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Brown's Oatmeal Stout - Brown's Brewing Company

Brown's Oatmeal StoutBrown's Oatmeal Stout

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BA SCORE
82
good

119 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 119
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 17.78%


Brewed by:
Brown's Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  5.25% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: NEhophead on 05-02-2005)
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younger35

Minnesota

3.1/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Received this brew from drseamus in my box of Big Black Booty. Never even heard of Browns Brewing so it’s always fun to try this new stuff. Drank from my Black Butte Porter pint glass while playing online poker.

Appearance- Pours a deep dark brown with ruby highlights where the light is able to penetrate. Decent head is formed but it dissipates quickly leaving behind a thin cap, thin collar, and very little lacing.
Smell- Not the biggest of noses but it suffices none-the-less. The obligatory roasted coffee and milk chocolate are indeed present. There is a sweet molasses like quality as well along with a bit of black licorice. The most surprising part of the nose though is how nutty it is. More nut in here than any stout I’ve ever whiffed.
Taste- Deep, dark roastiness is abundant in this one. An almost charred coffee taste is what it reminds me of. Hints of milk chocolate and plenty of sweet caramel is present helping to cut into the roasted malts. The nuttiness that was in the nose is definitely present in the mouth. Woody and earthy with the hops not really playing any part.
Mouthfeel- Too damn thin for the style and none of that chewy, creamy mouthfeel I’ve come to expect from anything with oatmeal in it. Plenty of carbonation though.
Drinkability- Overall this definitely isn’t the greatest beer I’ve ever had but all-in-all it’s not bad. If I wouldn’t have known what this beer was (Oatmeal Stout) I would have guessed that it was a Porter. Definitely to thin for the style but tasty none-the-less. Big thanks again to drseamus for the opportunity!

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2008 19:11:19 | More by younger35
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BeerTruth

Connecticut

3.15/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber thanks to my buddy Kaleb.

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours an absolute black with a weak one finger frothy head that quickly dies down to a thin layer of almost nothing. Stickiness is pretty weak, hardly anything holding on what so ever. Smell is pretty weak, you really have to put your nose down in there to get much of anything. Some sweet toasted oat, light caramel malt, and some brown sugar. Watered down roasted barley with some french roast coffee and milk chocolate on the tongue. Aftertaste is a charred oak with a tiny bit of molasses. Mouthfeel is pretty light and watery with a mild carbonation. I was pretty let down by this brew, lacking a lot in terms of flavor. I'll have to try this on tap and see how it compares. Next on the list from Brown's, their IPA.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2007 20:54:07 | More by BeerTruth
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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle.

black, with some ruby highlights. thick cream colored head that lasts. not too strong of an aroma. just a little sweetness.

as expected, the malt flavor is more sweet than roasty. oat. body is on the thicker side, about right for the style.

decent, if unspectacular oatmeal stout. If I lived in Troy, it'd be a good everyday "drink with meal" beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2011 03:52:38 | More by jmdrpi
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mikeg67

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On Tap at the brewery in Troy, NY. Pours dark brown with long lived off-white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of caramel malt, dark fruit and cacao. Body is full, creamy and smooth. Caramel malt, vanilla, coffee, brown sugar, dark fruit, sherry and hint of hops combine on the palate. Finish is long and semi-dry. Delicious brew.

Serving type: on-tap

01-13-2013 14:38:08 | More by mikeg67
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Stimack

