Chocolate Oatmeal Stout | Trout River Brewing Company

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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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Photo of metter98
3.06/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is clear very dark amber in color (black when viewed from quite some distance) and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high dense beige head that died down a bit but never completely faded away.
S: Light to moderate aromas of chocolate are present in the nose along with notes of roasted malts.
T: The taste has flavors of dark malts along with notes of chocolate and hints of sourness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and somewhat thin and watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seems to be a lot lighter in body compared to other oatmeal stouts and doesn't have any smoothness.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.38/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark brown with very little head or lacing. Nose is roasted malts with hints of chocolate and coffee. Taste is similar but quite bland; just the occasional hint of flavor here and there. Mouthfeel is a bit better with a nice creaminess and some body. Not my favorite representation of the style.

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Photo of jlindros
3.17/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: 1 finger creamy head that slowly fades over dark brown super bubbly beverage.

N: I could smell it on the pour, with tons of roast, chocolate, and stout aromas. Some light oatmeal aromas, with creamy chocolate and slight spicy hops, bitterness on the nose, hard to describe but like pure darkness and bitterness. Some coffee and more roast late.

T: Very stouty. Somewhat creamy with a little lactose, chocolate, bakers chocolate, some coffee and tons of roast. Bitter from the stout flavors, an earthy bitter stout like char. A little sweet, but not very much.

M: Very light body, much lighter than I expected, and takes away quite a bit from the beer I think. Decent carbonation.

F: Finishes a little bitter from that stout flavors, but not that much either. Creamy milky taste lingers with some of the chocolate and roast, but light on the finish too. Doesn't leave much on the mouth and leaves a lot to be desired.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.8/5  rDev +24.6%
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 Jason
2.11/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date, hmm odd purple label. Frothy stout like head that stays around a while, very dark brown colour with noticeable sediment particles floating around.

Mildly acrid burnt aroma, smell of charcoal and powdered carob.

Thin slick smoothness on the tongue, mildly acidic roasted twang with a thinnish malt body and flavour. Hops are light and get lost in the mix, earthy flavour burst middle to end with charred wood and yeast. Faint hints of a watery dark chocolate are a distant echo in the drying finish.

The brew has no gusto, where is the body and where is the flavour? You can tell the oats are there but with the off flavours nothing really comes through correctly. A far cry from a stout let alone a chocolate oatmeal stout.

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Photo of mdaschaf
2.68/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Review from notes

A: Poured a chocolaty dark brown with a very small tan head. Any head that formed was gone quickly and spotty lacing that was left behind did not last long either.

A: Some roasted malt and a little bit of coffee. The dominant aroma is of chocolate, and reminds me a lot of the chocolate extract I used in a homebrew, but not as chocolaty.

T: There is a little bit of chocolate and some roasted malt. There is a slight hop bitterness, but it lacked the sweetness I hope for in an oatmeal stout.

M: Overall it seemed to be a bit thin, somewhat watered down, and carbonation was low.

O: A bit of a letdown. Was hoping for a slightly thicker body with more sweetness from the oats to offset the chocolate and bitterness a little.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.92/5  rDev +28.5%
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 GarthDanielson
2.58/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a watery dark brown coloring that pushes into black with not a lick of head on the surface of the beer. Aromas are a light cocoa nib bittersweet highlighting a dark, roasty, smokey coffee backbone. Flavors are watery and sharp, with the increased carbonation robbing some of the flavor profiles. Nutty sweet backbone and a slight roasting end up weakly trying to provide some substance to the flavor profiles. Watery body with no trace of cling on the glass, the aftertaste ends up being a muddled, semisweet tangy flavor that really isn't overly pleasant. Cloying, watery, and lingering finish make this beer a tough one to finish. Boo.

