Another beer I had on cask at The J. Clyde yesterday. Always nice to be able to dip into two casks on one day. I was told that this was the Double Chocolate Oatmeal Porter aged with vanilla, so hopefully this is the right place to post this. Figured I would follow glid02's lead, assuming this was the right area. Served up in an imperial nonic pint glass.
A: This is a bit darker than the original offering I had a couple days before from the bottle. This seemed to be even more black, allowing even less light through. Still had a touch of dark garnet colors springing forth at the extreme edges when held to the light. The thick and foamy tan head had great retention and really created some nice foam lace on the glass as well. Basically, this went up a notch in grading due to the slightly darker color and the better head retention.
S: Smell was a lot better. The malts really come out and let you smell the sweet and roasted qualities. Coffee and chocolate are more pronounced along with a touch of toffee. The vanilla is there but not overpowering or crazy. The oatmeal is also more pronounced and really brings out a nice earthy, breakfast quality. I don't know what brought out more in the nose from this cask offering than the bottle, but everything is more pronounced and easier to smell. Very nice.
T: Taste is almost identical to the bottle offering, but it comes with just a nice addition of smooth vanilla that rounds out the flavors. Has all the qualities of my previous review :
Really nice, chunky oatmeal flavors come out first and foremost. Then there are some nice coffee and cream flavors. This tastes like breakfast. There is also on the finish a really nice milk chocolate flavor that really sits in the aftertaste. Very rich chocolate flavor.
All of this combined with that vanilla really comes together nicely and is incredibly enjoyable.
M: Medium in full in body that seems to be even more creamy than the regular offering. Nice coating thickness to it. ABV doesn't play a role at all it seems, just allows these nice sweet flavors to be enjoyed. Aftertaste is a bit of chocolate and vanilla flavors that are a pleasure to have sticking around.
D: Yet again, a really easy drinking beer. The added vanilla is something that really brings all the flavors together even more, and makes it very enjoyable to drink. This is a sweet beer and was perfect as my dessert. Just damned tasty and easy drinking. Would love to have some of this again. Really happy we decided to have a late lunch here.
Serving type: cask
Reviewed on: 02-23-2009 23:55:22
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