American Brewery Caboose Oatmeal Stout
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By: Chasse Gunter
I thought for this review I’d try a few new things—which was one of my many long neglected New Year’s resolutions. I picked a beer that was not my style of choice and I tasted and wrote about it from home (as opposed to at the bar). I’m not saying I’ve never drank or wrote at home, but I had never wrote about what I drank at home. Yeah, that one’s a little bit of a long shot—but hey—resolutions are hard. Though it probably doesn’t matter much, for the integrity of the tasting process, I feel it’s necessary to note all possible “contaminates” from the environment and food during the tasting, so here they are: I watched Taxi Driver on the couch and ate peanut M&M’s that I found on my college campus—so if the review is contaminated by any outside force, know now that the accompanied flavors are from Robert De Niro and Mars Incorporated. The beer I chose was called the American Caboose Oatmeal Stout. Like I said, I don’t typically choose Stouts or Oatmeal, but this beer sounded appropriately American for Taxi Driver and there was an awesome, dare I say cute caboose on the label which sold me the rest of the way. Plus I have a beer buying anxiety which causes me to stare and pace for hours in even the smallest beer sections trying to make up my mind. When the frostbite kicks in or secret shoppers start to trail me, I freak out and grab the nearest and cheapest beer with the coolest label.
American Brewing Company is an infant microbrewery born in 2011 in Edmonds, Washington.
First Impression: I bought one of the 22 ouncers from the local Gross-Out (AKA Grocery Outlet). I had very nearly bought the American Blonde, but having already been with a blonde American once in my life, I decided against it—on account of my aforementioned neglected New Year’s resolution. As I’ve already said, my first impression was fear. These aren’t my usual go-to beer styles, but here goes something.