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Buffalo Sweat

November, 2015
Judges Rating: 
20 / 24
6 / 6
38 / 40
8 / 10
Overall Impression: 
16 / 20

This opaque, jet black beer begins with prominent roasted, chocolate, and burnt dark malt characters with a supporting toasted malt. The flavor continues with the dark malt focus with flavors of roasted, charred, and toasted malt with a subtle sweetness from lactose milk sugar and a silky smooth mouthfeel. No hops or esters obtrude the dark malt-focused aromas and flavors. A light bitterness allows the dark malts to continue to shine through in the finish with a lingering roasted and toasted malt character. The strong toasted malt provides a bit of a disjointed backdrop where brewers more typically choose caramel malt. The lactose sugar adequately balances the acidity of the dark malts but without being overdone, leaving this sweet Oatmeal Stout uniquely quaffable and quite enjoyable.