Saturday, 30 January 2010

Oat Malt Stout returns from the grave

One beer I'm looking forward to drinking in the near future is not new at all, but resurrected.

Since Maclays took over the Clockwork Beer Co in Glasgow, they now have a brewery again … even if it is several orders of magnitude smaller than the old one. In the Clockwork the other day they were brewing Maclay's Oat Malt Stout, hopefully from the original recipe, so I want to get round there to taste it once it's ready.


  1. Interesting. I didn't know Maclays had taken it over. Probably a positive development.

  2. They've owned it for a few years, Tandleman. This coincided with a massive and sudden decline in the quality of their beer, both house and guest. This I find perplexing since the same company owns the Three Judges, whose beers have never been anything less than interesting, and almost always in good nick. Unlike Barm, I'm not at all looking forward to their Oat Malt Stout, as all of their beers have been terrible of late, and the Maclays-branded ones some of the worst I have ever tasted.

  3. That's what we like to see - a divergence of opinion.

  4. Steel City Black No.1 has Oat Malt in the recipe, but doubt it'll get to Glasgow!

    I used to really like Clockwork beers, been going there since they started but not for around 4 years... but is Maclays taking over really a good thing? After all, when they brewed their own beers were atrocious.

  5. I remember enjoying Maclays, but I started drinking ale about six months before they stopped brewing, so my exposure to their beers was limited.

    The previous owner of the Clockwork was a highly regarded chap and was always going to be a hard act to follow. But I live in hope that some day the Red Alt will regain its intense bitterness and the Lager its full-bodied, sulphury character.

    Having said that, last time I was there, their Magical German Beer Fridge had been restocked with boring megabrewery products, which is not a good sign.

  6. Can somebody, for The Good Lord's sake, get a bottle, a keg....a drop of the stuff to the U.S. please. More specifically Georgia!