Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Brown's Oatmeal Stout (NY)

Back in 1993, Garry and Kelly Brown had a vision to turn a 150 year-old warehouse on a then-blighted River Street in Troy into a fully operational craft brewery. Brown’s Brewing Company became an instant success. Their River Street Taproom in Troy, New York is a mainstay of the city of Troy. They’ve earned a number of awards over the years, including TAP New York’s 2008 Matthew Vassar Cup for the Best Brewery in Hudson Valley, as well as a Gold medal for their Pale Ale by the Culinary Institute of America. They also won prestigious World Beer Cup Gold and Silver Awards for their Oatmeal Stout and Whiskey Porter, respectively, and Metroland readers have voted them Best Brewpub in 2008 and 2009.
According to the Association of Brewers, the world’s finest Oatmeal Stout is brewed in Troy, NY by Brown’s Brewing Company. Brown’s Oatmeal Stout took home a Gold Medal at the World Beer Cup held in San Diego, April 2004.
There is no doubt this is an impressive beer. The beer was created with Two Row Pale, Black, Chocolate, Flaked Rolled Oats, Caramel, and Willamette hops. The ABV is 5.25%
The beer pours a deep, rich black, with a mocha colored thick head that seems to last a very long time. An impressive hang time, with nice lacing too boot. Lot’s of chocolate on the roast. The roast comes in second.  Full, smooth, creamy body. Oats and malt come through big. Nice roastiness. Good carbonation. Not a heavy beer, which makes it s you can have several without feeling overdone. A good drinking oatmeal stout.