Oatmeal Stout Tasting Notes:
Appearance: Pours a midnight black with a billowing tan head, quickly dissipates leaving behind minimal lacing.
Smell: Notes of chocolate and roasted barley dominate, sweet vanilla and coffee are also present.
Taste: Silky smooth from the get go, big chocolate and mild roast flavors are met with a moderate hop bitterness. Finishes semi sweet with hints of cocoa and vanilla.
Mouthfeel: Smooth, silky and moderately carbonated. Slightly hoppier then expected but still plays well with the darker specialty grains.
Drinkability & Notes: I was planning on adding two unique flavor combinations to the secondary, hence the Oatmeal Stout 2 Ways however due to some logistical challenges as well as the beer tasting pretty awesome as is I decided to veer of course from my original plan.
For me this beer encapsulates my favorite aspects of an oatmeal stout, specifically that silky smooth texture and chocolate flavors. It has a great balance of flavors and hops that work in concert to round out a classic oatmeal stout.
Next I’ll be adding a dry hop of cocoa nibs, bourbon soaked vanilla beans, cinnamon sticks and some dried kung po peppers I grew this summer. Im going to start with 8 oz of cocoa nibs and the vanilla bean. As these flavors begin to reach their prime ill than add the cinnamon sticks and the Kung Po peppers.
Im pretty confident that this dry hop schedule should allow me to handle all of these moving flavor pieces in a civilized manner. Based upon how the base beer tastes and some preliminary testing I have done I think these additions are really going to complement as well as tranform this beer and potentially put it on the next level status.