Winter Oatmeal Stout - Mayflower Brewing Company

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88
very good

234 Ratings
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Ratings: 234
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.87%
Wants: 9
Gots: 15 | 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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Photo of silentjay
3.83/5  rDev -3%
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.

Photo of morebeergood
3.83/5  rDev -3%
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.

Photo of Andrew041180
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours quite black with short head - a touch of mahogany highlights around the edges. The aroma isn't very strong, but it has a definite roasty quality. Taste follows the nose, a touch on the burnt side for me. No real surprises. Meets expectations, which are higher than normal due to the brewer. Feel is excellent. Soft and clean with a dry finish. This is a good drinker. Would be happy to have again.

Photo of TKVu
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of lambpasty
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%

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.

Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle to pint glass. Sampled 4/5/11, packaged 1/25/11.

A: Pours with a one finger head somewhere between medium and dark brown in color. Diminishes rather quickly. The body is extremely dark, and might even be black. Absolutely no lacing.

S & T: The aroma is fantastic. Varied roasted malt qualities with chocolate dominating, a light hand of coffee mixed in, followed by hints of cookie and oats. Long lasting flavor, lightly sweet. The smell and taste are by far this beer's strongest attributes.

M: With carbonation on the soft side, plus 3 different types of oats in the grist, the mouthfeel comes across very creamy. Unfortunately the oats don't do anything to provide a fuller body or thicker texture (or help with head retention for that matter). After the glorious nose and rather good flavor that this beer provided, the mouthfeel was a big let down.

D: An above average oatmeal stout that could very easily become great with a few little tweeks. The appearance needs to be stronger and the mouthfeel more substantial. Other than that, I'm satisfied with this purchase.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Photo of hockeypuck
3.86/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dheacck11
3.86/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It tries to make a decent head. It doesn't. It tries to smell nice, it does a better job at that. It tries to taste good, and it does. It tries not to feel too heavy. It's medium.

It's a beer that keeps on trying. It isn't going to move on to the olympics or be a professional. But it might have a really good college career that leads to a good job and a happy family. It has to work for it, but it ultimately is comfortably successful. Upper middle class.

No one will write a book, or even a post, about this beer. But people who meet it will say, 'oh yeah! That guy! That was surprisingly good!' when they hear it mentioned in passing.

Photo of tigg924
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Photo of tkelley
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Cheers!

Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Photo of flexabull
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
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,

Photo of Wasatch
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Photo of dms7502
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Tschnab
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- a very dark brown almost black with a dark brown head and some lace.

S- some rich chocolate malt brings a coffee and semisweet chocolate aroma, malt, and a little bit of carmel sweetness.

t- a very classic tasting oatmeal stout with a nice creamy feel that is just a bit too thin. Some vanilla and a good amount of dark chocolate are here as well.

O- a good oatmeal stout, good winter seasonal.

Photo of brureview
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

packaging date 1/3/13.

The beer poured a beautiful deep dark chocolate with a two finger head into a pint glass.

The aroma was quite good- vanilla-milk chocolate and lemon.

The mouth feel was a bit tart and carbonated.

I was expecting continuity to match the aroma and color- however the taste was too lemony.
Some sweetness- but not strong. I was disappointed- I was expecting a smooth, sweeter, perhaps a more chocolate accented stout, but the tartness and lemon dominated the flavor. Samuel Smith's oatmeal stout is one of my favorites, and this stout didn't compare in smoothness and taste.

Overall- a good oatmeal stout- but for the first tasting, the beer lacked smoothness and balance.
Will try again for another tasting.

Photo of BeerResearcher
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. brown bottle.
Served in a wide-mouth Ittala 50cl mug.
Strong black coffee colored with a frothy mocha head with a fair smattering of lacing.
Smells of cocoa, coffee, licorice and burnt malt blast out of the gate. A smell of mashed figs is followed by a mild citrusy nose, followed by a light whiff of hay.
Flavors of strong, dark roasted coffee, chocolate, cream and molasses are fairly potent. Citrus and resinous hops inch through. A taste of oats is noticeable, though less than expected.
There's a distant taste of dark rum throughout.
The body is full and rich, but short of cloying. Slides right down...
An Imperial version of this dark brew would be very very interesting. Hint hint...

Photo of ExtraStout
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of HosP
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured 12oz bottle into a snifter

A- Pours black, very little light coming in around the edges. Nice brown head, but leaves to quick with very little lacing.

S- Very nice roasted malt aroma. Coffee notes come through more prominent than the chocolate ones. A little on the sweeter side.

T- Flavor starts with nice roasted coffee at the beginning and last almost to the end. A little burnt taste at first but mellows out. Chocolate flavor hidden at the end along with some bitterness. Not bad flavor here.

M- Almost a full bodied drink. Low carbonation. A little creamy mouth feel.

D- Very smooth easy to drink beer. Solid oatmeal stout, not great but still good. Lower abv would allow for a couple of these at a time.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.95/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of phantomwyse
3.95/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of greybeardloon
3.95/5  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.

Photo of Strickzland
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of jbertsch
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pitch black with little head. It doesnt look as creamy and frothy as i like an oatmeal stout to be. Aroma provides a little smoke, powdery oats, peat moss, and a touch of chocolate. The taste is nice - chocolate and oatmeal are definitely there. Charcoal and Peat moss is brought to mind again on the flavor profile but chocolate milk is what lingers on the finish. Mouthfeel is unfortunately a little flat with lower carbonation...slight oily slickness to it. Again, I wish this felt creamier. But overall it's a tasty oatmeal stout that excels in flavor...if it didn't just lack on the looks and mouthfeel department it would be perfect.

Winter Oatmeal Stout from Mayflower Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 234 ratings.