Southern Tier Oat

Welcome to Beers ‘N’ Books!  The name is self explanatory, so let’s get down to reviewing a beer.  That’s why you’re here, isn’t it? ISN’T IT?

For years I’ve been digging some great stouts.  Milk Stout, Imperial Stout, a Guinness.  They’re all great.  But my favorite, the granddaddy of them all is the Oatmeal Stout.

And Southern Tier has come up with a doozy with Oat.  Oatmeal Stouts always strike me as a classy beer.  The kind of beer James Bond’s villains would offer Bond before spilling their plans for world domination.  (I’m pretty sure that’s why they always spill their plans.  They have a damned good buzz and no filter when they talk.)

Southern Tier’s Oat is black.  Black like the depths of the ocean only James Cameron has seen–and tells us about… incessantly.  It looks great in a tulip glass and even better in my belly.

The beer isn’t too heavy and doesn’t give off much of a head.  After a pour, it sits waiting to be enjoyed.  The first taste is a sweetness which levels off into a crisp bitter end.  It’s like the perfect passive aggressive compliment.  One the person who receives it smiles about until they figured out what it really means two hours later.

This is the kind of beer you sip and enjoy slowly.  One that you sit back with and let warm a bit in your hands, so you can get the entire flavor.  The alcohol rings in at 11%, but you never really taste it.  In fact, you don’t even feel it… Well, until you stand up.  Each taste is more and more enjoyable, until suddenly the glass is empty and you’re left with a slight buzz and an urge to search out a cookie.

Speaking of cookies, it’s a great beer to match with a dessert.  Goes great with chocolate.

Southern Tier has put together a winner here.  It’s available in 750 ML bottles.

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