Mill St. Old Fashioned Oatmeal Stout
This classic English style stout is a throwback to the mid 1800’s when oats were first added to this style in order to make them “nourishing” and were often prescribed to nursing mothers for that reason. English and Scottish breweries often made sweeter stouts than their Irish cousins and oatmeal stouts are a lot different from the classic dry Irish stouts like our Cobblestone. Oatmeal stouts are sweeter from the additional malts used (including caramel malt) and have a very silky texture from the small quantity of oats used in the mash. Our version is slightly drier than typical of this style but we make up for it by accentuating the apparent sweetness and smoothness of the beer by Nitrogen-charging it.
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.