Beer Review: Evolution Craft Brewing Roasty Oats

Hello again, Beers and Cheers! I don’t come in often enough to be considered a regular, but I definitely wander in every other week or so. Their taps rotate frequently, so I only see the occasional repeat on two back-to-back visits. Someday, I swear I’ll eat something there so I can review how their food stands up to their beer selection. I’m very much a “come for the growler fill, stay for a pint” kind of gal.

With a name like Roasty Oats, I had some pretty specific expectations for this beer from Evolution Craft Brewing. It pours so dark that it’s practically black with maybe one finger of short-lived tan head. This leaves a little bit of creamy lacing behind, but this slides down the glass fairly quickly; it’s not very clingy. It smells appropriately roasty with some notes of coffee in there as well. Unlike some porters or browns, there’s no hint of sweetness from the smell itself.

The taste is all roasted grain up front (good, that makes this an aptly-named beer) with the darkness of coffee and cocoa behind it. There’s maybe a tiny hint of sweetness on the rich, mapley side of things, but it’s mellow. I would definitely not call this a sweet beer by any stretch, but it’s not completely on the dry/bitter end of roasty, toasty stouts, either. It doesn’t suffer from the metallic taste that some stouts and porters seem to end up with. There’s a decent mouthfeel on this and, while it’s perhaps on the thin side, it’s not at all watery. I love my dark beers with a little bit of body to them and this one is generally fine.

Absolutely a well-balanced beer in my eyes. Five mugs out of five and I’d love to order another one of these in the future.

Review: Evolution Craft Brewing Company Lucky 7 Porter

Evolution Craft Brewing Company is based in Maryland, so I guess it’s local – but it would be about a two hours’ drive. I like a good road trip as much as anyone, but it would take a pretty special brew to get me to deal with I-95 traffic for very long. So I guess when I say that I want local beer, that I mean just a little more local than that. I’m spoiled. It’s true.

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Poured from a bottle (just a single, bought in a boil-your-own-six-pack setup) into a pint glass, it’s a an opaque red-brown color with a short, cream-colored head that slowly fizzles out. It does leave some nice lacing behind on the glass.

I deliberately let it warm up before drinking it because I really wanted to smell and taste it properly and really get something from it. I also warmed up my new apartment a little by watching Blues Brothers (one of my favorite movies) and by hanging my beer cap map – and, yes, I know a lot of those caps are in the wrong places; I just have too many east coast caps that are all vying for the same spots in the map.

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This nose on this porter is toasty, nutty, and filled with roasted malts. There’s notes of chocolate and coffee there as well. The first tastes are a bitter dark chocolate with very faint hints of sweet caramel. It’s a solid porter, though perhaps a little dry for my tastes.

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When I poured it, it looked like it was very carbonated, but it was a pretty smooth mouthfeel and easy to drink. With a moderate ABV of 5.8%, it could easily start a night (since it isn’t too strong-tasting) or easily finish it with its smooth flavor and dessert notes.