Friday, May 8, 2015

Lineage Brewing Arm Bruiser American Oatmeal Stout (7/10)

Clintonville's Lineage Brewing created this American Oatmeal Stout, named Arm Bruiser.

As you can see in the image to the left, it pours a dark black color with beige head that lasts briefly.

The aroma is a mix of chocolate and coffee.

The flavor is that of a very well-made stout.  You'll find dark malt, coffee, chocolate, and enough hops bitterness to balance it all out.  It's not overly hoppy, overly sweet, or overly "anything".

Despite being rated at 47 IBUs, it's not any more bitter than a typical stout from any other brewer.

Although I like stouts, they're not my favorite beer style.  For that reason, Arm Bruiser rates only a 7 out of 10 for me.  While that doesn't sound very good, it's actually a pretty high rating from me for a stout - especially an "American" stout (which is usually so hoppy I dislike it).

You can currently find Arm Bruiser ONLY at the Lineage Brewing location at 2971 North High.  Lineage has said that they will periodically rotate through different beer styles and recipes, so stout fans will want to get there soon and let Lineage know you like it - so they'll keep it around.

At the time of this writing, it sells for $5 for a glass.  It's rated at 6.3% alcohol and 47 IBUs.

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