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Unplugged - Acoustic Ales Brewing Experiment

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Reviews: 4
Hads: 12
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: n/a
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Acoustic Ales Brewing Experiment visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: mactrail on 04-09-2013

Oatmeal Belgian Milk Chocolate Stout
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Reviews: 4 | Hads: 12
Photo of kemoarps
3.79/5  rDev n/a
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

That deep dark chocolate brown that borders on black until you hold it to the light. Minimal head reminds me that this is almost 10%. What little there is though skitters across the cap and leaves its sticky sweetness on the glass.

Nose is sweet milky chocolate. Maybe some roasty malts, but the chocolate (unsurprisingly) stands front and centre.

Less chocolate and more roast on the tongue. Chalky/bakers chocolate/dry but never quite ashy. I do wish that the molasses had shown through a little more as I adore molasses. Might be what gives it a soft bulge around the middle, but never really puts itself out there. Likewise the brown sugar. The finish turns pleasantly bitter and retains the dry bakers chocolate themes from earlier.
Medium+ body with those fine pinprickly carbonation bubbles that accent but I wouldn't really notice were I not scanning that quadrant.

It grows on me as it warms.
Thanks Mica! (918 characters)

Photo of pkalix
4.01/5  rDev n/a
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

not great, but not bad. full flavor but a little "amateurish" in the taste. maybe it's the high abv which factors into the taste, in which case, if I were judging according to abv, this is done very well. for 9.5%, this is a great flavor; I think I was expecting more in the taste.... but a very good, very stable brew in its own right. (336 characters)

Photo of cbutova
3.84/5  rDev n/a
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at the Acoustic Ales Tasting Room last week. Reviewed from notes.

A- Pitch black body with small light brown head poured from the taps into a small pint glass. Decent head retention and the creamy cap falls to a small ring leaving a ton of lace.

S and T- Good spicy raisins and Belgian yeast below roasty bitter chocolate powder. Huge intense roast malts, caramel sweets, toasted nuts and some coffee hints.

MF- Thick and chewy body with a creamy overall texture. Finishes with a roast burnt bitterness and some slight warming from the alcohol.

Nice mix of deeply roasted malts and Belgian yeast, which doesn't get out of hand considering the 9%+ ABV. (663 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.65/5  rDev n/a
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Handsome black brew in the small nonic. Beige head disappears all too soon. On tap at Public House in La Jolla.

The chocolate is not so evident at first sip. A chalky taste with a hoppy middle, followed finally by a splash of bitter chocolate. A winey character. Sweet to start off. Lots of hoppy bitterness that intensifies toward the end. A little rough and more grainy. One could wish for more of the supposed milk chocolate and less of the bitter.

If there is any Belgian influence it is not detectable to me. It all sounds good in the lengthy name, though. Blind tasted I think this would be rated as an above average stout, whatever its DNA and ingredients. (669 characters)

Unplugged from Acoustic Ales Brewing Experiment
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