I am beginning to believe that tasting American craft beer is an art form unto itself. A persons mood can change from day to day and from hour to hour. There is no perfect mood that a person can be in to review beer. Ideally the person is in the same mood every time, has no outside stress, hasn’t had or doesn’t have a cold, hasn’t had a swing in weight, etc. All these changes can affect the way a person perceives a beer and thus the recommendations about the beer. We would like to think we can control and are unbiased, but let’s not kid ourselves.
I went into my tasting review of Fiddler Oatmeal Stout by Potosi Brewing Company with the enthusiasm that I had been brewing beer all afternoon which just leaves that taste in my mouth for a good old American craft beer. On the other hand, it left the skepticism of Snake Hollow IPA.
Simply: was this beer going to quench my American craft beer itch and do it well?
Fiddler Oatmeal Stout did exactly that: quenched my thirst and did it well. If the aroma could pick it up a notch or two, this stout would be really well balanced. In spite of the weak showing in the nose, it comes together well in the mouth with a slight creaminess which I would assume is from the oats. A beer Potosi should be proud of. Enjoy!
Aroma: 6, Taste: 8, Look: 9, Drinkability: 8, Overall: 7.7
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