Sunday, October 30, 2011
Mendocino Oatmeal Stout
OK. Label deficiency aside, the beer must still deliver. Here we go. Sweet milk chocolate aroma with a nice roast there too. Not too powerful but nice. Roasted coffee flavor starts with some chocolate and caramel right there along side it. Nice body coats the mouth. Creamy, silky texture and great balance. Some light burnt sugar and brown sugar flavors add some interest in the background as well.
As you near the end of the bottle, some smoke and light hoppiness enter the picture. The 6.0% alcohol begins to add just a touch of warmth. Carbonation is good, especially for the style. I don't like flat stouts in general so that was a plus. Fairly straightforward, nothing crazy. But this was a flavorful beer, easy to drink and quite enjoyable. I'm betting you will feel the same.