On the docket: 16 oz. can of Evil Twin Brewing Co.’s No Hero
S: Frothy and full of a thick mass of bubbles, this one pours deep, deep walnut. Espresso-foam colored head lingers, long, before settling down to almost no head. Just a ring around the outside. Great lacing, sticky and lattice-like. Carbonation undetected.
A: Baker’s chocolate/cocoa powder, graininess, and just the slightest hint of cinnamon greets the nose. The hops are muted, letting the grain to the heavy lifting.
T: The chocolate comes through on the palate, too, as does a slight flavor of coffee. One may detect a dash of “cereal-ness,” the oats providing complexity in the flavor, not simply the feel. There’s an initial sweetness, but the beer dries about halfway through, finishing dry and roasty. Mild pine rounds out the finish, providing a balancing bitterness.
F: Velvety, smooth, fluffy. Creamy. Medium-heavy. It’s exactly what you should expect from an oatmeal stout.
O: While not made with crazy ingredients, this is what I want out of an oatmeal stout. And, a well-concealed 7% abv as well. Great choice on the format- pint cans. Like Velvet Merlin (and I do) but wants something a little heavier? Pick up a 4-pack of this guy. He doesn’t ask for praise or accolades. You might think he’s no hero, but you’d be wrong. He’s got greatness inside him.