Archive for the ‘Oatmeal Stout’ Category

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

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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

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

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

Val is an absolutely amazing baker. I’m not a huge fan of sweets, but I can’t resist anything she bakes. She makes oatmeal squares that are stellar and my favorite thing that she makes is Heath bar squares. She makes them every Christmas and they have little chunks of Heath bar on top. Now that I’m sufficiently hungry, let’s get to an oatmeal beer…

oatis

ABV: 7%

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A rich, complex oatmeal stout with just enough hops to balance the copious quantities of dark roasted malts and the addition of oatmeal for a creamy smooth drinkability. Oatmeal stouts are characterized by a roasted front flavor, smooth rich oats, a touch of chocolate flavor and dry finish. Oatis is bigger than the traditional style with more alcohol, body and a touch more bitterness to keep it balanced.”

Random: I used to eat oatmeal all the time as kid. My favorite was the packet with the brown sugar and maple syrup flavoring.

This beer poured with a half a finger of tan head. It dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was black with no visible carbonation because of the color. The nose had a lot of ash and tobacco. It quickly went into dark, roasted malts. I didn’t pick up any oatmeal on the nose. The taste started with the same amount of ash and smoke. It went into strong black coffee. Dark chocolate came through next. At the end of the sip, there was a touch of black licorice. The dominant flavor in this was smoke and ash, though, almost campfire like. The body was thick and the alcohol wasn’t noticeable. It had a lot of carbonation. The finish was lengthy with ash and black coffee. This was $2.00 a bottle ($.17 per ounce). I liked this beer, but the smoke characteristic took away from some of the more nuanced flavors. This was a decent beer, but I think it needed more balance.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Val and I went out for some Mexican food in Pennsylvania and they had this beer on tap. I figured it was worth a try.

horchatalmondmilkstout

ABV: 6.5%

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This spiced dark beer is inspired by 24th Street in San Francisco’s Mission District, also known as El Corazon de las Mision (the heart of the Mission). This vibrant street is full of color, energy, and life. A small, family-run taqueria dots every corner, each serving their family’s version of Horchata – a traditional Mexican rice drink spiced with cinnamon and vanilla that’s the perfect match for street tacos. We took the classic ingredients of Horchata and put them into a milk stout, brewed with a blend of dark malts, oats, lactose, and almonds from GL Alfieri Farms and finished with whole vanilla beans and Vietnamese Saigon cinnamon. The result is an inky, dark ale with hints of spice and sweetness that’s the perfect match for an Al Pastor or Carne Asada taco from your favorite taqueria.”

Random: One of my favorite Mexican dishes is Carne Asada.

The beer poured with less than a half a finger of tan head. It dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown color with no visible carbonation due to the color. The nose was filled with almonds and sweet condensed milk. I didn’t pick up any cinnamon or other spice. There also wasn’t a lot of roasted malts in the nose. The taste was really creamy, and again, the sweet condensed milk note came through. Almonds were there as well, and finally, the cinnamon note came through. The spice was really mild and it needed more to cut through the creamy flavor. Roasted malts and a hint of smoke were at the end of the sip. The body was thick with low carbonation. The finish was quick and nutty. I thought this beer was going to be outstanding, but it was just alright and it didn’t leave me wanting more.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Two Schlafly beers two days in a row! This will be the 10th beer I’ve reviewed from them and the second stout.

coffeestout

ABV: 5.7%

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Our coffee stout is a classic combination of a traditional stout and premium French roast coffee from St. Louis roaster, Kaldi’s Coffee. Roasted barley and coffee dominate the aroma, with the sweetness from the sotut balancing the acidity of the coffee. We use a unique cold toddy extraction process to brew a less acidic coffee for the beer. In the 1990’s, Kaldi’s staff started visiting the Schlafly Tap Room, asking for a pint of stout and a shot of espresso. Both Schlafly and Kaldi’s realized this was a match made in beer heaven, and soon started working together to find the perfect coffee blend to mix with our Oatmeal Stout. This collaboration continues today, with regular tastings to perfect the Coffee Stout.”

Random: This is a seasonal beer which is available November through March.

This beer poured with a finger of tan head that dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown with high carbonation despite the dark color. The nose didn’t have enough coffee as I would have thought given the name. It did have some roasted malts and dark chocolate and some smoke. The taste had a lot more coffee. It manifested as really thin espresso. Dark chocolate came through too, but the beer wasn’t incredibly bitter. There was a mild vanilla note in there too with smoke. The body was thin with high carbonation. It had a quick finish with coffee and smoke. A single of this was $1.50 ($.12 per ounce), which is a really good price. But, I found that this beer wasn’t remarkable and I would have appreciated more flavor and a thicker body.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0