Lord Falconer - Mystic Brewery
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Reviews by Maxwell:
4.19/5 rDev +8.3%
The beer pours properly dark with a slight reddish tint, but pretty much no head to speak of, which is odd... What few bubbles that can be seen appear to be khaki in color, small and tightly knit. The beer’s body is undiscernible to eye in the light. On the nose, the beer smells of nice oaty roast with touches of chocolate and coffee and a touch of toffee. On the tongue, the beer tastes sweet with a nice balancing bitter roast and the faintest touch of acidity wetting the tongue. In flavor, the beer begins with nutty oats which slowly roast in the mouth turning watery just briefly before building into sweet roasted coffee with touches of toffee, milk chocolate, and even a touch of caramel. The finish is made of beautiful medium roast coffee with nice oaty nuances. The aftertaste is a continuation of the finish, slowly tapering away, but keeping a nice roasty flavor on the tongue. In the mouth, the beer feels medium in body with a nice prickle from the carbonation that gets a little sharp. The beer feels velvety and chewy in the mouth, and leaves the mouth with a sheen of spittle that begs for more beer. Overall, this is a delicious oatmeal stout. In fact, this is probably my favorite straight oatmeal stout. It has beautiful classic stout nuances in flavor, and doesn’t try to be anything fancy, but through its simplicity it is elegant and delightfully tasty. My one complaint would be the slight wateriness in the middle of the flavor, but I tend to get that with most single stouts, so I think it is just a symptom of drinking too many big stouts. I also was a little disappointed with my bottle’s carbonation level, particularly in the realm of a head size (i.e. there was no head). I suspect that this was due to my particular bottle’s natural carbonation process, but I can’t be sure. This beer, however, is beautifully simple yet nuanced on the tongue. Try this beer.
03-29-2013 03:16:59 | More by Maxwell
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4/5 rDev +3.4%
Appearance: 1/4 inch head, opaque, black in color, moderate carbonation
Smell: cream, oat, and roasted malt
Taste: cream, dark roasted malt, dark coffee, light dark and milk chocolate, and oats
Mouthfeel: full body, nice combo of sweet and dark, medium carbonation
Drinkability: Solid oatmeal stout that has a nice bit of coffee roast to it, without ever being close to being classified as just a coffee beer. Great sipping beer for a rainy night. I could have a couple of these.
06-03-2013 16:49:54 | More by tigg924
3.71/5 rDev -4.1%
Lord Falconer opens to a rich, black, sugary stout aroma that is divided nicely between, on the one hand, ash, tobacco, coffee, black malt, chocolate malt, and touches of smoky peat, and on the other hand, heavy whipping cream, toffee, molasses, and brown sugar. Additional nuance comes from vanilla bean and hints of white pepper, as well as milk chocolate. Bits of thick brown breads, toast crust, and whole wheat dough add earthiness, and a selection of dark fruit esters, including fig, date, and raisin, add lovely fruitiness. As a whole, the nose is very nice, being well balanced and, for a beer that only clocks in at 5.4% ABV, surprisingly aromatic at first. There is a bit of a problem with staying power, the aromas seeming to fade after only a minute or so, and what’s left is quite light and weak (except for the lingering cigarette ash), but still present enough to come across as enticing.
On the tongue, the beer is big and ashy, with tobacco, cigarette ash, black malt, burnt toast crust, and smoky wood being the first notes to come across. These are joined by lighter notes of toffee, caramel, molasses, and brown sugar, as well as whole wheat dough and cereal grains. The fruit esters are almost gone, however, leaving the sugars without much variation, and the beer seems to rely heavily on the black malt and ash notes to make up for this. In subsequent sips much of even the initial nuance of the flavors is gone, and what comes across is mainly light woody ash and even lighter molasses. The aftertaste is mainly ashy, with some sugars left over, and at least the ashy notes linger on the tongue for a good while. Mouthfeel is a strange combination of silky and medium-light, and carbonation is medium-light, both of these creating a watery sensation.
Overall, there are some good notes in here, and the beer does much to make up for the light ABV. In the end, however, the lack of heavy sugars creates a weak and watery series of notes, as well as mouthfeel, which detracts from the notes that are present, leaving mainly ash, light cream, and molasses to support the structure.
06-20-2013 17:29:48 | More by jondeelee
3.96/5 rDev +2.3%
Pours pretty much pitch black color, somewhat thick with legs even, and a smaller but darker fizzy fluffy head that fades semi quickly. Would have liked a bit more head.
Nose is interesting, there are some oats, flaked oats with a creamy like quality, lots of super dark chocolate like pure cocoa almost and baker's choc, toasted oats and malts, little caramel, some vanilla, even a bit of toasted nuts, very dry like an Irish stout almost, and a bit of baking spices, and a touch of dried out lactose.
