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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

197 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 197
Reviews: 113
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.7%
Wants: 6
Gots: 16 | 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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oberon

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2007 21:54:37 | More by oberon
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plaid75

New York

3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2007 00:59:11 | More by plaid75
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. There’s 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 hadn’t had anything from this brewer and wasn’t really expecting too much, but I was pleasantly surprised that this was a pretty enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2007 04:39:17 | More by TheManiacalOne
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jwc215

Wisconsin

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2007 01:47:51 | More by jwc215
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geexploitation

Indiana

3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2007 20:51:30 | More by geexploitation
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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!!

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2007 23:11:44 | More by NJpadreFan
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NEhophead

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2007 12:03:31 | More by NEhophead
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bluegrassbrew

Georgia

3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2007 15:35:24 | More by bluegrassbrew
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2005 23:58:16 | More by jdhilt
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UncleJimbo

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2004 21:32:23 | More by UncleJimbo
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TAMU99

Guam

3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2004 00:41:42 | More by TAMU99
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Gusler

Arizona

4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2004 21:47:38 | More by Gusler
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Starchild

New York

4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. There’s 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 taste’s like.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2003 00:20:53 | More by Starchild
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gueuzeonhigh

Maine

4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-03-2003 01:19:05 | More by gueuzeonhigh
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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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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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yankeeheel

Maine

4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a jet black with a nice thick tan head, which dissapeared all too quickly. Discovered the "best by" date had way passed.

Smells of coffee, oatmeal, and just a hint of choclate. The taste is rather even across the spectrum of dark malt, coffee, and dark chocalate. Just a hint of bitter at the back end.

All in all it's a nicely done well balanced stout. I'm still looking for a NE brewer to outdo the Ipswich though. That's the standard in my mind.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2003 22:12:22 | More by yankeeheel
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fattyre

Georgia

4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2003 19:47:20 | More by fattyre
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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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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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MaineBeerMan

Maine

4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown, almost black with a wisp of tan foam, not bad for a 4 oz. sample. Nice malt flavor,bitterness seemed more black patent malt than hops. Mouthfeel was smooth with a dryish finish but seemed thin/watery compared to other oatmeal stouts. Overall a good beer, will try to re-sample a larger pour soon.

Serving type: on-tap

11-05-2002 22:39:56 | More by MaineBeerMan
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Jason

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz brown long neck twist, picture of a steamship in the bitch of an ocean near the Maine Coast. “Best Enjoyed Before” on the side of the label.

Appearance: Jet black colour with a steadfast light brown lace that is both rocky and dense. Nice cascading effect during the slow but vigorous pouring.

Smell: Creamy aroma of dark malts and sweet cooked oats. Hints of diacetyl that gives the suggestion of dark toffee. Smells of a malted milkshake.

Taste: Standard brawny medium body, with a crisp and doubled over smoothness that rushes the mouth after the crispness subsides. Medium carbonation with a big malty palate to boot. A sweet beer, both barley and oats dabble in the sweetness with a cooked porridge and sugar flavour. Light fruitiness seems out of place though it actually complements. Roasted malts hurdle over the sweetness to give a semi coarse ruff on the tongue bitter roasted flavour that is expected. Hops are placid and nonchalantly hang around the maltiness. Suggestions of coffee and chocolate hit at the same time to form a mocha flavour within the sweetness, the finish stays somewhat sweet with a creamed coffee after taste.

Notes: A good accompaniment with anything chocolate, flavours are well placed and true to style without anything trying to rock the boat.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2001 23:24:31 | More by Jason
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McGovern's Oatmeal Stout from Belfast Bay Brewing Co.
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