Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Captain Rude's Blackwater Stout

Captain Rude's 
Blackwater Stout

Swashbuckler Brewing Co.
PA RenFaire

Manheim, PA

English Oatmeal Stout

Well this week’s grower is the Swashbuckler Oatmeal Stout.

Pours totally opaque “Stout Black” with a very rich tan head. Looks like the head will stick around for a while.

Nice stout aromas on the nose. Very sweet dark roasted malts, chocolate, nutty aromas with maybe even a little vanilla. There is just a hint of hops.

Hmm, Interesting first taste, not quite what I expected. I was taken a little off guard. From the nose I was expecting a sweet roasted malt start and when I didn’t get that it through me off for the rest of the taste. Sorry let me try this again.

The start is roasted malt for sure but not sweet it’s strong dark malt almost bitter then a little sweetness and finally a very rich malt bitterness not a hoppy bitterness a very rich roasted almost charred or burnt flavor. And you are left with that classic lingering roasted malt flavor that has just coated your tongue.

The head has diminished to just a thin film on top of the beer with a nice ring around the top of the glass. It is also leaving some nice lacing on the glass.

Well the more I drink this the more I like it. Maybe I’m just getting use to the rich roasted malts. The beer is now at 65 degrees and it’s getting smoother with every sip.

Well the second glass is even better. It’s still a little harsher then I remember it to be from a tasting in May. There is a very intense malt flavor in this beer. It is actually similar to several of the malty tastes from other beers from this brewery. I just don’t know enough about this to identify what this is. I’ve been thinking it’s the roasted English malts but I really don’t know, yet.

The third was even better. Even the last bit that was at room temperature was still pretty good.

I am enjoying this but I’m not going to rate it. I don’t think this grower is a fair sampling of this beer. This is a very robust stout but I don’t remember it being this robust at their beer tasting back in May.

If you at the Pa RenFaire and you like a robust stout stop by the Swashbuckler for a fresh pint of Captain Rude's Blackwater Stout.

1 comment:

  1. Posted a little out of order, this was actually Monday’s beer. Didn’t want Missy to get worried about me.