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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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Ratings: 117 |  Reviews: 75
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 nrbw23
2.35/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A- Pours a dark brown or black color. Has a small brownish colored head that has very little retention and leaves pretty much no lacing.

S- The good here is some chocolate and roasted malts. The bad is just about everything else picking up some chalky smell.

T- Wow not very good here. Touch of chocolate, roasted malt taste just seems way off and has a terrible after taste.

M- Medium in body, low carbonation almost flat and felt watery in the mouth.

D- Well, just not very good at all. I think I'll pass.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
2.98/5  rDev +0.3%
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 gford217
3.32/5  rDev +11.8%
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 Deuane
2.5/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Thanks to clockworkorange for the hookup on this VT brew.

A-Dark brown with the thinnest of a light tan head left no lace.

S-An odd sour/metallic smell a little roast and a faint bit of chocolate malt.

T-Oddly metallic with a bit of roast and a whimper of dark chocolate.

M-Almost light in body where the hell is the oatmeal body boost? This brew has no gusto nor flavour!

D-Blah! Super dull....chocolate, barely! Oatmeal, where? Odd flavours, yes sir! Want another? No thanks! It isn't awful but it sure isn't for me!

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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 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 Wasatch
3.5/5  rDev +17.8%
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 Billolick
3.37/5  rDev +13.5%
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 JMScowcroft
2.34/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Look - cheap looking bottle, blank cap, very rustic looking, labels fall off on their own from condensation. Pours a dark chocolate brown and is completely impossible to see through in normal lighting. I saw absolutely no head whatsoever, even though it is quite carbonated.

Smell - Sweet chocolate. This is about the only thing good about this beer.

Taste - Heavily carbonated, bitter stout with chocolate or coffee overtones, a bit bland, could have had more of a stout overtone to it, I think they concentrated too much on getting the chocolate taste into the beer.

Mouthfeel - Bitter, not very pleasant and hits all the wrong nerves, could have added something smooth to the end of it.

Drinkability - Not very drinkable at all, almost undrinkable, between the taste and the thickness, I couldn't finish one, and I can tolerate a stout.

Overall would not recommend this unless you only drink stouts and you want to try all of them.

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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 mountdew1
3.17/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was an opaque very dark black in color with a chocolate brown head. Aroma was like a chocolate chip cookie, with a strong alcohol scent. Taste was slightly oatmealy with a tinge of chocolate. Felt watery, didn't cling well at all. However, was carbonated just enough which helped. Easy to drink, but not the best.

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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 number1bum
2.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to BeerTruth for this one.

Pours a dark brown, not quite black and not quite opaque, with some ruby hues through it when held to the light. Looks a bit thin for an oatmeal stout, but it's not big in the abv department so that's not necessarily bad. About one finger of coffee colored head on top recedes to a thin lace, doesn't leave a heck of a lot of stick.

My first thought when putting this to my nose is that it seems a bit off. Not sure what it is, sort of a metallic aroma I suppose, with feint chocolate and a little bit of roastiness but little other malt in the nose.

Where the nose was off a bit, the taste is even more off. There is something very wrong here. It's like a rotten fruit and metallic flavor combination, with barely any chocolate or caramel or coffee or any other tasty malt flavor whatsoever. At the very end there is a feint roasted malt some chocolate malt and a smoky flavor, but the dominant flavor is a funky fruitiness. Not good. Mouthfeel is very thin and watery with none of the creaminess that is typical in an oatmeal stout.

Somethin just ain't right with this brew. I don't know if it's intentional or just not good, but I won't have this again.

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Photo of LittleBreeze
2.61/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Grabbed a few bottles while in Vermont.

Pours black with, a quickly fading, thin head.

There is an aroma of coffee. However, it isn't a strong, rich or attractive smell.

The taste is okay but nothing special.There was an after taste that was out of place. I didn't detect any chocolate malty goodness.

Mouth feel was consistent with the style.

I could do without drinking another.

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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 Jwale73
2.56/5  rDev -13.8%
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 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 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 jdg204
2.98/5  rDev +0.3%
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 +10.1%
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 +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 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 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 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
Beer rating: 2.97 out of 5 with 117 ratings
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