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RATINGS: 179   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49   IBU: 42   EST. CALORIES: 183   ABV: 6.1%
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Full body and a well rounded flavor comes from a foundation of seven different grains. The oats add a special silky texture that complements the roasted malts. The rich malty flavor is spiced with plenty of Northern Brewer and Fuggles hops for balance.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
shigadeyo (2973) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - AUG 15, 2007
8/03/2007: Free State Oatmeal Stout is nearly black in color with a tan head. The chocolate aroma is overshadowed by what seems like a substantial level citrus hops. This beer must have been dry-hopped which seems odd for an Oatmeal Stout. At any rate, the flavor is also a blend of chocolate and citrus with some molasses and a bittersweet finish. Medium bodied. Good overall, but too hoppy and citrusy for my taste (when it comes to Oatmeal Stouts).

Growler shared by alexsdad06 at the Cincinnati RateBeer Gathering. Thanks Brad! Rating #49 for this beer...

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (10399) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 15, 2007
Bottle sample at Cincy Ratebeer Gathering. Poured dark brown color with average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate toasted chocolate malt aroma. Moderate toasted balanced chocolate flavor with an average bittersweet finish of moderate duration. Medium smooth body. Good brew.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAR 20, 2007
On tap at the brewpub. Poured really dark brown with a medium brown head. Aroma was solid roast, chocolate, and slight coffee. Flavor is sweet and weak. The flavors are so subtle I couldn’t isolate any one flavor. A thin body for a stout.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zombywoof (447) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - FEB 21, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 3, 2010 Aroma seemed subdued-licorice and molasses.molasses,roasted malt and chocolate. Body was a bit thin and flat.

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - JAN 24, 2007
On tap; pours a dark brown with a nice creamy tan head; great lacing. Mild aroma of chocolate and light roast coffee. A very thick and creamy mouthfeel, a nice blend of sweetness and bitterness with a slightly bitter lingering aftertaste. Overall a nice stout; recommended.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheEnemy (562) - Chicago, USA - NOV 25, 2006
On tap.
If ratings were based on flavor only, this beer would have scored quite a bit higher. The aroma was similarly inticing, with notes of chocolate, dry-roast grain, and a delifhtfully spicy herbal hops hinting at anise. The pour was a touch flat with off-white head barely covering the top surface of the average-looking clear red-brown liquid. Flavor opens with crunchy dry-roast bitterness and a pleasant touch of dried cherries, then shows some chocolate. The spicy hops come through next, showing a bare hint of pine and anise. The crunchy cereal grain flavor usually evident in oatmeal stouts is present but a secondary feature here. Palate was a litle dead a bit on the thin side, not befitting a beer this big on flavor. Still, I’d order this often if I were a regular here.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
theisti (3175) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - NOV 5, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2009 RE-RATE. Pint from a growler purchased same day as consumed. This was much fuller and more expressive than I originally thought. Nice full tan head, great settling. Aroma of soft roast, sweet caramel malt and a nice tobacco. Taste was also much better, the roast is coffee and smoke, with nice bright pine hop to the finish. Palate nice and full without being heavy. Really completely different and better than I had remembered. (7,4,8,4,15 - 3.8)

I originally had this on draft at Draft at Barleys in OP, KS Nov 5, 2006. Deep brown, though could see through a bit. By the time it got to the table, no head whatsoever. For an oatmeal stout, I was expecting a lit more body. I actually thought this one was thin, lacking a bit of taste. I would love to try this one closer to the source. (6,2,6,3,16 - 3.3)

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
boto (1826) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - OCT 22, 2006
Draught @ Free State: This one pours a very dark, fairly opaque brown with a tan head. It did leave some lacing down the glass. The aroma was somewhat milder. There are hints of roasted malt and chocolate to the nose. The taste is very smooth, with some roastiness and chocolate. A nice stout.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - SEP 27, 2006
Handbottlejob from BBB63. Thanks a ton for packing this up to Michigan Miguel. Deep black colored, clear with some ruby highlights, smallish tan head forms and fades out rather quickly. No lacing. Oaty aroma is otay, chocolate, decent roast grain expression. Medium bodied. Pretty decent, probably lost a bit in transfer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - AUG 1, 2006
UPDATED: APR 5, 2011 Re-rate. Bottle from MO Boy. Thanks!
Deep blacck body with a delicate light-brown lattice of lacing. Deep cigar and chocoate nose and flavors. GREAT improvement.

Tap at The Anchor, Wichita, KS. Pours a nice black but with a thin body. No head, mediocre lacing. Aroma is half-assed roasted chocolate. Flavor is red wine with a finish of roasted chocolate. Palate is average, but it gets low points for the excessively bitter aftertaste it leaves. Middle of the road at best.


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