NightWatch by Grapevine Craft Brewery Taste Test
NightWatch by Grapevine Craft Brewery
I was attempting to build a 6 pack of dark local beers in February at Total Wine & More when I came across the NightWatch from Grapevine. I was thrilled to find it in a can because that means that distribution for that brewery is growing.
Grapevine Craft Brewery seems to have focused on beers that are designed to be enjoyed at Lake Grapevine which is a cool concept. I have spent a decent amount of time at that lake and drank several beers during that time, so the idea of someone crafting beer for that specific purpose is fantastic.
Here is what Grapevine’s website has to say about the NightWatch Oatmeal Stout:
Pull up a good chair in a cozy spot and enjoy this classic oatmeal stout we like to call the Nightwatch. While the oatmeal helps to give a nice rounded body, overall this stout is lighter in body than most and intended for your year round enjoyment. Having all of the roasty and chocolaty notes you would expect, this oatmeal stout boasts a subtle fruitiness similar to plum that comes from some of the unique malt character in this beer. Back in the day in old town Grapevine, the nightwatchman would walk Main Street ensuring everything was locked up and safe. He was faithful, dependable and trustworthy. Take it from us, the Nightwatch will never let you down. Hopped with American Centennial and Cascade hops, this beer is smooth and all about the finish.
IBUs: 35 | Alc. by Vol: 6.3% | Body: Med
Hops: Magnum, Cascade, Centennial and Ahtanum
Malt Makeup: 2-row Pale Malt · Crystal Malt · Roasted Barley · Chocolate Malt · Special B
Fermentation: American Ale Yeast, Very low esters”
NightWatch Oatmeal Stout in Glass
NightWatch pours very dark, but you can see that it’s not as thick as most Stouts. It pours out of the can like a lighter beer.
You get a lot of cocoa, coffee and roasty malts in the smell. It definitely has that classic stout aroma to it.
The flavors follow the smell pretty closely. You most get lots of coffee and cocoa type flavor without much sweetness. I didn’t really get any vanilla or milk chocolate. It was mostly just the coffee-ish, dark malt-type flavor.
I did not get the fruitness that they describe on the website, but maybe my palette just isn’t refined enough. Or maybe I just wasn’t expecting fruit flavors at all, so I totally missed it. Who knows.
There is some bite to this beer because of the carbonation. I think this is a result of the brewers trying to make this a beer that you could drink year-round.
Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. It’s a cool take on the oatmeal stout variety. Based on the brewery’s description, I am looking forward to trying it again this summer.
My wife loved this beer, and actually told me that it was probably her favorite dark beer from the local breweries. If your lady isn’t a big fan of dark beer, and you’re looking for something to her started on, NightWatch is a pretty good choice.
As the weather warms up, I will be posting taste tests of some of the other brews from Grapevine Craft Brewery, so keep an eye out for those. You can find me on Twitter @DFWBrews or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks for the read.