Lovely, Dark and Deep seemed like an appropriate beer to review today. Not just because of the title of the beer, but because this beer is marketed as a winter ale. Today in Buffalo we were provided a generous dose of winter to be certain. In some ways I felt more comfortable with sub-zero weather in February than I did with 50 degrees. And hopefully the warmth of the loved ones in your life helped keep you hypothermia-free this Valentine’s Day.
Ommegang Brewery, from Cooperstown, NY, tantalizes the senses with this teasing treat. Lovely, Dark and Deep combines familiar Ommegang elements with more unfamiliar territory. We know about Ommegang’s signature yeast impact on a beer. We really don’t know a lot about Ommegang’s oatmeal stouts.
Here’s a picture of my Lovely, Dark and Deep:
Ommegang Brewery Lovely, Dark and Deep
Style: Oatmeal Stout
From Ommegang’s website description: “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 a dark black with a tan head. The aroma is not as dominant as one might expect from a beer this dark but is more like a glass of chocolate milk. Chocolate and cream notes are present along with the Ommegang house yeast aroma. The taste is smooth and silky chocolate and coffee.
The most interesting aspect of this beer is the Belgian yeast character. The yeast strain character imparts this beer with a very unique Belgian quality with some spiciness and ester compounds woven into a backdrop of chocolate malt and oats.
Lovely, Dark and Deep is best classified as a “Belgian oatmeal stout” if such a category existed. I would agree that this beer is quite lovely and dark, but I’m not so sure about deep.