Elbow Patches

Virginia
United States
Elbow Patches by The Virginia Beer Co.
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
93
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20
Description 

Roasty, Creamy, Chocolatey. An Oatmeal Stout to be enjoyed with breakfast, lunch, dinner, or anytime in between. The use of flaked oats creates a smooth, velvety base that sets the stage for pronounced aromas reminiscent of chocolate and coffee. The surprising lack of astringent bitterness rounds out this dark beer's wide appeal.

Profile

ABV: 
6.2%
IBUs: 
26
Served at: 
45º
Hops: 
Northern Brewer
Malts: 
Two-Row, Chocolate, Roasted Barley, Crystal 30-37, Victory, Flaked Oats
Judges Review 
Pat Mulloy's picture
Judges Rating:
93
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

This beer smells like my last breakfast: fresh oatmeal, mild roast, traces of city roast coffee, a hint of nuts and a mild sweetness suggesting coffee and cream. The beer drops bright dark brown with light brown highlights around the edges kicking up a 1” dark tan blanket of foam with good retention. It drinks silky rich with a creaminess that has you coming back for more and a slight slickness from the oats. Oats and roast balance perfectly, seasoned with mild coffee and hints of toasted bread crust, dark dried fruit ending in a lingering mild roast coffee and creamy oat finish with a mildly astringent bitterness. This straddles the line between British and American Oatmeal stouts – not as fruity as the former nor as bitter as the latter establishing a place all its own - and a very fine place at that. You want to drink this beer for its balance of flavor and rich, luscious texture.