Fiddler Oatmeal Stout - Potosi Brewing Company
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Reviews by the Alström Bros:
3.18/5 rDev -8.1%
12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.
Charcoal black but still light enough to show off some ruby edges, head drops to a thin lacing. Blackberries and alcohol with a soft roasty edge in the nose. Slick and crisp almost syrupy body. Pretty damn sweet, tastes like sugary iced espresso with a shot of brandy. An interested sweet beast, happy that I tried it but hard to finish. Not sure what the brewers intent was but it misses the mark IMO.
04-11-2011 02:50:04 | More by Jason
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2.83/5 rDev -18.2%
Poured cold form a bottle.
This beer was a very dark brown colour with a tan head that disappeared quickly. There was not much of a smell... slightly sweet and malty, but barely noticeable. The taste was sweet and matly with a very faint roasted finish; not much to it.
Would I buy it again? No.
12-17-2012 04:35:37 | More by NilocRellim
3.1/5 rDev -10.4%
Dark translucent brown with garnet highlights when backlit. The gry-tan lace is low and short-lived.
Chocolately aroma with roasted grain and loads of jammy dark fruits, primarily raisins and figs blanketed by a general doughiness.
It rides into the mouth massively sweet with figs, plums, and raisins, leading the charge. It hints at Imperial Stout stature, but lacks depth and clarity. The flavor begins to recede, yet it still stays sweet with whispers of milk chocolate. A lowly roastedness appears. Alcohol is noted, but isn't a nusuance. It finished with a worty sense of underattenuated fruitiness. Oat can be perceived here and there, but aren't particularly noteworthy.
Fattened full bodied that cloys overtime, paridoxically thinning out at that same time.
This is oversweet, plain and simple. Had a solid roastiness stepped in, you'd be looking at a balance and fairly complex, big stout. Right now, it's one-sided and not especially enjoyable.
01-06-2011 09:45:35 | More by cokes
3/5 rDev -13.3%
A great friend brought this beer back from visiting his family. The Potosi Fiddler Stout is a solid beer, but not incredible. The stout pours a clear black with deep garnet highlights when held to the light. The head is thin and tan colored and diminished faster than I would like. The aroma is moderate-high roasted malt with a bit of sweetness. The flavor is dominated by roasted malt with a low hop bitterness but acidic nature of roasted malt keeping the stout balanced. The body is medium and carbonation moderate. Overall a decent oatmeal stout, but the head could use some work as could the overall flavor and drinkability, more body and perhaps a little less acidic nature from roasted malt.
12-11-2011 06:38:36 | More by WoodBrew
3.5/5 rDev +1.2%
A - Deep dark ruby brown pour with a thin, somewhat lively khaki head. Some oily lacing left over after the head quickly recedes
S - Chocolate nibs and grains, smells rich and milk chocolatey sweet. Slight hint of alcohol in the back end.
T - Subtle hints of chocolate and lightly roasted malt. Finishes quite sweet for how subdued the chocolate notes are. Enough bitter roastiness in the finish to not make it unbearably sweet.
M - Medium bodied, if a bit thin. Well carbonated and lively on the tongue.
D - An average Oatmeal Stout. Although well balanced, its subtle notes of chocolate and dark sugars just leave me wanting more bold flavor and a thicker body. I dont see myself buying more, but I certainly wouldnt turn another down.
03-05-2011 01:04:58 | More by Bobby12many
4.1/5 rDev +18.5%
Poured a deep dark black with a nice dark tan.
Had a nice cereal grain smell with some nice chocolate and burnt grains.
Has a nice black smoked malt flavor with subtle hints chocolate and coffee with a nice bit of anise in the finish. Finishes slightly sweet along with some nice fresh hops for a decent bit of balance.
Has a nice thick and chewy mouthfeel.
Very solid Oatmeal Stout, I think Potosi's best beer to date.
01-11-2011 00:26:08 | More by bashiba
4.2/5 rDev +21.4%
Poured from a chilled bottle into a standard pint glass.
A=Dark brownish red, with a 1/2" foam head that lasted a half minute or so.
