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McNeill's Oatmeal Stout - McNeill's Brewery

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McNeill's Oatmeal StoutMcNeill's Oatmeal Stout

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84
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75 Ratings
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Ratings: 75
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 16.27%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
McNeill's Brewery
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-10-2003)
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paulish

New York

3.75/5  rDev 0%

06-04-2014 23:30:46 | More by paulish
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patrick802

Vermont

3/5  rDev -20%

05-04-2014 19:53:45 | More by patrick802
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sirsteve42

New York

3.75/5  rDev 0%

11-01-2013 18:54:12 | More by sirsteve42
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev 0%

05-27-2013 16:54:58 | More by InspectorBob
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Dope

Massachusetts

3.74/5  rDev -0.3%

Old bottle, probably 3 years old.

A: Pours a dark brown with an extremely large and effervescent light brown head. Head fades slowly, leaving big chunks of very fluffy and light lacing behind. Great head retention.

S: Mild roasted malt and oatmeal. A little bit of char.

T: Mild, smooth roasted malt. Bits of char and chocolate mixes with smooth oatmeal. Very smooth and mellow throughout. A little bitter in the finish with the oatmeal and char again. Slightest hint of oxidation in the aftertaste with a little bit of dusty cardboard.

M: Fairly light but not watery. Smooth and creamy.

O: Huh, not bad. Did not expect this to hold up. It's a nice, mellow, easy drinking oatmeal stout. Very smooth and goes down easily. Simple.

04-12-2013 02:36:20 | More by Dope
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redfox405

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev 0%

02-17-2013 00:18:18 | More by redfox405
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Orbfan

New York

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

04-19-2012 00:56:54 | More by Orbfan
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jawneyt

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

03-26-2012 02:54:59 | More by jawneyt
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jsboates


2.5/5  rDev -33.3%

03-11-2012 18:39:53 | More by jsboates
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djrn2

New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -26.7%

03-11-2012 04:12:35 | More by djrn2
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beer272

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev -3.2%

Poured from a 22 oz bottle at room temperature. I think room temperature is a true testament for any beer.

A - pours like a black liquor. The head is not notable and quickly subsides. Jet black color. No lacing. hardly any foam except initial pour. So lacing

S - roast smells dominate. No hop aroma observed. Definitely has a smell. Another smell can not ID.

T - superbly balanced between hops and malt. A neutral beer with a roast character. You can easily drink this. The hops and roast are left at the end, the roast wins, however you can pull out the even neutral hops.

M - balanced

O - a nice example of an oat black stout. I am guessing the oil of the oats is what killed the head. Leaves the roast flavor on your tongue and if you play around with your tongue you can pull out the hops. Nice for the style.

02-19-2012 23:34:56 | More by beer272
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +6.7%

11-28-2011 20:39:38 | More by Rochefort10nh
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BeerLover99

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev -5.3%

A: midnight black, 2 finger tan pillow, splendid lacing

S: oats, bitter chocolate, mild citrus

T: hint of citrus, mild dark choc.,
nutty, malt, oat mild bitter finish

M: med body, slightly smooth,
hint of bubbly on tongue

O: very nice oatmeal stout session
brew from US craft scene. Would
recommend. Wish it was a little
more creamy/chewy.

QUITE NICE, WORTH TRYING!

11-22-2011 21:32:12 | More by BeerLover99
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brandoman63

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

11-22-2011 03:18:46 | More by brandoman63
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Bilco

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +6.7%

11-18-2011 11:36:28 | More by Bilco
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Lawnboy33

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +6.7%

11-15-2011 05:54:31 | More by Lawnboy33
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yankeej13

Florida

3.55/5  rDev -5.3%

Never heard of these guys so figured I would give them a shot.

A- Dark as night, with a small lacing on the top. little to no carbonation.

S- Has a much different smell than other oatmeal stouts. I get a very sweet scent with hints of chocolate and minor coffee notes.

T- More on the thin side for an oatmeal stout has a very sweet taste. Can't really pick out the oatmeal but get a note of coffee n chocolate.

M- Pretty thin and goes down nice and smooth, good drinkability.

Overall- It was pretty good, I don't regret buying it and still would like to try other beers. Cheers

08-11-2011 21:56:43 | More by yankeej13
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FickleBeast

New Jersey

2.15/5  rDev -42.7%

22 oz bottle. Best Before July (no year) is notched.

When opening the bottle, the beer let out a violent gust of CO2 as soon as I broke the seal. As I poured into a pint glass, it instantly filled to the top with foam... uh oh.

I got another clean pint glass and poured very carefully. I got about 40% beer and 60% foam. I let the foam recede for several minutes.

Pour is pitch black with a brown foamy head. Aroma is off... kind of metallic, with a hint of malty sweetness.

Thin, dry, watery mouthfeel. Harsh bitter aftertaste. This is not a good beer. I'm hoping I just got a bad bottle. There is little residual sweetness, and none of the creaminess I'd expect in an Oatmeal Stout.

This is disgusting. Drainpour.

