ALCHEMY | DuClaw Brewing Company

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DuClaw Brewing Company
Maryland, United States

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Spring

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Added by yeagerbm on 05-05-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 31
Reviews by JohnQVegas:
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4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of ExtraStout
2.27/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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
Color: Black
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

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Photo of bconsidine
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Kegatron
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Magery
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of cubedbee
4.06/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Dithyramb
3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presented last night in a pint glass at the Fells Point location. (Yes I dislike the place, yes the service SUCKS, but the beers are good and the water view on a warm night rocks.)

Appearance: Melted chocolate colored with only the faintest bit of light passing through, if any. Very light numbers of trickles of carbonation on the sides of the glass. Thick dark tan head, about half a finger thick, was served. Had excellent retention and lacing.

Smell: Very light flavor profile of dark malts, mostly chocolate

Taste: Chocolate and semi-sweet roasted malt flavors abound. Very little bitterness, with some finishing bitter coffee flavors. My first oatmeal stout in recent memory where the oats are actually in there in the flavoring. A very nice tasting brew

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy, rather on the lighter medium mouthfeel side. Would have liked a bit more body.

Drinkability: Oh, yes. Yet another fine seasonal from these guys. If I could only get myself over for the free shirts when the newbies come out.

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Photo of jwc215
3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Hefe
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasted at DuClaw Arundel Mills on 5/8/04

Appearance: Deep chocolate colour with slighty ruby, plummy glints around the edge. Thin tan head that dissapates pretty quickly leaving some sticky lacing for the duration.

Smell: Chocolatey-malty.

Taste: Mocha and oats with a slightly drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and full as it should be.

Drinkability: Thank you sir may I have another.

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Photo of Kindsdaddy
4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.8/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tasted at the Alchemy Release Party at the Arundel Mills Location on 5/19/05.

First off, order 2 right away and let one sit for an hour ... man, what a difference it makes to let it warm up and let the true roasty and chocolately aromas and flavors shine through ... delicious !!

Black with a low brown head. Very nice roasty and chocolatey aromas and flavors with just a light touch of espresso. No hop character stands. Medium-full bodied, robust, creamy, and smooth.

From the DuClaw Website:
Style: Oatmeal Stout
Color: Black
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

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Photo of Gavage
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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3.96/5  rDev +5%

Photo of John_M
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of tatoodkelt
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Robdrinx
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of robmpreston
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of wrightst
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of Savarese85
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of lccrunchy
4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.77 out of 5 based on 31 ratings.
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