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Winter Oatmeal Stout - Mayflower Brewing Company

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Winter Oatmeal StoutWinter Oatmeal Stout

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96 Reviews
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Reviews: 96
Hads: 271
Avg: 3.93
pDev: 17.05%
Wants: 11
Gots: 31 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mayflower Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: mduncan on 12-08-2010

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Reviews: 96 | Hads: 271
Photo of chugalug06
2.42/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Looks Great! Black with ring of tan foam, brew desperately clings to side of glass

S - Smokey, not my speed. Almost an Oak-y smoke smell. Over malt with not enough Stout Hop

T - Very smokey, bitter. It need MORE of a hop balance to even out

M - Instant carbonation stings my throat while smoke flavor disrupts my senses

D - This ones hard to drink

I would not recommend to a friend, but am glad I tried it. Thanks Andy!


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Photo of ChadQuest
2.98/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This thing had a huge head, so massive and chunky, dark tan over a soft black body.
Has a soft approachable roasted malt profile with chocolate backup, like a like mocha.
Flavors match and remind of powdered cacao, somewhat coarse coffee notes, definently on the bitter end of stouts. Mouthfeel doesnt get as creamy as i generally expect from oats being added,

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Photo of mjn5036
3.08/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a large snifter. Dark, dark brown on the pour with ruby highlights. Brew appears to be black once in the glass. A small, one finger mocha colored head rises up and quickly fades away. No lacing.

Smell is consistent of dark roasted malts, toasted oats, a sweetness that I was not expecting, faint alcohol.

Up to now this beer has had me... the taste is where it loses me. Watery oatmeal and a faint hint of roasted flavors dominate (if dominate is even an appropriate word) with faint sweetness. Slightly less than average in my opinion.

Drinkability is high as this beer is incredibly smooth, but not enjoyable enough to want to drink a lot of it. Mouthfeel is thin, watery and really weak.

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Photo of drea0695
3.21/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: dark as night. No light getting through this one.
S: coffee and burnt malt
T: coffee, dark chocolate and some nuttiness if you let it linger for a bit
M: it feels thin. I like my stouts to be a tad thicker. I like the residue that hangs around after you take your sip. It reminds you of all the good tastes in this beer and makes you pick up your glass for more.
D: very drinkable which makes me think it's more of a porter. I tend to find porters a lot more sustainably drinkable than stouts. It definitely goes down easy.

Another great job by Mayflower. I love trying their beers.

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Photo of ms11781
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Packaged on 12/02/2010. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

Pours jet black with a very, very thin tan head. A little lacing at first, but it seems to fall back into the glass fairly quickly.

Smells of roasted malts and dark chocolate with what seems like black licorice in the background. Sometimes I'm getting the roastiness, chocolate and licorice, other times just the malts and chocolate.

Taste is similar to the nose. All roasted malts at first with some darker chocolate but some slight coffee notes instead of licorice. As I get further into the beer it seems that maybe the nose is a bit stronger than the taste.

This brew is a bit thin for a stout. Probably lies somewhere between a stout and a porter, possibly closer to porter characteristics, actually. Very little carbonation.

Not sure what the ABV is on this one, but after a couple it seems like it's on the lower end. Light enough to have a few but just heavy enough to prevent more than than that. The flavors are interesting enough to make you want to try a second but you might be ready to move on after that.

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Photo of AdamHart22
3.27/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Drunk at about 45 degrees.

A - Pretty standard. Ink black and hardly any head.

S - A little malt, some cocoa, and a cardboardish smell.

T - Slightly better than average. Some nice coffee notes and just a hint of cocoa. Nicely sweet.

M - Nothing special here. I was actually hoping for something more syrupy which is typical of the style.

O - An average oatmeal stout. I would drink this again but honestly wouldn't buy it, in favor of other oatmeal stouts or Mayflower's IPA, which is very good.

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Photo of ChugginOil
3.34/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Mayflower Oatmeal Stout

Thanks to my buddy Tyler for bringing this one from Boston.

