Those of you familiar with the creations of Kees Bubberman should be learning that few of his beers are straightforward. If there is some way to put a twist, or add something interesting to a beer, chances are he will do it. As is the case with this beer.
Kees calls it his Oatmeal Breakfast Coffee Stout. The beer has a backbone of a pretty traditional stout. Roasted malt and toasted bread mingle with the coffee in the aroma, as this beer pours a dark brown, almost black colour, with a generous creamy off white head.
As a non-coffee drinker, I was expecting the coffee to be the most notable character. But I was surprised that the beer tastes initially quite sweet and certainly smooth and creamy (thanks to the oats).
Caramel, toffee, slightly burnt toast, and a moderate coffee hit mix on the palate. That early inviting sweetness disappears as the toasty and roasty notes develop, finishing pleasantly dry. Still not sure I’d want it for breakfast though!