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Winter Oatmeal Stout - Mayflower Brewing Company

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Winter Oatmeal StoutWinter Oatmeal Stout

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97 Reviews
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Reviews: 97
Hads: 273
Avg: 3.93
pDev: 16.79%
Wants: 11
Gots: 33 | 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: 97 | Hads: 273
Photo of BigCheese
4.14/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Ink black, thin dark cardboard head,

S: Pretty pungent off the bat, dark roasted espresso and dark coco. Some roasted and smoked malts also.

T: Coffee, more of a sweeter malt base. Molasses, raisins, chocolate covered cherries, and bread crust. A bit of herbal hops come through too. Has a certain salty/savoriness too. Maybe some lactose too.

M: Not quite as rich as other oatmeal stouts. More syrupy than creamy, oily. Low/medium carbonation. Still pretty full bodied. Somewhat session-able for the style.

O: A real tasty brew, perfect for a snowy post dinner sipper. Not overly rich. Not the best oatmeal stout I've had but a real solid brew. Matches the quality I expect from Mayflower. I recommend.

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Photo of rbd13
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours solid black with a caramel colored head that quickly dissipates. A nice lacing is left on the glass.
Roasted malts on the nose.
Roasted malt, sweet lactose, cocoa and dark chocolate flavors... even a hint of coffee milk.
Medium/light mouth feel hangs around for a few moments then cleanly fades.

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Photo of uustal
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a one-finger mocha colored head. Not much in the lacing department. Aroma of roasted malts, along with a hint of sweet chocolate syrup. Same great roasted notes in the flavor. Roasted coffee and a hint of pine hops before the sweeter side of the beer takes over. Smooth milk chocolate notes as well as a bit of a vanilla give it a silky feel. Not the smoothest oatmeal stout, but still a nice mouthfeel to go along with the great flavor. Sessionable for any beer, nevermind a stout.

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Photo of chimaylvr
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured in stella chalice

App: dark black (as opposed to a more brownish black), one finger foam head, leaves no lacing

Smell: milky, vanilla, sweet, toffee, cocoa

Taste: pleasant, chocolate infused front end taste, retains a malty sweetness in spite of dark roasting

Mouthfeel: smooth but not watery, nice carbonation, malty viscosity

Overall: well...not quite as good as Ipswich's variety but close. very smooth, drinkable, it's modest abv makes it a perfect session stout. Once again, Mayflower's brewmaster succeeds. A triple, but not a home run...just being honest

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Photo of gameface23
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Very dark brown to nearly black in color. Dark khaki head that is short lived.

S: Coffee and the roasted/burned aspects of dark chocolate without any of the sweetness.

T: A really nice level of ashy malt, some caramel and a sweet, possibly diacetyl-related note from the yeast. The beginning of the sip is definitely ashy, but it finishes like you've just eaten a gourmet chocolate caramel.

M: Not as thick as I like my oatmeal stouts, but it's not terrible. It's about average.

D: I think this is a really good beer. It is probably the best Mayflower offering I've ever tried.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle bought at Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA as part of a 6-pack.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a skim of a dark brown head over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Skim is gone in a moment, with leggy small-bubbled lace. Aroma is dark malts and anise.

Taste begins dark and sweet, chewy oat in the middle, smooths into an almost lactic close. Mouthfeel is whoa smooth, and drinkability is excellent. Can't judge this book by it's cover, flavor was where it's at.

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Photo of jondeelee
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Winter Oatmeal Stout begins with a rich, yeasty, bread-like nose, bearing more than a passing resemblance to unbaked wheat dough. Added to this are aromas of coffee, dark chocolate, chocolate malt, and caramel.

On the tongue, the beer is immediately dark, and obviously a well-made stout: chocolate malts mix with black coffees and light tobaccos with hints of ash. Caramelized brown sugars float around the edges, mixing with just a hint of bitterness from the hops that bites lightly on the soft palate. The oatmeals bring a good smoothness to the mouthfeel, but also add a light rolled oat flavor to the mix, which nicely complements the coffees and malts. Toward the end of the mouthful, as the sugars die off, the tobacco and ash flavors increase, and continue into the aftertaste, which lasts for a good while. Mouthfeel is a silky medium-light, and carbonation is medium to medium-high.

Overall, this is a good oatmeal stout, and well worthy of a try.

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Photo of Kkottonmouthkngz
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

just about as excited as i always am to try a new mayflower brew, and this one doesnt disappoint. id have to say it doesnt totally reflect an oatmeal stout, and misses on some aspects, but its still quite tasty. ive been fond of their darker beers to date, including the porter with highest regard, and this one joins the club.
its got a nice mocha colored head that retains for a little while and then just all of a sudden disappears. dark as night and smells like chewy chocolaty malts.
a light carbonation brings the dark flavors right up front with a touch of mocha and vanilla, and leads to a sharp fall off of flavor... it remains but doesnt leave a huge imprint.
i could drink this beer all night, although it doesnt feel like a true oatmeal stout its still dangerously drinkable, and i dont have a whole lot to compain about. the flavors are there and the deliciousness is DEFINITELY there.