Pours a a very dark nut brown and settles black. The inch of mocha colored head sits still forever it seems. 4

The nose is of light roasty malt and a bit of a metallic scent. 2.5

The taste is kind of roasty up front and then fades quickly, tasting a bit like chocolate and coffee. This lingers in the aftertaste for quite some time. 3.5

The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and sticky. 4

Overall, pretty good for my first Mayflower. There were some issues with the nose but its mostly made up for by the taste. 3.5

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Photo of CFHMagnet
3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"PKG 11/26/13" is printed on the label.

I poured aggressively and got a finger of rich brown head. This fizzled away in seconds, leaving me nary a ring to enjoy in my glass. The body is a deep profound brown that borders on black, and it does not show any sign of lacing. As I look down into the beer, I can see minute bubbles popping on the surface.

Richly roasted malt and light yet rich aromas of coffee and chocolate abound.

Oatmeal and roasted malt are strong up front. A little roasted nut flavor with earthy tones fills it out. Doesn't make a big deal of itself, and honestly isn't very impressive.

The mouthfeel is a little disappointing. It is light-medium bodied, and seems to go down way too easy. It is a little too carbonated in my opinion. It leaves a hint of a coating on the tongue.

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Photo of DrJay
3.49/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Very dark, no apparent edges. There was a short-lived cap of brown bubbles, but it disappeared quickly leaving only a meager collar. Nice aroma, plenty of roast with chocolate and nutty notes, caramel and toffee, slight charcoal with a hint of licorice. Bitterness was prominent throughout, perhaps a bit higher than needed to balance the sweetness. Roast, caramel, cocoa, and flash of grassy hops towards the end. A little spicy in the finish with lingering sweetness. Medium plus bodied with a slightly silky texture, but the mouthfeel suffered due to the coarseness of the carbonation. Not sure what happened there, but is just didn't have the smoothness I associate with the use of oats. Even with that, it was a pretty tasty beer and I enjoyed it. Better head retention and lower carbonation would improve this one a lot.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a three finger brown head that fades quickly leaving traces of lace. Black color, no highlights. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is roasted coffee, flavor is roasted to burnt coffee and chocolate. $1.99 for a 12oz bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown in color-not a lot of carbonation present, almost comes off as flat. Nice cocoa aroma going on. Grainy, roasted malt flavor. Touch of hops. Somewhat thin to me. Lacks the velvety smooth richness of a decent oatmeal stout. Some tweaking might make this a good beer-a notch above average for now.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks much to Kelp for the fantastic extra.

a - Poured into my oversized snifter had a nice generous creamy finger and a half head and the body was deep and dark shiny black.

s - Alc tingle, roasted malt, vanilla...a bit of a sharp bite on the nose.

t - Subtle roasted malts and a bit of salt water or even hotdogs. It is really hard to describe but there is this sharp taste similar to the sharp tingle in the nose. It isn't bad, just a certain something that I really can't describe. Kind of charcoal like if that makes any sense.

m/d - A touch on the watery side. Not nearly as thick and meaty as I prefer...almost a bit porter like in the body. Overall a good beer, but oddly porter-like with the aftertingle and thin body. Oatmeal stouts to me are thick and rich, this one is a bit on the thin side and with a sting.

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Photo of petroos
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It's a hot summer night in New York but I felt like popping something roasty nonetheless. Mayflower Oatmeal stout pours a surprisingly dark viscous black with a quickly dissipating dark tan head. I was a bit put off by how quickly the head died actually, but then again maybe it's just the heat.

On the nose it's roasty, dry and chocolate al the way. There's definitely a bit of campfireish smell going on there which is slightly overbearing and the booze is also hiding under the surface.

The palate matches the nose, with the roasty dark chocolate malt hitting up front, then smoothing out due to the oatmeal. It almost drops off completely in the midpalate and then finishes strong with roasty chocolate flavors again.

