McNeill's Oatmeal Stout - McNeill's Brewery

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McNeill's Oatmeal StoutMcNeill's Oatmeal Stout

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64 Reviews
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Reviews: 64
Hads: 78
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 15.34%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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McNeill's Brewery
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-10-2003

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Reviews: 64 | Hads: 78
Photo of lpayette
4.53/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smells of oatmeal, malt, bitter baker's chocolate, with hints of alcohol and hops.

Pours a deep black with the brownest head I've ever seen. The head was also rather massive.

Tastes were in short, incredible. Lots of oatmeal taste in this one. The baker's chocolate is less evident in the taste than in the smell which I like. Alcohol is stowed away nicely but you can taste just enough to know that it's there. Fairly smooth mouthfeel. Ends on a little bitter note. To date, this is my favorite Oatmeal stout by far. (523 characters)

Photo of goodbyeohio
3.54/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz purchased at brattleboro co-op.. best by 2/06.

pour is absolutely perfect, dark and oily. black stout with a mild, bubbly head the color of chocolate nougat. given time, the head actually grows and evens out to a one-finger, glistening airy cloud. then, the top of the head begins to condense into a creamy, rich, dense material like melted chocolate ice cream. it all settles into something picturesque, with solid sheet lacing that looks like latte foam.

nose is deep roasted coffee with some earthy, fresh greenery. smokier than it is creamy, bearing no 'off' notes but nothing particularly huge and satisfying either.

mouthfeel is easygoing and light.. feels watery but doesn't taste it. that charred malt coffee/chocolate aspect doesn't have a chance to dominate, this is a hoppy stout. enters the realm of bitter citrus rinds and coffee grounds in the finish.. just a bit abrasive but overall strong in a good way. surprisingly balanced, which is odd for the typical OS. as drinkable as a black beer can be with bitter hops, but a solid offering from mcn's nonetheless.

this would be wicked on hand pump i'd reckon. love me a good oatmeal stout, and this is a good one, just not my favorite. (1,214 characters)

Photo of Hagbard
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
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. (797 characters)

Photo of weeare138
3.8/5  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. (459 characters)

Photo of Billolick
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
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 (411 characters)

Photo of edchicma
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
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. (370 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
4/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (572 characters)

Photo of scottum
4.23/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a deep dark dark brownn blackish with a nice deep tan head. Nice and roasty, just like we like the oat stouts. Malty thick. Dry, yet smooth. Certainly another great Vermont Oatmeal Stout. Right up there with Otter Creek's Organic and Heart of Darkness for top VT oat stout. (283 characters)

Photo of pendabev
4.74/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer poured a darker brown than I expected -- almost black. The head was creamy, with a dark tan color, but very thin. The best-by month was not marked on the label, and when I saw the thin head, I was afraid the beer had gone flat. Fortunately, the smell proved that theory wrong. Hops, oats and roasted malt were all present -- a very fresh smelling beer. This is a delicious beer. In my opinion, this is what an oatmeal stout should taste like. Light hop flavor floating in a sea of malt -- and then the oats come in strong. This would be a great session stout. If only I didn't have to drive so far to get it. (618 characters)

Photo of far333
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
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. (604 characters)

Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +5.8%
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!

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Photo of jcalabre
2.55/5  rDev -32.5%
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. (264 characters)

Photo of aracauna
3.6/5  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. (261 characters)

Photo of kaszeta
4.52/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A fine oatmeal stout. Pours with a thick jet black body, and a thick frothy caramel-colored head. Has a pleasant sweet aroma, a mix of coffee and caramel notes, a nice roasted malt character. The beer tastes strongly of nicely toasted malt, slight hops, and a nice nutty character from the oatmeal. This beer is absolutely silky, and dances over the tongue. Delicous and wonderful.

Thus far the best I've had at McNeills, and one of the best stouts I've had in a long time. And even better: McNeill's sells growlers now. :) (526 characters)

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McNeill's Oatmeal Stout from McNeill's Brewery
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