Brass Knuckles Oatmeal Stout - Barley Island Brewing Company
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2.91/5 rDev -24.8%
Pours a dark cola color with a minimal tan head. Aroma smells of caramel, pretzels, and roasted malt.
The taste could best be summed up as thin, roasty, metallic, and overcarbonated. The carbonation is so vigorous that it masks most of the flavor on the front end. Roasted malt comes through when the carbonation burn subsides, but there's also a metallic twinge that keeps you from really enjoying it. On a positive notes, the Earthy hops are pretty well balanced against the sweetness of the malt, so it does have that going for it.
In a nutshell, it looks like a stout, but drinks like a coke.
03-14-2014 00:27:42 | More by MaximalC
3.79/5 rDev -2.1%
The Brass Knuckles is a decent stout. I am very impressed with the body of the beer vs the abv of the beer. Generally a weaker stout usually has more of a watery body. The beer poured a dark opaque with an ecru head that is leaving a spotty lace. The smell is reminds me more of a pur baltic porter...not much in the sense of coffee or chocolate. The taste provides a decent semi sweet chocolate flare that is nice. In additionl there is some roasty malts that help to balance out the beer. The mouthfeel is medium body with smooth carbonation. Overall it is a very nice after hours or after dinner beer.
03-28-2013 03:03:20 | More by WoodBrew
3.78/5 rDev -2.3%
12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.
Appearance: Black color, nearly opaque, with a huge light brown head. Not a whole lot of lacing down the glass.
Smell: Roasted malt, milk chocolate, and smoke. Has a milk-stout type sweetness to the aroma. A bit of wet cardboard oxidation smell to it.
Taste: Roasted malt is dominant. More milk chocolate with a definite sweetness. Caramel and molasses also come through. I'm not picking up the oxidation present in the aroma anymore. Really quite delicious. Fairly complex. There could be a bit more intensity, but for a standard oatmeal stout it packs quite a bit of flavor.
Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium carbonation (I was expecting a whole lot more carbonation given the huge head).
Overall: This was a pleasant surprise once I got past the smell. A very good oatmeal stout. I'm curious if there was some oxidation and how it would taste without it.
02-27-2013 03:41:10 | More by emyers
4.48/5 rDev +15.8%
A: Extremely dark brown, almost completely opaque. It is hard to get light to go through it. The head is a khaki color with decent retention.
S: Classic roasted barley notes, with coffee, chocolate, and some smoky tones. Slightly elevated sweetness from oats, with little to no hop smell.
T: Flavors start out very light on the front with some dainty sweetness. The middle begins to pick up with a milk chocolate sweetness. The finish ramps up even more with an intense coffee bitterness that is surprisingly well balanced by a powder sugar sweetness.
M: Thick body with slight carbonation, which fits the style very well.
O: This is a great version of an Oatmeal Stout. It focuses on the nuances that can be created with barley and oats. Props to Barley Island for distinguishing itself from a majority of craft brewers fright now, and not feeling that American hops need to shine through in each style.
06-24-2012 02:05:09 | More by DrinkinBoy
Brass Knuckles Oatmeal Stout from Barley Island Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.