's now available all year for our loyal Stout customers!

Added by UnionMade on 02-16-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 117 |  Reviews: 75
Photo of Brad007
4.75/5  rDev +59.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark black color, which is the trademark of a stout. There are subtle hints of coffee and chocolate in this beer. The taste is thick and smooth with a lot of chocolate showing through in the finish. Damn tasty and creamy to boot. You can taste the oatmeal in this brew. Definitely a good session ale at 4.9% ABV and very drinkable. It also seems creamier than other oatmeal stouts I've had.I like the roasted coffee character of the aftertaste as well.

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Photo of SteveO1231
4.6/5  rDev +54.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent dark black color, with thick creamy dark tan head
This beer was nitro'd so it has velvity smooth and creamy mouthfeel
very nice rich chocolate malt flavor with a sweet caramel finish
I really liked the nitro it added another dimension to enjoying this beer goes well with slice of their pizza.

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Photo of jgammoniv
4.25/5  rDev +43.1%

Photo of williamherbert
4.25/5  rDev +43.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The brown in this has an unusual reddish tinge. Puffy, creamy head; Guinness territory. Uniquely red like an amber. Great.

Roasted and smoky in the nose. Dark chocolates and mocha coffee. Dry malts with that bready oatmeal popping out. Hint of vanilla, raisin, grape.

The taste is lots of raisins, dates and tobacco. Bittersweet burnt malts. Vanilla is an accent. A little maple syrup too. A very complex flavor.

Really creamy with a tad of grit. Ashy and strong. A solid, solid oatmeal stout. Really mild and delicious. Everyone else on BA seems to be crapping all over this one but for the life of me I can't figure out why.

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Photo of SMADMS
4.05/5  rDev +36.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at American Flatbread in Burlington VT

Pour into an imperial pint glass

A-- Very dark brown to black no light get through this one
S-- Roasted malts and hints of chocolate, earthy oats
T-- Nice chocolate flavor followed by the oatmeal slight bitterness
M-- Dry and smooth finish good body
D-- I really like chocolate stouts and this did not disappoint

Flatbread has so many styles it's hard to pick which ones to have on any trip

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Photo of genog
4.03/5  rDev +35.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to markgugs for this one in the Summer Sipper BIF
pours a dark brown/ black color with a fizzy and creamy light brown head that dies down. Smell is of mild coffee, chocolate, syrup, toasted malt, and a smokey smell in the background. Taste is initially sweet with some cinnamon, licorice, then finishes bitter with a smokey, and oatmeal taste. Soft carbonation with a watery mouthfeeling.

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Photo of GRE680
4/5  rDev +34.7%

Photo of ehnahwy8
4/5  rDev +34.7%

Photo of tgbljb
4/5  rDev +34.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep reddish-brown color with sparse tannish head. Poor retention that quickly fell to a thin ring.
Smell is notable for a strong chocolate-coffee presence, along with some some smokey, roasted malt flovors.
Taste also hightlights the chocolate roasted malt with some nice coffee essences.
Finishes a bit thin, with only modest taste retention.
A nice middle-of-the-road stout.

