I am almost sure that in one of the past posts I mentioned that out of all the styles of beer there are the one I prefer is Stout; whether this has anything to do with Guinness is wholly related – one day I might even indulge a moment of writing about it, whilst I try to stick with ‘craft’ beers, since I am not under any editorial constraints other than my own I am sure there is enough reason to write about whatever takes my fancy (within reason of course). Goose Island is fast becoming a local favourite, I like what they brew, and what they brew is of a sufficiently high quality to rave about. According to the bottle, the Oatmeal stout will surpass anything you have ever tried before, with respect to Stout. We will see.
The Beer: 5% abv, 30 IBU; dark, thick black molasses (I saw a jar of molasses for the first time in ages today, and the colour comparison seems right enough); a deeply roasted aroma, mild coffee elements; the coffee elements are carried through to the taste which is also rich and a deeply roasted something, traces of oats in there, distinctly bitter; a combination of roasted grains and bitterness lingers in the after taste.
The key here is the roasted something, certainly a dark roasted grain but I can’t quite get the taste buds round it to detect exactly what it is. The combination of flavour and a certain smoothness do make it a good beer, not a silky smooth as some stouts can be, but it is surely not something that grinds away the mouth. It is worth recommending a try out if you can find it and adds yet another good beer to the list of those from Goose Island.
Website: Goose Island