Oscar’s Chocolate Oatmeal StoutMarch 1, 2004 Black River Falls, WI
Pioneer Brewing Co.
Black River Falls, WI
Available: WI, IL, MN
Oscar’s is brewed with a combination of American roasted and caramel malts in combination with pale malt and generous amounts of rolled oats, and imported English hops.
Alcohol (wt.): 4.3
Alcohol (vol.): 5.3
Pours nicely—midnight black in color with a blond head and roast malt goodness that mellows with time in the glass. The roastiness does settle to an almost chocolate level, but it is quite dry and inviting on any level. Smooth and refreshing, this beer is hard to resist and one is easily enticed to sample another.
- Fred Eckhardt
It’s a bright sunny day, but not a glimmer will punch through this black liquid. The head starts out fluffy, but drops quickly. The nose is a blend of coffee and chocolate with some buttery notes. The palate is surprisingly light; gentle hopping combines with the roast to balance out the dry malt center. The beer has the slightly rounded, oily mouthfeel that oatmeal can impart. The finish is dry and quick. A little buttery for me, but still pleasant with a steak au poivre.
- Garrett Oliver
A truly huge creamy head, this time the color of strong coffee. The beer is even darker: ebony. Oscar’s is billed as a chocolate oatmeal stout. Not only is the head creamy, so is the texture--perhaps even milky. The palate develops chocolate, roasted cocoa beans, and a toasty smokiness. Good flavors and complexity but on the light side for the style.
- Michael Jackson
Fred Eckhardt lives, writes about and drinks beer in Portland, OR. He is the author of The Essentials of Beer and Sake (USA).
Internationally recognized brewer and expert on traditional beer, Garrett Oliver is the brewmaster of the Brooklyn Brewery and the author of The Brewmaster's Table.
Author of Ultimate Beer, the Simon & Schuster Guide to Beer and numerous other works on drinks, Jackson has created legions of converts to fine beer.