Black Gold: Lakritz Oatmeal Stout - Pax Bräu
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Reviews by boddhitree:
5/5 rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Pax Bräu's has a monthly BierAbo (Beer-Subcription: you receive a new beer every month mailed to you). June's (2013) beer is a real winter beer. And it's a WOW WOW beer.
Ingredients listed on label:
1) malts: "brew malt," roasted malt, oats.
2) hops: Nelson Sauvin, Golding, Cascade. (hops from 3 different continents!)
3) Süssholzwurzel (literally, "sweetwood root") [licorice root]... probably threw it in the boil.
First thing I notice in the glass - it's black, black, ZERO light gets through it, and it's like used motor oil. The foam is deep, dark brown.
Aroma...OMG, it's so complex I don't know where to start: sweet licorice, some coffee, spicy peppery smells, but much more. Whatever you named, I would probably agree it's in the aroma.
First it's thick as oil, but not sludgy, for it still glides easily over the tongue. The flavor is licorice in the front but not like the candy form. It's a tad spicy but not from the alcohol and not at all peppery. There's virtually no bitterness but it's not super sweet, either, just a hint of sweetness in the aftertaste, and it's not dry either, which makes me believe Andreas Seufert went less in the direction of an Irish stout, but went more like a Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout direction, but Pax's is a tad thinner than Samuel Smith's. There's also a coffee- & toffee-like flavor mixing in. The hops add virtually no bitterness, but there's a lemony aftertaste that says Cascade and lends to the sweet aftertaste. Otherwise, the hops are barely noticeable, but that's good. The hops don't overwhelm; rather, they hide and complement so seamlessly that act more as balancing hops for sweetness. However, towards the end of the glass, I get more bitter notes from the hops. Every 3 or 4 sips, I discover a new flavor hiding under the others, but... my lord, overall, WOW WOW WOW, I'm in love.
Serving type: bottle
07-14-2013 14:40:11 | More by boddhitree
More User Reviews:
4.55/5 rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Bottled 12/01/14. Found the bottle at a local sale in Stuttgart, Germany. Drank at about 5 degrees C, but let half the cup get up to about 10 while drinking.
A) Pours black as oil with a very little tan and white head.
S) The first smell has a strong coffee presence, but as it nears the end you start getting small hints of licorice.
T) A textbook stout. You get both sweetness and bitterness right off the bat. I'd say the sweetness is more overpowering than anything else. (probably the only reason why it's not a straight 5 for this beer)
M) Velvet coats your tongue.
O) Crazy how this is made in Germany when they have the reinheitsgebot and this has oatmeal in it. It very well might be the best oatmeal stout and stout I've ever had. Great beer!
Serving type: bottle
03-15-2014 13:28:36 | More by scottford
Black Gold: Lakritz Oatmeal Stout from Pax Bräu
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