McGovern's Oatmeal Stout - Belfast Bay Brewing Co.
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2.68/5 rDev -29.3%
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?
04-14-2008 19:07:55 | More by jslot38
3.95/5 rDev +4.2%
Pours with this huge tan head and it settles down after a few minutes. Chunks of lacing down the glass. Smell is nice, with good chocolate and oats in there. Also a touch of coffee. Kind of on the sweet side with a hint of roastiness, it reminds me of Kahlua for some reason. Taste is much of the same. A grainy flavor along with great malts. A nice transition from sweet to roast to bitter with some hops in there as well. Mouthfeel is mostly good and smooth but a slight bitterness interupts at times. Overall this is a pretty nice Oatmeal Stout that I hope to try again some time.
Thanks to deltatauhobbit for this as an extra!
04-12-2008 13:49:19 | More by ncvbc
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
4/5 rDev +5.5%
McGovern's Oatmeal Stout pours an opaque black with an out of control huge brown head. The aroma is nice, roasted malt all the way. The flavor is also nice, once again it's roasted malt, just as I would expect. There is a nice touch of sweetness, but mostly it's just coffee like flavors. Pretty good.
03-17-2008 01:30:50 | More by Drew966
3.73/5 rDev -1.6%
Belfast Bay McGovern's Oatmeal Stout
12oz. brown bottle
Poured into a snifter. McGovern's pours a rich solid black color with a nice tan head. The bottle I got was over carbonated, so nearly the whole glass was head on my first pour. After waiting, I poured the rest, and after mellowing out for a bit, the head finally settled at about a quarter of an inch. Mild lacing. Aromas are of chocolate, yeast, and bittersweet malts. Taste was chocolaty, with that sweet malt goodness. No significant hop quality. Mouthfeel may be misjudged due to the high carbonation, but the stout was smooth and slightly creamy. I wouldn't mind getting another of these so I see if the carbonation level differs, but it is a tasty stout, and I did enjoy it after letting it settle.
03-06-2008 17:51:20 | More by paulthebeerguru
4.25/5 rDev +12.1%
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
02-12-2008 19:13:15 | More by sinstaineddemon
4.18/5 rDev +10.3%
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.
01-16-2008 02:44:06 | More by RunawayJim
4.13/5 rDev +9%
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.
01-01-2008 05:22:19 | More by RblWthACoz
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
4.22/5 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
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
3.98/5 rDev +5%
Poured a deep black hue with a three finger creamy dark tan head. There was good retention and lacing.
The smell featured a elements of burnt grain, cocoa and charcoal.
The taste was upfront burnt grain with a strong smokiness and dark chocolate, powdered cocoa and dry coffee elements.
The mouthfeel was of average fullness with a very dry finish. Some fusels detected but no alcohol warmth.
Overall a brawny and raw stout. Easy enough to drink though.
10-19-2007 00:59:11 | More by plaid75
3.85/5 rDev +1.6%
Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.
A: The beer is a deep dark brown color with a large light brown head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is of roasted coffee, oats, chocolate and dark malts with a slight touch of hops.
T: The taste is malty and smoky with flavors of dark chocolate, roasted coffee and oatmeal. Theres a mild hops presence, but just enough to provide a little balance. The after-taste is sweet and smoky.
M: Crisp and very smooth, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.
D: Tasty, goes down very easily, slightly filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, this is a good beer to stick with for an evening or just relax and drink a couple of them slowly. To be honest, I hadnt had anything from this brewer and wasnt really expecting too much, but I was pleasantly surprised that this was a pretty enjoyable beer.
09-30-2007 04:39:17 | More by TheManiacalOne
2.83/5 rDev -25.3%
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.
08-29-2007 01:47:51 | More by jwc215
3.68/5 rDev -2.9%
Pours very black, with only the slightest bit of reddish highlights at the edges, and a big head from the pour that disappears completely. Aroma of rich, sticky malts predominate, expressed as dark roasted coffee with a bit of cream. A slight, buttery almond note lurks in the background. On the palate, malt bitterness bites immediately, but then things lighten up surprisingly, with a fruity sourness taking over at the mid. Some diacetyl on the finish. Throughout, the mouthfeel is heavier than the flavors would necessarily indicate -- that's helped by the fact that carbonation is almost non-existent. Overall, this is a decent oatmeal stout, and certainly worth a try.
