ABT tap beer of the month, November 2016.
Cherry Oatmeal Sweet Stout.
For this enchanted Schwarzwalder Kirsch stout we made like Repunzel and let down our hair in Germany’s enchanted Black Forest. You know, the grim fairy-tale settings for Grimm Brother self-flagellation and fun? Well, those Black Forest fairies also know how to distill a mean sharp-nosed cherry liquor known as Schwarzwalder Kirsch. Dark and murky with a touch of vanilla and raison around the edges, this distinctive chilly weather sweet stout is best sipped in castles amongst cuckoo clocks. A tart, puckery fairy-tale capable of knocking the dirndl off of Sleeping Beauty, that girl Gretel and every wicked Grimm Gros- mutter every put to paper.
Dark brown to black in colour. Sweet stouts come in three main varieties - milk stout, oatmeal stout, and foreign stout. Milk stouts are made with the addition of lactose, and are sweet, low-alcohol brews. Oatmeal lends a smooth fullness of body to stouts, while foreign stouts are stronger (6.5-8% abv) and have a sweet malt profile and high esters. All of the sweet stouts are noted for their restrained roastiness in comparison with other stouts, and low hop levels.