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Photo of UnionMade
3.95/5  rDev +33%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark reddish brown, nearly black. Pretty opaque, with very little light coming through. A dense crop of off white head tops the beer, settling into about 1/8 of an inch. Great Retention, keeping throughout the glass.
Aroma is wonderful. A huge chocolatey mocha maltiness, smoothed out by a rich oatmeal presence. A bit lactic and milky, from the oatmeal, with a bit of yeast adding to the sensation. A touch of plum and vanilla, with faint herbal hops bolstering the experience.
Flavor is rich and very smooth. Burnt, chocolatey mocha malt bursts with flavor. The bittersweet grain softened a bit by a moderate oatmeal and yeast presence, creating a smooth, silken mouthfeel. Slight toffee sweetness, with a bit of chicory bitterness in the middle, a soft undercurrent of estery plum adding to the complexity. Some vanilla carries into the aftertaste, meeting mild, flavorful herbal hops settling under the oatmeal and chocolate. Somewhat dry in the finish, with a light vanilla and mocha flavor carrying into the lingering aftertaste. A rather lightish body, could be a bit heavier, with mild, unassuming carbonation.
One of my favorite beers to bring home when I find myself in Vermont. The chocolate and oatmeal are fantastic together. I can easily put down a few of these with no trouble at all.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.92/5  rDev +32%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown almost black with a bubbly tan-white head that doesn't stick around to long. Aromas of chocolate and coffee and maybe a bit of caramel. No hop presence at all this one is all malt. Taste is chocolaty and kind of roasty. Has an acidic taste in the finish, subtle but there. Mouthfeel is creamy, body is medium, could use a bit more IMHO. Overall a decent brew. I would have liked a bit more roast and body, but I could see myself drinking a few of these. I'd like to visit this one again on tap.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.92/5  rDev +32%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Out of a standard bottle this beer was a very dark copper color with some garnet highlights that appeared when held to light. The one finger of tan head did not retain very well but laced in thin curtains that left some sticky spots. The aroma was of roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, coffee and hints of smoke. The flavors were dominated by roasted malt with some smoke and blackened malt mixed in. Baking cocoa was present but there wasn't much sweetened chocolate to speak of until it warmed up. Oatmeal could be tasted in the middle and provided a nice backbone along with a good coffee bitterness. The mouthfeel was a little watery, the body only medium and the carbonation good. Though easy enough to drink it lacked depth and the body to make it a convincing stout.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.83/5  rDev +29%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was called the "Nitro stout" at the brewery in Lyndonville.

Very dark and smooth looking with a deep head that stuck around for a bit, I sampled with the non-nitro and this had a much better mouth feel, it was almost buttery (not in flavor but consistency). There was a slight alcohol aroma to it. Overall it was quite tasty and if you're in the area, pick up a pint!

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Photo of Fish113d
3.82/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a nice milk-chocolate brown color with a dense bone-color tan head forming at the surface quickly and almost overflows my tulip glass. Dissipates rather quickly leaving little cling to a surface layer atop my brew. Not much light gets through the body.

Quite aromatic. At first, I get a chocolate maltiness along with a hint of toffee. The oats come through after along with a bit of floral hops. Not as milky as expected on the nose.

Sipping reaveals a very non-sweet bitterness of the hops right away, but it gives way to a powdered bakers' chocolate flavor as well as the oatmeal comes through as well toward the finish. A nice aftertaste of sweeter chocolate and oatmeal comes through 5 seconds after the swallow leaving a nice flavor on my palate.

Body is quite watery. I was expecting a bit more body considering it's a stout, but overall, not bad. Carbonation is well-balanced with the flavors at 60 degrees (temp I drank it).

Very drinkable. Not too sweet, and light on the belly. A 6-pack would NOT be out of the question.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.8/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Although it's a little thinner than I'd hoped, Trout River's Chocolate Oatmeal Stout does live up to its name. It pours a very-dark-almost-black body beneath a creamy head of light tan. It's bottle conditioned, so the clarity depends on how carefully you pour it; not that you can see much in its dark body anyway. The nose is fresh and inviting with a clear note of cocoa and dull roastiness. It's light-medium in body, and the restrained, soft carbonation leaves it remarkably smooth across the palate. In the flavor a burst of yeasty fruitiness comes forth with notes of mildy tart and sweet red berries. Some mild chocolate is there swirling in the background, but you don't really get it until the swallow. Surprisingly, instead of roastiness (although some is there), a handfull of mild leafy hops and a dull bitterness ushur you out in the delicately lingering finish. It's definitely English in nature with a demure body and restrained maltiness offset by yeasty fruitiness. Definitely drinkable; not necessarily satiating.

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Photo of theo871
3.77/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle, no freshness date.
Pours dark brown with very little head, and no head retention. Small amount of sediment on top. Smell is very chocolately, with a hint of oats. The taste is more like an ale than a stout to me, no thickness to the mouthfeel either. Not a true stout, but a beer that i could easily pound 3-4 down in a setting with no complaints. I'll have to check out their other brews. Will update when i try it on tap.

