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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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Ratings: 117 |  Reviews: 75
Photo of Hojaminbag
2.51/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Trout River Chocolate oatmeal stout has a solid look, with an opaque body and a thin brown head that has OK retention at best, and leaves a spot or two of lacing behind.

The aroma is intensely sweet, with some chocolate in there.

This one is almost a chore to drink, it's too sweet for me. Notes of caramel and molasses join a good bit of dark, dry, chocolate flavors. A good dose of roasted malt serves to dampen the sweetness a little bit, but it also brings a burnt, ashy flavor with it. Some hop flavors hang around in the middle, but they are mild and unfocused.

Too thin for an oatmeal stout, which I always expect to be very creamy in the mouthfeel department.

This isn't one I would want again, but those who like sweeter chocolate stouts may enjoy this one.

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Photo of JAHMUR
3/5  rDev +1%

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 jski
2/5  rDev -32.7%

Photo of CurtisLoew
2.16/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours brown color. Big head. This beer is well carbonated at least, foam fills the glass with a normal pour.

Smells like weak stout. Faint chocolate, bitterness. Taste is rather bland. A strange fruitiness appears as the beer warms. Very thin beer, I mean VERY thin. I really didn't think it was very good.

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Photo of zrab11
2.81/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a nice brown color almost black. with a small head, very little lacing

S- Smells of sweet chocolate with some coffee notes

T- Has a bitter coffee taste with come chocolate mixed in.

M-Light bodied

D-Overall this was a watered down stout. Not very good flavors and too light for me.

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Photo of mdaschaf
2.68/5  rDev -9.8%
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 THECPJ
3/5  rDev +1%
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 MaltsOfGlory
3.39/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty wimpy head, god awful really for a stout. It fades in second, too quick to even measure it. The body is pitch black. The smell however is very good, smells creamy, chocolaty and malty, it smells really yummy. Eh, taste is ok, nothing really that special here, the mouthfeel is super super thin, it feels like a lager. As for the taste, I mean what is there to say? I get a little malt and a tiny bit of chocolate but that's about it. It's not creamy at all like it smelled, it's thin on the mouth and a little too carbonated as well. There really isn't much flavor here at all, very watery. Drinkability is obviously super high, but that's it's only redeeming factor. Really a disappointing beer here.

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Photo of Satchboogie
2.33/5  rDev -21.5%
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 Thorpe429
2.38/5  rDev -19.9%
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 BeefyMee
2.82/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Looks almost pure black with just a little light sneaking through. Not much of a head. No lacing. Tastes very roasty but not much else. Feels watery and overcarbonated. Kind of irritating on the back of the throat. Not bad, but I just get bored with it.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3/5  rDev +1%
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 sisuspeed
2.48/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Foothills signature glass. Pouring right down the center creates a nice half finger tan head that sits on top of dark brown body. No lacing.

On the nose I'm picking up a lactic milk sourness, followed by some roasted malts and possibly a hint of chocolate. Not overly pleasant.

Flavor is faint roasted malts, a bit of sour wateriness and some slightly sticky sweet notes. Fairly watery, not much flavor in general. Seems lacking and a bit off at the same time.

Body is watery with light carbonation. Not much of a body.

Drinkability is kind of low. It tastes a bit like flavored water with a hint of malt thrown in. Slight sourness doesn't fit well like some soured porters do. I'll probably pour out half of the bottle before recycling.

Overall, this is a pretty weak stout in almost every aspect. Plus the flavor seems a bit soured. Maybe Trout River has done better batches of this beer, but this is not one of them. I wouldn't recommend picking up a bottle.

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Photo of jlindros
3.17/5  rDev +6.7%
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 donkeyrunner
2.95/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thin, hot cocoa colored head. Pours clear, dark brown but looks black in my glass, ruby when held to light. Surprisingly, this is one of Trout River's cleaner looking beers. Collar retention casts out a lacey net.

Hickory cocoa powder and bitter roast malt aroma. Taste is like a chocolate almond bar crushed and mixed with water. Roast malt from the aroma is subdued and thinned out like the rest of the flavor. Elements of toffee. An oatmeal stout light, if you will.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.16/5  rDev +6.4%
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 willabys
2.37/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured into my rather nice White Grass Touring pint glass. Pours somewhat clear I think, but VERY dark and yummy looking. Then there is the head, not what I think of when I think stouts, Oh well.

Smells of coffee, chocolate and some kind of slight spicyness I can't place directly to some aromatic in my spice rack.

Taste is, um somewhat malty, kinda got that coffee thing going on, There is that spice too, still can't place it.

Over all this comes off more as a weak coffee chocolate porter. I don't regret having two, I just don't plan on grabbing more when I cruise to Vermont.

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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 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 NEhophead
3.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz brown bottle; served in a tumbler.

Pours a darkened oak, light espresso in color. The light coffee-colored head is filled with carbonation and is short-lived. No noticeable, lasting lace.

Roasted coffee-scented malts. Dried hazlenut and peanut brittle with mild espresso spices. Creamy toffee with a hefty dose of diacetyl that swarms the nose. Despite the overwhelming diacetyl, the roasted, nutty qualities are intriguing.

Peanut brittle with heavy creamy and butterscotch. Light, dried toffee with flecks of espresso and licorice. The middle is thin as a result of a mild amount of floral hops with notes of rolled oat and faint chocolate. The finish is a bit rough; however, the diacetyl returns with more vigor and provides a sweeter aftertaste.

Medium bodied; a bit over-carbonated with an underlying, buttery film. For the style, the texture is pretty unobtrusive.

Some noticeable flaws, but some decent aromas/flavors as well. Not my first choice for an Oatmeal Stout, but not terribly bad for something local when you're in Vermont.

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Photo of KTCamm
2.77/5  rDev -6.7%
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 MrHurmateeowish
3.17/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle obtained at Barb's Beer Emporium in Concord. Pours a dark brown/black translucent body with ruby-red highlights and a short-lived off-white head. Roasty caramel, toffee, coffee, dark chocolate all characterize the aroma. Chocolate (reminiscent of Ovaltine), slight caramel... Hints of oatmeal in the flavor too. Aqueous in body with moderate carbonation. Tastes watered down. While I'm not that impressed with this one, it's the best one I've had from this brewery thus far...

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Photo of bort11
2.52/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass. Thin egg white head that doesn't stand up to much. Thin film settle on the surface. Color is a dark reddish brown when held to the light.

Smell has some nice chocolate aromas, but that's about it. Taste is missing that chocolate, and just comes off as weak and acrid.

Mouthfeel is missing all of the creaminess that an oatmeal stout should have. This one seems to miss the mark at all levels

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