Dock Street Imperial Oatmeal Stout - Dock Street Brewery & Restaurant
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3.88/5 rDev +3.7%
It pours a deep ebony that would seem to be clear but for the opacity of the color itself. A finger of soft light brown head is gone in the proverbial flash. Lacing is thinly ruled and ephemeral.
The aroma is a rather mild amalgam of dark roasted malt, oats, Chocolate, and some dark dried fruit, the latter pretty much non-specific. A very light layer of hops teases peripherally. The alcohol is in the background but notable and sturdy.
Upon tasting, the malt is well-roasted and slightly charred, yielding up dark chocolate, dark coffee, and dates. The oats are more marked here, with an earthy, dusky sweetness in tow, and are joined by feathery touches of anise and vanilla. The hops are mellowly spicy and abet the bitterness of the roasted grain. Again, the alcohol is stout of nature and duly present. Residual grains bespeak a rounded sweetness that is mitigated by an oncoming moderated crisp and bitter finish. The flavor is a nice fit for the standard oatmeal stout profile.
A bit More than medium bodied, it has a rounded, mouth-filling nature that comes across the palate as creamy and lively.
It started off a bit ordinary, but it finished with a strong presentation that ended up being quite enjoyable. The melding of earthiness and sweetness on the palate make it nicely complex and capably blended. It goes down especially easily as it warms a bit, and despite a gutsy ABV, it is an effortless quaff. I had it at Grey Lodge with a chicken Caesar salad. I'm curious how it will mate with one of those Greek pizzas at Dock Street. Maybe it's time to find out.
01-05-2008 21:37:39 | More by Foxman
3.6/5 rDev -3.7%
On draft at The Standard Tap in Philly.
Poured into a flute glass and allowed to warm to room temp as much as possible.
Black with a thin tan head. Big malt aroma but not the roasted variety (more on the malt side). Chocolate milk head about 1/2 finger during consumption.
Thick, sticky mouthfeel. Hard to really enjoy this one with the sun out on a delightful spring day. Could benefit from some aging to balance some of the sharpness.
03-24-2009 23:17:18 | More by Yetiman420
Dock Street Imperial Oatmeal Stout from Dock Street Brewery & Restaurant
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