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Brau Brothers Whirly Bird Oatmeal Stout



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RATINGS: 27   MEAN: 3.43/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37/5   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
Whirly Bird is our farewell to winter. Big and bold, even for an oatmeal stout, this ale is chewy and complex. A variety of oats, toasted at different levels make up a full ten percent of the malt bill. Add to that roasted barley, crystal malt, and chocolate malt for a well-rounded stout. This ale is a remake of an oatmeal stout served years ago at the tiny local pub in Lucan.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
muzzlehatch (4756) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 29, 2016
Un-Muzzling Olde Muzzlehatch Ratings, #49. 12 ounce bottle sampled in St. Louis Park, MN, August 2008. deep but translucent plum-black; not a lot of head and what there is dies fairly quickly, though some dark lacing is noticeable...fairly sweet chocolaty, somewhat roasty nose, hints of tarragon...body quite sweet but never syrupy, a bit of raisin-grapy dry fruitiness...just enough roastiness to keep it from cloying, but this is certainly a sweet stout through and through...just a touch dry and burnt at the finish...quite full and low to moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BVery (9574) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - AUG 13, 2009
BOTTLE: very dark brown to black pour, not overly creamy body, but fairly full. Big roasty aroma, great coffee / roast / chocolate taste. I really like this one - put it up there with Goose Island Oatmeal Stout for me.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
lb4lb (2587) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 5, 2009
Bottle from thickfreakness. Thanks Charles! This dirty bitch pours black like the depths of a dark snatch with a creamy light tan head. Smell is tart and sweet, like it needs a shower. Taste is a bit tart, with some definite oatmeal creaminess, roasted but not bitter dark malt and a medium to full body. The smell and slight twang in this kill the beer, though. Maybe just because it’s been incubating under Charles’s nutsack for the past year, or maybe because the beer is not good. Who knows? Megan Fox is hot.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ibrew2or3 (8159) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - APR 2, 2009
Pours deep dark brown with reddish brown edges and thin tan head. The aroma is full with roasted malts going to burnt malts then to earthiness, chocolate and molasses. Nice full aroma. The taste is similar but doesn’t seem as rich. I get roastiness mixing with burnt malts then turning toward chocolate and a bit of molasses. It ends with a modest level of roasted malts and some malt sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
markwise (5187) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 28, 2009
Thanks retorp for the share. Pours dark cola brown with tiny off-white head. Nose is oatmeal, chocolate, spice, dark malt, chocolate, dark fruit, and goodness. Flavor is chocolate, dark fruit, fizzy, and somewhat sugary. Nice sweet finish to this medium-bodied beer. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 15, 2009
Bottle, courtesy sebletitje. Black pour,. big cloud-like brownish tan head, sandy lacing. Chocolatey grainy nose, lactose, milky creaminess, some caramel and dry oats. Starts of sweet with lactose and bitter hops, with a big wave of oats, roast and toast in the finish. Thin-bodied, but still tasty and balanced. Drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SHIG (4670) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - MAR 14, 2009
Bottle thanks to Seabass: Poured a dark black with light beige head. Aroma is a musty chocolate, coffee, oat, and malt. Taste is a chalky chocolate with roasted malt, finished smooth and oat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (9258) - Enghien, BELGIUM - MAR 14, 2009
Courtesy of retorp. Pours black with mocha head. Aroma of roasted malty and loaded with lactose and some tartness. Taste, roasted malts, lactose, with some light chocolate for a light bitter finish. Oat was also light in presence. Overall the beer is easy to drink with a thin tartness, not sure if it comes from the lactose. Mouthfeel about mid way through each sip.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 21, 2009
Bottle courtesy of Dalzale. Pours brown with a light brown head. Smells of vegetables, roasted malt, soy sauce, spice. Tastes tarte and sweet with a finish that yields some cherry touches.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oldbaldguy (17) - , Minnesota, USA - DEC 21, 2008
Very nice aroma of roast barley with some coffee notes. A bit of chocolate in there also. Pours up nice and dark as it should be with a rich lingering head. Some sweetness from lactose on the palate with a bit of creaminess from the oats. Very smooth, and well balanced. Has a medium finish. Carbonation is on the low side and feels just right. Actually, this one surprised me. To me it is one of the better oatmeal stouts I have had recently. I had a bottle version and it tastes very fresh. Nice beer!

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