Review: Switchback Brewing Company SOS | Craft Beer & Brewing

Style: Small Stout

ABV: 5.1 IBU: 28

87/100
Aroma: 11
Appearance: 3
Flavor: 16
Mouthfeel: 3

Switchback Brewing Company SOS

What the brewers say

New England oysters from Wood Mountain Fish turn this Irish-style stout into a celebration of smoke on the sea. Uses 76 percent smoked malt, but the oysters and roasted barley tame the intensity, turning this beer into a refreshing dry stout.

What our panel thought

Rich roasted stout body, fantastic round chocolate sweetness with a smoky finish that provides an impres-sion of bitterness for balance. A bit ashy on the finish, but not overwhelming. Not overly heavy, but still full-bodied and complex.

What our editors thought

Warm umami vanilla roast notes suggest significant age and maturity. The sip is similarly rich and confi-dent—a touch thin, but awash in low-key roast and bourbon notes that aren’t too sweet and aren’t too bit-ter—just right.

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