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Java Head by Troegs Brewing Company

Onwards we roll to 365 and in that pursuit I would like to introduce beer #241, Java Head by Troegs Brewing Company.  Troegs brews in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.  This Oatmeal Stout has an ABV of 7.5%.  Of note on the bottle it mentions this is brewed with coffee beans…hence the Java in the name.

I had a Troegs pint glass, so into it went this black brew with a nice light brown head that left beautiful lacing on the glass.  The nose reminded me of a iced-coffee with a nice smoky earthy thing going on.  There was a bit of a distant cocoa aroma along with some vanilla.  I love coffee, so this smelled nice to me.  I took a sip and got those dark roasted coffee flavors up front…there was no mistaking that.  Towards the back end of this was a nice hoppy pine like flavor.  I didn’t get any chocolate in the taste but there was a vanilla sweetness here which complimented the dark roastiness of the coffee.  It had a medium body with lower amounts of carbonation.  It was smooth and creamy and very drinkable.  Alcohol?  Hidden nicely.

I liked it quite a bit, I wished I had another.  Good stuff from Troegs, especially if you dig coffee.  I must say, it is so nice to have good beer again.

Rating: B+

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Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout by Anderson Valley Brewing Company

Short and sweet today as real life is calling.

Beer #220 is Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout by Anderson Valley Brewing Company from Boonville, California.  This Oatmeal Stout has an ABV of 5.7%.

This was nice and black with a one finger width tan head.  The nose was roasted malts with chocolate and coffee.  The semi-sweet chocolate was up front in the taste with a nice compliment of roasted barley and a touch of vanilla.  It had a nice mocha-esque aftertaste.  The body was lighter than expected with low carbonation but there was a sort of crispness to it as well.  It wasn’t as creamy as I was expecting.

Overall I enjoyed this and thought it was a nice beer.  Cheers!

Rating: B

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Drake's Crude by Erie Brewing Company

Geez Louise it is hot and humid out today.  And for one of the few times in my life…I have nothing more to say.  Off to the beer…

Beer #192 is Drake’s Crude by Erie Brewing Company from Erie, Pennsylvannia.

Stats – Oatmeal Stout with an ABV of 6.9%
Appearance – Very dark brown, possibly black, no head
Nose – Light aromas of roasted malts, chocolate, slightly burnt smelling
Taste – Even lighter flavors, sweet & smoky, more coffee flavors than chocolate
Mouthfeel – Light body, low carbonation, almost watery

Man this went down like water.  Light in everything makes this an average beer for me.  I thought this would be a bad choice for the hot day but it wasn’t.  That being said…I didn’t want another but I did want something else to drink. Fire Rock Pale Ale fit the bill nicely.

Rating: C

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Oatmeal Stout by Blue Point Brewing Company

Off to New Brunswick we went to try a new place for lunch.  The George Street Ale House just opened its doors in January.  They have a nice selection of craft beer on tap and even more in bottles.  I figured why not have a nice pint and a burger to end the first quarter of my quest to drink 365.

Beer #91 is Oatmeal Stout by Blue Point Brewing Company.  This beer is an Oatmeal Stout with an ABV of 4.5% that is brewed on Long Island in the great state of New York, the Empire State.

The waitress delivered the beer to me in a Blue Point pint glass.  The stout was dark, almost black but not quite.  The head was small and tan and it left some nice residue on the glass as I drank it.  I took a whiff, the nose was very muted.  I could pick out some roasted malts and a bit of chocolate but that was about it.  I took a swig and was disappointed.  It had a very light coffee taste with just a bit of sweet roasted malts and not much of anything else.  I didn’t pick up the oatmeal or any of the chocolate I got in the nose.  The mouthfeel was light and watery with very little in the way of carbonation.  It was easy to drink but I wasn’t hankering for another.

This was an average Oatmeal Stout at best.  Breakfast Stout by Founders is a much, much better beer of this style.  This was a disappointing way to finish off the first quarter of my 365.  The food on the other hand was very good.

Rating: C

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The Poet by New Holland Brewing Company

Beer #46 is The Poet by New Holland Brewing Company.  This brew is an Oatmeal Stout with an ABV of 5.2%.  Stouts are yummy, if you like coffee, you will probably like stouts.  Oatmeal Stouts are brewed with, get this, oats.  Huh, who would have thunk it.  Oatmeal Stout for breakfast anyone?

The Poet had a nice deep dark brown color.  It sort of reminded me of a cola appearance wise.  There was a small tan head that dissipated quite quickly.  The smells consisted of coffee, chocolate and roasted malts.  Taste followed the nose, coffee was the dominating flavor with a roasted smoky ending.  One thing I didn’t get in either the nose or taste was oats.  I’m not quite sure I should have gotten them either since this was my first Oatmeal Stout, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect.  This was a nice smooth beer, a little lighter in the body then I would have guessed.  This was very drinkable, line ’em up and knock ’em back.

A pretty good brew is what this was.  I also liked the label, that raven (or is it a crow) is cool and creepy all at the same time.

Rating: B

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