McGovern's Oatmeal Stout - Belfast Bay Brewing Co.
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4.78/5 rDev +26.1%
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A: A finger of brown fizz takes a minute to settle. The stout is black with light revealing both brown edges and floating particles at the bottom of the pint. There's a smattering of foamy retention and cascading lace.
S: Super roasted malts of chocolate covered coffee beans. Oats and brown sugary sweetness to boot. This is a liquid treat!
T/M: Wow, does creamy have a taste? Or maybe it's just the texture of this beer that I'm digging on? Either way, I am in spectacular awe at the way this beer both feels and tastes in my mouth. Creamy all the way through, like a milkshake. Chocolates, slight coffee (sweet and not bitter), sugar maltiness. Milky toffee, and the most minor acidity for balance. Super roasted, too. Light, fizzy carbonation.
D: I want to sit down to a bowl of this every morning, and every night for dessert. This is such a versatile beer. I'm definitely grabbing another 6er of this asap!
08-16-2010 00:48:32 | More by washburnkid
4.63/5 rDev +22.2%
The beer is a deep black, completely opaque, topped with a frothy bone colored head. Great head retention, lasting all the way through the glass.
Aroma is dominated by a rich roasty maltiness and a solid oatmeal presence. Strong chocolate malt, with hints of caramel and coffee. Some dark fruit esters, mostly plum. No detectable hops. Clean aroma, well done.
Flavor starts with a rich, luxurious roasty maltiness, coupled with a smooth, creamy oatmeal flavor. Smooth, almost nonpresent english carbonation, with a light to medium body. A light estery pear and peach flavor enters in the middle, very soft and subtle, melding into a smooth, very mild herbal hoppiness that eases the stout down your throat. Just enough for balance. A lingering roasty coffee flavor in the finish, with some dryness. A bit of fruitiness in the aftertaste, with lingering oatmeal, and some pleasant yeast flavor. Fantastic.
Very similar to Harpoon's oatmeal stout, which is definitely a compliment. Wonderful flavors, with a very smooth, creamy texture and excellent balance. Very delicate and subtle.
10-01-2003 06:45:59 | More by UnionMade
4.53/5 rDev +19.5%
Appearance: It's a blend of used motor oil and a black hole in outer space. This is among the darkest of the dark. The head is very much a dark beige around one finger thick.
Aroma: Large amounts of chocolate malts, very dark roasted coffee, only mere traces of citrus. Hops are roasted dark but not quite burnt along with the malts that carry a heavy bready character. A solid amount of oats as well.
Taste: Dark roasted coffee, chocolate malts and hops, bits of oats, very bready, some floral hop notes. Through out most of it is vanilla bean. The mouthfeel is silky smooth.
Notes: Such a great Oatmeal stout drinkable and very hearty. Cheers.
09-23-2012 02:10:54 | More by horshack7
4.4/5 rDev +16.1%
This is what i drink Stout for!!
Pours a rich midnight black with a frothy brown head that stands up well and long! Nicely laces the glass.
A sweet coffee / toffee taste with no bittering aftertaste.
There is not much of an aroma to speak of.
Overall, highly drinkable!
09-16-2011 21:11:00 | More by CaptJackHarkness
4.35/5 rDev +14.8%
12 oz bottle (usually enjoy this on tap...)
Pours black as night with a good brown head with nice lace. Smell is creamy and nutty, no bitterness at all.
Taste is complex. Smoky, roasted malt immediately. Creamy and sweet, this stout never really bites but it doesn't leave your tastebuds lacking. Hint of sweet chocolate. The weird taste is that it is a bit oaky, like an aged port. Very good...
Very full bodied and lingers on the palette. This is one of my favorites although it is my first time from a bottle. Right up there as one of the best stouts brewed in Maine.
09-08-2003 15:22:55 | More by ViveLaChouffe
4.33/5 rDev +14.2%
I found this single 12oz brown bottle at the Binny's store in Glen Ellyn, IL for $1.89. A best before date of October 2010 is notched into the side of the label. Since this is still June of '10 it should be pretty fresh.
The beer poured a black Guiness-like color and made a 2-finger creamy light brown head that lasted several minutes and left tons of lacing on the glass.
It smells like an oatmeal cookie.
Wow, this is really malty sweet. I'm also picking up the oatmeal flavor along with some chocolate and coffee notes. The finish and aftertaste is where the bitter coffee flavor is most noticeable. It's a pretty nice combination of flavors.
Medium bodied with medium carbonation.
I only bought one bottle this time, but I can easily see myself going back for a full 6 pack.
06-28-2010 03:07:12 | More by matjack85
4.33/5 rDev +14.2%
A clear (99% opaque; when up against the light a little bit of light comes through at the edges), reddish-brown, almost black Oatmeal Stout with a large, dissapating, dark brown head. The smell is coffee-like, chocolate, and very slightly herbal. The taste is roasted coffee, along with a mild sweetness, chocolate, with a slight bitter finish. In my mouth the body is firm to oily. Overall, a smooth, creamy (of a sort) Oatmeal Stout...yummy!
(source: Gift; ME)
02-14-2003 16:38:44 | More by Bunnyhop
4.33/5 rDev +14.2%
Poured into Stella Pint glass whilst waiting for Christmas ham. Biggest head I've seen in my entire life. Call it the Energizer because it kept growing and had to go to half pour and drink in 3 tranches. British Khakis tan that as above was 3-5 fingers. Leg remained entire time. Jet black color
Smell-Earth and charcoal.
Taste: Charcoal/burnt w/creamy w/very little tart aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Much lighter than i would expect from an Oatmeal and the head/legs.
Very drinkable beer for Stout people.
12-26-2007 13:54:44 | More by Brianmerrilyn
4.25/5 rDev +12.1%
Very dark and rich body with a one inch dark brown head that faded to a thin film quickly. Nice roasted malt aroma with some dark chocolate as well as cherry and light vanilla. Flavor is dry and roasted with some burnt malt coming out on the lightly hoppy finish. Very full flavored. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with active fizzy carbonation. Texture is more watery than anything else with a little chalkiness on the finish. Overall, a pretty good beer. Full of flavor, and a really nice surprise. It tastes more like a dry stout than an Oatmeal stout, but very tasty none the less.
12-14-2009 23:47:04 | More by beergod1
McGovern's Oatmeal Stout from Belfast Bay Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 207 ratings.