Festa Brew Double Oatmeal Stout

Today was tasting day for my double oatmeal stout bottled just before New Year’s.  If you aren’t familiar with Festa Brew, their kits comes as 23L of all grain wort from a brewery in Ontario.  All that is left for you to do is pitch the yeast that comes with.  Below is the description from the Magnotta Brewery web site:

Festa Brew Double Oatmeal Stout

An opaque, full-bodied ebony ale. Moderate to high hop bitterness combines well with a pleasant roast malt character, subtle malt sweetness and slight hop flavour. The addition of two types of oats leads to a creamy, robust mouth-feel and full texture.

OG: 1.0545 – 1.0550, FG: 1.0196 – 1.0211, Yeast: Safbrew S-33, IBUs: 28

True to its description, the Festa Brew Oatmeal Stout poured a dark ebony with a light tan head that didn’t stick around for very long.  While the head was there, it did leave a nice lacing down the side of the glass.

  • Appearance:
    • opaque, ebony, tan head, nice lacing on the glass
  • Aromas:
    • toasted malt, hints of chocolate, coffee, slight hoppiness
  • Taste:
    • toasted malt, hint of coffee, noticeable hop bitterness on the finish
  • Feel:
    • smooth, possibly a bit over carbonated for a stout.

Even thought the mouth feel was smooth, it was not as smooth as I had hoped.  I think that had to do with the level of carbonation.  Next time I will ease up on the priming sugar at bottling time.  Overall Festa Brew Double Oatmeal Stout is a great brew that I will make in the future.

Festa Brew Double Oatmeal Stout

Festa Brew Double Oatmeal Stout (Please excuse the Guinness glass)

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2 thoughts on “Festa Brew Double Oatmeal Stout

  1. I am making the double oatmeal festa, smells amazing, put a touch of maple syrup just for fun on the primary.
    I was wondering how much primer you used for bottling, and how much you would suggest?
    I used the cup and a half for the red ale and that was a bit over carbed…

    • I have always used 170 grams of priming sugar for all of the Festa Brews which turns out to be about 1-1/4 Cups. I’ve only made the Oatmeal Stout once from Festa, and will probably cut back a bit on the priming sugar as I found it a bit over carbonated for what I was personally looking for.

      If you Google “priming sugar calculation” you should be able to find some online calculators. Not sure how well any of them work, but I would suggest doing the calculations on a number of different sites to try and verify the results.

      Have fun!

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