Saturday, November 27, 2010

Saturday Beer Review: Southern Tier Imperial Oat Oatmeal Stout

This is a very good beer from one of my favorite breweries, one that does a particularly good job with the darker beers. (Their Iniquity Imperial Black Ale is an amazing beer!)

When I say “dark” beer, I mean REALLY dark. Perhaps if you held this beer in front of the sun at noon in the desert you could see more than a centimeter into it, but even holding it directly in front of the brightest lights in my house, I couldn’t see anything other than beautiful dark malts.

It’s got a perfect stout head: coffee-colored and creamy with nice tight bubbles. It’s the kind of head that sticks to the side of the glass, just as a stout head should. The aroma offers hints of liquorice.

It’s reasonably well balanced in terms of hops vs. malt. My only complaint about this beer is that it’s a tad too sweet for a stout. The sweetness is just slightly too much and throws the balance off a little bit.

If you’re someone who’s always looked at stouts and thought them too heavy, then I suggest trying this one. While very flavorful (and rather high in alcohol at 11.0% ABV), it is not at all heavy, and in fact has a very light feel for a stout.

8.5/10

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