6 1/2 Bears Oatmeal Export Stout | Alley Kat Brewing Company

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6 1/2 Bears Oatmeal Export Stout6 1/2 Bears Oatmeal Export Stout

Brewed by:
Alley Kat Brewing Company
Alberta, Canada

Style: Foreign / Export Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by biboergosum on 03-01-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 13
Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a tulip glass on a hot summer evening (that's right ... Stout in summer, biatches). Absolutely pitch brownish black, no color halo and with a thin but rich layer of mocha colored bubbles on top. Smells of rich chocolate syrup with echoes of old coffee bean and wood char along with a noticeable dry leafy/earthy hop spice. Certainly smells "exporty" (have not had Three Bears yet so cannot draw a comparison). Taste largely reflects the nose although if anything is more rich and full-bodied, chocolate leading the way follow by dark coffee bean and then wood char, cherry pipe tobacco, and faint butterscotch. Mouthfeel does feature that classic oatmeal smoothness but there's also a bit of a grainy hiccup in there, a tannic astringency along with a subtle lactic acid sourness. Body on the thick side. Finishes on the dry and bitter/roasty side, with a little ashtray and an ongoing earthy hoppiness. Fits the style well. There is a fair amount going on here and I'd say this is another "Big Bottle Series" winner.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

650ml bottle poured into tulip 31/1/14

A nearing jet black sitting in the glass but you can see half way to the other side under the foam, big, loose and light brown but not much lace

S coco powder, coffee grinds, chocolate syrup, brownie mix, some char, raisin, earthy notes, and dark toffee

T more char and earth, lots of coffee and the chocolates darker then the nose, rich and intense, flavors strong

M lighter then I'd guess from the color, not quite creamy, slick after the fact with lots of dark roast lingering

O easy to drink and plenty going on, I can't think of many dark beers from Alley Kat off the top of my head but for something they don't do often they do it well

I might grab another bomber of this for the next chilly spring evening, good value and worth a try for sure

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Photo of leaddog
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours a dark cola brown with a finger of cream beige head.

Smell- roasted malts, oats, cocoa, hint of coffee bean and a hint of earthy hops.

Taste- Nice hit of the roasted malts upfront followed by the oats, cocoa, and hint of earthy hops. The hint of coffee bean lingers in the finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with light to moderate carbonation. Pleasant smoothness to the body. Finishes bitter from the cocoa.

Overall- To its 3 Bears oatmeal stout cousin, a brew that has a good roasted malt profile. The big bottle series is getting more promising as the new releases come out.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

650ml bottle. I'm a little underwhelmed by the name here, which plays on the base 3 Bears Oatmeal Stout's name, converting the new ABV (6.5%) to bears, which is apparently a one-to-one trade value, at current market rates, for yer average bear, or something. See? Confusing.

This beer pours a solid, light-destroying black, but with some subtle basal red cola edges upon closer inspection, and three fat fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat creamy beige head, which leaves some attractive webbed foliage lace around the glass as it slowly recedes.

It smells of well-roasted, bready caramel malt, bittersweet milky cocoa powder, hints of astringent smoke (like burning leaves), wet saltine crackers, dry black licorice, and musty, earthy hops. The taste is more bready, toasty caramel malt, wet wheat crackers, a mild lactic sourness, dusty chocolate, understated roasted coffee beans, fading licorice notes, and soft earthy, leafy hops.

The carbonation is lightly applied, and generally just pleasantly frothy, the body a sturdy medium weight, and mostly smooth, with a minor clamminess putting a chink in its plain creaminess. It finishes on a strong drying trend, the roastiness starting to do the malt in, the other esters folding their hands, and the generic hops holding steady.

Overall, a pretty good export stout, the admittedly small jump in ABV (from the original 3 Bears) not noticeable in the least. Fairly pleasurable to drink, flavourful, and easy on the upper and side palates. As I finish this bomber, I begin to wonder, more and more, what exactly constitutes a 'half' bear?

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6 1/2 Bears Oatmeal Export Stout from Alley Kat Brewing Company
3.98 out of 5 based on 13 ratings.
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