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Nor Easter | Legacy Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Legacy Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Winter

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Added by NeroFiddled on 01-17-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of drtth
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of jlindros
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've really been in the mood for oatmeal stouts lately, maybe its the end of winter, or because I had Kate recently, but either way heres another.

A: Wow, 95% head in teh pour, and this was from the fridge. It slowly turns over to beer like a nitro tap. I feel like I'm waiting for a Guinness. The semi dark super thick and rich foam slowly fades to beer and turns to a super dark black colored beverage with just a hint of light coming through.

N: A nice robust oatmeal and roasted malts. A nice dark malty aroma with some roast, coffee, maybe a hint of chocolate, and a hint of milk chocolate.

T: After the wait I finally get to it. Taste is heavy, loaded with roast and coffee. An earthy spicy roasted malt bitterness and roasted coffee bean taste. This is accompanied by some oatmeal and thick stout flavors. It's thick and chewy, but not too thick to enjoy. A little bit of chocolate with that. Reminds me somewhat of a lighter version of Breakfast Stout. Some sweet malts, but light on the sweetness and barely a hint of booze. Although I would have liked a little more maltiness to it and a little more body.

M: Pretty thick and chewy but not as much body as I would expect, and loaded with carbonation, perhaps too much.

F: Finishes pretty bitter actually. I was expecting more sweetness. Some more of that bitter earthy charred dry stout like flavor comes through on the finish with some spicy characteristics. It has some dry stout qualities to it. Nothing really lingers too much, which is nice. The acidity and earthy charred quality add some tongue tingling spice to it. It's almost like a cross between a dry Irish stout, oatmeal stout, and with a few more hops would be imperial stout too. A nice beer, tasty, it has it's flaws but good nonetheless.

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Photo of Gavage
3.56/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a black color with a fluffy 3" head that lingers around. Some spotty lace paints the glass.

Smell: roasted malt sweetness and a hint of spiciness is pleasant on the nose.

Taste: roasted malts, oatmeal, and a mild bitterness creates a straight forward oatmeal stout.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp throughout and mild dryness arrives. Long aftertaste with this one.

Drinkability: this beer is eay to consume, but after the bottle is empty I didn't need anymore.

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Photo of armock
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a black color with a thin tan head with no lacing

S - Is of roasted malt with coffee and oat scents

T - Follows the nose with the roasted malt coffee and oat flavors

M - This beer has a watery body and higher carbonation for a stout

D - I did enjoy this beer despite the mouthfeel it has a good taste worth checking out sometime to try

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Photo of jwc215
3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours pitch black with a creamy thick head that descends to half and stays. Lines of slowly vanishing lace stick.

The smell is bready, a bit musty with tart/sour fruitiness and roasted coffee.

The taste is sweet and tart - tartness a bit too much, and makes this one grow weary after awhile. Roasted coffee balances the sweettart. Finishes dry and bready.

Carbonation is just enough to be too much. It has a watery character, though enough malt is there to linger and add some smoothness.

The tart and over-carbonated characteristics detract from a potentially malty, slightly roasty, goodness. Not bad, but has some detractors.

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Photo of HumanCarBomb
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

~ Purchased this 22 oz bomber from Shoreline Beverage in Huntington, NY. This stout pours black with a massive tan head that sticks around for a while. It smells of bittersweet chocolate, roasted malt, oatmeal, and some floral hops. The taste is pretty much the same. I really wanted to like this more, but its watery mouthfeel and bitter finish brought it down a couple notches.

All in all, this is a nice beer to enjoy on a cold winter night. ~

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Photo of woodychandler
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Gravity pour - how much more authentic do you need? Heavy charcoal scent on the nose. Very thin head. Color was a deep brown with caramel highlights. Mouthfeel was slick, creamy, and subtle. I hardly felt it making its descent. Finish was so smoky, lingering, and delicious that I could not wait for my next sip. Yum. Finish had a smoky quality. Not bad, but I'd rather have Furious.

Watching it drip past the faultily driven spigot, I was reminded of Falstaff, who would have readily licked it from the front of the duty reefer. Come in, Autumnal Dave!

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Photo of m1ked
4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours with an outstanding 4 finger mocha colored large coarse bubbly head. As the bubbled are popping, it leaves this raised fine bubbled head in the center.There is a moderate amount of lacing left behind, while I am waiting for the huge foamy head to die down. Otherwise pours a solid blackness. Once it does die down, which takes quite a while, the head is a 1/4 fine foam that does not go away with swirling the glass. The huge head is clearly the outstanding
feature here.

S- Punch of coffee and rich bittersweet chocolate jumps out that really persists throughout the nostril intake. A little bit of bitterness hangs on till the end.

