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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

193 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 193
Reviews: 112
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.7%
Wants: 6
Gots: 13 | 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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MAUEX_MFA

Alaska

3.25/5  rDev -14%

07-03-2012 18:41:50 | More by MAUEX_MFA
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Bilco

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

06-27-2012 22:32:55 | More by Bilco
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OtherShoe2

Massachusetts

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

Pours near black with a fair head. Limited retention, no lace.

Nice charred malt and coffee notes. Some grain sweetness in the nose.

Nice balance of richness and bitterness, with transitions back and forth from each. Charred malt, coffee, and then some sweetness from the oats. A hint of vanilla or sweet wood. Mild, french-roast coffee leads the finish. Very nice.

Full bodied. Decent and appropriate carbonation.

Great brew. Nice, not filling or cloying. Highly drinkable. Glad I saw this.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2012 04:18:12 | More by OtherShoe2
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mattenglish

Florida

3/5  rDev -20.6%

05-13-2012 17:00:21 | More by mattenglish
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with just the slightest reddish brown hints when held up to the light. The beer has a two finger tall tan head that reduces to an extremely thin film covering about 35% of the surface of the beer (mostly towards the center) and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: A pretty mild aroma but there is a pleasant aroma of dark roasted malts, chocolate, and some hints of coffee.

T: The taste follows the smell with the dominant flavor being that of dark roasted malts with just a hint of burnt or charred wood. Additionally, there are light flavors of milk chocolate and coffee. Light bitterness that continues in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth with some dryness in the finish.

O: Enjoyable and easy to drink, I could definitely have more than one of these and I would enjoy that. The beer has a pleasant favor and a wonderful appearance. Very nice complexity to the flavor.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2012 23:08:43 | More by dbrauneis
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a nonic pint glass:

A: jet black colored body and left no head whatsoever in my nonic pint glass. No rings and no lacing were left. No carbonation is seen rising.

S: some chocolate, coffee and a good roasted maltiness.

T: same as the smell. The chocolate comes back slightly in the finish.

M: dry, fairly sessionable. It is about a medium.

O: not a bad stout. This is more of a dessert beer since the chocolatey tones come out fairly strong. I'd probably have this again depending what was served.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2012 17:23:51 | More by BeerKangaroo
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jmarsh123

Indiana

3.03/5  rDev -19.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2012 00:13:32 | More by jmarsh123
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deonreds

New York

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

03-27-2012 01:47:04 | More by deonreds
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TMI

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

03-22-2012 00:04:27 | More by TMI
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DoubleSimcoe

New York

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

02-26-2012 03:24:59 | More by DoubleSimcoe
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metter98

New York

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2012 19:29:15 | More by metter98
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LostTraveler

Maine

4.5/5  rDev +19%

02-20-2012 05:11:51 | More by LostTraveler
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jlindros

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2012 00:22:46 | More by jlindros
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Satchboogie

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +5.8%

01-28-2012 04:45:29 | More by Satchboogie
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Stunmai

New York

4/5  rDev +5.8%

01-02-2012 00:56:32 | More by Stunmai
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godmare

Florida

4/5  rDev +5.8%

12-27-2011 14:00:46 | More by godmare
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tclapper

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

12-21-2011 19:10:37 | More by tclapper
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stealth

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +5.8%

12-20-2011 09:07:56 | More by stealth
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +5.8%

12-09-2011 23:35:20 | More by nmann08
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NHSTEVE

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +5.8%

12-09-2011 22:32:20 | More by NHSTEVE
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LostHighway

Maine

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

12-02-2011 23:02:47 | More by LostHighway
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jski

New Hampshire

2/5  rDev -47.1%

11-30-2011 01:16:02 | More by jski
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Hoagie1973

New York

2.55/5  rDev -32.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2011 21:25:10 | More by Hoagie1973
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +5.8%

11-28-2011 20:38:29 | More by Rochefort10nh
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smakawhat

Maryland

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 16:01:50 | More by smakawhat
McGovern's Oatmeal Stout from Belfast Bay Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 193 ratings.