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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

208 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 208
Reviews: 113
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.96%
Wants: 6
Gots: 17 | 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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1.68/5  rDev -55.6%

David_Scroggins, Sep 19, 2014
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2/5  rDev -47.1%

jski, Nov 30, 2011
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2/5  rDev -47.1%

PrimScrewhead, Mar 07, 2013
Photo of MasterSki
2.13/5  rDev -43.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Thanks Mike for sharing this one! Best before October 2011. Served in a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours with a finger of tan foam that settles to a thin cap and thicker collar, but no lace. Surprisingly dark for 5% - there's only a hint of brown.

S - Roasted malt and light smokiness. Pretty average.

T - Yikes! Taste is much worse. Bitter espresso, stale coffee, burnt paper, charred malt, some tires. Just awful.

M - Medium body, with zesty carbonation. Not very smooth or creamy for an oatmeal stout.

D - A little bit of sweetness emerges as it warms up, making it a touch better, but it's still not very good and I doubt most people would wait that long. Mike's drain got much of this one.

MasterSki, Mar 05, 2011
Photo of AgentZero
2.3/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - Pours a black color, pretty hefty for a 5.1% beer. Head faded to a decent off-white head with no lacing.

S - Smells a little sour and like some sort of ethanol. Some coffee and roasted notes, but not a great smell.

T - This is a truly remarkable feat in making a bad beer. Some sort of taste of burnt rubber taste with almost a lactic sourness that sticks with you on the aftertaste. A bit of sweetness, but this is just bad.

M - Thin, although expected for a bad 5% oatmeal stout. Lower carbonation.

D - This is not a good beer, it tastes pour and drinks hard for its 5.1%.

AgentZero, Mar 04, 2011
Photo of gfreed
2.5/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Black, black, BLACK as it oozes from the bottle into the glass. It's incredible how thick this beer looks, and how utterly black it is. Are there shades of blackness? Decent but unspectacular aroma of toasted stuff, typical for the style, with a sharpness that seems unusual. Rather watery body given the thickness of the beer, with appropriately light carbonation. The first few sips were tasty and toasty and smooth-- very nice. But as it warmed up it started tasting more and more like soap; by the time I got to the bottom of the glass I felt like my grandmother had risen from the grave and was following through on her threats of 40 years ago... washing out my mouth with soap. Have I been swearing excessively lately? Sorry. But soapy beer... yeesh. That's enough to make anyone curse.

gfreed, Nov 22, 2010
Photo of Hoagie1973
2.55/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Black with a coffee (with cream) colored head.
Smells roasty and a bit acidic, which carries over into the taste. The usual smooth and easy drinking nuttiness of a good OS is missing. Instead it's somewhat overly bitter, acrid and just plain rough. Maybe too aggressively hopped for the style? Resembles more of a low ABV RIS than an Oatmeal Stout. Found myself wincing a bit with each mouthful and looking forward to the bottom of the glass. Wouldn't go back to this one.

Hoagie1973, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of jslot38
2.68/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Appearance: Black body with a really dark tan coloured head. Looks more like an imperial stout. Head covers the top, no lacing, and it eventually disappates.

Smell: General malt, burnt toast and a brief hint of chocolate.

Taste: Not quite what I was expecting. Way too tart for my liking, and really overpowered everything else. There isn't much else beyond that tart flavour.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability: Good mouthfeel, but it can get lost in the taste. Not at all drinkable - maybe a bad bottle?

jslot38, Apr 14, 2008
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2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

jk3, Jan 08, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

Lare453, Apr 10, 2014
Photo of jwc215
2.83/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours pitch black with a large, foamy tan head that slowly descends, without leaving much lacing.

The smell is mild - some oatmeal malt, vague earthiness.

Dark, sweettart fruitiness that was not so evident in the aroma comes out loud and strong in the taste - too out of whack for me...come cookie-like doughy sweetness is there, as well as subtle oat - This berry-like fruitiness with a touch of butter just sinks this one for me - doesn't fit in. Oat/dark malt sweetness tries to catch up in the finish, but doesn't quite make it.

Light-to-medium bodied, it has just a bit too much effervescence.

Bottom line with this one - the fruitiness - I've had oatmeal stouts I've enjoyed more with my brunch to have this again.

jwc215, Aug 29, 2007
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2.88/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks for this one, Bobby.

A: Pours a rather viscous dark brown, almost black with a finger of off-white head.

S: This one has a pretty decent nose. Lots of coffee and sweet chocolate along with some bitter dark chocolate (like baker's chocolate). Definitely a bit of coffee and some burnt chocolate.

