Beer: Oatmeal Stout
Brewery: Breckenridge Brewery
Style: Oatmeal Stout
Serving Style: Bottle
Glassware: Pint glass
Drinking Establishment: A fine George St. Co-op Potluck
Primary Consumer: Ally
Consumption Companion: Sam, a member of the rockin’ New Brunswick band The Do-Rights
Sight: Opaque, dark, near-black, with some amber edging. Creamy dark beige 1-inch head when poured, which settles to a thin head that leaves noticeable lacing on the glass.
Scent: Bright, malty sweetness, with notes of coffee and vanilla.
Flavor: Roasted, with an espresso or bitter coffee (specifically sumatra, or something earthy) flavor. Slight taste of hops. The sweetness in the scent doesn’t come through in the flavor. As it rests, it comes just short of seltzery.
Feel: On the thin side, with moderate carbonation that lingers after you sip. Smooth, but the carbonation infiltrates the smoothness a bit.
The Breckenridge Oatmeal Stout labels itself as “dark & dreamy,” and in general, we’d agree. It’s pretty well balanced–dark, but not too dark, not very heavy, and no one flavor overpowers it. Although it’s not as smooth as Oatmeal Stouts claim to be in character, the Breckenridge Oatmeal Stout is a solid showing for its style.
Concluding remarks: Buy it again, Sam. (Or, rather, Sam says he’d buy it again.)