Tonight’s beer is another Ommegang beer that is a relatively new addition to their portfolio.
Style: Oatmeal Stout
Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Ommegang’s adds a touch of frost to new winter seasonal. 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, is set to reach retail in early November. ‘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.’ Lovely, Dark and Deep pours deep black with a tan, creamy mousse-like head. Aromas of roasted malt and coffee with cream, coupled with subtle notes of chocolate and dark fruit from Ommegang’s house yeast prevail. Flavors of rich chocolate milk, and coffee and cream are impeccably balanced with restrained sweetness and hints of roastiness. The finish is silky smooth with a medium to full body. Brewed with a rich blend of malts including chocolate malt, midnight wheat, and flaked oats, and given a small addition of lactose, Lovely, Dark and Deep has a hint of sweetness and a smooth body. The beer is hopped with Bravo and Styrian Golding hops and Ommegang’s signature house yeast is used in both primary and secondary fermentation. Lovely, Dark and Deep is the perfect beer to pair with a light meal by a hot, crackling fire on a cold winter’s night. Cozy up and watch the flames while you pair sips with aged cheddar, a hunk of dark bread with natural sweetness like pumpernickel, and slices of cold meats, like rare roast beef, with stone ground mustard. Or even, with some roasted chestnuts. Four-packs of 12 oz. bottles and draft will be available across Ommegang’s 43-state distribution area.”
Random: I think I wrote a book report about Robert Frost in elementary school.
The beer poured with a two finger, fluffy, light brown head. It went away slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was black in color with no visible carbonation due to color. The nose had some smoke, roasted malts, dark chocolate and lactose. The taste started with cream and lactose and quickly went into smoke and ash with some dark chocolate. Oats came through as well. The body was on the thicker side, despite the almost sessionable ABV, with high carbonation. It had a lengthy and creamy finish. A bottle of this was $3, which broke down to $.25 per ounce. I thought this was a great beer and would definitely get this again. I hope they make it an annual seasonal.
Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0