Oatmeal Stout - Mendocino Brewing Company
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4/5 rDev +7.5%
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.
12-09-2010 22:36:20 | More by Gavage
3.85/5 rDev +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.
11-28-2010 23:15:33 | More by ngeunit1
3.6/5 rDev -3.2%
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.
11-23-2010 00:18:16 | More by curasowa
4/5 rDev +7.5%
Thanks to ericandersnavy for sharing this bottle.
The beer pours a dark brown to black color with a tan head. The aroma is roasted malt with some chocolate. The flavor is chocolate, roasted malt, some smoke and some oats. Medium, creamy mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
A very nice oatmeal stout and the best Mendocino beer I have tried.
11-19-2010 03:17:25 | More by Mora2000
4.13/5 rDev +11%
Served in a pint glass
Poured from a 12oz bottle
A: pours a deep black color with thick foamy head reminiscent of chocolate milk. Leaves a considerable amount of foamy coffee colored lacing
S: Smells strongly of oatmeal and a slight addition of chocolate
T: nice oatmeal flavor offset slightly by some chocolate notes. Has a slight smoked nutty finish as well
D/M: really smooth drinking brew. Goes down nice with a great taste that makes drinking it a real joy. Quite nice overall. Well done mendocino
11-19-2010 03:09:50 | More by BigPlay1824
4.22/5 rDev +13.4%
Espresso and a 3 Musketeers. The perfect combination on a cold evening. She loves chocolate, and coffee. So you can sit snuggled in the blanket and share them both. The beautiful muddy dark brown, almost black and the dark tan froth on top, as you take a sniff... The nougat from the candy bar combines and the result is a nutty, creamy, chocolatey, milky, and slightly metallic aroma, presumably from the old metal stein you opted to pour it into.
The tan froth leaves spots of sticky residue on the sides of the mug, and you take a bite and a sip and smile at her, making sure her teeth stopped chattering and her ears are warm under her thick furry hat. She smiles back at you with a wonder in her eyes as the snow begins to fall ever so gently and her breath comes out misty as the hot espresso evaporates. The chocolate, milky nougat, and espresso combine in one note... thick and chewy, creamy and silky, sweet and roasty, milky and chocolatey, altogether delicious. What a wonderful, simple, rare night. Savour the moments.
11-13-2010 19:18:12 | More by khiasmus
4.33/5 rDev +16.4%
a: Black as night with a 2 finger chocolate colored head. Light ring lace and good head retention.
s: Smells of roasted coffee, chocolate and malt. Very smooth and creamy. Very smooth balance of smells.
t: Thick and malty. Coffee taste is strong and bitter with nice hop tones. Very rich and firm. Nice strong beer.
m: Full bodied, creamy, chewy. Really fills the mouth
d: Very drinkable and smooth. Great after dinner beer.
11-12-2010 04:21:52 | More by whisperjet
3.63/5 rDev -2.4%
Nice shiny black appearance with a tan head.
Light aromas of roasted malt, malted milk, and coffee/ dark chocolate notes. Not pronounced, but mildly so.
Toasty/ roasty flavor notes over a little acidic black coffee jam with the astringency probably coming from the dark roasted malt.
full bodied with a roasty and slightly bitter finish.
A pleasant and plausible stout from a not-always plausible producer.
11-11-2010 04:49:58 | More by dedrinker
3.98/5 rDev +7%
Deep, jet black body with a light, fleeting patch of mocha froth; no lacing. Nice, subtle aromas, with plenty of coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malt and, pleasantly as it warms, the rich, unmistakable whiff of tobacco.
Good taste, lots of coffee and chocolate, and the tobacco doesn't taste to badly, either. Some vanilla peeks through the dense flavors; good stuff. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel, easy on the palate.
It is not the most complex stout, but it is quite good, it sports an intriguing set of flavors, and is easy to enjoy. I have often said that Mendocino is hit or miss with me. This is a definite hit, a pleasant surprise, and one I recommend without reservation to stout lovers.
11-09-2010 01:45:59 | More by Gehrig
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
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
3.9/5 rDev +4.8%
12 oz. A pretty solid black pour. Thin layer of light tan head.
Aroma has malt, chocolate, caramel, lactose?
Taste, there's some oat. Malty caramel with some earthy peat and cocoa. Maybe some red fruit, a little different for the style. Finishes pretty dry.
6% is a bit high for an oatmeal stout imo, but it does not detract at all since it really isn't that high. A fine carbonated almost creamy body. Lighter side of mid, goes down quite easy. The slight chalkiness is the only detractor for me.
10-30-2010 04:33:56 | More by Bung
4.05/5 rDev +8.9%
Poured jet black,no highlights even when held to the light,fluffy mocha colored head atop that settled pretty slowly leaving no lace behind.At first the aromas were somewhat muted but after a minute sitting in the glass some nice cocoa,earth,and vanilla note showed themselves nicely.Low carbonation feel giving the beer an almost creamy feel wich was real nice.Mellow roasted flavors along with cocoa powder,a tinge of dark fruit,and a milk stout-like lactose sweetness in the finish.A solid oatmeal stout here,I was pleasantly surprised I have to say.
10-28-2010 20:36:11 | More by oberon
4/5 rDev +7.5%
Poured a nice deep black with a thick and sticky tan head.
The smell has a lightly sweet cereal quality to it with a hint of smoke.
The flavor is a nice balance of sweet and chocolaty oatmeal with a underlying black smokey bitterness, very balanced session quality stout.
The mouthfeel is a bit light, but has nice carbonation.
Good easy drinking stout, Mendocino continues to make some of the best buys in the craft beer section.
10-14-2010 00:00:37 | More by bashiba
4/5 rDev +7.5%
Pours pitch black with no highlights. Head is initially thick and frothy, but quickly dissipates to a thin ring.
Aroma is surprisingly smokey with bitter charred dark grain. I had expected an oatmeal sweetness, but this is not sweet.
Taste is initially sweet with dark malty grain and a good bit of chocolate. Woody, earthy bitterness then takes over with a bit of dark fruit and dry cocoa. Finishes dry and clean with a touch of lingering alcohol.
Mouthfeel is medium-full.
Overall a decent Oatmeal Stout. Alcohol has a strong presence for a 6% beer. definitely worth a try.
10-13-2010 23:52:49 | More by Blakaeris
3.63/5 rDev -2.4%
Pours and oily black color with a nice cocoa colored head that retains OK and leaves nice lacing. The aroma is a little dissapointing with some milk chocolate, coffee, roast, and dark fruit notes along with a bit of earthy hops. The flavor is more complex, with dark chocolate and espresso upfront, some molasses, dark fruits (plum and black cherry), burnt bread and some earthy hops. The mouthfeel is smooth and rich, and drinkability is pretty good. A pretty solid Oatmeal stout, admirably dry but lacking the complexity of the best of it's style.
10-10-2010 00:34:03 | More by silver0rlead
Oatmeal Stout from Mendocino Brewing Company
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