Breckenridge Oatmeal Stout

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One of the downsides to drinking many great beers is that it can make the average beer seem less than average. I may taste a beer that works perfectly fine for one session, but I wouldn’t purchase it again. Does that make it the equivalent of Meister Brau? Probably not. There’s obviously a middle ground, and there is certainly a place for decent beers that don’t necessarily rise to the level of delicious (Heady Topper) or fall to the depths of some beers I won’t bother mentioning.

This brings me to the Breckenridge Oatmeal Stout. It’s a serviceable beer and had many of the attributes I’d look for in a delicous oatmeal stout. Vanilla, nuts, coffee, and cocoa all made an appearance in either smell or taste. The place I thought it fell down was the finish. The bitterness of the coffee & chocolate lingered on my palate and wasn’t rescued by any sort of sweetness or smoothness. Good enough to be good, but not great.

Taste: B. All the elements are there, it was pleasant enough to consume. The end is what left something to be desired.

Drinkability: B. It’d be tough to mark it lower considering that my glass was empty within 10 minutes. No ill effects either. You could easily have 2 or 3 of these in a sitting.

Vitals: 4.95% ABV. Served cool in a Fuller’s pint glass.

 

2 comments on “Breckenridge Oatmeal Stout

  1. Thanks for reviewing this one Chad. I would have totally been seduced by the label. Interesting thought on the downside of drinking all these great beers. Some of the new ones are bound to disappoint and/or not inspire. With that said it’s tough to compare a beer like this to something like Founders Breakfast. The ABV is about 1/2, so they’re intentionally trying to brew a sessionable stout. I think that’s admirable and wish more brewers would try to make less "dense" beers that cause me to stumble around after 12 oz. Good food for thought.

  2. Had similar thoughts about that re: the average beer.  I went into my most recent review knowing that the IPA I was trying had its work cut out for it. 

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