Saturday, 17 December 2016

Skinny Dippin' Stout

"Don't be the last one in!" is the motto of Skinny Dippin' Stout, an oatmeal stout from the underrated and extremely talented Gravenhurst, Ontario outfit, Sawdust City Brewing Co. At 5.5% and 35 IBUs, a  single 473mL can of this elixir won't have you peeling your clothes off, though it has a bit of heft.

SDS is an opaque, nearly black brew, with a tan head. It has a sincerely lovely aroma that mingles roasted malts, cocoa, oats, and molasses. The flavour isn't quite as rich, though it doesn't lack for depth either. The beer kicks of with malty and mocha elements, before adopting a slightly malty stance at its finish. Also creditable is the creamy mouthfeel.

Skinny Dippin' Stout is a nice effort--reminiscent, in some ways, of my very favourite oatmeal stout from Saint Ambroise, though with a bit more chocolate emphasis and a lot less bitter molasses. Really nice ale, though a bit more boldness couldn't have hurt.

Rating: 9.0 out of 10.

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