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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
86
very good

112 Reviews
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Reviews: 112
Hads: 221
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 8
Gots: 22 | FT: 1
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:
Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 10-28-2001

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.
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Photo of Morey
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque pitch black topped with a creamy goldish-tan head that has settled to a thin lace but seems to have some decent head retention.

Smells of roasted barley with hints of dark chocolate pushing through.

Taste is very roasty and earthy. Finishes extremely smooth.

Mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side (perhaps too thin). Good carbonation level though.

One of the easiest drinking stouts that I've ever sampled.

Morey's Bottom Line: Without a doubt the best stout that I've had in quite a while. Not quite as good as Samuel Smith's Oatmeal, but pretty darn good. It's just not quite silky enough due to it's thin mouthfeel. (637 characters)

Photo of Jayli
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had at The Great Lost Bear 11/21

A: This beer pours an opaque black with a one finger of rich, creamy khaki/light brown head. Nice head retention that leaves a good deal of sticky sheets of lacing on the glass the whole way down.

S: Nose is of oatmeal, chocolate, and roasted malts.

T: Taste is of rich creamy milk chocolate, oatmeal, middle filled with oatmeal and toasted malts, with a finish that has a nice coffee bitterness.

M: Medium body, low carbonation, rich, creamy and silky feel.

D: Crazy drinkable, balanced well, very tasty, if you like stouts, this is one to sit with for an evening and a half! (617 characters)

Photo of originalsin
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up as part of a mix a six pack. 'Enjoy by' date on the side isn't notched off- not worried though.

Wow. What a pour. Black as night with a 1/2 inch of chocolate milk colored frothy head that's dense and laces well. Good looking beer- A little bit of sediment has made it's way to the bottom of my glass it almost looks like some flaked oats were trapped in the bottle haha.
It smells pretty standard for an oatmeal stout- nothing out of the ordinary here--some dark sweet chocolate notes and a good amount of heavy roasted coffee.
This is a slightly creamy and very, very smooth brew. It tastes so incredibly bittersweet. Some nice dark chocolate notes really come through on the aftertaste. Sweet, sweet dark chocolate.

All in all, this is a tasty oatmeal stout- I have yet to find one that matches up with sammy smith's but we're getting closer with this one. Cheers (878 characters)

Photo of ToasterChef
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass. The beer is black in color with a slight brown head that settles to skim within a few minutes. There is barely any lace left on the glass. It is extremely opaque; you can't see anything through it. The oatmeal stout smells of roasted grains and malt with some nuttiness. It tastes of chocolate and coffee, with a bitterness at the end. The bitterness and coffee flavor lingers after you swallow. It has a medium body that is strengthened by the aftertaste. It has a normal amount of carbonation, nothing too exceptional. It does feel very smooth going down. This beer is enjoyable but I remember liking it more when I had it on tap at the old Belfast Bay brewpub. The bottle I'm reviewing had been in the refrigerator all afternoon, so it was quite cold when poured, now that it is warming up, I'm enjoying the beer more. (856 characters)

Photo of jwhite1979
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: This is about as dark as beer gets.
S: Not much here, but when I swirl it around I can smell a bit of roasted coffee.
T: Tastes like an Oatmeal Stout should--kinda bitter, kinda sweet. It doesn't have the depth of flavor I've tasted in other Oatmeal Stouts, but it's still very good.
M: I love how smooth this beer feels in my mouth. Beers with so little carbonation tend to be water, but this has a very creamy feel.
D: I think I'll have another. (450 characters)

Photo of rwrk42
4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour: As dark as can be with a decent head
Smell: Roasted malt, slight coffee and chocolate. On the sweeter side
Taste: Smooth with a sweet taste of coffee, chocolate, oats and barley. Not very carbonated and little if any taste of hops.
Overall a good Oatmeal Stout (267 characters)

Photo of HiAIPA
3.49/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured out of 12oz. bottle, this elixir resembles a dark coffe like liquer, with a nice head profile of creamy coffee foam. Aromas are mild, containing sweet oats and malt, hay and roasted porridge. Flavors are nicer than the aromas, serving up a meritage of dark cocoa, roasted gruel, blackened grog and nice sweet oatmeal on the finish. A decent offering for consumers to seek out. This tasted much better as it warmed up, and I recommend bringing this to almost room temperature to enjoy the full palate of flavors. (518 characters)

