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RATINGS: 89   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
According to the Association of Brewers, the world’s finest Oatmeal Stout is brewed in Troy, NY by Brown’s Brewing Company. Brown’s Oatmeal Stout took home a Gold Medal at the World Beer Cup held in San Diego, April 2004 – perhaps the most prestigious beer judging event in the world.
Malts: Two Row Pale, Black, Chocolate, Flaked Rolled Oats, Caramel
Hops: Willamette Malts : Two row pale, black, chocolate, flaked rolled oats, caramel Hops : Willamette

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - APR 16, 2010
From mcox90 via trade. Dark brown pour with a one-finger tall head that was almost tan. The aroma was rich chocolate and dry oats. The flavor too was a nice blend of dry oats and chocolate. Medium bodied with just enough carbonation. Really good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
williamstome (1574) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 31, 2010
Opaque Brown/Black with a small carbonated head. Smells of sweet coffee, and a little chocolate. Tastes of roasted malts, not very complex. Quite carbonated.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
jmulv (336) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 28, 2010
Had it on tap at the brewpub. Poured a deep dark brown with very little head. Taste is very well balanced, chocolate malts, very mild bitterness, caramel sweetness as well. A pretty solid, pretty sweet stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcox90 (1772) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 27, 2010
12 oz bottle. Dark brown, almost black pour with a one finger beige head which receded slowly leaving a good amount of lace. Aroma is cookie dough with coffee. Beer went down smooth with a moderate bodied easy drinking palate. Flavor was oatmeal bread with a touch of caramel sweetness. Some coffee noted as well. Nice little oatmeal stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chad9976 (1542) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 5, 2010
Here in Albany, NY we don’t have many bragging rights, especially when it comes to beer. But then I discovered that one our local breweries has had a beer win a gold medal at the World Beer Cup in 2004. That beer is Brown’s Oatmeal Stout, made by Brown’s Brewing Co. across the Hudson River in Troy. While this beer wouldn’t win a gold medal with me, I still found it to be another great example of why oatmeal stouts are such appealing beers.


This beer pours very smoothly and forms a large layer of tan, foamy head which lingers throughout the life of the drink and leaves plenty of lacing on the glass. The body is nearly opaque black, but upon close inspection it is revealed to be very dark ruby red. The aroma is very typical of a stout with a mild, malty scent with hints of chocolate and is otherwise sweet.


I’d always been a passive stout fan until I tried high-end chocolate and oatmeal stouts and now have a newfound appreciation for the style. Brown’s Oatmeal Stout has most of the makings of a quality beer of the style. It starts out with a strong, sweet taste with significant oatmeal noticeable. As I drink more I notice a slight chocolate flavor, but caramel actually seems to overpower it.

After continued drinking I found the beer to have a distinct smoky aftertaste, due to its maltiness I assume. It wasn’t quite as roasty-tasting as other more robust stouts, in fact, this beer even has a bit of a thin, watery mouthfeel. Overall, it’s very tasty but not quite as rich as I would prefer.


Most dark, robust stouts tend to have a smooth finish thanks to their delectable palate, but others have a bitter bite to them. Since Brown’s Oatmeal Stout is milder than most of the type, giving it a thin, soft presence as well as an extremely easy finish.


What was pleasantly pleasing about this beer was how light on its feet it seemed to be. Brown’s Oatmeal Stout is only 5.25% ABV, which is far from being any kind of imperial brew. The weight itself is seemingly light as I was able to drink two bottles in a relatively short timespan without feeling overwhelmed in the least.


I hate to give anything less than a perfect rating to a beer with such a track record, but I wouldn’t consider Brown’s Oatmeal Stout perfect. It’s very good as it’s tasty, smooth and light, but I felt it could’ve been better. It’s definitely a beer I’m glad to know is a hometown brew.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Boliv (1150) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2009
Bottle. Poured very dark brown and opaque with a light tan head. Aromas of chocolate malt, coffee, caramel, and some hops. Flavor is sweet, with a subtle bitterness and a very prominent earthiness (dirt, tree bark). Somewhat carbonated and a pretty thin body. Not bad, but there are better examples out there.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
WLG423 (201) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 9, 2009
Dark almost black body with a small caramel colored head. Sweet coffee aroma with a slight hint of chocolate. The aroma is comfortable and not over powering. Body is incredibly light for such a dark beer with an almost sudsy mouth feel with abundant carbonation. Feels almost like a generic cola. Flavor is incredibly subuded despite the stronger aroma; slight notes of coffee and caramel come through with a slight oat flavor. Finishes out quickly with a slightly bitter taste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
puboflyons (2788) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 8, 2009
From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with no date or lot code noticed. The pour is a quick brown with a thin tan head so it looks pretty average for a stout. The aroma is sweeter with a background of oatmeal, wheat, and roasted coffee grinds. The mouthfeel is rather thin for a stout which came as a disppoinment. But the flavor does not totally disappoint as it is a gestalt of sweetness, chocolate malts, and neutral hops. A halfway decent oatmeal stout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - SEP 27, 2009
Bottle. Pours a black body with a tan head. Thin sweet and simple, chocolate malt, oats, caramel but thin and some light milk sugars. Decent beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
addictedavi (4) - New York, USA - AUG 30, 2009 does not count
Out of a 12oz bottle, pours appropriately opaque. Quickly subsiding head leaves thin lacing and aroma of caramel and oatmeal. The mouthfeel is too thin for my preference, but there’s a good amount of carbonation. Caramel malts are dominant in the taste but I also like the little bit of roasty, bitter cocoa powder I found. Aftertaste is of caramel. It’s not a bad or unpleasant beer; it’s drinkable, with enough nuance to keep your attention.

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