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The 13 Best Oatmeal Stouts of 2022

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As the weather turns (a good name for a new soap opera?), our palates shift. Colder temperatures send us scrambling around our closet, pulling out dusty sweaters and mothballed winter jackets. And when it comes to fall and winter, we tend to turn to maltier, heartier beer styles. Those like porters and stouts.

When it comes to the latter, our tastes have trended toward more of a Nor'easter than a light flurry. In other words, over the last decade, we've seen folks go ga-ga for boozy barrel-aged and wacky pastry-inspired versions. But that doesn't mean the original, lighter-bodied stouts of yore should be pushed to the back of your mind like…well, that winter sweater in your closet.

Oatmeal stouts, in particular, are a perhaps lesser-known variety that we think no one should ignore.

Why?

Because oatmeal stouts take everything you love about a stout—rich, dark, chocolatey—and add an incredibly luxurious, velvety mouthfeel.

Courtesy of some magical alchemy, aka oats, oatmeal stouts capture an intriguing interplay of taste and texture in a way few other styles nail.

What Is an Oatmeal Stout?

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Like a step back in time, oatmeal stouts harken back to a more classic version of a stout. One from our friends across the pond.

A traditional, true-to-style English oatmeal stout is usually lower in ABV and lower in IBUs. Especially when compared to what we've come to know as stouts in America today.

But it's the addition of oats that truly sets these beers apart.

In fact, historically oatmeal stouts were often marketed as being good for your health thanks to the heaps of oats going into them.

Today, English brewery Samuel Smith's iconic version has inspired American brewers to put their own spin on the style.

For instance, in Revolution Brewing Company's now-famous Deth's Tar, where head brewer Jim Cibak adds five percent oat malt and seven percent flaked oats.

It's this particular part of the malt bill that gives oatmeal stouts that roll-out-the-velvet-red-carpet mouthfeel.

Well actually, as Cibak excitedly explains, "flaked oats are high in beta glucans and it's these beta glucans that give the beer a very silky texture."

So while oats get all the credit, technically we have beta glucans to thank for creating that slick sensation in your mouth

Regardless, these lesser-known stouts are complex and courageous. 

Tasting an Oatmeal Stout

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In general, what you see is what you get with an oatmeal stout.

Appearing a medium brown to black in the glass immediately sends signals to our brain that this beer will be deep, rich, and probably a tad sweet.

And it is.

On the nose, oatmeal stouts give a wonderful waft of light roasted coffee and dark rye toast thanks to that roasted barley.

This carries through on the sip where you can expect a complex cake-like layer of chocolate sweetness followed by a nutty roastiness and finishing with a coffee creaminess.

Overall, these malty beers fill your mouth with an almost ethereal texture, a kind of pillowy slickness that pleasantly coats your palate.

Intrigued, you'll probably want to go back for one sip and then another.

With that advice in mind, here are thirteen of the highest-rated oatmeal stouts to take at least two sips of right now.

Untappd's 13 Highest-Rated Oatmeal Stouts of the Year

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1. Mexican Coffee - Brew Gentleman

Mexican Coffee label

Mexican Coffee

Brew Gentlemen

Stout - Coffee

Total (?) 8,020

Unique (?) 5,595

6.5% ABV

N/A IBU

(4.14)

5,213 Ratings

2. Bourbon Barrel Aged French Toast Devil Dog - Roak Brewing Co.

Bourbon Barrel Aged French Toast Devil Dog label

Bourbon Barrel Aged French Toast Devil Dog

Variant of French Toast Devil Dog

Roak Brewing Co.

Stout - Oatmeal

Total (?) 3,971

Unique (?) 3,250

10.5% ABV

45 IBU

(4.1)

3,030 Ratings

3. Nitro Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Co.

Nitro Breakfast Stout label

Nitro Breakfast Stout

Founders Brewing Co.

Stout - Oatmeal

Total (?) 5,860

Unique (?) 5,463

8.3% ABV

50 IBU

(4.1)

4,978 Ratings

4. Happy Alone - Anchorage Brewing Company

Happy Alone label

Happy Alone

Anchorage Brewing Company

Stout - Imperial / Double Coffee

Total (?) 1,882

Unique (?) 1,792

8.5% ABV

N/A IBU

(4.08)

1,643 Ratings

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5. Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Co.

Breakfast Stout label

Breakfast Stout

Founders Brewing Co.

Stout - Imperial / Double Coffee

Total (?) 802,099

Unique (?) 398,908

8.3% ABV

60 IBU

(4.11)

365,705 Ratings

6. Molé Merkin (2018) - Firestone Walker Brewing Company

Molé Merkin (2018) label

Molé Merkin (2018)

Vintage of Molé Merkin (2018)

Firestone Walker Brewing Company

Stout - Oatmeal

Total (?) 6,417

Unique (?) 5,980

8.8% ABV

21 IBU

(4.04)

5,427 Ratings

7. Bennington - Night Shift Brewing

Bennington label

Bennington

Night Shift Brewing

Stout - Oatmeal

Total (?) 18,320

Unique (?) 14,292

8% ABV

N/A IBU

(4.02)

12,967 Ratings

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8. Totes Ma'Oats - Crooked Crab Brewing Company

Totes Ma'Oats label

Totes Ma'Oats

Crooked Crab Brewing Company

Stout - Oatmeal

Total (?) 2,020

Unique (?) 1,350

5.2% ABV

27 IBU

(3.81)

1,242 Ratings

9. Caramel Macchiato Stout - Old Bust Head Brewing Company

Caramel Macchiato Stout label

Caramel Macchiato Stout

Old Bust Head Brewing Company

Stout - Oatmeal

Total (?) 16,473

Unique (?) 12,484

5.8% ABV

32 IBU

(4.03)

11,499 Ratings

10. French Toast Devil Dog - Roak Brewing Co.

French Toast Devil Dog label

French Toast Devil Dog

Variant of Devil Dog

Roak Brewing Co.

Stout - Oatmeal

Total (?) 19,574

Unique (?) 15,572

8.3% ABV

45 IBU

(3.97)

14,534 Ratings

11. Stout at the Devil - Straight to Ale

Stout at the Devil label

Stout at the Devil

Straight to Ale

Stout - Oatmeal

Total (?) 10,283

Unique (?) 7,795

7.8% ABV

22 IBU

(3.98)

7,115 Ratings

12. Tallgrass Buffalo Sweat Oatmeal Cream Stout - Wichita Brewing Company

Tallgrass Buffalo Sweat Oatmeal Cream Stout label

Tallgrass Buffalo Sweat Oatmeal Cream Stout

Wichita Brewing Company

Stout - Oatmeal

Total (?) 5,764

Unique (?) 4,341

5% ABV

15 IBU

(3.91)

3,964 Ratings

13. Caligo - Dancing Gnome

Caligo label

Caligo

Dancing Gnome

Stout - Oatmeal

Total (?) 3,039

Unique (?) 2,592

7.5% ABV

65 IBU

(3.94)

2,398 Ratings

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