Monday, January 17, 2011

Oscar's Chocolate Oatmeal Stout

Evening tasting on a wet sloppy winter day. Enjoyed with some simple organic butter and rice.

Appearance: Large tan foamed head with soapy peaks and all. As it dissipates, it leaves behind a wet, speckled tan lacing, eventually resulting in a thin film atop the beer.
Aroma: Outstandingly sweet and reminiscent of chocolate. Sweet and toasted with a nutty undertone. Some smoke to the finish, but predominantly revolving around the cocoa.
Taste: A lot lesser than I would have expected from such a fragrant aroma. Still it starts chocolaty, with a mid taste bitterness. Some roasted malt to finish, but more so the hops administer their input. Initially, I would have said watery, but as it develops and warms, more of the flavors pronounce themselves. I taste the smokiness accompanied by roasted nuts and other grains.
Mouthfeel: Lighter body than what I would have thought the oats would have added. Nevertheless it has a medium carbonation and light mouthfeel.
Overall Impression: Something keeps telling me a better name would be chocolate porter. By the end, the wateriness still stuck, though a lot less as the beer warmed. It was certainly sweeter, but still had a finishing nut tannin character. Decent.


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