McGovern's Oatmeal Stout - Belfast Bay Brewing Co.
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Reviews by nukem5:
3.69/5 rDev -2.6%
A: Pours a rich dark color completely blackened like very used motor oil. with little or no head.
S: Aroma is of coffee and toasted malts.
T: Taste is of coffee,licorice, and molasses. Hints of sweet malts, and burnt toast.
M: Mouthfeel is silky and smooth lightly carbed with a slightly metallic taste.
O: Overall this is a great oatmeal stout from New England area Maine for sure and they know cold weather and hot coffee this is a great substitute for that. I would think about this one for breakfast, very yummy.
12-07-2013 04:42:34 | More by nukem5
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3.83/5 rDev +1.1%
Poured into my Guinness pint glass a near pitch black except for just a few highlights of ruby a huge blooming mocha colored head atop,mild milk chocolate and vanilla aromas with a drifting light smokiness.A tad prickly and a little thin in the mouthfeel department,flavors a roasty with some wood and smoke elements quite dry even earthy in the finish with a hint of bitter chocolate.Decent not great with some fine tuning it could be really good as is above average.
10-20-2007 21:54:37 | More by oberon
3.58/5 rDev -5.5%
Poured into a standard pint. The liquid looks fantastic and the head is a nice dark tan color, but the size of the head is too much. Smell is a nice roasted scent. Nothing overwhelming. Perhaps a little burnt coffee in there as well. It's definitely a good smell.
Taste is a bit better than standard. Lots of roasted malts and toffee. As the beer warms and gets towards the end of the glass, the toffee disappears and turns into a slight chocolate malt flavor, though the roasted malts stay dominant.
Mouthfeel takes a hit because of the extra carbonation. Though it's not overwhelming, it's a little too much. It also takes a hit because while it looks thick, it feels a bit thinner than it should be. This is one very drinkable stout. I would definitely recommend this one to anyone looking for a good stout and could easily spend the night drinking these.
09-03-2013 01:48:25 | More by ExtraStout
3.7/5 rDev -2.4%
A brew of impenetrable black, it gives off a roasty aroma of burnt vegetables. The taste, however, is of dark coffee grounds, with a bit of oats and soy sauce. It grows on you with each sip. There a sticky mouthfeel that clings to the palate with a bit a dryness. Average drinkability: doesn't wow, doesn't offend, but fails to distinguish itself among oatmeal stouts.
02-17-2009 01:01:00 | More by StoutHearted
4.08/5 rDev +7.7%
Dark Tan head, with slight coffee and roasted barley smell and hints of malt. This starts sweet with smooth mouth feel over the tongue with noticeable bubbles on the tip. Big roasted barley taste that lingers into your next sip the second sip is better then the first, the sweet malt taste and the roasted barley make for a wonderful beer.
01-25-2010 15:18:00 | More by bishopdc0
4.22/5 rDev +11.3%
Pours a viscous black with an incredible, frothy, tan head that lingers on forever. Great lacing.
Smells of roasty malts, cocoa, sweet buttermilk...
Taste is very smooth...roasty, yet sweet like a milk stout. Toffee flavors, milk chocolate, coffee. Excellent.
Mouthfeel has a great body to it, velvety.
Extremely drinkable...one of th ebest oatmeal stouts I have ever had.
12-01-2007 05:52:35 | More by Doomcifer
4/5 rDev +5.5%
Presentation: 12 oz brown long neck twist, picture of a steamship in the bitch of an ocean near the Maine Coast. “Best Enjoyed Before” on the side of the label.
Appearance: Jet black colour with a steadfast light brown lace that is both rocky and dense. Nice cascading effect during the slow but vigorous pouring.
Smell: Creamy aroma of dark malts and sweet cooked oats. Hints of diacetyl that gives the suggestion of dark toffee. Smells of a malted milkshake.
