Category Archives: Style: Oatmeal Stout

Big Elm Gerry Dog

Big Elm Gerry Dog

Happy New Year. Sorry I have not posted many beer reviews. I do not know how Lost keeps the pace or reviews up! Thankfully Lost still lets me contribute when I can. Tonight’s beer is Gerry Dog Stout from Big Elm Brewing which I am enjoying in my new CraftGeer pint glass. I had not heard of Big Elm Brewing until a fortuitous first visit to the Craft Beer Cellar in Newton MA.

Big Elm Gerry Dog

The Gerry Dog Stout comes in an attractive white can detailed with purple and black. The stout pours a dark that no light passes through. On this pour I got a 1 finger thick coffee ice cream colored head. The head dissipates pretty quickly leaving only an off white ring where the beer touches the glass. On the nose I get mostly roasted maltiness with a hint of liquorish and dark fruit (plum). On the first sip I taste malt, toffee, and a little more dark fruit with a hint of chocolate that is balanced by subtle hops. I also get some dryness that leaves me wanting more. The beer is on the thinner side with a short finish and not overly complex but it is very drinkable. The Gerry Dog Stout clocks in at 6.5% abv and works great for a cold night like tonight in Massaschusetts.

-Greg

Big Elm Gerry Dog

Buffalo Bill’s Blueberry Oatmeal Stout

So today’s St. Patrick’s Day, which doesn’t mean a whole heck of a lot in the Marcacci household. I’m about a decade past wearing green all day and being hammered by noon, and since I’ve never really been an Irish beer guy, I’m not even going to review an Irish beer. Guinness be dammed!

Instead, I’m going with the last brew left from my previous beer run, Buffalo Bill’s Blueberry Oatmeal Stout. Their Orange Blossom Cream Ale is one of my absolute favorite spring/summer beers, and I enjoyed my blueberry beer-reviewing binge a few years ago, so I figure I’m on the right path.

As per usual, Buffalo Bill comes correct with an Americana-style produce-looking label. The pour was mixed, with a great two finger foam head and very dark red color, but almost zero blueberry aroma. After letting it warm for a few minutes, I finally found a few hints of blueberries. One weird note to mention – there was a LOT of suspended sediment in the glass. I usually like this, but it was a bit too much for me and seemed a little gross.

Fortunately, the grossness factor was quickly washed away a the delicious combination of ripe blueberries and bready stout goodness. The blueberries came across quick and heavy, like biting into those perfect dark blue juicy berries you only get in summer. Yum. Toward the middle, the berries faded a bit into a bready oatmeal flavor, and I picked up some unexpected peppery notes.  The brew faded nicely into a combo aftertaste of roasted malts, faint blueberries, and a touch of bitterness, which rounded out the front’s sweetness.

Overall, this is a cool beer to try, but I think the flavor is a bit too rich to really have more than one or two. However, if you’re really into blueberry flavored brews, this is a great one to try because it comes across as ripe, not artificial.

PS – even though I was a curmudgeon in my open about St. Patty’s Day, here’s my best wishes to all the LIBA faithful out celebrating their heritage today (even those who are faking it). Erin go bragh!