So, there is always a balance to enjoying a good stout or porter, right? If there’s too many “coffee” overtones, or too much “chocolate”, you may not like it, right? I mean with too much “stuff”, the beer stops being….well…. a beer. That’s one of the challenges of being a master brewer, right? You have to keep a beer a beer and then tweak it to give the craft beer lover a new experience that won’t assault the integrity of the beer. But when you get a good balance of, say, coffee flavor, malts, carbonation, the experience of a dark stout or porter can be just great.
So, what do you think about oatmeal? Oatmeal is one of those ingredients that people seem to love or hate. No middle ground. I know people who eat oatmeal every day and others who can’t stand it. I, for one, don’t eat oatmeal regularly, but do have it now or then. There was a time when I NEVER ate oatmeal. But then I discovered an oatmeal chocolate chip ice cream, and it is, today, one of my favorites. My point is, if you don’t enjoy one food or ingredient in one manner, you may end up liking it in another way.
What do you think of oatmeal in your beer?
Well craft beer lovers know that many porters or stouts or dark beers have had expressions of chocolate or coffee for some time now. And many craft breweries are “jazzing” old recipes up to give consumers a new taste or a twist on an old favorite. Here in South Florida, there are lots of great local breweries and tap rooms which offer stouts or porters with expressions of chocolate or coffee.
Consider trying oatmeal stouts. You may just be surprised, and you may find a stout that you enjoy. Yes, even if you would never, ever, eat oatmeal at home.
The Blue Moon limited release Cappuccino Oatmeal Stout was sampled by our tasting panel last evening. We enjoyed it. It’s big and heavy but no more so than other stouts. You certainly experience the flavor of the coffee or cappuccino and the oatmeal. The oatmeal is present but not overpowering. Well done.
Here at the West Palm Beach Brewery & Wine Vault, http://www.WestPalmBeer.com please look for stouts and porters along with a handful of IPA’s, and yet even more ales and pilsners, as we shoot for an April, 2017 opening. Thank you to everyone for all your support, encouragement and good advice and pointed commentary. Thank you for “liking” us on Facebook.