Beer: Shakespeare Stout
Style: Oatmeal Stout
Serving Style: Bottle
Glassware: Pint glass
Drinking Establishment: Tiemann Place
Primary Consumer: Kerensa
Sight: Black body with a light tan head that fades instantly to a trace of tan bubbles that float at the top of the beer.
Scent: The first waft was wood polish. I can sort of tease out a malt scent, but, that floor cleaner has tainted my nasal passages. As I keep smelling, I do get an earthiness that I haven’t smelled in other Stouts. The polish scent thankfully fades after a few minutes and is replaced with a bowl of oatmeal.
Flavor: Predominantly a crisp oat-y, earthy taste. Sharply bitter.
Feel: Thin with full carbonation.
Concluding remarks: The bottle claims it is a World Stout Champion–and what does that mean, exactly? Well….I don’t know. I’ll be honest, this is my first Oatmeal Stout. Though an avid beer drinker, I have a weak grasp as to what an Oatmeal Stout should taste like. Since this is an award-winner, I’d like to think that I am drinking a winner. But, ack, my palette is not accustomed to this new flavor profile.
All in all, it’s a big beer in terms of flavor; at the very least, you’ll be challenged by this guy.