S=Faint...malty with slight cocoa presence.
T-Smooth...no harshness to speak of. A moderate malt presence with a slight sweetness.
M=Heftier than most...could have been a tad thicker.
D=Very enjoyable...not too bitter, nor too sweet...very little carbonation...nice rich flavor. I cannot detect the alcohol at all. To date, my favorite Stout and my favorite Potosi product (I've only had this Potosi offering, however).
02-19-2011 00:06:51 | More by dhannes
3.25/5 rDev -6.1%
12 oz twist-off bottle poured into a nonic.
8% ABV, 3500 on the neck, "All profits to charity."
A - Clear through the pour, Fiddler becomes dark midnight brown in the point and is topped by a creamy off-white head with moderate retention and spotty lace.
S - Dusty, dirty roasted malt isn't too pleasant-starting with a mocha chocolaty nose following behind. This roasty brew finishes off with an oaky hint to it.
T - Creamy oats are followed by mocha, roasted chocolate, and a lingering acrid bitterness through the finish. Dusty and dirty like the aroma, it's a bit off-putting at first. Chocolaty notes poke out at the end.
M - Fiddler has the smooth, creamy oak texture down pat but even with the malty, full body the acrid finish is just a bit too much in this oatmeal stout.
O - An average oatmeal stout, Potosi's Fiddler leaves a bit to be desired. Less burnt and acrid bitterness for starters, a little earthy hop balance would help too. Not a touch of the higher alcohol comes through in this beer though!
01-07-2012 14:21:53 | More by BeerFMAndy
3.83/5 rDev +10.7%
A - Dark mahogany with a small, foamy, creamy, light cafe colored head. Doesn't stick around too long leaving a thin circle of lace.
S - Decent aroma but not what I expected from an oatmeal stout. Chocolate covered dark fruit aroma. Raisin, prune, and fig. Some burnt malt as well. Smells much more like an Imperial Stout than an Oatmeal Stout. As it warms a bit more chocolate and cocoa comes out.
T - Like the nose suggested, this is more like an imperial stout than a oatmeal stout. Dark fruit and chocolate dominate the taste. Starts with dark fruit. Hints of smoke and charred wood come out mid-sip to the finish. Chocolate and cocoa show up throughout. Some bitter, roasted malt as well. Has a faint oatmeal aspect but nothing that would suggest it is an oatmeal stout.
M - Medium to thin body (closer to medium) with decent carbonation. Quite smooth and creamy. Not quite as full or chewy as I would like though.
D - Easy to drink and there is no way I would suspect it is 8% ABV. Not too sweet, bitter, tart, or anything... just well balanced.
Notes: Interesting and nothing what I was expecting. More of an imperial stout than an oatmeal stout. Dark fruit and chocolate make up most of the flavor along with some roasted malt. I liked it but did not love it. For the price and the ABV it is quite nice.
03-24-2011 05:43:27 | More by FreshHawk
2.3/5 rDev -33.5%
Pours a, wait what? Dark red color? How is this a stout? Aren't stouts supposed to be dark brown/black? Small tan head that was gone quickly. Aroma is just not there. I'm getting very little in the nose. There's some caramel, maybe a little toastiness, but almost absent of the deep roast I was expecting out of an 8% Oatmeal Stout. Tastes like a super malty red ale. There's plenty of sweetness, some caramel again, maybe some light fruitiness, but completely absent of any chocolate and roast that I find pleasing in a stout. It's malty, with little to no hop presence, which is fine by me, but it lacks complexity. Mouthfeel is medium-full, and is actually quite nice, but still this is not a stout in any way, shape, or form. I'm really let down by this one. I've been impressed with every beer I've had from this small brewery up until this point. It's not a bad beer by any means, and it's very drinkable considering the ABV which can't be felt at all, but don't call a beer a stout when it's clearly not up to the style. Sorry Potosi, had to review to style, but I know you can do better!
04-06-2011 20:37:02 | More by KeefD
Fiddler Oatmeal Stout from Potosi Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.