Doctor Duvel

I'm like a sommelier, but for beer.

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Location: Upstate New York, United States

Favorite Beers: Orval, Samuel Smith, Duvel, Hennepin, Oude Gueze, Chimay, Dogfish Head, Anchor Steam, and anything made by Trappist monks.

Monday, May 02, 2005

Oatmeal Stout Tasting

Me vs. Sam Smith again, only this time it's the second, all-grain edition of the homebrew.

Appearance-wise, mine is a tiny bit deeper black with a slightly darker head. Neither head is anything to write home about, which goes with the territory (oats having some fat content).


Sam: Coffee, winey dryness. Warmer, a distinct creamy note is perceptible, like chocolate Hagen Daaz (sp?).
Me: Substantially fruitier. A little more toward chocolate than coffee. It's not better than Sam's but it's really sultry and intoxicatingly fruity. Less tightly focused, but nevertheless really interesting.


Sam: Lovely, focused chocolatey palate--dry, even ever so slightly sour in spots. Finish is fruity and lingering.

Me: Oily, rich palate. Chocolatey, slightly less dry than Sam's, but nowhere near cloying. Finish is fatter, swinging from cream and coffee toward butter and chocolate.

These are both pretty beautiful beers. I ought to investigate ways to touch up my grain bill to get a little more toward the tighter, coffee-er end, as I think I prefer that. Should ask that on a More Beer forum or something.


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