TOATal Darkness
Artisanal Brew Works

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Stout - Oatmeal
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4.05 | pDev: 7.9%
Artisanal Brew Works
New York, United States
Notes: We aged our tOATal Darkness Stout in Yankee Distilling Whiskey barrels for over 5 months lends to a great balance of whiskey, oak, and roasted malts.
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Can to English pint glass, the appearance was a dark brown close to black color with a finger's worth of white foamy head that quickly dissipated. No lace.
The aroma blended sweet milk chocolate/cocoa powdery substance to a finely roasty to sweet coffee bean. Subtle touch of sweet oats round out the edges.
The flavor was a superbly blended sweet to roasty quality covering the milk chocolate/cocoa powder substance to a refined coffee bean sweetness. Just like in the aroma, the oats seem to just speckle a light touch near the end. Aftertaste was milk chocolate, sweet oats and some coffee bean.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied with a fine in between sort of quality of sessionable to sipping. I did notice carbonation seemed a bit higher than normal than in most oatmeal stouts but I wasn't too bothered by that as those oats did a good job smoothing the rest of it out in a nice silky fashion.
Overall, absolutely wonderful qualities in the aroma and flavor. I would think this could be an exceptional oatmeal stout if they brought down the carbonation level just a hair. My first Artisanal Brew Works and I'm looking forward to trying more stuff of theirs.

Nov 26, 2017
TOATal Darkness from Artisanal Brew Works
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 4 ratings