Baking the oats is a matter of personal taste. Baking them will give you a breadier or toastier flavor, while not baking them will give you a milder oat flavor (that is hard to describe beyond "oat flavor." Either way, you get the fullness from the oats.
The name comes from the fact that I won most of the ingredients in the Foam Rangers meeting raffle. As I mentioned above, I was planning on brewing an oatmeal stout when I won the ingredients for a robust porter. I used those ingredients, added some more, and brewed up my "Raffle Oatmeal Stout."
Beer is good for anything from hot dogs to heartache.
Drinking Frog Brewery, est. 1993