Oatmeal Stout borrows from the best of the other stout styles. The oats add a creaminess and slight sweetness to the body and flavor of the beer, but it is not as thick and sweet as Foreign Extra Stout or high gravity like Russian Imperial Stout. Think of it as a dry stout with sophistication. The rich malt body, and nuances of toast, caramel, chocolate and coffee make it a great beer to linger over, and then have another. This beer is a perennial favorite of mine.
The award-winning recipes from Brewing Classic Styles by Jamil Zainasheff and John Palmer, prepared and assembled into ready-to-brew ingredient kits! These kits have been specially designed to be brewed at home on your kitchen stove with a minimum of equipment. Each kit comes with clear, illustrated brewing instructions for the general brewing process and step-by-step instructions for brewing that particular kit. The kits range from extract-only, to extract and steeping grains, to extract and partial mash and contain everything needed to brew 5 gallons of beer. All you need is a standard equipment kit from your local home brewing supply shop and a 5 gallon (20L) pot.