New York

4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was pleasantly surprised to see that Brows has started bottling their beers in 12 oz. Bottles. I picked up a mix of the three that they are currently offering which is the Oatmeal Stout, Pale Ale and IPA. Bottle presentation is very classy, nice looking label. Notes on it say “Smooth, silky and rich. Brown's Oatmeal Stout was declared the worlds finest example of th style by the Brewers Association – taking home a Gold Medal at the World Beer Cup in 2004. We handcraft every batch using two-row pale, black caramel and chocolate malts. Willamette hops and a heapin' helping of flaked rolled oats.” I have had thee before on tap while visiting the brewery but had only reviewed the Oat before. The oat from the bottle poured to a pitch black color with a think two finger medium colored head that has very good retention and has left chunks of lacing down the side of the glass. The aromas are rich with roasted malts that also give off tastes of chocolate and caramel. The flavor has a little odd tail end to it but not in a bad way, very enjoyable, The feel is very smooth and creamy. For a local brew, this is very good, will be a staple during the winter months.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2007 22:10:16 | More by Stimack
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drseamus

New York

4.18/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Brown's. It pours nice and dark with a small off-white head. There is a good roasted aroma with a bit of sweetness. The taste is really good. It has the classic oatmeal smoothness and a good amount of sweetness and roasted malt too. The slight disappointment is in the mouthfeel. It is a bit thinner than i would like. The drinkability is high though.

Serving type: on-tap

03-31-2007 16:56:37 | More by drseamus
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DarthKostrizer

California

3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Look: Black and totally opaque with brown rings around the edges 1/4 inch head and no retention or lace

Smell: Coffee oatmeal and some black licorice

Taste: Upfront is a light roastyness then halfway through the oatmeal takes over and you get a bit of nuttiness. The middle is probably the best tasting and the back end has just a touch of coffee

Mouthfeel: Is a bit on the thin side and the carbonation is a bit on the high side

Overall: Not a bad little oatmeal stout especially for the price. Worth a try for sure

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2011 01:40:25 | More by DarthKostrizer
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seaoflament

California

3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A nice little extra sent by drseamus in a recent trade, thanks.

Pours a coca-cola color with about a quarter inch of foam which quickly settles to a cluster of bubbles.

Nutty and roasted aromas upfront along with molasses and an odd sweet milk aroma. I also get a cotton candy smell, something very sweet like piloncillo or some heavily amount of brown sugar. Some hints of vanilla, wood, caramel, and warm oatmeal. This sweet aroma is a little off-putting for me; I’m a little hesitant on sipping this beer since it appears like it could be too sweet. After it comes to room temp it’s just overly sweet in the aroma.

Tastes a bit like a cola flavored soda plus some roasted barley, hints of coffee and some notes of bitter chocolate. Tastes a bit like a nut brown ale to me. Some flavors of various nuts, roasted nuts.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin and slightly over carbonated. Couldn’t drink too much of this one. Not completely bad, the flavor is ok but drinkability suffers because the aroma is too sweet to overcome.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2007 03:31:40 | More by seaoflament
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jeonseh

Indiana

3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

thanks to bwyker for the chance to try this one

A - Color is a deep chocolate brown and very opaque such that you can't see through it at all. There was really no head at all despite a hard pour and even what was left just barely sat on top of the beer.

S - The first and main smell I get is caramel mixed in with a bit of roastiness. Actually smells a bit like a chocolate covered caramel corn that was slight burnt.

T- here there is a nice bit of oatmeal roastiness that is mixed in to the stout. Taste is also a bit bitter as one can definitely taste the hops that are mixed into this brew. Additionally these are what I taste mostly in the after taste as well as my mouth feels kinda bitter for a stout as this is definitely one dry beer as I really think the dry taste is what really dominates this beer and I don't feel like that is what an oatmeal stout should really taste like. One get a slight bit of that oatmeal wholeness taste that one expects in an oatmeal stout. There is also a slight hint of the caramel that one gets in the nose and have to say this imparts a slight creaminess to the brew.

MF - There is a lot of carbonation in this one and I think that it adds to the bitter flavors being so prominent in this brew. On the whole it is kinda a light bodied beer for the style as it verges on being watery. Didn't really find this creamy at all as the carbonation is a bit too harsh to really make this the least bit creamy.

