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Winter Oatmeal Stout - Mayflower Brewing Company

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Winter Oatmeal StoutWinter Oatmeal Stout

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88
very good

259 Ratings
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Ratings: 259
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.15%
Wants: 10
Gots: 25 | 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 markdrinksbeer
3.76/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LeRose
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Photo of smcolw
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of Maxwell
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours a proper black with a slight red tinge and a nice light tan head on top. The beer’s body is too dark to properly judge, but seems clean. The beer leaves a lacing that is light and slippery, leaving very little to look at on the glass. On the nose, the beer smells wonderfully rich with coffee and oatmeal tones. Roasted barley malts also come through on the nose slightly. On the tongue, the beer tastes sweet and drying with a nice roasted bitter flavoring. The beer begins with a little watery roasted malt before opening into big roasted oat flavors with touches of coffee, toffee, and char. The finish brings to mind sweet oatmeal bread, and is very appealing. The aftertaste is tingly with roasted oatmeal and slight coffee. On the mouth, the beer feels medium bodied, with a medium carbonation that lightly prickles the tongue. The mouth is left dry with a light wet sheen of saliva on the sides of the mouth. Overall, this beer is delicious and sessionable. There is a lovely roasted oat flavor that reminds me of winter and a warm stove for some reason. This stout will not blow you away with flavor, but it is solid and tasty and fully deserving of your taste buds.

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of silentjay
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
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 johnnnniee
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
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 morebeergood
3.82/5  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 gcamparone
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Purchased in Wakefield RI.

A- pours an opaque black body with a medium 1" mocha head that reduces pretty quickly to a ring and leaves very little lacing.

S- cocoa, milk chocolate, light coffee, pretty heavily roasted malt.

T- has a pretty smokey character with the typical stout characteristics sitting in the background, coffee and roasted malt being the predominate notes. The flavor isn't 100% there though, could be richer for an oatmeal stout. Virtually no toasty aftertaste which would have been nice for this style.

M- low carbonation, slightly watery.

What I'm getting is a average to slightly below average stout, I would have preferred more body and flavor. I don't regret purchasing it but wouldn't buy again.

Photo of vdub191
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Andrew041180
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
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 -2.5%

Photo of tigg924
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
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 lambpasty
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%

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 tkelley
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
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 FeDUBBELFIST
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
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 hockeypuck
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gonzo000
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very good stout. Deed black in color. A bit watery for my taste, but flavorful.

Photo of flexabull
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
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
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
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 paresis
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tschnab
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
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 dheacck11
3.85/5  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 dms7502
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of BeerResearcher
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
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...

Winter Oatmeal Stout from Mayflower Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 259 ratings.