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Oatmeal Stout - Mendocino Brewing Company

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Oatmeal StoutOatmeal Stout

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Ratings: 241
Reviews: 95
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.9%
Wants: 5
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mendocino Brewing Company visit their website
United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: silver0rlead on 10-10-2010)
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Photo of MonkeyBread


3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

06-15-2014 21:36:08 | More by MonkeyBread
Photo of JackieTH


3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Appearance: Brown/black with an off-white head.

Smell: Light chocolates and grains, and yes a bit of oatmeal as well.

Taste: Oats and malt. The malt is roasted or even slightly burnt. Subtle chocolate. Mild lactose comes through toward the finish. Finish is slightly dry. Overall impression is that it's thin.

Mouthfeel: I want to say silky but with a lighter body. This is possibly due to the higher than expected level of carbonation.

Drinkability: Easy enough to drink but there is something possibly in the lactose+burnt+carbonation characteristic that is a bit off-putting.

11-04-2010 17:30:04 | More by JackieTH
Photo of delta490


3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

A- a near-impenetrable black with a short-lived light tan head. A hint of carbonation is visible in the center of the beer as seen from above the glass

S-a slight hint of roasted malt and maltose sweetness.

T- a big astringent bite hits right off the bat and mellows into some malty sweetness on the finish. A fairly harsh intro and transition. Gets a little better as it warms (initial serving temp. ~50F)

M- no complaints here. Lighter and smoother on the palate as befits the style.

O- the taste really hits hard. Everything else about this beer is good to great, but that big blast of odd bitterness is really hard on the first few sips.

12-04-2013 23:38:01 | More by delta490
Photo of sjrodriguez


3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

08-13-2014 19:51:02 | More by sjrodriguez
Photo of JBarx


3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

08-19-2012 22:04:53 | More by JBarx
Photo of bdn72


3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

12-20-2012 03:54:22 | More by bdn72
Photo of Bajasith


3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Poured dark as a stout should. A small hot chocolate frothy head formed dissipating quickly... Earthy oats, chocolate and burnt malts dominated with a slight hint of coffee beans... Roasted malts/oats, hint of molasses, raisins, and some dark brown sugar sweetness... Medium bodied to almost dry as full flavor is drowned out due to the higher than expected level of carbonation... Nice roasted flavors keep it interesting.

05-04-2011 06:31:39 | More by Bajasith
Photo of djrn2

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

10-12-2012 01:57:25 | More by djrn2
Photo of TaySuth


3.33/5  rDev -10.5%

Appearance: Very dark brown in color with a half finger head of brown foam that quickly recedes to a ring with moderate lacing.

Smell: Roasted malt with caramel, molasses, chocolate and a hint of coffee. Pretty good.

Taste: Coffee flavor hits first followed by smooth chocolate with hints of molasses and caramel. It is good but nothing amazing.

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation but it works well with the beer. The body is just a little heavier than average.

Overall: A nice stout but nothing that I would seek out again.

03-02-2012 04:00:58 | More by TaySuth
Photo of smcolw


3.43/5  rDev -7.8%

Small bar-pour head, but it sticks around and leaves a near blanket of lace. Near black color where no lace penetrates (even on the edge of the glass).

Mildly burnt malt aromas; it's borderline toasty. Closer to Porter than Stout in the smell.

The flavor is more true to form--more burnt bitter malt. Like many stouts, this one is thin, perhaps thinner than most. Mild finish of over-roasted malt, but it lingers forever.

12-22-2012 18:14:04 | More by smcolw
Photo of BucannonXC5


3.43/5  rDev -7.8%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Color was pitch black. Surprising a small amount of head, maybe ½ inches. Light lacing that dissipated very quickly. Light film on sides.

Smelled of dark coffee and dark chocolate malts. This was the best part of the beer.

Tasted of dark and smoky malts. Also some dark chocolate flavor in there as well. Tasted pretty fake to me.

Full body. Average carbonation. Smooth feel.

It was just a bit too fake for me, but I’ll take the smoothness.

11-30-2011 10:13:39 | More by BucannonXC5
Photo of Jemonster


3.45/5  rDev -7.3%

A: Tan colored head dissipates quickly in the glass. Medium sized bubble carbonation. Looks like root beer after carbonation settles, but even less opaque; no light can be seen passing through it.

S: Caramel, toffee candy sweetness and rich leather. Dry grain.

