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.