Modern Times Black House

This beer is one that I’ve always been interested in trying since it’s made with coffee that the brewery roasts themselves. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 5.8%

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “It’s so great that you like coffee. I just love that about you. Speaking of which, you’re holding an oatmeal coffee stout positively redolent with coffee aroma and flavor. It kind of tastes like a chocolate-covered espresso bean, only drier and more like beer. Nifty fact: we’re one of the only breweries in the world to roast our own coffee, which allows us to be extremely persnickety about which beans we buy and how we roast them. Taste the persnicketiness!”

Random: This beer comes in at 40 IBUs and uses 75% Ethiopian coffee and 25% Sumatran coffee.

This beer poured with a generous, three finger, thick, tan head. It dissipated at a moderate pack and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown that was almost black. There wasn’t much carbonation visible due to the color. The nose was filled with roasted grains, some lactose and milk chocolate. There was also a note of coffee. The taste was a bit sweet up front with lactose and chocolate. It had some maple syrup and then transitioned into coffee and roasted malt. The body was on the thicker side with medium carbonation. It had a lengthy and sweet finish with chocolate. A pounder can was $3.25, which came to $.20 per ounce. I thought this beer was good, I just wish the coffee was more prevalent.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

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Night Shift Bennington

Wedding planning has been fun and stressful. I never knew that so many decisions would have to be made from colors to musicians to dresses. One of the good things is that the decisions that are a big deal to Val are usually ones that I don’t feel strongly about, like music and having a good DJ. You’ll hear more about that in future posts, now, let’s get to the beer.

ABV: 7.1%

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Oatmeal stout brewed with dutch-processed cocoa and maple syrup.”

Random: You can get married at Night Shift brewing. We looked into it but it was way too far.

The beer poured with a huge, three finger, light brown head. It hung around for awhile and left generous lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown with no visible carbonation due to the color. The nose was filled with chocolate and cocoa powder with some maple syrup. Roasted malts and coffee came through next. The taste was bordering on decadent. There were large amounts of dark chocolate and cocoa powder with roasted malts first. Maple syrup and nuttiness came through next. There was a touch of smoke along with this. The body was on the thicker side with just enough carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with maple syrup and dark chocolate. I have no idea what the price on this beer was since I received it as a gift, but I would happily pay to get my hands on this beer again. This one is highly recommended.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

Vault Breakfast Stout

I’ve never actually had a stout with breakfast, but I feel like I need to try it for “research” purposes.

ABV: 7.3%

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “BREAKFAST STOUT NITRO CAN™ RELEASE. More Nitro Cans coming your way on Sunday, Feb 21! This release marks the biggest ever Nitro Can run we’ve done thus far from our humble little brewery. We have 135 cases to make available to the public beginning at noon this Sunday, which means we can permit up to a one case limit per person. 4-Packs will cost $15 each. About the beer…This year’s Breakfast Stout clocks in at a cool 7.3% ABV and was packaged in 12oz cans. The recipe consists of malted oats, Vermont maple syrup, Colombian coffee beans, vanilla, and lots of specialty malt. The coffee aromas erupt from the glass but the flavors tell a more complicated story with notes of milk chocolate, vanilla, caramelized sugar, and roasted malt with a silky smooth mouthfeel. Join us on Sunday to pick up your case and cheers to breakfast-in-a-can”

Random: I need to bring some oatmeal to work. I never eat breakfast.

The brew poured with a thick, one finger, cream-colored head. It took awhile to go away and left limited lacing on the glass. The body was dark brown with moderate carbonation. The nose was filled with smoke, coffee, roasted malts and oatmeal. It had a bitter note as well. The taste was overwhelmingly ashy. It had smoke and espresso. I was missing chocolate and oatmeal on this. The flavors were so heavy that I feel like it was misnamed as a breakfast stout. The body was on the medium side with moderate carbonation, which needed to be dialed up. The finish took way too long and was like licking an ashtray. The can was $3.75, direct from the brewery, which came to $.31 per ounce. I wasn’t a big fan of this one. There are many other, better examples of the style.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Ommegang Lovely, Dark And Deep

Tonight’s beer is another Ommegang beer that is a relatively new addition to their portfolio.

lovelydarkanddeep

ABV: 5.3%

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Ommegang’s adds a touch of frost to new winter seasonal. For the next few months, there will be plenty of snow-filled woods by which to stop and ponder in Ommegang’s Upstate New York, Cooperstown home. It only seemed fitting therefore to seek inspiration from Robert Frost’s famous poem ‘Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening’ when name-storming monikers for the brewery’s new winter-warmer seasonal. Lovely, Dark and Deep, an oatmeal stout, is set to reach retail in early November. ‘Winter is lengthy in Upstate New York and we wanted to brew a beer that we could enjoy throughout the long, cold months,’ says Mike McManus, Ommegang’s Innovation Manager. ‘Lovely, Dark, and Deep not only reflects well the nature of our winters here, but also the beer. At 5.3% ABV the second follows easily after the first, while the chocolate, roast, and coffee characters provide enough to explore. It should be perfect during, or after, a day of winter fun.’ Lovely, Dark and Deep pours deep black with a tan, creamy mousse-like head. Aromas of roasted malt and coffee with cream, coupled with subtle notes of chocolate and dark fruit from Ommegang’s house yeast prevail. Flavors of rich chocolate milk, and coffee and cream are impeccably balanced with restrained sweetness and hints of roastiness. The finish is silky smooth with a medium to full body. Brewed with a rich blend of malts including chocolate malt, midnight wheat, and flaked oats, and given a small addition of lactose, Lovely, Dark and Deep has a hint of sweetness and a smooth body. The beer is hopped with Bravo and Styrian Golding hops and Ommegang’s signature house yeast is used in both primary and secondary fermentation. Lovely, Dark and Deep is the perfect beer to pair with a light meal by a hot, crackling fire on a cold winter’s night. Cozy up and watch the flames while you pair sips with aged cheddar, a hunk of dark bread with natural sweetness like pumpernickel, and slices of cold meats, like rare roast beef, with stone ground mustard. Or even, with some roasted chestnuts. Four-packs of 12 oz. bottles and draft will be available across Ommegang’s 43-state distribution area.”

