Keep It Crunchy
Brewery Ommegang

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Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States
American Stout
Ranked #249
Ranked #18,862
3.84 | pDev: 8.07%
Mar 22, 2023
Jan 22, 2022
Very Good
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Notes: This hardy granola stout is all the sustenance you will need on your next outdoor adventure. Complex and flavorful, it overflows with pecan aromas and vanilla undertones. Bestowing a subtle sweetness that pairs beautifully with the silky texture derived from flaked oats and dried cranberries. #KEEPITCRUNCHY

Malt: Midnight wheat, flaked oats and blonde roast oat malt
Hops: Magnum and Fuggles
Adjuncts: Oats, Dried Cranberries, Cocoa Nibs, Honey, Pecan, Vanilla
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Rated: 3.93 by JamieDuncan from Maryland

Mar 22, 2023
Rated: 4.31 by beerrat from Virginia

Mar 10, 2023
Rated: 3.77 by hockeypuck from Maine

Mar 04, 2023
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Reviewed by SpaceCamp from Virginia

3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Pours a dark cola-colored brown that forms a half-inch khaki head that is slow to dissipate, leaving behind solid lacing and superior retention. The aromas are dominated by oats, roasted malts, nuts, hints of vanilla and cacao. Taste is roasted malt, pecans, cacao nibs, vanilla, hints of honey and brown sugar. The can claims cranberries but I could not detect any fruit flavors. Medium body. A fine oatmeal stout, but it lacks some of the boldness that separates the great stouts. Still, a fine treat at good cost.
Feb 20, 2023
Rated: 3.93 by DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

Feb 20, 2023
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Reviewed by JayQue from Virginia

3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
An OK brew, but I usually expect to get blown away by Ommegang beers!!!! Poured from a 16 oz can into a pint glass, this beer was looking good!! A dense black color with some reddish highlights coming through. The head was big, frothy and khaki colored with good retention and broken bands of foamy lacing on the glass. Taste and aroma were pretty average: some bready malt, a little vanilla and a grainy "breakfast cereal" like aspect. On the whole, rather undistinguished!!! Mouthfeel was rich enough for the style, a little alcohol warming (but no "burn" or harshness) and otherwise smooth. I just didn't think there was enough here, especially from Ommegang!!!
Feb 04, 2023
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Reviewed by BigIronH from Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
This version is 9%. Pours an inky black with a finger of brown head. Reduces to a thin ring and a decent cap. Nose is cola, baked bread, and honey granola. Taste follows suit with a coffee bitterness finish. Feel is medium thick with a good carb bite making it nearly effervescent. Overall, a good experience if only slightly above average.
Jan 22, 2023
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Reviewed by markfill from Tennessee

2.37/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2
What the heck happened to Ommegang?I never had a bad beer from them until last year.However,had their Three Philosophers last year,which I buy every year,but I wasn't impressed for some reason.Now,my wife has their Keep It Crunchy Stout....its ok,but not anywhere near what I would expect from this brewery.And,it has caramel color added(right on the can).If I had seen that,I wouldn't have allowed it to be bought.
Looks good,dark and brown.Smell,inoffensive,sweet,no complexity at all.Taste is inoffensive,vanilla forward,no complexity as it moves down the tongue.Lots of oats?, feels thin to me.Overall,inoffensive,nothing bad,but a mediocre beer at a premium pricepoint.
Nov 05, 2022
Rated: 3.69 by SViterileroux74 from Texas

Oct 30, 2022
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Reviewed by Whyteboar from Michigan

3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Not sure if I should tell everyone what I tasted here as I drank it past the BB date, so I will just state that this should be consumed fresh, not cellared.
Wasn’t bad at all, just no flavors listed still remain, save the vanilla which was actually bitter.
Drink fresh!
Oct 21, 2022
Rated: 3.93 by WynnO from Florida

Oct 08, 2022
Rated: 4.17 by nodnaut

Aug 20, 2022
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Rated by TheBigBoy from Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
It is what it says it is, just not what I am looking for in a beer.
Aug 07, 2022
Rated: 4 by newcastlemike from Connecticut

Aug 06, 2022
Rated: 4.31 by Mallow14

Jul 30, 2022
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Reviewed by Franziskaner from Missouri

3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Black in color with minimal light penetration. There’s a quarter inch of creamy brown on top. Moderate, soapy lacing is present. The aroma is of caramel, toffee, cranberries, pecan, cocoa, and dark malt. I’m tasting caramel, toffee, pecans, and cranberries. The mouth is smooth and dry.
Jul 09, 2022
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Reviewed by JokersAce

3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Heavy malt aroma from this stout. Black pour with a fairly large beige head that eviscerated to a lacing. Aroma is
certainly a bit granola in nature with plentiful oat aromas though the vanilla and cranberries are subdued. The pecan is present and there's certainly cocoa nibs present, specifically in the bit of bitter notes permeating through this one while drinking. The honey is indiscernible, save for some lingering notes in the aftertaste. It's a good stout, and while it seems packed with adjuncts they really bow down to the oats and stout essence itself and act secondary to the beer's style rather than taking on prominent notes.
BB of 6/16/22 on can and consumed on 6/16/22.
Jun 16, 2022
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Reviewed by chinchill from South Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
16 oz can enjoyed about one month prior to the June 2022 BB date stamped on the bottom of the can.

