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Oatmeal Stout - Mendocino Brewing Company

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84
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254 Ratings
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Ratings: 254
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.9%
Wants: 5
Gots: 7 | 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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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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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
4.22/5  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.

Photo of kemoarps
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
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
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
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
2.73/5  rDev -26.6%
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
3.83/5  rDev +3%
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
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
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
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of BigPlay1824
4.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of khiasmus
4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of whisperjet
4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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

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.

Photo of Gehrig
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Good stuff.

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

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.

Photo of jsh420
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Photo of Bung
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Oatmeal Stout from Mendocino Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 254 ratings.