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McNeill's Oatmeal Stout - McNeill's Brewery

McNeill's Oatmeal StoutMcNeill's Oatmeal Stout

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BA SCORE
85
very good

73 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 73
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 16.22%


Brewed by:
McNeill's Brewery visit their website
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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2008 03:32:53 | More by Sammy
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2010 16:36:57 | More by mikesgroove
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2010 00:44:33 | More by jlindros
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smcolw

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Monster sized head. Superior lace; chunky rings after every sip. Dark brown; so dark, no light passes through.

Creamy, chocolate milk aroma; great mild hop in the background. Attractive, balanced and rich.

Deep, dark cocoa--beyond semi-sweet--very bitter. Thinnish body, the only real negative. Long-lasting aftertaste of coffee grounds. Simply a delightful, heavy stout.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2009 00:44:57 | More by smcolw
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Billolick

New York

4.28/5  rDev +13.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2004 01:29:29 | More by Billolick
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.28/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2009 23:30:10 | More by jdhilt
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2004 23:58:57 | More by ppoitras
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2005 04:05:32 | More by weeare138
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2011 00:53:51 | More by beerthulhu
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Brad007

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Saw this on tap at American Flatbread and just had to have it.

Poured a pitch black color with a nice brown head. Aroma was very roasty, with hints of coffee, cream and oatmeal in the nose. The taste was roasty with a burnt coffee/oatmeal character showing through more. It was also creamy and a bit chewy as well. Went down smooth at the back of the throat.

A very good effort at an Imperial Stout. I'm also hoping to find the bottled version sometime as I missed this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-07-2007 01:52:21 | More by Brad007
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francisweizen

Arizona

4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

#12 - one of the several bombers of McNeils that Moon0 brought to Dwarbis BBQ.

This beer pours a nice dark colour with a tan head. The aromas are of chocolate malts, lactic notes, caramel, hops, and more. The taste is a wonderfully chocolate-y caramel-y blend of hoppy goodness. The mouthfeel is thick, but not too thick and the drinkability is excellent!

F

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2003 14:47:39 | More by francisweizen
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tpd975

Florida

3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a wonderful deep dark black hue with a solid thick one and a half finger head. Retention is pretty good, and the foamy head dies to a collar. Spotty lace noted.

S: Nice grainy oat aroma with a big splash of coffee. Hints of chocolate and a nice blast of smoke as well.

T: Very unique. Big bitter coffee up front with a nice amount of char in the middle. A strange yet enjoyable sourness overcomes you in the finish. Did not expect that from this beer. Not typical of an oatmaeal stout. Though I see others experienced it as well, so it's not infected.

M: Medium in body with bold carbonation. Very sour and somewhat dry finish.

D: I enjoyed how unique this one was. That being said a bomber was enough.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2008 00:16:58 | More by tpd975
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at the brewery on 5/9/2008. Served in a nonic. Poured an opaque black with some deep ruby red highlights around the edges. Half-inch mocha-colored head dissipated almost immediately leaving behind a residual slick, with a thin band of foam around the perimeter of the glass. Some watery lacing, but virtually no adherence. Mild nose; mostly came across as roasted malt and oats with a slight earthy character. Taste consistent with nose; however, coffee flavor is much more pronounced, as well as a hint of dark chocolate. Same earthiness is still present and more pronounced at the finish (perhaps coffee grounds), followed by a light hops bittering that lingers between sips. Medium-bodied mouthfeel, some effervescence, but fairly subdued with the hops rounding out the mouthfeel nicely. Very sessionable - alcohol is well-hidden, and not too much complexity or over the top flavoring; however, lacks some of the sweetness characteristic of the style in my opinion.

Serving type: growler

05-18-2008 18:51:47 | More by Jwale73
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msubulldog25

Oregon

4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle (thx, jwale73) to a standard pint. Label is perhaps the most 'amateur'-looking design I've seen yet - photo doesn't do justice as to just how unattractive this one is, at least on the outside...served at probably between 55-60F, perfect for the nuances of this style. Best before last Day of <ka-chunk> March (looks to be a hand-punched label).

A: The pour is deep ebony, capped with a a fizzy tan head cresting at about 2-fingers. As it drops, it grows more dense and forms a blotchy, petri-dish kind of head, quite bubbly. Virtually no lace, a few scattered specks.

A: Aroma is quite sweet, full of grainy oatmeal, reduced sugar and a hint of vanilla. A strong smelling oatmeal stout, with a lingering acidity of lactose and mild lemon. Surprisingly bold, sort of singes the nostrils.

T: A superbly roasted and flavorful coffee-centric stout, with enough sweetness to counterbalance the nearly blistering bitterness. Dark roasted, hinting at over-the-top smokiness, sweetness, bitterness and sourness, then a mellower sugar/charred - all make this fun to drink.

