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Oatmeal Stout – Blue Point Brewing Company (2013)

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Blue Point Brewing Company Oatmeal Stout, though not their flagship, is definitely what we would consider a staple from this Long Island Brewery. It is a year round release that can always be found on tap in their tasting room as well as in 22 oz. bottles that can (hopefully) be found at your favorite distributor. We have had the pleasure of enjoying this beer on draught, cask and from the bottle, though this review is of Blue Point Oatmeal Stout fresh off the tap. However, this is a beer that lends itself well to all three styles without a huge flavor difference between them, so any of the three serving options would be a good choice. Also, if you stop by the brewery, a fan favorite is the “black and blue” which is half oatmeal stout half blueberry ale. Together, they make a fruity, rich and easy to drink pair. keep reading...

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April 26th, 2013 at 2:54 pm

Tsunami Stout – Pelican Pub & Brewery (2012)

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Pelican Pub & Brewery Tsunami Stout is a year-round offering from this coastal Oregon pub and brewery. We haven’t really seen anything from Pelican Pub & Brewery in local stores, but we were able to obtain a few of their bottles through the magic of the internet. Look for a post on that experience and more reviews from it coming soon.

This rich, black brew has a light caramel head that settles into a thin foam cap and ring around the glass, leaving abundant lacing in its wake (nautical references). The aroma is mostly made up of chocolate and espresso flavors, giving this a mocha feel. A bitter hoppiness breaks this up nicely and prevents the scent from being too sweet or one note. Tsunami Stout has a creamy quality to it with a slight hint of syrup. The smell of this stout is an accurate representation of what is to come with the taste closely following suit, with a bit more complexity. There is a smooth mouthfeel which is nicely complimented by the medium level of carbonation, giving this an almost fluffy quality. The sip starts off with a sweet, chocolate malt flavor followed by roasted coffee and finally finishing on a hoppy, bitter note. This is a stout that will please hop fans but should also hit the mark for those interested in roasted and malty qualities as well. keep reading...

Written by A+K

January 7th, 2013 at 9:31 pm

He’Brew Funky Jewbelation – Shmaltz Brewing Company (2012)

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He’Brew Funky Jewbelation is beer which is contracted out by Shmaltz Brewing Company to Olde Saratoga Brewing in Saratoga Springs NY. Olde Saratoga Brewing is itself a subsidiary of another company Mendocino Brewing Company. So this melange of several beers was put together through a funky melange of several contract breweries. We have some thoughts on contract brewing and have had successful brews crafted through this method but that is a tangled web we will revisit in the future. For now we want to discuss the barrel aged, wacky beer that is Funky Jewbelation. keep reading...

Written by A+K

January 7th, 2013 at 7:45 pm

Starboard Oatmeal Stout – Port Jeff Brewing Company (2012)

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Port Jeff Brewing Company Starboard Oatmeal Stout is a brew that has been on tap in their tasting room and at a few area locations, but they only recently began bottling it in 22 oz. bombers. We secured a few directly from the brewery shortly afterward. Having already enjoyed the beer on tap and cask we were ready to, in keeping with PJBC’s nautical theme, “dive into” the bottled version.

SOS pours opaque black with a sand colored creamy head that never rises too much and quickly settles into a slight ring around the edges of the glass. Lacing never truly becomes a part of the equation. Aroma-wise, this has a lot in common with a milk stout presenting a sweet creaminess to the imbiber. Notes of earth, grain and oatmeal in addition to mild roasted malts are packed in this brew as well. The scent actually comes off as smooth which incidentally is the way this brew felt too. Overall the beer is sweet with a creamy element to it and hints of roasted malt, some chocolate and faint accents of licorice. The real star here are the enjoyable notes of oatmeal as they really come through. The carbonation in this is very light, making the beer feel quite silky on the palate. A slightly bitter finish is welcome as it brings a some of balance to this beer which was crafted with brown sugar. The aftertaste brings back light lingering oatmeal, a milky-sweetness joining with the mildly roasted bitterness and a slight warming quality in the finish (due to its ample 9.2% abv) for a satisfying encore. Starboard Oatmeal Stout is a big beer which is packed with oatmeal flavor, a creamy sweetness and supported by roasted malts. The brew is smooth and drinkable but watch out the higher than average abv could sneak up on you. Perhaps that is why Port Jeff Brewing Company named this beer SOS, after a few of these you may need a rescue. keep reading...

Written by A+K

January 7th, 2013 at 1:00 am

Bourbon County Stout – Goose Island Beer Company/Anheuser-Busch-InBev (2012)

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Goose Island Beer CompanyBourbon County Brand Stout is a bourbon barrel aged stout from this Chicago, Illinois brewery. In 2011 Anheuser-Busch/InBev purchased full control of Goose Island from Craft Brewers Alliance (Kona, Red Hook & Widmer Brothers). That sort of takes them out of the craft beer frying pan and puts them into the macro brewery fire. On the bottle Goose Island suggests that this beer be cellared for no longer than five years. Being a little anxious we cracked open this bottle soon after purchasing it. keep reading...

Written by A+K

January 6th, 2013 at 8:05 pm