Oatmeal Stout - Mendocino Brewing Company

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Reviews: 99
Hads: 275
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 6.49%
Wants: 4
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: silver0rlead on 10-10-2010

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Photo of climax
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one comes out black, with a good sized dark tan head. The retention is so-so, but a constant film holds strong.

I would have liked more intensity in the nose, but it's smooth and fairly complex. Banana bread, oatmeal, chocolate, and whip cream balance each other out politely. There is a dash of leafy flavor from the hop side of things, to round it all out.

Maple and brown sugar add sweetness to a flavor full of oats and molasses. Roasty bitterness begins to dry things out towards the finish. There is no offensive flavors or astringency whatsoever, they've steamrolled every bit of harshness out.

Unrivaled smoothness, and a medium body fit the bill for the style. Carbonation is very mild, adding the tiniest bit of grit to a milky feel. This slides down the hatch easy as can be.

Mendocino isn't touted for creating extraordinary beers, and this is no exception. But as far as making a pleasant flavorful easy drinking smooth stout, they succeed here. It's easy to drink multiple, and a good starting point for someone getting into the darkies. (1,063 characters)

Photo of chickenflea
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Black, small light brown creamy head, fair lacing and good retention. Great roasted malt aroma. The usual suspects are here: molasses, chocolate, coffee, toasty caramel. Mouth is medium-full with creamy carbonation, lightly dry. Flavor is lightly sweet with some coffee bean bitterness, and a mildly hoppy long finish. I am beginning to think that this is one of the easier styles to get right. A lot of breweries do it well. The Mendocino is a solid offering. Very tasty and true to form. (497 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich dark brown hue with a thin layer of frothy tan foam atop. Great color, but head leaves something to be desired.

Smell: rich coffee and chocolate aroma with just a little bit of roasty malt sourness at the end. Quite nice.

Taste: a nicely balanced blend of coffee, chocolate and general roastiness. The end is a little bit bland, but I don't think it detracts too much from that initial great taste. I quite like it.

Mouthfeel: I would not have guessed from the head, but there is a lusciously creamy carbonation in this beer. Good stuff.

Overall: I'm pleasantly surprised by this beer. I wasn't expecting the world, but Mendocino has delivered a serviceable, indeed quite tasty, Oatmeal stout. I'd definitely have this again. (790 characters)

Photo of Gehrig
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep, jet black body with a light, fleeting patch of mocha froth; no lacing. Nice, subtle aromas, with plenty of coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malt and, pleasantly as it warms, the rich, unmistakable whiff of tobacco.

Good taste, lots of coffee and chocolate, and the tobacco doesn't taste to badly, either. Some vanilla peeks through the dense flavors; good stuff. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel, easy on the palate.

It is not the most complex stout, but it is quite good, it sports an intriguing set of flavors, and is easy to enjoy. I have often said that Mendocino is hit or miss with me. This is a definite hit, a pleasant surprise, and one I recommend without reservation to stout lovers.

Good stuff. (705 characters)

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a conic pint glass.

The beer immediately smells more "oatmealish" than any oatmeal stout I've had. A good hearty dose of oats, followed by the roasted, bitter coffee underneath. I want to say there's a hint of bitter hops in the nose as well.

The taste of this beer does not follow the aroma. There's more of a roasted, smokey character first, with drier, dark coffee notes in the finish. But some oats, faintly.

The beer finishes dry and chalky.

Let's not forget what it looks like! I cannot really judge appearance first thing, but half-way down, a huge sheet of foamy lacing coats the glass. The mocha colored head, chunky and foamy, has dissipated to a few random patches with a bubbly ring around the glass. The beer itself is a deep dark coffee black with a good cola-brown hue in the light. (815 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black with a 1/2 inch foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on the top of the beer. Thin foamy rings of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, toasted oats, and some coffee/cocoa aromas. Taste is of dark roasted malt, toasted oats, and coffee beans. There is a nice roasty bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a higher level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. A bit thin for a stout in my opinion. Overall, this is a good oatmeal stout that is quite tasty and easy to drink. One of the better offerings from Mendocino. (597 characters)

Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Reviewed alongside Ipswich Oatmeal Stout.

