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McGovern's Oatmeal Stout - Belfast Bay Brewing Co.

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McGovern's Oatmeal StoutMcGovern's Oatmeal Stout

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BA SCORE
86
very good

112 Reviews
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Reviews: 112
Hads: 221
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 8
Gots: 22 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Belfast Bay Brewing Co. visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 10-28-2001

McGovern's Oatmeal Stout is a very dark, full-bodied stout with a smooth, moderate bitterness and roasted malt character. Integral parts of this stout include its subtle chocolate and caramel flavors. Hops also provide a subtle aroma and flavor without overpowering McGovern's overall balance. The milky, caramel colored head has small, tight, foamy bubbles that slowly cascade into the dark. aromatic liquid thanks to its oatmeal heritage.

Oatmeal also gives McGovern's a richer, full bodied quality with-out the bitter, burnt after-tasty often associated with stouts and other dark beers. This makes for a smoother drinking experience, especially for those who plan to enjoy more than one. Bartender Important - When pouring McGovern's Oatmeal Stout on draft, use any tap faucet with regular bar gas for best results. A traditional restrictor faucet cannot be used.
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Photo of washburnkid
4.75/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes.

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! (934 characters)

Photo of UnionMade
4.62/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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. (1,085 characters)

Photo of horshack7
4.53/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (648 characters)

Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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! (272 characters)

Photo of beernut7
4.37/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This deep black stout presents with a foamy head and a deep roasted malt aroma. The heavier body justly supports a deep roasted dark malt flavor and i touch of bitterness in the finish. Very tasty. (199 characters)

Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (579 characters)

Photo of matjack85
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (784 characters)

Photo of Bunnyhop
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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) (465 characters)

Photo of Brianmerrilyn
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (505 characters)

Photo of Doomcifer
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (376 characters)

Photo of TeamSeabass
4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On the pour it gives a thick, frothy, dark brown head and the beer itself is dark & opaque. Leaves some consistant lacing as the head falls.

High quantities of chocolate, caramel, roasted malts. Delicious. Smells like some kind of fancy ice cream.

Good roasted malts with a certain sweetness & chocolate overtones.

This beer has a creaminess to it that is so good. It must be the way that the carbonation combines with the flavors. Wish I could better describe it since I gave it a 5 but thats it.

This beer is a real treat. For me it's the definition of dessert beer and something to always keep on hand. (609 characters)

Photo of beergod1
4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (581 characters)

Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - this stout pours very dark, with a dark orange tinged caramel colored head

S - roasted malts with a coffee bitterness, some mellow sweetness, seems like vanilla or toffee, blended rather nicely

T - the coffee starts out well-balanced with the roasted malt characteristics, but becomes stronger as the sip finished, the mellow sweetness appears right near the end to create a supreme balance

M&D - the ending sweetness lends a great smoothness, easy to drink and easier to enjoy, a well crafted brew (505 characters)

Photo of rwrk42
4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour: As dark as can be with a decent head
Smell: Roasted malt, slight coffee and chocolate. On the sweeter side
Taste: Smooth with a sweet taste of coffee, chocolate, oats and barley. Not very carbonated and little if any taste of hops.
Overall a good Oatmeal Stout (267 characters)

Photo of fattyre
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (316 characters)

Photo of Jayli
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had at The Great Lost Bear 11/21

A: This beer pours an opaque black with a one finger of rich, creamy khaki/light brown head. Nice head retention that leaves a good deal of sticky sheets of lacing on the glass the whole way down.

S: Nose is of oatmeal, chocolate, and roasted malts.

T: Taste is of rich creamy milk chocolate, oatmeal, middle filled with oatmeal and toasted malts, with a finish that has a nice coffee bitterness.

M: Medium body, low carbonation, rich, creamy and silky feel.

D: Crazy drinkable, balanced well, very tasty, if you like stouts, this is one to sit with for an evening and a half! (617 characters)

Photo of gueuzeonhigh
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fitting opaque dark chocolate brown color.
Brown-cream head, mild nose- almost no nose; toasty oatmeal start flavor with a hops bitterness as the underlying taste foundation; Slight "fizzy" on the start, but turns to a comfortable mouthfeel; clean finish with notes of toasted malt and oats.

