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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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BA SCORE
85
very good

77 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 77
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 16%
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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-10-2003)
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Reviews by Hhawk06:
Photo of Hhawk06
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another 22 oz. bomber from McNeill's, brought back quite a few with me from VT.

Its a fairly attractive beer, as its black as night with a nice slow-forming cocoa-colored head. The chocolate malt mixed with some smokiness in the nose is a delight. So far, so good. Its certainly a full and heavy-to-medium body with a tantalizing slick and creamy mouthfeel. There is heavy roastiness with toasted chocolate malt and lighter coffee bitterness begging for showtime. It remains pale and very earthy throughout, true to the style. It finishes with more coffee residue than the mouthfeel would suggest. Still, nicely balanced with a creamy malt texture that is satisfying. Wholesome and well crafted.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Billolick
4.28/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Yeah baby, this is some mighty tasty stuff. Bomber bottle with the paper label. opens with no sound, very low carbonation. A hard pour raises only a 1/4 inch head. Anyway, classy tiny bubbles are what were talking about and world class lacing. Malty, burnt nose. Smooth mouthfeel, velvet on the tongue, nice roasty malt notes and a nice soft and dry finish. Love the style and love this rich and bold take on it

Photo of far333
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The darkest brown I've ever seen, pours syrupy from the glass and rises to a dark brown frothy head. The head settles quickly, but wafts an aroma upward of cocoa and deeply roasted malt. There's even some coffee smells hitting my nose. Flavor is rich and itense, the mild cocoa hits first, followed by molasses and brown sugar, trailing to a coffee bitter, and ending with raisin. Almost seems like an imperial at times. Mouthfeel is a bit watery, as I find with many beers from this brewer. Spotty lacing dots the glass. This is rich and intense and complex, even for an oatmeal stout. Really nice beer.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

AP: Nearly totally black in color. Minimal head, thin dissipated to an brownish covering around the edge of the oversize wine goblet.

Smells: Oaty, chocolate, smokey malt, oak wood.

Taste: A smokey malted coffee taste, starts and ends smokey and bitter with heady malt and slight bitter and leafy hop.

MF: Thick and substantial, seems to sit lazily on the palate. Big Full body.

Honstly, this bottle is NOTHING compared to the "on tap" version. But it's still a delightful and easy to drink brew.

Photo of Sammy
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Vermonthiker for this. Initial reaction was; what happened to the bottle? No bubbles on top of the liquid, it even appeared to be missing some fluid. Dark, almost no carbonation present. The pour-was this a cask beer? The taste-a cask RIS and a magnificent one based on that with understated natural carbonation and tasty coffee-chocolate bittersweetness, with complexity at sips. A delight of a beer.

Photo of edchicma
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great chocolate color and beautiful head...lacing is consistent down the side of the glass. Smell is rich in roated malt and coffee/chocolate notes. Taste is like an iced coffee that is quite crisp. Mouthfeel is nicely dry throughout, with a good lingering dry finish. I liked the dry quality and felt that it enhanced the drinkability. Very nice brew I would try again.

Photo of Hagbard
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a beautiful looking beer. Black as night with a huge dark tan head, which dissipates after a few minutes. There is a lot going on in the strong aroma. Dark roasted malts with a sweet background reminiscent of chocolate. Make sure to serve this on the warm side, as it loses almost all its character when too cold. The taste begins with a roasted malt bitterness, which gradually gives way to a mild sweetness imparted by the oats. The roastiness never completely leaves though, so the sweetness is never more than just a very nice accent, a counterpoint to the bitterness. There is a metallic note that is fairly harsh when the beer is too cold, but virtually disappears after warming up a bit. The mouthfeel seems a little thin for a stout, but overall it is a great and interesting beer.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of theghost3
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to kingcrowing for this. Pours a deep, dark brown, almost black with a 2-finger cafe au lait head.

The smell is toasted malts, oats & chocolate. The taste is strong of burnt malts, oats, and a sort of earthiness. Mouthfeel is carbonated, which kind of deadens everything. Not as thick as I expected. There's a little sourness as well.

This is a drinkable oatmeal stout. It's dominated by burnt malts, but the oats are very apparent.

