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Style: Oatmeal Stout
Style Information
Oatmeal Stouts are a Stout style with oats added to the brewing process. Normally, there is a maximum of 30% oats added to the grains. The color should be the same as other Stout styles, usually very dark brown or even black. The aroma should have a rich roasted malt character, with notes of caramel and chocolate. There should also be notable coffee or roasted barley smells, usually apparent as chocolate or nut smells. The taste should be smooth and full, with coffee-like bitterness apparent but not overwhelming. Roasted notes of malts and barley should be apparent also. Hop aroma and taste should be very low. Feel should be medium to full bodied. ABV ranges from 3.8% to 6% and sometimes higher. IBUs range from 20 to 40.

Some history from Wikipedia:

"Even though a larger proportion of oats in beer can lead to a bitter or astringent taste, during the medieval period in Europe, oats were a common ingredient in ale, and proportions up to 35% were standard. However, despite some areas of Europe, such as Norway, still clinging to the use of oats in brewing until the early part of the 20th century, the practice had largely died out by the sixteenth century, so much so that in 1513 Tudor sailors refused to drink oat beer offered to them because of the bitter flavour.

There was a revival of interest in using oats during the end of the nineteenth century, when restorative, nourishing and invalid beers, such as the later Milk stout, were popular, because of the association of porridge with health. Maclay of Alloa produced an Original Oatmalt Stout in 1895 which used 70% "Oatmalt", and a 63/- Oatmeal Stout in 1909 which used 30% "Flaked (Porridge) Oats".

But by the early 20th century these beers had all but disappeared. When Michael Jackson mentioned the defunct Eldrige Pope Oat Malt Stout in his 1977 book The World Guide to Beer, Oatmeal stout was no longer being made anywhere, but Charles Finkel, founder of Merchant du Vin, was curious enough to commission Samuel Smith to produce a version. Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout then became the template for other breweries' versions."

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Top Consumed Oatmeal Stout
1. Velvet Merlin by Firestone Walker Brewing Co.36
2. Down N' Dirty Chocolate Oatmeal Stout by Tyranena Brewing Company34
3. Coffee Oatmeal Stout by Good People Brewing Co25
4. 12th Anniversary Ale by Stone Brewing Company24
5. Black H2O Oatmeal Stout by Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery23
6. One Oatmeal Stout Ale by Dark Horse Brewing Company20
7. Uber Goober Oatmeal Stout by Short's Brewing Company12
8. Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout by Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)10
9. Convict Hill Imperial Oatmeal Stout by Independence Brewing Company9
10. Slow Elk Oatmeal Stout by Big Sky Brewing Company9

Top Reviews Oatmeal Stout
 BeerAvg Score
1. Uber Goober Oatmeal Stout by Short's Brewing Company90
2. Oatmeal Stout by Portsmouth Brewery88
3. Coffee Oatmeal Stout by Good People Brewing Co86
4. Ipswich Oatmeal Stout by Mercury Brewing Company, Inc.84
5. St. Ambroise Oatmeal Stout by McAuslan Brewing84
6. Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout by Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)82
7. BA Velvet Mirkin by Firestone Walker Brewing Co.82
8. Black Power Oatmeal Stout by Revolution Brewing82
9. Chocolate Oatmeal Stout by Rush River Brewing Co82
10. Vanilla Gorilla by Red Brick Brewing Company82