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Dirty Stop Out

Rating: 3.95

Amazingly only my third ever review of a Welsh beer now and what will be my first since sampling a bottle of Barry Island IPA back in January of 2014; the other being the bottle of Brains SA Gold that I picked up in Newcastle way back in September of 2012. It’s odd to think that despite being so close, very few Welsh beers seem to make it to Scotland but this particular offering is thankfully one that does; Tiny Rebel’s Dirty Stop Out smoked oatmeal stout. The beer is one that actually features in the updated version of the 1001 beers list, although not the version I’m working from but it’s always nice to try to pick up anything I know to be in the next edition when I get a chance. The bottle is one that I picked up on a recent visit to Whole Foods Market in Giffnock recently and is one that intrigued me given it is labelled as a smoked oat stout. Brewed in Newport since 2012, the beer will be the first from Tiny Rebel that I’ll have reviewed here but I do recall trying their Urban IPA a few years ago and from what I can recall, I found it to be quite a decent offering so hopefully this one is more of the same.


Appearance (4/5): Quite a deep, almost murky brown that has an opaque body and a foamy head that looks slightly creamy on the surface. The head is a tan brown colour and holds very well in the early going, there isn’t much movement really and touches of lace are left on the sides of the glass too. 4.25
Aroma (7/10): Opening with some roasted malts and toasted notes, some subtle oats and a milky aroma come through in the early going too. There was some coffee nearer the middle with a faint sweetness off of the malts as well before some earthy bitterness and faint chocolate smells start to appear. Towards the end there is some of the promised smoky notes and a little oak comes through alongside it that is reminiscent of a rauchbier at times, albeit not nearly as strong or overpowering.
Taste (8/10): Opening with some toasted malts and touches of toffee, the smoky flavours in this one comes through a little earlier this time around but again falls short of overpowering which I definitely appreciated. There as some oak and light chocolate sweetness with hints of coffee and oats. A couple of sugars sneak in around the middle and I got some earthy bitterness alongside hints of cocoa and roasted flavours nearer the end.
Palate (4/5): This one was quite a creamy, medium to full-bodied beer that was smoother than expected and had some nice smoky touches that were more pronounced with the taste but thankfully weren’t overdone. There was a few hints of sweetness from some toffee and chocolate as well as the couple of sugars making themselves known which definitely helped the balance of the beer and it was a pleasure to drink. Carbonation wise the beer sat about moderate to fine and there was quite a sharp, crisp feel to it nearer the end; great stuff.

Overall (17/20): Surprisingly good stuff from Tiny Rebel here, this one was a lot smoother and definitely more balanced than I’d anticipated when pouring the beer; I was fearful of the mention of it being ‘smoked’ on the label but it certainly wasn’t overdone. There was a few nice toasted malts opening things with touches of sugar and sweetness too, some toffee even featured before the smoky flavours started to show but they were subdued enough to make it an enjoyable beer throughout; great stuff and one that I’d have again.

Brewed In: Newport, Gwent Wales
Brewery: Tiny Rebel Brewing Co.
First Brewed: 2012
Type: Oatmeal Stout
Abv: 5.0%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: Whole Foods Market (Giffnock)
Price: £2.39

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