D - overall an okay oatmeal stout that I was happy to try but would not try to seek out too much. I do really like the caramel corn smell as it is one of my favorite foods but it is really not to prominent and overall the taste on the beer is average as it does not blow me away nor make me want to run away.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2008 04:01:27 | More by jeonseh
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vacax

California

3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours pretty much black with a medium sized dark tan head. Pretty good retention, bubble sizes vary, fair lacing. Smells of chocolate malts, oatmeal, lightly roasty. They're not kidding around on the oatmeal portion. Tastes of chocolate malts, oatmeal, moderately roasty with a dry roasty finish that has a touch of earthy flora. Medium body with a smooth carbonation, some oatmeal thickness but I expected a lot richer mouthfeel after that aroma. Not an amazing brew, but solid oatmeal stout that is very easy and pleasant to enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2010 02:47:10 | More by vacax
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rayjay

Hawaii

1.45/5  rDev -59.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

From bwyker in the SecretBunny.07 BIF. 22oz bottle with note dating.

Deep brown/black like coca-cola. Thin looking. No head/lace or detectable carbonation. Off-putting nose, packed with butterscotch and acetaldehyde; possibly infected.

Zero on the carbonation, it's much like a flat watered-down cola. Slightly tangy, tons of carmel, sticky sweet. Isovaleric, phenolic, and some mercaptan (off-putting defects). Maybe too much roasted barley made it too thick? Undrinkable. Has a sweet roasted porter-type flavor. I don't think this was a very old bottle, and I also think they need to be alot more thorough with the sanitation around the brewery. Hope this helps.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2007 03:52:51 | More by rayjay
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TheTrevor

New York

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a dark brown with a two-finger tan head. The smell is heavy on oats with some chocolate. The taste is mostly roasted malt with a tiny bit of coffee and chocolate flavors in the finish. The mouthfeel is fairly thick with a fairly small amount of carbonation. This is a tasty little oatmeal porter that is enjoyable if a little one-dimensional.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2009 03:15:33 | More by TheTrevor
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atr2605

New York

2.63/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A-pours black with a two finger width tan head with average retention
S-sweet malt, coffee, and chocolate
T-a little toasted malt with the after taste bringing more of the coffee flavor. Not much chocolate pulls through in the flavor
M-medium bodied
O-Meh. Lacks a little flavor for the style and although it is quite drinkable I have had many oatmeal stouts that are superior. Not terrible, but wouldn't necessarily buy again

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2011 02:53:53 | More by atr2605
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EricCioe

Montana

3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to thickfreakness for passing this one on.

This pours very dark brown, almost black but with some highlights. There is a small sandy head that rises and falls and leaves no lace. On the nose there is a nice flaked oats with chocolate and roasted malt mixture. In the mouth, the oats and roast come out more, not quite a bitter beer but definitely the chocolate is buried. The biggest problem here is a very thin body. The finish is medium and decent but it seems unsupported by any heft.

Overall, this is a decent oatmeal stout, pretty midrange.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2011 23:43:19 | More by EricCioe
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SickGnar

Pennsylvania

3.03/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Way carbonated – big psst when opened and foam fills the glass. Contaminated? It took multiple pour-and-waits to empty the bottle. Dark, dark brown with a garnet hue when held to light. Well short of opaque with a few streams of bubbles visible when held to light. Big pillowy head that retains alright and leave some tenuous bits of lacing.

S: Thin chocolate & malty sweetness. There is a metallic note and a slight tartness. Not good. Weak & watery – smell is there, but thin and stretched.

T: Chocolate more than roast. Just a pinch of coffee briefly flashes way in the finish. Base is nutty & malty sweet with an okay dose of oatmeal. Quite a bit of dark fruit and soft tartness. Background herbal hops at the end. A bit dry & thin & biting. Again – stretched and watery.

M: Well on the thin side of medium body with over-matched carbonation. Way more than it needs and distractingly expansive & mouthfilling. More bite and quench than appropriate in a stout. Still, it does manage a hint of oatmeal creaminess, a touch of chew, and a semi-sweet finish.

