One benefit of the cold weather is that it allows us to break out the thick, dark, hearty beers that pair so well with the blithering, freezing cold. I love curling up in my recliner by the fire, with a good book and a locally brewed stout or porter. Even better if its barrel aged or imperial, to add just a touch of extra warming alcohol burn.
We here in Massachusetts reap the benefits of living in a climate where the brewers know how to blunt the absurdity of our weather with equally absurdly and awesome beers.
Wormtown Brewery's "Sweet Tats" stout is one such absurdly awesome beer. An oatmeal stout brewed with locally roasted coffee, cocoa nibs, and vanilla beans, this beer is an absolute must have in the fridge for the cold winter nights. I was fortunate enough to have my wife bring me home one from the brewery recently. We both agree that we need more of this beer in our fridge.
Wormtown Brewery, Worcester, MA
Sweet Tats pours thick and black as night, with a strong, stubborn, tight two inch tan head that refuses to quit. Awesome head retention on this beer.
Fresh roasted coffee beans and vanilla aromas immediately present themselves for your approval, the vanilla very mild, the coffee slightly more pronounced. It is great.
Mouthfeel is soft yet full and creamy and super smooth. Superb body and perfect weight and carbonation. It's positively luscious.
Malty as all get out on first sip, with the malts, coffee and vanilla all playing on the palette. There's a nice balance here, and the 9% alcohol content is hidden well, with only a slight alcohol warmth on the finish betraying it's presence. My impression here? Put it this way, in my notes, I wrote this under taste- "WOW".
Sweet Tats is about as perfectly executed a beer as I've ever had. The coffee and vanilla combo work better here than I've ever experienced before- both are actually noticeable and contribute in a meaningful way to the flavor profile, something I rarely find when vanilla is involved.
Find this beer, open it, and enjoy it. Cheers!