M: Coating thickness. Not a heavy stout, but one that fills the mouth with a power definitely much larger than its meager 4.9% abv. A slight carbonation, a strong bitter roast and a careful sweetened malt finish.

D: That firm and rich roasted quality certainly makes this a sipper; 22 oz. is alot to consume, flavor-wise. Still, it's very good and one worth recommending, especially to the oatmeal stout enthusiast. The fairly miniscule ABV makes this a sure fire session-worthy beer if you're looking for big flavor and low alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2008 01:43:49 | More by msubulldog25
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OtherShoe2

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep brown with a thick tan head and some very decent lacing.

Smells of deep roasted malt, coffee, a little sweet grain, light smokiness.

Charred grain, with a burnt, then slight sweetness mixed in. Has a sour aftertaste that reminds me of that which you get from bread sometimes. Not digging that factor too much. Moderately strong, no other really off flavors.

A little watery in the body. The head stays around, and is part of the drinking experience all the way down the pint.

Overall, it went down easy, but there are other oatmeal stouts worth drinking well before this one. This is a very solid decent brew, but it is just that. $4.99 bomber makes it worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2009 11:51:07 | More by OtherShoe2
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thekevlarkid

Maryland

4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of a bomber bottle this beer was an opaque black color with three fingers of barrel-colored brown head. The retention was very good as a fluffy cap and the lacing sticky in spots. The aroma was of unsweetened chocolate, roasted malt and dry oatmeal. The flavors were spot-on for the style, roasted malt, coffee, bittersweet chocolate and a pleasant balancing note of oats. Rich and quaffable. The mouthfeel was smooth, the body full and the carbonation soft. Though it was not deeply complex or earth shattering this beer really landed the dismount, scoring high in every column and thus making it one of my favorites in this style.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2009 13:36:02 | More by thekevlarkid
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lackenhauser

Maryland

3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Beautifully dark with a huge-I mean HUGE cocoa colored head on top. Has to be 3 inches thinck. Dessert in a glass. Mellow aroma-slight roasted malt, somewhat metallic. Good smooth roasted flavor. Slight licorice bite to it. Has a somewhat "homebrew" wang. Sort of industrial or mechanical flavor to it I cant get past. Very full and creamy body-disgustingly smooth. Overall a nice oatmeal stout but the one flavor I cant seem to get away from. Detracts from the whole package for me.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2007 00:56:12 | More by lackenhauser
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Dope

Massachusetts

3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Virginia

4/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2009 00:37:54 | More by BeerSox
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far333

Connecticut

4.1/5  rDev +9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2003 23:22:46 | More by far333
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albern

Massachusetts

3.18/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a good looking beer, but not a great oatmeal stout. It's not bad but it is a tad disappointing. Usually McNeill's puts out a better brew than this. The look of the beer is very good. It has a nice creamy, slightly foamy tan head, plenty of lacing and retention. The nose has a slightly charred molasses whiff to it, some sweet malts, dark malts, not enough chocolate or mocha aromas to really entice you.

The taste is a bit off. For starters, an oatmeal stout should be lots creamier than this one, which isn't particularly creamy. The next quality of the beer is a burnt malt or molasses flavor, coupled with a combination of some tininess, a slight melatic tinge, and a touch of sourishness. There is lots of dark malts, sweet malts, and some chocolate in the background. It just seems that there is some off dextrin coming out of this beer that interferes with it. The dextrin takes on a tinny, metallic, sourishness and it is unfortunate. The beer is okay but I'm a bit disappointed. The aftertaste is mostly dark malts lingering but that tinny metallic sourishness just won't quit.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2010 22:52:08 | More by albern
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NEhophead

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 pt 6 fl oz brown bottle.

Pours a syrupy, chocolate-maple in color. Slightly creamy, deep brown colored head that lingers as a whispy sheet. Faint lacing with decent strength.

Rich, milk and dark chocolate with whaffs of oatmeal, oak, and warming alcohol. Nice creaminess with tones of toffee, mocha, and fudge.

Rich milk and dark chocolate, mocha, and fudge upfront: intensely rich. Creamy vanilla and oatmeal flavors that provide a nice balance. Dried oak, faint hints of slick alcohol, and notes of dark fruit: plum, grape. Complex and very flavorful.

Full in body; rich and robust, yet also creamy and smooth. Not quite syrupy, but coats the palate well.

McNeill's Oatmeal Stout is addictive, nevermind drinkable. Great aromatics and flavor: a stunning brew for the colder months.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2006 13:14:05 | More by NEhophead
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GratefulBeerGuy

New Hampshire

3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2006 06:06:20 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
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aracauna

Georgia

3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2003 00:50:04 | More by aracauna
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Gambrinus1184

Connecticut

4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2011 01:13:05 | More by Gambrinus1184
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McNeill's Oatmeal Stout from McNeill's Brewery
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