In the last few weeks, the Northwest has benefited from what this writer would like to call unusual Spring-like weather. From cloudless skies to visions of sunburned necks, it’s confirmed that Spring is here.
Unfortunately for those beer-minded this also means the end to darker-colored beers like Porters, Stouts, and Schwarz. But that doesn’t mean you are obligated to confirm your psychological avoidance to all things dark. Instead we wish to remind you about a beer we recently had from Widmer Brothers Brewing.
Widmer Brothers Oatmeal Porter (as the brewery has dubbed it) is one of those rare beers in the craft community, a beer made with oatmeal. Mind you this is not a beer completely composed of oatmeal. Instead Oatmeal Porter borrows some of the characteristics from oatmeal flakes, while maintaining that porter-like quality that everyone enjoys.
OUR OATMEAL PORTER BOASTS A SERIOUS MALT BACKBONE. PREMIUM PALE AND MUNICH MALTS, AND A CUSTOM OATMEAL ROAST CREATE A RICH FLAVOR DRENCHED IN THE VELVETY MOUTHFEEL OF TOASTED OATS AND DARK CHOCOLATE MALT. HINTS OF CARAMEL AND TOFFEE PROVIDE A TOUCH OF SWEETNESS AND THE PERFECT COMPLIMENT TO AN ENTICING MOCHA AROMA AND SMOOTH FINISH. PROST TO ROASTS!
You Should Try It. Paired with a Shepherd’s pie or as a dessert addition to a warm slice of banana bread, Oatmeal Porter should compliment those looking for something warm-inspiring.
Resting in the glass, Widmer Oatmeal Porter appears black as pitch, save for an underlying accent of burgundy-colored clarity near the bottom. Poured straight down, the beer forms a strong inch and a half of off-white head, before dissolving quickly, creating the appearance of wrecked lacing inside the glass.
Taking a quick inhale through my nostrils I detect notes of vanilla, toasted oats, and bitter chocolate.Sipping one gets the initial impression of toasted oats, caramel, and some creamy vanilla; before the mild chocolate qualities of a porter come through. Overall Oatmeal Porter has an underlying creaminess and there is a mild to medium weight as it rests on the tongue.
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About the photo’s author
Paul “Fruit Trees” Orchard, is an amateur craft beer enthusiast and amateur photographer. Throughout the many years in craft beer he is always carrying a camera (smartphone, digital, traditional) and is invites you to see that beer can also be exciting even if you can’t drink the photo.
In accordance with new FTC regulations regarding bloggers and endorsements, the aforementioned company has provided me a free sample that was used for research prior to writing this review.