Oatmeal Stout - Mendocino Brewing Company
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4.22/5 rDev +13.4%
Espresso and a 3 Musketeers. The perfect combination on a cold evening. She loves chocolate, and coffee. So you can sit snuggled in the blanket and share them both. The beautiful muddy dark brown, almost black and the dark tan froth on top, as you take a sniff... The nougat from the candy bar combines and the result is a nutty, creamy, chocolatey, milky, and slightly metallic aroma, presumably from the old metal stein you opted to pour it into.
The tan froth leaves spots of sticky residue on the sides of the mug, and you take a bite and a sip and smile at her, making sure her teeth stopped chattering and her ears are warm under her thick furry hat. She smiles back at you with a wonder in her eyes as the snow begins to fall ever so gently and her breath comes out misty as the hot espresso evaporates. The chocolate, milky nougat, and espresso combine in one note... thick and chewy, creamy and silky, sweet and roasty, milky and chocolatey, altogether delicious. What a wonderful, simple, rare night. Savour the moments.
11-13-2010 19:18:12 | More by khiasmus
4.2/5 rDev +12.9%
A wonderful rich chocolately oatmeal stout with a truly exceptional "full-bodied feeling" aroma. Love it. Yum. The light brown head is a nice contrast to the body. Taste is pretty good, but leaves me feeling a little empty in the middle. It has a wonderful, very drinkable light finish. All around just good, but not exceptional other than smell.
03-20-2011 05:16:30 | More by lechroy
4.2/5 rDev +12.9%
I have one staple when it comes to beer: it's all about the taste. I don't care about packaging. I can tolerate less that optimal smell and feel is the taste is there.
This beer: the taste is there.
The mouthfeel is nice and thick, without much of an alcohol taste at all. Instead, the tastes is a nice bitter chocolate flavor with a distinct dry finish that delivers a wonderful coffee flavor. I'd call it a desert beer if it wasn't for the fact that I could drink it all day long.
This is my first beer from Mendocino. If they are all of this quality, however, I'll be buying a lot more very soon.
04-02-2011 01:15:26 | More by beerinmorning
4.15/5 rDev +11.6%
I picked this up on a whim off the safeway shelf nearby. pleasant surprise.
pours a deep brown bordering on black, with a dark head that dissipates, but leaves good lacing down the sides. Beautiful looking brew.
Smelling it, the burnt malts are by far the dominant characteristic. Dark espresso malts and a bit of burnt cocoa. Yum. Makes me think of smoke and coal, real coal not store bought charcoal, and roasted meat. Like a barbecue I guess is what I'm saying.
The taste follows the nose pretty well, just blending it to a tasty malty concoction. The faint sweetness is that of toffee, but the dominant flavour is that of the burnt malts.
Drinks easily enough, crisp, but with a smoothe creamy finish, and not as much of that aftermouth coating as can occur sometimes. Feels a bit filling, wouldn't call it sessionable, but imo that's a minor complaint.
Overall, in case you couldn't tell, I greatly enjoyed this beer. I was very pleasantly surprised, not expecting much (no particular reason, just had no reason to expect more), and it turned out to be quite a tasty brew. Definitely very glad I took a chance on it.
01-01-2011 03:28:26 | More by kemoarps
4.14/5 rDev +11.3%
A great oatmeal stout. Great body and flavor although it could have been more full. Smell is slightly lacking but may just be from bottle. Would love to try this on draft somewhere or in a growler. Would recommend for most Oatmeal Stout lovers. I would say this is a must try.
11-23-2013 20:22:17 | More by ChelseaBaratto
4.13/5 rDev +11%
Served in a pint glass
Poured from a 12oz bottle
A: pours a deep black color with thick foamy head reminiscent of chocolate milk. Leaves a considerable amount of foamy coffee colored lacing
S: Smells strongly of oatmeal and a slight addition of chocolate
T: nice oatmeal flavor offset slightly by some chocolate notes. Has a slight smoked nutty finish as well
D/M: really smooth drinking brew. Goes down nice with a great taste that makes drinking it a real joy. Quite nice overall. Well done mendocino
11-19-2010 03:09:50 | More by BigPlay1824
4.1/5 rDev +10.2%
A-Pours a very dark pitch color with two fingers of brown sugar head.
S-Sweet coffee and slightly roasted notes with a bit of vanilla.
T-Sweet and slightly roasted coffee with some hints of caramel.
M-Wow! This is literally a coffee milkshake; thick and creamy with low carbonation. This beer has one of the best feels I've ever experienced.
D-Really easy drinking, but this beer is a little lacking in the flavor complexity category.
