Obovoid Oak-Aged Oatmeal Stout - Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
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Reviews by EPseja:
4.08/5 rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Served from a 22oz bomber in a snifter at just under cellar temperature. Strange that this beer is listed as a Russian Imperial Stout when it's clearly labeled "Oatmeal Stout" on the bottle. I will be reviewing it as the latter, and as it is labeled by the brewer.
A - Dark chestnut brown with crimson highlights, pushing up a cocoa colored, marshmallowy head with big soapy bubbles atop it. Lacing is thick in sporadic patches. Head retention is pretty decent, leaving at least the island of big bubbles in the middle and a ring around the glass.
S - Bold coffee and bakers chocolate with well blended notes of vanillin from the oak. Also a slight floral note that helps keep it bright. Very light notes of dark fruit.
T - Subtle, and only partially sweet in the front, with Cafe Du Monde chickory notes accompanying the coffee grounds. Vinous notes are also present, mingling with a noticeable but tame alcohol presence. Oaky vanillin is present only as a cameo towards the swallow, signaling a well controlled aging process that avoided overkill. Semi-dry finish, with a slight powdery feel on the tongue. Aftertaste actually reminds me a bit of a nice oaky Cabernet.
M - Definitely the body of an Oatmeal Stout rather than a RIS -- i.e. lighter and less dense. Tingly carbonation keeps it alive in the mouth without getting foamy. Swallow is quick, but satisfying.
D - Very drinkable with a nice balance of rich flavor and light body. Well crafted and easy to enjoy. Definitely NOT a Russian Imperial Stout though.
Serving type: bottle
04-03-2010 00:54:53 | More by EPseja
More User Reviews:
3.76/5 rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
one of the most oaky examples of this style I have encountered. thin and inky black in color, this beer doesn't have a ton of head, but what it does have is an incredible nose. it smells incredibly oak forward, almost more so than that dark roasted barley or alcohol I smell musty oak, deciduous and pungent. it carries over to the flavor too, but instead of complimenting the stout itself, it sort of takes over. the thinness of body also exacerbates this issue, which gives me a watery feel but a very intense woody flavor, an odd sensation on my palate. bitter in the finish with just a touch of toasted coconut island style flare in there, but there just isn't the depth here of some of the worlds best Russian imperials. I like the intensity of the oak, but it limits drinkability, especially when this warms up. o good beer overall though, and one of boulder beers best offerings really.
Serving type: on-tap
11-08-2013 17:08:01 | More by StonedTrippin
Obovoid Oak-Aged Oatmeal Stout from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
86 out of 100 based on 482 ratings.