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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Ratings: 46 |  Reviews: 43
Reviews by ujsplace:
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 oberon
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep red with a nice creamy head,aroma was slighter than what I thought it would be I got some fruitiness and some sweet malt but it didnt jump out at you.starts out malty sweet with some fruity tinges with a nice hop smack that lingers thru the finish making this beer alot more appetizing.a nicely blanced strong ale I would get again.

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Photo of Billolick
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bomber, no freshness info offered. Pours black under a very dark tan head and some spotty lacing. Light chocolaty nose. Tasty and easy drinking O.S. Notes of more light chocolate, cafe au lait and some chalky cocoa. Light, silky, slightly watery mouth feel. Respectable stout, nothing special going on here, just a decent, fairly tasty stout.

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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 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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Photo of ggaughan
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tried this sucker tonight at a local bar. The beer poured a deep brown, blackish color with a thick, almost chocolate milk deep tan head with nice thick bubbles. The aroma is of maybe some dark chocolate, nuts, dried fruit. The taste is more of the same but more intense and had a nice filling body. Definitely I good beer to fill you up when it is freezing outside.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A slightly hazy, reddish-copper body is capped by a creamy head of light tan foam that holds fairly well and leaves splashes of lace about the glass as it goes. The nose is fruity (from its yeast as well as some citrusy hops) over a deeply caramelized malt. The body is medium, and it's crisp in the mouth. More hops appear in the flavor than the aroma suggests; and a bold bitterness balances its caramelized malt leading to a dry, bitter and hoppy finish. A good, solid strong ale for those long, cold winter nights at the pub ;)

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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 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 emerge077
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. tap-filled bottle courtesy of PEBKAC, many thanks!

One finger of tan foam slowly slides down the glass, leaving 1/2" sheet of lace all around the edge. Black body with an auburn-tinged ring at the liquid's edge. Sweet earthy char in the nose, mild enough to be pleasant. Flavors of malted milk balls, cocoa, bittersweet chocolate, with a mildly bitter hop twang at the end. Not overly sweet or bitter, pretty balanced. It reminded me of Edmund Fitzgerald Porter.

It had a fairly creamy feel, with a mild lactic character, and was light enough on the alcohol to be pretty well rounded. A nice stout to have after shoveling snow...

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Photo of PEBKAC
4.01/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce capped bottle that was bottom-filled in early February. I always seem to take my time with things. I could lie & say it was an experiment, but I'm really just a procrastinator. Always waiting for the right time I suppose.

A nice release off the cap & whiff of chocolate lets me know that things are okay. A half inch of rich, russet-colored head temporarily lays upon a very dense cola brown body.

Baker's chocolate, Nesquik powder, lactose, spent charcoal, & a spritz of green bitterness. Actually, more like a strong passing shower. Alcohol permeates everything, but always holds someone's hand.

A granular sweetness hits & runs, but a roasted(more like burnt)bitterness takes first place in awareness. Next is a bittersweet dark chocolate that more so resembles something like carob & coffee. A slight sweet & sour fruit bitterness runs out the clock.

The carbonation almost feels nitro-like. Down below, the body is a little tacky, but still on the thinner side of stouts. The alcohol is right around where you'd expect it to be.

I have a hard time drinking stouts, so a 3.5 for me is probably a 4.5 for the average guy who spooges over them on a daily basis.

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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 weeare138
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On cask at Ortino's Northside...
Appears a syrupy black with dark caramel notes along with a fluffy, tan head that just doesn't want to ever leave. Tons of scattered lacing is left all around the glass.
Smell is of bitter baker's chocolate, roasted nuts, mild coffee, ripe fruit, and a touch of vanilla buried in the background.
Taste is of the same aromas with a swirling of fruit, roast, bitters, and even a touch of sourness.
Mouthfeel is a bit thin but packed with roasty and sweet complexities. The natural cask pour is a nice way to have this brew from our friends in Reading.

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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 drtth
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer came a dark glowing black that let through some red when held to the light. The head looked like a sheet of super small individual tan bubbles. Smelled of sweet and musky fruits, roasted malts and smoke with hints of vanilla and spices. Tasted of smoke and gently roasted creamy malt that transformed into a fruity oak dryness and finished with a smooth chocolate and coffee dryness. The mouth feel was light to medium in body with a light carbonation. I found these flavors to be beautiful and delicately assembled. The smoothness kept brining to mind the word “velvet”.

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

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Westboro, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" brown head over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head lasts well, with spotty bits of foamy lace. Aroma is dark grains, notes of coffee. Taste starts sweet, goes lightly hoppy in the middle, and closes with rich roasted oatmeal character. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is good. Nice brew.

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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 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 jdaelhousen
4.02/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thick pour that produces an attractive brown, fluffy head. Color of the body is pitch black. Aroma contains a roasty nose with notes of chocolate cocoa and oats, and a trailing nose of hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is noticeably thick upon first sip. Flavor of the beer contains an up front taste of chocolate mixed with decent carbonation that zings the palate. At the center, the notes of oatmeal, nuts and caramel can be tasted well into the finish as a hop bitterness follows into the aftertaste; this makes a nice counterbalance with the sweetness of the chocolate.

Overall, a very impressive oatmeal stout by Legacy that is extremely drinkable.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a five+ finger thick light tan head that fades slowly, leaving some lace. Totally black color. Good carbonation and heavy bodied. Roasted coffee nose. Flavor is bakers chocolate, some burnt coffee at finish. $5.69 for a 22oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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Photo of smcolw
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Explosive head: 80% foam, 20% beer in the initial pour. Beautiful beige color. It recedes too damn slowly; I want to try this beer. Near black in color where no light can pass, even at the edge.

Chaulky, creamy cooled-off hot chocolate aroma. In the background, mocha.

Lots of dark chocolate and mild bitter coffee. Rather thin for an oatmeal stout. No chewiness. The aftertaste is unsweetened cocoa. There is some lactose sugar flavors, but not the creaminess I associate with the flavor.

This is not a home run strictly because of the body. Otherwise this is bring-me-some-more type of beer.

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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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Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 46 ratings