ALCHEMY - DuClaw Brewing Company
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Ratings: 29 | Reviews: 18 | Display Reviews Only:
3.5/5 rDev -7.9%
On tap at the brewery in MD. Pours a dark mahogany color with a very thin light-tan head. Lots of cocoa, Baker's semi-sweet chocolate, roasted coffee, and toasted maltiness in the aroma. Goes down with the flavor and body of a solid porter rather than the "silky-smooth" body of an oatmeal stout. Caramel, toffee, cocoa powder, and toasty malts start things off flavor-wise. Light vanilla follows. Bitter dark chocolate and roasted coffee in the drying finish. An average stout at best.
02-23-2011 15:11:33 | More by CuriousMonk
4/5 rDev +5.3%
Reviewed from notes.
Pours black with a deep tan head. Pretty good retention and a bit of lace. The nose is roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate. Taste also brings some roasted malt and mild coffee and chocolate. Good roast all around. A bit dry with really nice drinkability. A solid offering and a good introduction to the brewery.
11-10-2010 02:07:02 | More by Thorpe429
3.73/5 rDev -1.8%
On tap at the Bel Air location the other day. Alchemy pours a blackish brown color with good head retention and decent lacing. The nose shows some surprisingly intense licorise, along with the expected coffee, light vanilla and dark chocolate. Given the aroma profile, I was a bit disappointed with the flavor profile, which was much lighter then expected. This is a moderately sweet stout, but it seemed one dimensional, and was dominated by coffee and light vanilla chocolate. The beer is a bit thin and is fairly light bodied, though the finish is fairly smooth. Drinkability isn't bad in this beer, and you can tell the alcohol is fairly low.
Nothing exceptional here, but a decent oatmeal style stout if that's what you're in the mood for.
07-10-2010 21:37:08 | More by John_M
2.23/5 rDev -41.3%
Had this @ the Brewpub on tap. One of their staple brews. I really disliked it. It was very watery, no taste, flat, YUK!!
Style: Oatmeal Stout
Hop Variety: Goldings
Grains: Pale malt, Flaked oats, Chocolate Wheat malt, Crystal malt
Bitterness: 25 BU's
Gravity: 14.5 plato
Alcohol Content: 5.5% abv
09-27-2009 03:28:22 | More by ExtraStout
4.28/5 rDev +12.6%
Had this on tap at the Bowie location.
Consumed 8/29/09- from notes.
Served in a shaker glass.
A- Pitch black with a fluffy one finger tan head that settled to thin skim leaving decent lacing through out the glass.
S- I didnt expect an oatmeal stout to be roasty! Very nice surprise. Some chocolate and coffee hints in there as well.
T- The roastiness continues! Light chocolate and oats. A little bitter as well.
M- Super smooth and creamy. Medium to heavy body.
D- My new go to beer at DuClaws.
08-31-2009 14:21:45 | More by tatoodkelt
4.2/5 rDev +10.5%
Draught at DuClaw Bowie.
Pours black, nice thick brown head, creamy.
Nose is nicely roasty, light espresso and some oatmeal peeking through.
Taste is roasty, notes of espresso and cocoa, some nutty oats showing through as well. Very flavorful, and while nothing revolutionary, everything just fits well together.
Mouthfeel is beautiful. Light, creamy, full, and silky, this is exactly what an oatmeal stout should feel like. Wondering what the gas mixture was on this one, too crisp for nitro but felt too smooth and creamy for CO2.
Drinkability was great, I could have stayed with this one for a long, long time. Very impressed. My favorite beer of the trip.
05-19-2009 18:02:12 | More by JohnQVegas
3.4/5 rDev -10.5%
Appearance: black in color with a 1/2" head that breaks apart immediately. No lacing develops.
Smell: light roasted malt tones are all that can be picked up by the nose.
Taste: roasted malts, hints of coffee and chocolate, some prune sweetness, and a mild bitterness. The oats provide some silkiness here.
Mouthfeel: lightly crisp to start, smoother and silky towards the finish. The finish is also lightly dry. Aftertaste is short as the roasted malt tones linger the longest. Medium bodied.
Drinkability: decent oatmeal stout but more than two of these in a session may get tiring. Worth a try if on tap, but you won't be overwhelmed with this one.
