Port Jeff Brewing Company Starboard Oatmeal Stout is a brew that has been on tap in their tasting room and at a few area locations, but they only recently began bottling it in 22 oz. bombers. We secured a few directly from the brewery shortly afterward. Having already enjoyed the beer on tap and cask we were ready to, in keeping with PJBC’s nautical theme, “dive into” the bottled version.
SOS pours opaque black with a sand colored creamy head that never rises too much and quickly settles into a slight ring around the edges of the glass. Lacing never truly becomes a part of the equation. Aroma-wise, this has a lot in common with a milk stout presenting a sweet creaminess to the imbiber. Notes of earth, grain and oatmeal in addition to mild roasted malts are packed in this brew as well. The scent actually comes off as smooth which incidentally is the way this brew felt too. Overall the beer is sweet with a creamy element to it and hints of roasted malt, some chocolate and faint accents of licorice. The real star here are the enjoyable notes of oatmeal as they really come through. The carbonation in this is very light, making the beer feel quite silky on the palate. A slightly bitter finish is welcome as it brings a some of balance to this beer which was crafted with brown sugar. The aftertaste brings back light lingering oatmeal, a milky-sweetness joining with the mildly roasted bitterness and a slight warming quality in the finish (due to its ample 9.2% abv) for a satisfying encore. Starboard Oatmeal Stout is a big beer which is packed with oatmeal flavor, a creamy sweetness and supported by roasted malts. The brew is smooth and drinkable but watch out the higher than average abv could sneak up on you. Perhaps that is why Port Jeff Brewing Company named this beer SOS, after a few of these you may need a rescue.
What Alicia Thinks:
I really liked the fact that you can actually taste subtle notes of oatmeal in this beer. In all the oatmeal stouts I have never tried, I’ve never actually been able to pick up that flavor. So that was a unique and new experience to have while tasting a beer. For a 9% abv, this is pretty easy to drink and the slightly bitter, dry finish makes you want to keep taking sips. It is not overly sweet but there are subtle vanilla hints that really balance out the flavor. For me, this was better after it warmed and sat out for a bit.
What Kevin Thinks:
SOS is a fairly sweet stout, has a high abv and is very smooth making it quite drinkable. The carbonation on this beer was low so at times it can be a bit slick on the tongue, leaving sweetness on the palate but there are some roasted characters and a slightly drying bitterness in the finish that brings some balance. I think this would be a nice brew to enjoy on a cold night, as we did when tasting it, but you have to be a fan of the sweet stout style. I agree with Alicia the oatmeal came through well in this brew and it certainly added to the mouthfeel as well. I again agree with Alicia that as this beer warmed it revealed more and became even more enjoyable. Port Jeff Brewing Company put together a good oatmeal stout here. For me this is a 7.5/10.
ABV: 9.2% IBU:? Color: Black Year: 2012 Brewery: Port Jeff Brewing Company
The Brewery Says:
Summer’s final ferry has departed from Port Jefferson Harbor, and colder weather is imminent. A suitable remedy for winter’s inevitable arrival? Starboard Oatmeal Stout. A luscious, velvet-smooth pour of sweet chocolate, roast, and comforting warmth, Starboard Oatmeal Stout is brewed with flaked oats, brown sugar, and raisins. Breakfast in a glass, basically. Dessert, too. Every meal, actually, and the perfect companion for contemplation near any serene winter landscape. Especially a shoreline.