Brace yourselves for the cold. While the best remedy for the polar vortex is a roaring fire and several blankets, it’s perfectly alright to get a little help from the beer gods. Now is not the time for wheat beers and, heaven forbid, anything fruity. Nope, you need something substantial enough to hold up to the cold and keep you warm, something like the Oatmeal Stout from Schlafly.
The jet black stout is crowned with a large dark tan head that gives off a strong aroma that wafts from the glass and delivers a pleasing smell from even a foot or two away. There’s an undertone of roasted malt and sweet chocolate present, but the smell is much lighter than the color belies and is mostly dominated by soft oats. Coffee is much more at the forefront of the taste and is balanced by a tinge of hop bitterness and sweet oats. At 5.7% ABV it’s a solid winter warmer that’s not overly boozy. You’ll be able to enjoy a couple without becoming convinced that it’s totally a sane idea to go build a snow fort during the polar vortex and that’s a good thing.