Taste: Standard brawny medium body, with a crisp and doubled over smoothness that rushes the mouth after the crispness subsides. Medium carbonation with a big malty palate to boot. A sweet beer, both barley and oats dabble in the sweetness with a cooked porridge and sugar flavour. Light fruitiness seems out of place though it actually complements. Roasted malts hurdle over the sweetness to give a semi coarse ruff on the tongue bitter roasted flavour that is expected. Hops are placid and nonchalantly hang around the maltiness. Suggestions of coffee and chocolate hit at the same time to form a mocha flavour within the sweetness, the finish stays somewhat sweet with a creamed coffee after taste.
Notes: A good accompaniment with anything chocolate, flavours are well placed and true to style without anything trying to rock the boat.
10-28-2001 23:24:31 | More by Jason
4/5 rDev +5.5%
Poured a jet black with a nice thick tan head, which dissapeared all too quickly. Discovered the "best by" date had way passed.
Smells of coffee, oatmeal, and just a hint of choclate. The taste is rather even across the spectrum of dark malt, coffee, and dark chocalate. Just a hint of bitter at the back end.
All in all it's a nicely done well balanced stout. I'm still looking for a NE brewer to outdo the Ipswich though. That's the standard in my mind.
09-07-2003 22:12:22 | More by yankeeheel
3.73/5 rDev -1.6%
Belfast Bay- McGovern's Oatmeal Stout
Best before April 2008
Appearance- Dark black with a thick fizzy brown head. 1 ring lacing on the glass.
Smell- Hard to detect but light grainy features. Coffee, cream, and chocolate notes appear.
Taste- Big oatmeal flavor immediately hits you. Black, slighty burnt coffee appears with a touch of creamy milk chocolate.
Mouthfeel- Watery at first but the eventually the dry bitterness kicks in.
Overall- A modest sipper here. The flavor bursts through in the end. My 2nd beer from Belfast Bay and both have been very good!!
08-07-2007 23:11:44 | More by NJpadreFan
3.98/5 rDev +5%
This is my 700th review. (1/11/08 and a full moon to boot!)
The color appears as a Very dark brown color, not black but no light is popping through. a 2" deep, soft and foamy head that is pretty active bit leaves plenty of foam during the duration.
a very subtle nose, but I find this to be the case with most Oatmeal Stout's. Roastie chocolate, oats, wheat and a slight creamy vanilla edge.
The flavor is a dry-roasted dark chocolate with a full bodied blast of oats and vanilla, dark roast coffee, with a gentle balance of herbal, leafy, acorn-like bitterness in the back of the palate. The feel is crispy with a medium middle and heavy finish, dry finish. Later, there's peanutbutter and dried wheat.
A very nice stout.
01-12-2009 17:22:13 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
4.05/5 rDev +6.9%
12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.
Appearance: An oatmeal stout this opaque? No light? Good retention and a frothy mocha-colored head. Gorgeous in the glass.
Smell: Darkness, licorice, roasted malts, black tea, earthiness and grime.
Taste: Nicely large roasted malts, with mild anise and oats going on, along with some chocolate and acrid coffee with the finish. Filling and coating all over the place.
Mouthfeel: Medium frothy with its medium body. Good carbonation, and a lot of bubbles for the thickness. The best attribute here.
Drinkability: I wish I'd have opted for more than a bottle of this. It's a pretty complex one for the style. Glad I had the chance to try it, and would recommend it to those who have a chance.
08-19-2011 04:39:39 | More by asabreed
3.68/5 rDev -2.9%
12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark black color with a huge tan head caused by the high amount of carbonation. You definitely need to pour this one with care. The aroma is roasted malts, dark chocolate and a hint of coffee. The taste like the aroma is dark roasted malts with some coffee flavors in the bittersweet finish. Overall, this is a pretty solid stout that is recommended. However, due to the excessive amount of carbonation, I did not get to enjoy the silky smooth mouthfeel that is typically associated with oatmeal stouts.
04-05-2008 07:05:30 | More by cjgator3
4.18/5 rDev +10.3%
Picked up a 6-pack in Port Jefferson Station.
