Naked Oat Stout - Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
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4.43/5 rDev -5.9%
"An Irishman is the only man in the world who will step over the bodies of a dozen naked women to get to a bottle of stout."
Espresso black with barely visible golden caramel highlights along the bottom and sides of the pint glass. The thin, toasted tan colored crown lasted long enough and left scattered scraps of suds... some of which melted and some of which stuck around.
The nose was classic for the style, albeit more hoppy than is typical. Truthfully, Naked Oat Stout was more of an American stout, given its somewhat generous hoppiness. In the end, though, I deferred to the use of oats and beer's name.
This ale's well-crafted excellence grew on me from first sip to last. In atypically stubborn fashion, I made the beer earn its lofty taste and drinkability scores with each and every passing ounce. And it did exactly that.
Beer doesn't always need to be big and complex to be good. Straightforward occasionally works just as well, as long as there's plenty of bold flavor and as long as there's balance (whatever your idea of balance happens to be). Mine involves healthy quantities of little green cones, which is pretty much what this brew delivered.
Flavors included melted bittersweet chocolate and roasted coffee beans, in roughly equal measure, along with a quasi-citrus fruit hoppiness that keep things tight throughout each mouthful and led to a focused finish. No fancy bells and whistles, just quality ingredients expertly combined.
The mouthfeel was closer to medium than light and was plenty big enough for the ABV. Carbonation was just right as well, which is essential for good tap beer... and which is becoming commonplace at this brewpub.
Rock Bottom Naked Oat Stout is one of the best 'no frills' beers that I've had in quite some time, it's one of the best low-ABV stouts of the past several years, and it's the single most pleasant surprise of the new year so far. What are you waiting for? Get Naked (Oat Stout) now!
01-10-2010 20:09:09 | More by BuckeyeNation
Naked Oat Stout from Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
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