Breckenridge Brewery Oatmeal Stout
What the brewers say
"It’s a bold, smooth-bodied concoction that oozes dark-roasted coffee aromas and flavors of espresso and semisweet chocolate. We round out these heady pleasures with a dose of flaked oatmeal for a creamy body and a semi-dry finish."
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Big hoppy nose—American hops—tries to mask the malt but the chocolate malt and roast sneak in around the edges. Over time, cocoa creeps in. Citrusy hops profile with hints of grapefruit is unique for an oatmeal stout.”
Flavor: “Intense hops flavors carry over from the aroma: pine, spice, pepper, catty. There’s a perceivable oat smoothness and depth that works well with the atypical hops flavors. Some bitter, burnt coffee notes. Hops bitterness is quite extreme for an oatmeal stout. There is some roast there, though, and the coffee smoothness is perhaps due to the oatmeal.”
Overall: “Borders on a black IPA—definitely on the creative side of the spectrum. Reminds me of a coffee orange creamsicle. Definitely unique, different, and creative. Hops outshine the stout character. Kudos for creativity.”