Brew Review: Mystic Brewery’s Lord Falconer

Mystic Brewery's Lord Falconer Oatmeal Stout
Photograph by Anne Vickman.

As a collective staff, we’re always trying new beer. In hopes of giving you a better idea of what we think about what we’re tasting, we’re throwing some beer reviews into the mix. We’ll look at appearance, aroma, taste, and mouthfeel . and add in food pairings when we find something fabulous.

Mystic Brewery Lord Falconer Oatmeal Stout

Mystic’s Wigglesworth Series is a line of traditional, bottle conditioned English-style beers formulated by Mystic’s R&D master Alastair Hewitt, who’s also (not coincidentally) British. We’re told there will be a new release in the series every other month or so, and they’ll be available on tap at the brewery as well as local watering holes. The series “allows Mystic to explore other traditional styles outside of the Belgian and Abbey styles and to present real ales in a simple and accessible format,” says sales rep Nicole Mandala.

Appearance: Pours a deep black brown with a brown head that dissipates quickly. Head bubbles are relatively large. We’d also love to point out that we love the appearance of the bottle, which is a crowned, English-style high shoulder cider bottle. It’s definitely different from most bottles you see on the shelf and we dig the design and the shape. Mandala also points out that the glass is heavy enough for this type of bottle conditioned real ale.

Aroma: Has a fantastic roasted malt aroma with a distinct coffee nose, but it’s not at all overpowering. A hint of super dark baker’s chocolate is in there, too.

Taste: A really well-rounded brew. Light-bodied with a subtle hop bitterness that doesn’t linger, and only a hint of sweetness that really balances out the bitter.

Mouthfeel: Has a medium carbonation and a silky, creamy texture that adds to the smoothness, thanks to those oats.

Overall, we were pleased to find that Lord Falconer, at 5.4 % ABV, is a refreshing and roasty brew that would pair really well with a rich, meat-and-potatoes kind of meal. We’re thinking mashed potatoes, beef, and garden peas. Or Shepherd’s Pie. And it is, in fact, extremely delicious with chocolate chip cookies.

Have you had Lord Falconer yet? What do you think?

Craft Beer Cellar sells 16.9 ounce bottles of Lord Falconer for $4.

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