Thursday, October 4, 2012
2012 Best of Beer Camp #45: Oatmeal Stout
Today I'm finishing off the final beer from Sierra Nevada's 2012 Beer Camp Series: Oatmeal Stout #45. The label remains the same as the others in the series, but this one has a brown border.
Nice roasted nutty aroma, with some caramel and mocha and coffee rounding out the bouquet. Great richness and quite smooth. Sweet caramel meets a roasted coffee, even a little bit of ashy char. The 9.0% alcohol is a little boozy, but that booze really makes the flavors pop.
Dark cherries and raisins are wonderful. The oat contribution is terrific, creamy and luscious and smooth in the mouth. The alcohol also cuts through the initial sweetness and richness, while leaving some warmth in the chest. More roasted coffee comes through at the end, a little bitter and sharp, to the point of harshness.
Overall, a terrific beer. Along with Imperial Red, it's at the top of this year's mixed box. And I'm looking forward to next year's already.