Photo of BeerSox
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into pint glass.

Pitch black with a one finger brown head that settles to a thin cap. Very dry roasty aromas, along with a little bit of coffee in the background. More very heavy burnt malts, along with a little bit of bitter chocolate. The hops don't show up too much. Full bodied, carbonation is on the higher side.

Didn't write too much about this one but it's definitely an enjoyable, sessionable stout. Recommended.

Photo of scottg
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass at the brewpub.

Pours a dark black color with a 1/2 finger brown head which fades quickly leaving light lacing. Big chocolate aromas with espresso and smoke lingering. Roasted malt flavor up front leads to light smoke and a sweet oatmeal flavor with a very dry lemon rind finish and a slightly smokey aftertaste. Full body, medium carbonation, creamy and mouth cleansing at first and very dry finish. The smoke is very well controlled.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed this one from the back of the fridge to go with dinner last night, the last of what I had from McNeil's. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 01/12/2010.
 
The pour was very nice, and much bigger then I would have thought. A deep chocolate brown color was evident right away. Very nice and dark with a big foamy head of light tan coming up and over the top and settling down quit nicely I have to admit. Really nice lacing as it settles down inside the glass. Rich, sweet aroma of milk chocolate, cookie dough, touches of lactose coming through right out of the gate. That warm, sweet smell you find in a well done oatmeal stout. Warming did fade it out a little bit, but nothing terrible at all, in fact in fact it was still more then decent. Smooth, even carbonation really gave a nice kick to the medium body, as it did not come across to heavy at all, in fact just about right. Nice coating on the tongue of sweet malts and chocolate touches balanced against a light coffee bitterness in the finish was just what was needed. Light and easily session able, the bottle was made quick work of.
 
Overall this was very solid and very serviceable. Really a good representation of the style and easily one of my favorites I have had from them. I would have no issue at all with trying this one again any day!

Photo of jim102864
1.4/5  rDev -62.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Very black and viscous as expected when poured into my Sam Adams glass. Nice pillowy tan head. There's nearly no nose but for the faintest wisp of coffee. The taste is...well awful. Extremely bitter with a metallic edge. Not the creamy, smoothness and breadiness one expects from the style. This may just be a beer that's met its expiration date though I don't know what that date is since the year is not indicated and the "best before month" is not notched. Bitter mouthfeel. Not drinkable.

Photo of WeisGuy
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to calsbeek for for this bottle.

a - pours a pretty thick looking black with a one-inch dark brown head, retention around the edges, light lacing

s - pretty strong iced coffee with some oatmeal thrown in, not much by way of alcohol

t - lots of dark roast coffee, some dark malt on the midpalate, finish is bitter coffee with some hints of dark bitter chocolate, no alcohol detectable

m - medium-to-full bodied, lower carbonation, fairly dry on the finish

d - somewhat drinkable, the bitterness from the coffee flavors limits somewhat though, lower alcohol make for pretty easy drinking

Very nice oatmeal stout though not all that complex. The coffee flavors really overwhelm the beer though that ok with me. Well worth trying a bottle, especially if you're a coffee lover.

Photo of mountdew1
3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a very very dark brown that was almost black, with a chocolate brown frothy head. The head didn't last more than a minute or two. Aroma started off a touch sour, but it quickly became slightly sweet, definitely reminded me of a oatmeal cookie. Also had a small touch of lactose in there. Taste was slightly bitter and acidic. Small amount of sugar, but kind of offputting. Felt a bit thin in the mouth but nicely carbonated. Flavor was a detractor from the drinkability.

Photo of weeare138
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears black with a slight brown hue. Nice 2 finger brown head that lasts and fades into a decent film. Streaky lacing is left behind.
Smell is of rolled oats, bitter chocolate, black plums, rich, ripe black grapes.
Taste is of oats, roasted malt, black plums, bitter chocolates.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, velvety smooth, with bitter and slightly sour sensations standing out.
Drinkability is nice and tasty. I won't run back to this but it was pleasant.

Photo of jcalabre
2.5/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I shared this with herbjones during a mini southern california beer advocate tasting. McNeill's Oatmeal Stout pours an opaque black color with no head. The flavors are a bit sour, lactic, with a touch of hops. The mouthfeel is creamy. The aroma is slightly roasty.

