Thursday, May 19, 2011
Alcohol Content: 6.8%
Official Description from Brewer:
Obovoid - 1. An ovoid with the broad end toward the apex. 2. A fun word!
"Something tells us that you're going to love Obovoid Oak-Aged Oatmeal Stout. Perhaps it's the color - as dark as deep space. Or the aging on oak that adds an earthy character to its roasted notes. Maybe you crave the bittersweet chocolate finish derived from the abundance of black and chocolate malts. Or quite possibly the rich, smooth mouthfeel and creamy, off-white color head tickle your fancy. But most likely, it's the perfect blend of "all of the above" that makes Obovoid a stout lover's dream"
As we already know, Hoppin' Frog's B.O.R.I.S. was the impetus behind this blog. Therefore, when I am searching the shelves at WiseGuys for beers to celebrate American Craft Beer Week how could I not stop and stare at another oatmeal stout. The one oddity about Obovoid is that Boulder Beer Company limits the release of this beer from October-December. The date stamped on the bottle is January 18, 2011. Lying can be oh so delicious sometimes.
Obovoid poured perfectly. The color, as I'm sure you've noticed in the last three posts, is nice and dark and oh so beautiful. I promise I'll move to IPAs next week. In the meantime I am totally in love with this week's selections. Obovoid had a bold yet smooth aroma that is very inviting and keeps it's scent from start to finish. The roasted malt yields a chocolate and toffee note.
Once you take in Obovoid you need to let it linger in your mouth. The aroma and the warmth of your own breath bring out this intense flavor that is very velvety. The finish is intensely coffee however, which could be the only drawback in this beer. Much like B.O.R.I.S., Boulder ages this ale with oak. The R.I.P. and the Silk Porter from earlier in the week were not aged near oak and you can clearly tell the difference. Now, the earlier beers were porters and this is a stout, but this should make no difference. Porters can easily be aged in oak barrels. I'm saying oak should be the way to go in the future, but for the sake of keeping this blog going I will diversify.
Suggestion: Run to the Internet, go to Boulder Beer Company and find where you can land this brew. Drink away and enjoy aplenty. It was very smooth and very easy to drink. With the lower alcohol content it is easy to drink.
Value: $7.50 for a 22oz bottle. Obviously I appreciate the beer. The value, that's a different story. At only 6.8% ABV I am shocked for a stout. I'd rather buy a more potent beer for that amount.
Michelle Factor: Not applicable. Michelle refused to take a swig of this brew, with it looking and smelling like all the rest she didn't want to walk down a path that she's already taken. Needless to say, she'd probably not enjoy it.