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Oatmeal Stout - Mendocino Brewing Company

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Ratings: 263
Reviews: 100
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.63%
Wants: 5
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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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Photo of ebrauser
3.21/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

Photo of beerinmorning
4.17/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

Photo of lechroy
4.24/5  rDev +14%
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.

Photo of samie85
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Photo of thekevlarkid
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of 1759Girl
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
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

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of yeahnatenelson
2.71/5  rDev -27.2%
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.

Photo of Slatetank
3.72/5  rDev 0%
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

Photo of WhiteOak
2.16/5  rDev -41.9%
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.

Photo of Thads324
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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.

Photo of dogfishandi
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Photo of kemoarps
4.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up on a whim off the safeway shelf nearby. pleasant surprise.
pours a deep brown bordering on black, with a dark head that dissipates, but leaves good lacing down the sides. Beautiful looking brew.
Smelling it, the burnt malts are by far the dominant characteristic. Dark espresso malts and a bit of burnt cocoa. Yum. Makes me think of smoke and coal, real coal not store bought charcoal, and roasted meat. Like a barbecue I guess is what I'm saying.
The taste follows the nose pretty well, just blending it to a tasty malty concoction. The faint sweetness is that of toffee, but the dominant flavour is that of the burnt malts.
Drinks easily enough, crisp, but with a smoothe creamy finish, and not as much of that aftermouth coating as can occur sometimes. Feels a bit filling, wouldn't call it sessionable, but imo that's a minor complaint.
Overall, in case you couldn't tell, I greatly enjoyed this beer. I was very pleasantly surprised, not expecting much (no particular reason, just had no reason to expect more), and it turned out to be quite a tasty brew. Definitely very glad I took a chance on it.

Photo of FickleBeast
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Vigorous pour yields a thin ring of foam that fades away quickly. Color is pitch black. Aroma is dark, roasted malt, with minimal sweetness on the nose.

First sip is... decent body with a very mild finish. Not much roasted bitterness here. There is a strange sweet flavor to this beer, but it is hard to place it. Kind of fruity, hints of milk chocolate and plum.

I would like this more if it finished a little drier with a roasted malt bitter kick.

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Photo of largadeer
2.76/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Dark brown, nearly black. A finger of tan foam rises from a gentle pour.

Aroma: Sharp roasted barley and fennel. Some earthy and herbal qualities, a bit of oatmeal cookie as it warms, and a hint of smoke. There's a bit of acidity from the roasted malt.

Taste & mouthfeel: Grainy and burnt up front, moderately acidic with a smoky undertone. Not particularly rich or sweet, this oatmeal stout is heavy on blackened malt and licorice flavors. Medium in body though quite dry, this could use more sweetness and less acrid roasted bitterness.

Photo of TangTKE402
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of Jemonster
3.47/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

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

Appearance: pours a black color with a one finger milk chocolate colored head that slowly falls to a spotty surface foam.

Smell: roasted malts and some oats are easy to detect. Some fruit sweetness lingers in the background.

Taste: roasted malt, oat, mild bitterness, raisins, a hint of molasses, and some dark brown sugar sweetness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp to start, smooth and a bit creamy at the finish.

Drinkability: easy quaffing stout. Nice roasted flavors keep it interesting.

Photo of ngeunit1
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Photo of curasowa
3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a dark, molasses-like color with a thin cap of dark tan head. The aroma smells of oatmeal and roasted/burnt malt over undertones of chocolate and cherry. Big, creamy body upfront with lots of black patent malt, bitter chocolate flavors with some sweetness mixed in. The finish lingers heavy and chalky on the tongue and the body is full. Overall, I would rate this as a solid, if not outstanding Oatmeal Stout.

Oatmeal Stout from Mendocino Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 263 ratings.