Shot in the Dark Oatmeal Porter

California
United States
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
92
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20
Description 

This beer turns conventional wisdom on its head with five kinds of malt and rolled oats. This oatmeal porter pours pitch black into your glass and yields a thick brown head. You'll need a knife to cut through this one. Full bodied brew with strong chocolate and roasted malt flavor.

Pair with Oaxacan mole or a rich chocolate dessert such as dark chocolate truffle cake.

Profile

ABV: 
6.7%
IBUs: 
20
Served at: 
45° F
Hops: 
Fuggles
Malts: 
Oats, Carafa, Chocolate, Dark Crystal, Extra Dark Crystal
Judges Review 
Randy Scorby's picture
Judges Rating:
92
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

This porter pours black and opaque, with a monster brown, creamy head that is quite persistent. The aroma is moderately roasty and complex, supported by a chocolate, coffee and nutty malt character with a background earthy hop aroma. The flavor is bursting with malt, and like the aroma it has a dark roast coffee, bittersweet chocolate and nutty character with a light roast bringing up the rear. A light earthy hop flavor and medium hop bitterness emerge in the middle to linger into a dry finish. The hop bitterness grows slightly as it warms. The oatmeal contributes a complimentary nuttiness to the aroma and flavor, and creaminess to the mouthfeel that already displays a medium body and light alcohol warming. This is an enjoyable porter that has a layered and complex malt character.