Fallen Oats Stout
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

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Stout - American
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3.94 | pDev: 0%
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
United States
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4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hershey bar brown that was just barely lucent when viewed with early January sunshine from the brewpub's side windows behind the pint glass. A thick slice of golden ecru foam lasted as long as it needed to last, then blasted the drinking vessel with chubby rings and 'frost on a windowpane' lace. A downright classic look.

The nose could have been compared to a chocolate bar as well. It was sweet and roasted malty, with barley in the driver's seat and citric hops lounging around in the back. 4.83% may not be a session stout to some, it is to wdmrock and it is to me.

Fallen Oats tasted more hoppy than it smelled. It wasn't that bitter, so they must have been relatively late additions to the boil. Zeus (also known as Columbus and Tomahawk) was used for bittering and German Saphir was used for flavor and aroma.

The result was loads of bittersweet chocolate, citrus zest, pine and coconut. I've often tasted that last one in big barrel-aged stouts, but never (or rarely) in an American stout at this ABV. Must be a serendipitous by-product of roasting barley. In any case, this was a tasty and surprisingly complex stout.

Mouthfeel is almost never an issue at the West Des Moines Rock Bottom. FOS was at least medium-full for the style/ABV and had a wonderful combination of expansive creaminess and spot-on carbonation.

Fallen Oats Stout is a play on words and honors one of the brewer's wife's favorite bands. I'll leave it to you to guess which one. I love it when beer underpromises and overdelivers. Hey Eric, bring this beauty back any time at all.

Jan 04, 2011
Fallen Oats Stout from Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 2 ratings