Caldera Oatmeal Stout - Caldera Brewing Company
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Ratings: 3 | Reviews: 2 | Display Reviews Only:
2.98/5 rDev +8.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Brown in color, somewhere between a porter and a brown ale. Lacking in aroma, but no off stuff.
Same with the taste, lacking flavor, complexity, just went with smoothness. No off flavors though, so I can't say this is bad, just unadventurous, especially for Caldera, whom I think is generally underrated. You really have to search to pull anything out of this in terms of the usual chocolate/coffee flavors, really, the only thing I can tell is that the oats did their job, because this is smooth and unoffensive.
Other than that, extremely pedestrian.
Serving type: on-tap
09-14-2011 18:40:12 | More by Beerandraiderfan
1.98/5 rDev -27.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2
Caldera presents yet another circumstance where the brewery does not operate a brewpub, doesnt bottle their beers, and is located 300 miles from my home. To review their beers I traveled to their hometown of Ashland, OR and drank at the Ashland Creek Bar and Grill. This may have been a mistake.
Though I had other reasons to visit Ashland, its disappointing (to say the least) to travel 300 miles and be served a spoiled beer. Both the Oatmeal Stout and Ashland Amber were of poor quality at the Ashland Creek Bar and Grill. In the case of the Oatmeal Stout, a nice measure of cream and a wayward thread of mint were marred by a sulfuric smell and likely bacterial infection. Though I cant say for certain, my best guess is that the house tap lines were something other than sanitized.
I will attempt to revisit and re-evaluate this beer. But for the time being, its important to ask a pertinent question about quality control. Caldera is a 10 bbl microbrewery in a small town. How much responsibility do they have towards assuring that taps serving their product in their hometown are kept reasonably clean and free of bacterial encroachment? My answer to this question is that the brewery does have some responsibility to assure quality pours in its own hometown. This is especially so when they operate no pub of their own. Not only does this effort protect the consumer from being served a spoiled beer, but the enforcement of quality control measures at the point of consumption simply makes good business sense.
Till then, theres nothing I really care say about this beer other than to wish whoever pursues it greater luck than I had at Ashland Creek.
Serving type: on-tap
12-20-2004 00:25:39 | More by RedDiamond
Caldera Oatmeal Stout from Caldera Brewing Company
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