On deck tonight we have one of my favorite styles of beer; stout. In this case an oatmeal stout. While summer certainly isn’t stout weather, in my book stouts are a year-round beer and this one is no exception.
First of all, if you haven’t visited Alliance Brewing Company yet you are doing yourself a great disservice. They are just across the mighty Tennessee River in South Knoxville as you venture towards Ijams Nature Center from downtown. Great beer, great spot, great guys.
So, the beer. This one came in a crowler courtesy of my friend, and Alliance brewer extraordinaire, Adam Ingle. The beer pours dark, with some amber around the edges in the light with a nice head. The aroma is primarily a nice chocolate scent with just a little bit of grain. On the tongue a velvety chocolate flavor carried forth, cream, grain and finished with gentle bitterness. This beer lingers on the palate and at 5.5% ABV it doesn’t have to linger because it’s certainly easy drinking.
Final snobs: This beer checks all the boxes for an oatmeal stout and is very enjoyable. I’d definitely order this beer again and would hold it up as a great example for the style.