Friday, February 13, 2015

Sand Creek Oscar's Chocolate Oatmeal Stout Review

Name: Sand Creek Oscar's Chocolate Oatmeal Stout
Style: Oatmeal Stout
ABV: 5.6%

A new brewery makes its way to my blog today, and that would be Sand Creek Brewing straight out of Black River Falls, WI. For this review, I have Oscar's Chocolate Oatmeal Stout. I'm going to assume that Oscar is the black bear on the label that is leering back at the cameraman.

Here's the kicker, the brewery makes it known this beer from Wisconsin by putting on both the label and the bottle cap "Real Wisconsin Beer." At least we know this stuff is authentic and not from some contract brewery in say.....Colorado.

Appearance - It pours a pitch black color with some minor bubbles clinging to the side of the glass. The khaki-colored head is nice and pillowy but not really much in terms of carbonation.

Aroma - Right away I'm getting some strong roasted barley and rich oatmeal notes. There's also some rich chocolate maltiness as well along with some minor creamy lactose notes. The nose does become richer the more it warms up.

Flavor - Upfront I'm getting some prominent roasted barley and oatmeal notes. Followed up by this is some chocolate malts and very light lactose notes. There is also some slight bitter hoppiness in here too but it doesn't show up until the very end.

Though I would've preferred the palate to be a bit smoother, this is a pretty solid oatmeal stout nevertheless. It's got a nice flavor and is perfect for the winter or any time of the year for that matter

Sand Creek Oscar's Chocolate Oatmeal Stout - 8.5/10

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