Oatmeal stout is a type of craft beer that has a dark color. Its hue ranges from darkish brown to flat black. That’s how dark this stout can be.
Given its color range, you can tell that it is very rich, but interestingly enough, oatmeal stout just like any other stouts may be very rich, but it’s also quite smooth. This makes it stand out from other stouts.
A lot of this has to do with the fact that oatmeal is added to the grain mix that makes this type of craft beer.
In terms of flavor, it’s quite wonderful because it has an unexpected flavor range. A lot of people are thrown off with the descriptions people have of the flavors they detect when they tilt back an iced-cold glass of oatmeal stout. Believe it or not, people say that it has notes of caramel and chocolate.
While you can taste the roasted barley and the aroma and flavor of the malt shine through, what’s phenomenal about this stout that sets it apart is bitterness. It’s not too bitter.
In fact, if you are going to measure it, it falls within 20–40 IBU or International Bitterness Units. All this translates to an alcohol by volume level of 3.8% to 6%.
If you’re excited about getting your hands on a bottle of this amazing craft beer, hold off for a second. Keep in mind that due to its dark and malty flavor, it’s not a good idea to use it in all your recipes.
If you want to use this amazing beer as a cooking beer, focus mostly on meat like pork, beef, and chicken. That’s where you can best put to use its amazing malty flavor and rich, smooth taste.
Of course, a lot of this is due to the fact that this beer is fairly high in sugar. Keep this in mind when mixing and matching tastes so you can get the recipes going.
Many people lose sight of this for they focus solely on how well this beer tastes when drunk by itself, but since you’re cooking with it, look at it in context.
It’s rich and smooth, and you can use this to either produce a glaze after you reduce the liquid, or you can use its caramel and chocolate notes as a flavor enhancer for different recipes.
Still, we’re presenting 15 amazing dinner recipes here that use oatmeal stout, either as a glaze or as a flavor enhancer.
Here’s a quick tip.
Feel free to reduce or increase the amount of oatmeal stout you use with these recipes until it meets your preference. Don’t think that you just have to overdo things and put in more oatmeal stout than needed.
It’s all about achieving the right flavor balance as well as achieving the right type of glaze. Keep this in mind because you are dealing with a liquid that has a very rich body.
It tastes really great and the alcohol will boil off, but you want to maximize its flavor to fully complement the flavor, aroma, and texture of the dishes that you are cooking it with.
- Guinness & Honey Glazed Pork loin – roasted Pork Loin with Guinness and Honey Glaze
- Stout-braised Steak with chips- stout marinated beef cheeks, and slow cooked in the oven with stock and herbs.
- Beer-Braised Beef Cheek with pearl barley risotto, malted onions and ale sauce.
- Highland Beef with Pickled Walnuts and Puff Pastry –
- Beer-Battered Pollock Bites- fried fish with beer batter
- Onion Soup- a reinvented dish using dark beer instead of white wine. And topping with Lincolnshire poacher croutons.
- Beef & Stout Stew with carrots- traditional Beef stew using oatmeal stout and beef stock to get the tasty flavors.
- Oatmeal Stout-braised Pork Daube
- Pork Medallions with Oatmeal Stout – oatmeal stout marinated pork medallions served with sweet potatoes and mustard greens.
- Easy Stout Beer Chili- traditional chili but with added stout for a richer flavor
- Slow Cooker Stout Pulled Pork – slow cooked pork shoulder with stout, orange juice and chicken stock cooked for 6-10 hours, and shredded. This is perfect for pulled-pork sandwiches, tacos, sliders and casseroles.
- Steak with Stout Sauce- NY strip steaks with gravy/ sauce made with reduced beef broth and stout.
- Bangers and Mash with Stout Onion Gravy – banger sausages and mashed potatoes topped with stout gravy and caramelized onions.
- Oatmeal Stout Beef Pot Pie – chunks of beef chuck roast, mushrooms, carrots, parsnips, potatoes, and greens and topped with a homemade puff pastry.
- Vegan Stout, Seitan and cabbage casserole – baked cabbage with carrots, seitan and a stout based sauce.
The Final Word
As you can tell from the recommendations above, you need to work with stout’s richness to help complement as well as bring out the distinct flavor and texture combinations in the dishes you’re preparing with it. Think of stout not as yet another ingredient you add to the mix to add flavor. Instead, think of it as a team member you’re adding on that has its own distinct personality. This way, you fully bring out its best.