Maker: Lily’s Seafood Grill and Brewery, Royal Oak, Michigan, USA
Style: Oatmeal stout
Price: $5/pint, $12 growler refill
Appearance: Dark chocolate with a light lacy head.
Nose: Milk chocolate, caramel, toasted pumpernickel
Palate: Medium bodied. French roast coffee, cocoa powder, dark whole wheat toast.
Finish: Charcoal smoke, roasted barley, lingers for a good length of time.
Parting words: Lily’s is one of Downtown Royal Oak’s best regarded and longest operating restaurants. It’s named after Lily Strange, grandmother of the restaurant’s founders. Lily was born and raised in Scotland so the place has a vaguely Scottish theme. In addition to serving great seafood (and other stuff), Lily’s is also a brew pub with consistently good beer. It’s a testament to how good that beer actually is it thrives in an area saturated with brewpubs and bars selling craft beer. In addition to this stout, they also make a light lager, hefeweizen, red ale and at least two seasonal offerings.
Strange Stout is a very good example of the style and the smoky finish adds and nice extra dimension not usually found in the competition. Don’t look for something to rival stouts from Bell’s or Founder’s, but this is a solid brewpub stout. Strange Stout is recommended.