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Photo of Billolick
3.37/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ouncer purchased at the Brattleboro, Vt. food coop (great place to stop for fine food and decent food if in the area or passing thru) No freshness info to be had. Pours pretty much what a stout should look like, dark tan head packs it in quickly and lacing is minor. A hint of chocolate and malt in the nose. Like the other Trout River brews I have tried, this one seems somehow off target flavor wise. Any chocolate note is minor and not distinct. Roasted grains are evident, but this one lacks the much enjoyed softness and velvety mouth feel sensation of the all stars of the style. The finish is dry, with some chalky bite. Nothing special going on here.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to Vermonthiker for this brew.

Pours a dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy tan head, with some sticky lacing. The nose is malty, big chocolate/toffee notes, with some caramel. The taste is malty, nice touch of chocolate/toffee, and a nice tone of caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, not too bad.

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Photo of plaid75
3.55/5  rDev +16.4%
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 tobelerone
2.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A dark brown, nearly black beer, with a smallish head that settles quickly. Patchy lacing. The aroma is simple but appealing; lots of chocolatey malt. That’s it. Unfortunately the taste fails to deliver much on that or any other front; it’s thin and watery and pretty lacking in flavor overall. A bit of chocolate malt, not much in the way of either sweetness or bitterness. Quite bland. The mouthfeel is likewise very thin and watery with assertive carbonation. No trace of oatmeal in the feel or taste. Kind of like a light chocolate beer soda. Disappointing.

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Photo of weeare138
3.54/5  rDev +16.1%
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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Photo of puboflyons
3.16/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with no bottling or expiration date noted. Sampled on January 29, 2010. The pour is quite drak and almost black with a hint of a creamy beige head that dissolves quickly. The aroma was not very strong but from what I could gather included a balance of burnt chocolate, thin malts, and biscuits. The taste is about the same and maybe a bit better with some weak chocolate. thin hops, and bread. I downed it quickly without savoring much of it.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.53/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a one-finger light brown head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Nearly black hints of deep amber color. Light carbonation and heavy bodied. Roasted chocolate nose. Starts with a roasted chocolate flavor not totally sweet, finish is smooth, hops are in the background. $1.25 for a 12 oz bottle from Capital Convenience Concord, NH.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.31/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12ozer bottle bought as part of a six pack from North End Superette, Manchester, NH.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/8" light tan head above the barely translucent dark brown brew. Head is gone in the blink of an eye, leaving a minimal layer of bubbles, with minimal to average lacing. The appearance is sorely lacking for the style. Aroma is deeply of dark grains, I note coffee and oatmeal, but I'm sure the chocolate's in there somewhere. Taste is sweet dark grains upfront, with the heartiness of the oatmeal coming through, and then the flavor just stagnate. Mouthfeel is thin, but the drinkabilty isn't too bad. Kind of sorry I bought a sixer of this.

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Photo of Brad007
4.75/5  rDev +55.7%
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 ColForbinBC
2.98/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint

Pours a chestnut brown with ruby highlights around the edges. A murky body allows little light in the center of the beer. A very thin tan cap rose less then a quarter of an inch and faded quickly.

Nose is of cocoa powder, coffee beans, roasted malt and a touch of burnt caramel.

The taste is of roasted, burnt caramel, almost butterscotch like, with a below average amount of coffee flavor.

Thin. Very thin for a stout. However, it was on the velvety side.

This is a very thin stout with a relatively low abv. The drinkability is pretty good, but the flavor profile really drops this score.

Just not nearly as full and rich as I would like. This is not a terrible beer by any means, but there are a ton of better options out there.

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Photo of Jwale73
2.56/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured with a thick, foamy, off-white/tan colored head that dissipated quickly. Mild, nutty smell. Felt very watery in the mouth, and not in a good way. Little lacing remained during the tasting. Very little flavor lingered after the swallow. Can't exactly place the aftertaste, but somewhat citrusy. Generally, very uncharacteristic of an oatmeal stout.

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Photo of THECPJ
3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: dark brown with a half finger head

smell: malty, chocolate extract

taste: chocolate extract, roast, malts

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: not bad but wasn't liking the chocolate extract. your big time now use real chocolate.