A: Dark brown with two-finger, tan, creamy head that lasted a couple of minutes. Okay lacing.

S: Banana bread, chocolate and coffee. Hoppy.

T: Moderate sweetness and light bitterness. Strong molasses flavor compared to other Oatmeal stouts I've had, which is interesting. The roasted notes take a bit of a back seat to the molasses.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Smooth but not as creamy as I would like.

O: The Ipswich was creamier and had a slight edge all around. This stout had an interesting molasses flavor though. Still, I think Ipswich is the winner. (642 characters)

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: Stout black with a tan head, decent lacing.
smell: subdued cocoa, faint vanilla. Pleasant but subdued.
taste: As the nose advertises but comes together more in the taste. Very smooth.
mouthfeel: Medium everything. Not bad, just not a stand-out.
drinkability: This is smooth and mellow.
A nice brew if not a mind blower. (332 characters)

Photo of bfoot110
3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had this on cask at the local pub. It was the 2nd day of the cask, had a nice head to it the aroma was slight caramel and oats. The oatmeal taste was fantastic. Cask is the best way to enjoy this stout, it really brings out the taste. Had this on bottle once and thought it was just a middle of the road beer. Cask makes all the difference. (340 characters)

Photo of Bung
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. A pretty solid black pour. Thin layer of light tan head.

Aroma has malt, chocolate, caramel, lactose?

Taste, there's some oat. Malty caramel with some earthy peat and cocoa. Maybe some red fruit, a little different for the style. Finishes pretty dry.

6% is a bit high for an oatmeal stout imo, but it does not detract at all since it really isn't that high. A fine carbonated almost creamy body. Lighter side of mid, goes down quite easy. The slight chalkiness is the only detractor for me. (500 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.87/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a tulip shaped pint glass. Thanks are owed to SDDanC for this extra in our recent trade. Thanks man! The brew pours black in color with a finger of brown froth sitting atop. The cap slowly fades leaving some patches of lacing effect sticking to the glass. Around the edges, some lighter brown to ruby coloring is seen with a bit of clarity. A light swirl revives about a half finger of froth back to the surface.

The aroma is very pleasant with a fresh kilned grain quality. Nice and roasty with a hint of baker's chocolate, espresso and earth. The more I smell this, the more a bit of fresh grainy quality emerges from this that I can only assume to be the oats that mixes with the minor chocolate quality and really formulates a nice compilation to the aromatics. Well done.

The taste starts off with a similarity to the nose. Bitter roasted grain emerge first blending into a bit of mineral quality and some sulfites. A light fruity alcohol ester before going back to a burnt flavor of grain. Whereas the aroma almost had a sweet milk chocolate aspect to it, the flavor here is instead more like bitter cacao. It has a bit of an earthen aspect that while enjoyable in it's own right, does not live up to the expectations let on by the aromatics.

This is a medium to lighter bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. The alcohol is well integrated. I have a couple gripes about this brew. The first being the mineral quality present in the flavor profile was not that enjoyable mixed with a hint of sulfite. The other gripe I have is in the body of this brew, it is lacking just a bit and seems lighter than it should for being advertised as an oatmeal stout. I would have liked to seen a bit more fuller or smoother body from the oats. Otherwise this was a pretty good brew. The nose on this brew is an absolute beast, I would get it again just to smell it it is that good. (1,906 characters)

Photo of ElijahRivera
3.87/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up a six pack of this seasonal for only $3.99(leftover seasonal stock) at Oliver's in Albany, NY.

A-Solid black opaque. The head is thick, creamy, and almost milk chocolate in color.

S-Sweet roasted grains, some cocoa, and some coffee. Everything that you would expect and want to be there.

T-The taste starts with the sweet caramel malts, and almost buttery smooth oatmeal flavors. Then the bitter roasted malts come in, and it finishes nicely with cocoa and coffee flavors.

