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This winter has turned me into a totally different beer drinker. Typically, the dark, roasty, winter seasonals come out, and I continue to buy myself the heavily-hopped IPAs. But drinking beer is just like listening to music: You start trying things you typically wouldn’t pick out—and you start appreciating them.
After a winter full of big, sweet beers, however, I feel like I’ve been eating dessert for months. And this week’s seasonal, Breck Brewery’s Oatmeal Stout, is like sitting down with your own personal chocolate cake.
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Breathe in this dark beer, and you’ll get coffee and caramel notes. The flavor is very chocolatey as it washes through your mouth, where it leaves a thick, syrupy feel. Expect the roast of the oatmeal and bitter espresso to linger in your nose—a strong finish to a sweetly flavorful beer.