Wagner Valley Oatmeal Stout had been calling to me from my fridge for quite some time and last night seemed the perfect time to finally enjoy it. Any of you who read regularly know I’m a huge fan of stouts and, while not mind-blowing, this brew was no exception.
Appearance: Wagner Valley Oatmeal Stout poured thick and wicked dark, near black but more of a deep, dark raw umber. Its toasted tan head was only about a finger high but had great retention and poured so creamily I couldn’t wait for my first sip.
Aroma: Scents of coffee and bittersweet chocolate – actually very much like the raw cacao I tasted in Chicago, brought from Mexico by Rodolfo Andreu of Primus Cervezas – with roasted, malty oats.
Taste: Flavors of the dark, bittersweet chocolate really come through here, moreso than any other flavor I detected through the aroma. I also noticed what I can only describe as a sweet, milky flavor. A bitter dryness follows through in the finish, noticed mostly on the sides of my tongue and back of my throat.
Mouthfeel: Very creamy, despite lively carbonation, especially as it warms up a bit. The head remained thick and creamy from start to finish, too. Its medium to medium-full body was silky and very enjoyable.
Overall: Like I noted earlier, Wagner Valley’s isn’t a mind-blowing oatmeal stout but, as a stout lover, I enjoyed it very much and would definitely drink it again. At 5.5% ABV, this is a stout you can drink a few of without losing your head.
[techtags:BEER REVIEWS, WAGNER VALLEY, OATMEAL STOUT]