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Oatmeal Stout - Mendocino Brewing Company

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84
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247 Ratings
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Ratings: 247
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 13.17%
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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4/5  rDev +7.5%

Rizalini, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of Immortale25
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.

Immortale25, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of cjgator3
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

A- Pours a dark black color with a tan head.

S-  The aroma is roasted malt and chocolate 

T- The taste like the aroma is roasted malts with some sweetness and bittersweet chocolate. The taste is really smooth like most oatmeal stouts. 

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice smooth texture.

O- Overall, this is a solid oatmeal stout that is worth a try.

cjgator3, Nov 13, 2011
Photo of chickenflea
3.98/5  rDev +7%
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.

chickenflea, Sep 29, 2011
Photo of beagle75
3.85/5  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.

beagle75, Sep 26, 2011
Photo of BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

BEERchitect, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of brian44556
2.98/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a 12oz bottle into a Bell's Pint Glass. No dating on the bottle, but this has been in my fridge for about 4-5 months, but has been chilled the whole time.

Pours a dark motor oil color with a tiny brown head. Leaves a lacing on the sides of the glass that crawls back into the abyss when swished around. The beer smells of chocolate, roasted malts, and the slightest hint of coffee. This beer tastes of stale, burnt coffee. Also caught notes of watered down chocolate oats. Unfortunately this beer doesn't taste anywhere near how it smells. The mouthful is pretty thin and I don't catch that silky smooth finish a good oatmeal stout contains. Overall this beer is very, very average. If it wasn't for the the decent appearance and smell, which are both pretty good, this beer would be very below average. Another average offering from Mendocino.

brian44556, Jul 23, 2011
Photo of illidurit
2.98/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle from a winter beer mix pack. An unceremonious dumping into a pint glass produces a big cocoa-colored lather atop a black coffee body. Chocolate-covered coffee bean aroma with hints of sulfur and iron. Slight apple pie note and some phenols too. Flavor is old coffee and minerals, chocolate milk made with water instead of milk (I guess you'd call that chocolate water), charred coffee beans and a lingering metal note that recalls sucking on a penny. Unfortunately, this beer derives no full mouthfeel or silkiness from its use of oats, and so my tongue derives no satisfaction. About what I expected from Mendocino.

illidurit, Jul 06, 2011
Photo of Bajasith
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Bajasith, May 04, 2011
Photo of ebrauser
3.2/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pitch dark - totally absorbent with a thin, light, brown head.

Smell: Roasted chocolate, figs, and iced coffee. Upon revisiting there is a touch of cardboard...

Flavor: Thick chocolate malt with some bitterness and dryness in the finish. Vanilla, fruits, and spices outweigh any roasted/hop/chocolate flavors.

MF: Sweet and silky though with maybe just a little off flavoring which might limit drinkability.

ebrauser, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of beerinmorning
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

beerinmorning, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of lechroy
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

lechroy, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of samie85
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

samie85, Mar 06, 2011
Photo of thekevlarkid
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

thekevlarkid, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of drtth
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a nonic imperial pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As poured the beer is so dark brown as to be almost black. The pour creates a ½" creamy dark tan head that recedes leaving foam and lacing on the sides of the glass with a ring of foam and a thin layer over most of the surface. Sipping leaves scattered small patches of lacing for much of the beer and the initial lacing things but still clings to the sides of the glass.

Smell: The aroma includes some dark cocoa and a touch of vanilla. There is also a hint of the smokiness that shows up later in the flavors. I'd also swear that I am picking up some licorice from this one.

Taste: As expected from the nose, the flavors include dark cocoa powder or chocolate with a touch of vanilla. However mixed in there is some smoky, almost burnt character from the malt. The sweetness seems much like that from dark molasses.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium to full-bodied and nicely creamy with adequate carbonation at first. Later in the beer the mouth feel thins to medium and becomes a bit more watery as the carbonation fades. The finish is relatively long and has mostly a licorice and smoky burnt malt character that simply fades away into dryness.

Drinkability: At first I found this drinkable but as time wore on I slowed up a bit and found myself want a bit of a break from the sharpness of the dark roast bitterness and licorice flavors. While I'd not refuse a second one I also have no strong desire to have a second one. It seems a reasonably well made beer but not quite what I prefer in an oatmeal stout. Next time I'll have a Fat Dog from Stoudts.

drtth, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of CuriousMonk
2.5/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark, opaque brown color with a tiny tan head that leaves only a ring in the glass. Aroma of oatmeal, chocolate and roasted malts, mild coffee, earth, and molasses-like syrup. Flavor of oats, sweet chocolate malts, oats, mild coffee, cola syrup, molasses, and overripe plums. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a smooth, sweet, roasty mouthfeel. But, I've had way better oatmeal stouts. This one didn't put it together for me at all.