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Photo of jlindros
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark fizzy and fluffy 1.5 finger head that fades semi slowly leaving a bit of lacing, over a beer that was so thick on the pout I think is stained the glass, which is surprising for an oatmeal stout (not imperial or crazy heavy stout), the beer is pitch black, no light gettin through there.

Nose is more like a baltic porter, with lots of black patent malt, plenty of roasted malts, lots of coffee and toffee even, some oatmeal and a bit of a creamy aroma, some stout-y bitterness and just pure darkness, a very hearty aroma. It even brings a bit of chocolate, bakers and dark.

Taste brings more of the same, starting with a dark stout bitterness, very stout-y. Plenty more dark malts, black patent, lots of roast, plenty of coffee, a bit of toffee, caramel, and even hint of vanilla. Some chewy malts, with some oatmeal and creamy flavors. A bit of chocolate and some oreo cookie like taste. Pretty tasty. Pretty dry overall too, which gets a little drier as it finishes, but a little sticky too, as it coats the mouth. Lots of lingering dark malts, plenty of stout bitterness on the long finish as well, with more oatmeal and creamy flavors. Surprisingly they kept the minerality and heavy scorched malt flavors subdued, great job on that sense!

THe mouth is fairy thick, coats the mouth, creamy and smooth as well. Carbonation is lower but decent for the style.

Drinkability is pretty good, doesn't have a lot of booze, and it's pretty smooth and creamy, and fairly dry, but does coat the mouth a bit leaving a long lasting residue of the beer.

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Photo of alexgash
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle. Package date of 1/25/11.

Pours a dark maple syrup brown. Small, cocoa head with traces of lacing. Nose of roasted malts, caramel, sugary dark fruits, licorice, smoke, and a little earthy tobacco. Nice and complex.

Smooth, oaty, lightly roasted malts up front. Gentle, yet noticeable sweetness settles in. Milk chocolate, carob, and milk sugar fill up the palate, balanced with some dark chocolate and a touch of roasted malt bitterness. Some dark fruit sweetness near the finish. Lingering coffee and milk chocolate notes mix with tobacco and some smoke. Medium-bodied, with a smooth, creamy feel. Very nice!

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Photo of twosheds
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very dark brown, almost black. Head quickly dissipates.

Smells mostly of roasted malts and coffee.

Has a very sweet malty taste with an almost vanilla like flavor.

Light carbonation and pretty creamy mouthfeel

This is a really tasty winter beer. I like that it's not a crazy style or overdone, but still has a unique taste.

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Photo of YouSkeete
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass, luke warm at Cambridge Common.

A: Utterly black with a watery consistency. One finger tan head.

S: Rotting wet wood, raw oats and pale yeast. Simple notes of dark bittersweet chocolate and roasted coffee beans.

T: Heavy raw oats, pale wheat, whole grains, and some vanilla cream towards the end of the sip. Frothy malt body. Notes of dark chocolate gives it a 'bite' rather than an added sweetness factor. Full and aged flavor. Boring (in a good way) pumpernickel aftertaste.

M: REALLY smooth, like a milk/sweet/cream stout. Sweet, but subtle; very non-abrasive.

D: Easy to put down, very tasty, a great beer. MUST be warm and casked.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
4.37/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Packaging date printed on label. I like that. This bottle was filled 12/20/10. Black beer with a dark beige head. Incandescent bubbles. Hearty collar leaves a few lacey strands.

Love that oat/styrofoam/cereal smell! In your face roasted malt with acidic edges that back off just in time. Carob powder.

The first sip procures deep, alluring roasted malty goodness with subtle dark fruit highlights. Oaky. Bitter dark chocolate in there as well. Body is a tad light for the rest of the beer.

Another great beer from one of my favorite breweries. Challenges Ipswich Oatmeal for the best Oatmeal stout in New England...and I love Ipswich Oatmeal.

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Photo of DirtyPenny
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


A: Tar black with a 1f chocolatey brown head that quickly dissipates. If you hold it up to a bright light you might catch just a sliver of a deep burgundy highlight.

S: Roasty dark mocha and caramel. Burnt brown sugar.

T: Sweet and very malty, the mocha characteristics hit the tongue first, then dance between roast and coffee notes. A little espresso-ish.

M: Smooth and creamy. Either on the heavy side of medium or the lower end of full-bodied.

O:This is the stout that took me by a mittened hand and walked with me over the docks and told me that it was alright to love stouts. I've since moved on to others, but I always come back when winter falls. A sweet, lovable dessert-like beer with a heart of gold.