Photo of thekevlarkid
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of a bottle this brew was an opaque black with one finger of tan head. The retention was less than stellar but the lacing was decent. The aroma was rather chocolaty, with some roasted malt, light coffee and molasses. The flavors were solid and robust; starting on a note of roasted malt I then tasted the light chocolate followed by oats, earthiness and a long coffee finish. Pleasantly bitter but balanced. The mouthfeel was smooth and rich, the body was full and the carbonation excellent for the style. Though nothing about the beer was outstanding I really enjoyed it and thought it a good overall example of the style. (627 characters)

Photo of StoutHearted
3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A brew of impenetrable black, it gives off a roasty aroma of burnt vegetables. The taste, however, is of dark coffee grounds, with a bit of oats and soy sauce. It grows on you with each sip. There a sticky mouthfeel that clings to the palate with a bit a dryness. Average drinkability: doesn't wow, doesn't offend, but fails to distinguish itself among oatmeal stouts. (368 characters)

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

12 bottle

Pours a deep brown color with a good strong brown head leaving some sticking. Roasty, almost salt sweet malts in the nose. The malt character in flavor is obviously dominant, notes of chocolate and hints at coffee, the subtlest flavor of soy sauce. Smooth drinking, light/medium bodied stout, low carbonation. I could definitely go back to this one. (360 characters)

Photo of ams0286
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is my first encounter with the Belfast Bay Brewery. I chose to start with the McGovern's Oatmeal Stout as it is a very cold, snowy winter night. I picked this bottle up from the local Beers of the World Warehouse and stored it in my mini fridge. I have to start by noting the pour of this beer. I used a normal pint glass to drink from and the head on this beer is unreal. It took me literally ten minutes to fit the entire bottle into the glass, an unfortunate start.

A - The head is so thick it almost looks like the consistency of cool whip. Sandy in color the head is composed of lots of little bubbles and very few fish eyes. The beer...once it changed from head to liquid, is very very dark brown, very little if any light comes through.

S - The smell is classic of a stout beer. Faint aromas of chocolate malts, and almost a milky scent arise.

T - At first I taste the chocolate malts, however the aftertaste has a metalic characteristic.

M - Very little carbonation in this beer, as is traditional with the style, much less chalky than I had expected

D - I could see myself downing a few of these although I would most likely do it after dinner (1,164 characters)

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is my 700th review. (1/11/08 and a full moon to boot!)

The color appears as a Very dark brown color, not black but no light is popping through. a 2" deep, soft and foamy head that is pretty active bit leaves plenty of foam during the duration.

a very subtle nose, but I find this to be the case with most Oatmeal Stout's. Roastie chocolate, oats, wheat and a slight creamy vanilla edge.

The flavor is a dry-roasted dark chocolate with a full bodied blast of oats and vanilla, dark roast coffee, with a gentle balance of herbal, leafy, acorn-like bitterness in the back of the palate. The feel is crispy with a medium middle and heavy finish, dry finish. Later, there's peanutbutter and dried wheat.

A very nice stout. (733 characters)

Photo of TeamSeabass
4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On the pour it gives a thick, frothy, dark brown head and the beer itself is dark & opaque. Leaves some consistant lacing as the head falls.

High quantities of chocolate, caramel, roasted malts. Delicious. Smells like some kind of fancy ice cream.

Good roasted malts with a certain sweetness & chocolate overtones.

This beer has a creaminess to it that is so good. It must be the way that the carbonation combines with the flavors. Wish I could better describe it since I gave it a 5 but thats it.

This beer is a real treat. For me it's the definition of dessert beer and something to always keep on hand. (609 characters)

Photo of xenolithic
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(from tasting notes)

Eyes: Pours into a pub glass with a 2 finger brown sugar colored head that dissipates very slowly. Pours jet black with no visible bubbles.

Taste: Roasted malts, oaty, and perhaps a dark bitter chocolate.

Smell: Smells similar with roasted malts, slightly sweet smell, and a little oats.

Mouthfeel: This beer has a deliciously creamy mouthfeel with a crisp finish.

Drinkability: Probably only one or two in a sitting, not a session beer, but great for desert or a reward. (497 characters)

Photo of JayNH
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a deep dark brown with one hell of a head.

S- slightly sweet with a definate alcohol/solvent smell.

T- slightly sweet, mild burnt/coffee taste. Slightly watery.

M- It has a "foamy" mouthfeel.

D- Not unpleasant. I could drink a few of these. The overall flavor is a little watered down though. (306 characters)

Photo of hopdog
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this one from a 12oz bottle.

Poured a black color (with reddish/brown edges) and an averaged sized tan head. Aromas of roast, coffee, chocolate, oats, and lactose. Tastes of roast, coffee, and chocolate. Some vanilla cream. Lively body.

