Posted 2 weeks ago | Beer, Reviews, Virginia Beer

Brothers Local Roast

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Brothers Craft Brewing makes an oatmeal stout called Local Remedy. In order to brew their Local Roast, the company takes that stout and, as the Brothers’ website states, “add in a heap of coffee” from Richmond, VA Ironclad Coffee Roasters. Now, I don’t know if the brewery is brewing this oatmeal stout with the coffee or simply adding it in (as a liquid) during the process or after. What I can say is that this 5.3% ABV stout feels much to thin for the style which leads me to believe this is a possible blend of the original stout and that previously mentioned “heap of coffee.”

And it’s not just the body of Local Roast that feels a bit off. The flavors are rather muddled and don’t really come together that cleanly. There’s a solid roastiness through the aroma to the taste, but it still gets lost amongst strong grain notes and a good bit of earthiness. There’s a robustness that’s lacking here. That said, the coffee does impart a solid bitterness and a welcome nuttiness to the affair, but not sure that’s enough to make up for missing what I personally want in an oatmeal stout.

Local Roast isn’t a bad beer. It just doesn’t have what I personally expect from an oatmeal stout (with or without coffee). The body is too watery for the style and, while I enjoy the fairly raw and earthy character, it’s just not that flavorful of a beer. It certainly left me wanting something more.

Appearance

Local Roast pours an opaque black in color with a dense, pillowy cap of mocha brown foam. The head dropped slowly to a firm surface cover.

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