A satisfying stout. (316 characters)

Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (496 characters)

Photo of RunawayJim
4.14/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I know my scores are kind of all over the place, but let me explain...

Poured into a standard pint. Pours a thick looking black, but wait... Holy head, Batman! Half the bottle on a relatively moderate (slower than average, but not slow) pour and the glass is half foam. The beer was warmed for about 10 minutes, but is not, by any means, warm. The pour took a lot longer than I thought. This was the first strike on this beer. 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 awesome. Lots of roasted malts. I noticed something familiar, but couldn't put my finger on it until going through some of the previous reviews... it's 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 and a great stout at that. I would definitely recommend this one to anyone looking for a good stout and could easily spend the night drinking these. (1,385 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a shaker pint, served at Robert's Maine Grill. Bottle good till June 2012 off we go!

A real nice creamy head off the pour with a great dark coffee brown. Dark walnut classic brown/black body to sit up on. Large thick creamy lacing sometimes on clumps on the glass. Great stuff.

Nose is a nice ripping grain, slightly husky, roasted chared malts, some mild chocolate hints also.

On the palate some nice balanced flavors. Mild char roasted malts, some sweetness too. Faint chocolate on the finish with some powdery character with a nice light bodied and small chewy tobacco.

A great beer for the style, and a much more enjoyable one after having recently had Dark Horse One. THis one is a winner really enjoyed it. (744 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with a dark tan head that is pretty big. Nose is roasted malts that have a very slightly smoked quality to it. Flavor is heavily smoked malts. Off the first sip I wonder if it will be too much. We shall see. Interesting. Something just hit my brain. Blue cheese. You know that funky edge you get off some blue cheeses? That is what I just pulled off this, and in a firm way. Feel has a full carbonation and the liquid is good too. Overall a good stout. Definitely well bodied and with a defined character. Worth trying. (537 characters)

Photo of mynie
4.11/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dang fine pour, for an oatmeal. Glugs out syrupy thick, has a huge brown chocoately head, and it's nearly opaque. Really, it looks like an RIS.

Smells rough and raw of strong, roasted malt. Nice and firm, exactly what I look for in an oatmeal stout, but not really complex or intense and there's not much of a hop presence.

Tastes excellent. Sweet and lightly sour porter malts start things off, moving quickly into bitter roasted malt with heavy nodes of hearty grain and dark chocolate. Dry stout hops come in near the end, blending wonderfully with the sour remnants of the malt. Superb. (593 characters)

Photo of lou50rp
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Has a dark almost black color in the glass. Good frothy head with a tan color.
A roasted malty sweet smell.
Roasted malt taste with a touch of sweetness and a touch of bitterness at the end.
A creamy mouthfeel.
Very drinkable beer. A good session beer, cause you just can't drink one. (284 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Motor oil black and a little syrupy in the pour; pours a light tan head that's about two fingers and it stays awhile. Sweet malts pervade my nostrils, with minor hints of dry/roasted malts anywhere. A little creamy but definitely smooth, they really polished this beer with the oats. Medium to full-bodied with light carbonation, the mouthfeel is a little fluffy and feeling, but there is still a good sweetmalt taste and it passes down the throat effortlessly and with a dry backbite that complements it perfectly. This is a great oatmeal stout. (546 characters)

Photo of xenolithic
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(from tasting notes)

Eyes: Pours into a pub glass with a 2 finger brown sugar colored head that dissipates very slowly. Pours jet black with no visible bubbles.

Taste: Roasted malts, oaty, and perhaps a dark bitter chocolate.

Smell: Smells similar with roasted malts, slightly sweet smell, and a little oats.

Mouthfeel: This beer has a deliciously creamy mouthfeel with a crisp finish.

Drinkability: Probably only one or two in a sitting, not a session beer, but great for desert or a reward. (497 characters)

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McGovern's Oatmeal Stout from Belfast Bay Brewing Co.
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