I love a good oatmeal stout. I was excited to see stout bottle with images of the great north. A bear drinking water in the mountains….that strangely also has antlers. Either way, it has the messaging just right. The description was even better.
The deep ebony color, voluptuous mahogany head and bold, roasty flavors in our Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout are what serious beer drinkers expect from this style. Aromas of freshly baked bread, espresso, and dried cherries meld seamlessly with rich toffee flavors and a creamy mouth feel to create an unparalleled drinking experience.
This beer is not incredibly strong. It probably should have been listed as a porter, but it does taste like a stout.
Best served: Pint glass with gouda or havarti cheese on the side
Malt types: Pale Two-Row, Crystal (40L & 80L), Roasted Barley, Munich, Chocolate, Oats
Hop types: Columbus, Northern Brewer
This beer promised a lot. If it delivered on even half of them it would be a good brew. However, most of the flavors and aromas from the description was nowhere to be found. The aroma was almost non-existent. Once the brew warmed up there was a malty, even bread-like, smell to it. But no espresso or anything else.
The flavor is actually less enticing. There is a slight oatmeal stout-like flavor but with no malts, no toffee, but some slight coffee at least. The flavor would be good for someone who likes a weak stout or a lighter flavor. If you want to get a lite beer drinker into a stout, this might be the best option.
The other aspects of the beer are not bad. The color is great. The beer is smooth and very creamy. It definitely feels like a stout in the mouth. The head was thick and lingering as well with a nice toffee brown color.
Aroma: Mostly faint malts and bread.
Taste: Coffee with a faint malty hint and very little bitterness.
Texture: A very rich and smooth beer with a great oatmeal stout mouth feel.
Finish: The finish is more coffee stout.
Comparisons: Guinness without the nitro.