Overall decent, but I feel like it could be better. I hate to say this for fear of being a typical extreme beer nerd, but I'd like this beer to be bigger with more unfermentables and a heavier body. Still I feel like the brewery was going for a more sessionable every night kind of stout, and I can definitely recommend this beer for that purpose.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Mayflower Oatmeal stout has a dark brown or black body that is opaque. The brown head is a solid slab, and it has good retention and leaves some lacing behind.

The aroma has notes of chocolate and coffee, but roasted malt is the most powerful scent. Some sweetness also.

The taste follows the aroma pretty closely on this one. Up front a little bit of both chocolate and coffee come through, but those quickly give way to a good bit of toffee-like malt sweetness. Next comes roasted malt, but the malt tastes more charred than roasted. Maybe a little smokey even. There is a noticeable although unassertive hop presence also.

Smooth and creamy; nice feel.

I would have liked the chocolate flavors to be a little more powerful, but this is a solid beer.

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Photo of JLB025
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Spirited in Lenox, MA.

Bottle - Poured into a pint glass.

Wicked dark, almost black.

A short dark tan, almost brown head.

Smells tasty/wintery - coffee and oats.

Overall not bad. I enjoyed it.

Would only want to have a few in one sitting though.

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Photo of bmonty412
3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- pours a thick, black, opaque

s- nice nose on this one..chocolate,oats, sweetness?

t- smoke, chocolatey..very nice.

mouthfeel- thick mouthfeel that coats the entire mouth. medium carbonation

d- one or two at a sitting...heavy.

overall a nice winter , heavy beer that hides the 6% abv well...plus very impressed so far with the mayflower offerings.

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Photo of bruachan
3.69/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

nice and viscous pour with brown-sugar-colored froth (though this faded all too rapidly)

almost smoky roast smells; chicory; molasses. rooty

smoooth finish on this bad boy. i guess i'll work backwards. bitterness inhabits the finish, as well, to make sure the brew doesn't slip beyond the frontiers of my tastebuds. spritzy carbonation, too, to counter said slippage probability (i wouldn't be too offended if the oatsmoothiness were allowed to stand in its own spotlight, however). some sweetness but no more than can be carried by the medium body

hop flavor is herbal yet woody

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Photo of mountdew1
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a completely dark brown/black with a thin ring around the edge of a mocha brown head. Aroma was malty, slightly smokey, with a bit of sour. As it adjusted to room temp, hints of chocolate surfaced. Taste was malty, with a smidge of bitter. Finished as a oaty wheaty bread. Felt great in the mouth. Coated very well, with a hint of carbonation. Easy to drink, more of a sipper, but not bad at all.

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Photo of sendsilk
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my trusty "Crab House" pint glass. BOttle received in trade and dated: best by 01/10/11. I waited another 6 months to see how this turned out. Love some age on my stouts. And I SERIOUSLY love the fact that they date their beers. Should be mandatory, at least for the IPA segment, rat bastards, selling me year old IPA's. Anyway, onto the review!!

A- Looks good, nice and dark, small head very little lacing.

S- Allright, nothing to jump up and down about.

T- Pretty good, not bad, not great. Everything I have had from Mayflower has been pretty solid. This is just below that bar.

If I haven't lost you by now, I should have. If you get it, drink it as it's decent but don't trade the kids in for it. Unless they are total brats and driving you friggin nuts all the time. Than it's understandable.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Guinness Imperial Pint.

A: Pours midnight black with a two-inch mocha colored head. The head recedes rather quickly, but leaves behind some sticky lacing.

S: A very distinct smell of cream and vanilla strikes the nose first. It actually smells rather like vanilla ice-cream. Then comes the unmistakable smell of oats: earthy and starchy. There is a certain spicy herbal smell as well, but I can't tell if this is coming from the oats or from hops. Light whiffs of coffee and hints of chocolate lie somewhat dormant underneath the symphony of oats. A bit of cherry-like darkfruit is coaxed out of hiding as the beer warms. The bottle states that this beer was brewed with three types of oats. I believe it. There is a lot of depth in the smell of this beer, much of it coming from the oats.

