Oatmeal Stout - Mendocino Brewing Company

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Ratings: 274
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 4
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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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 dbrauneis
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a bottle at Northern Soul in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours an opaque black in color with some very subtle hints of dark brown and amber when held up to the light. The beer has a finger tall light tan head that slowly reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of roasted malts, milk chocolate, and coffee.

T: There is a light to moderate flavor of roasted malts with some light flavors of milk chocolate and coffee but very little bitterness or sweetness to the brew. Slightly lighter flavors of oats towards the finish.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly creamy.

O: Very easy to drink and enjoyable with a very pleasant mouthfeel to go along with nice flavors and aromas. Well balanced. Glad I found this one (not on the menu) when I peeked into the fridge behind the bar.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep dark black not much to say. Head was fairly good not perfect since it fizzes to a mild lace ring yet lacing is decent.

S - Fairly balanced stout showcasing the mild chocolate and balanced coffee you would expect. Stronger than Guinness which is great.

T - Very balanced milk chocolate and subtle roast flavors. Oats are nicely balanced and unlike the imperial stout this stout is balanced, sweet, and delicious.

M - Medium bodied, creamy and a delicious stout.

Overall worth picking up. Simple, complex, and tasty.

Photo of scootny
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Darn near black. Seriously opaque. Fluffy, thick, rich head. Slow fade to a nice covering. Good amount of lace. Aroma is surprisingly sweet. Lots of roasted grains underneath with a bit of dark fruitiness. A touch of diacetyl. Taste is smooth and roasty. Burnt toffee and charcoal. Coffee flows through like a velvety latte. Finish has a nice firm earthy bitterness. Feel is on the lighter side with a gentle but crisp carbonation. Good solid brew

Photo of Treyliff
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours dark black, almost opaque. Very thin dark tan head that dissipates quickly to leave no head or lace.

S- dark roasted malt, smoky camp fire, bacon and cheddar cheese spread, grainy oats.

T- the smoky notes follows the nose, almost tastes like smoked bacon, then turns slightly sweet with notes of fig, prune, and chocolate, and oats. Finishes very sweet with noticeable hops.

M- medium body, low carbonation, and slightly creamy mouthfeel

O- a bit sweeter than the average oatmeal stout, which makes it enjoyable, but a slow sipper. Still worth trying!

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a conic pint glass.

The beer immediately smells more "oatmealish" than any oatmeal stout I've had. A good hearty dose of oats, followed by the roasted, bitter coffee underneath. I want to say there's a hint of bitter hops in the nose as well.

The taste of this beer does not follow the aroma. There's more of a roasted, smokey character first, with drier, dark coffee notes in the finish. But some oats, faintly.

The beer finishes dry and chalky.

Let's not forget what it looks like! I cannot really judge appearance first thing, but half-way down, a huge sheet of foamy lacing coats the glass. The mocha colored head, chunky and foamy, has dissipated to a few random patches with a bubbly ring around the glass. The beer itself is a deep dark coffee black with a good cola-brown hue in the light.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a near pitch black with cola brown edging and a tan, finger width head. Retention is subpar, but leaves behind a significant, sticky lacing.

Smell - Rich chocolate. Slightly bitter notes.

Taste - Starts with rich chocolate, as notes of roasted coffee poke through. Slightly unbalanced. Not much in the way of hop character, and it causes this to be a bit overly sweet. Finishes in nearly the same place at it starts. Simple and straight-forward.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Carbonation is spot on, leaving just enough tingle to keep this beer feeling lively.

Overall - A promising stout, but it falls short of being great. The lack of hops causes this beer to be too sweet and one-dimensional, and kills any chance of being sessionable. Probably works best as a desert beer.

Photo of secondtooth
3.28/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

Photo of TaySuth
3.32/5  rDev -11%
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.

Photo of McNealc31
3.66/5  rDev -1.9%
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

Photo of jsprain1
3.19/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

Photo of MuddyFeet
3.61/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Photo of ColdPoncho
3.13/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

Photo of russpowell
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
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

Photo of bearsxco
4/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Photo of JamesS
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of obywan59
3.57/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Photo of Minkybut
3.7/5  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.

Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of airforbes1
4/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Photo of climax
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev +8%
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.

Oatmeal Stout from Mendocino Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 274 ratings.