What we have here is Four Peaks Oatmeal Stout and let me tell you – it’s a perfect pairing for summer. Do not – I repeat – DO NOT let this luxurious head on this beautiful beer fool you!
But, but, but – it’s too HOT outside to have such a thick, creamy beer!
Au contraire, mon frère (ou ma Soeur)!
The Oatmeal Stout is most certainly the perfect pair for summer. Often paired with desserts or considered a “breakfast beer”, this light-weight stout weighs in a 5.2% ABV. An alcohol by volume (ABV) percentage that is right in line with Four Peaks Sunbru. It has a beautiful dark, inky black hue and smells of roasty-toasty, malty goodness. It glides across your tongue with smooth, sensual, elegant grace and finishes clean yet leaves you wanting more.
This beer has all the complexity of a fine, sexy California Syrah and drinks as such. The Oatmeal Stout is perfectly sessionable and refreshing without weighing you down – complex but not overwhelming.
Dating back to the mid- to late 1800’s, this style evolved out of the necessity of nourishment as adding oats was thought to make the beer “healthier”. It was considered “table beer” and a remedy of sorts and was often prescribed to nursing mothers and ill children. This style of beer is often sweeter than its drier Stout counterpart but not because of the addition of oats, but due to the increased amount of malts used in addition to yeast strains that don’t consume too much of the sugar.
Absolutely pair Four Peaks Oatmeal Stout with tiramisu or enjoy in an Oatmeal Stout Milkshake but also pair it with a bean burrito, beet salad, garlic-roasted tenderloin, beef short ribs, a burger, an oyster on the half shell or even with brunch.
You heard it here, Arizona – when looking for a light viscosity beer, consider a beer a bit darker in hue but still packed with flavor and brewed right here in Arizona. Four Peaks Oatmeal Stout is available at Four Peaks Brewery in Tempe and Four Peaks Tap & Grill in Scottsdale but it is also available at several fine craft beer bar establishments like FilmBar Phoenix and Red White & Brew.
Which brewery brews your favorite Oatmeal Stout? What do you enjoy pairing with it?