03-06-2011 04:01:28 | More by samie85
4.1/5 rDev +10.2%
A : poured from a bottle into a pint. Black with 2 fingers of lovely looking dark tan head. Good but not great lacing on half the pint.
S : smells of sweet coffee and a tail end of caramel. not super heavy on the aroma
T : a good quality stout flavor of roasted malt and coffee. burnt toffee and a bit of all these flavors finish. It is a full flavor from start to finish, with many parts, but one dimension of flavor in a good way.
M : the mouthfeel is soild but not super heavy. carbonation seems slightly overdone.
D : this brew is heavy on flavor but not on anything else. Super drinkable while still being full flavored.
not much else that isn't already here. Lacks the "chewiness" of most oatmeal stouts but still pretty darn good. I'm glad there is not watery flavor like some. My first from this brewery and hopefully not the last.
01-13-2011 01:27:18 | More by Thads324
4.1/5 rDev +10.2%
A huge smokey chocolate character is the alpha and omega in this beer- it chases the flavor profile from the first sip until the final quaff with a masculine and powerful demeanor.
Pouring an onyx-black color and sheen, the beer carries a very dark brown color or even black; dark enough to not be able to know whether it has a haze or not. A creamy, lightly tanned foam forms a dense head that reduces to a sheet and lace about the rim before steadying. Moderate pockets of lace cling to the glass.
Densely packed aromas of chocolate, smoke, French roast coffee, caramel, vanilla, and roast all hit the olfactories with a rich intensity and leaving a tawny malt scent on the nose that continue to deliver a multitude of Stout characteristics with each whiff.
Malty sweet flavors of burnt molasses, deeply roasted coffees, cocoa-chocolate blends, walnuts, charred woods, and light milky flavors all far exceed the rebuttal from hops. Only a woody and lightly grassy flavor after mid palate round out the sweeter components with earthy and spicy bite and bitterness. Light lactic sourness gives the impression of coffee sourness that blends with coffee bitterness much the same. Delicously flavored and with the slight vinous/grain character that reveals flaws but deliver complexity in the same move.
Medium-full in texture, the oatmeal additions finally make their mark with a creamy, milky feel but seemingly chase the carbonation out of the beer, thus reducing creaminess to a silky and oily texture, if not slightly thin in an odd and grainy kind of way. Finishing succulently malty and with a long linger of roast, chocolate, and minty cooling in alcohol.
Overall a very good Oatmeal Stout with pronounced alcohol and a straight laced Stout profile of roast, chocolate, malt, and supportive hops. A good switch up from that Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from time to time.
09-01-2011 05:25:30 | More by BEERchitect
4.05/5 rDev +8.9%
Poured jet black,no highlights even when held to the light,fluffy mocha colored head atop that settled pretty slowly leaving no lace behind.At first the aromas were somewhat muted but after a minute sitting in the glass some nice cocoa,earth,and vanilla note showed themselves nicely.Low carbonation feel giving the beer an almost creamy feel wich was real nice.Mellow roasted flavors along with cocoa powder,a tinge of dark fruit,and a milk stout-like lactose sweetness in the finish.A solid oatmeal stout here,I was pleasantly surprised I have to say.
10-28-2010 20:36:11 | More by oberon
4.03/5 rDev +8.3%
dark brown in color with a big had of tan that came up and over the top. Nice retention and great lacing up and down the sides of the glass.
Roasted malts, sweet with molasses and hints of brown sugar. mellow and a touch hoppier then I would have thought. Very nice chocolate notes here, really laid down quite well. Hints of molasses again and a decent touch of vanilla poking its head up. The finish comes through with a light bitterness and a touch of dark fruit.
12-03-2011 18:48:05 | More by mikesgroove
4/5 rDev +7.5%
Thanks to ericandersnavy for sharing this bottle.
The beer pours a dark brown to black color with a tan head. The aroma is roasted malt with some chocolate. The flavor is chocolate, roasted malt, some smoke and some oats. Medium, creamy mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
A very nice oatmeal stout and the best Mendocino beer I have tried.
11-19-2010 03:17:25 | More by Mora2000
4/5 rDev +7.5%
Poured a nice deep black with a thick and sticky tan head.
The smell has a lightly sweet cereal quality to it with a hint of smoke.
The flavor is a nice balance of sweet and chocolaty oatmeal with a underlying black smokey bitterness, very balanced session quality stout.
The mouthfeel is a bit light, but has nice carbonation.
Good easy drinking stout, Mendocino continues to make some of the best buys in the craft beer section.
10-14-2010 00:00:37 | More by bashiba
Oatmeal Stout from Mendocino Brewing Company
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