Photo of Bilco
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of ScreamForMe
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Joe for this extra!

A regional/local from the sender. Poured black. Medium body. Mouthfeel was a little on the thin side. The company I shared this with enjoyed it as did I. Very drinkable. Perhaps a nice beer to session on - if I could get it out here.

Next review!

Photo of ppoitras
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22ozer from Waterbury Beverage, Waterbury, VT.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a chocolate brown 1/4" head, over the inky black liquid. Laces superbly, even though the head has faded down to pretty much nothing. Aroma is all about coffee and chocolate malts. Taste is also mostly coffee and choco malts, but keeps from over-doing it, and actually comes off with a slight hops bite at the end of the tasting experience. Mouthfeel is good for an oatmeal stout, although it could use a bit more carbonation, in my mind. An imminently drinkable stout, for sure.

Photo of patrick802
3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of aracauna
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Weak psfsh when opening. Good blackness, light seeps through extreme edges. Head is weak and quickly fades to weather pattern. Chocolate, ash and marshmallows on the nose. Flavor finishes w/ grassy bitterness. Weak psfsh translates into slightly flat mouthfeel.

Photo of iceball585
4.65/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pitch black color, non-transparent, one finger thick dark brown head that faded slowly to a thin cover

S- Dark chocolate, milk chocolate, dark malts, oatmeal, hint of coffee

T- Coffee, smokey, dark chocolate, vanilla, milky, dark malts, oats, slight bitter bite at the end

M- Heavy bodied, low carbonation, smooth, creamy, slight dry then oily finish

D- Could drink a lot more of this one

Definatly a great oatmeal stout. Good full stout feel and good flavors that aren't too overpowering. This one ranks near the top of my list of favorite stouts.

Photo of jlindros
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark colored fluffy large 2+ finger head rises up in my oversized snifter, and fades very slowly leaving a slight lacing. THe beer is pitch black as the starless night that approaches.

N: Mostly oatmeal, a nice oatmeal stout aroma that is. Some dark malts, a little roast, black patent, heavy lovibond crystal, even a little dark fruit aromas. Some light caramel and fluffy malt aromas. There is also a light hop aroma, with a little aromatic hops, little spicy and floral hop aromas. The nose is harder to get though, even with the oversized snifter I have to really agitate it to get through to the aroma.

T: Starts with a somewhat sweet stout flavor, lots of malts. There's a pillowy fluffy malt taste, that gives me the feeling of nougat and marshmellow, but in dark malt form. Some oatmeal and thickness, more dark malts, a little roast and black patent, and dark crystal, as well as a touch of caramel. A little molasses too. I also get a slight hint of tangy fruit, almost as if this beer is a little too old for itself. It's supposed to be kept and drank fresh, and I bought it recently but who knows how long the store had it. It says best before May 2010, so just missed the date. There is a little spicy and floral hop characteristic with it, and just a slight hint of bitterness from hops, combined with a little bitterness from the roasty malts.

M: Pretty thick and fluffy, oatmeal like, with decent carbonation.

F: Finishes a little more bitter as the hops and roasty malts seem to add a nice earthy bitterness, but it's still light on the bitterness. It dries a bit but keeps some sweetness about it with a little more caramel, nougat, and touch of molasses. It leaves a little syrupy sweet sticky feel as well, that combines with the lingering fluffy oatmeal feel and is somewhat heavenly in the mouth. More roasty dark malts linger too, mostly charred earthy bitterness at this point. A hint of that tangy fruit also lingers too.

If I remove that tangy fruit, this is a really good oatmeal stout. Very tasty, great mouth feel, and best of all super drinkable at <5%. I would put this up to the Sam Smith any day as a great drinkable oatmeal stout.

Photo of jdhilt
3.28/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a three-finger light brown head that fades slowly to a thin layer and leaves some lace. Roasted chocolate nose. Black color, no highlights. Light-medium carbonation and light-medium bodied, seems watery for a stout. Flavor is dry, roasted chocolate. Very dry finish. $2.99 for a 22oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.

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McNeill's Oatmeal Stout from McNeill's Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.