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RATINGS: 4   MEAN: 3.47/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.04/5   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
Named after pioneering world traveler, and Chanute, KS native, Osa Johnson, this Foreign-style Stout is characteristic of the kind of beer she may have encountered on her travels. The style originated with the export of Guinness to far-off locales. Guinness brewed their typically low gravity Dry Stout to essentially twice the strength in order to survive the overseas passage to tropical destinations. (Much in the same way that British brewers brewed a higher gravity, more heavily hopped pale ale for travel to India…the birth of the classic India Pale Ale). Brewers in these tropical locales adopted the style and began releasing interpretations of their own. Commercial examples include beers from Sri Lanka, Jamaica, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Trinidad, and Jamaica. The aroma of this interpretation is slightly sweet and fruity, with hints of roasted coffee. The beer starts with an initial malt sweetness and caramel character, but finishes relatively dry, with mellow roasted notes. Medium to full bodied, Osa’s Safari Stout is nevertheless an extremely approachable, balanced, and drinkable beer that would pair well with a variety of foods, including the heavily spiced cuisines of the style’s various origins. Unfiltered and unrefined.
O.G. - 15.6/1.062
Hops - 40 IBUs

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
randolphjj (116) - Raymore, Missouri, USA - NOV 19, 2009
Special thanks to Kerrianne, our Wayward Son, for the growler. Lovely stout color, though on the pour it’s more brown than it turns out in the glass. Excessively smooth stout without much lingering carbonation. Nice khaki head that works with you all the way down the glass. Very light in flavor and body with some grassy hops and just the bare hint of that hop on the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beastiefan2k (3547) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - NOV 16, 2009
Shaker @ the brewpub. This is a plain stout, not a foreign stout, they kind of missed the mark there. Not sweet enough, not thick enough, not Jamaican enough. But its a decent stout, light on the roast, easy drinking, I would say the body is medium-light. Not much else to point out or really examine here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
theisti (3882) - Kansas, USA - NOV 16, 2009
10 oz draft at the brewpub. Pour is blackish brown, murky with a nice khaki head. Aroma of roasted malt, followed by some earthy grassy hops. None of the traditional foreign stout sweetness, though the roast was nicely pronounced. Taste follows the nose with a nice soft roastiness, followed by a bit of charred wood, then the grassy hops and then finishing with a very slight touch of milky sweetness. Palate is medium, soft low carbonation - and a residual roasty finish. Nice enough though, much more of a straightforward roasty stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Indra (2711) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - NOV 9, 2009
On draft at the brewpub. Roasty, toasty malt aroma, gently burnt sugar notes with hints of molasses, chocolate, espresso, black bread and faint prune. Deep brown-black color, the light tan head leaving some nice lacing behind. Flavor is bittersweet and roasty, lightly earthy with faint dark fruitiness and underlying dark toffee sweetness, some charcoal late, finishing fairly dry. Nicely active carbonation. Smooth otherwise, body is medium. Nicely flavorful.

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