T: ORIGINAL: Sweet malt, roasted peanuts and coffee, tootsie roll chocolate, cream, and a slight hop bitterness, then it falls flat. Aftertaste is not so good, burnt toast and funny "chemical" taste. I hate when people use that term, but I think everyone knows what it means. After the first few sips, the bitterness builds and the redeeming qualities aren't as present. It
s best not to hold this one in the mouth and savor like I usually treat stouts, but just to swallow it quickly.

EDIT: I must have had a bad bottle the first time or something. I gave it another chance, and while I get similar flavors, I didn't get that "off" taste, and the bitterness was more balanced. I don't know what was up with that before, but it's a pretty good beer afterall. I'm still not it's biggest fan, but it just went up a few points.

M: I wanted more carbonation to be there. The richness of this beer made me want something salty to induce salivation. It dried my mouth.

D: 2 I didn't really like this beer, which is a surprise to me since I usually love stouts. I think I will be giving the other 5 away.

12-14-2010 04:26:39 | More by Jemonster
Photo of HalfFull


3.48/5  rDev -6.5%

Bottle served up in a large globe glass. Pours an inky black with a thin dark brown cap. Light retention yet decent lacing follow.

Aroma is strong on roast and chocolate though not overdone. Low carbonation requires some agitation to renew a surface film so as to appreciate the malt depth and reveal a touch of chocolate sourness. Warms to add a subtle smoky character.

Taste is smooth and creamy with a decent feel that belies the lack of apparent carbonation. Coffee and chocolate with just a light roast character on the taste. Bittersweet chocolate offers a decent lingering finish.

Overall a good and quite straightforward stout. Oats add a creamy feel and finish but the light carbonation limits the love here.

01-13-2013 02:14:15 | More by HalfFull
Photo of jsh420


3.48/5  rDev -6.5%

pours dark dark brown almost black with a 2+ finger head that left spotted lacing

smells of milk chocolate and oatmeal

taste - burnt roasted malts hit me first then the surgary milk chocolate - tad bit thin but prety solid

mouthfeel - light body and has a sharp bite from the brew being over carbonated

drinkability - i want my oaty stouts to be smooth and this one is not

11-01-2010 03:44:46 | More by jsh420
Photo of kflorence


3.48/5  rDev -6.5%

A: Pours an opaque black in color with a two-finger thick, tan head that dissipates to a thin layer of foam. Lacing around the glass as you drink. Carbonation levels look solid.

S: Aroma is of burnt malts and oatmeal, cocoa, dark fruits (particularly grapes), some molasses and brown sugar and a definite hop presence in the background. There's also some kind of smoked wood smell in the mix.

T: Lots of fruit in this one, as well as a very strong smokey, malt flavor. I can definitely detect some overly roasted oats in here, and an underlying hop presence that never quite fully reaches its potential. The aftertaste is of caramelized malts and cocoa with some dark fruit and a bit of alcohol astringency.

M: Definitely on the heavier side, but still a medium bodied beer in my opinion. The carbonation levels are good, if a bit much on the swallow, and overall the beer remains creamy with a touch of chewiness. Could use a bit more body for an oatmeal stout.

D: This is a pretty decent example of the style and definitely flavorful enough to keep you sipping. Then again, I have had much better stouts. I would say this is a solid, above-average beer, but it doesn't have anything that will surprise you. It is quite drinkable, but it's heavy and really only tempting during certain times of the year.

01-30-2011 22:42:49 | More by kflorence
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Rhode Island

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

08-16-2014 16:40:00 | More by Doomcifer
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

04-26-2014 01:44:37 | More by mkrass
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West Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

01-22-2014 16:55:04 | More by williamjbauer
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

02-21-2012 03:37:40 | More by Nage37
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

04-23-2012 02:02:42 | More by 4Socialanxiety
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

09-13-2013 00:03:11 | More by buzzy
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

12-14-2013 16:38:39 | More by jaydoc
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

02-18-2012 17:22:55 | More by Tyrawlings
Photo of obywan59


3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Brown on the pour, but near black in the glass.3-1/2 finger head colored like hot-chocolate. Excellent lacing.

Smell of coffee and dark chocolate with a twang of citrus.

Coffee and burnt malt in the taste. It seemed disproportionately bitter to my taste. Not smooth as I had expected. Somewhat tart as well.

Medium-bodied with light burn of alcohol on the way down.

Decent, but there are a lot better to choose from.

01-03-2012 03:52:23 | More by obywan59
Photo of mpalestino


3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

08-12-2013 21:23:23 | More by mpalestino
Oatmeal Stout from Mendocino Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 241 ratings.