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Tag Archives: Stout
This winter has been abominably long, so stouts are still in play. Here’s one from Mother’s, a coffee stout called Winter Grind.
Strong coffee and not much else in the aroma, as it should be. A little bite from the carbonation. The coffee flavor is a bit mellower than the aroma would have you expect, but it lingers. Oatmeal in the background. Bitterness more from coffee than hops.
Straightforward coffee stout. Not much else going on other than the coffee. I’m not saying that’s bad, but that’s what it is.
I have no idea what to expect here from Lazy Magnolia Brewing Jefferson Stout. The title doesn’t reveal much, but when you read on and learn it’s brewed with sweet potatoes and lactose, it’s certainly intriguing.
Aroma is like a milk stout with a big dose of vanilla. Texture is silky smooth. The sweetness from the lactose comes through, along with vanilla. Finish is long, dry, and on the woody side. I’m not tasting any sweet potatoes. While I don’t particularly care for them, I was interested to taste them in a beer. More chocolate noticeable as it warms.
Excellent milk stout. Not sure what to think about the sweet potatoes.
SOn 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.
It’s only been a few months that Massachusetts based Clown Shoes has been available in Ohio, so I’m excited to try something new. with their Chocolate Sombrero, a Mexican inspired stout.
Color is as you’d expect, dark brown with maybe a hint of ruby around the edges. Aroma is chocolate, vanilla, and a hint of chile. Light and smooth mouthfeel. Chocolate really comes through, followed by vanilla. There is a hint of heat, but not much. Bit of char in there, too.
I like this quite a bit. Nice texture, good flavor, good balance. Wouldn’t mind a bit more chile heat. Not a trace of heat from the 9% ABV!
I was very excited when I found Ommegang Take the Black Stout. I’m a huge fan of the Game of Thrones show and I just finished the first book. Plus, with it being from Ommegang, I have high hopes for this one.
Really easy to pour a bit too aggressively. Pours black (it better!) with a rather dark khaki head. The aroma is full of dark fruit, smoke, and anise. Interesting flavor. Dark bread, dark fruit, a bit of char and smoke. Hops don’t really come in until the finish. There is a hint of anise in the background, but it’s not overpowering. Also some of the flavor you’ll get from yeast in other Belgian Dark Ales. Lacing so thick, it practically coats the entire glass.
This is really quite good. I’d love to enjoy a few of these once the show is back on!
Black as the pit from pole to pole, the aroma is dominated by deeply roasted malt and charred wood. Velvety and smooth texture. Then WHAM! those hops hit. This would be shocking if you expected a stout but didn’t know the IBU content! Toasted malt, smoke, and charred wood stand up to the intensely bitter hops.
I’ve decided to go big for my first beer from Maumee Bay Brewing Company with their Total Eclipse Breakfast Stout.
Black as night with a creamy beige head. As it should, coffee dominates the aroma. Quite a bit of chocolate, as well. Whoa…one sip in and I am hooked. Texture as smooth as silk with just the right amount of coffee. It’s there, but the chocolate, oats, and even vanilla come through. Hops add a pungent, welcome bitterness at the end. The 9.1% ABV is both surprising and sneaky. Only noticable as a pleasing warmth.
Wow is this good!
Quick, 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.
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.
The barrel aging is evident in the aroma with strong smells of oak, vanilla, and char. The oak comes through some in the flavor, as well, but it’s different than bourbon barrel aged beers. Initially, there is an interesting sweetness, but the charred wood and smoke cut through. A dry, boozey finish provided by the 6% ABV.
It’s good, but not quite great. I think for something boasting oak aging, I want more of that flavor.
Here is another I have been trying to get my hands on for a while, Southern Tier Choklat.
Darker than expected with a tight, light brown head. As expected, however, the aroma is full of chocolate. Bitter chocolate is indeed the most pronounced flavor, but there is so much more going on. Vanilla, some coffee, and oak. Wouldn’t be surprised if this were barrel aged (but not bourbon barrel aged). Long, dry, chalky finish with hints of marshmallow. The 10% ABV really warms on the way down, too.
To recap, huge flavors, well balanced, great texture, and a heaping helping of booze. What else would you expect from Southern Tier? It’s excellent.