Lovely, Dark And Deep | Brewery Ommegang

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States
ommegang.com

Style: English Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Lovely, Dark and Deep pours deep black with a tan, creamy mousse-like head. Aromas of roasted malt and coffee with cream, coupled with subtle notes of chocolate and dark fruit from Ommegang’s house yeast prevail. Flavors of rich chocolate milk, and coffee and cream are impeccably balanced with restrained sweetness and hints of roastiness. The finish is silky smooth with a medium to full body.

Brewed with a rich blend of malts including chocolate malt, midnight wheat, and flaked oats, and given a small addition of lactose, Lovely, Dark and Deep has a hint of sweetness and a smooth body. The beer is hopped with Bravo and Styrian Golding hops and Ommegang’s signature house yeast is used in both primary and secondary fermentation.

Added by superspak on 08-07-2015

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#21,612
Reviews:
100
Ratings:
342
pDev:
10.55%
 
 
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Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kylehay2004
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

ommegang has always been, and continues to be, one of my favorite operations going. i think all of their beer is highly thought through, beautifully executed, and original and distinct. this is no exception, although dont go into it expecting a conventional oatmeal stout, because its anything but. it has a really interesting yeast flavor to it, must be belgian, but it reacts differently with the dark malt than i thought it would, so its not spicy or fruity at all, but pulls some interesting flavors out of the grain, coffee and cocoa powder for sure. the oats dont do much in my opinion here. the beer is a little thin, especially for the style, the oats do not contribute their characteristic body, but you almost dont miss them, or at least i didnt, because of the effervescence of the yeast, its a different type of stout, and i dig that for sure. slight raisin flavor in the finish, but its dry as the style goes, and although i expected it to be a bit more wintery feeling, i kind of like this as a more drinkable dark beer alternative this time of year. another clever beer from ommegang.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.52/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Texasfan549
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kjkinsey
3.86/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Knapp85
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of metter98
3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a quarter finger high tan head that died down, leaving a patch of bubbles in the center and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of charred and roasted malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of coffee and chocolate malts along with notes of charred malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This oatmeal stout has a lot more in the way of charred malts compared to any of the other beers that I've had in the style, but is rather interesting, especially if you liked charred aromas and flavors.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled on 9/17/2015. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 2 finger dense and rocky tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toasted dark bread, raisin, plum, fig, anise, pepper, clove, light smoke/char, and herbal/roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of roast/bready malt, fruity/spicy yeast, and light earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toasted dark bread, raisin, plum, fig, anise, pepper, clove, light smoke/char, and herbal/roasted earthiness. Moderate amount of roasted bitterness and peppery yeast spice on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toasted dark bread, raisin, plum, fig, anise, pepper, clove, light smoke/char, and herbal/roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of roast/bready malt, fruity/spicy yeast, and light earthy hop flavors; with a great roasted bitter/sweet and spicy yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from roasted bitterness and yeast spice as well. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready, and lightly sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 5.3%. Overall this is a damn nice Belgian style oatmeal stout. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of roast/bready malt, fruity/spicy yeast, and light earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. Even though this is labeled Oatmeal stout; the base beer style felt more like an American stout due to the high roasted character and drying finish. This was a very enjoyable offering regardless.

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Photo of zeff80
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured an opaque, jet black color with a small, tan head of bubbly foam. It left soapy trails of lace. It smelled of chocolate, roasted malt and some toffee. It tasted of some sweet chocolate with some bitter roasted malt. It was crisp, sharp and smooth.

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Photo of Boone757
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Brewery Ommegang "Lovely, Dark and Deep"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, "BEST BY 09/2016"
$2.79 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

There's a beautiful aroma to Ommegang's "Lovely, Dark and Deep". It's chocolatey and cocoa powder-ish backed by soft dark-skinned fruit. It's not overly heavy, or roasty or smoky, and it begs you to partake more through a desire to learn what's behind it, that what you already know is inside it.

