August 22, 2007

Colony Oatmeal Stout

Tonight I have another beer brought back from vacation, Colony Oatmeal Stout by the Millstream Brewing Company in Amana, IA. Technically Iíve had this beer before. The first time I drank it was two years ago in the Amana Colonies. It left a lasting impression on me; unfortunately you canít purchase it here in Rockford.

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It came in a brown 1-liter bottle with a ceramic Grolsch style stopper. There is a large green label with a picture of a red mill on it. In large red letters at the top is the name of the brewery; the name of the beer is incorporated in the bottom of the picture. There is a picture of a wheat stalk on each side of the mill.

It poured a dark obsidian color that was opaque; light did not pass through at all. A nice 3/4 inch tan head formed. The bubbles were large and dissipated quickly leaving only a ring around the edge of the glass and very minimal lacing.

There is a fragrant combination of chocolate, coffee and oat malts. The scent is almost that of a specialty coffee one would get at Starbucks. The scent is very appealing. It has a full flavored mix of oats and mocha with a hint of coffee accents. With a slight bitterness to the aftertaste, itís very appealing.

It has a creamy mouth feel that one should get with a stout. The body is somewhere between medium and full. Itís thicker than a medium bodied beer, but not quite a full bodied one. There is a perfect amount of carbonation for a stout.

Overall I really like this beer. Iíve been craving it off and on for the last two years. Iíve bragged about it to people and have gone out of my way to bring samples of it to those that I think would like it. Unfortunately it doesnít come in 12 oz bottles, at least not in the last couple of years. So after doing my review it pained me, but I had to dump the extra out. Itís not going to last in the container once the seal is broken. I truly love this beer and would recommend trying it if you ever get a chance.

Iím giving it a 7 out of 10.

Posted by Contagion in Alcohol at August 22, 2007 06:13 PM | TrackBack

I like that bottle and the stopper - very cool. That's the most I feel qualified to comment on about beer. *grin*

Posted by: Teresa at August 22, 2007 06:38 PM