Luck & Charm
MacLean’s Ales Inc.

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Stout - Oatmeal
Ranked #339
Ranked #29,955
3.79 | pDev: 5.01%
MacLean’s Ales Inc.
Ontario, Canada
Very Good
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pootz from Canada (ON)

3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle - pours black as a taxman's heart - no light can penetrate a glass of this - big 2 finger mocha head reduces to a brown surface cap and laces the glass. Aromas is roasty, light smoke, dried dark fruit, Chocolate-mint tones. Body a bit thin for an oatmeal stout but the hoppy character makes up for this....oily mouth feel. Flavor is traditional with deep roastiness balanced with decent bittering - a few side tones like cocoa and chicory - goes to a rich long increasingly bitter finish. A flavorful hoppy and satisfying stout which is also rounded and drinkable - well made in the traditional way.

Dec 09, 2017
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Jesterr44 from Canada (ON)

3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours deep brown/almost black with a nice tan foamy head which dissipates rather quickly for the style. Minimal lacing left on glass. Hints of chocolate & coffee on the nose but a light aroma overall. Taste follows with some good upfront dark malt with hints of dark chocolate & coffee. Mouthfeel is a little thin & carbonation a little high for the style with a just a hint of almost a powdery feel on the finish. This style is a favourite of mine so I enjoyed this beer but at the same time there are a couple of other oatmeal stouts readily available to me which I enjoy just a bit more.

Jan 22, 2017
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thehyperduck from Canada (ON)

3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle from the LCBO; no date stamp. Served slightly chilled.

Pours a dark brownish-black hue with crimson red highlights, capped off with one finger of frothy, khaki-coloured head. It seeps away quite slowly, slowly being transformed over the course of the next 10 minutes into a creamy-looking half-cm cap and wide, foamy collar. Moderate lacing. Notes of coffee and cocoa on the nose, courtesy of the roasted malts, with lesser hints of rolled oats, molasses, dates and maybe a touch of black cherry. Not too much going on here, but what's present is appealing enough.

A pleasant stout, if a little straightforward. Roasted malt flavours dominate, with notes of cocoa being particularly prominent, alongside some coffee, oats and a (very) faint treacle sweetness. Suggestions of plum/date, with earthy, somewhat herbal hop bitterness on the back end, leading into a charry astringency that wraps the profile up nicely. Dry aftertaste. Medium in body, with restrained carbonation that barely even registers on the surface of the palate - and that's for the better, because the resulting mouthfeel is smooth and satisfying. High drinkability; not exactly sessionable, but I could drink a few of these in a row without tiring of it.

Final Grade: 3.94, an admirable B+. MacLean's Luck & Charm is one of the best beers I've tried from this brewery to date, with an approachable flavour profile that nails most of the stuff that I love about oatmeal stouts. As far as this style goes, the roasty aspects of this beer are a little more pronounced than average, with a pleasurable "dry stout" finish that ensures you'll be compelled to take quick sips, one after another - right up until you reach the bottom of the glass. It's not the pinnacle of the style, but it's a tasty, well-brewed stout that I'll be returning to in the future.

Jan 17, 2017
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TerryW from Canada (ON)

3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark walnut under a pretty good head, plenty lace. Nose is grain, alcohol, some ash. Soft mouthfeel. Malty, earthy, some bitter chocolate. Gentle hop bitterness to finish. That lingers some. An ordinary stout.

Nov 23, 2016
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taxandbeerguy from Canada (ON)

3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle served cold into a pint glass. Purchased from the LCBO for around $4 CDN.

Appearance - very dark chestnut brown with a healthy finger and change of tan head. Great retention and loads of lacing.

Smell - coarse grains with a little coffee and dark chocolate. Not complicated but fairly well executed.

Taste - fairly bitter with coffee grounds and some subtle dark chocolate being the stars. Some earthy buttress, but the malt flavours dominate.

Mouthfeel - well carbonated, but thick and creamy, slightly drying finish. A good representation of the style. Somehow seems a little thinner after a few sips.

Overall - luck & charm is a well crafted beer, that is enjoyable but doesn't really stand out in any way. Still a good representation of a underrepresented style.

Sep 30, 2016
Luck & Charm from MacLean’s Ales Inc.
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 14 ratings