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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 mikesgroove
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

dark brwon, nearly black coming through right away. Nice head of maybe an inch came up over the top but settled down quickly into just a thin film across the top. Decent side glass lacing as well.

The aroma deep with notes of coffee and cocoa, almost bittersweet with a light hoppiness undercutting the deeply roasted malts. Slight peat like aroma as it warmed up. The flavor started out a little off for the style with a health dose of smoked and roasted malts, not exactly at all what I was expecting out of it, but none the matter it was still very good. Rich notes of cocoa overlayed with a hint of dark bakers chocolate and an almost molasses like flavor swirling around in there as well. The finish though was coated with licorice like flavors and very wet, leaving you almost drooling, waiting for another sip to come through. Decent feel on this one, though if I am being honest, towards the end of the session it did start to feel a little bit flat on me, but maybe it was me. Still though, more then decently sessionable and I would have no issues with drinking this again.

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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 TheManiacalOne
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color, with a very thin brown head that fades very quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, coffee, oats, chocolate and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out creamy with flavors of milk chocolate and coffee up front that are quickly followed by bready flavors of oats and a hearty roasted malt character. The hops presence is very mild but is exactly where it should be for the style and still creates a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and viscous, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, this is a very good milder stout to drink for a long time.

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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 Billolick
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, label tell me "PKG 1/25/11"

Black and glistening in the glass. The head is a spectacular shade of dark creamy mocha, staying and sticking.

Muted nose of lite chocolate, mocha, roasted and just burnt malts.

Flavorful stout, smooth, easy flowing on the tongue and quite enjoyable sipper. More soft chocolate, cafe au lait, and sweetly roasted malts...drying hops on the rear end.

Nicely done, delicate, complex and generally yummy oatmeal stout.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a solid dark brown color with a faint garnet highlight when held to light. Decent sized tan head quickly dissipates to a cap. Smells of roasted and cereal grains, milk chocolate, caramel, a hint of earthy hops. The flavor is rich and dark chocolate up front with a hint of vanilla and caramel. Light earthy hop flavor with little to no hop bitterness. Medium body with a light level of carbonation and a creamy, silky smooth mouthfeel. This is a nice sweet stout, I enjoyed it.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to TheManiacalOne for the beer.

Pours a nice black color, some carbonation, nice little fizzy light tan head, with very minimal sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some nice chocolate/toffee notes. The taste is malty, sweet, with some chocolate/toffee notes, little vanilla. Medium Body. A very tasty brew.

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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 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 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 puboflyons
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle dated 11/26/13. Sampled on January 16, 2014.

The pour is a deep dark black color with a short-lived light brown head. Impossible to see through even held to the light.

The aroma brings out the dark malts and oatmeal characters but in a downplayed sort of way. Also a bit of smoke and light sweetness.

The body is in the medium range with a smooth texture.

The taste has a smoky, creaminess in the malt character that abruptly explodes into an earthy bitter dryness that does not linger long. Oatmeal can also be found. It definitely has some very nice features to it.

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Photo of rudzud
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at a monday night tasting at Julios.

A - Pours a deep, rich brown not quite black with a slight mocha head that leaves average side lacing as it fades.

S - Very sweet roasted malts and fresh ground coffee beans (due to the bitterness and roast malts). A bit too sweet for me.

T - More of the same as the nose with lots aof rich, roasted malts and espresso flavours along with some light chocolate. The malts are abit too sweet.

M - Smooth, creamy, with good carbonation.

O - I enjoyed this stout. Its fairly standard and easy to get around here. An acceptable stout.

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

A-Pours quite black but not overly thick. Smallish head retains.

S-Roasty. Some good oats and some chocolate as well.

T-Mild coffee roastiness. A bit of chocolate as well. Some oats and grains in there also. Nice bitterness as well but still keeps sweet.

M-Not as thick as I may want it to be. A bit on the thin side.

D-Quite drinkable. Nothing wrong here.

I'll take an Ipswich Oatmeal Stout before this but this one is pretty good as well. Mayflower makes some pretty solid beers but some of their seasonals are not the best. This one is probably my favorite out of their seasonals. I still would take their IPA and Porter over this however. Overall, pretty good.