08-26-2007 20:51:30 | More by geexploitation
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
4.05/5 rDev +6.9%
12 fl oz brown bottle; served in a tumbler.
Best before: 04.2008.
Pours a syrupy, deep molasses/opaque oil in color. Densely foamy, coffee-colored head that slowly spreads to walls of sticky lacing.
Creamy, milk chocolate; rolled oats with some hints of vanilla. Notes of robust espresso and musty, floral hops.
Sweet, milk chocolate with rounded vanilla. Oat-filled toasted malts amidst a mildly rich, chocolate and hazlenut roastiness. Smooth bitterness with a dry, toasted peanut flavor.
Mellow and creamy full body; smooth, almost syrup-like. Very pleasant mouthfeel for such robust flavors.
A very pleasant, rounded, and flavorful Oatmeal Stout. One I would certainly try again when in Maine.
07-31-2007 12:03:31 | More by NEhophead
3.4/5 rDev -10.3%
12oz bottle into a pint glass.
Pours an opaque black with a little tan head that drops to a slight ring.
Smell is very faint. Just the slightest hint of sweet malt.
Taste is of some bitter oats and a touch of coffee.
Overall, not bad, but not one I'd go out to get. A tad boring. That said, nothing major wrong with it. Worth a try.
07-28-2007 15:35:24 | More by bluegrassbrew
3.95/5 rDev +4.2%
Pours with a five-finger plus (pour very slowly) brown head that is thick and frothy leaving a ton of lace. Totally black color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is roasted coffee. Starts with a strong roasted coffee flavor, some sweetness and finishes with a roasted/burnt coffee. Nice beefy stout. $1.49 for a 12oz bottle, Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.
02-26-2005 23:58:16 | More by jdhilt
3.9/5 rDev +2.9%
12 oz longneck brown bottle.
This stout poured a dark brown/black with red near the edges if held to the light with HUGE light brown foam that would not quit. The foam persisted a long time and clung to the sides of the glass. The smell was mildly malty with perhaps a bit of oatmeal. The taste was slightly sweet and malty with some roasty malt flavors and a bit of oatmeal and moderate hoppiness. The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy with medium-full body and medium carbonation. This was a good stout, but not as good as I remember from a sample I had on tap.
12-19-2004 21:32:23 | More by UncleJimbo
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
4.05/5 rDev +6.9%
The beer erupted from the 12 ounce brown bottle a piceous color, the head Bunyanesque in size, spumescent in texture and a nice chocolate brown color, after several weeks, it evaporate and the resultant lace formed a nice sticky sheet to conceal the glass. Nose is sweet; coffee like with some nice toasted grain aromas, start is sweet, thick with the top middling in its feel. Finish has a moderate acidity, the hops pleasant to the taste buds, quite dry and a decent drinking beer, thanks once again to Carmen for this bottle.
06-19-2004 21:47:38 | More by Gusler
4/5 rDev +5.5%
Pours ink black with a nice tan head. The head quickly settles and leaves lacing along the rim of the glass. Hints of roasted malt in the nose. This beer is quite smooth. Flavors of toffee roast imparting an espresso taste and bitterness, heavy malt all washed down by a milk/cream aftertaste. Quite enjoyable. Theres a lot of complex flavor in this bottle, yet its well assembled leading to a great balance. The beer by mid pint gets a little bit dryer and the bitterness returns. Well crafted for the style and would be a good benchmark for any Oatmeal Stout. This is what an Oatmeal Stout tastes like.
12-08-2003 00:20:53 | More by Starchild
4.22/5 rDev +11.3%
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.
11-03-2003 01:19:05 | More by gueuzeonhigh
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
McGovern's Oatmeal Stout from Belfast Bay Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 207 ratings.