The Brewers: Adam Hellman & Ryan Dauss
This big ol' oatmeal stout was developed by two of our very own engineers, Adam (the creator and head brewer) and Ryan (co-captain and pro brewer) with inspiration derived from Adam’s favorite beer, Summit Brewing Company’s Oatmeal Stout. Was it the most popular beer on tap downstairs in the Spike brewery? Yes. Do we want them to make it again? 1000%. And now you guys can make it, too!
The Beer: Oatmeal Stout
One sip of this dark beer will cut off the sleeves to your flannel and grow a nice head of lettuce. The oats add a beautiful silky-smooth texture that will take your hand and lead you to the dance floor as the needle drops on Careless Whisper.
This Stout’s roasted malt balances out the silky texture from the oats like Hall meeting Oates at Temple! When the temperatures drop below freezing, this beer will motivate you to chop down a tree for some firewood. Then it will empty your mind while relaxing under a wool blanket by a roaring fire reading Hemingway or Watterson.
The Recipe: Spike Stout
- 7 lbs 2-Row
- 3.5 lbs Proximity Red
- 2.5 lbs Proximity Oat
- 1.5 lbs Proximity Crystal 30L
- 1 lbs Chocolate
- 0.5 lbs Proximity Roasted Barley Pale
- Boil Hops: 0.5 oz Nugget 0:60 min
- Boil Hops: 1 oz Fuggle 0:10 min
- Imperial Yeast Darkness A10
BATCH SIZE: 5 gal
MASH TEMP: 154 ºF
BOIL: 60 min
FERMENTATION: 68 ºF - 14 days
SYSTEM: Spike Solo
- We carbonated one keg with about 1.5 volumes of CO2 into solution using a carbonation keg lid that has a carbonation stone attached to it.
- Once there was approximately 1.5 volume of solution, we disconnected CO2, and hooked the keg up to beer gas (which is a mixture of 75% CO2 and 25% N2) for serving.
- Using a nitro tap faucet in our brewery, we were able to pour a silky, delicious oatmeal stout.
Adam Hellman & Ryan Dauss - Spike Brewing
Spike Summarizes: All Things Stout Beer
What Is Stout Beer?
Stout beer, known for its intense flavors and dark hues, is crafted with roasted malt or barley, hops, water, and yeast. With ABV percentages ranging from 4% to 10%, stouts come in black to deep brown shades and can taste sweet or bitter.
The flavor profiles vary greatly, with hints of coffee, chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, molasses, licorice, and oatmeal.
What Is the History of Stout Beer?
Travel back to the 1600s in England, where the stout story begins. Initially, "stout" simply referred to a robust, dark beer. Stout was originally the bolder cousin of porter, a popular dark beer brewed in London.
Fast forward to the 18th century, when stout beer became the talk of the town among Londoners. Taverns and pubs eagerly served this rich brew, and brewers dabbled in new ingredients and techniques to produce diverse styles.
The 19th century brought the rise of stout beer giants like Guinness, Mackeson, and Bass.
Today, stout beer is one of the most beloved beer styles worldwide. From traditional dry stouts to imperial, milk, oatmeal, and barrel-aged stouts, there's a stout for every beer aficionado.
What Do I Pair With Stout Beer?
Stout beer is an incredibly versatile and delightful beverage that can be savored in numerous ways. Sure, it's great on its own, but why stop there?
Food Pairings: A match made in heaven! Pair your stout with rich, savory dishes like a steak or a burger. Got a sweet tooth? Try chocolate cake or brownies. Stouts also play well with creamy dishes like macaroni and cheese – cutting through the richness and balancing the flavors.
Ingredient Boost: Transform your drinks! Add a stout shot to hot cocoa or coffee for a depth of flavor. Create lip-smacking cocktails like a Black and Tan (stout and pale ale) or a Black Russian (stout and vodka).
Cooking Companions: Stout's bold flavor adds a kick to your dishes, enhancing beef stew, chili, or even chocolate cake. Its tenderizing powers make it perfect for marinades and slow-cooked meals.
What are the Types of Stout Beer?
Imperial Stout is a powerful and intense stout beer made with a high percentage of roasted barley and hops.
This full-bodied beer has a deep, complex flavor profile, and its high alcohol content (8-12% ABV) is complemented by notes of coffee and dark chocolate.
Milk Stout, also known as Sweet Stout, is a creamy, sweet stout beer made with lactose sugar. This sugar contributes to the beer's distinct sweetness, body, and texture.
Dark in color with a mild roasted flavor, milk stouts are a great choice for a lighter beer or as an after-dinner drink or dessert accompaniment.
A stout beer with a smoky flavor derived from smoked malt used during brewing, Smoked Porter is a full-bodied beer with robust flavors of chocolate, coffee, and roasted nuts.
Pair it with barbeque, smoked meats, aged cheeses, chocolate cake, or brownies.
A unique stout beer aged in wooden barrels, Barrel-Aged Stout has a complex flavor profile and higher alcohol content than other stouts.
The aging process imparts flavors of oak, vanilla, and caramel, and the beer can be aged from six months to two years.
Featuring a unique flavor and texture profile from the addition of oats during the brewing process, Oatmeal Stout has a smooth, creamy mouthfeel and sweet, nutty flavor.
Ranging from sweet and malty to slightly roasted, it pairs well with a variety of dishes, from seafood to desserts.
Infused with coffee, Coffee Stout is a popular dark beer with a strong coffee aroma and flavor. Often enjoyed as an after-dinner drink or dessert accompaniment, it can also be enjoyed as an aperitif or a refreshing beer for a summer day.
A unique beer brewed with coffee, oatmeal, and chocolate, Breakfast Stout has a rich, bold flavor with a smooth, slightly sweet finish. Pair it with smoked meats, omelets, or other breakfast favorites, or enjoy it as a morning pick-me-up.
Chocolate Stout is a delightful take on stout beer, brewed with dark malts, cocoa powder, or chocolate for a rich, indulgent flavor. Often enjoyed with desserts or spicy dishes, this beer has a complex mix of sweet, roasted malts, dark chocolate, and hints of coffee.
Dry or Irish Stout
Originating in Ireland, Dry or Irish Stout is known for its dark color, dry roasted flavor, and low alcohol content, making it a perfect session beer. Roasted barley gives it its unique flavor and color. Served on nitro taps, this beer offers a creamy, smooth texture.
Pair it with grilled meats, fish, or salads, and enjoy a flavorful yet light beer experience.
What Kind of Beer Is a Stout?
A stout is a dark, full-bodied beer made with roasted malt or barley, hops, water, and yeast, featuring flavors like chocolate, coffee, roasted, smoky, and sweet notes. The alcohol content can range from 4-8% ABV, depending on the style.
Is Stout Beer a Dark Beer?
Yes, a stout is considered to be a dark beer, made with roasted malt or barley, hops, water, and yeast. It’s characterized by its full-bodied flavor.
Does Stout Have a Higher Alcohol Content?
Stout beer often has higher alcohol content than other beers, ranging from 4-8% ABV, depending on the style. Check the label to know the alcohol content of a specific beer.
What Is Another Name for Stout Beer?
Stout beer is also called "black beer," known for its full-bodied flavor profile with chocolate, coffee, roasted, smoky, and sweet notes.
Is Coffee Beer a Stout?
Coffee beer is a stout beer variety brewed with coffee beans, featuring flavors like chocolate, coffee, roasted, smoky, and sweet notes. Its alcohol content ranges from 4-8% ABV, depending on the style.