07-16-2011 01:10:58 | More by FickleBeast
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev 0%

A: A viscose opaque pour, as gentle as can be, yielded a glass consuming (>80% occupancy) with a mocha tinted head that raised some concerns about infections/contamination. The head was rigid and foamy, almost like a mountainous topping of whipped cream that was steady on the hold with no where to go. A good meaty show of concentric circles line the glass of lace. The head doesn’t seem to want to budge much through out the course of the drink and always remains a presence in size.

S: Dark bitter chocolate meets fresh whole coffee roast. Soft fresh burnt wood timbers with a bit of hazelnut completes and makes up the nose of moderate strength. Okay, but nothing that grabs and holds your attention.

T: Coffee roast and bitter chocolate intermingles almost seamlessly together. Dry oats, lightly charred grains and just the right level of bitterness. Overall the flavor is solid, feeling bigger in substance then it should be at 4.9%abv. Soft charred earthy bitterness sure likes to linger around after the swallow.

M: The body is medium in substance, slick and slippery in texture with a quiet carbonation factor. Thought it lacked some chewy oat quality and fullness all around but this may be attributed to its low abv. Alcohol laced dark fruit lace comes on the swallow with a bit of plums and a bit of creamy nature, but again a bit light in serving.

O: Overall a fairly solid take, decent level of drinkability with regards to alcohol but comes with a big flavor per say. Deep sense of bitterness and roasty character makes this a good offering.

06-17-2011 00:53:51 | More by beerthulhu
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Gambrinus1184

Connecticut

4.13/5  rDev +10.1%

Poured from a 22-ounce bottle into a Ro's Restaurant pint glass.

A: Near complete blackness with root beer highlights under a gigantic head of rocky tan foam which looked like a mountain range of carbonation and left piles of lace in the glass. Beer gushed a bit but this head just built volume very quickly.

S: Sweet and herbal with hints of cocoa, roasted grains and weak coffee.

T: Bittersweet and earthy up front with hints of sweet caramel roasted and specialty black malts mixed with with a slighlty smoky sweet and creamy flavor. Earthy and herbal hops build a balance before a smooth, brown-sugar sweetened oatmeal finish with light bitterness.

M: Smooth, medium-full bodied and creamy at just under 5% ABV.

O: The head on this brew could have been eaten with a spoon and the hot, cooked grain and chocolately flavors might require that spoon on the label. Would probably make an excellent beer float with vanilla ice cream.

06-06-2011 01:13:05 | More by Gambrinus1184
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biglite351

Pennsylvania

3.03/5  rDev -19.2%

A - no red and had a creamy brown head that leaves considerable lacing.

S - great roasted malts and oats. A hint of molasses in the finish.

T - Odd bitter oats and malts. Not off, just odd.

M - medium coating with a lot of tingle on front of tongue and back of throat.

D - odd taste either males it a pass or a one-off.

01-18-2011 23:31:57 | More by biglite351
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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +3.5%

22oz bomber bottle, label notched that best before the end of November.

pitch black in color, with tan head that fades into just a collar.
the aroma is a combination of sweetness and bitter roasty flavor.

pretty spot-on for the style in my opinion, well balanced. the label talks about a major hop component, but I didn't pick that up at all.

beer doesn't fell overly thick, but it does coat the mouth well. easy to drink.

11-22-2010 04:05:19 | More by jmdrpi
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Seanibus

California

3.28/5  rDev -12.5%

Of the McNeill line, this is the best, butthere is still this strange, sour house taste that is neither pleasant nor easy to explain.

Pours a deep rich black with a decent off white tan head. The aroma is roasted, malty, with a bit of chalky chicory. The flavor is roasted and a bit coffeelike. It has some dark toast and burnt sugar. But at its center is the strange, hollow, thin, sourness that seems to be the defining character of McNeills. Another near miss.

09-30-2010 00:10:29 | More by Seanibus
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ujsplace

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +8.8%

Poured into a nonic...

This brew pours a pitch black with a creamy, dense one-finger head that is a light brown color. The head fades to a thin, somewhat chunky layer that leaves descent lacing.

Smells of roasted malts, chocolate, oats and coffee bitters.

Tastes of dark sweet chocolates, mild coffee bitters and oats. These flavors seem to become more pronounced as this brew warms. Nice bitter finish left on the tongue.

Thick, chewey, creamy and robust.

This is a highly sessionable oatmeal stout. Not too big... I would have actually hoped for a bit more punch - nevertheless, this is a very good oatmeal stout. If you see it it is definitely one worthy of trying.

09-24-2010 00:31:24 | More by ujsplace
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cooch69

Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -12%

This beer was pretty dark, it was pretty much almost black with a half inch head.
It smelled of hops, chocolate, coffee, and caramel matliness.
The taste of this oatmeal stout was pretty full bodied. I did'nt even look at the alcohol content of this beer yet but it tastes like it's around 6.5% and i'm guessing that it's actuallty about 6 to 6.5 percent, but upon further inspection I can't belive that it's not 5.
It is a pretty burly Oatmeal stout. It has a pretty decent amount of hops in the recipe. Enough to balance out all of the other things going on without dominating anything.
The oatmeal adds a pretty silky texture to the palate, although i've had better in oatmeal stouts. All in all this is a pretty decent beer and I'll have to try some of their other offerings soon.

09-18-2010 04:29:19 | More by cooch69
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McNeill's Oatmeal Stout from McNeill's Brewery
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