Oatie-Wan Kenobi 4.5% ABV
My last brewery stop in Austin, TX was at Pinthouse Pizza. After consuming a delicious Mixed Greens Salad w/ Chicken and Jalapeno Ranch dressing drizzled on top (“A salad at a pizza place?” Yes, I’d been eating too much greasy food on my trip, needed something healthy.) and their award winning Batch 69 DIPA, I pulled out my laptop and browsed through a few fellow beer blogs. Pinthouse Pizza had free wifi available, making it easy to spend a few hours there.
I happened upon Literature and Libation’s 5th Anniversary post. I had never read any of his work. Not only was his post a satisfying enough read that I started following his blog, it inspired me to type out a review of my next brew.A WordPress blog post
I went back up to the bar and ordered the cleverly named Oatie-Wan Kenobi. It is a very enjoyable beer. It is reminiscent of the Stone Coffee Milk Stout. Though I prefer this one as my palate enjoys oatmeal stouts over the sweeter milk stouts. They both have the rewarding coffee flavor that I appreciate. The coffee flavor of Stone’s offering comes through more at the finish. This beer’s coffee flavor carries through from front to finish at just the right level.
Another similarity between the two is the lower ABV level. You could call them session coffee stouts. Upon seeing this beer on Pinthouse Pizza’s beer list chalkboard, I immediately wanted it. I choose to go with this as my second and final brew, though, because of the lower ABV. I did have to drive back to Houston later that evening after all.
The Oatie-Wan Kenobi is a full bodied, full flavored beer that is great for enjoying on its own. The flavor level grows with each sip and I fear I will be yearning for another glass by the time I reach the end of this one. We beer drinkers must learn to have the discipline and will power to hold off on that extra beer, especially when driving.
Lo though that beer beckons and calls my name, I must tell it “No, not today fine beer, one is enough of you, but fear not, soon I will imbibe you again.”
Addendum: In the next couple of weeks I will be providing reviews of all the breweries I hit up in Houston and Austin, with brewery tour info and some tasting notes. I’ll also be providing some words on the Big Brew Houston event that I had the privilege of attending.