Oatmeal Stout – Samuel Smith’s – (Tadcaster, England)

Oatmeal Stout – Samuel Smith, 5% ABV, 550ml., (Tadcaster, England)


on the back label:

“An opaque, wonderfully silky and smooth textured ale with a complex, medium dry palate and bittersweet finish. Brewed with well water (the original well sunk in 1758 is still in use), malted barley, roasted barley, oatmeal, yeast and hops, Fermented in open-topped ‘stone Yorkshire squares’. Celebrated Oatmeal Stout is a style benchmark revived by Samuel Smith’s and the inspiration for hundreds of commercial oatmeal stouts.”
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  • Style: (Oatmeal) Sweet Stout
  • Taste: Fruity berry tangy light sour roasted barley malt chocolate
  • Where I got it : Bottle Jockey / N.Bby
  • How much: $6.85 (after 10% off) – 550ml., February 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: yes
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: 50/50

Visual: Foil sealed cap. Pours super dark brown with a dissipating very small head, a half-sized island with thin ringed retention, steady tight streams.

Nose: sweet caramel, light roasted barley malt, a bit of bourbon booze. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: flat slick-crisp

Mid-palate: underlying light tangy-sour brightness, tingly CO2, (lvl-6-sweetness), raspberry, brown sugar, roasted barley, woodiness

Finish: lingering maltiness, cardboard, molasses barley exhale

Summary: Quite a bit of tangy fruitness in this one, counterbalanced with sweet roasted barley malt and a bit of bittersweetness at the end. Somewhat lacking in thickness/fullness as well as a creamy mouthfeel. Decent, but not remarkable.

Phillips Snowcase 2014 Calendar Day #15 – Oatmeal Stout

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Phillips Snowcase 2014 Calendar Day #15

Oatmeal Stout – Phillips Brewing, 5.0% ABV – 341ml., (Victoria, BC, Canada)

on the front-right label:

“A snowcase exclusive, roasted oats were added to the mash of this full-bodied stout and add smooth textures with a hint of sweetness. With rich roasted notes, slight coffee and hints of chocolate, this beer is the perfect partner for your next fireside session.”

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  • Style: Oatmeal Stout
  • Taste: Sweet roasted barley malt mild cola background acidity
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: not particularly special

Visual: Pours pitch black with a small 1mm dissipating head, ringed retention, lots of singular tight streams around the perimeter.

Nose: burnt roasted malts, cola background (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: fizzy/tingly-slick, AIRY

Mid-palate: (lvl-6)-sweetness, background underlying acidity, (MAIN) roasted barley malt, cola,

Finish: more roasted barley malt subtle bitter-sweet, malty malty malty.

Summary: Drinks great at 11°C. Nothing too special here, lots of roasted malt, medium length and body, wished for more complexity.

St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout – McAuslan Brewing (Montreal, QC, Canada)

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St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout – McAuslan Brewing Inc., 5% ABV, 341ml., (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)

(-chugging along, the 4th brew of 5 in the variety pack. The 5th and final one is a repeat Scotch Ale which I already reviewed but updated here [3.2/B-])

on the back label:

“St. Ambroise Oatmeal Stout consistently beats out international stouts in blind tastings and competitions. This intensely black ale carries strong hints of espresso and chocolate. The oatmeal contributes body and ensures a long-lasting mocha-coloured head. If you like stout, you will love St. Ambroise Oatmeal Stout.”

Ingredients: water, malted barley, roasted barley, toasted wheat, flaked oats, flaked corn, hops.

  • Style: (oatmeal) Stout
  • Taste: Balanced roasted malt coffee chocolate burnt bitter
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $20 – 10x341ml., November 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: pretty decent

Visual: Pours pitch black with a small head, ringed retention, a few micro bubbles here and there.

Nose: roasted coffee beans, barley malt. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: crisp-half slick-creamy

Mid-palate: (lvl-5)-sweetness, (MAIN) full roasted malt -> light-med sour tangy bite

Finish: roasted coffee exhale, light burnt bitter, chocolate finish.

Summary: One of my favourite styles – a smooth and easy-drinking roasty malty coffee chocolate stout. A touch of sourness rounds it out, though I wished for a bit more creaminess and a layer of vanilla.