M-Medium to full body with appropriate carbonation.

O-A really decent oatmeal stout with the full range of rich flavors that you want from the style. It seems to be well balanced, and is really hitting the spot during this chilly Spring night after a long day in the sun. I have nothing bad to say about this beer; and, at a price like that, how could I complain? (852 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured an opaque, jet black color. Looked thick. It has a very small, light brown head of foam left some lacing.

S - It smelled roasty with some coffee and chocolate notes. Nice.

T - Much more flavor than expected from a fairly muted nose. Very roasty with strong chocolate malt flavor. A touch of toffee with just enough bitterness for balance.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A medium bodied stout with a dry clean finish.

O - Surprisingly good after a fairly average aroma. I really liked the chocolate in this oatmeal stout. (533 characters)

Photo of ngeunit1
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a very deep and dark black color with a nice two fingers of brownish (chocolate) colored head. The head has some nice retention and the and some nice lacing.

S - Smells heavily and malt aromas. Also a mixed in is heavy tones of dark chocolate. Very well balanced.

T - The taste starts with a mix of malts and oats. This is joined by some nice dark chocolate flavors throughout. Just a bit of hop tones which are nice. Aftertaste is a bit dry and full of chocolate flavor.

M - Fairly medium bodied. Pretty creamy and think, but still rather smooth. Just a touch of carbonation. Could use a bit more body.

D - Overall, good mix of flavors that stay well balanced and a smooth beer. Only minor complaint is it could be a bit heavier bodied overall. But, still a very drinkable beer. (793 characters)

Photo of ibbjamin
3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A buddy brought over a 6-pack of 12oz bottles. I've had a few so far and have liked this, so I now review. Pour one into a standard pint glass to review.

Pours thick and creamy black leaving a dark brown small dense head that dissipates quickly leaving minimal retention. Some lacing.

Aroma is of dark roasted sweet malts and dark chocolate. Nothing too complex here, but still quite solid.

Taste is just a bit off to me, a little weird, but hard for me to pinpoint exactly. Still creamy, dark chocolate and dark roasted malts.

Smooth, creamy mouthfeel and very easy going down. Full bodied.

Overall, a solid beer that I would be happy to drink again. (657 characters)

Photo of beagle75
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A: Opaque black color showing clear dark brown around the edges, with over one finger of beige foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: Potent roasted barley is centrally positioned with dry nuttiness and a hint of savory herbs also detected.

T: Begins off-dry, with dark roasted grain and a whiff of earthy fruit. Acidity is understated, standing dutifully aside. The middle features mild wood smoke and chicory against a backdrop of drier malt. The finish is lent some mild bitterness from the scorched quality of the malt detected there.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, creamy on the palate early but then turning slightly watery, with low carbonation.

D/O: This fine stout is similar to other worthy contributions by Mendocino in that it is a respectable example of the style without any pretense of reinvention or extremeness. It is approachable and satisfying, with flavors (but certainly not texture) that compare well to Firestone Walker's Velvet Merlin. (1,025 characters)

Photo of TangTKE402
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Poured dark chocolate colored with a coffee-and-milk-colored 1-finger head. A little lacing.

Smells of black cherry and vanilla extract, along with deep smoke notes and chocolate malts.

Taste is smokey at first, mellow in the mouth, and malty on the swallow. Flavors of toasted chocolate malts, toffee, almond, some alcohol, and a coffee ice cream finish.

Mouthfeel is syrupy, but not in an overpowering way. It fills the mouth, and leaves it woodstove-dry.

Drinkability is fair, but the heft of it may deter people from imbibing many in a sitting. (597 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.81/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Undated 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with large, dark tan head. This quickly reduces to a thin layer, but this has excellent retention and a thick ring that leaves plenty of sticky lacing.

S- Baked bread, oatmeal, and plenty of roasted malt with no burnt or even particularly dark roasted grains.

