Millstream (Iowa) Black Road (Oatmeal) Stout is 6.7 ABV and pours jet black. The nose is roasty malt which leads into the taste, smooth roasted oatmeal malt with the expected notes of coffee and chocolate. Mouthfeel and texture are creamy and smooth with moderate carbonation. This is a very solid Oatmeal Stout but the variety has some really strong heavy hitters. This one is good and well drinkable but nothing memorable.
Traditional brewing produces a wonderful blend of smooth, rich & satisfying flavours from chocolate & crystal malts combined with a crisp, refreshing bitterness from Styrian, Goldings and Fuggles hops.
Firestone Walker Velvet Merlin is a 5.5 ABV Oatmeal Stout. The appearance is blackish with a roasted malt nose. The palate is smooth and mellow oatmeal malt with those roasted chocolate coffee stout notes. The mouthfeel is pleasant and creamy and only enhances as it warms. At 5.5% Velvet Merlin is relatively light on the alcohol and dry on the finish so it's ultimately drinkable yet has such nice texture and depth of character. Definitely one to try.