California- Oatmeal Stout- 8.6% ABV. BARREL AGED. Pours jet black with a khaki-colored head. The aroma includes notes of roasted & chocolaty malts, sweet caramel, vanilla, oak & bourbon. The taste follows the nose with flavors of caramel, toasted malts, vanilla, bourbon & oak.
Oatmeal Stout is named for the use of oatmeal in the grist. The oatmeal ingredient is not intended to be a sweetener, but rather it contributes to Oatmeal Stout’s body and enhances a silky or smooth mouth-feel. Variations in body, smoothness and sweetness are found across various examples of Oatmeal Stout beer, though beers of this style generally exhibit chocolaty, nutty, coffee-like aromas and flavors from roasted malts and roasted barley, with low to medium bitterness. Oatmeal can add complexity to the brew, including some earthiness and a bit of grainy texture. Hop aroma and flavor are typically low, and hop bitterness is moderate, which allows the malts to take the lead in the best Oatmeal Stouts. Expect the color to range from medium-brown to black.