“Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout” from Rogue Ales (Newport)

In the beginning there was toasted barley and oats, and clearly a splash of molasses somewhere along the line. But deeper down the glass, like the travails of a long-forgotten nineteenth-century storybook hero, mystical events were transpiring within my mouth. The mundane oatiness, once deceptively simple, turned to an amalgam of cocoa and rich wheat, growing more complex with each drink. Pleasantly bitter and a touch astringent on the tongue, the lively body retained its light character to the end. The molasses, though unsweetened, possessed a vague saltiness that seemed to compliment everything. And at only 6.1% ABV I don’t mind if I have another…

Grade: 9.5/10

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