Thanks again to Dave for having a Malt & Vine habit like I do… he picked this bad boy up the other day and was kind enough to share. I have been eying their brews for a bit, now, but this is the first to taste, so here goes with the Southern Tier Oat. It is an imperial oatmeal stout that comes in at a whopping 11% ABV. I am always wary of a beer with that high of alcohol since, if done incorrectly, can have no redeeming quality. I am happy to say that Southern Tier did just fine, though, and this one comes through well balanced. The taste is really quite complex with the sweetness of candy and the acohol of wine coming through with a smooth body and dynamic finish. The roasted malt and bitter hops play off each other nicely and allow you to really enjoy this dark beauty.
A bit from their site:
This beer begins in spring when oat seeds are sown as soon as the soil can be worked. Meanwhile, select types of barley are planted with hopes that Mother Nature will be kind. Our brewers wait patiently until the legumes are mature and ready for the scythe. Upon delivery to the brewery, these ingredients are mixed together in the mash tun where they steep, creating a rich molasses-like liquid. Spicy hops are boiled with the thick brew, giving balance and complexity. Brewers yeast feasts upon the rich sugars, concluding its transformation into oatmeal stout.
Pour Oat into a snifter, allow its thick tan head to slowly rise, releasing unbridled aromas. The color of Oat is as dark as a moonless night. The first sip reveals Oat’s thick and nourishing taste. Like a haversack to a horse, a bottle of this stout is a meal in itself. Enjoy responsibly.
11.0% abv • 238º L • Imperial Oatmeal Stout • 22 oz / 1/6 keg
2-row pale malt / oats / caramel malt / barley flakes / chocolate malt / black malt / kettle hops: columbus & willamette
JBB6 Rating: Will Buy Again