Tasting: July 14, 2012
Style: Oatmeal Stout (Imperial)
On the way home from our family vacation we made a few stops along the way. Our first stop was “The Green Dragon” in Ephrata, PA. It’s a regional flea market that is only open on Fridays — so, our timing was perfect. The kids worked over a vendor for some cheap Pokemon card packs (3 packs for $2 instead of the usual $4/pack). I suspect the vendor got the better deal as they were probably knock-offs. I enjoyed some Amish-made root beer and picked up a new cell phone cover for $5 – but that was all that came from our bargain conquest. Our second stop along the way was an antique shop in Adamstown called Olley Valley. My wife and I bought a bunch of stuff from Joel a long time ago in what was a different life. We were surprised to see the inventory he’d amassed and we were surprised to see the price tags (anyone been to a store that sells $80,000 antiques?) Our third and final stop was my most anticipated stop — Stoudt’s Black Angus for a bratwurst and then next door to the brewery for some beer to go. The brats were awesome — as great as I remember. The beer, well – we’ll see. Stoudts certainly have come a long way. I remember the days of limited offerings of simply Fest, Gold and Scarlet Lady.
Fat Dog Oatmeal Stout
Fat Dog Oatmeal Stout pours as dark as a cola with a roasted grain nose. First sip is a bit fizzy and I get a full palate of coffee notes. The fizziness does subside as I work my way through this bottle. There is that creaminess. Maybe not as much as other oatmeal stouts but just enough. The alcohol does shine through a bit much. Quick check, it’s 8.0%. Has all the components of a nice oatmeal stout with subtle complexities of dark fruits and cherries tucked behind that coffee dominance but it also has quite a few flaws. I’ll put it at 83 points.