Lovely, Dark And Deep | Brewery Ommegang

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3.79/5
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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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#21,656
Reviews:
100
Ratings:
342
pDev:
10.55%
 
 
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Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
4.14/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer is a really great cross between a dark Belgian ale and an oatmeal stout. They really nailed that aspect with the addition of the yeast. However, it was too thin and felt like it needed a little bit more to it. Winter ales should at least be hearty, if not boozy. I feel like if this clocked in at 10-12% instead of 5, it would be much better, because the other elements of it are spot on.

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Porter Beer Bar in Atlanta.

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

I picked up a bottle of Ommegang's Lovely, Dark And Deep a couple weeks ago for $2.79 at The Lager Mill. I was in the mood for something on the darker side today and I thought I would give this one a try, so lets see how it goes. 2015 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a teku.

A- The label looks good, it's got a nice design and it's eye catching. It poured a dark black color that didn't let any light come through and it had a fingers worth of darker tan head that died down to a creamy ring that eventually faded away and it left a little bit of spotty lacing behind. This is a pretty nice looking beer, but I wish it had a little better head retention.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness that has a little bit of a candied sugar aroma and it's followed b the yeast being the first to show up and it imparts a typical Belgian yeast like aromas that's just a little too dominating. Up next comes the malts with the sweet malts being the first to show up and it's followed by a grainy oat, roasted, chocolate and pretty charred aromas with a little bit of black licorice like aroma showing up at the end. This beer has a nice aroma, but it's a little unbalanced.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma, but a little lighter and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the yeast still being the first to show up and it imparts the same aspects that it did in the aroma. Up next comes a little bit of a candied sugar flavors that leads into the malts which impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma, the charred aspects still stick out the most, but they aren't as strong as they were in the aroma. Towards the end comes that licorice aspect a pretty light amount of bitterness with a little more sweetness and a charred, Belgian yeast and licorice like aftertaste. This a nice tasting beer, but I don't think the flavors worked as well together as they could have.

M- Fairly smooth, pretty crisp, a little prickly, medium bodied with a higher amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is nice, but it could use a little less carbonation.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and a little above average for the style, but when it came down to it was a little rough around the edges and that prevented this beer from being as good as it could be. This beer had ok drinkability, one is enough for me, I don't have the urge to drink another one in a row. What I like the most about this beer is the appearance, this is a nice looking beer. What I like the least about this beer was the carbonation and that flavors didn't bled together the greatest, those aspects could use some work. I don't think I would buy this beer again, but I wouldn't turn one down and i can't say I highly recommend it. All in all there were no off flavors or anything so it's not a bad beer, but I don't think the different aspects really complemented each other. It's one of my least favorite Ommegang beer and it's a little above average for the style. This is a soild beer, but with a little more work I think it could be a pretty good beer.

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Photo of Bonsall_Phil
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Oakley
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SonictheBeerhog
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Pukstopper
4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle a dark black color. Surprised it was 5.3% ABV for a winter stout. Mild coffee and malt roast taste with a hint of spice but not enough to think winter. It had a smooth taste and was easy to drink for a winter stout.

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Photo of user785335
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BrewNoob1
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Ommegang doing a standard oatmeal stout? No...wait...nevermind...there's the Belgian yeast. The subtle dark fruits seem to help accentuate the chocolaty qualities of the aroma, as well as this beer's roastiness. Some toasted bread also appears. The more this is allowed to open up, the more the Belgian yeast pops. Its flavor is more of the same. It opens with roast and chocolate flavors, with a finishing breadiness. I also get gentle twinges of cream, coffee, dark fruit, and oat. Its flavor profile reveals a depth lacking in many oatmeal stouts. On the other hand, the feel has an angular sharpness that doesn't suit this style at all. Combined with its slender feel and long yet dry aftertaste, it's far more comparable to a dry stout, or even a Belgian-style stout...wait. This IS a Belgian-style stout, nevermind. The feel gets a 3 only because the oats do seem to quash any budding harshness or astringency it might have had otherwise. Mouthfeel quibbles aside, this is a really damn nice beer to sip on.

3.78/5: More Ommegang quality

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Photo of Billolick
4.19/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle, with "Best By " dating etched onto the neck of the bottle....(date is almost 10 months away)

Pours dark and stout like. longlasting and luxorious dark mocha cap..lasts nicely..leaves low sheeting a then plenty of spotty lace.

Nice dark chocolate and malted milk nose

Flavorful and enjoyable stout with lucious notes of more dark chocolate, mocha, dark malts, deep chocolaty goodness.

Super smooth, super tasty and enjoyable....nice new wintery creation

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

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

Photo of fishguyac
4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of AMCPhD
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tone77
3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of oats, roasted malts. Taste is roasted malts, hops, light oats. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer, but seemed to lack the creaminess and sweetness I expect from this style.

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Photo of PatrickCT
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip.

a: Dark brown. As brown as you can get before you get to black. Slight rusted Ruby edges when held to the light. 3 finger bubbly khaki head. Loose, large bubbles that settle quickly. Lazy, semi-sticky lace slides down the glass.

s: Roasted coffee beans, dark chocolate, slight hint of oats. Towards the end I get a lingering soapy, metallic scent that I can't put a finger on.

t: Roasted coffee beans, creamy oats, a bit of funky, dusty yeast, slight plum and grape skin flavor interferes throughout...a floral hop finish that doesn't seem to flatter the beer.

mf: Slick oaty feel on the tongue. Low carbonation and a little watery for the style.

o: What was wrong with Adoration?

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

Photo of timontheroad
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Very dark brown almost black opaque color. Big fluffy tan head, awesome retention and lacing. Aroma is burnt coffee, dark roast malt, and a bit of spiciness I could not place. The taste followed the smell, with the burnt coffee flavor most prominent, and just a bit of funkiness from the yeast. I didn't get any oatmeal though. The mouthfeel was pretty light, almost thin and watery for a stout. Overall, I wasn't overly impressed, Ommegang beers usually suit my tastes pretty well, this one just didn't deliver as advertised.

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

Photo of Maznoc
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kerrie
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NSXAG
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lovely, Dark And Deep from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 342 ratings