Total Score: 6.95/10
This is a new one for me from a brewer I’ve never heard of: Lobethal Bierhaus Chocolate Oatmeal Stout – they hail from South Australia, which apart from Coopers isn’t renowned for its craft beer scene, but who knows Louis? I think this could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship [insert walk off into a foggy night]. Seriously though I do like my Oatmeal Stouts – so this is a real tester for whether Lobethal has the right “stuff” for the discerning drinker in me [trapped inside layers of beer gut, screaming to get out but I won’t let him, muahahaha!].
Poured from a 330ml bottle into a nonic pint.
A: Presents an opaque [insert random brand name] cola coloured body with a generous wispy 1 inch tan head which soon recedes to a half centimetre on top. Looks a bit weak in the head department if I’m being honest [am I ever not?]. 6/10.
S: At least the aroma is bang on the money with vibrant sweet milk chocolate, vanilla and nutty/earthy characters. Not so much with dark roasted espresso characters, but they are needed not in a Sweet Stout of this calibre – balancing the sweet notes with a bitter/sour/dry foil becomes crucial here. 8/10.
T: Hits that chocolate/vanilla/nutty/earthy spot well, and as it turns out there is a hint of smoke too. As far as Oatmeal Stout/Sweet Stout flavours go this is one middle of the road yet tasty nonetheless affair with a classic Dry Stout finish to cap it off. Flavour is overall nothing “WOW! Megabucks!” nor is it also “Meh!”. 7/10.
M: Mouthfeel, for an Oatmeal Stout at least, is way too thin – mid to light bodied with a light/nearly flat carbonation. Compare this to the king of mouthfeels: Founders Breakfast Stout – and this is indeed, 5.8% ABV taken into account, lacking sorely. 5/10.
D: I’m sorry but after reviewing the awesome Hardtail Henry Oaked Stout from NZ brewer Panhead my taste buds have been ruined for Oatmeal Stouts. Yes, yes, I know there’s a bit of a difference between a 5.8% and a 8% ABV Oatmeal Stout, and we can’t always be drinking 8% ABV brews because some of us have to drive home after Soccer practice, but really: Fuck Soccer – a tasty brew like Hardtail is more important than being fit [Warning: Being fit is definitely more important than a tasty brew – disregard Doc’s advice on this matter]. 7/10.
Food match: Rich casserole/stews and crusty bread with this bad boy.