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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Reviews: 75 | Ratings: 117
Photo of tgbljb
4/5  rDev +31.6%
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 Brad007
4.75/5  rDev +56.3%
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 jdg204
2.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Got this at Smug's ski lodge restaurant (which was very nice), though the brew left a lot to be desired.

Appearance - Pretty decent black color with a nice white head, though like everything else about this beer it was a little thin.

Smell - The roasted smell here was decent and coffee notes were present, but thin again.

Taste - This started out really nice, but then faded quickly into a flat inconsistency. Roasted, chocolate, and coffee notes were present, but not for long.

Mouthfeel - Consistency was poor which really drug this score down for me.

Drinkability - This was an alright brew and I'm glad I gave it a shot, but I'd honestly avoid it in the future unless there was no other good options.

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Photo of Shaw
3.27/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very black, with just a tiny head. It smells good with plenty of roasted malt and coffee aromas.

The flavor is a bit watery. The chocolate notes are very light. I'm not sure if there's any chocolate actually in this beer. There is also a bit too much sourness from the roasted malt for my taste.

The mouthfeel is like the taste: watery.

This is just an average beer at best. I'm disappointed. :-(

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.62/5  rDev +19.1%
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 plaid75
3.55/5  rDev +16.8%
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 NeroFiddled
3.8/5  rDev +25%
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 weeare138
3.54/5  rDev +16.4%
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 jdhilt
3.53/5  rDev +16.1%
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 Dewey0603
2.55/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This pours a dark brown with almost no head. The smell has some coffee and chocolate,but it's not all that strong. The taste has some milky creamyness to it with some coffee and chocolate flavors with some roastyness. Nothing all that exciting. The m/f is weak,light,and watery with a roasted flavor that doesn't fit. Sorry Trout River, but I'm going to have to pour this out. Not a good offering.

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Photo of SteveO1231
4.6/5  rDev +51.3%
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 ppoitras
3.31/5  rDev +8.9%
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 shapudding
3.46/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured pitch chocolately dark, clear and rootbeery. Nice khaki head, unfortunately there was no retention... Strange scent... makes me think of a cleanser....comet? Thin and malty...
Nice dark taste, dark toast and chocolate malts. Bit of not so strong coffee. As it warms up you get more of an oak, vanilla, whiskey flavor that comes out. Very light bodied, surprising. But there is a decent amount of carbination in the mouthfeel. Easy drinker.

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Photo of merlin48
3.19/5  rDev +4.9%
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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Photo of theo871
3.77/5  rDev +24%
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 UnionMade
3.95/5  rDev +29.9%
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 scottum
3.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours out a deep dark brown with hint toward blackness and a full tan head as a crown. As far as stouts claiming to be of the chocolate variety, this is perhaps my favorite because the chocolate is not out there in your face, rather it sits back and chills with it's good friend oatmeal. Mouthfeel is quite smooth. The best bottled Trout River I've had yet, but nowhere close to the level of other Vermont stouts.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.63/5  rDev +19.4%
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 kaszeta
3.54/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at the 2003 Vermont Brewers Festival.

Pours dark brown with a thin, light, tan head that fades quickly. The aroma is pleasantly chocolatey and nutty. Tastewise, it starts out with a strong chocolate character with some nice oatmeal body. The finish was a bit weak and a bit dry, which doesn't seem to work well with the sweet chocolate body. The mouthfeel is a bit less substantial than I like with a stout, but still decent. Still, it's rather pleasant and drinkable. There's a lot of good potential here, but it doesn't quite work out.

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Photo of sponberg
3.37/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown with a fizzy tan head that dissipates quickly. Aroma like bitter chocolate covered marzipan - a definite almond component.

Hmm... Starts out sort of chocolatey and oatmealy behind the fizz, then heads towards some roasted, bitter, earthy, and slightly alcoholic flavors before fading into a dry, bitter chocolate finish. Thin mouthfeel - detracts a bit. Additional body would make this a much better brew. The flavors are there, they just need a little support from the choir.

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Photo of Popsinc
2.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A dark black pour with a very small head that faded much too quickly for my liking.

The nose was light in all aspects. Light maltiness and more over, very light on chocolates and roasted malts. It really wasn't all that appetizing.

The taste was again, very mild and too subtle for my liking. A real lack of body. Dark, roatsed malts were present but very mild and any "chocolatey" quality was almsot non-existant.

I didn't feell that this particular beer lived up to the title of an "Chocolate Oatmeal Stout".

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Photo of proc
2.8/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out to a jet black in the glass with no head. Very little carbonation to near flat. Aroma is that of light chocolate and coffee. Taste is good, but thin. I usually expect loads of flavor with an oatmeal stout and this one being oatmeal/chocolate is a little light. Thanks to BIGDEB499 for sending this my way.

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Photo of Jason
2.11/5  rDev -30.6%
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 beernut7
3.08/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I was definitely not impressed with this brew. First indication of trouble was the transluscent lighter brown color and dissipated head. The first taste brought in the watery light body and light flavors which were a surprise considering the robust roasted chocolate aroma. Quite disappointing.

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Photo of Todd
2.51/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 12oz bottle. No freshness date.

Appearance: Nice deep & dark coloured brown beer with mohogany edges and a tan cream head that settles to a thin creamy lace.

Smell: Slightly acrid with some chocolate and roasted in the nose.

Taste: Even medium bodied with a coarse mouthfeel. A very acrid and roasted beer with hickory, light chocolate malts and some hop bitterness making up the majority of the flavours. Malt flavour / sweetness is low. Finish is a bit dry with an unpleasant after taste.

Notes: A bland beer with little depth. Way too roasted and unbalanced as a result. The name builds an expectation that the beer never lives up to. Thin, lackluster and "why?" comes to mind after drinking this beer.

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Chocolate Oatmeal Stout from Trout River Brewing Company
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