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Schlafly Oatmeal Stout

Schlafly Oatmeal StoutSOn a night that winter has returned to Ohio, an oatmeal stout sounds quite inviting. If I’m not mistaken (it’s happened before), this is my first beer from Schlafly.

A bit more aggressive and not quite as smooth as most other oatmeal stouts. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, just unexpected. More chocolate flavors than expected, too. Some roasted oatmeal before the hops kick in.

Different from most oatmeal stouts with are kind of smooth and mellow, this one has some attitude.

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Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout

wp71785f0e_05Quick, name an Oatmeal Stout. Chances are you thought of Samuel Smith. Is there another example of beer where you can name a style and immediately just one brewery comes to mind quite like this?

Hints of burgundy adorn the edges, other than that, it’s an all black stout. The oatmeal really is the star here. Along with flavor, it adds heft to the velvety texture.

Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout

Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout

The mineral flavors from the English hard water are there, too, but it just adds to the character. Quick hit of hops at the end, but the roasted and smokey flavors take over in the finish.

There’s a very good reason this is a classic.

Grade: A

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New Holland The Poet

New Holland The PoetI love the imagery of New Holland The Poet. Deep and dark with the image of a raven adorn the label. A not-so-subtle reference to a certain Mr. Poe (I’m going to ignore a football team with similar imagery. I’m a Browns fan).

Aroma is a pleasant mix of oatmeal and loads of bitter chocolate. Chocolate continues into the flavor and the oatmeal becomes more assertive in both the flavor and the ultra-creamy texture. It’s almost like velvet in a glass. Hops come in at the back end and linger. Phenomenal balance with sweetness from the oats and charred malt.

Just wonderful.

Grade: A

You may want to watch this video while you enjoy this treasure.

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Hoppin’ Forg B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal Imperial Stout

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Widely regarded as both one of the best Oatmeal Stouts as well as one of the best RISs, this Bodacious Oatmeal Russian Imperial Stout is not for the weak-palated.

Pours a creamy deep coffee that looks silky smooth. Floating on top is the darkest head you’ll ever see with incredibly tight, Guinnessesque froth. Smells of bittersweet chocolate, charred oak, and sweet toffee. Remarkably smooth as it coats the mouth. So many interweaving flavors including currants, sweet malt, deeply roasted malt, some char and smoke. Exceptionally well balanced. Oatmeal comes more in the texture than it does the flavor.  The 9.4% ABV is surprisingly restrained. Not hot at all, just a pleasing warmth after the swallow. 60 IBUs, as well, but it doesn’t feel like nearly that many.

Amazing flavors, outstanding balance and complexity, delightful texture. It’s no wonder Hoppin’ Frog B.O.R.I.S. is a multiple GABF Gold Medal winner

Grade: A+

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Mendocino Oatmeal Stout

Mendocino Oatmeal Stout

Perhaps best known for the bird theme on all its beers, Mendocino should also be noted for being part of the craft beer Renaissance in the US, opening in the early 80s. In fact, it was the first brewpub in California and second in the US overall.

The aroma of the Mendocino Oatmeal Stout promises lots of oatmeal flavor along with oily hops and perhaps some molasses. Full of big, earthy flavors, this is a very smooth stout. Roasted oats dominate (as they should), followed by bittersweet chocolate, bourbon, and wood. Floral hops make a nice presence at the end, but don’t overshadow anything.

Quite quaffable, but I wouldn’t be opposed to more oatmeal in this

Grade: B

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Rogue Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout

Rogue Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout

The pour of Rogue Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout promises a velvety texture. The smell of boozy chocolate hints at a very complex brew.

It is, indeed, smooth. Roasted malt just at the point of being charred, but not burnt.The finish is an interesting mix of bittersweet chocolate and dark fruits. Not as much as an Imperial Stout, but enough to add another layer of flavor. Hops provide some bitterness and dryness as it warms. With oatmeal in the name, I expected to get more in the flavor, but it’s way in the background and does more with the superior texture.

Rogue doesn’t mention why Shakespeare is in the title. Perhaps a nod to being an English take on the style?

Can’t think of many ways to make this better!

Grade: A

 

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Anderson Valley Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout

Anderson Valley Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout

Fantastic blend of a surprisingly light mouthfeel and tons of flavor for Anderson Valley Brewing Company’s Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout. The name is heavier than the beer! Great roasted oatmeal and dark chocolate flavor, good color, but unexpectedly light. There’s a hint of spicy hops and a long, dry, roasted finish.

Very good example of the style. You won’t be overwhelmed with oats, but they’re certainly there. Delightful round, balanced flavor.

Grade: B

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Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast

Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast

The last time I walked into the beer store, both the guys told me they had a new beer perfect for me. I’m inclined to believe them. They lead me straight to Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast.

Since I love coffee and stouts, I was pretty excited about this one, even if it is my first try from this Danish brewery. Pours big, black, and has a huge dark tan head (be careful when you pour). Coffee dominates the nose, but you’ll notice more layers once you take a sip. Oatmeal stout. Huge flavor, just the right amount of bitter, very well balanced between the coffee and oatmeal. There’s even a dry, smokey, woody finish.

Weighing in at 7.5% ABV and a 25 oz bottle, this would be a fantastic way to start the day. Outstanding!

Grade: A

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