The flavor follows, and although it's fuller and richer, it doesn't hit you over the head. Instead it remains soft and a bit elusive, giving you hints of added spiciness and clove-like phenols as you delve deeper into its velvety smooth mouthfeel and flavors. A soft roastiness emerges, along with a bit of dark, bittersweet chocolate... and eventually, some leafy and mildly earthy and herbaceous hops.

It's really tightly focused and balanced, and yet its components are entirely perceptible on their own: the gently dark, toasted and roasty malts, the supple raisin, apple, and fig-like fruitiness, the deft sprinkling of spice, and the underlying hops. It's drinkable because it's not obtuse or bold or full, and the clear but somewhat restrained flavors keep you on edge, always wanting more.

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Photo of Gkruszewski
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of vfgccp
2.79/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jlindros
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Love good oatmeal stouts
Pours a very large creamy foamy rich 2 finger head that fades at a med pace, seems a bit over carbonated, nice lacing, very dark brown color touch of light coming through,

Nose nice toasted oatmeal stout, touch roasty, plenty of dark chocolate cocoa, creamy oats, perhaps some lactose, little roasty bitterness, hint of coffee

Taste more rich dark malts, a bit of roast and char bitterness, touch of coffee with that, lots of black dark malts, plenty of creamy oatmeal, plenty of oats, some dark chocolate cocoa notes, a touch roasty acrid, touch of bitter hops, slight dry finish, sticky, little roasty bitter acrid note on the finish

Mouth is med bod, some creamy rich oats, a bit light on the carb

Overall not bad, but not great, malts were way to dark and roasty almost acrid, not quite creamy rich enough overall, but not bad

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Photo of chinchill
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle with a BB date of Sept. 2016, allowed to warm to about 55F and served in a Belgian snifter.

Pours near black and opaque with a medium size frothy tan head that has good retention.

Aroma: dark spiced bread.

Flavor: spicy dark bread with toasted dark bread -- lots of dark grain flavor here. Belgian yeast is evident. Hints of faint coffee, anise and dark chocolate in the finish and aftertaste.

O: flavorful and interesting, with a very good, very smooth mouthfeel and a very slight funkiness.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap 11/29/2016 at Doherty’s Ale House in Warwick, RI, served in a tapered pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a large foamy beige head that fades slowly and leaves a very thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, toasted oats, coffee, some chocolate and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of oats and a hearty roasted malt character. Then some flavors of smoke, coffee and chocolate come in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. There are background flavors of licorice and dark fruit. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, slightly filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a decent stout to drink for a while.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I have to admit to being impressed by the beer name's allusion to a fairly famous Robert Frost poem. The new 12-fl. oz. bottle depicts a rider on horseback stopping by woods on a snowy evening, but I am curious by the steed's head being bowed down. The poem says that the lake is frozen so the question becomes: what is the horse doing? Of no matter. I took a course in American Literature as an undergrad at Pitt & then taught this very poem for many years as a high school English teacher. It is now time to drink some beer!

From the bottle: "Winter Seasonal".

Whoops! I am running a little late, but such is the nature of the Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody. I Pop!ped the cap & began a gentle pour into an awaiting glass. Once this step was completed, a vigorous in-glass swirl produced just under two fingers of dense, rocky, deep-tan/light-brown head with moderate retention, leaving behind nice lacing in its wake. Color was stygian Black/Opaque (SRM = 44), allowing ZERO light penetration. Nose was rather rich with notes of coffee, baker's chocolate and light smoke. Mmm. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but on the approach. The taste had an interesting, unexpected treacle/anise sharpness to go along with the bittersweet chocolate and dark roasted coffee. Hmmm. Warming, I also got dried, dark fruits. Interesting. Finish was semi-dry, slightly bitter and a nice way to warm up on a chilly, rainy spring day. That said, I feel that one was satiating. Onward!

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Photo of billab914
3.59/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 342 ratings