Oatmeal Stout – 4 Mile Brewing (Victoria, BC, Canada)

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Oatmeal Stout – 4 Mile Brewing, 4.5% ABV, 40 IBU, 650ml., (Victoria, BC, Canada) (*local BC Craft beer*)

on the back label:

“Navy Gravy: Ireland without the plane ticket. Long lacy knickers with a bubbly disposition. Head’s in a cloud of froth. Dry wit meets poetic justice. A lively companion to corn beef & cabbage, lamb stew or mushy pleas & humble pie.”

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  • Style: (oatmeal) Dry Stout
  • Taste: Sessionable slick roasted malt off-dry coffee chocolate
  • Where I got it : Liquor Barn @ Hastings/Burnaby
  • How much: $6 (after 10% off) – 650ml., January 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: probably better out there, this is decent though

Visual: Waxed cap with their company stamp, classy. Pours midnight black with a small fine head, a thin layer of ultra-fine retention, tight clusters of micro streams here and there.

Nose: sweet roasted malts, cola, coffee. (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: oily-slick, deep caramel malts

Mid-palate: (lvl-3)sweetness, (MAIN) burnt coffee, bitter roast

Finish: controlled sourness, deep roasted malt exhale, light burpy, nutty, dark chocolate finish.

Summary: Good overall balance and clean flavours; very sessionable, stealth ABV. I’m surprised at the decent fullness of body.

Central City/Parallel 49 2014 Calendar Day #6 – Red Racer Oatmeal Stout

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Central City/Parallel 49 2014 Calendar Day #6

  • My Rating: [B-],  N/A on Ratebeer.com

Red Racer Oatmeal Stout – Central City Brewing, 4.2% ABV – 341ml., (Surrey, BC, Canada)

on the back label:

“This Smooth Irish-Style stout is deep, dark and full bodied. The use of oatmeal in the mashtun adds silkiness to the texture and body in this ale. Roasted barley, as well as pale, black, chocolate and crystal malts round off one of our  richest creations to date. Cheers!”

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  • Style: Oatmeal Stout
  • Taste: Off-dry roast coffee malt chocolate
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: sure

Visual: Pours beer bottle brown with a small head, super micro bubbly thin layered retention, barely visible micro activity near the surface.

Nose: roasted brown sugar caramel malts. (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: crisp malts

Mid-palate: (lvl-3)-sweetness, (MAIN) bitter roast malts, coffee, dark chocolate

Finish: burnt, dry malt finish.

Summary: Easy-drinking, smooth roast, medium bodied.

La Corriveau – Brasserie Le Bilboquet (Canada)

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  • My Rating: B-

La Corriveau – Brasserie Le Bilboquet, 5.5% ABV – 500ml, (Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec, Canada)

On the back label:

“Hanging from the gallows, La Corriveau watches you as you are savoring this black beer with espresso and dark chocolate aromas. Its deep color is topped with a rich and unctuous cream that hides a sharp bitterness, worthy of the gloomy ideas that haunted this legendary murderer’s mind.””

  • Style: Oatmeal Stout
  • Taste Profile: fizzy/sweet malts -> dark roast coffee/chocolate/malt/ginger -> lingering bitterness/mild sour finish.
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek
  • How much: $8.50 (after 10% off), January 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes, it’s quite balanced

An interesting read at wiki: La Corriveau

-The legend goes that a wife living in 18th century Quebec gets sentenced to a public hanging for murdering her husband. Why would she do such a thing? Why else, self-defence of course. Although she admitted to murder her reason for committing the crime was ill-treatment from her husband. Totally believable. Anyhow a good dark read whilst sipping on this dark brew.

Tasting notes: pours opaque jet black with a sizable foamy head, long retention, thick lacing, several active streams. Dark roast and malts on the nose.

Attack: mostly fizzy/tingly mouthfeel, 6/10-dark malt sweetness

Mid-palate: espresso/coffee, medium roast, deep/long coffee bitterness, chocolate, malts, hints of ginger

Finish: lingering coffee bitterness, medium sourness.

Rich, deep, but only medium-complexity. Good depth for a 5.5% ABV.