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Judge's Review: 93 Rating - Elbow Patches by The Virginia Beer Co.

February, 2018
Judges Rating: 
22 / 24
6 / 6
38 / 40
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.