BREWER: St Brides Brewery, Dorset
VESSEL: 500ml bottle
Most of the time a beer consumer’s journey with each beer that they consume starts with the visual of the bottle or tin. Whether it be in a supermarket, bottle shop or in my case with St Brides Oatmeal Stout, an incredible farm shop named Washingpool in West Dorset, it all begins with the eyes glancing at the bottle.
Now, my eyes were drawn towards this bottle, mainly because I wondered just what on earth was going on with the label design. It’s not that I think it looks rubbish or that I don’t like it, I’m pretty indifferent to it to be honest, it’s just that I don’t get it. Oh well.
The next stop on the beer drinkers journey is the cracking open of their vessel and with that comes the first whiff of the brew. This Oatmeal Stout has a very light delicate nose. The actual notes that are picked up are of what should be typically robust aromas of liquorice and chocolate. But somehow with this beer they present themselves as soft and subtle. Pretty clever and certainly intriguing.
The beer consumer’s journey then continues to the pour and glance stage and this stout certainly got me thinking once again. There is quite high carbonation leading to a large and pronounced brown lid sitting on top of what can only be described as a bright black beer.
The final stop (which contains many mini journeys to be fair) is in the drinking of the beer…
The carbonation continues into the sipping of this Oatmeal Stout from St Brides, it’s not necessarily a bad thing but did come across a little fizzy for my liking. The lightness of the nose also transfers into the drinking here, it’s light and delicate with a good oaty finish accompanying soft coffee undertones.
Overall a solid beer from the smallest brewery in Dorset.
Jymi’s Rating: 68%
Sammy’s Rating: 78%
MUSE ON BOOZE RATING: 73%
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