Notes from 9/18/07 (265 characters)

Photo of mynie
4.11/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dang fine pour, for an oatmeal. Glugs out syrupy thick, has a huge brown chocoately head, and it's nearly opaque. Really, it looks like an RIS.

Smells rough and raw of strong, roasted malt. Nice and firm, exactly what I look for in an oatmeal stout, but not really complex or intense and there's not much of a hop presence.

Tastes excellent. Sweet and lightly sour porter malts start things off, moving quickly into bitter roasted malt with heavy nodes of hearty grain and dark chocolate. Dry stout hops come in near the end, blending wonderfully with the sour remnants of the malt. Superb. (593 characters)

Photo of PorterLambic
2.88/5  rDev -24.4%
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. (408 characters)

Photo of WesWes
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a deep dark black color with a thick frothy brown head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a dry earthy scent that has a wonderful oatmeal feel. It's very bitter from the over use of black patent malts. The taste is decent as well. It's quite bitter with loads of black malts. It goes down easy and finishes thin with some lingering earthiness. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is a good drinking beer, although I'm not sure how they won the silver medal at the World Beer Championships. (575 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Motor oil black and a little syrupy in the pour; pours a light tan head that's about two fingers and it stays awhile. Sweet malts pervade my nostrils, with minor hints of dry/roasted malts anywhere. A little creamy but definitely smooth, they really polished this beer with the oats. Medium to full-bodied with light carbonation, the mouthfeel is a little fluffy and feeling, but there is still a good sweetmalt taste and it passes down the throat effortlessly and with a dry backbite that complements it perfectly. This is a great oatmeal stout. (546 characters)

Photo of aubuc1
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured in to an imperial pint glass.

Pours a jet black with a billowing dark tan head.

Smell is of roasted malts with coffee and chocolate built in.

Silky, taste of roasted, charred malts. Light sweetness with chocolate very present.

I think it is a little thin, but not by much.

Very good beer to drink, I wish I had some chocolate to go with it. (365 characters)

Photo of hops4me
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black body with a frothy chocolate milk looking head. Head takes some time to fall and leaves a fair amount of lace in its place. Smells of licorice, chocolate, and coffee. Taste is dry and smooth. Roasted bitterness and some nuttiness in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium. This beer is nice and goes down well. If it was available here I would buy again. (361 characters)

Photo of CrellMoset
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of dkachur at a tasting at the home of proteus93. Poured into a Brooklyn-logoed footed pilsner glass.

Appearance: A realy nice creamy, fine-to-medium bubbled but even tan head on a deep brown-bodied beer. Lacing is fantastically sticky, so the oatmeal's doin' its thing.

Aroma: Nutty, oatmeal, graham cracker, some light soy sauce, some light leafy and citrus herbally hop notes, and a few other nice roasted and toasted notes - lightly burnt toast, brown sugar, some chocolate.

Taste: Nice wholesome oatmeal notes, leafy and citrus hops, almonds and walnuts, toasted malts - including a lot of sweet chocolate as it warms - some grainyness.

Mouthfeel: Nothing impressive, but nothing bad here. Medium bodied, medium thickness, medium-bubbled. Just very, very medium.

Drinkability: Proteus93 put it best - it's like they tried to do Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout, but just fell a little short. It's good, but it's a little off in a number of ways (the soy sauce note, for instance). (1,003 characters)

Photo of LumpyGuitar
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up off the new rack, had the Lobster from Belfast and this ones a tad better.

Poured a solid black with a finger of dark tan head. Head thinned but stayed the life of the beer, nice lacing too.

Smells of roasted malts, fresh water, and chocolate.

Taste is very smooth. Roasted malt dominates with a strong coffee character. Hints of raisin and dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and thick. Carbonation is good and the beer is very balanced.

Drinkability is nice. This is a good oatmeal stout and I'm pleasantly surpised. Try it. (551 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark opaque color with a cherry tan head.

S: light coffee, dried dark fruit and a light lactose sweetness

T: Dark maltiness, dried fruit (raisins, cherries) and coffee stand out for the flavor. Hard to detect any creaminess from the oatmeal, drinks more like a stout.

M: Oily texture on tongue, lots of chocolate sneaking in along with some dried cherries. Leaves a dry roasted coffee after taste with dry bittering hops.

D: Hearty rich flavor, decently brewed, but doesn't stand out as an oatmeal. (516 characters)

McGovern's Oatmeal Stout from Belfast Bay Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.