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Beer #124 – May 6, 2010: Wagner Valley Oatmeal Stout

July 5, 2010

Beer: Wagner Valley Oatmeal Stout

Brewery: Wagner Valley Brewery, Lodi, New York

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Serving Type: 12 oz bottle

Price: $8.99 / six-pack

Availability: Year-round

Glassware: Glass mug

Strength: 5.5% ABV (alcohol by volume)

Drinkability: Not bad, but a tangy flavor and relatively thin body make this less enjoyable than other oatmeal stouts I’ve tried recently.

Tasting Notes

Appearance: Deep espresso hue with moderate creamy tan head

Aroma: Roasted coffee and creme brûlée aroma

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body with a creamy carbonation

Taste: Initial raw sugar sweetness followed by a middle of roasted coffee and carob.  The finish has a tangy flavor reminiscent of sourdough along with notes of bitter coffee grinds.

Pairing: Flan, creme brûlée, or other creamy, caramel dessert.

Trivia: Wagner Valley started with a winery in 1979 in the Finger Lakes region of Upstate New York, a region renowned for its Rieslings and Ice Wines.  The brewery opened in 1997.

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