This rating is chalked up to poor keg stewardship. I was on vacation in Las Vegas and happened upon Yardhouse. Perhaps it was the glowing neon signs that drew me in. The Yardhouse's claim to fame is the many, many draft beer options, there were almost 100 to choose from. Before you get excited, it does not sound as good as you might think. Once you deduct the macros, imports, promiscuous crafts the selection thins out. It is a beer tickers dream, but a geek's nightmare. I chose the only seasonal: Goose Islands Matilda.
Matilda (Goose Island) =2/10
Ratebeer 3.62 96th percentile
Beer Advocate 89%
Despite the RB and BA love, I could not see the glory. The nose was light with sweet apricots, peaches and moonshine. The other needed bits were there: silky mouthfeel, warming but it was all a tad boring. The taste was a little flat of baby food apricots, honey and vaguely spicy hops/yeast. It all ended with a slick, slippery slide of apricots, peaches and re-swallowed vomit. Perhaps this keg had been sitting around for a while. Or maybe I should not benchmark it to Delirium.
Alcohol Content +1 7%
Other Belgian Strong Ale
Sunday, March 4, 2012
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Oatmeal Stockyard Stout
Ratebeer 3.33 84th percentile
Beer Advocate B+
This was another exclusive Trader Joe brew. Like all good stouts, the nose was full of dry roasted grains and coffee. The taste came through as expected with dry, bitter cocoa, roasted oatmeal and thin coffee. The black brew had ruby edges, minimal head retention and a medium mouthfeel that I thought was a little thin.
The ending was astringently dry with a quick touch of bitter cocoa. Quite a pleasant experience.
Alcohol Content 0 5%
It was not mentioned on the bottle, but it was easily guessed due to the lack of warmth.
This was a nice oatmeal stout, but I thought it was too dry and thin.
Ingame Enhancement +1
Still in Seattle and trying not to think about the possible history of my hotel room.
A decent oatmeal stout. It was very dry but still had a good dose of bitter chocolate and roasted oatmeal.
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