T- I get a mix of milk chocolate and bittersweet chocolate with the coffee. I get some smokey woody meaty notes. There is a tinny metallic note in there though that I am not fond of. A lingering note of the smoky woody tinny note.

M- Smooth, with a low creamy carbonation throughout, really nice. The carbonation does not distract fromtasting the beer. The mouth feel is mediumish.

D- I am really into stouts right now, given the cold weather (first snowfall today) and the warming effect I find this beer to fit the bill of what I am looking for. I am pleased with Legacy's offering here.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.26/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a bomber today for $5.99, which seemed like a decent price. Popped the cap, and only poured about two ounces or so into the glass when it foamed up like crazy. And then it didn't disappear. Had to pour some down the drain and wait about 10 minutes before I attempted to pour again. Way too overcarbonated. Eventually, it settled into a oversized head atop a glass of motor oil black beer. Smelled like an insane amount of roasted barley. Flavor was strong but a bit overpowering. Way too much burnt coffee, and nothing to balance that out. A stout should not have this much carbonation. While it tasted above average, this beer seemed to be all over the map. Too much that I did not enjoy with this stout for me to give it a good review.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
2.21/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured into pint glass.

A: Used motor oil color. Two inches of frothy light brown head with excellent retention and quite a bit of lacing. Nice cascade going for a while.

S: Oatmeal is the biggest component of the aroma. Not any hops content. A bit fusely and a bit of alcohol.

T: Tastes like slightly sour nothing. I don't know what the hell made this dark because their is no crystal malt or roasted barley component in the taste. This sucks.

M: Light body, really light body like water. Carbonation is fine, but that's about it.

D: This is slightly sour water. It fucking sucks. How the hell does ANYBODY like this?

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Photo of ujsplace
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a pub glass and apparently with a bit too much vigor. Initially the head was thick and pillowy forming that familiar island-like head that did eventually give way to a respectable insulator that lasted until the end. Opaque, black and inviting. Sweet...

S: Roasted, toasted malts and hints of chocolate with some coffee and a hint of oats.

T: Excellent, a little thick and very satisfying. Like a meal in a bottle. A nice balanced taste with decent malty chocolate overtones infused with a bit of coffee like dry finish.

M: Thick, robust chewy mouthfeel.

D: In spite of the somewhat heavy handed thickness that goes with this fine brew, this is a surefire pleaser for those who are fans of Oatmeal Stouts. If you like the style, then you will like this interpretation.

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Photo of magine
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured this brew into a pint glass.

This brew pours a huge dark coffee color brew with a chunky tan (almost brown) head that is huge with massive lacing.

The brew smells of oats, malts and an herbal flowery undertone smell. I smell some chocolate in here as well.

The brew tastes of oats and roasted malts. Thick creamy brew, with some dry aftertaste.

This beer is filled with lots of flavor, a well balanced beer. Awesome appearance, full bodied taste. Very drinkable. A very impressive brew from Legacy.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.15/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz. bottle into half pint, courtesy of Deuane.

A - Poured a dark brown body with deep reddish hues and half a finger of tan head that reduced to a patchy film and left no lace.

S - Aroma is comprised of flaked oats and some roasted malt, but not much chocolate or coffee. Nose is quite earthy, however, with some leafy, woody hops.

T - Milky notes with a touch of chocolate and some toasted oats. Finishes on the bitter side with an earthy hop character.

M - Light to medium bodied for an oatmeal stout and softly carbonated. Quite thin and watery overall, certainly not very robust or creamy. Finishes with a touch of bitterness on the palate.

D - Not overly impressed with this oatmeal stout. I found it to be pretty average, and could use an overhaul in the taste and mouthfeel departments.

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Photo of Deuane
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Deep, dark brown with just a touch of ruby highlights. A creamy, light tan creamy head that left decent lace.

S-Light roasted malt with a bit of dark chocolate and a touch of earthy hop bitterness.

T-Roasted malt with light chocolate, coffee and spicy hop notes. Nothing about this beer really grabs hold of me though.

M-Medium light and somewhat thin. Smooth for sure but really where is the robustness? More of an oatmeal brown....I can't even go to a porter.

D-Easy drinking and fairly tasty but....the body is too light and the flavour simply isn't bold enough. There are too many better beers out there.

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Photo of Lexluthor33
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark deep brown color almost black. Medium sized head and thin lace.
The aroma of oatmeal,malts and cocoa.
The taste started off with malts,oatmeal. Hints of chocolate,caramel and a little bit of vanilla.
The feel was full body,medium carbonation with a mild bitter finish.

Notes: A good beer for a cold,snowy day. Easy to drink. Smooth and full of flavor.

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Photo of MisterDeeds
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pouring from a 22 oz. bottle into a perfect pint glass.

