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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
85
very good

194 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 194
Reviews: 112
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.7%
Wants: 6
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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:
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.

(Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 10-28-2001)
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washburnkid

New York

4.78/5  rDev +26.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2010 00:48:32 | More by washburnkid
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hkyplyr73

New York

4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

02-03-2014 12:51:53 | More by hkyplyr73
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UnionMade

Colorado

4.63/5  rDev +22.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-01-2003 06:45:59 | More by UnionMade
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horshack7

Massachusetts

4.53/5  rDev +19.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2012 02:10:54 | More by horshack7
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JMS1512

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +19%

02-22-2013 14:09:39 | More by JMS1512
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ninaturner

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +19%

06-16-2013 17:04:47 | More by ninaturner
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gwiedman1

New York

4.5/5  rDev +19%

01-06-2013 21:36:28 | More by gwiedman1
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LostTraveler

Maine

4.5/5  rDev +19%

02-20-2012 05:11:51 | More by LostTraveler
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mbs11

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +19%

08-23-2012 03:04:41 | More by mbs11
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BrandonCBeer

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +19%

10-04-2012 01:15:50 | More by BrandonCBeer
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CaptJackHarkness

New York

4.4/5  rDev +16.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2011 21:11:00 | More by CaptJackHarkness
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beernut7

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-06-2002 11:58:21 | More by beernut7
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ViveLaChouffe

Georgia

4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2003 15:22:55 | More by ViveLaChouffe
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matjack85

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2010 03:07:12 | More by matjack85
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Bunnyhop

Georgia

4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
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)

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2003 16:38:44 | More by Bunnyhop
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Brianmerrilyn

New York

4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2007 13:54:44 | More by Brianmerrilyn
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beoirific

New York

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

07-27-2014 18:56:10 | More by beoirific
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Thedrizzle

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

02-16-2013 00:03:40 | More by Thedrizzle
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beergod1

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-14-2009 23:47:04 | More by beergod1
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ScottHeidrich119

Maine

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

11-06-2013 00:07:47 | More by ScottHeidrich119
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rorjets

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

12-17-2013 02:36:45 | More by rorjets
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wrightst

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

06-13-2014 21:00:11 | More by wrightst
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CaptDavyJones

New York

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

09-16-2012 05:25:07 | More by CaptDavyJones
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sinstaineddemon

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2008 19:13:15 | More by sinstaineddemon
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rwrk42

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2009 02:08:47 | More by rwrk42
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McGovern's Oatmeal Stout from Belfast Bay Brewing Co.
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