T: The flavor is way off from the nose. Really light with some decent coffee and roasted malts. Maybe a bit of dark chocolate, but definitely bitter. Kind of watery, truth be told.

M: Surprisingly watery and thin on the body. Moderate to high carbonation.

D: The nose was quite nice, but the flavor and mouthfeel are just a failure. Not a fan of this one.

womencantsail, Feb 18, 2011
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2.88/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours black, tar black. No light penetration. Nice dark 1 1/2" head.
Smell is malt, dark chocolate, smoke, peat/earth and cardboard (a bit heavier than the rest).
Taste is malt, smoke, earthy, cardboard, alcohol and a slight whiskey note.
Overly fizzy on the tongue & palate, a sharp effervescence. Light-medium body, a touch watery at times. Slightly warming in the throat. Alright but needs some tweaking.

PorterLambic, Nov 04, 2008
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2.9/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a staright blac with brownie highlights and a nice one finger brown head. The aroma is a nice roasted malt, but pretty astringent smelling coffee with maybe a drizzle of cream. The taste starts roasted creamy and smooth, then gets a little tart and acidic. The finish a slightly vinegarish coffee. Palate goes from smooth to tart. OK oatmeal stout taht could use a litle less tartness.

scruffwhor, Jan 16, 2010
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3/5  rDev -20.6%

mattenglish, May 13, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20.6%

KTracy, Aug 07, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.6%

swinyeju, Jun 16, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.6%

t0rin0, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of jmarsh123
3.03/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

An extra from someone. Sorry don't remember who.

Pours black with a thin tan head with spotty lacing and little retention.

Chocolate oatmeal and a little roasted malt in the aroma.

Some chocolate up front along with bitter roasted malt. Finishes somewhat astringent and metallic.

Mouthfeel is waaay too thin for the style. Feel is more like I'm drinking a Black IPA not an oatmeal stout.

Not terribly great. Not really too much to say about it. A very boring bland beer.

jmarsh123, Apr 14, 2012
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3.05/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured black with a very thin head. Has a very strong roasted character in the nose. Tastes Bitter/bittersweet mixture of chocolate, coffee and oats. Emphasis on the coffee bitterness. Has a much thinner body than I had expected, a little acidic. Reminds me too much of a strong black coffee rather than a beer.

wcintula, Apr 04, 2011
Photo of Suds
3.15/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very roasty aroma...charcoal, nearly burnt malt, and smoke...plus, unfortunately, a little plastic and band-aid scent. The beer is dry, intensely dry, with the roasted character carrying through from the smell. No malt or hops in the flavor, just a lot of malt and grain. Fleeting alcohol in the taste. Moderate bitterness and a medium-to-light body for an oatmeal stout. Not a bad beer, although the creamy, full texture that I expect from an oatmeal stout was entirely lacking.

Suds, Jun 11, 2011
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3.18/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A-Deep deep black with ruby hints when lifted into the light, medium khaki head that dissipates rather quickly with minimal lacing

S-Oats, roasted malts, vanilla and toffee

T-Similar to the smell, a bit more subdued than I would prefer, a slight fruit taste is present along with the aforementioned smells

M-Medium body, slightly creamy with low carbonation

D-A good brew overall but there are much better oatmeal stouts out there

bboelens, Jan 05, 2011
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3.23/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Yields over two fingers of super-dark brown foam, very airy and loose, fizzing off at a quick pace, plenty of dimpling along the way to a thin surface coating left behind, minimal lacing to be had. The liquid itself is jet black with the vaguest hint of orange at the rims. The nose feels firm and in no way soft, focuses on dark chocolate, coffee, scone, anise seed, no truly sugary component involved, the oats dried rather than cooked or even cookie status, it’s sufficiently densely packed that even the roast doesn’t lift much, mild hoppiness comes through at warmer temperatures. Medium-bodied, noticeably dry and chewy, again the oats and grains seem uncooked and dusty even, comes across as semi-bitter, heavy on the roasted coffee, bittersweet chocolate, cocoa and then black licorice and dried orange peels. Hard to truly peg the hops for the pucker factor near the end, maybe yes, maybe no. Carbonation seems low given the density of the material. With each additional sip you can’t help but wish it were a little sweeter with more length. No fruit nor something like caramel, vanilla. In the end, feels “traditional” but not so much a fun style of stout to kick back with and spend an evening.

farrago, Oct 24, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -14%

NilocRellim, Sep 29, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -14%

MAUEX_MFA, Jul 03, 2012
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McGovern's Oatmeal Stout from Belfast Bay Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 208 ratings.