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Photo of tigg924
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at RedBones Somerville

Appearance: black in color, minimal head, opaque

Smell: oats and roasted malt

Taste: coffee, oats, and some nut flavors

Mouthfeel: slightly sweet with a bitter backbone, heavy bodied, moderate carbonation, chewy

Drinkability: A very good offering from Mayflower. I could sit with a couple of these in the winter. They balance the oat and nut flavors just right.

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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 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 DrinkSlurm
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into tulip. Pours a thick oily black with no head or carbonation. Smell is really nice chocolate roasted malts with a bit of vanilla. Taste is a bit lacking compared to the aroma. Its bitter roasted oaty malts and somewhat small...not much going on here.Its smooth and pleasant but other better ooatmeal stouts exists. Worth a try.

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Photo of flexabull
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of cbeer88, thanks again!

Pours a dark black color with a small white head.

Aromas are nutty, with notes of cocoa, and cream.

Taste is also nutty, with creamy sweetness, light cocoa, and coffee. Finish is smooth, with light mineral hoppiness, and a note of molasses sweetness.

Mouthfeel is smooth, with nice body, and soft carbonation.

Overall, this is a nice easy drinking stout. Good beer that is well worth trying,

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Photo of GbVDave
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Special thanks to Reagan1984 for this!

PKG 1/25/11

A: Pours pitch black with a rich and creamy, dark mocha colored head on top. Retention was decent with the foam eventually melting down to a thick, unbroken collar and thin, whispy skim. No lace was left behind.

S: Interesting nose that's heavy on the charred malt, dark chocolate, molassas, and dark fruit. Also detected a hint of piney hops.

T: See above. Pretty heavy on the charred/smoky malt with nice balance from the other players mentioned in the smell. Hint of fudge brownie, as well.

M: Big, rounded, and spicy with some very well integrated dark fruit and chocolate sweetness, dry/roasty malt, and some prickly smoke on the tongue during the finish.

D: A killer winter session beer. Way more interesting than your typical Oatmeal Stout. Loved how smoky/roasty this was.

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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 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 Flounder57
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a growler of this yesterday after I attempted to go to the registry in Plyomuth only to find out that their hours chagned from 8-4 and I got there at 4:10. Anyways, finally got a chance to stop by the brewery, which is only a 2 minute drive from there. The beer was poured into an imperial pint glass.

Appearance: The beer is jet black and poured a one finger mocha head that reduces into a thin layer that leaves a little but of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Roasted coffee and mocha come to the senses right away. Followed by sweet malts and oatmeal, and some bitterness from the hops.

Taste: First off you get those roasted coffees and chocolately mocha feeling up front. Then the sweet malts, vanilla, and oatmeal follow.

Mouthfeel: The beer is creamy and smooth. A little chewy and mildly carbonated too.

Overall: This is actaully a decent oatmeal stout. I will grab another one whether on draft, bomber, or a growler if I am in the Plyomuth area once again.

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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 OtherShoe2
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours nearly black with a nice foamy chocolate brown head. Not much retention, no lacing.

Richer aromas here. Some of the standard coffee and deep roasted malt, but you get some light molasses and licorice. Pleasant sweetness and some charred smokiness in the nose.

Full flavors here. Initial sip has some nice bitter-sweet elements, with nice dark roasted malt and some sweetness. You get the oats and grain as the palate clears, which leads to a long lingering light coffee bitterness. Bitter and sweet. Nothing sour, over-boiled, or off in this one. Great balance.

Wish this had a touch more body. A little thinner than expected, but not to a fault. Just my preference.

Easy drinking here. Shared a 6 and everyone loved it. One of the better, if not the best from Mayflower.

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Photo of Doomcifer
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pkg 12/02/10

Pours a pitch black with a beautiful, frothy, light brown head that goes absolutely nowhere. Smells of milk chocolate, some roastiness, lactose?, smells like sweet & roasty milk chocolate. Taste is more milk chocolatey goodness...this reminds me of a great milk/sweet stout. Rich and creamy mouthfeel...rolls around in your mouth. Almost airy. Very drinkable.

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