So what shall I do to help ease the passing of Halloween, and prepare for the dark snowy nights ahead? Well, I'm going to enjoy eating and drinking some oatmeal of course!
Yes, you read that right: drink some oatmeal.
But before I elaborate on that, allow me to indulge in a look at the label. Sorry, but this isn't instant oatmeal we're talking about. Regular oatmeal takes a bit of time to prepare, and enjoy- just like a good stout.
I find this label to be quite fascinating, actually. I love the darker greys and blues of the tornado, sky, and tidal wave- and how it contrasts with the striking crimson of the building. I especially love how it looks almost comic bookish in nature. To be honest, I could almost imagine the Quaker Oats guy fleeing from the building and running like they're in a "Godzilla" movie...
Townsite Brewing's Perfect Storm has a deep, and rich brown colour to it that tells you that it's got the same sort of fullness to it that oatmeal has. I loved that the head of foam- which it holds fairly well is a stormy, though lighter brown colour, rather than a creamy one. It's almost like whitecaps on a rough lake.
The first sip definitely let you know that oatmeal was an ingredient. Not that I'm complaining, since I do enjoy eating oatmeal. It has a very filling, soothing, winter morning feeling to it. You get that relaxing taste of oatmeal in the morning, and the kick of the stout in a wonderful blend. Each sip was slightly different. Sometimes it was more oatmealy, while other times that flavour was more of a subtle undertone. It was quite a pleasant experience, I found.
As I sipped away, my mind drifted off to memories of my Dad preparing oatmeal on the weekends when I was a kid: the blending of soft and rough textures, the warmth of it, the taste as it mixed with brown sugar, the soothing ritual of sitting down in the dark morning to get my day off to a healthy and tasty start before trekking out to tackle Elementary School.
Those are fond memories, and Townsite Brewing's Perfect Storm was a fond experience within the storm that is so far 2020. A Good.