AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20Chad9976 (1519) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 19, 2015
a non-Belgian beer with Belgian yeast is always an interesting concept.
Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. Ommegang’s new winter
seasonal Lovely, Dark and Deep is a seemingly traditional oatmeal stout,
but since it’s brewed with their house yeast (and many of their core
ingredients) the result is a new take on a classic style. It’s not
revolutionary, but it is interesting.
I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. It was bottled on 9/23/15 and cost $2.99 ($0.25 per ounce).
Appearance: Opaque dark brown body with no visible activity happening
within. Pours to a large, tan, foamy head which retains and laces pretty
Smell: The Ommegang house yeast is present and is surprisingly strong;
so much so that it obscures the base brew. Though I do detect sweet
lactose sugar, oatmeal and some roasted malt.
Taste: Oatmeal stout can be a pretty boring style, but when done right
it can be amazing. This beer is neither, though I will say it’s at least
unique. It has all the makings of the style: lightly sweet up front
with a strong sensation of roasted malt and bitterness on the back end.
Slight chocolaty notes, though more of a cocoa nib spice than candy. The
Belgian yeast creates for a spiciness, but it also accentuates the
roasted malt. In fact, it tastes a bit like burnt popcorn or old coffee.
I’m not a fan of the actual finish, but everything leading up to it is
Drinkability: Since this beer is fermented and re-fermented with Belgian
yeast, I was worried the mouthfeel might be too thin and spastic for an
oatmeal stout. While Ommegang Lovely, Dark and Deep isn’t quite as
tepid and syrupy as say, a British example of the style, it’s definitely
a little thinner and more lively than most. At 5.3% ABV it’s about
average in terms of potency and flavor capacity. This would probably
work better with a meal than with or as dessert.