Winter Oatmeal Stout - Mayflower Brewing Company

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Reviews: 95
Hads: 266
Avg: 3.93
pDev: 17.05%
Wants: 11
Gots: 29 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of phantomwyse
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours out a viscous tar black body – seriously, if molasses was more molten, it would look like this. Half finger head that looks like hot chocolate textured by a frothing wand rises quickly then fades.

S: Old strong coffee, lactose powder, caramel, toffee, butterscotch, campfire that’s been doused by water.

T: Molasses cookies, s’mores, breve coffee, malted milk.

M: Medium moving to light bodied, seems like it will be silky and then moves to finishing dry.

O: Normally anything with hops catches my attention, but something about an Oatmeal Winter Stout just sounded so cozy that I had to buy it. A nice almost desert-like stout that can border on too sweet, but manages to pull it off.

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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 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 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 lambpasty
3.85/5  rDev -2%

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into my standard heavy glass beer mug.

A- pours jet black with no Amber showing through, looks almost viscous though it isn't. Minimal 1/2" off-white head stays around long enough to say hello then quickly dissipates leaving no lacing to speak of.

S- malt, oats, coffee and toast. Hint of smoke in the background and a slight, vague sweetness like a rich dark bread.

T- malt and toasted oats dominate at first, giving way to bittersweet chocolate and a hint of coffee. A very nice smoky flavor shows up on the back of the swallow and lingers for a bit, almost peaty in essence and very cozy and warming. Aside from the smoke it's got the expected flavors, no huge surprises.

M- silky and smooth with low carbonation, actually a little lower than I expected for the moderate (for a stout) ABV. Overall the mouthfeel is what you would want and expect of the style, smooth and warming without feeling syrupy; a semi-dry finish leaves you wanting another sip.

O- the pour is a little lackluster in appearance, but all other aspects are there. The peaty smoke really adds another dimension to the flavor and was a nice surprise since this isn't declared to be a smoked stout. Overall another great brew from Mayflower and one that I will plan to revisit.

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Photo of greybeardloon
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Packaged on 11/08/12

A: dark brown head that dissipates quickly leaving no lacing.

S: Roasty and husky. A bit understated.

T: Heavy on the roasted barley, a touch of smoke or char, some creamy vanilla and toffee or caramel provide some sweetness. Herbal hops come through with surprising clarity.

M: smooth but a bit prickly.

O: A very good, sweet oatmeal stout. Mayflower does dark beers very well.

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Photo of tkelley
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into my Mayflower "pint" glass (its not really a full pint! Argh!) .

A - Brown thin head sits on a dark body. Slight highlights that are also a nice brown, not the ruby you see in many stouts.

N - Dark roasted malts all the way. Like a hearty piece of fresh bread. Very little hops. No spice no fruit.

T - Again, dark malts and roast. Chocolate and coffee but only just so. Not overpowering the malts. The oatmeal smooths it very nicely and adds some oaty sweetness.

M - Again, very smooth. Very fine carbonation. Delightful bitter after taste.

O - very good. Nice on a cold evening by the fireplace.


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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 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 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 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 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 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 Floyd12
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this beer from a 12oz bottle, poured into a pint glass.

A- Poured an almost black color with a light brown head that rapidly dissapated.

S- The roasted malts used in these beer have a strong aroma of both chocolate and coffee, making for a very sweet and inviting smell.

T- When you first taste this beer there is a slight ashy taste to it but, but the chocolate and coffee undertones quickly take form leading to an excellent after taste. Almost all bitterness subsides as the carbonation dies.

M- A thick and full bodied beer. But as I drank towards the end it picked up a more watery quality to it. The low carbonation worked very well for the creamy and roasted style though.

D- It's very smooth and has a high level of drinkablility. The creamy roasted taste makes this something that could even be enjoyed by non-beer drinkers.

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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 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 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 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 very impressed so far with the mayflower offerings.

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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 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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