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Leapbeer Review #340 Red Racer Oatmeal Stout by Central City Brewing

Central City’s Red Racer brand garners a lot of attention with the BC beer geek elite. Many consider the Red Racer IPA to be the best IPA BC has to offer. They recently did a mixer pack of their Red Racer ESB, Red Racer Pale Ale and the Red Racer Stout (the beer I’m reviewing today)

Red Racer Stout is an oatmeal stout, adding a very gentle texture to the beer in the mouth. It is a jet black stout that builds a very tall head (see pic below). The aroma is thin, with a hint of milk chocolate and an almost nutty quality. It reminds me of almonds. The beer has a mild bitterness to it. It tastes very smooth and light, yet complex as well. Tastes a bit like cocoa and raw almonds. It’s a very sessionable stout at 4.2% ABV. Also this is a versatile stout. My wife and I used part of one can in our pot roast and infused the vegetables with stouty goodness.

Leapbeer #340 is Red Racer Oatmeal Stout by Central City Brewing

Stout by Red Racer (Central City Brewing) of Surrey BC

Stout by Red Racer (Central City Brewing) of Surrey BC

Brewery: Central City Brewing of Surrey BC
Size/ABV: 355ml Can/4.2% ABV
Availability: Unknown (I got mine in a Red Racer Mixer Pack)
GVMT Liquor Store in Courtenay
Website: http://www.centralcitybrewing.com/red_racer_oatmeal_stout.php
Other Reviews: Beer Advocate, Rate Beer

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Leapbeer Review #109 St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout

Tonight I sit down to a nice dark glass of yum. The St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout is a lovely representation of this style of beer. It comes in a perfect serving size (bottle filled my tulip glass no more no less). And its a 5.0% ABV making it a welcome ‘normal’ test beer. I wasn’t sure what made oatmeal stouts different from other stouts, so I went to good ol internets for the information. Wikipedia has quite the ream of info on their ‘Stout‘ page, but I like how beeradvocate puts it quite concisely.

“These are generally medium to full bodied stouts that have an unreal smoothness to them from the addition of oats to the mash. The oats not only add a lot of smoothness to the mouth feel but give a touch of sweetness that is unlike any other type of stout. Both levels of roasted flavor and hop character will vary.”

As they will tell you on their website, St-Ambroise uses 40% dark malts and roasted barley in this beer creating a deep black colour. You could say it is so black it could bend time (Mohr Stories ref). It smells of toffee and chocolate, and has a cafe au lait coloured foamy head on top. This has a lovely bitter afternote to accent the sweetness. You get all the roasted malts, but they are almost shocked with the finish. Instead of a lingering sweet your palate is refreshed. It feels weird to say this, however this is a fairly light stout. In flavour I mean. The way its balanced it doesn’t demand sipping. I don’t suggest slugging down your glass as quickly as you can. I’m just saying that if you wanted to quaff it down this goes down really easy. It doesn’t have the standard ‘syruppy mouthfeel’ you get from most stouts.

All in all this is a great beer. I look forward to another.

#109 is St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout.

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