- Style: Oatmeal Stout
- ABV: 5.10%
- Season: Year Round
- Ease to locate: Hit or miss. Distributed east of the Mississippi (Florida was only recently added.) Check this beer finder to see if any are near you
- Color: Very dark black brown color with hints of orange when held to a light
- Head: Three fingers with great lacing
- Aroma: Milk chocolate, roasted malts and a hint of bitter coffee. Not overly sweet
- Mouthfeel: Medium (I wish it was a bit creamier)
- Finish: Short with bitter, burnt coffee taste at the very end
- Food friendly: Hearty stews mainly. Cheese plate selection leans towards nutty and earthy such as Camembert or Fontina
I'm used to most breweries having a line of at least three year round beers rounded out nicely by a few seasonal offerings. As of last Sunday evening, or as I called it Big Bad Brewing Day, my own little homebrewing bar will have three separate beers under it's belt (a scotch ale, a Saison and a Stout.) So it's a little surprising to me that as of Monday morning, little old Second Story Brewing will have more beer styles available than Maine's Belfast Bay Brewing Co.
|I may brew more beers, but none of them have this fancy dancy tap handle|
Belfast Bay Brewing Co. is a brewery on the Maine/Canadian boarder town of Belfast Bay. It's considered the sixth largest brewery in Maine, but let's also consider that the state of Maine could fit comfortably in Illinois' top right pocket. According to the brewery's website, at one time the owner would bottle all of the beer himself. I've got to tell you, I think that sort of volume alone would settle the "to keg or bottle" debate once and for all for most homebrewers. It took my brother, P, and I about two hours to just bottle 45 of our Scotch Ale last May. Now multiply that by one hundred quadrillion (give or take.) Out of a total of eleven former beer offerings once produced by the brewery, they currently only distribute two beers that are available east of the Mississippi. Lobster Ale is a scaled back version of a New Brusnwick red ale. The other brew is McGovern's Oatmeal Stout. I recently slipped a bottle of the oatmeal stout into a make your own six pack because I'm always up for trying out a new stout or porter. And, um, maybe because I also kind of liked the boat on the label.
|Looks creamier than it tastes|
|Looks thick enough to hold a spoon, huh?|
I would serve this beer with normal stout friendly dishes, such as stew made with beef or game. The lingering bitterness on the finish and shallowness of the mouthfeel can make pairing the beer with anything delicate or complex very difficult. It wasn't a terrible beer by any means, but with so many other oatmeal stouts out there, why settle with a brew that is just OK?
And on that note, here's the Tom Brady joke I promised you earlier.
God is eating dinner alone. Peyton Manning approaches the table and God asks "What do you believe?"
Peyton says, "I believe in hard work, and in staying true to family and friends.”
God sees the goodness of Peyton and offers him a seat to his left.
Eli Manning walks up and God says, "What do you believe?"
Eli says, "I believe in your total goodness, love and generosity and that you have given all to mankind.”
God is greatly moved by Eli's eloquence, and offers him a seat to his right.
Finally, Tom Brady comes over to the table: "And you, Tom, what do you believe?"
Tom replies, "I believe you're in my seat.”