Steamworks Heroica Oatmeal Stout

steamworksHello again fellow beer drinkers! As we slowly make our way through the month of February and the season of winter winds down, I continue in my efforts to tackle as many seasonal beers as possible. And adding to the already impressive lineup of Steamworks beers that I’ve tried, I managed to get my hand on a bottle of their Oatmeal Stout at last. This beer, I should mention, is one that has eluded me for months, and that’s in spite of a visit to the brewery itself! Lucky for me they deliver to the south island.

Needless to say, I had some high expectations going in. Having tried just about everything the brewery is renowned for, including their Espresso Stout – a beer thick as tar, just as black and loaded with caffeine and alcohol – I half-expected this one to a heavy hitter as well. However, I was surprised to find it was much the opposite. In addition to being 5% alc/vol, lower in gravity and with no caffeine to speak of, the Heroica is pretty light as stouts go.

Appearance: Molasses dark, slightly transparent, low foam and good carbonation
Nose: Mild coffee and chocolate notes, roasted malts
Taste: Slight tang, light hint of espresso, tawny roasted malts and slight dose of crisp hops
Aftertaste: Mild coffee bitterness, relatively clean finish
Overall: 8/10

Not a bad installment, Steamworks! I wish I could get my hands on every item in your lineup, as there are a few there that fit with the theme of winter beers so perfectly! I guess I’ll have to be content with the half dozen beers that are available in my neck of the woods, and which have ranked 8 or higher in my reviews. Woe is me!

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