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Photo of gford217
3.32/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle courtesy of ClockworkOrange poured into a pint glass.

Pours dark, dark brown with a small off-white head that lingers as a ring for a while leaving no lacing.

The aroma is pretty strong with lactose, chocolate and some roasted coffee. The dark malts are also very evident in the nose, but it is overall an unappetizing smell.

The taste is pretty bland for a stout with dark malts and faint hints of coffee and chocolate. Not a lot going on in the taste honestly.

The mouthfeel is watery for a stout and lacks the body to be much better than an average beer.

Overall, I was not overly impressed with this beer but being some light-bodied did make it drinkable.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Another big shout-out to Charlie from Vermont for sharing this one (I'd put his BA username but he doesn't have one).

Pours a dark cocoa colour, cola held up to the light, red-wine colour at the base. Head is beige, fizzes a bit then sinks to a ring around the top. Lacing is gorgeously sticky. Nice lace but could be darker and use more retention.

Nose is very malty, a lot of dark grain but not a lot of roasty characters. A nutty character dominates with pecan and chestnut on there, a hint of coconut and a lot of wood, like fresh pine bark but also like a chestnut shell. Some distinct oats as well and maybe some chocolate if I'm being generous. More like a carob character though.

Taste is more of the same, a lot of wood - oak and pine with a hint of brandy on the front. Mid-palate has lots of darker malt with some mild roastiness on the back, slightly sour. Not a lot to the palate and a bit disappointing for an oatmeal stout. Not a lot of chocolate character, lacking in potency, a bit of a cardboard note, yeah just needs more.

Mouthfeel is quite syrupy but goes down slick. Decent but not great.

A bit underwhelming, particularly given the style, but certainly drinkable.

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Photo of KTCamm
2.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours dark black with little foam or bubbles. After the initial pour settles, takes on appearance of a cup of coffee. No lacing noted.

Smell is chocolately oats (what else?) with hints of roasted coffee.

Taste is slightly sweet. The oats come through and there is a mild sour hoppy finish. More sour than I'd expect.

Little buzz in the mouth, and the sour watery taste holds over. Overall, easy to drink, but not something I'd keep coming back to - much better uses of oats and choc malt out there.

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Photo of Satchboogie
2.33/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours dark brown, 1 finger mocha colored bubbly head that quickly dissipates.

S: Very dark roasted malts, char, maybe a little chocolate, slight floral hop.

T: One dimensional. It's pretty much just dark roasted malts and char up front that disappears almost as soon as it hits the pallet. There is a little chocolate in there, but not in a good way. Almost like someone dropped a hershey kiss in it. I've had few beers that were so "meh" on flavor, just about all the flavor disappears in a mater of a second or two and leaves you with a watery flat finish.

M: Medium to high carbonation, very thin body. Tastes/feels more like lightly flavored water than a stout. When I think of what a BMC stout would taste like, this is it.

D: While it's low ABV, low flavor, thin body, you could say that its really drinkable, but the problem is that I simply don't want to drink this.

I probably wouldn't drink this if it were free, let alone pay $2 a bottle. Everything I love about stouts is what is bad about this one. Big flavors? - Fail. Big chocolate flavors? - Fail. Big mouthfeel? - epic fail. When a microbrewery puts out a regular beer like this I wonder how they are still in business. This was a drain pour.

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Photo of merlin48
3.19/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle pours dark and opaque, with a 2 cm tan head that falls flat in seconds, leaving no lace.

Aroma has lots of roasted malts, with cappucinno and cigar tobacco.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied, highly carbonated, and lacking in richness.

Dark, roasted malts here, with a subdued taste of bitter coffee. Faint chocolate is present, particularly in the finish. Oatmeal is not detected, and the hop presence is noticable only by the bitterness.

I love this brewery's lavender labels. This stout fails to impress due to its lack of complexity and understated character. Not one I would buy again.

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