Steve’s Beer Advent Calendar Day 5 – Red Velvet – Ballast Point Brewing

Day 5

The bottle encourages you to “pour with purpose. For the best experience turn upside down and pour quickly. ” Doing that you get a pretty lively white nitro head over a bright red beer. Moderately clear with suspended particles and fast bubbles.

The nose leads with a sharp red wine vinegar acidity followed by floral sweetness

The flavours are smooth and mellow as is the mouthfeel. The nitrogen and oatmeal make for a silky beer on the tongue. There is a mild fruity sweetness and a vanilla note.

Commercial Description:

This stout takes the cake.

Our Red Velvet oatmeal stout is a mind-bending beer. Like the cake that inspired it, the deep red color comes from beets, which add a rich, earthy character that complements the chocolate flavor and aroma. The foamy head of the nitro pour is our “icing”, adding a creamy smoothness to the mouthfeel. But this liquid dessert still finishes like a beer – not sweet, but just as satisfying.

Lusty Chocolate Oatmeal Stout – Moody Ales

From Moody Ales out of Port Moody comes their “Lusty Chocolate Oatmeal Stout”.  The beer pours a deep opaque brown colour with a brown head.  The aroma consists of chocolate, caramel, cookies, roasted malts and some mild roast.  The flavour is of chocolate, caramel, cookies, dark fruit, roasted malts and some mild bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.8% with an IBU of 38.  This one has the body more like a porter but is very tasty.  I am glad that this  beer has come back this year.

Commercial Description:  Some say the only ingredients in a beer should be barley, hops, yeast and water. We say, the more the merrier. The Lusty Chocolate Oatmeal Stout is brewed with chocolate malt and cocoa powder, then conditioned on cocoa nibs for an intense milk chocolate flavour. Oats contribute a baked oatmeal cookie aroma. A perfect treat right before bed.

Food pairing as per brewery:  Butter Pastries, Fruit-Based Desserts, Berries, Anything with Chocolate.

Into the Black Stout – Off The Rail Brewing

From Off The Rail Brewing in Vancouver comes their “Into the Black Stout” an Oatmeal Stout.  The beer pours an opaque black colour with a brown head.  The aroma consists of roasted malts, toasted oats, coffee, earth and some bitterness.  The flavour is of toasted oats, roasted malts, coffee, earth, hint of chocolate and bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 4.8% with an IBU of 36.  The Oatmeal Stout is a really nice refreshing style of beer and this one hit the spot tonight.

Commercial Description:  Smooth, rich, creamy and lots of roasty notes is how we describe our Oatmeal Stout. A mild hop bitterness with a touch of sweetness from the oats addition of the recipe. Like our Porter and Golden Cream Ale, poured from a creamer tap. 4.8%



Darkstar Oatmeal Stout – R&B Brewing (R and B Brewing)

From Vancouver BC’s R&B Brewing comes the “Darkstar Oatmeal Stout”.  The beer pours an opaque black with a brown head.  The aroma consists of roasted malts, chocolate, oatmeal and a sweet finish.  The flavour is of roasted malts, burnt coffee, chocolate, earth, smoke and a very mild bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 4.6% with an IBU of 18.  Just like my original review in 2012 I really enjoy this beer and would recommend it to anyone looking for a tasty stout.

Commercial Description:  R&B’s Dark Star Oatmeal Stout boasts a distinct roasted coffee flavour and cappuccino coloured head, and is completed with a complex chocolatey, malty bitterness. Dark Star is without a doubt our darkest beer, but its relatively high effervescence makes it surprisingly refreshing for a stout. Unquestionably our most involved malt blend, this dark and complex stout is brewed in memory of our late friend and employee, Jamie Kelly. (18 IBU, 4.6% ABV) Available in: -650 ml bottles at private and government liquor stores -Kegs in  20 L and 50L kegs through the brewery

Food pairing as per brewery:  BBQ, Grilled,Smoked meats, Oysters, Mexican mole,hearty Szechuan dishes.Chocolate or coffee based desserts.

Cheese pairing as per brewery:  Very buttery or well aged cheeses.


Electric Warrior Oatmeal Stout – Woodland Empire Ale Craft

From Woodland Empire Ale Craft out of Boise Idaho comes their “Electric Warrior ” Oatmeal Stout a beer that is about to hit shelves in Vancouver!  The beer pours an opaque black colour with a brown head.  The aroma consists of oatmeal, roasted malts, chocolate, earth and a sweet finish.  The flavour is of earth, smoke, coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, oatmeal, caramel and a mild bitterness in the finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.3% with an IBU of 25.  This is a very good stout that hits all the right notes to make a very smooth and enjoyable stout!

Commercial Description:  Welcome to the dark side of our year round line up. This smooth, silky stout is our take on the classic English style. Layers of chocolate, roast, and sweet, chewy caramel balanced by the subtle black-tea-like spice of UK Goldings hops are the reverberating chord of this sultry brew. “With my hat in my hand I’m a hungry man for you…”

Food pairing as per brewery:
Vegan – Shepherd’s pie, lentil-cauliflower sloppy joe
Omnivore – Shepherd’s pie poutine, double cheeseburger, aged Manchego, Atholl Brose