D: Appears to have quality control issues in the bottling, but to be fair I believe I have an older bottle. I bit this would be better fresher and/or on tap. It is more interesting than the typical macro, but not necessarily more drinkable or enjoyable. Benefit of the doubt on this review.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 00:34:23 | More by SickGnar
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jpmclaug

South Carolina

3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a pint glass. Recieved as an extra somewhere... I wish I hadn't lost my spreadsheet to let me know who sent it.

Black body with a fair sized tan head.
Some roast, some background sweetness, a bit of that typical oatmeal stout smell, a real nice sweetness in the background.
Tastes like dark malts, not much chocolate or roast in this but just a little bit present, some caramel and oat taste, medium body with a fair amount of carbonation.

Overall a decent beer. Not much going on with the flavor though, pretty boring. I wouldn't mind drinking it again if I wanted a beer but it's really boring for the style. There are a lot of other stout's I'd like to drink.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2011 00:41:42 | More by jpmclaug
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BrewCrew2010

Mississippi

4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown, almost black body, with a thin, creamy tan head; mostly lasting, but no lacing.

S: A light nose, but a good one at that: roasted chocolate malts, sweet toasted oats, coffee notes, caramel, and some vanilla.

T/M: Great flavor: oats create a sense of sweetness while the roasted chocolate malts create a slight bitterness to balance it out. Getting a little lactose to make it creamy and kind of lean, but it's still chewy on the tongue and carbonation is light. Didn't expect it, but definitely getting some smoke in the flavor as well. Other flavors include cocoa, coffee, and vanilla.

O: I love oatmeal stouts and this one was really nice. It's always my go-to at the Tri-City ValleyCats ballgame. Easy to find, priced well, and characteristics are spot on. A must try for a oatmeal stout lover.

Serving type: on-tap

07-23-2011 13:28:06 | More by BrewCrew2010
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musicforairports

New York

4.33/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub.

Blackish, small head that leaves a lot of lacing.

Smells nutty, chocolate-y, some toffee.

Taste is smooth, creamy and flavorful. Lots of non-burnt dark malt flavors. Don't taste any alcohol, but I'd think it was higher than it was.

Mouthfeel is creamy enough without being too much. It's still watery enough to know this isn't an imperial stout or anything.

You don't generally find a 5.25 percent ABV stout with as much flavor as this.

Serving type: on-tap

04-05-2011 14:31:18 | More by musicforairports
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CaptJackHarkness

New York

2.75/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer had no discernable scent whatsoever! It is the deep brown/black one expects from a stout. Somehow the Willamette hops do not bitter the brew enough, yet it is not sweet either!

The bottle claims its been declared " the worlds finest example of the style" earning a Gold at the WorldBeer Cup in 04. It's probably good that I was not on that judging panel!

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Serving type: bottle

08-31-2011 00:45:04 | More by CaptJackHarkness
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SaucyA

Michigan

3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Looks a bit like a black soda pop. The head lasts momentarily and fizzles away much like a pop. What's left is a mass of dark, opaque brown with ruby highlights. No on the lacing.

S - Mmmm...now we're talking. Chocolatey, caramel, roasted malts. On point. The sweetness is there but I'm in the mood for it.

T - Relatively non-descript. The usual roasty malts, with a relatively complex malt bill. Slightly earthy. Slight mineral undertones. Nothing that's knocking my socks off, but nothing off.

M - A little lighter and more carbonated than I was expecting for an Oatmeal Stout. I want creamy goodness!

D - Not horrendous but nothing to really go outta my way for. I'd pick up ONE more bottle to see if the mouthfeel ever calmed down on a different batch.

Notes: Adam gave this to me a while ago, and it's sat dormant in my fridge for ages. I saw it today and was just in the mood... to be frank, it could be slightly better in looks and mouthfeel, but it's worthy of a bit more than the credit it gets.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2008 17:45:06 | More by SaucyA
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mjaskula

New York

3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A growler right from the brewpub, served in a pint glass. Pours a dark black with a tan head that thins to a ring and leaves some lace.

