It's still cold out there, and that means it's still the season for big, bold beers.
This week's beer of the week is Excelsior's Oar Lock Oat Stout, a seasonal offering from the brewery some 20 miles west of Minneapolis. It's a big beer in flavor, but a sessionable one in ABV. The roasted malts dominate the flavor, but it's also thick, sweet, and creamy, with a dark brown color and a nice head that settles semi-quickly. From appearances, it's a beer that is outwardly heavy and filling, but it has a lighter body that fits its alcohol content, making it easy to drink a few in a session or even to empty out the 750ml bottle it comes in.
We caught up with Excelsior's Sales and Marketing Director Ben Flattum to get some insight into the beer's origins.
Oar Locks are designed to keep boats rowing in a straight line without deviation. Our stout tries to encompass that with well-rounded balance, keeping everything in line and not veering too bitter or too malty. It pairs well with smoked meat (including the Duck "Ham" from our last beer dinner at Tavern 4 & 5) and rich chocolate-based desserts.