Daily beer project

Blackdog’s Chocolate Oatmeal Stout

Posted in American Craft Beer, Homebrew, Utah Beer by dailybeerproject on March 22, 2010

It was a great weekend from a beer drinking standpoint. Over the next couple of days, I’ll post reviews of the beers I sampled, but I’m going to do it in order of awesomeness, which happens to be reverse order of consumption.

First up, we have Blackdog’s Chocolate Oatmeal Stout. This is my friend’s home brewed beer, and finally brings to a close phase one of the project–I had committed to sample a home brew but never got around to it until now. After sampling the Captain Bastard’s, I was almost convinced that I didn’t really like stouts (the deliciousness of Guiness on tap notwithstanding). Then I went to Rooster’s and changed my mind. Then I sampled this and changed my mind even more. So what I think it comes down to is that there’s no particular style of beer that I dislike, there are just beers I like and beers I don’t. This home brew is definitely a beer I like.

Let’s start with the bottle. It came in a Grolsch bottle, with a little lever that I flipped to open the plastic top. Admit it, it’s more fun to open a bottle that has a unique top than just twisting or popping the top off. With a unique top, the beer has character before you even taste it (though if you bother with a unique top, the beer better be good enough to live up to it).

The pour was dark and kind of thick (in a good way), and the head had a darker tan color rather than the creamy color of a Guiness. It smelled awesome, and it tasted even more awesome. The flavor was complex yet balanced. And while alcohol content was around 8%, there was no harsh or bitter flavor as a result. This is the kind of beer where you drink one, and then just sit and smile contentedly for the next couple hours, contemplating the awesome delicousness of what you’ve just drunk.

Next up: Chimay Red

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  1. Blackdog said, on March 23, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    Thanks for the kind words. I am still not sure about that beer. It is very different from the original batch that I made years back. It is smooth and it definitely has a bit of a kick. It was almost too smooth. Something just seems off to me.

    • dailybeerproject said, on March 24, 2010 at 11:03 pm

      I like the smoothness. If you need a home for any of it, you know where to find me. Thinking about picking up some Grolsch just so I can give you the bottles and increase your capacity.

  2. Chimay Red « Daily beer project said, on August 22, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    […] in by a wire cage, similar to a sparkling wine. Just as it was fun to flip the lever to open the Grolsch bottles for the stout, it was similarly amusing to pop the cork on the Chimay. And just like a sparkling wine, it bubbled […]

  3. Rictanica said, on April 30, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    Great blog. You never hear about Utah beers at all. I am a Utah homebrewer, and have to say the municiple water is perfect for stouts porters and dark lagers. I make a dry stout similar to epic’s 825 and my yellow beer drinking friends love the hell out of it. Doesn’t look like you’ve hit Desert Edge much. Try the Porter, not the smoked porter, had some sort of skiing reference. It is awesome.


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