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Winter Oatmeal Stout - Mayflower Brewing Company

Winter Oatmeal StoutWinter Oatmeal Stout

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192 Ratings
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Ratings: 192
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 9.9%

Brewed by:
Mayflower Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: mduncan on 12-08-2010)
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Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2011 22:29:59 | More by jdhilt
Photo of cosmicevan

New York

3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2011 04:42:55 | More by cosmicevan
Photo of GbVDave


4.13/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2011 19:55:25 | More by GbVDave
Photo of bmonty412


3.68/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2011 23:32:12 | More by bmonty412
Photo of morebeergood


3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Cornwall's in Kenmore Sq this past Saturday night. Served in a standard pint glass. Dark brown color, with a very minimal head. Lacing really only at the top of the glass. Smell was very nice, with some coffee aroma really standing out. Flavor was quite good also. There was a great mix of wintery spices from a winter warmer that mingled nicely with the hearty flavors of a stout. Liked the combination a lot. Mouthfeel was a bit thinner than I'd hoped for, and the alcohol was a tad noticeable. A beer that I surely enjoyed, but it's not a beer than I'd stay with all night. But it's one of my favorite new winter releases of 2011.

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2011 00:58:15 | More by morebeergood
Photo of ksimons

New York

3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours an inky black color with just a touch of lace around the top

S-smoky, roasted malts and caramel sweetness

T-roasted malts and coffee, sweet caramel, with just a hint of hop bitterness

M-medium body, leaves a nice roasted taste in the mouth, very light carbonation

D-drinkable, could be a little richer but overall a very nice beer

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2011 23:37:49 | More by ksimons
Photo of Floyd12


4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2011 17:36:20 | More by Floyd12
Photo of bruachan

District of Columbia

3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2011 01:59:55 | More by bruachan
Photo of gameface23


4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2011 02:12:34 | More by gameface23
Photo of mjn5036

New Hampshire

3.03/5  rDev -23.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2011 01:41:52 | More by mjn5036
Photo of Bounty628


4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 11:55:15 | More by Bounty628
Photo of albern


4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is quite good, it has more the burnt and smoked oaky flavors of an Baltic Porter, but this is a nice fairly mild oatmeal stout nevertheless. It pours a nice thick, inky black with a nice dark tan head. The retention is okay, not tons of lace. The nose has the cellared oakiness, a touch of molasses, and some residual coffee aromas that make it reasonably enticing. These qualities will stay true for the taste.

The taste is very nice if for no other reason than the brewer is not trying to jam way too much ABV into a beer that doesn't warrant it. The beer is fairly full bodied, has a nice smoked oaky and molasses character. The oatmeal comes through on the silkiness on the tongue, but it doesn't quite live up to expectation in that there is too much foreground with the slightly burnt flavors, and not enough real chocolate and dark malt qualities where they should belong. As the beer warms, there is a touch of spice hidden away and this adds some complexity. The aftertaste carries on with a bit too much cherryish oaky quality and it just lingers a bit too long. This is a nice beer though, very drinkable for sure.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2011 21:13:34 | More by albern
Photo of ExtraStout


3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very dark pour, with a VERY short-lived thin head of light brown foam. Not much carbonation at all.

Nice aroma, plenty of roast, some chocolate and a slight hint of licorice.

Much more hoppy than most stout brews and that's okay with me because I'm an IPA guy. I would have liked more body though, it was a bit on the thin side.

With that said, it was still a pretty tasty beer and I enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2011 18:07:37 | More by ExtraStout
Photo of silentjay


3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

black as midnight with a small film of mocha head that, despite its small stature, leaves some decent lacing on the glass.

very roasty, coffee, some cocoa, burnt cereal grains, and some chocolate milk.

very roasty, a bit charred, and pleasantly burnt with plenty of bitterness (coffee or chocolate bitterness, not hop bitterness). well balanced.

low carbonation works for the style, creamy bodied, but not as thick as would be ideal.

drinks pretty well. well balanced, good example of the style. would drink again.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2011 07:03:25 | More by silentjay
Photo of Stockfan42


4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown, almost black body. A creamy brown head that reduces to a thin lace around the glass.

Aromas's of Chocolate, coffee, roasted malts and dry fruits.

Tastes of dark chocolate, coffee and roasted malts. Has a very bitter bite but that settles as the carbonation does.

Mouthfeel isn't as creamy as I expected. It's pretty light and more so just bitterness and carbonation going on. Goes down pretty smoothly though. Wasn't expecting this from a oatmeal stout.

All in all it's a pretty tasty stout. I'll deffinatly try this again.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2011 04:58:49 | More by Stockfan42
Photo of u2carew


4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz longneck.
A) Pours nearly opaque from the bottle. A nice finger thick, brown head on top. Settles to a nice lacing at the edge of the glass and on top. In the glass definitely an opaque body.
S) Subtle hints of dark cherries. Chocolate. Bready. Roasted grains.
T) Robust flavor. Smoky. Bitter chocolate. Hints of roasted coffee.
M) Full body. Smooth. Creamy. A nip of dryness in the finish.
D) I would definitely drink another one.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 00:46:36 | More by u2carew
Photo of trappistlover


4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(12oz bottle courtesy of plondrigan!). Pours nearly black with khaki head. Aroma of coffee, caramel, milk chocolate. Nice! Taste is roasty bitter with sweetness emerging. There is also a little sour in this-in a good way. Medium bodied with creamy mouthfeel. Finish is slight roasty. Nice beer! Thanks, Paul!

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2011 04:38:38 | More by trappistlover
Photo of bum732


4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2011 04:24:31 | More by bum732
Photo of gfreed


4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2011 18:17:32 | More by gfreed
Photo of mountdew1

New Hampshire

3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2011 23:29:24 | More by mountdew1
Photo of mavbrew


4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep, dark brown with a finger thick, tan colored head that quickly dissipates.

S: Scent consists of roasted malts up front, with molasses, which takes over the smell and maybe hints of chocolate and vanilla.

T: The up front taste has nice roasted malts that linger throughout. This is followed by slight hints of chocolate and a sweetness, from either dark fruits or the molasses. The finish is dry with some left over roasted malt flavors.

M: Medium bodied, carbonation is low. Very smooth and crisp, dry and woody.

D: This is my first beer from the brewery and it is a pretty solid brew to say the least. Very well balanced, nothing crazy, but a nice consistent and delicious beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2011 00:34:09 | More by mavbrew
Photo of donkeyrunner


4.38/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2011 19:50:01 | More by donkeyrunner
Photo of Daktyls


4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 12/20/10

A: Pours a dark black with absolutely no head save for a tiny amount of lacing around the outside edge.

S: Roasted malts with a scent of oats and a light amount of chocolate. Notes of vanilla and mild molasses are present as well.

T: Starts off with a roasted malt, bittersweet coffee and semisweet chocolate taste and moves into a light oatmeal and nutty flavor. More malts and oatmeal are present towards the finish, but are a little on the light side.

M: Medium-light body with a light amount of carbonation, suits the beer well. A little creamy and somewhat on the "dry" side.

D: The flavor is quite good and definitely makes a nice winter beer, very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2011 00:49:05 | More by Daktyls
Photo of VelvetExtract


3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2011 21:43:19 | More by VelvetExtract
Photo of YouSkeete


4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Serving type: cask

01-07-2011 00:59:00 | More by YouSkeete
Winter Oatmeal Stout from Mayflower Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 192 ratings.