T- A full, hearty malt flavor that's richer and darker than the aroma indicates, and with more contribution from the oatmeal. Well balanced and very lightly smoky. Slightly bitter and a tad sour, with a fine and lasting, toasted grain aftertaste that has a light coffee edge.

M- Medium carbonation; creamy smooth, slick/oily mouthfeel; Full body.

O- OATMEAL stout - easily recommended for those who like more than a hint of oatmeal in their stouts. (800 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into an Evolution Brewing pint glass. No freshness date to be found anywhere.

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with an 1/8 inch tan head that reduces to a thin layer of bubbles on the surface. Lacing's not that great.

S- Not much aroma rising. Surprisingly, the dominant smell is that of spice. A small waft of the bland smell I usually relate to oxidation, but hopefully that's just because of the lack of a distinct aroma.

T- A full, hearty malt flavor that's a tad smoky but nothing too serious. Easy to drink and well balanced. Slightly bitter with little to no metallic aftertaste. Pretty tasty actually.

M- Medium carbonation gives way to a slick, oily mouthfeel that leaves a residual layer of fluid on the tongue. Goes down well. Once again, hearty.

O- Not too shabby. I've only had a few beers by these guys before but they're starting to grab my attention. (881 characters)

Photo of thekevlarkid
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of a bottle this beer was an opaque brown, color with a short lived head of tan foam. The retention of the skim, however, was good and it laced beautifully. The aroma was dry, roasted malt, leather, hints of meat and a little wet soil. The flavors were a compilation of baking chocolate, light coffee, roasted barley, more leather and. The mouthfeel was rich, the body full and the carbonation average. (406 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with an inch and a half tan head after a strong pour. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like roasted malt, oats, coffee, and chocolate. I think the taste is just like the aroma, except that that there's a bit of dark fruitiness noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy and has a good amount of carbonation. I think it's a good Oatmeal Stout, definitely worth trying. (486 characters)

Photo of cjgiant
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: black with think, sustaining head; lacing is present but more sparse than expected
S: roasted nuttiness, chocolate, coffee, as expected
T: the lacing belies the fact that this is not a nice, creamy stout. However, there is also nothing unexpected. Roasted notes of coffee, roasted grain. Do not note the chocolate from the smell.
M: as stated, not creamy and coating as I expected, but the bitterness of toasted nuts does kind if linger.
O: solid, although not exceptional, offering. No surprises good or bad. (512 characters)

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A good standard oatmeal stout from Mendocino. This one pours a dark brownish black with a
huge tan head that dies down to a nice thin layer and decent clinging lacing. Nose of deep
dark chocolate, caramel, and coffee. Smooth oatey goodness brings this one full circle to bring
about a roasted coffe and dark chocolate flavor up front and on the back with a nice smooth
mouthfeel and a light bitter chocolate aftertaste. Very pleasing for the stout lovers out there,
with the added smoothness that oatmeal brings. A most solid stand by stout. (547 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark charcoal appearance, full thicket of tan head with fine even lacing. Aroma soft herbal notes with dark chocolate and some soft creaminess. Dark fruit undertones wrapped in chocolate. Flavor has a strong fruitiness, dark chocolate hints of cocoa soft vanilla cream finish. Mouthfeel, is creamy mouthfeel is medium bodied soft carbonation. Drinkability overall is pretty decent not my favorite oatmeal stout, solid experience one of the better Mendocino brews I've had in recent times. (488 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a bottle at Northern Soul in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours an opaque black in color with some very subtle hints of dark brown and amber when held up to the light. The beer has a finger tall light tan head that slowly reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of roasted malts, milk chocolate, and coffee.

T: There is a light to moderate flavor of roasted malts with some light flavors of milk chocolate and coffee but very little bitterness or sweetness to the brew. Slightly lighter flavors of oats towards the finish.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly creamy.

O: Very easy to drink and enjoyable with a very pleasant mouthfeel to go along with nice flavors and aromas. Well balanced. Glad I found this one (not on the menu) when I peeked into the fridge behind the bar. (977 characters)

Oatmeal Stout from Mendocino Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.