CuriousMonk, Feb 14, 2011
Photo of kflorence
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

kflorence, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of 1759Girl
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Finally getting around to reviewing my last one... Figure it's worth a few notes...

Appearance> So dark that it is almost black. Too dark to see the carbonation or clarity. Huge, beautiful chocolaty head with small bubbles. The head isn't retained long, but a little lacing stays behind to commemorate. Looks delicious.

Smell>dark chocolate and burnt toast. notes that I love in my stouts. om nom nom

Taste>Pretty decent. It has a nice complexity, though I'm not entirely sure that I like every flavor. Yes there are notes of yeast and toasty malt, and alcohol and chocolate, but still there are occasional moments that seem unbalanced and coppery. They are ever so slight,as you can tell since I have finished the rest of the six pack during the weekend... however, it is still enough to stop it from perfectly representing the the style. The finish is cereal and alcohol. This beer tastes really good for the start of the sip. Drink it up. It's good.

mouf> Mouthfeel is pretty good. Full and slightly chewy. I like it. Could be a little chewier, but it's great.

Drink>easy peasy

1759Girl, Jan 26, 2011
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

WVbeergeek, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of yeahnatenelson
2.68/5  rDev -28%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance -- Pours a dark molasses brown with a slim fizzy tan head. Dirty ring and brown fog remain. Would have preferred some head retention, but it looks handsome.

Smell -- Well-roasted malt, mild coffee notes, chocolate milk, molasses, and perhaps some rolled oats. There is some mild berry tartness.

Taste -- Lots of dark roast in this beer, bringing to mind burnt bread crust, coffee grounds, bakers chocolate, and a bit of wood ash. Some harsh acidity as well. Oat character is obscured by the charred malt acidity. Warmth mellows this beer as blackstrap molasses becomes evident. Licorice becomes noticeable toward the finish. Lingering flavors of cafe mocha and burnt barley.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-bodied, moderate fizzy carbonation, and a drying, slightly acidic finish.

Drinkability -- Not one of my favorites of the style. The roast character is just too much, bordering on ashy, and the acidity was distracting. Oatmeal stouts should really be smooth and mellow, a slam dunk in the easy-drinking category. This just doesn't possess those qualities.

yeahnatenelson, Jan 17, 2011
Photo of Slatetank
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz poured into a tasting glass chilled slightly

A deep brown with rocky tan head that has good retention and the bead is fine. The aroma is sweet with mild coffee accent but mild with caramel elements mainly. The feel is smooth and semi-sweet with a clean overall feel and finish is a bit more dry than the middle with moderate carbonation throughout.

The beer has a good amount of caramel malt flavor with slight cocoa elements and mild roasted flavor with a mildly sweet taste and toffee notes with a nice smooth malt and pretty light bitterness throughout . the oatmeal is a decent stout...it is neither bad nor good -basically drinkable for the style but not stellar

Slatetank, Jan 17, 2011
Photo of WhiteOak
2.15/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A- Opaque black/dark brown, with a faint red brown edge in bright light. Light brown head settles out quickly.

S- Wet cardboard and balsamic vinegar dressing.

T- Burnt malt and ashtray flavor.

M, D- Typical weight, but lacking any requisite maltiness one would expect from the style.

WhiteOak, Jan 14, 2011
Photo of Thads324
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Thads324, Jan 13, 2011
Photo of AwYeh
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from arvjunk (thanks Ankur!) poured into pint glass.

A: Typical stout black, no light passes through with one finger of tan head.

S: Oddly enough, almost smelt like house cleaner at first; after a bit of warming chocolate, coffee, tangy oatmeal, and roasted malts came out.

T: Similarly to smell, chocolate and oatmeal stand out, along with lots of roasted malts. A very mild tartness from the oatmeal.

M: Medium+ body with soft carbonation; quite creamy.

D: No unbalanced flavors or alcohol stopping me from getting this one down, it's quite drinkable.

AwYeh, Jan 10, 2011
Photo of dogfishandi
4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle pulled from fridge and allowed to warm up for about half an hour. no freshness date. poured into a bulb style glass.

pours out a opaque black with 2 fingers of biege creamy expresso like head. faded to a smooth creamy thin layer. just tiny bits of lace. very dark, the color and head are reminiscient of a RIS.

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, drank 4 of these new years eve with a few other beers no problem. 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.

dogfishandi, Jan 02, 2011
Oatmeal Stout from Mendocino Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 247 ratings.