Hobgoblin and an Oatmeal Stout

Hobgoblin

(Beer Advocate review)

overall: 3.75
appearance: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 3.5

Unfortunately this is an example of “I may not know if it’s art, but I know what I like.”
A nice color, a nice, creamy head, and a creamy feel without that oily feel that a lot of dark ales tend to have.
But I couldn’t quite pinpoint exact flavor or aroma notes. Some have said “caramel coffee,” and I could see that. There’s a sweetness to it that balances the bitterness. The aftertaste is mainly what has the coffee-like flavor, but it doesn’t last too long.
I found it more pleasant at a cool temperature. Not frigerator temperature, but definitely above room temp. Warm enough to bring out the creaminess but cool enough to temper the bitterness and “open” hoppiness. If that makes sense.

[ serving type: bottle ]

Samuel Smith’s Oatmeal Stout

(Beer Advocate review)

overall: 3.4
appearance: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 3.5

A beautiful pour, dark and opaque brown/black with a nutty brown head that’s reasonably thick and lasts a reasonable amount of time that leaves a nice lacing. It’s my second favorite looking beer.
I really couldn’t get much of a scent from it. I don’t think I’m experienced enough to really catch the notes yet. A deep deep inhale I can smell something, faint, and it’s nice, but I can’t place the spice or floral or what it is. It’s like a richness that’s right on the edge of perception.
The taste is not as sweet as I would have expected, but this was my first oatmeal stout. Didn’t know what to expect, but I like my Apple and Cinnimon Oatmeal breakfast, so I think I expected something sweet subconciously. *grin*
There’s a sharp bitterness, almost a burnt taste. Like what I would expect burnt oats to taste like. But it’s only slightly annoying. More interesting, actually.
I found I had to drink it a little colder than I normally like dark beers. Just under or at refridgerator temp. (What, about 50F I think?)

[ serving type: bottle ]