Sweetwater Knobzilla Vanilla Oatmeal Stout | SweetWater Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
SweetWater Brewing Company
Georgia, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by glid02 on 05-05-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cask at Cypress St. Pint and Plate. Here's more information on the beer from Wes:

"As you may have read in the BA forums, the casks created for the SweetWater event were created using one of two base beers ("light"/"dark"). Amateur "brewers" representing many business around Atlanta chose spices to throw in a keg and hope for the best. We decided to take a different angle. THIS BEER WAS BREWED USING ALL-GRAIN HOMEBREW that was then mixed in a collaborative effort to step up the generic porter base up to a stout status. 7 grains were used to create a dark stout with hints of coffee and subtle chocolate all originating from the blended malts. Toasted American Oak was soaked in Knob Creek Kentucky bourbon and added to the mix along with all natural, real vanilla bean. All of these flavors combine to create a 3 dimensional, complex beer that seem to take you on a whirlwind of flavors."

I'm adding this in the hopes that it will be re-created, this really is one of the better beers I've had Sweetwater (not a knock on Sweetwater, this really is a good beer). Labelled as an American Stout despite the use of oatmeal due to the addition of a lot of other ingredients that push it out of the realm of a traditional oatmeal stout.

Pours one shade away from black with a large-bubbled tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of lightly roasted malts, a combination of dark and milk chocolate, vanilla, and mild whiskey.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Equal amounts of roasted and deep chocolate malt flavors kick things off. The chocolate flavors take over midway through the sip before making room for good amoutns of vanilla flavors. A mild dryness comes into play along with hints of whiskey right before a slightly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I'm not sure I did such a good job describing the chocolate flavors in this one - they're very robust and the beer some of the largest chocolate flavors I've had in a beer. That being said the rest of the flavors do a nice job of balancing them out. Well worth a shot and here's hoping Sweetwater gets in cahoots with Wes and this is made again.

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Sweetwater Knobzilla Vanilla Oatmeal Stout from SweetWater Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.42 out of 5 with 1 ratings
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