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Exploring the BJCP: Stouts (Category 13)

This is a post in a long running series where I take a look into each category of the Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP).  Scroll to the bottom for links to other categories I have covered.

The BJCP divides stouts into 6 sub-categories:
Dry Stout (13A)Sweet Stout (13B)Oatmeal Stout (13C)Foreign Extra Stout (13D)American Stout (13E)Russian Imperial Stout (13F) It should be fairly simple to pick out a dry stout and Russian imperial stout in a tasting, but it may not be so easy for the other 4 sub-categories of stout.  Just take a look at what the BJCP gives as to what their "overall impression" is for each of these styles. 

Dry Stout:  "A very dark, roasty, bitter, creamy ale."
Sweet Stout:  "A very dark, sweet, full bodied, slightly roasty ale.  Often tastes like sweetened espresso."
Oatmeal Stout:  "A very dark, full bodied, roasty, malty ale with a complementary oatmeal flavor."
Foreign Extra Stout:"A very dark, moderately strong, roasty …

Weyerbacher Auriga, Brewer's Select Series

Easton, PA's Weyerbacher Brewing Company, brewers of awesome beers such as Merry Monks, Blithering Idiot and Old Heathen, like to experiment with different beers in their Brewer's Select series. After having completed a beer for each letter of the NATO phonetic alphabet, they have now turned to constellations. I thought it would be fun to use this space to learn about the experimental beers that Weyerbacher is brewing, and also to learn a little bit of astronomy along the way!
Auriga is the fourth release in the Northern Hemisphere constellation portion of the Weyerbacher Brewer's Select Series.  Last week, I posted about Bootes, the fifth release, so these posts are coming a little out of order.  No big deal though, because you should be able to find some Auriga if you stop by Weyerbacher, or if your bar is lucky enough to get some.  Let's check out some info on the beer, and then some facts about the constellation!

Weyerbacher Auriga: (from Weyerbacher) Weyerb…