1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Oatmeal Stout - Mendocino Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Oatmeal StoutOatmeal Stout

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
84
good

247 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 247
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 13.17%
Wants: 5
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 247 | Reviews: 97 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of MarioM
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

MarioM, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of Theniz
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Theniz, Feb 13, 2014
Photo of Stoshua
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Stoshua, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of mtkennyp
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

mtkennyp, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of scootny
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
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

scootny, Oct 27, 2012
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.

drtth, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of watermelon
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.

watermelon, Dec 16, 2013
Photo of Nicky66
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had in a bottle pulled from fridge. no freshness date. poured into a pint glass.

pours out a opaque black with 2 fingers of creamy expresso like head.

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, could easily drink several.. 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.

Nicky66, Nov 15, 2013
Photo of russpowell
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

russpowell, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of JamesS
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.

JamesS, Jan 08, 2012
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.

FickleBeast, Dec 29, 2010
Photo of BeerWithMike
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.

BeerWithMike, Mar 07, 2014
Photo of 1759Girl
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

1759Girl, Jan 26, 2011
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.

curasowa, Nov 23, 2010
Photo of silver0rlead
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.

silver0rlead, Oct 10, 2010
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.

dedrinker, Nov 11, 2010
Photo of gatorbreath
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

gatorbreath, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of TheSixthRing
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.

TheSixthRing, Jun 13, 2012
Photo of MuddyFeet
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.

MuddyFeet, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of TMoney2591
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.

TMoney2591, Nov 18, 2011
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.

AwYeh, Jan 10, 2011
Photo of cjgator3
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.

cjgator3, Nov 13, 2011
Photo of McNealc31
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

McNealc31, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of Treyliff
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!

Treyliff, Oct 26, 2012
Oatmeal Stout from Mendocino Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 247 ratings.