Mastiff Oatmeal Stout - Railhouse Brewery
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3.5/5 rDev +0.9%
Have to support any beer celebrating mastiffs. Disappointed that they used a brindle dog on the label instead of a fawn (like my 200-lb lapdog...) but had to give it a go.
In general... oatmeal stopped being used for brewing beers for a long time because they led to astringent, bitter, and unpleasant ales. Bringing them back has been an exercise in blending the grains to come up with a drink that can balance these characteristics of oatmeal beers. Most "oatmeal stouts" have 1-2% oatmeal- not enough to make a difference, just a marketing ploy. Therefore, I have to start with a salute to Rail House for making a definite oatmeal beer.
Unfortunately, it didn't balance well enough for me. A heavier beer with more starches and perhaps a touch more sweetness might have done better; the effort to make a light-bodied oatmeal beer backfired. The flavor was difficult to detect behind the bitterness, and the mouthfeel was almost rough (this was the astringent property that led to abandonment of the grain in brewing). The predominant flavor was soy sauce, and this was the only aromatic component that actually got into the air in any quantity.
Giving it a 3.5 only because it is true to type for an oatmeal stout. Rail House swung from the heels at this one, and while it was not a home run, they definitely got on base.
Hoping they take another stab at it with a heavier body beer; will definitely try that if it comes out!
08-23-2014 17:31:31 | More by TWM
3.71/5 rDev +6.9%
I like big dogs and oatmeal stouts, so how can I not want to try this beer. It pours from the bottle with a good, dark, cola-brown color, but there is next to no foam. The aroma is subtly sweet and simultaneously roasty. The flavor similarly has a noticeable earthy roast contrasted against a creamy, lactose-like sweetness, making this beer taste like some kind of hybrid between a dry Irish stout and a milk stout. Much like an Irish stout, though, the texture is smooth, light, and almost creamy. Overall, the light body of this beer makes it go down easy, but the complex combination of roast and sweetness asks to be sipped and savored, making the beer seem a bit confused.
08-12-2014 13:32:21 | More by devilben02
3.05/5 rDev -12.1%
12 ounce bottle -> Foothills Brewing glass
A - obsidian black with a one inch khaki colored head, decent retention and lacing
S - weak nose, mostly soy sauce
T - vanilla, soy sauce, oats, not much coffee or chocolate.
M - velvety without a huge amount of carbonation
O - being honest, this one just doesn't do it for me. I'd pass on another one.
07-11-2014 03:06:44 | More by Mojo
3.86/5 rDev +11.2%
Had on-tap at Asheville Growler. Served in a snifter.
A- Pours a 99% opaque black color with a 1/4 inch tan head that retains a bit before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Non-resilient lacing leaves clots behind.
S- Tame aroma of vanilla and dark roast. Semi-sweet.
T- Sturdy dark roast brings notes of chocolate, vanilla and mild coffee. Slight char and moderate hop bitterness. Easy to drink while still being flavorful enough to stay interested.
M- Quite thick, almost chewy. Medium carbonation and a full body.
O- Pretty solid stout from a brewery I've never heard of. Will look out for other offerings from them.
04-21-2014 21:40:19 | More by Immortale25
Mastiff Oatmeal Stout from Railhouse Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.