jmikolich (1399) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - FEB 13, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
on tap at WBC 10Feb2012, Sample, No real head on this beer as it arrived, but the smell is great and the oat really adds to the body, nothing standoutish but certainly a welcome beer from WBC in a style they were surely lacking.
Brigadier (2830) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - JAN 17, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at brewpub
Rereleased as plain old ’Oatmeal Stout’ this is a decent sweet stout. With enough depth to keep it interesting until the end, a good price tag ($4.50), and a good ambiance I would go for this again if the Peanut Butter Cup Porter was off at the time.
Aroma / Appearance - Fluid black liquid swirls around the glass. There was no room for any headspace other than wispy bands like clouds on a windy day. Black coffee, grits, and cold oatmeal provide the context of a southern breakfast left out just a little too long. Raisins and other sweet aspects help brighten the mood.
Flavor / Palate - Roasted black coffee, creamy milk, and burnt toast give this a smoky edge. The raisins soaked in chocolate sauce that mark the transition to a bitter finish create a layer of depth lacking from some other stouts. It could be helped by a bit more body but overall this is a satisfying sessionable stout.