Wow, this immediately reminds me of the Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout. The roasted and burnt barley flavor only plays a small part while the coffee-like grains and cocoa come together beautifully. The only problem I had was that one of my bottles was overcarbonated. Otherwise, it was a gorgeous black with light brown head and matching lacing with a smooth body. Very drinkable and very tasty. One of the best oatmeal stouts I've tried. Worth finding.
05-27-2008 01:51:29 | More by tempest
4.03/5 rDev +6.3%
I like a good stout here and there (and no, Guinness in America is not really a stout). I gave this beer a try and I am happy I did.
Appearance: Duh...really dark
Aroma: Chocolate, coffee, and some nutty scents.
Pour: LOTS of head so be careful pouring this one.
Taste: This is a good American stout with loads of chocalate, coffee, toffee, and nutty flavors. I was surprised just how smooth this was considering it is dark.
Overall: I like this beer...I have always had a soft spot in my heart for Stouts and Maine. Def. worth a try, especially if it is cold outside. That being said, if you want an Oatmeal Stout that will blow your mind, go with the Sammy Smith's. Cheers!!
02-14-2010 20:05:14 | More by dahlen22
3.8/5 rDev +0.3%
This is my first encounter with the Belfast Bay Brewery. I chose to start with the McGovern's Oatmeal Stout as it is a very cold, snowy winter night. I picked this bottle up from the local Beers of the World Warehouse and stored it in my mini fridge. I have to start by noting the pour of this beer. I used a normal pint glass to drink from and the head on this beer is unreal. It took me literally ten minutes to fit the entire bottle into the glass, an unfortunate start.
A - The head is so thick it almost looks like the consistency of cool whip. Sandy in color the head is composed of lots of little bubbles and very few fish eyes. The beer...once it changed from head to liquid, is very very dark brown, very little if any light comes through.
S - The smell is classic of a stout beer. Faint aromas of chocolate malts, and almost a milky scent arise.
T - At first I taste the chocolate malts, however the aftertaste has a metalic characteristic.
M - Very little carbonation in this beer, as is traditional with the style, much less chalky than I had expected
D - I could see myself downing a few of these although I would most likely do it after dinner
01-30-2009 01:27:06 | More by ams0286
3.8/5 rDev +0.3%
Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. 2/17
Pours dark brown with a little tan foam on top. and a bit fizzy. Rich roasted oaty nose. Taste is a hearty wall of oats, coffee grittiness, then suddenly a smooth finish. Mild bitter. Good close. A little milky, but not in a sweet stout kind of way.
03-16-2014 13:45:44 | More by KTCamm
4.22/5 rDev +11.3%
This beer pours clear but mostly opaque with a little red/brown black color that seeps through right around the edges with a large dissipating dark brown head. The mouthfeel is firm to oily. The smell is of roasted coffee. The taste is a smokey sweet front with a dry hoppy finish. A very nice smokey flavored stout.
04-08-2003 19:47:20 | More by fattyre
3.85/5 rDev +1.6%
A - Thick dark head floats on a motor oil-black beer. Heavy, persistent lace
S- Chocolate, coffee, toasted caramel
T - Pretty good, Nice blod flavors of chocolate and toffee. Not too much that's bitter. A pretty nice oatmeal.
M - Smooth, but a bit heavy. Kinda coats everything, and hangs around
D - Very nice taste, but a bit on the heavy side.
A pretty good oatmeal. Doesn't really rival something like Sam Smith's, but good certainly one to check out if you're in Maine in a colder month.
06-22-2004 00:41:42 | More by TAMU99
3.81/5 rDev +0.5%
From the 12 fl. oz. bottle notched September 2014. Sampled on March 8, 2014.
The pour is very dark brown to about black with some mahogany hues around the edge of the glass. Long lasting tan head.
Aroma of dark biscuit malts, cooked oatmeal and a little bit of smoke.
The body is thinner but it is essentially still creamy and smooth.
The taste also brings out the dark malt and oatmeal character with a mild dry bitterness to finish. It is a pretty decent beer from Maine.
04-08-2014 22:35:15 | More by puboflyons
McGovern's Oatmeal Stout from Belfast Bay Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 206 ratings.