Taste starts with more creamy oats, and a bit of dried lactose creaminess, then into dry malts, dusty like grains, very dry baker's chocolate, powdered cocoa, and super dark chocolate. It brings a bit of vanilla and some caramel again, also again with the toasted nuts and toasted oats like flavors, hint of baking spices and even a little unsweet cake like. Dark malts come through with black malt but no roast, and very light metallic char, bready cracker malt in there drowned out. It brings a light bitterness, half from the dark malts and half from light grassy earthy hops. Finish is dry as it is throughout, more dried lactose and a bit of oats, more toasted malts and caramel, a bit more cocoa dust, and faint black malts.
MOuth is med bodied, creamy but still somehow feels light for what it should be, maybe because it's so well attenuated, decent carb.
Overall not bad, an English style oatmeal stout, very dry, a bit of lactose, some very dark chocolate, nice toasted qualities, just a touch of earthy hop bitterness, well balanced, but seems like it's missing something overall, esp in the body for some reason but I can't really put a finger on it. But still very drinkable and tasty beer.
04-12-2013 01:42:27 | More by jlindros
3.38/5 rDev -12.7%
Pours a two finger light tan head that vanishes leaving no lace. Black color, mahogany highlights only in sunlight. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is bakers chocolate, flavor is almost burnt chocolate. $4.49 for a 500ml bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, MA.
04-17-2013 22:16:47 | More by jdhilt
4/5 rDev +3.4%
Modest starting head, dies to only rim bubbles quickly. Leaves no lace on the glass. Dark, dark brown where no light passes even on the edges.
Mildly chalky with a bit bitter black patent nose. A touch alcohol to the nose.
The flavor is interesting and wonderful with a strong black patent component with some coffee, black. The body is thin like many stouts, high carbonation
04-19-2013 22:57:34 | More by smcolw
4.16/5 rDev +7.5%
Lord Falconer pours flat black into the glass with no foam or lace on the glass. Looks like a glass full of motor oil.
The aroma is a pleasant combination of toasted malt, chocolate, a hint of smoke, roast malt and a touch of coffee.
Each sip of this medium bodied beer is smooth, a bit oily with low carbonation. The flavor is roasty with chocolate, smoke and coffee mixed in. Finishes dry with some nuttiness and grassy bitterness. Once gone the roast, chocolate and coffee lingers on the palate.
A very tasty beer that's not over hopped like many other stouts. Good balance of flavors.
03-09-2014 21:37:57 | More by WanderingFool
3.68/5 rDev -4.9%
500ml brown glass bottle with standard silver pressure cap and attractive interesting label layout acquired in trade with the very gracious ICCULIS and served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Expectations are high given its current ratings. 5.4% ABV confirmed. Reviewed live.
Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: Pours a half finger tan colour head that nearly immediately dissipates - retention is at best ten seconds. No bubble show. Disappointing.
Body colour is a dark opaque black. No yeast particles are visible. Not quite a jet black. Thin and underwhelming in appearance. I've seen far better oatmeal stouts.
Sm: Lovely raisin, toffee, chocolate, and - most notably - rich truffle. Wow. Cocoa dust. Fine chocolates. Some coconut. Oats. Chocolate malt. Dark malts. Subtle vbitte coffee notes. A light hint of vanilla. Wow, that's a great aroma for the style. Incredibly evocative, complex, and subtle. I can't wait to try it. Very impressed. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. A mild to modereately strong aroma.
T/Mf: Finely handled rich chocolate, with some truffle and cocoa dust notes. Subtle raisin. Chocolate malt. Dark malts. Smoothing oats. Love the subtle coffee with a masterful roasty bitterness that doesn't surface until the aftertaste. Very well balanced and built for the style, though it's worth noting that the emphasis isn't on the oats per se. Good complexity and subtlety. Impressively well executed. No yeast or alcohol comes through. I really like it. Pleasant. Well put together. Good depth and restrained intensity of flavour. Flavour duration is typical.
Smooth and wet; the oats help a lot here and make this texture feel natural. Supportive of the flavour profile; feels somewhat tailored to it. Full-bodied. Good thickness. Slightly overcarbonated. Somewhat soft. Very approachable stuff. Not crisp. Clean. Not biting or harsh. Good for the style.
Dr: Highly drinkable and packed with flavour. Hides its ABV pretty well. I didn't expect it to be as good as it is. Very tasty stuff. I'd definitely have another, preferably on-draught or lightly aged (~6 months). Definitely feels English in character. One of the best Oatmeal Stouts I've tried this year.
06-08-2013 04:33:47 | More by kojevergas
Lord Falconer from Mystic Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.