This week's Sunday Night Suds looks at Saranac Oatmeal Stout.
The Oatmeal Stout is one of the two new beers in the Beers of Winter Mix box. Along with winter staples Seasons Best (reviewed here https://kosherbeers.blogspot.com/2009/05/sunday-night-suds-saranac-brown-ale.html) and Big Moose Ale (reviewed here https://kosherbeers.blogspot.com/2009/11/sunday-night-suds-saranac-big-moose-ale.html), Saranac has also introduced the Oatmeal Stout and Clouded Dream IPA.
The Oatmeal Stout style is one of my favorite winter beers but there have only been two which have been under kosher supervision (at least by my memory) - the Stockyard Oatmeal Stout (reviewed here https://kosherbeers.blogspot.com/2010/08/sunday-night-suds-stockyard-oatmeal.html ) and Blue Moon's Cappuccino Oatmeal Stout (reviewed here https://kosherbeers.blogspot.com/2015/12/sunday-night-suds-blue-moon-cappuccino.html) which has not been produced in recent years.
As explained by the gurus at BA:
The addition of oatmeal adds a smooth, rich body to the Oatmeal Stout. This beer style is dark brown to black in color. Roasted malt character is caramel-like and chocolate-like, and should be smooth and not bitter. Coffee-like roasted barley and malt aromas are prominent. This low- to medium-alcohol style is packed with darker malt flavors and a rich and oily body from oatmeal.
The Saranac Oatmeal Stout is true to form in color as it poured jet black with a bit of tan lacing which was still present an hour later. The stout character was there and I could taste a little bit of the oatmeal, but I wanted more. I did not pair this with dinner as Mrs KB and I had a program to attend after dinner and I did not have my brew until after we returned. But with three of each style in the box, there is a cholent waiting for this brew.
Saranac Oatmeal Stout is under the Kosher Supervision of the Va'ad of Detroit as is every other beer produced at the Matt Brewery plant in Utica, NY. Keep in mind, Saranac has begun to brew many different varieties off site, so check bottles for kosher certification from the Va'ad of Detroit.
To see what the experts on Beer Advocate think about the brew, please follow this link https://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/99/26619.
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