Songbird Oatmeal Stout is a 5% oatmeal stout from Brewery Songbird that is part of their winter range of beers. What makes it different from a regular stout is the addition of oatmeal during the mashing phase of the beer making process. Oatmeal stouts were popular in the middle of 20th century; however, they fell out of favour until Smith’s Brewery of Yorkshire brought it back in 1980. Songbird Oatmeal stout can be found in limited quantities in both bottles and on draft.
Songbird Oatmeal Stout Aroma and Taste
The last time I had an oatmeal stout was the Amaou Oatmeal Black effort and we all know how that went, right? A bomb in a bottle that exploded everywhere and has put me on edge now in fear of what oatmeal can do to a beer. It made sense to open up Songbird Oatmeal Stout over the sink but thankfully, there was no explosion or mass eruption of beer from the bottle. Instead a thick black beer poured out that was topped off by a meagre amount of tan-coloured head. The head dissipated to an oily layer on top of the beer and around the edge of the glass and produced a chocolate and raisin-like aroma along with a strong hit of coffee aroma.
Using oatmeal in the mash made Songbird Oatmeal Stout a very nice smooth beer to drink. Without using to many superlatives, one of the smoothest drinking beers I’ve had that made note-taking of it all the more difficult. Notes of chocolate and dried fruit were present as was a creaminess that I guess was due to the usage of the oatmeal. Along with those flavours was some roasted sweetness that was just at the right level – not too strong to make it cloying but not so subtle that it was a fluke. Songbird Oatmeal Stout finished off with a smooth bitter edge to that made me want more.
Songbird Oatmeal Stout One Line Review
Brewery Songbird have hit upon a good beer here and would recommend it to all.
Where to Buy Songbird Oatmeal Stout
Songbird Oatmeal Stout can be bought at the following places online:
I got my bottle from Liquors Hasegawa in Tokyo station.