“An English seasonal variant of sweet stout, the liberal use of flaked oats adds a silky creaminess to the mouthfeel. To further enhance this effect our Stenner Creek Stout is often served on Nitrogen. Packed with notes of caramel, chocolate, and coffee this full-bodied beer is luscious, balanced, and extremely drinkable.” 6% ABV
Poured from a 22 oz bomber into my porter/stout glass. The color is solid black. A thin, light brown head is poured, which dissipates quickly and leaves little lacing. Some carbonation is visible in the glass.
Smokey malted barley, tobacco, coffee, and a hint of black licorice.
Medium bodied, on the thinner side for a stout. It goes down relatively easy, just light carbonation harshness. The initial flavor is of the slightly bittersweet and smokey malted barley/oats from the nose. Stenner Creek finishes moderately dry, with just the faintest amount of earthy hops, before giving way to a more traditional stout aftertaste of dark chocolate and coffee. It definitely improves as it warms, as more richness comes through at a higher temperature.
I picked up this bottle at Central Coast Brewing in San Luis Obispo on my Beer-cation last month. It was bottled on July 6th, making it less than a week old when I got it. It does have a bit of a unique flavor up front, as the smokey malt/pipe tobacco characteristics are predominant (instead of being a secondary or tertiary compliment, as in most stouts I’ve had). It comes together as a decent stout, which improves as it warms. I enjoyed it, but I don’t expect it to catapult this microbrewery into stardom. 7/10
Central Coast Brewing – San Luis Obispo, California