Deep dark and opaque. The eye catcher here is the enormous 4 finger head, that recedes in unusual patterns, creating a sort of surface of the moon atop the pint glass.

Roasted oats and toffee battle with sweet caramel in the aroma.

Sweet taste hits first with a caramel and toffee mixture. Oatmeal shows up in there as well followed by a nice balance with a semi-sweet chocolate and almost bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is a little thin for an Oatmeal stout, but it doesn't hurt this brew. Very nice. If I knew how to ski, this would be my pre-game meal.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had the pleasure to try this bottle the other night. I had been wanting to have it for a while now so I decided the long wait was over and I went straight for it. Served chilled and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 01/29/2009.

The pour was very nice, a rich dark brown with a nearly opaque apperence. Very nice looking head of tan reaching a height of around three inches then came up over the top, only barely settling down giving one of the biggest looks I have seen in the style.

The aroma was rich with cocoa, molasses and hints of coffee. Very sweet with a light underlying bitterness mixed in. The fvlavor though was more of the same, rich chocolate malts, hints of molasses and vanilla and a lightly bitter coffee taste in the finish. Some subtle cookie dough like flavor mid palate. SMooth, rich, full bodied stout. Nice carbonation gave it a nice mellow feel. Overall I thought this was excellent and would love to get it again. Very underated for the style.

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Photo of jamie2dope
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought this at Cambridge Wine and Spirits in Fresh Pond today. Pours a velvet black color, with a smooth looking tan head. Smell has cola, some dark fruit, coconut, mildly metallic. Taste is more bitter, but has a great creamy texture to it. The oatmeal aspect of it really shines in the taste. Body is silky smooth, and not too heavy. The alcohol doesn't really make its presence known either. Let this one warm to room temperature for sure, as lots of interesting twists result. Pretty damn good.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a dark opaque color with a light tan creamy head with slight reddish hues that left a slight silky lacing behind on the sides of the glass.

S: soft with a light roasted character, some dark bitter chocolate and an earthy hop bitterness.

T: For flavor there was a fresh roastedness, some black coffee and bread as well some light citric flowery hops. Finishes dry with a nice smooth hop bitterness that fades ever so slightly.

M: The palatewas light with an incredibly smooth silky feel on the tongue with a nice hop bitterness in the middle.

D: An incredibly smooth and silky oatmeal that goes down effortlessly.

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Photo of Kendo
3.37/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber (purchased on LI for $5.99 in the summer) into a pint glass on December 11, 2008, as a winter storm threatened -- not a true Nor'easter, mind you, but as good an excuse as any to pour this one. . . .

A: A rocky 4-finger chocolate brown head settles over a black body with crimson edges. No lacing.

S: All the usual suspects for an oatmeal stout: roasted barley, chocolate malt, cocoa powder and coffee.

T: Roasted barley, some dark fruit, coffee bitterness and burnt charcoal. Lingering taste of char, with a slight metallic edge to it.

M: Highly fizzy (thus explaining that huge head). Lighter in heft than expected -- call it the lighter side of medium in weight. Also not as creamy as expected/hoped for an oatmeal stout.

D: OK. I've had far better, taste and feel-wise, but I still didn't have any trouble drinking it.

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Photo of NoLiberty
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep black color with a one-finger thick toffee colored head that settles into a solid cap that lasts the entire drink.

The aroma is solidly of sweet roasted malt. Mild cofee and light burnt caramel notes. A slight oxidized smell but overall pretty nice.

The taste starts out roasted malt followed by a middle of chocolate and slihtly bitter burnt taste. A little light at the end with a strange lingering oxidized taste.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with good carbonation. Pretty dry but a little on the watery side.

Drinkability isn't bad. Could have a few.

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Photo of calise1122
3.28/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a 22 oz bomber into a 20 oz pint glass. She pours deep dark and black with a very thick brown head that nearly takes over the entire glass and then fades away rather quickly. Smell: burnt coffee with hops, berries, oats, nuts. Taste falls right inline with the smell, lots of carbonation, maybe a little to much for my taste. I enjoyed it, but not my favorite of the style and I had this right after ST Oat.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a Nonic)

A- This big black beer has strands of tiny bubbles sliding up the glass to form a bubbly light tan head that last for a bit.

S- The smell of perfumy yeasty roasted black malt gives way to a full hop aroma with blueberry qualities to the hops.

T- The flavor of dark roasted malt is smooth with some fruity blueberry hints to it followed by a big dandelion pungent hop finish. As the beer warms there is some soft toasted malt qualities that come through the malt flavors and a black malt bitterness that lingers just a moment after each sip.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with no alcohol heat at all.

D- This beer has some nice dark malt flavors but the berry notes are odd and the hops are way to pungent without any flavor.

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