ABV 5.6% • IBU 17
Jim and Jaime Dietenhofer are a father & son team with a passion for quality beer. Both businessmen and entrepreneurs, they’ve grown their companies on hard work and quality products. Jim raised his family in the Santa Ynez Valley along with wife Judie, and have enjoyed its natural beauty and the character of its inhabitants for years. Starting this business has been a dream of the Dietenhofers for some time, and they feel fortunate to provide patrons the quality that they deserve. Jaime’s wife Meighan and sons Anders and Gray are also key supporters of the operation.
Figueroa Mountain Brewing has focused on producing top tier beers from day one. They attribute that to not only the necessity for the highest quality ingredients, but the same expectations for their staff. “We believe that success in this business like other industries starts with building a culture that is focused on always improving and never feeling complacent with mediocrity, always striving to better yourself and your business every day.”
Although this one starts out as any Oatmeal Stout would, I thought that the finish was a little rough. The pour was deep and dark, but the head was a little overactive. This didn't really affect the beer negatively, but it just wasn't what you expect from a deep oatmeal stout. The chocolate and caramel overtones are there, and the coloring was about as opaque as you can get. That said...the finish was just a little edgy and not as smooth as I would have liked it to be. It certainly is a fine stout, and most definitely deserves your consideration, but I would not say that it's a top shelf...seek it or die trying stout.
9/10 - A Fine Stout