Appearance. The clear but dark reddish-brown body is topped with a good off-white head.

Although the ABV of this stout is 'only' 6.5% it drinks like a bigger imperial stout. There's plenty of flavor, in clouding both sweetness and a more dominant piney bitterness. Tasting all Idaho brings hints of roasted nuts, chocolate, and vanilla.

Mouthfeel. Fairly smooth full body with near medium carbonation.
May 27, 2022
Rated: 3.9 by ajdemma from New York

May 07, 2022
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Reviewed by Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Poured from a can into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a very dark brown color with a head of billowy off-white foam. The head has a decent level of retention, fading over time to leave a light level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma is strong of a milk chocolate and roasted malt smell mixed with some oat and grainy aromas. Along with these smells comes notes of honey and caramel as well as a little bit of a vanilla and a touch of nuttiness.
Taste – The taste begins with a nice mix of roast and oat, that is accented by flavors of a cocoa and a bit of nuttiness. Sweet flavors of a caramel and brown sugar nature back the tastes, with all the aforementioned flavors fading slightly as the taste advances. At the same time other flavors of vanilla and honey seem to increase, along with a light, slightly bitter cranberry flavor coming to the tongue. With a little bit of graininess and an increase in the roast, one is left with a somewhat drier than expected, nicely roasted taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is medium in thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is average. A little thicker body would have been slightly better, but overall, pretty decent.
Overall – A rather decent oatmeal stout with an easy drinking nature. At least worth a try.
May 03, 2022
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Reviewed by Kulikov from Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4
L: pours cola black with a nice tall dark tan head. Head disappates after about a minute.
S: oats and honey granola bar with notes of malt.
T: chocolate and coffee up front, honey oats and vanilla come in afterwards.
F: medium body up front, doesn't hold up too long as it warms. Not an unpleasant texture, but didn't hold up to what the smell and taste offered.
O: A pleasant stout, the granola flavorings play nicely with the traditional coffee and cocoa.
May 01, 2022
Rated: 4.1 by Boone757 from Virginia

Apr 30, 2022
Rated: 3.71 by AmatuerSurgeon from Missouri

Apr 29, 2022
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Reviewed by JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Haven’t had an Ommegang beer in ages as this was available via a single can at Gary’s in Wayne. This wasn't the type of beer that I was accustomed to from these guys and after having it, it was a bit easy to see why. No, this wasn't a disappointment but it wasn't as crunchy as I hoped as this was a bit too cluttered and unfocused on me. Sure, I ended up going to 10 National Parks not too long after buying this as this would have been great to have on the trail but was it like a crunchy granola beer that was fermented? Not quite...

Too much carbonation was apparent in the pour as there was a ton of head and bubbles left on the side of my glass. Loads of tart cherries and cranberries, as well as honey and pecan were in the nose as the taste was just as thin, fruity, and subtly sweet. A bit more oats and malt would have made this truly crunchy but as it was, this felt like a thin Stout with a strong, nutty undertone that made this feel drier than it should have been. More grain, chocolate, and malt would have enhanced this as the pecan and vanilla undertones made this feel like a novelty beer and not a Stout that I'd reach for again.

The alcohol was subdued and I kept waiting for the crunchy, granola-natured aspect of this brew to take hold, but it never did. At least I had it by the "BEST BY" date of 6/27 that was printed on the bottom of the can, and the artwork was quite lovely, but I'd sooner reach for an energy bar to meet my craving than have this again. Worth a go once for the trail, but a chaser of water and maybe even a stronger beer to finish off with would be called for after having this. Crunchy, this was not...
Apr 21, 2022
Rated: 3.94 by caffeinelogic from New York

Apr 10, 2022
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Reviewed by russpowell from Arkansas

3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pours an effervescent cola/hazel color with 2+ fingers of tan, a bit of a gusher. Good lacing & slightly above average head retention

S: Cocoa, nutttyness

T: Follows the nose, some caramel, a little dryness, some vanilla notes as well up front. Powdery cocoa as this warms, some sweet nuttyness, vanilla. Finishes sweet, nutty, with a little cocoa & vanilla, plus a touch of carob

MF: Medium body, fairly firm carbonation. Body thins out a bit as it warms

Solid, pretty darn drinkable, but not one I'd buy again
Apr 06, 2022
Rated: 4.1 by SlainteAlbanyNY from New York

Mar 27, 2022
Rated: 4 by Velivolus1 from Vermont

Mar 20, 2022
Rated: 4 by 1971bernat from Virginia

Mar 17, 2022
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Reviewed by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A - Dark brown pour with tan colored lacing.

S - Pecan, vanilla, light toasted malt all wrapped into an aromamatic sweetness.

