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.
Buffalo Bills Brewery Blueberry Oatmeal Stout
93 points
Dark brown color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate covered blueberries, blueberry donut, and eucalyptus with a round, vibrant, effervescent, fruity medium body and a tingling, stimulating, medium-long finish manifesting impressions of dark roasted nuts, espresso, baking chocolate, and radicchio finish. A fun blueberry stout that balances fruit with espresso and baking chocolate-like bitterness.
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
Branchline Brewing Company Dark Territory Oatmeal Stout
88 points
Brown black color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate, toasted herb muffin, and arugula with a supple, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, easy finish. A soft easy drinking session 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.
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.
Muskoka Brewery Shinnicked Stout
80 points
Medium brown color. Aromas and flavors of warm porridge, carrot peels, sautéed spinach, and wax with a supple, soft, finely carbonated, dry medium body and a smooth, fleeting finish imparting touches of hot cocoa, kale, jicama, and dusty earth finish. A mild, earthy stout.