Lovely, Dark And Deep Oatmeal Stout | Brewery Ommegang

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Lovely, Dark And Deep Oatmeal StoutLovely, Dark And Deep Oatmeal Stout

Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States

Style: 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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Ratings: 333 |  Reviews: 99
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

Photo of JNPIII127
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Poured into snifter glass. The color is dark brown - virtually black, opaque, with a creamy light brown head and some serious lacing. Only Ommegang could produce an oatmeal stout that smells like this! The rich malt is supplemented by Ommegang's signature Belgian yeast and spices. The taste features roasted grains, burnt coffee, dark chocolate, and a bitter finish with lots of spice. I compared this against a Velvet Merlin and the taste was very different. I'm not getting any oatmeal. This is a medium-bodied ale that is pleasantly carbonated and very drinkable (only 5.3% ABV). Overall, it is good, as I would expect from Ommegang, but it really doesn't distinguish itself for its style. I think there are better oatmeal stouts out there and Ommegang produces other beers that are much better. I won't go so far as to say this is a misfire but my ratings of Ommegang products are usually higher.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.24/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into an Ommegang goblet.

Look: Dark chocolate blackness with ruby to brown hues on the edges. Mocha colored head that recedes to a healthy thick film. Thick sheets of lacing that dissipate to a world map.

Aroma: Faint Belgian yeast gives way to earthy tea leaves and ultimately a cocao nib kind of chocolate. Lactose sugar in the finish.

Taste: Strong notes of Belgian yeast up front -- a bit musty with cardboard. Somewhat toasty with faint charred grains and bitter chocolate, with a hearty oatmeal note. The finish is sharp and tangy.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light, on the thin side.

Overall: I liked thus less and less the more I had it. The Belgian component overtook the other flavors I was looking for.

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Photo of SlainteAlbanyNY
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Love this winter offering from Ommegang! Once again, another fine brew.

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Photo of barczar
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is toasted and nutty, with the oats really shining through. Notes of roast and chocolate emerge, along with a bit of acidic malt character.

Flavor is more roasty than toasted, with a coffee-like bitterness throughout. There's a touch of bubblegum esters, and notes of pear and apple surface late.

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Photo of webmanspidey
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Manticron
4.11/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on draught.

Appearance: Pours a deep, dark brown bordering on black. It has a nice, brown sugar colored, half-inch head that retains nicely. Some sweet lacing sticking all up over my glass.

Smell: Typical oatmeal stout aroma profile with roastiness, coffee, some dark chocolate, maybe a little raisin hidden in there. A pleasant, oaty sweetness caresses the nostrils.

Taste: Definitely more sweet chocolate in the taste, balanced by a smooth roastiness.

Mouthfeel: Like chocolate silky massaging my tongue, moderate carbonation, goes down super smooth, a little too thin on the body though coming in at a medium-light body.

Overall: Everything an oatmeal stout should be: sweet, silky, roasty, chocolately. I just wish it had s slightly thicker body. Would definitely drink again though.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The color is a dark brown and if you will note the range in color on the srm chart for this style can go from 22 all the way to 40. I would say this one is a 36/37. Thick creamy khaki head that persists and refreshes itself with each tip. Clarity is good.

Nose is roasted grains and a rich little bit of coffee and cream. A faint light sweetness on the nose. They used lactose in this so that is cheating but it smells authentic. A little more than a low noble hop on the nose that I think is fresh and so light as to be seductive in this beer but that too deviates from style just a tad. Oats show a bit of soft breadiness and at first there is no fruitiness from malts. Then I think it's either their house yeast giving a grapey fruitiness rather than the dried dark frutiness you usually find in a very low background note in this style, or it's the bravo hops. I think it smells and tastes a bit strange. Sweet chocolate.

Smooth flavor. Roasty and rich with nothing burnt. The hops in this beer are delightful and take their place in the beer without trouncing the other flavors. They are a bright little bit of freshness. A pleasant floral from the bravo and a lightly stemmy herbal from the styrian golding. Cocoa powder that is less sweet on the palate as it is on the nose adds a bit of complexity. Slickness on the tongue and in the finish from the oats and even though they used lactose I think the sweetness is in check. A subtle bitterness from the hops and a touch of dryness from the roast finish this one creamy, full bodied, balanced and it does not linger long in the aftertaste. They used midnight wheat in this beer and that adds a bitterless, dark color to beer with hints of roast depending on how much you use. It also is said to finish exceptionally clean and I think they used it to smooth any astringency from the oats that would gather in the finish. There was none. As it warms the dark fruit starts to emerge. it is not well defined so you cant say raisin or this or that and it remains in the background. Becomes more nutty from the oats as it warms .

If I had given it a 3.5 overall you would never guess how much I liked the noble hops in this beer. I disliked the lactose but that is subjective for me as I dislike lactose in any beer and do not favor the milkstout. If they were going for a hoppier beer, they succeeded. But that strange grape taste does not thrill me so 3.5 for taste. 3.5 for the mouthfeel because you will notice a bit of roughness in the finish.

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Photo of KShophead
4.16/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lovely, Dark And Deep Oatmeal Stout from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 333 ratings