02-13-2009 13:55:55 | More by Gavage
4.28/5 rDev +12.6%
By far my favorite of Duclaw's regular offerings.
Appearance: Dark, but not quite black. Small tan head.
Smell: Light chocolate smell
Taste: Roasted malts, chocolate. A slight bitterness to balance it out. A bit of a coffee flavor.
Mouthfeel: Almost makes the beer in itself, taking taste out of equation. Extremely smooth and creamy. Fairly light for the style.
Drinkability: One of the most drinkable stouts I've ever had. I could drink it all night.
01-05-2009 17:41:36 | More by robmpreston
3.88/5 rDev +2.1%
On tap at the Arundel Mills location on 11/15/08. Served in a pint glass.
Pours a dense black with a thin, burnt tan head. Retains around the edges with some thin wisps in the center, leaving just a smattering of lacing behind. The aroma smells of roasted chocolate and oatmeal with a fairly prominent bouquet of floral hops in the back.
The taste is similar, roasted chocolate malts with just a touch of coffee mixed in and a silky oatmel smoothness that runs through the profile. A tingle of hop bitterness in the back lends balance and support. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice and smooth creamy feel that possesses a tingle of sharpness in there as well.
DuClaw continues to show that they can do dark beers with this replacement for the staple Bad Moon Porter, being a robust enough Oatmel Stout with a smooth body and easy quaffability. A nice after dinner choice.
11-18-2008 17:35:41 | More by Kegatron
3.88/5 rDev +2.1%
On tap at Arundel Mills
Poured a dark brown/blackish color with thin tan head. Good retention and some lacing. Smells of chocolate, oats, and roasted malt. Tastes of roasted malt, coffee, a touch of anise, and a bitter chocolate and hint of hops. Medium in body with good carbonation. Smooth, roasty, and having a nice bitter finish. Easy to drink, a nice sessionable stout with good flavor. Glad to see it back on tap at DuClaw.
11-17-2008 04:12:05 | More by HopDerek
3.55/5 rDev -6.6%
The oatmeal stout was very dark. Poured a rather thick pint. Head about 1 1/2 fingers and dark brown. Very roasted with a little chocolate at the back. The taste was very good. Upfront lots of roasted dark malts, then a little chocolate, and finished with a little hops for bitterness. Nice and creamy not as much as it could have been not being nitrous. That was the only one I wanted on Nitrous. Not a lot of drinkability very heavy and dark.
10-22-2008 21:41:15 | More by slvrmon82
3.75/5 rDev -1.3%
Pours very dark brown - almost black with a thin head that drops down to virtually nothing.
The smell is of roasted coffee and chocolate with soft smoke.
The taste is roasty - mild chocolate and coffee with an earthy bitterness in the dry finish.
The mild, almost non-existent, carbonation gives it rather a watery feel. Shame, because it has the potential for being much creamier. It's smooth, with some lingering coating, but weak-ish.
This is a very nice Oatmeal Stout that has potential for being even better if it had more body and carbonation.
07-26-2008 01:03:57 | More by jwc215
3.73/5 rDev -1.8%
Had this on tap at the Arundel Mills Mall location. Tan head sitting on top of a black, nearly opaque body with ruby highlights on edge of glass. Head dissipated fairly quickly.
Big roasty, coffee aroma and the flavor followed suit. Not astringent, but powerfully roasty. Mouthfeel was kind of heavy/thick - not oily or slick like a lot of oatmeal stouts - and finished on the dry side.
A pretty decent stout - had it after a meal and wasn't disappointed. Definitely grab one in lieu of coffee after you eat at DuClaw.
06-22-2008 23:45:59 | More by kevinglin
4.1/5 rDev +7.9%
Got this in growler from the Arundel Mills location---it's the previous month's seasonal. Pours a jet black with a finger of brown head and very good retention. Aroma is faint and chocolate like. Taste was much better than the nose, with a very assertive oat presense, coffee and chocolate notes, and a pleasant finishing roasted bitterness. Mouthfeel is creamy but is a litlte on the light side. This is a really good beer as most of Duclaw's seasonals are.
06-19-2005 19:59:11 | More by cubedbee
ALCHEMY from DuClaw Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.