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Photo of gfreed
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a great thing to drink on a we've-already-got-too-much-snow, what-do-you-mean-we're-getting-another-foot-tomorrow? evening in New England. As with most of Mayflower's other brews (the rye aside), this is excellent: rich aroma of molasses and roasted Stuff; a flavor loaded with toast, roast and peaches; mild carbonation and dense body. Have one before shoveling, and then again afterward.

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Photo of bum732
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

S: Big coffee notes and some chocolate roast. Very stout-like earthiness. Some fruity esters.

L: Black, tan head, creamy with good retention. Nice lacing.

T: Semi-sweet coffee malt leading to a dry roastiness. Finishes just a touch of sweetness.

M: Smooth creamy medium-full body. Medium-low carbonation.

A really solid oatmeal stout. Almost perfectly to style.

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Photo of Bounty628
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brewed with an ABV of 6.0%, the Winter Oatmeal Stout is a very drinkable offering and the alcohol of the beer is held off in the background of the beer as the complexity of the taste really allows the taste to be the central point of the beer. In terms of whether or not this beer could be a session beer, there is a good argument to be made that this offering could be a very nice snow storm session beer ideal for a night where you know you are not going to be getting out anytime soon.

The stout pours a robust deep brown to almost black color and there is a very nice tan head that is about two fingers thick upon the pour. The head holds true throughout most of the offering and a beige lacing is left along the glass while the beer is being enjoyed. When held to light, there is a minimal amount of light let through and the carbonation levels within the pour are somewhat muted but work really well for this beer. The low carbonation of this beer allows this stout to have a more smooth and almost creamy nature to it than some other oatmeal stouts are able to offer.

In the aroma, exactly what one hopes for in an oatmeal stout comes wafting out of the glass almost immediately. There is a rich, roasted malt nature to the beer that has coffee, chocolate and dark cherry worked into the aroma. The roasted tones of coffee and chocolate are quite inviting and have almost a warming nature to them in and of themselves.

The taste is brilliantly tied together and what was expected of this beer from the aroma comes through in a big way within the taste. The roasted malts are the real winner in the taste and have a strong and appealing taste from start to finish. The dark chocolate notes in the aroma carry over into the taste and provide a somewhat bitter yet sweet component to the taste. With a bit of perhaps vanilla and/or caramel in the taste rounding it out, this winter stout is rich, warm and abundantly appealing when it comes to the taste.

When it comes to the mouthfeel, the aforementioned lower carbonation levels of the oatmeal stout give this beer a very rich and creamy presence. There is a largely appealing smoothness to the offering that is enjoyable and makes you want to reach for this beer time and time again.

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Photo of jneiswender
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a tasting pint. Completely dark blackish brown body with a reddish brown head. Chocolate and roasted grain smell. Some freshly turned earth. Tastes of chocolate milk, light coffee, cupcakes. Full and slick mouthfeel.

I really like this beer. Nice and smooth texture. Layered flavors. Little boozy at the end. But a great brew nonetheless.

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Photo of horshack7
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Apperance: Beneath a dark caramel colored head of about one inch is well a black abyss of beery goodness and darkness.

Aroma: Espresso with notes of vanilla bean. Dark roasted hops and malts. Minor twinges of carob. There is a dark breadiness in the nose to top off the aromas.

Taste: Lots of roasted malt character. The hops are so incredibly roasted but not burnt. Vanilla and carob with notes of espresso. The oats do show themselves in a dry across the pallate.

Notes: Quite the tasty brew a good one to pick up for any oatmeal stout enthusist. Cheers.

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Photo of Wamesit
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours black with some brown edging. Solid dark tan head gives way to little lacing.

S - Malts; coffee, chocolate, roasted, black patent.

T - Creamy oatmeal smoothness works to brings all the flavors to you. The chocolate is bitter like baking chocolate, no dusty cocoa here. Not much sweetness in the malts. I didn't get any toffee at all. The roasted malts are almost burnt and give off a strong component to the coffee flavor. A slight hops touch in the finish seals this up.

M - Medium.

O - Great oatmeal stout. Right up there with Ipswich, which is my measuring stick. I can't wait to try one of the other two versions that included a specific hops variety.

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Photo of RBCIPA
4.51/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into pint glass.
A: Deep black color. Good caramel color head that slowly faded.
S: Bread, cereal, chocolate, maybe espresso (I could be trying to hard)
T: Rich full body mouth feel. Some chocolate again. Finishes dry. Sticks to the tongue and lingers with a good bitterness. After the big nose I'm having trouble tasting a lot but I like what I can taste. Sweetness.
O: Excellent beer. Very sad this only comes out for the winter. Classic Stout.

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Photo of Justin1963
5/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love this beer. I have chose it as my Winter beer of choice. It is so good and puts you in the mood to just snuggle up and crush 30 of them...But don't or you will be hammered. Its a great local brew and I hope if you get a chance to try it, you do.

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Winter Oatmeal Stout from Mayflower Brewing Company
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