I racked the Chocolate Oatmeal Stout to secondary today. It tastes really good. The flavor is great and the beer is pretty smooth (hoping 2 weeks in secondary will smooth it out a bit more). There are 2 problems. The first is the color. It’s a little light. It’s more of a very deep brown, and not black enough. It’s also a little light in body. I’d call it an oatmeal brown ale, but it’s too dark, too heavy, and the flavor is stout-like. I guess it’s closer to a porter in body and color (though it’s even a little light in color for a porter. Anyway, lessons have been learned (even though I was given the recipe and ingredients by the guys at the homebrew shop).
It’s got a nice chocolate flavor to it, but not overwhelming. There are some roasted notes there as well. I’m hoping more will come out by the time it’s ready. I may consider adding a little more cocoa in about a week to give it a slightly more chocolatey flavor (Susan wanted more chocolate flavor than what’s there, though I think it’s nice). I also think I’m going to let this one condition in the bottles for 3 weeks before I refrigerate any to drink.
The fun part about this one was the cleanup. All the cocoa settled to the bottom of the bucket and expanded, leaving a thick layer of sludge that looked like a moist cow pie.
I plan on revisiting this one. I’ll probably brew it again in October or November to be ready for winter. I also think I might try it with more grain and less extract and do an actual partial mash rather than just 2.25 pounds of grain.
Final Gravity = 1.019
ABV is approximately 5.5%.