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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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Doomcifer

Rhode Island

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2007 05:52:35 | More by Doomcifer
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fattyre

Georgia

4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours clear but mostly opaque with a little red/brown black color that seeps through right around the edges with a large dissipating dark brown head. The mouthfeel is firm to oily. The smell is of roasted coffee. The taste is a smokey sweet front with a dry hoppy finish. A very nice smokey flavored stout.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2003 19:47:20 | More by fattyre
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TeamSeabass

Florida

4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2008 02:26:01 | More by TeamSeabass
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Jayli

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

11-23-2009 01:52:34 | More by Jayli
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gueuzeonhigh

Maine

4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fitting opaque dark chocolate brown color.
Brown-cream head, mild nose- almost no nose; toasty oatmeal start flavor with a hops bitterness as the underlying taste foundation; Slight "fizzy" on the start, but turns to a comfortable mouthfeel; clean finish with notes of toasted malt and oats.

A satisfying stout.

Serving type: on-tap

11-03-2003 01:19:05 | More by gueuzeonhigh
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tempest

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2008 01:51:29 | More by tempest
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RunawayJim

Rhode Island

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2008 02:44:06 | More by RunawayJim
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mynie

Indiana

4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2008 05:24:05 | More by mynie
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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
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2008 05:22:19 | More by RblWthACoz
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xenolithic

Maryland

4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2008 18:25:18 | More by xenolithic
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lou50rp

Maine

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2010 10:41:49 | More by lou50rp
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clayrock81

Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2008 16:47:12 | More by clayrock81
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bishopdc0

Maine

4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2010 15:18:00 | More by bishopdc0
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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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asabreed

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2011 04:39:39 | More by asabreed
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Gusler

Arizona

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2004 21:47:38 | More by Gusler
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2008 14:08:48 | More by hopdog
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NEhophead

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2007 12:03:31 | More by NEhophead
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MaineBeerMan

Maine

4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-05-2002 22:39:56 | More by MaineBeerMan
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dahlen22

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
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!!

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2010 20:05:14 | More by dahlen22
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Jason

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2001 23:24:31 | More by Jason
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yankeeheel

Maine

4/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2003 22:12:22 | More by yankeeheel
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Proteus93

Virginia

4/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2008 19:23:00 | More by Proteus93
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EigenBeer

Florida

4/5  rDev +5.8%

11-13-2012 02:53:49 | More by EigenBeer
McGovern's Oatmeal Stout from Belfast Bay Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 193 ratings.