About Oatmeal Stout

About Oatmeal Stout
Oatmeal stouts are brown to dark brown in color and range from 4-6% in alcohol. These beers tend to be highly flavorful with an occasional hint of sweetness. Oatmeal stouts are a twist on the sweet stout style with a portion of oats used in place of roasted malt, creating a rich velvety finish. The Yorkshire brewer, Samuel Smiths, revived this style around 1980 and it has since become a popular staple of the US craft-brewing scene. Noteworthy examples of this style include: McAuslan St. Ambroise Oatmeal Stout, Samuel Smiths Oatmeal Stout, Rogue Shakespeare Stout and Anderson Valley Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout.

Top Picks for Oatmeal Stout

Unlawful Assembly Brewing Co. Black Sheep Barrel Aged Oatmeal Stout
95 points
Dark brown color. Aromas of dried figs and dates, almond butter, pedro ximénez sherry, and caramel laden nuts with an oily, crisp, off-dry medium-full body and a smooth, complex, long chocolate covered espresso beans, blackened toast with butter, chicory, and tobacco finish. A rich, smoky, and mysterious oatmeal stout that goes down like some kind of silken tar of molasses and malt.
Rogue Ales Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout
89 points
Dark walnut color. Savory aromas of smoked pork, grilled zucchini, and sweet cereals with a velvety, crisp, spritzy, dry full body and an interesting, medium-length dark chocolate and hazelnut finish. A hop-influenced dry oatmeal stout that will serve as an excellent beef pairing.
Awards: 2017 Best Oatmeal Stout
Great Lakes Brewing Co. Ohio City Oatmeal Stout
86 points
Mahogany color. Aromas of paprika, charred meats, and cracked pepper with a slightly chewy, vibrant, effervescent, dry medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, long steel cut oats, moist tobacco, soy sauce, baking chocolate, crystallized orange peel, and cinnamon finish. A dry, chewy stout that is rustic and table-friendly.
Etna Brewing Co. Grubstake Oatmeal Stout
85 points
Dark walnut color. Aromas and flavors of canelé pastry, chocolate fudge, and husks with a slightly chewy, vibrant, spritzy, dryish medium body and a refreshing, medium-length finish imparting nuances of black tea, toasted baguette with herb butter, and nutmeg finish. A rich and robust oatmeal stout for autumn sessions.
Aviator Brewing Company Black Mamba Oatmeal Stout
83 points
Nearly opaque color. Aromas of honey roasted nuts, parmesan crackers, pickled radishes and cherry tomatoes, and lavender with a supple, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and a smooth, charming, medium-length cappuccino with cocoa powder, endive, caramelized dried fruits, and spiced toffee finish. A lively, savory oatmeal stout that will pair nicely.