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McGovern's Oatmeal Stout | Belfast Bay Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
85
very good
121 Reviews
BEER STATS
Reviews:
121
Ratings:
243
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
19.58%
 
 
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McGovern's Oatmeal StoutMcGovern's Oatmeal Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Belfast Bay Brewing Co.
Maine, United States | website

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

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.

Added by UncleJimbo on 10-28-2001

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Photo of jmarsh123
3.05/5  rDev -19.3%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is essentially jet black in color. Only a faint trace of brown is visible at the corner of the glass then the beer is held up to a bright light. It poured with a half finger-high dense tan head that died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are aromas of roasted malts along with notes of chocolate and coffee beans.
T: Like the smell, the taste is filled with flavors of roasted malts and has some notes of bittersweet chocolate and coffee beans. There is a slightly off-taste of soy sauce but this seems to disappear as the beer warms up. The chocolaty flavors linger through the finish.
M: Despite its nearly opaque appearance, the beer feels medium-bodied and rather smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish has some dryness.
O: The medium-bodied nature of this beer makes it quite easy to drink.

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Photo of jlindros
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've been big into oatmeal stouts this winter, so here's another one to try.

Aw man, screw cap really?! It does pour out super dark and rich looking, fairly thick like a good oatmeal, no light coming through, and hints of yeast at the bottom. The head is a darker colored frothy rich 1 finger head that fades at a med pace with some nice lacing. Impressed so far.

Nose is basically what it promises to be. Plenty of dark malts, with a bit of black patent, and a hint of roast, and even slight darker than black dark chocolate. Crystal malts as well, with a light caramel aroma but mostly dark crystal malts. The oatmeal really shines through, plenty of oats and a creamy darkness, that brings a hint of chocolate milk through. Faint hints of earthy hops round it off.

Taste is rich and meaty with a big oatmeal feel again. Creamy, flaked oats, and a light luscious chocolate milk. Then again dark malts, bit of black patent, some heavy crystal malts, no real roast except a hint of burnt coffee and toffee. it does bring a light acrid over roasted malt flavor though, which is maybe the only negative, and keeps the drinkability down a bit. That slight burnt flavor also turns a bit chalky. It turns fairly bitter as the roasty malts play in with some early hops shining through a bit. A bit of caramel, toffee, and even shades of vanilla with a mild sweetness round off the overall flavor as it fades to a bitter and slightly drier finish. Light lingering earthy hops as well as roasty malts and oats all linger.

Mouth is rich and creamy, med to full bodied, decent carb.

Overall pretty good, would be better if they used slightly less black patent malt, or heavy crystal malts, or maybe there is a hint of roast that shouldn't be there. Whatever the light burnt overroasted malt flavor with a light acrid and chalky feel takes away a bit. Otherwise very tasty and done well, a nice full winter beer that won't knock you on your ass after 2 of them.

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Photo of Hoagie1973
2.62/5  rDev -30.7%
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.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a shaker pint, served at Robert's Maine Grill. Bottle good till June 2012 off we go!

A real nice creamy head off the pour with a great dark coffee brown. Dark walnut classic brown/black body to sit up on. Large thick creamy lacing sometimes on clumps on the glass. Great stuff.

Nose is a nice ripping grain, slightly husky, roasted chared malts, some mild chocolate hints also.

On the palate some nice balanced flavors. Mild char roasted malts, some sweetness too. Faint chocolate on the finish with some powdery character with a nice light bodied and small chewy tobacco.

A great beer for the style, and a much more enjoyable one after having recently had Dark Horse One. THis one is a winner really enjoyed it.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

It'd be funny to think that the brewer's chose this name over both Muskie's and Humprhey's... Maybe? *ahem* Anyway, it pours a straight onyx topped by a finger of light off-khaki foam. The node comprises roasted malts, dark chocolate, light coffee, and molasses. The taste brings in more of the same, with the roast really getting kicked up, the coffee and chocolate turning bitter and acrid, and some light vinyl and tobacco entering the fray as well. The body is a solid medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly dry finish. Overall, a pretty okay oatmeal stout, but one that lacks the smoothness, the finesse, the creaminess, the softness that usually comes with the style. It's still alright, just nothing I would consider great.

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Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
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!

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

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: An oatmeal stout this opaque? No light? Good retention and a frothy mocha-colored head. Gorgeous in the glass.

Smell: Darkness, licorice, roasted malts, black tea, earthiness and grime.

Taste: Nicely large roasted malts, with mild anise and oats going on, along with some chocolate and acrid coffee with the finish. Filling and coating all over the place.