T - Very delicate toasted malt, caramel, vanilla, and pecan and ends well balanced with a lingering light chocolate roast.

M - Medium body that's dry on the very back of the tongue while the rest of the mouth waters.

O - This is a really easy drinking stout. Enjoyable and recommended.
Mar 16, 2022
Rated: 4.02 by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

Mar 16, 2022
Rated: 4.09 by Abstractspirit from Rhode Island

Mar 15, 2022
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Rated by izraelc from New York

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pours dark. Tan foam. Sweet aroma. Big cocoa body. Pecans and vanilla. Sweet finish. A little bitter. Pretty good. Worth a taste.
Mar 12, 2022
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Reviewed by JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

3.61/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
When a pint can of this was emptied into a clear glass liter mug, it was ridiculous. Albeit; the temperature of the can's contents were close to room temperature, but this is an unexpected result of a reasonable pour. Immediately, two thirds of the vessel is full with foam. It takes a second pour to fit the contents of a pint can into a liter sized vessel. There's something wrong there. As almost always, a big starchy and foamy head recedes unevenly and is unattractive. Once again, wheat in the wort is the likely culprit. As the head recedes, there's an irregular and unappealing glass lacing. Once getting passed the distraction of that visual mess, the body is a dense dark chocolate color. The head is biege, but unattractive, even if some of it endures. The smell is malty first, but not in the roasted malt way. There's also a hint of some grains, likely oats. Soft, almost flat to the palate, this is drinkable, but hardly outstanding. Of all the listed inclusive flavors, it's the pecan that stands out at the finish. Certainly, cocoa is there, too, with a balance of vanilla. The cranberry probably adds a level of tartness and even the honey sweetness is subdued. Overall, this is a muddled mess. With only hints of the array of flavoring ingredients and without any one being outstanding, there seems no purpose for this concoction. It's not nearly as grainy to taste as it could be, the inclusion flavors are hard to find (maybe not a bad thing) and it's a little flat across the tongue. There's nothing here that's crunchy, just a marginally decent brew.
Mar 09, 2022
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
i have to open by saying its so weird to see an ommegang beer with "caramel color" and "pecan flavor", i know them for bottle conditioned, mega authentic belgian stuff, so this sort of thing seems like a major departure, not just because its an adjunct stout, but because it appears to be somewhat cheap in the ingredient sense, no pecans just pecan flavor, and who need caramel color in a stout? are we skimping on dark grain? are we meant to see caramel though black? it just doesnt make sense. now that said, i think this is very tasty beer, impressive even, and its true to the theme of the granola, with even a little appreciable dried cranberry tang in nose and taste, plenty of dark and bakers chocolate character swirling among the dark malts, and the oat aspect here is real both in texture and flavor, even some honey sweetness permeating, it comes together well. sexy in the glass too, and funky can, obsidian black with the same shine, airy tan head, wonderful retention, high roast in the nose with good espresso character and more from the chocolate. the cranberry part is subtle but appreciable, and its neat with the pecan, whether its natural or not, the proportions are great, these are all little flashes and accents, nothing overdone. full and creamy from the oats, drier at the end than it starts with the honey and indeed some definite caramel flavor to me, good low end roasty bitterness though too, and its not overly desserty. impressive quality still, even though this is a weird look for ommegang, neat to see them branching out i guess, but its a slipper slope. hopefully their next new beer is something bottle conditioned and old worldy, got to stay true to the roots! fun stuff though, better than other granola inspired beers ive had in the past...
Mar 07, 2022
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Reviewed by WindyBovine from California

3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
L: Dark brown/black, nice big head.
S: Vanilla forward, coffee/chocolate dark malt on nose. Didn't get pecans (?) on nose?
T: Dark malt roast. Didn't get as much sweetness as was anticipating from vanilla smell. Pecans? (Brain not trying hard enough?).
F: Medium body, medium/light carbonation ...fitting for it's look.
O: I'd buy it again.. at right price (and refrigerated). This time around decent price since comes 16x4 (w/ usual west coast markup)
Mar 07, 2022
Rated: 4 by PaleAleWalt from New York

Mar 06, 2022
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Rated by jzlyo from Iowa

3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Aroma is nuts/granola, dark malts and dark fruit. The flavor is dark fruit, granola, dark malts and a tart/acidic/dry finish.
Mar 06, 2022
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Rated by jbolger from Connecticut

3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
3/1/22 Jet black with a tan head. Tastes of chocolate granola with vanilla overtones. Moderate sweetness. Not bad but hoped for more.
Mar 02, 2022
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Reviewed by bbtkd from South Dakota

3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Ommegang Keep It Crunchy Granola Stout, 6.5% ABV. Pours dark black with a foamy 4+ finger light brown head that left decent lacing. Nose is faint granola/nuts, taste follows, plus malt, no sweetness, moderate bitterness. Decent mouthfeel, smooth due to oats, dry finish. Overall very good. Hardly any granola compared to other beers I've had, notably Drekkers, where they use it to simulate pie crust. Wasn't crunchy.
Mar 02, 2022
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