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Oatmeal Stout - Mendocino Brewing Company

Oatmeal StoutOatmeal Stout

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227 Ratings
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Ratings: 227
Reviews: 95
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 13.17%


Brewed by:
Mendocino Brewing Company visit their website
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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secondtooth

Indiana

3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep black with ruby undertones. Fairly thick head of tan bubbles. Nice and thick lace. Solid appearance.

Nose is burnt malts and chocolate. There's a hint of graininess somewhere in there, too. Maybe that's the oats I'm detecting?

Taste is charred malts up front, followed by an astringent, almost vinegar tone. Ends on a burnt cocoa vibe.

Overall, quite average. I wasn't too impressed.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 16:58:46 | More by secondtooth
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TaySuth

California

3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2012 04:00:58 | More by TaySuth
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McNealc31

Ohio

3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The aroma of the Mendocino Oatmeal Stout promises lots of oatmeal flavor along with oily hops and perhaps some molasses. Full of big, earthy flavors, this is a very smooth stout. Roasted oats dominate (as they should), followed by bittersweet chocolate, bourbon, and wood. Floral hops make a nice presence at the end, but don't overshadow anything.

Quite quaffable, but I wouldn't be opposed to more oatmeal in this

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2012 01:48:38 | More by McNealc31
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jsprain1

Minnesota

3.2/5  rDev -14%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Very close to black. The color is nice but the brown head retains very poorly. It's gone very quickly.
S- Smell is of slightly burnt caramel, molasses, and a bit of bourbon.
T- Up front there is a nice roasted note with dark caramel and a bit of maple syrup flavor. The finish has a bit of an off sour note though.
M- Excessively light for the style and not nearly smooth enough for an oatmeal stout.
O- This was disappointing. I generally like Mendocino, but this one just wasn't that good.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2012 04:19:17 | More by jsprain1
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MuddyFeet

North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Full but a bit too lactic. Sour too. Nice and dark rich color. Pours a touch flat. Not too much toastiness but a nice. It of heavy malts. Nose is essentially nonexistent heavy feel that just oozes off the palate. I like this is a single or double bottle but would not have more than a few in a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 02:48:56 | More by MuddyFeet
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ColdPoncho

Ohio

3.08/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a lovely deep brown/red. A nice compact brown head forms on top.

S - Smoky and roasty with a touch of dark fruits. Molasses. Little tough to find oatmeal.

T - Sweet and light. This beer becomes smaller and less impressive with each catergory

M - Thin, but very smooth

O - This is OK. It's a pretty simple-tasting beer, which is not in line with the nose. This is a bummer, man...that's a..that's a bummer.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 03:11:53 | More by ColdPoncho
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours mahogany with a thumb of brown head. Good lacing & average head retention

S: Carob & raisins, leafy & minty hops

T: Follows the nose, dryness as well up front, a touch of cocoa powder & light leafy hops too. Chalky dryness, more raisins & just bit of baker's chocolate with leafy hoppyness. Finishes dry, with some, not much roastyness finally showing up to the party once warm, plus more leafy & minty hops

MF: Medium bodied, fairly smooth

An alright stout that's lacking enough classic oatmeal stout characteristic that it leaves me somewhat sad I bought a sixer

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2012 04:26:30 | More by russpowell
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bearsxco

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very dark brown with a slight caramel colored head that didn't last very long. Virtually no lacing but carbonation lingers to outside of glass. Strong roasted malt and caramel scent. Mouthful is sweet with some carbonation. Tastes as it smells, strong roasted malt with a hint of caramel as you drink. One of the sweeter oatmeal stouts that I have had. Would buy again.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2012 22:36:38 | More by bearsxco
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JamesS

Indiana

3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice deep dark brown with some nice initial head, but ended soon and no lacing to speak of. Nice sweet malty scent, slight roastiness, but nothing very deep and dark. Nice flavors, with a bit of roastiness and a nice bit of sweetness from the oats, but nothing huge and deep. Went down quite well, nice and creamy. Not the best I've had, but a good oatmeal stout.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 00:19:38 | More by JamesS
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SolipsismalCat

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 05:17:17 | More by SolipsismalCat
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obywan59

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2012 03:52:23 | More by obywan59
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good deep dark brown pour, tan head in the range of 1" on the top. Mild roast notes in the aroma, even some detectable hops believe it or not.

Good evenflow and balance, the oats allow the beer to be smooth, not bitter, but allow the mouthfeel to still be thick enough to not be described as watery. Not a real distinct chocolate or coffee mouthfeel to it, really just full of two row consistency. Which is fine, not everything needs to be all imperialed out or barrel aged, this is a nice somewhat sessionable stout.

Scored a 6 pack of this for $6.99 at Ledgers's Liquors about a year ago. Drank 5 of them in the last year. Still have one left, in the course of the year, each one tasted the same as the last, indicates its pretty sturdy, sure some beers can taste great in a small window of time, this one tastes good in a large window of time.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 19:10:45 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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avalon07

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a black color and a thick texture. There was a half inch of tan-colored, creamy fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: Had a strong malty smell with traces of oatmeal as well.

T: Tasted of malt, chocolate, coffee, and oatmeal. A very solid, very balanced flavor. Not an overwhelming taste, but certainly well done.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth, dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A solid, drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2011 14:24:22 | More by avalon07
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Minkybut

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was black and poured a nice tan head. Unfortunately the head went away pretty fast. The beer had a fruity smell and strong coffee smell. The taste was a strong coffee finish with the oatmeal balancing out the taste with just enough sweetness to make it a great beer. I will buy again.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2011 20:13:45 | More by Minkybut
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zeff80

Missouri

3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2011 20:31:54 | More by zeff80
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2011 02:23:06 | More by UCLABrewN84
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airforbes1

New York

4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a copious beige head. The nose has notes of roasted malt and bitter hops.

The taste is mildly chocolatey and sweet up front and ends with some bitter hops. The flavors are well synchronized and balanced. The overall taste profile reminds me of dark chocolate.

This may not be a world-class example of the style, but it is tasty and is easy drinking. I think I prefer it slightly to Mendocino's Black Hawk Stout.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2011 04:11:57 | More by airforbes1
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climax

Missouri

3.98/5  rDev +7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 00:55:41 | More by climax
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2011 18:48:05 | More by mikesgroove
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | 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 formo 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.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2011 23:45:34 | More by chinchill
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ibbjamin

California

3.83/5  rDev +3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2011 04:34:11 | More by ibbjamin
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BucannonXC5

California

3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2011 10:13:39 | More by BucannonXC5
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gatorbreath

Fiji

3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz btl to guinness pint..

pours mad dark, opaque, with a thin bubbly light tan head...the head takes a minute to come to life and is not too great..nose is oats, malt..taste is oaty, maybe some chocolate notes, lots of malt and slight smokiness, mouthfeel is kind of thin, not bad

overall, enjoyable, everyone try it if you like stouts

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2011 22:19:05 | More by gatorbreath
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tumbler.

Had a bit of a mini tasting today with some Mendocino beers. This first one pours a bleak black-brown topped by a finger of tan foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, buttery toffee, toasted wheat, and a kiss of cocoa. The taste brings in more of the same, with a touch more cocoa and buttery biscuit than before. Thankfully, the roast never gets overdone, as happens on many occasions in the oatmeal stout world. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a smooth, creamy feel. Overall, a pretty nice oatmeal stout, one that doesn't amaze but pleases through and through.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2011 04:40:41 | More by TMoney2591
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Immortale25

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2011 01:26:43 | More by Immortale25
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