Millstream Brewing Company - Colony Oatmeal Stout

Millstream Brewing Company - Colony Oatmeal Stout

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Country:

United States

Alcohol by Volume:

5.80%

Millstream Brewing Company - Colony Oatmeal Stout

  • Alcohol by Volume: 5.80%
  • Bottle Size: No
  • Int’l Bittering Units (IBUs): 22
  • Serving Temperature: 50-55° F
  • Suggested Glassware: Pint Glass or Mug
  • Malts: 2-Row Pale, Caramel, Chocolate, Flaked Oats, Munich, Roasted Barley, Black Malt, Red Wheat
  • Hops: Magnum, Glacier, Saaz
Eight different malts and grains come together to create this rich, black stout. Stouts are traditionally fermented using ale yeast. However, the folks at Millstream Brewing Company wanted to combine the smooth, clean, easy-drinking qualities of a lager beer with the rich flavor characteristics of a full-bodied stout, thus, we have their Colony Oatmeal “Stout Lager." Expect notes of plum, roasted coffee beans, milk chocolate, hints of figs and maple syrup. Finishes with an espresso and lemon peel fade, with the clean, smooth finish one expects from the lagering process. 10% of the grains used to brew this beer are oats, which contribute to the full-body, while the lager yeast makes for a very clean, crisp finish in this well-balanced stout. Awesome with steamed clams, and quite nice up against eggs Florentine.

Additional Tasting Notes:
After you've tried each of the Millstream beers independently, give this a shot: you've heard of a Black & Tan, but how about a Black & White? While it might sound crazy, adding Generations While Ale to an equal measure of Colony Oatmeal Stout is actually quite tasty. Start by pouring the stout, then, slowly & gently add the white ale. Don't expect them to stay layered like a true black & tan; nonetheless, the two complement one another nicely. Tart from the wit is balanced by roast from the stout, while the chocolate notes from the stout are enhanced by the citrus notes from the wit. Enjoy your first Black & White!
If ever there was a place long overdue for a new brewery, it was Amana, IA. Until the Millstream Brewing Company opened their doors in 1985, the area had not been graced by the presence of a brewery for over 100 years. Why it took that long to get a brewery going in Amana, we don't know. What we do know is that the Millstream Brewing Company, founded by brothers James and Dennis Roemig and Carroll F. Zuber, was born out of a love for the finest European ales & lagers and the will to brew great, handcrafted beers locally. Oh, another thing we know... 24 years after their beers hit the market, they just keep getting better! In 2001 the brewery was sold to its current owners, Chris Priebe and Teresa Albert. Master brewer Chris trained at the Siebel Institute of Brewing Technology, so rest assured, his brewing skills make the cut on paper... But hey, paper doesn't taste all that great, so get to the tasting notes below and pour a couple Millstream beers for the real proof. For more information about the brewery and scheduled tours, call (319) 622-3672 or check out their web site at www.millstreambrewing.com.
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