Could it be the carbonation level? I'm assuming since you're using a distributor, you are carbing your stouts and american ales all the same.
This section allows you to view all posts made by this member. Note that you can only see posts made in areas you currently have access to.
It's often a good idea to contact the brewery. Many craft and micro breweries are happy to share details with homebrewers.+1... I've gotten positive feedback in the past.
Something to consider if you intend to share your beer with others...quite a few people on various medications can't eat grapefruit. It can make the meds too effective and lead to serious medical problems. I'm one of those people.
I've always thought oats provided a sort of mouthfeel effect more so than a flavor effect. Maybe toasting them would lend some flavor?
This is what I use oatmeal for. Personally, I don't like the toasted oats taste in a beer. I don't like Sam Sniths oatmeal stout because of this flavor. (According to another thread, I shouldn't be trusted
Interesting opinion...can you describe the flavor that you don't like from the toasted oats.
Is the flavor overwhelming?
How did you toast the oats, and to what level/color did you toast them?