T: Starchy oats open. The creamy impression that was so dominant in the nose is definitely here, though not half as forceful in taste. Mild fruity esters evoke black cherries. That slight herbal spiciness is there, but it is still vague. Taste stays very sweet, with impressions of milk chocolate and maybe even some cola at times. It dries a bit toward the finish with flavors of earthy oats, espresso, and just a hint of smoke.

M: Moderately thick, smooth, and creamy. Carbonation is very lively.

O: This beer has an excellent nose, but the taste is subtle and tame in comparison. It did not quite live up to my expectations, but it should be noted that my expectations were extremely high, having thoroughly enjoyed Mayflower Porter and a few of their other beers. This is still a solid beer from Mayflower, and worth a try.

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Photo of Rhf9120
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours black with a this tan head. This beer smells of coffee, oats and has hits of malts. The flavor is spot on in my opinion with caramel, coffee, oats and again hits of malts all making an appearance. The mouth feel was pleasant, had a medium body but a little more carbonated than I would have thought. Overall I thought this was a good oatmeal stout and I would drink it again.

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Photo of ColdOneKev
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

A - Jet black body, off-white head fades quickly, leaves minimal lacing.
S - Malt sweetness, chocolate, roast & toast.
T - Roasted malt, coffee, slightly burnt toast. No hop presence (not that I expected any)
M - Medium/thin. Low carb. Very smooth from the oats.
O - A good stout, not sure why it is winter, other than maybe the time of the year. Certainly appropriate for that. Happy to have tried and definitely worth the price of admission, but I probably won't rush back to it.

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Photo of LeRose
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Twelve ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance - black. Slight reddish highlights. Light tan head - very condensed and compact. Looks like a stout should, IMHO.

Aroma - very rich aroma. Coffee, oats, slight malt aromas in the background.

Taste - sweet and dry and nicely bitter in a "burnt" sort of way. Coffee comes in after a bit, some caramel/toffee notes, then the oats show up. This had a lot of flavor, but nothing really dominated. It is a good, solid tasting oatmeal stout. I do enjoy the contribution the oats make to both the flavor and the texture of the beer.

Mouth feel - medium bodied - far from "chewy". Carbonation seemed a bit high, but not unpleasant. Kind of a bitter. overcooked coffee aftertaste that I found oddly enjoyable. Mainly smooth and creamy.

Overall, this is a nice stout. Very drinkable, pretty uncomplicated. It is what it is, as the saying goes. It is an unpretentious, reasonably flavorful stout that is worth having.

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Photo of smcolw
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good start to the beige head. Leaves some spotty lace on the edge of the glass after each sip. Near black where the light cannot penetrate.

Creamy, dark patent malt smell. Dark chocolate and mildly chalky. This could easily be a Murphy's or a Guinness. Bitter in an unmalted way.

Relatively thin for the style, otherwise this is a very true-to-the-style Irish stout. Dry and bitter from the darker malt flavors. Very true to its roots.

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Photo of Maxwell
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours a proper black with a slight red tinge and a nice light tan head on top. The beer’s body is too dark to properly judge, but seems clean. The beer leaves a lacing that is light and slippery, leaving very little to look at on the glass. On the nose, the beer smells wonderfully rich with coffee and oatmeal tones. Roasted barley malts also come through on the nose slightly. On the tongue, the beer tastes sweet and drying with a nice roasted bitter flavoring. The beer begins with a little watery roasted malt before opening into big roasted oat flavors with touches of coffee, toffee, and char. The finish brings to mind sweet oatmeal bread, and is very appealing. The aftertaste is tingly with roasted oatmeal and slight coffee. On the mouth, the beer feels medium bodied, with a medium carbonation that lightly prickles the tongue. The mouth is left dry with a light wet sheen of saliva on the sides of the mouth. Overall, this beer is delicious and sessionable. There is a lovely roasted oat flavor that reminds me of winter and a warm stove for some reason. This stout will not blow you away with flavor, but it is solid and tasty and fully deserving of your taste buds.

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Winter Oatmeal Stout from Mayflower Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.