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Photo of Brionna
3.75/5  rDev +26.3%

Photo of dunix
3.75/5  rDev +26.3%

Photo of rousee
3.71/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown-slight ruby tint in the bottom of the glass with almost no head.A wisp of foam remains on top of the beer. No lace to speak of.

Rich chocolate and coffee notes on the nose with some slight fruitiness lingering in the background

Taste is a nice chocolate and oatmeal maltiness.There is also some of that fruitiness that I smelled and I would say it reminds me of berries--its very faint but its there. Good smooth mouthfeel and quite dry and crisp on the finish. You would expect it to be a little stickier or sweeter so I like the fact that its not.

Drinkability is where this beer really excels--I see its pretty low in abv but it just seems real easy to drink more than one or 3 of these. I would definitely buy it again.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.63/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Much thanks to brothercannon for bringing me a sixer of this back from VT. Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my shaker glass. Appears a translucent, yet deep brown color with about two fingers of creamy ecru head. Nose and flavor consist of milk chocolate, bittersweet cocoa, caramel, mild coffee and roasted grain. Medium in both body and carbonation and quite fulfilling. A few bottles of this and you'll be content.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.63/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark, dark brown with barley a hint of a head. Smells of oats. Dry. Sweet chocolate aromas underscored by roasted smells as well.

Tastes of strong bitter chocolate up front. Big oat flavors. Burnt/roasted malt with smoke underneath. Nice flavors. A bit thin bodied but finishes dry as a counterpoint to the sweetness. Lots going on here but the flavors are a a bit haphazard. A bit of balancing would do this brew some good. Decent enough to try again.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.62/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

AP: Very dark brown, nearly black. Little activity with a scattered and bubbly light-mocha head with many small bubbles, not frothy and thick but spread and thin. Dissipates to a minimal scattered covering.

Nose: Sweet and roasty, coffee smelling malt, minor chocolate notes.

Taste: A roasted coffee with oats taste, sweet flvored malt comes through, with a leafy hop ending. Leaves a nutty and roasty after-taste.

Mf: Rather thin in texture with a slipperry feel, a bit flat feeling, mild activity.

DA: I enjoy a thicker and heartier effect for the style.

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Photo of racer2k
3.6/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured on tap into a pint glass

A: Beer pours a dark brown color producing a thin light tan head which quickly dissipates and creates a small sheen of lacing on my glass.

S: Coffee, fresh oats and toasted dark malt. There is also a hint of chocolate in the smell as well. Nice robust set of flavors.

T: A nice combination of roasted malt, oatmeal and mild dark chocolate. There is also a hint of hop bitterness in the middle but the beer definitely finishes sweet.

M: This is a thin beer for a stout with low carbonation but there is a robust flavor profile.

O: Decent beer which could use a little tuning. I would drink this again for sure.

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Photo of plaid75
3.55/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep black hue with a one finger creamy head. There was decent retention and sticky lacing.

The smell featured a strong roasted grain aroma. There was also hints of cocoa and coffee as well.

The taste was dominated by the strong roasted coffee flavor, as you would expect. There was a mild dry cocoa flavor as well.

The mouthfeel was a bit on the thin side and dry.

Overall, a good oatmeal stout. While there was a nice mild chocolate flavor, it was a bit lacking otherwise.

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Photo of weeare138
3.54/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to grassrootsVT for this one...
Appears a black with brown edges. Small, medium toned, tan head slowly fades into a tiny collar. Tiny speckles of lace slip down into the brew.
Smell is of rolled oats, chocolate malts, coffee, vanilla, along with mild aromas of currants, and peanuts. Gets better as it warms.
Taste is about the same as the aromas but a bit weaker.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sweet with fruit up front, leading to a semi-dry finish. Slightly thin though for a stout. Barely any of the anticipated creaminess in this. This one could use some tweaking.

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Chocolate Oatmeal Stout from Trout River Brewing Company
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