Liberty Brewing Co. – Darkest Days Oatmeal Stout (NZ)

darkestdays

I picked this one as it seemed a fitting title for the past couple of days i’ve had, having no power…. Darkest Days. It’s also rolling into stout weather so it seemed the perfect beer to stage my comeback after my brief absence.

Style: Oatmeal Stout

ABV: 6.0%

IBU: N/A

Pours:

Dark, dark, dark….. With a tanned coffee brown head.

On The Nose:

A surprising dried fruit/ bitter orange character coming though thanks to the hops addition. Sweet chocolate, espresso and fudge you wanna sink your teeth in to…

Palate:

Rich, velvety texture with lots of roasted malt, dark cocoa and a bitter espresso finish. A bit of the bitter/ candied orange comes through too.

Final Thoughts:

A really well balanced beer, the sweetness and bitterness interplay beautifully. Some surprising hop character up front on the nose, lots of candied orange and raisins. Rich, full body with velvet chocolate, espresso and roasted malt. Extremely well made, the 6.0% is not evident here at all. It’s a rich, smooth temptress…

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