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5.8% ABV, Bottle

Appearance: Dark brown with a small head.
Aroma: Vanilla, caramel, chocolate and some roasted malt.
Taste: Chocolate quickly leads to some vanilla and caramel flavors. A bit of a burnt roast flavor towards the finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium to strong bodied.

For a stout with a relatively low ABV, Black River Oatmeal Stout certainly packs the flavor. With chocolate, vanilla and caramel flavors, Black River has some of the standard tastes associated with an oatmeal stout. But it’s surprisingly well-balanced, and you can taste each layer of flavor with each sip. A slightly burnt roast flavor comes through at the end, bringing a punch to the end of this great brew.

6.3% ABV, Draft

Appearance: Light to medium amber in color, low carbonation with virtually no head or lacing.
Aroma: Mild citrus and tropical fruit over a slightly grainy note.
Taste: Toasty malt forward, followed by fruity and resiny hop flavors.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, a bit dry on the palate with a strong but not overwhelmingly bitter finish.

KUA stands for Kalamazoo Urban Assault, which I guess has to do with X-TREME hops or something, I’m not really sure. Name aside, it’s not an X-TREME beer at all but rather a nicely balanced pale ale that melds a slightly toasty, slightly sweet malt profile with a good dollop of citrus and resiny hops. More carbonation would be nice, though I attribute the lack of foam to a kegging issue.