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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

210 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 210
Reviews: 112
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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Photo of tempest
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

tempest, May 27, 2008
Photo of auxiliary
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance - Deep brown color, nice large brown head that faded out but left some nice lace.

smell - Coffee, chocolate and malt.

taste - Has a smoky, chocolate, roasted taste to it. Some hops present on the aftertaste, but mild.

mouthfeel - Medium body.

drinkability - Tastey, easy drinking beer, worth a try.My first from this company, seems they only make a few anyway.,

auxiliary, May 24, 2008
Photo of AgingWarrior
3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice black color with approximately one finger of reddish brown head. Some lacing, the head holds up pretty well.

Smell is rather bland, a little bit of malts, but it's just not much on the smell. The smell improves some as the brew warms, but still unremarkable.

The taste is a bit like the smell, it's a stout, but it's on the mild side without any really strong taste.

Mouth feel is pretty good, some creaminess and not too thin. As noted by other reviewers, this brew is over carbonated and it detracts from the overall mouth feel.

I drank this one down fairly quickly and could've drank a couple more.

AgingWarrior, Apr 24, 2008
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
Photo of ncvbc
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!

ncvbc, Apr 12, 2008
Photo of cjgator3
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

cjgator3, Apr 05, 2008
Photo of Drew966
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Drew966, Mar 17, 2008
Photo of paulthebeerguru
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

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.

paulthebeerguru, Mar 06, 2008
Photo of sinstaineddemon
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

sinstaineddemon, Feb 12, 2008
Photo of RunawayJim
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

RunawayJim, Jan 16, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

RblWthACoz, Jan 01, 2008
Photo of Brianmerrilyn
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.

Brianmerrilyn, Dec 26, 2007
Photo of Doomcifer
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Doomcifer, Dec 01, 2007
Photo of oberon
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.

oberon, Oct 20, 2007
Photo of plaid75
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.

plaid75, Oct 19, 2007
Photo of TheManiacalOne
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.

TheManiacalOne, Sep 30, 2007
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
Photo of geexploitation
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.

geexploitation, Aug 26, 2007
Photo of NJpadreFan
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!!

NJpadreFan, Aug 08, 2007
Photo of NEhophead
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.

NEhophead, Jul 31, 2007
Photo of bluegrassbrew
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.

bluegrassbrew, Jul 28, 2007
Photo of jdhilt
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.

jdhilt, Feb 26, 2005
Photo of UncleJimbo
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.

UncleJimbo, Dec 19, 2004
Photo of TAMU99
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.

TAMU99, Jun 22, 2004
Photo of Gusler
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.

Gusler, Jun 19, 2004
McGovern's Oatmeal Stout from Belfast Bay Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 210 ratings.