Lovely, Dark And Deep

Oatmeal Stout Brewery Ommegang

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Lovely, Dark And Deep, an English-style Oatmeal Stout by Brewery Ommegang

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Lovely, Dark And Deep is an English-style Oatmeal Stout brewed by Brewery Ommegang, and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in a snifter from bottle.

Appearance

Pours black with nearly an inch-thick head of bubbly, brown froth that dissipates rapidly. Nary a drop of lace on the glass.

Aroma

Aroma of molasses, dark fruit and a hint of roast.

Flavor

Robust palate mixes dark chocolate, coffee roast, fig, prune, and spice atop bready oatmeal. Finishes with a mild bite of noble hops.

Mouthfeel

Smooth but chewy mouthfeel is nearly full bodied with low carbonation.

Overall

Lovely, Dark And Deep has a pleasant nose, a rich mouthfeel, and a fruity palate. They combine to make this a serviceable oatmeal stout but it doesn’t quite measure up to the better brews of the style. Still, a nice effort by Ommegang.

Recommended Pairings

Ommegang recommends the following food pairings with their Lovely, Dark And Deep: aged cheddar, pumpernickel, roasted chestnuts, and rare roast beef with stone ground mustard.

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About the Oatmeal Stout

The Oatmeal Stout is very dark, full-bodied, roasty, malty ale with a complementary oatmeal flavor. The sweetness, balance, and oatmeal impression can vary considerably. Historically, the use of oatmeal in stouts originated in the 1800s, and were marketed as being “healty” beers. The Oatmeal Stout was popular in England between the two World Wars and the style was revived during the modern craft beer era.