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

218 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 218
Reviews: 114
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.66%
Wants: 8
Gots: 23 | 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 xenolithic
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Photo of jlindros
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Photo of hopdog
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
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

Photo of Gusler
4.06/5  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.

Photo of asabreed
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Photo of NEhophead
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Photo of MaineBeerMan
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Photo of bishopdc0
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark Tan head, with slight coffee and roasted barley smell and hints of malt. This starts sweet with smooth mouth feel over the tongue with noticeable bubbles on the tip. Big roasted barley taste that lingers into your next sip the second sip is better then the first, the sweet malt taste and the roasted barley make for a wonderful beer.

Photo of dahlen22
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like a good stout here and there (and no, Guinness in America is not really a stout). I gave this beer a try and I am happy I did.

Appearance: Duh...really dark

Aroma: Chocolate, coffee, and some nutty scents.

Pour: LOTS of head so be careful pouring this one.

Taste: This is a good American stout with loads of chocalate, coffee, toffee, and nutty flavors. I was surprised just how smooth this was considering it is dark.

Overall: I like this beer...I have always had a soft spot in my heart for Stouts and Maine. Def. worth a try, especially if it is cold outside. That being said, if you want an Oatmeal Stout that will blow your mind, go with the Sammy Smith's. Cheers!!

Photo of Proteus93
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Completely opaque jet black pour... a light brown creamy head that doesn't stick all too much, but has a great retention.

S: A nice, full aroma of oats and toasted malts. Some soft and warm coffee aromas thrown in. Quite a nice smelling beer.

T: ... and decent tasting, too. Not particularly complex, with straight forward flavours of oatmeal, toasted malt, and coffee - not really as welcoming as the aroma, perhaps, but still pretty decent. A nod towards Sam Smith.

M + D: Decently creamy, and it could even get heavier without hurting things. Typically, oatmeal stouts are nice session brews, having full flavour, rich body, and a low ABV - this takes it up a notch, with an alleged 6.5% - a little heavy. Nonetheless, a decent oatmeal stout, and well worth trying out.

Photo of garcia2a
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice deep ruby color with a full, cocoa colored head that laced nicely.

The bouquet has nice grains, malt and a grassey chocolate hints. This translated well to the taste. I am getting nice full malts with a velvety chocolate aftertaste.

This is a decent beer, pretty much bang on for the style. Mouthfeel is nice, but a tad chewy and thick. Very drinkable, but this beer cloys rather rapidly.

Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Photo of yankeeheel
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Photo of Hergestridge
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

YUM YUM YUM!!! Nirvana in a Glass!! This Stout is excellent!! The smells, flavors, mouthfeel is like a Hot Bowl of Oatmeal on a Frigid MidWest Winter Morn!! This entry is EXCELLENT!!! Great Brew Belfast Bay!!!! This is the Sh*t!!!
We do need to talk about your supposed ale tho.. :)
~Carry On Citizens!!!~(C)
sMc

Photo of ktrillionaire
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Photo of ATPete
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Photo of hops4me
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Photo of Drew966
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Photo of Starchild
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Photo of plaid75
3.98/5  rDev +5%
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.

Photo of MA08
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of thekevlarkid
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of auxiliary
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
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.,

McGovern's Oatmeal Stout from Belfast Bay Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 218 ratings.