Sunday, October 30, 2011

Mendocino Oatmeal Stout

Today I'm drinking Mendocino Oatmeal Stout brewed by Mendocino Brewing Company in Saratoga Springs, New York. Don't bother telling me I'm wrong and this is from California. This bottle was brewed in NY. I just double checked the label. This brewery has been around a while, since 1983, to the point where they call themselves "A Pioneer Brewing Legend". Guess what else seemingly has been around since 1983? The labels for their beers, duh. This outdated 1970's davenport-brown and tan color scheme with the insanely boring hawk taking up space in the middle needs a serious face-lift. I bet a local artist would create something amazingly awesome and probably do it for free beer. Please!

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.

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