gws57 (1276) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - AUG 17, 2008
Had this one on draught at the brewpub in Hays, Kansas. Cloudy, dark brown pour with a thick tan head, a sweet milky coffee nose, flavor is maple, brown sugar, coffee, bitter chocolate, and scotch. Incredible. extremeicon (113) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - OCT 13, 2008
I really, really enjoyed this one. Very dense black color with a creamy tan head. Pleasant sweet coffee/chocolate aroma. Flavor very intense and somewhat dry at first but as it warms sweeter caramel flavors start to seep in amidst the bitter chocolate and coffee. Nice full-bodied mouthfeel and a long-lasting aftertaste. Not worth driving 2 1/2 hours for on a regular basis but I’ll definitely be picking this up again next time I’m in Hays. Fatehunter (2582) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - DEC 13, 2012
Two fingers of tan head, pitch black colored body.
Great smell of coffee and chocolate and roasted malt.
Taste has a fair bitter element to it, with a creamy background, bits of chocolate and coffee too.
Soft and creamy texture, low carbonation and a thick body.
An amazing oatmeal stout. A top example. VengefulOdin (193) - , Missouri, USA - SEP 26, 2010
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 I’m preparing to sample now. In many ways I’ll 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. There’s nothing bold about the beer, but that’s a good thing. Roasted walnut is up front, with some light sweetness in the middle and earthy bitterness in the finish. Yum. It’s really easy drinking. I’m halfway into this review and about halfway through my glass. The oatmeal is there, in the middle, and I know it’s adding to the body of the beer. This is a light and refreshing take on the style, if that’s possible. I want to use the usual descriptors when talking about this beer (toasty, chocolate, etc.), but they aren’t really present in this brew. It’s more mild, roasted, and smooth. For some reason I think of malt-o-meal, which I haven’t had in ages. Maybe it’s the whole oatmeal-breakfast thing that’s taking me there.
In terms of oatmeal stouts this one is up there with Samuel Smith’s, Free State’s, and uh yeah, that’s about it. Probably top 3 for me, which is pretty impressive for a brewery out in the middle of nowhere, Kansas. It’s crazy to think that this brewery is pumping out great beer like this. I’ll be going back, for sure.
ads135 (4864) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 1, 2014
A very nice oatmeal stout. Dark and roasty. Lots of chocolate and coffee. Very smooth. Tried with the parents at Lb in Dec, 2013.
jzzbassman (1638) - Arlington, Texas, USA - OCT 21, 2005
Dark brown with a head that lasted the better part of an hour. Lots of coffee in the aroma, but not much in the flavor. Creamy and mouth coating, flavor reminded me of what a Sam Smith’s could be if it was fresh (although I could be wrong never having tried one fresh). Very nice but I still say the porter is their star. nickd717 (4774) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 6, 2009
Rating #1100. Usually I’ve 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 Gella’s Diner/Liquid Bread. This one has won some awards in the past, and for good reason. LB’s 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. dalekliz (923) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 1, 2014
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a dark red brown with a small off-white head. Aroma is huge, with lots of oatmeal, brown sugar, malt, hops. Rich taste, sweet and heavy, of toasted malt, brown sugar, caramel, oats, chocolate. Lingering sweet richness. Great oatmeal stout. SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAY 26, 2007
On tap at the Parkville Microbrew Festival. Pours black with a dark beige head. Has a nice mild coffee-roasted aroma. Some great rich chocolate is in there as well. This is a FANTASTIC flavored stout- very milky with a big hopped-up finish. I’m loving all the beers from this new brewer! A stout this good is worth traveling to the middle of nowhere. SudsMcDuff (8462) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JUL 22, 2012
growler! .. . this was a good brew! .. pours a deep brown .. light foam .. lacing was small spots .. . nice roast presence with a touch of sweetness .. . very impressive stuff! .. . . still wish i could have seen judy knock down all those grapefruits!