Friday, April 11, 2014

Everything about the packaging for Mountain State Brewing's Miner's Daughter Oatmeal Stout appealed to me. I don't spend a lot of time here praising labels, but I want to give this one its due. The artwork had an Appalachian motif that I liked a lot. It reminded me of some of my favorite music. Loretta Lynn's ubiquitous ode to a way of life almost certainly inspired the name of the stout, and those rugged miner's faces against the blood-red background brought to mind one of my favorite Johnny Cash songs. The font choices restated the theme. Everything about this label was homey and comforting to me.

The beer itself is pretty good. It pours jet black with a small but stubborn head that hangs around and leaves some lace. The aroma is mild, but there is coffee and malt and a little burnt bread. The body is far lighter than many oatmeal stouts, and the flavor is decent to pretty good. Rich sweet coffee notes give way to a bit of hop bitterness in the finish. This is comparable to the Stockyard oatmeal stout at Trader Joe's, which is also pretty good. Neither is as good as the oatmeal stouts by Samuel Smith, New Holland, or Rogue. But this price I'd drink it again, and enjoy that label again.