Lovely, Dark and Deep

New York
United States
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
87
Aroma:
18 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20
Description 

For the next few months, there will be plenty of snow-filled woods by which to stop and ponder in Ommegang’s Upstate New York, Cooperstown home. It only seemed fitting therefore to seek inspiration from Robert Frost’s famous poem “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” when name-storming monikers for the brewery’s new winter-warmer seasonal. Lovely, Dark and Deep, an Oatmeal Stout.

“Winter is lengthy in Upstate New York and we wanted to brew a beer that we could enjoy throughout the long, cold months,” says Mike McManus, Ommegang’s Innovation Manager. “Lovely, Dark, and Deep not only reflects well the nature of our winters here, but also the beer. At 5.3% ABV the second follows easily after the first, while the chocolate, roast, and coffee characters provide enough to explore. It should be perfect during, or after, a day of winter fun.”

Profile

ABV: 
5.3%
Hops: 
Bravo, Styrian Goldings
Malts: 
Chocolate, Midnight Wheat, Flaked Oats, Lactose
Judges Review 
Michael McGuire's picture
Judges Rating:
87
Aroma:
18 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

This beer poured black with a thick tan head with adequate retention. The aroma, however, was fairly neutral even after warming, with only a slightly dark and base malt nose. The style came alive, appropriately, in the flavor profile, which consisted of slightly sweet dark malt (without distinctive roast, chocolate or coffee flavors), oats, and plenty of fruity esters. Hops are used for bittering only, rather than for flavoring. The oats contribute strongly to the silky and creamy mouthfeel that lingers through the finish. This is a clean beer without any off-flavors.

In some ways this beer tasted like a fine schwarzbier brewed with oats and fermented with ale yeast. In other words, this is a very well-made dark beer that does not taste like other oatmeal stouts, even excellent ones. As such, it rewards drinkers willing to stretch their notion of that style.