Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Reviewed from notes. On tap at the brewpub in August 2009.
Pours a very dark brown color, appearing black unless itís held up to the light. The tan head has pretty good retention, but doesnít stick around for all that long. Nose is roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and a bit of light toffee and caramel. Really nice and complex. The taste is pretty nice with some roast and coffee plus chocolate. The mouthfeel is what really helps the taste out; nice and creamy. Overall, by far their best beer and one that I enjoyed quite a bit.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 11-12-2010
Ratman197 (13404) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 27, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler poured a clear dark brown with a small lingering tan head. Aromas of coffee, roasted malt and dark chocolate. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malt and a hint of licorice with a smooth lingering chocolate finish.
adnielsen (10490) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 18, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap @ Liquid Bread. Very dark brown appearance with a cream colored head. Very roasty dark malty nose with a hint of espresso. Roasted, slightly burnt dark malty stout flavor with hints of chocolate and espresso. Roasty, dark malty aftertaste. My favorite at Lb. so far.
BeerandBlues2 (12192) - Escondido, California, USA - OCT 6, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at Lb. Pours clear dark brown with a small, fizzy beige head, low retention and flat lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (cookie, caramel, chocolate, toasted), light hops (woody), and light esters (dried fruit). Flavor is heavy malt (cookie, caramel, chocolate, toasted), light hops (woody), and light esters (dried fruit) with notes of dates. Medium body, carbonation, and creaminess, low warmth and a medium sweet finish.
VengefulOdin (193) - , Missouri, USA - SEP 26, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
The Oatmeal Stout offered by Liberty Brewing of Hays, Kansas, is arguably their flagship beer. I had a chance recently to stop by Gellas / LB and came away thoroughly impressed, particularly with their stouts. I picked up growlers of both the Liberty Stout (a delicious American Stout) and the Oatmeal Stout, which Iím preparing to sample now. In many ways Iíll be comparing this to the aforementioned Liberty Stout, which I had earlier today and really enjoyed.
This one pours dark, though when comparing it side by side next to the Liberty it is browner and thinner in appearance. A beige tan head caps the brew, with some nice silky lacing. The aroma is more subdued as well, and less pronounced. Mouthfeel is appropriately slick for the style, with medium bitterness and little in the way of carbonation.
The taste is subdued as well, but I like it. Thereís nothing bold about the beer, but thatís a good thing. Roasted walnut is up front, with some light sweetness in the middle and earthy bitterness in the finish. Yum. Itís really easy drinking. Iím halfway into this review and about halfway through my glass. The oatmeal is there, in the middle, and I know itís adding to the body of the beer. This is a light and refreshing take on the style, if thatís possible. I want to use the usual descriptors when talking about this beer (toasty, chocolate, etc.), but they arenít really present in this brew. Itís more mild, roasted, and smooth. For some reason I think of malt-o-meal, which I havenít had in ages. Maybe itís the whole oatmeal-breakfast thing thatís taking me there.
In terms of oatmeal stouts this one is up there with Samuel Smithís, Free Stateís, and uh yeah, thatís about it. Probably top 3 for me, which is pretty impressive for a brewery out in the middle of nowhere, Kansas. Itís crazy to think that this brewery is pumping out great beer like this. Iíll be going back, for sure.
unclemike (2922) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - AUG 7, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark reddish brown with not much of a head. Aroma of dark grains, milk and chocolate and metallic notes. Theres a sharp roast bitterness and creamy medium-full bodied mouthfeel. Good, but a bit rough
theisti (3901) - Kansas, USA - AUG 6, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Approximately 4 oz sample at the brewpub in Hays, Kansas. Pour is a murky cloudy brown black, very much a nitro pour. Aroma is light roasty malt, along with pine hops. Clean and fresh nose. Taste is the nose, blending the roasty malt nicely with the pine hops. Palate is a slick nitro mouthfeel. Creamy, easy to drink. Nice one.
bu11zeye (12756) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 15, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Draught) Pours a dark brown body with a small tan head. Aroma of cocoa, roasted grain, coffee, and some lactose. Flavor of roasted malt, oatmeal, coffee, light smoke, and chocolate.
nickd717 (4187) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 6, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rating #1100. Usually Iíve been saving a special beer for this rating, and this one fits the bill because it was totally unexpected and out of left field and ended up being really great. Had this at GABF 2009 after trying some other marginal offerings from Gellaís Diner/Liquid Bread. This one has won some awards in the past, and for good reason. LBís Liberty Stout (or maybe it was an alias of this one) won gold at GABF 2009. Anyway, this beer is black in color with a medium-tan head and nice lacing. Aroma is a little sweet and very nice with roast, chocolate, coffee, and a tiny bit of smoke. Flavor is sweet roasted and caramel malt, chocolate, coffee with cream, chocolate, and smoke. Long on the finish. Medium-bodied and smooth and creamy on the palate from the oatmeal. Overall this is a great example of the style.
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - MAR 12, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampler at brewpub. Pours a slightly muddy looking brown body with a small, tan head that dissipates quickly and leaves a moderate amount of lacing. Aroma is sweet and lightly roasted. Medium bittersweet chocolate and roasted caramels make up most of the nose. A bit smokey as well. Flavor is very similar, but more enjoyable. Good amount of sweet caramels and chocolates and a nice transition into a roasty finish. Dry and smokey in the finish as well. Palate is very smooth and medium bodied. Overall, the best beer offered by them IMO. Nice oatmeal stout.