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Oatmeal Stout - Mendocino Brewing Company

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Reviews: 100
Hads: 275
Avg: 3.69
pDev: 20.87%
Wants: 4
Gots: 12 | 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 KTCamm
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

4/7...pours dark brown, bordering on full black. A fast active foam that dissolves out in short order. Oaty coffee nose. Smooth coffee chocolate taste, light bitter.

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Photo of TheMarkE
3.51/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep brownish black with a good head of tan foam and good lacing. Noticeable carbonation trying to hide in the darkness.

Smell: Coffee, chocolate, roasted malts.

Taste: Coffee, roasted malts, bitter chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, with quite a bit of bitterness in the finish.

The Verdict: Not bad. As with most of Mendocino's offerings, it is a decent example of the style but not much more. In other words: average.

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Photo of BenwayPHD
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Pours black with a three finger tan mocha head. Smells roasty and nutty like chocolate, annis, maybe a little coriander. The flavor is okay. A little things for my taste. Also there is a bit of an off flavor that I can't quite put my finger on.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of seedyone
3/5  rDev -18.7%

03/18/14 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Not what I expected. Most oatmeal stouts I've tried are very smooth & on the creamy side. This taste is much less viscose & a tad bitter, almost acidic. Not bad but with a 6% ABV the cost in terms of my alcohol consumption 'allowance' out weighs the enjoyment factor. Gnome sane?

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.59/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampling right now on 3/6/14. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F and poured into a brandy snifter.

Pours a really dark brown/almost black in color with close to a 1-finger beige head that settles down to around the sides on top. Some spotty lacing is seen with each sip but not a lot. The aroma is of roasted malts and coffee for the most part. the taste is pretty much the same with a hint of bitter-sweet chocolate in the mix as well. A real light bitter finish.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.79/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of watermelon
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A: Opaque black body with a khaki colored head. Decent head retention as wells as medium lacing.

S: Not a very complex nose mostly roasted malt and milk sweetness can smell some faint oats.

T: Some rasted flavors as well as some chocolate flavors. hides the alcohol well, but theres to much of a bite for this to be a decent example of the style.

M: Mouthfeel is okay, theres a bit more carbonation, and the body is a bit to watery.

O: Its not an awful stout, but comparatively there are just many more complex and more enjoyable examples of the style at similar price points. Pick up if you are new to the style, if you aren't, this will be a disappointment to you.

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Photo of bfoot110
3.91/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of delta490
3.27/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

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.

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Photo of ChelseaBaratto
4.12/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of climbingfishgirl
4.55/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

We are huge dark beer fans and this is our favorite 'every day' stout. Pours beautifully and has that great 'Guinness' appearance. Packed with flavour, never disappoints. We get regular growler fills from Old Saratoga Brewing Co, tasting room. $7

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Photo of RonVanAlstine
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

One of my favorite oatmeal stouts. I love that it is located locally, and that I can stop in for samples. Their whole line seems to reasonably priced. Last year I only bought a six pack then I found out it was seasonal. This year I already have a case, and I am headed to Minogues for another growler of it Yum!

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Photo of Nicky66
3.57/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had in a bottle pulled from fridge. no freshness date. poured into a pint glass.

pours out a opaque black with 2 fingers of creamy expresso like head.

the first thing that jumps out at me in the aroma is smoke. behind that there is some roasted/ burnt malt, and a bit of lacto and oatmeal like creaminess and just a hint of dark fruits.

wow, very tasty stout we got here. follows the aroma with a nice balance of smokey burnt wood, heavily roasted malt, and oatmeal/ lacto creaminess. behind that, theres a bit of dark fruitiness, raisons, dates, figs, etc.

smooth creamy medium body. adequate carbonation for the style.

very drinkable beer, could easily drink several.. and for 7$ a sixpack, you cant go wrong at all. definatly improved my overall opinion on mendocino brewing company. the welcome addition of smoke really made this beer for me. highly recommended IMHO.

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Photo of Upstate_Ski_Bum
4.6/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a six pack at the Saratoga Minogue's

A - Dark in color and opaque
S - Rich, creamy, I can smell chocolate and cocoa
T - Not as think as expected, well balanced and smooth
M - Sessionable for sure, creamy.. but not heavy.
O - This is just a great all around oatmeal

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Photo of cjgiant
3.79/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is better than I remembered other examples from this brewery being, but I will need to review that. It's a reasonable representation of the style. It opens with just a bit of aroma and a normal look - motor oil.

The aroma though weak is OK - nothing wrong here. The taste is a roasty, hoppy affair, maybe more so than many of the style. It doesn't seem particularly complex, but it is pleasant.

The aftertaste is easy to take (it fades to a little bit of bitter). It would have been nice to see this same brew a bit more over the top - imperial. As is, it is a good value and not an insult to drink.

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Photo of ElijahRivera
3.87/5  rDev +4.9%
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?

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Photo of silverking
4.33/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It pours almost black, but in reality it is a very dark brown. It sports a mocha head with moderate retention and excellent lacing that cascades slowly down teh sides of the glass. The aroma carries hints of smoke and dark chocolate. Lots of burnt malt detectable. The taste follows suit. Slight smokiness with a lot of grain. bitter chocolate in teh finish with a slightly sour aspect. the mouthfeel is a little light, but the carbonation follows suit nicely. Very nice beer. hearty, yet surprisingly mellow.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.47/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of smcolw
3.42/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of stakem
3.87/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving type: 12-ounce bottle. No freshness date.

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass. The color is opaque black, though a hint of light passes through when held to a lamp. Two fingers of thick, tan head left a buttery ring around the edge and a thin, spotted lacing.

Smell: It is a run of the mill oatmeal stout: roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, and that oatmeal creaminess. It has been quite a while since I drank a stout so I am very eager to take a sip.

Taste: Oooh — nice. The roasted malt and coffee bitterness are balanced by oatmeal, burnt caramel, and chocolate. However, the roasted bitterness does linger after each sip. After it has warmed considerably, it begins leaning toward medicinal rubber. Thankfully, though, it never passes the point of no return and remains enjoyable.

Drinkability: Solid stuff. It is not extraordinary, but it is pretty tasty.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Oatmeal Stout from Mendocino Brewing Company
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