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Ballast Point Sextant Oatmeal Stout

Beer:  Sextant Oatmeal Stout
Brewery: Ballast Point Brewing Company
Style: Oatmeal Stout
ABV: 6.5%

Serving Style: Nitro-tap
Glassware: Pint glass
Drinking Establishment: The Old Bay, New Brunswick, NJ
Primary Consumer: Ally
Consumption Companion: Mallory

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OVERALL RATING:

Sight: Dark, dark cola, with lots of carbonation bubbles throughout the body.  Creamy, beige, 2-finger head that settles to a nice layer of foam, with decent lacing.

Scent: Bright and sweet, with floral and fruity notes.

Flavor:  Mild overall.  Roasted, with a slight oat taste and notes of cocoa.  Perhaps a hint of vanilla as well.  The aftertaste is bitter.

Feel:  Smooth, medium mouthfeel, with little-to-no carbonation.

The Sextant Oatmeal Stout is a limited edition brew from San Diego-based brewery Ballast Point.  To sum it up, Mallory said it best: you’re gonna go through this beer pretty quickly, because the bitter aftertaste makes you want to take another sip, to get rid of said bitterness.  But that’s okay, because it’s not necessarily a bad brew overall–smooth like an Oatmeal Stout should be, but just not much going on in the way of flavor.

Concluding remarks: All in all, it’s average; but since it’s a limited release, give it a try if you find it on tap.

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Anderson Valley Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout

Beer:  Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout
Brewery: Anderson Valley Brewing Company
Style: Oatmeal Stout
ABV: 5.7%

Serving Style: Draft
Glassware: 10 oz. Snifter
Drinking Establishment: The Iron Monkey, Jersey City
Primary Consumer: Ally

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OVERALL RATING:

Sight: Opaque, dark, dark brown, with some very slight amber edging.  Thick, creamy, 1 1/2-inch dark tan head that lingers for awhile.  Noticeable lacing on glass.

Scent: Bright, almost citrusy or floral.  Slight roasted malts.  And do I detect the aroma of biscuits in there, too?

Flavor:  Sour, in the realm of cherries or currants, with a mild butterscotch sweetness.  The aftertaste is slightly bitter/hoppy, perhaps even dough-like.  As it rests, notes of chocolate or cocoa emerge.

Feel:  Thin body, with low-to-moderate carbonation.  Smooth mouthfeel, with a bit of lingering dryness afterward.

Perhaps this was a bad batch; but the Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout, from California-based brewers Anderson Valley, doesn’t taste much like an Oatmeal Stout should.  Although it has the signature Oatmeal Stout smoothness, the sour aspect threw me off.  It’s not too roasty…or bold…or anything characteristic of a Stout, really.

Concluding remarks: It might not be a bad brew, but when expecting an Oatmeal Stout, it could be a little off-putting.

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Rogue Shakespeare Stout

Beer:  Shakespeare Stout
Brewery: Rogue
Style: Oatmeal Stout
ABV: 6.1%

Serving Style: Bottle
Glassware: Pint glass
Drinking Establishment: Tiemann Place
Primary Consumer: Kerensa

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OVERALL RATING:

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.

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Breckenridge Oatmeal Stout

Beer:  Oatmeal Stout
Brewery: Breckenridge Brewery
Style: Oatmeal Stout
ABV: 4.95%

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

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OVERALL RATING:

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.)

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