Mouthfeel: Medium frothy with its medium body. Good carbonation, and a lot of bubbles for the thickness. The best attribute here.

Drinkability: I wish I'd have opted for more than a bottle of this. It's a pretty complex one for the style. Glad I had the chance to try it, and would recommend it to those who have a chance.

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

The brew pours with a look typical of a nice stout: black with a tan cap, though it is a short-lived head. The nose is equal parts of cocoa, roast, and toffee-coffee-caramel-candy notes, but it is not sweet. It tastes about the same as the nose but it adds a pleasantly acrid roast and smoke hint to the mix. Feel is medium soft and creamy with a super drying mouthfeel, a tad reminiscent of black coffee. Quite nice, overall.

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Photo of Suds
3.11/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Splitting this 12 oz bottle with Stopper. Poured at room temp into a snifter the beer exhibits a dark cola brown hue with a tan edge layer and some wispy islands floating in the center of my glass. Not as much head as I expected for the style.
Aroma is dominated by burnt malt and hints of brown sugar. No hops or booze shine through at this point.
First sip reveals a light body with average carbonation. Flavor is similar to the nose with burnt malt and brown sugar mixing not too complex. Also still find no hop presence or hint of ABV. A pretty easy drinking oatmeal stout that is nice and roasty but the body is a little thin for the style and I would like more with a little mor thickness. Still I could and would drink more than one in a sitting if I had the beer around.

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Photo of wcintula
3.07/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

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Photo of soccerman7
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass - From Baconsauasge - Thanks Tucker

A - A nice thick tan head with a steady carbonation. Black as a new moon.

S - Sweet toast and coffee with a noticeable hop character. Faint note of bitter roast.

T - Warm oatmeal bread. The hops are really balanced with the grains and oatmeal not too sweet and not to dry. Almost a raisin fruit character. The bitterness becomes a little more pronounced as it warms up.

M - A touch thick but very smooth with nice carbonation. Doesn't coat the mouth though which is nice.

O - A really enjoyable sunday afternoon brew on a cold spring day. Wish it was local around here so I could stock up. A lot of flavor for a session brew.

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Photo of MasterSki
2.21/5  rDev -41.5%
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.

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Photo of AgentZero
2.34/5  rDev -38.1%
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%.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.95/5  rDev -22%
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.

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Photo of bboelens
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

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Photo of gfreed
2.56/5  rDev -32.3%
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.

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Photo of MA08
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a nonic pint glass at 55 degrees.

Pours a deep brown, nearly black color with a dense tan head. Strong roasty smell with coffee notes. Creamy mouthfeel with roasted malt taste with just enough sweetness and no alcohol present. Overall good representation of the style and very sessionable at a great price.

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

A-Pours almost black with a somewhat thin mocha colored head that had fair retention and lacing.

S-Roasted malt, dark fruit, hints of chocolate and coffee.

T-Charred malt, bakers chocolate, hints of coffee and molasses.

M-A tad thin which was surprising considering how viscous it looked during the pour.

D-Goes down easy enough and it certainly wasn't a chore.

Not world class, but an enjoyable beer I would certainly have again.

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Photo of lou50rp
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Has a dark almost black color in the glass. Good frothy head with a tan color.
A roasted malty sweet smell.
Roasted malt taste with a touch of sweetness and a touch of bitterness at the end.
A creamy mouthfeel.
Very drinkable beer. A good session beer, cause you just can't drink one.

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Photo of washburnkid
4.75/5  rDev +25.7%
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!

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Photo of matjack85
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

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Photo of shamrock1343
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It is dark like Guinness. The smell is good with some malt.

It pours with a great head. I had to wait a few time while pouring it.

The taste is dull The smell and the taste do not match.

I have had a few better tasting Oatmeal Stouts including Young's, Sam Smith's, and Founders.

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Photo of mostpoetsdo
3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Wow, beautiful motor oil flowing out of the bottle, giving way to a dark tan head and solid lacing. A truly opaque black, one of the best looking beers I've seen, major props.

S: A burnt malt and grainy scent, mixed in with bitter chocolate.

T: Big roasted malt flavor, with a backing of chocolate and coffee. Quite bitter, but has a nice sweetness to it.

M: Wow, disappointing compared to the look. Pretty thin, but decent smoothness and carbonation is just right.

D: Really easy to put down, low ABV, grab a sixer.

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McGovern's Oatmeal Stout from Belfast Bay Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 121 ratings.