Lord Falconer | Mystic Brewery

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Lord FalconerLord Falconer

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Mystic Brewery
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Jason on 01-29-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 15 | Ratings: 60
Photo of WanderingFool
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of imscotty
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Color is dark brown/ black and slightly translucent. Poured with a nice tan head that disappeared very quickly. Little lacing, little carbonation. Looked pretty flat by the end of the tasting.

S: A pleasant roasted grain and malt scent. A bit of coffee.

T: I thought this was surprisingly tasty. The taste was dominated by roasted grain, coffee. This is suppose to be an oatmeal stout and I can note some creaminess, but not as much as I expected. Not a lot of complexity here. Nice bitterness and coffee taste to the aftertaste.

M: The biggest negative for this beer was the mouthfeel. Very thin and watery for an oatmeal stout. The flavor was nice but the watery mouthfeel made the beer seem to lack substance.

O: In some ways this was a very drinkable beer. Not too high in alcohol, I could enjoy more than one of these on a cold winters night. If you wanted the look of a stout in a tasty but thin non viscous beer, I guess this fits the bill. I enjoyed drinking it but it did not seem right for the style. I probably would not seek this out.

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Photo of Daktyls
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a dark black color with very little head that quickly diminishes to practically no bubbles whatsoever.

S: The aroma is not particularly aggressive with no one scent being greater than any other. Intermingled I am picking up some oats, light malts, some cream and light coffee notes.

T: Roasted malts, a hint of lactose with cocoa and some oats present as well. Nothing dominates but they mingle well with each other.

M: Lighter amount of carbonation and a nice slick feeling on the tongue, not a particularly thick beer, but enough viscosity to hang on to your tongue for a short while.

O: Overall, quite tasty. One could definitely drink a few of these in a row, the lower ABV certainly lends itself to continual drinking.

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Photo of jondeelee
3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.


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Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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Photo of smcolw
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 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

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Photo of jdhilt
3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Near opaque black. Not pitch, but solid. Small tan collar. No real head to speak of. Collar is small and creamy, as to be expected. Pours with minimal carbonation, but is nice and smooth.

Smell: Solid roasted malt with a touch of burnt malt and char on the edges. Big malty sweetness pushes some dark chocolate and chocolate malt. Roasted barley. Loads of cocoa and lighter milk chocolate. Slightly grainy and husky with some underlying cereal notes. A little nutty. Flaked oats. Delightfully simple.

Taste: Roasted barley. Some dark chocolate and dustings of cocoa. Almost a faded lactose sweetness. Flaked oats, like legit oatmeal. Building backing nuttiness with some gritty English minerals. A bit husky and grassy on the finish. Some lingering char and burnt malts. A good hit of caramel malt sweetness. Vaguely toasted.

Mouthfeel: Mediumish body. Super creamy and smooth. Minor carbonation. Feels a bit lighter than anticipated, but the smooth factor helps.

Overall: Falcon PAUNCH!

It's not going to shatter your notion of beer, but it's a very good American take on an English style oatmeal stout. So creamy it's ridiculous. Simple with depth. Yup, that's the case. Clean and a delight. At $4/500mL I'll definitely pick it up from time to time.

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Photo of jlindros
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of popery
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black body with a light brown head. Just a thin blanket of bubbles but they look quite creamy and inviting. Unfortunately, the head dissipates rather quickly, and there's little to no leftover bubbles or lacing. Aroma is rich with sweet milk chocolate. There's a touch of coffee and roast. Some fruitiness, sort of an apricot-raisin note. Light licorice. The taste starts with some sweet caramel and milk chocolate, followed by dark chocolate, roast and coffee. Good dose of oat flavor. Some herbal hoppiness in the finish. Rich, full flavors. Creamy mouthfeel. Big and round for the relatively low abv. Nice use of oats. This is a very nice oatmeal stout. Easy to drink, creamy feel, big flavors. Good beer.

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Photo of Maxwell
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.14/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

A-Pours close to black. Nearly zero head. No head leaves no lacing.

S-Deep, rich notes of melted chocolate and cold, dark roast java. Burnt oatmeal. A bit of dark fruit but nuanced with chocolate so it reminds me of a Raisinette. Nice.

T-Definitely oaty. The chocolate and coffee are bit more relaxed here. The coffee/mocha/chocolate combo lasts and lasts but is never incredibly intense. I am pretty impressed with the flavors.

M-Light for the style bit a creamy. Supremely drinkable; would be a great 6-pack brew. Soft bubbles.

O/D-A very tasty offering by Mystic. Decent price point too. I love Oatmeal Stouts and expect a lot from them. This one delivers.

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Photo of Gushue3
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

No date

A Pours dark from the bottle and flat black in the glass. Smaller than a finger head with no retention or lacing and lively body.

S Somewhat sweet. Sweet dark malts, coffee and dark fruit

T Big time roast with a nice smooth finish. Sweeter malts carry to the finish and linger a bit

M Lighter feel. Lighter medium feel with lower carbonation.

O Really easy to drink this bottle. I'd like to drink this outside in the cold, near a fire.

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Photo of Dope
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

No date on this but I believe this to be their first bottled run.

A: Pours a very dark brown, not quite black. Big, very dense light brown head. Fades at a moderate pace - quite fizzy. Zero lacing at all. No head retention at all either, not even the lightest ring of bubbles around the edge. Can't even revive it with a swirl. Appears dead still once the head fades - strange given the initial size and density of the head.

S: Lots of roasted coffee bean, was not expecting that. Very roasty with hints of oatmeal. Maybe a hint of chocolate? Pleasant, if one-dimensional (pretty much pure coffee).

T: Again, lots of coffee, thankfully not as overpowering as the aroma. Quite sweet and creamy (in flavor) with lots of oatmeal from start to finish. A bit of chocolate gives it more of a mocha-like flavor, especially when sweetened up with the oatmeal. Coffee lingers in the aftertaste.

M: A touch thin and watery, even despite the low ABV. Usually oatmeal stouts tend to be fairly creamy despite a low ABV but this one didn't quite get there. Very low carbonation.

O: Hmph, I was a bit taken aback by this one. It's mostly coffee; does not resemble your typical oatmeal stout. Strange that it has literally zero lacing or head retention at all. Very thin and watery mouthfeel kinda hurts it too, again it's not like your typical oatmeal stout - I was expecting a nice smooth and creamy mouthfeel. I will say, the sweetness of the oatmeal integrates well with the coffee and makes for a nice flavor overall. With a better body and appearance this could be quite a nice oatmeal stout. As it stands it just has a few too many flaws.

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Lord Falconer from Mystic Brewery
3.87 out of 5 based on 60 ratings.
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