Winter Coatmeal Stout - Lore Brewing Company
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3.13/5 rDev +0.6%
Winter comes to a close with one last sampling of Lore's most popular ale before the recipe is hung up for the year. This roasty dark ale is tempered by the creamy protien-rich oats that give a slightly more succulent flavor and feel to the sharper roast taste and texture.
Coatmeal is brought to the bar with dark brown hue, maybe black and topped with a head that appears moussey, dense, and rich. Light lacing and moderate retention both appeal to the eye, but want more substantial foam character.
Roasty aromas decorate the nose with elements of dark roast coffees, cocoa, charred woods, and an overall roasty character. Very light caramel also seems to be of the scorched variety and elude to faint sweetness. An overall malty-rich scent seems nearly starchy while lurking deep in the background.
Flavors are also dominated by roast character. The same French-press coffee, bittersweet chocolate, burnt embers, and scorched caramel all provide flavor but with obvious roasty overtones. Void of smoke, still a campfireish element persists. No fruity esters, nor any spicy yeast notes leave the beer with a simplified and cleaner taste that allows the oat character to inform the true malt taste for a richer and well rounded flavor spread.
Medium bodied to start, the initial creaminess is short lived as the feel of roasted grains usher in a powdery roast and acrid bitterness that's more so of coffee than of hops. The oat additions seem to recess at mid palate and leave the beer's body lightened and thin in finish which also allows some roasted grain astringency to pronounce.
Overall, Lore's Coatmeal Stout is a simple and roasty ale. but more dextrin is needed to keep the beer creamy and firm deeper into finish which will assist both the taste and texture. An English-like grapey ester might also help for interest and more savory flavor.
03-22-2012 03:34:20 | More by BEERchitect
3.08/5 rDev -1%
Pours into the point glass a deep opaque brown with a toffee half inch head that dissipates almost immediately. I struggle to see garnet highlights.
Aroma is rich roast malt, hints of toffee and chocolate, with a sweet oatmeal finish.
Slightly astringent roast malt opens the flavor profile, ushering in hints of toffee, a nutty taste mid palate, and a somewhat acrid coffee finish. The aftertaste is strongly oaty.
Body is slightly watery, considering the added oatmeal. Carbonation is medium to low, as appropriate.
Overall, it was a little less complex than some, and the acrid finish was offputting. But not at all a bad beer, especially to find one locally brewed. Keep up the good work!
01-13-2012 23:49:34 | More by barczar
Winter Coatmeal Stout from Lore Brewing Company
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