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Oatmeal Stout - Mendocino Brewing Company

Oatmeal StoutOatmeal Stout

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BA SCORE
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228 Ratings
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Ratings: 228
Reviews: 95
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 13.17%


Brewed by:
Mendocino Brewing Company visit their website
United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: silver0rlead on 10-10-2010)
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watermelon

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A: Opaque black body with a khaki colored head. Decent head retention as wells as medium lacing.

S: Not a very complex nose mostly roasted malt and milk sweetness can smell some faint oats.

T: Some rasted flavors as well as some chocolate flavors. hides the alcohol well, but theres to much of a bite for this to be a decent example of the style.

M: Mouthfeel is okay, theres a bit more carbonation, and the body is a bit to watery.

O: Its not an awful stout, but comparatively there are just many more complex and more enjoyable examples of the style at similar price points. Pick up if you are new to the style, if you aren't, this will be a disappointment to you.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2013 05:22:19 | More by watermelon
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FickleBeast

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2010 02:53:54 | More by FickleBeast
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JamesS

Indiana

3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 00:19:38 | More by JamesS
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2012 04:26:30 | More by russpowell
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1759Girl

California

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

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2011 03:32:50 | More by 1759Girl
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BeerWithMike

Nebraska

3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampling right now on 3/6/14. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F and poured into a brandy snifter.

Pours a really dark brown/almost black in color with close to a 1-finger beige head that settles down to around the sides on top. Some spotty lacing is seen with each sip but not a lot. The aroma is of roasted malts and coffee for the most part. the taste is pretty much the same with a hint of bitter-sweet chocolate in the mix as well. A real light bitter finish.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2014 02:45:08 | More by BeerWithMike
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curasowa

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2010 00:18:16 | More by curasowa
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silver0rlead

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2010 00:34:03 | More by silver0rlead
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dedrinker

Kansas

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2010 04:49:58 | More by dedrinker
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gatorbreath

Fiji

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

12 oz btl to guinness pint..

pours mad dark, opaque, with a thin bubbly light tan head...the head takes a minute to come to life and is not too great..nose is oats, malt..taste is oaty, maybe some chocolate notes, lots of malt and slight smokiness, mouthfeel is kind of thin, not bad

overall, enjoyable, everyone try it if you like stouts

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2011 22:19:05 | More by gatorbreath
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MuddyFeet

North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 02:48:56 | More by MuddyFeet
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TheSixthRing

California

3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2012 03:37:41 | More by TheSixthRing
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AwYeh

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2011 03:17:39 | More by AwYeh
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tumbler.

Had a bit of a mini tasting today with some Mendocino beers. This first one pours a bleak black-brown topped by a finger of tan foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, buttery toffee, toasted wheat, and a kiss of cocoa. The taste brings in more of the same, with a touch more cocoa and buttery biscuit than before. Thankfully, the roast never gets overdone, as happens on many occasions in the oatmeal stout world. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a smooth, creamy feel. Overall, a pretty nice oatmeal stout, one that doesn't amaze but pleases through and through.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2011 04:40:41 | More by TMoney2591
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

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

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2011 19:49:37 | More by Slatetank
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cjgator3

Florida

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2011 02:55:20 | More by cjgator3
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McNealc31

Ohio

3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2012 01:48:38 | More by McNealc31
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Treyliff

West Virginia

3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2012 03:05:03 | More by Treyliff
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2011 01:56:07 | More by WVbeergeek
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TheQuietMan22

Iowa

3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving type: 12-ounce bottle. No freshness date.

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass. The color is opaque black, though a hint of light passes through when held to a lamp. Two fingers of thick, tan head left a buttery ring around the edge and a thin, spotted lacing.

Smell: It is a run of the mill oatmeal stout: roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, and that oatmeal creaminess. It has been quite a while since I drank a stout so I am very eager to take a sip.

Taste: Oooh — nice. The roasted malt and coffee bitterness are balanced by oatmeal, burnt caramel, and chocolate. However, the roasted bitterness does linger after each sip. After it has warmed considerably, it begins leaning toward medicinal rubber. Thankfully, though, it never passes the point of no return and remains enjoyable.

Drinkability: Solid stuff. It is not extraordinary, but it is pretty tasty.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2012 06:02:14 | More by TheQuietMan22
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Minkybut

Virginia

3.75/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2011 20:13:45 | More by Minkybut
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schoolboy

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is better than I remembered other examples from this brewery being, but I will need to review that. It's a reasonable representation of the style. It opens with just a bit of aroma and a normal look - motor oil.

The aroma though weak is OK - nothing wrong here. The taste is a roasty, hoppy affair, maybe more so than many of the style. It doesn't seem particularly complex, but it is pleasant.

The aftertaste is easy to take (it fades to a little bit of bitter). It would have been nice to see this same brew a bit more over the top - imperial. As is, it is a good value and not an insult to drink.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2013 17:13:29 | More by schoolboy
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thekevlarkid

Maryland

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2011 04:15:22 | More by thekevlarkid
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2012 00:06:59 | More by dbrauneis
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cjgiant

District of Columbia

3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: black with think, sustaining head; lacing is present but more sparse than expected
S: roasted nuttiness, chocolate, coffee, as expected
T: the lacing belies the fact that this is not a nice, creamy stout. However, there is also nothing unexpected. Roasted notes of coffee, roasted grain. Do not note the chocolate from the smell.
M: as stated, not creamy and coating as I expected, but the bitterness of toasted nuts does kind if linger.
O: solid, although not exceptional, offering. No surprises good or bad.

Serving type: on-tap

11-03-2013 20:08:24 | More by cjgiant
Oatmeal Stout from Mendocino Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 228 ratings.