Aroma is thin with some roasiness. Flavor is smooth and roasty with some coffee flavors. Carbonation is high and mothfeel is dry. Overall it's easy drinking.

Serving type: growler

11-28-2009 23:57:27 | More by mjaskula
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Sam21

Connecticut

4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle with no bottle code poured into a pint glass. Paid $8.99 for a six pack.

Appearance - Black body with a creamy light brown head. Okay retention with no lacing. Recedes to a quarter inch cap and holds. I've had this on tap many times and this is how it has looked, although there is usually less retention.

Smell - Silky smooth milk chocolate. Nice sweetness provided by the oats. Subtle dark fruits and a smoky backbone.

Taste - Woody smoke hits the tongue hard with some very light rasted malt. The chocolate and dark fruit are present and help balance out a bit of the smoke. Sweet finish with some light smoke lingering.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied and supremely smooth. Moderate carbonation. One of the highlights of this beer.

Drinkability - This beer drinks very nicely. The unique flavors of woody campfire smoke mesh well with the sweetness. Everything is brought together by a great smooth light body. I've had this with some heavily smoked BBQ before and it is sublime. Damn good. One of my two favorite oatmeal stouts alongside Ipswich.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2011 17:45:05 | More by Sam21
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GarrettMD

New York

4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours an opaque black with a thin layer of bubbles close to the same color as the label.

S - Roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, standard for a stout, though it comes on a lot stronger than most I have in recent memory. Slight vanilla scent as well.

T - Roasted malts dominate with a smooth chocolate taste lingering throughout. Hints of oatmeal and vanilla stay in the background. Very sweet tasting, almost as sweet as a milk stout, but not quite, the roasted malts still dominate heavily in this beer. The flavors are just as strong as the aroma.

M - Not quite medium bodied, but not as heavy as most stouts within the style. It feels a little thin. Definitely a good creamy mouthfeel from the oatmeal, but the thin-ness of the beer takes a little away here. Finish is bitter roasted malts.

D - Great drinkability. I love picking up a 6-pack of this for a Friday night, it's a great sessionable stout. I haven't tried all of Brown's brews yet, but it probably isn't a stretch to say this will be my favorite of all their beers.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2010 00:12:18 | More by GarrettMD
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kkosmoski

New York

4.5/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Longneck poured into an American pint glass. A luscious, thick tan head sits atop the dark liquid with just a hint of ruby shining through on the edges. A nice looking stout in the glass! If smell could be described at thick, this would qualify - it just smells nourishing. Dextrins, caramel, oats, and chocolate in the nose. Flavor starts out with some heavily toasted malt, along with caramel, chocolate, some butterscotch, and a hint of a smokey finish. This stout feels medium-full in the mouth with a fluffy carbonation. Drinkability is nice, however the full flavors and semi-thickness of the body may get hard to handle after a few.

This ranks right around the top of the oatmeal stout category for me. It has the whole package - great looking in the glass, killer aroma, and full, delicious flavor. Hopefully they continue to brew and distribute lots of this!

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2009 23:46:16 | More by kkosmoski
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nezelrac

New York

3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into shaker pint

A - pours a dark brown/black with a medium dense finger and a half of tan foam that slowly subsides to a ring 3/4 of the way through; little lacing

S - sweet and roasted malts up front, followed by molasses and chocolate milk; fruity notes lurk and pop - baked blueberry and roasted stone fruits; caramel and hints of burnt caramel roud out the edges

T - for all the aromas, this is a bit simple on the palate - appealing, but simple; nice dark and sweet malts and a gentle roasted edge gives way to a creaminess mid-palate; gets a little lean towards the back-end

M - nice up front, but gets a little watery; CO2 is fine

O - on the light end for the style, but good drinkability and enough interest

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2011 23:39:57 | More by nezelrac
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