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

Fremont Brewing Dark Star Imperial Oatmeal Stout
91 points
Ebony color. Aromas of vanilla cream, caramel latte, pumpernickel crust, chocolate, and cola with a velvety, crisp, finely carbonated, dryish light-to-medium body and an interesting, medium-long toasted coconut finish. A rich, malty beer that leads with a silky-sweet nose and finishes with pleasingly dry and bitter length.
Awards: 2022 World Beer Championships Gold Medal - Best Oatmeal Stout
Saint Patrick’s Brewing Company Midnight Mocha Stout
88 points
Walnut color. Smoky aromas and flavors of charred cashew, steel cut oats, chicory, espresso beans, and grilled Hawaiian bread with a satiny, bright, spritzy, dryish full body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish displaying notes of salted dark chocolate. A dense and roasty Oatmeal Stout that warms the soul.
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.