Random: I think I wrote a book report about Robert Frost in elementary school.

The beer poured with a two finger, fluffy, light brown head. It went away slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was black in color with no visible carbonation due to color. The nose had some smoke, roasted malts, dark chocolate and lactose. The taste started with cream and lactose and quickly went into smoke and ash with some dark chocolate. Oats came through as well. The body was on the thicker side, despite the almost sessionable ABV, with high carbonation. It had a lengthy and creamy finish. A bottle of this was $3, which broke down to $.25 per ounce. I thought this was a great beer and would definitely get this again. I hope they make it an annual seasonal.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Round Guys Southbound Pachyderm

Tonight’s beer is one that I really enjoyed when I had it on draft at the brewery. I will openly admit that I think these beers can border (and sometimes go over the line) of gimmicky. But, if they’re done well, they can be quite solid. Let’s see how this one was out of the can.

southboundpachyderm

ABV: 6.6%

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Trivia: The only thing the website says is that a 6.6% Oatmeal Stout. I guess they like to keep things simple.

Random: As a child, I only liked smooth peanut butter. As an adult, I prefer chunky.

This beer poured with a huge, four finger, tan head. It took forever to dissipate and left a lot of lacing. The body was a dark brown with little visible carbonation due to how dark the body was. The nose was filled with chocolate and sweet peanut butter. It also had a roasted peanut quality as well. After giving this beer a few sniffs, I was very excited to try it. Unfortunately, the taste wasn’t nearly as good as the nose. It started with milk chocolate and peanut butter, but the balance wasn’t there and I was hoping for some more peanut butter. It had a very slight berry note at the end which was a bit odd. It had a quick milk chocolate finish with some roast. I picked a can of this up for $4, which came to $.33 per ounce. This was a good beer and I’m glad I tried it, I just wish it had more peanut notes.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Evil Twin No Hero

One of things I used to love for breakfast was Irish oatmeal. I used to just eat it plain, but it was incredibly filling and I loved the texture. I think it’s one of the reasons that I gravitate to oatmeal stouts when I see them on the shelf.

nohero

ABV: 7%

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Trivia: This was brewed at Two Roads in Stratford, Connecticut.

Random: I need to get a haircut. I can’t remember the last time that my hair was this long. It’s really annoying.

This beer poured with a one finger, tan head that dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown, almost black with no carbonation visible. The nose was very smoky had a lot of roasted malts. There wasn’t a lot of coffee but huge amounts of oatmeal, which was surprising. The taste was very ashy, like old cigarettes left in an ashtray. The other flavors were muted because of how strong the smoke and ash notes were. The oatmeal that I picked up in the nose wasn’t apparent in the taste at all. After a few sips, some cocoa powder came through too. The body was thick with some booze as well. It had moderate carbonation. The finish was long with the same ash that permeated the nose and the taste. A pounder can of this was $2.62, which broke down to $.16 per ounce. I didn’t really enjoy this beer much. It had no balance to it.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Firestone Walker Velvet Merlin

I am incredibly sad that “Downton Abbey” is over. I need to find another period drama to replace it. Val said that there is another series on Netflix that is by the same creator as “Downton” and should be good, so I assume we will start it soon. Anyways, beer time.

velvetmerlin

ABV: 5.5%

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Originally called Velvet Merkin until we got a case of cold feet, this beer was renamed Velvet Merlin in honor of Bremaster Matt ‘Merlin’ Brynildson, who earned the nickname because of his magical ability to rack up top honors at prestigious beer competitions. Velvet Merlin is a decadent oatmeal stout that will warm your innards on a cold winter night. It offers robust cocoa and espresso aromas with subtle American hop nuances. Rich dark chocolate and roasted coffee flavors accentuate a creamy mouthfeel and dry finish to create perfect balance in this full-bodied stout. ”

Random: This is a Winter seasonal.

This beer poured with a one finger, cream-colored head. It dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown, almost black with lots of carbonation visible, despite the color. The nose was filled with milk chocolate and oatmeal. It had some bitterness, but it was also incredibly balanced. There was also some vanilla. The taste was even better. There was milk chocolate and smoke and oatmeal. The vanilla was present as well with toasted almonds. Despite the low ABV, it had an incredibly thick body with moderate carbonation. The finish was lengthy with milk chocolate and oatmeal. A bottle of this was $1.83, which broke down to $.15 per ounce. I really enjoyed this beer and would definitely have it again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0