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McGovern's Oatmeal Stout - Belfast Bay Brewing Co.

McGovern's Oatmeal StoutMcGovern's Oatmeal Stout

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BA SCORE
85
very good

184 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 184
Reviews: 111
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.96%


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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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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Starchild

New York

4/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2003 00:20:53 | More by Starchild
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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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UnionMade

Colorado

4.63/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer is a deep black, completely opaque, topped with a frothy bone colored head. Great head retention, lasting all the way through the glass.
Aroma is dominated by a rich roasty maltiness and a solid oatmeal presence. Strong chocolate malt, with hints of caramel and coffee. Some dark fruit esters, mostly plum. No detectable hops. Clean aroma, well done.
Flavor starts with a rich, luxurious roasty maltiness, coupled with a smooth, creamy oatmeal flavor. Smooth, almost nonpresent english carbonation, with a light to medium body. A light estery pear and peach flavor enters in the middle, very soft and subtle, melding into a smooth, very mild herbal hoppiness that eases the stout down your throat. Just enough for balance. A lingering roasty coffee flavor in the finish, with some dryness. A bit of fruitiness in the aftertaste, with lingering oatmeal, and some pleasant yeast flavor. Fantastic.
Very similar to Harpoon's oatmeal stout, which is definitely a compliment. Wonderful flavors, with a very smooth, creamy texture and excellent balance. Very delicate and subtle.

Serving type: on-tap

10-01-2003 06:45:59 | More by UnionMade
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ViveLaChouffe

Georgia

4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle (usually enjoy this on tap...)

Pours black as night with a good brown head with nice lace. Smell is creamy and nutty, no bitterness at all.

Taste is complex. Smoky, roasted malt immediately. Creamy and sweet, this stout never really bites but it doesn't leave your tastebuds lacking. Hint of sweet chocolate. The weird taste is that it is a bit oaky, like an aged port. Very good...

Very full bodied and lingers on the palette. This is one of my favorites although it is my first time from a bottle. Right up there as one of the best stouts brewed in Maine.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2003 15:22:55 | More by ViveLaChouffe
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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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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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Bunnyhop

Georgia

4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A clear (99% opaque; when up against the light a little bit of light comes through at the edges), reddish-brown, almost black Oatmeal Stout with a large, dissapating, dark brown head. The smell is coffee-like, chocolate, and very slightly herbal. The taste is roasted coffee, along with a mild sweetness, chocolate, with a slight bitter finish. In my mouth the body is firm to oily. Overall, a smooth, creamy (of a sort) Oatmeal Stout...yummy!

(source: Gift; ME)

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2003 16:38:44 | More by Bunnyhop
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beernut7

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This deep black stout presents with a foamy head and a deep roasted malt aroma. The heavier body justly supports a deep roasted dark malt flavor and i touch of bitterness in the finish. Very tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

11-06-2002 11:58:21 | More by beernut7
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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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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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McGovern's Oatmeal Stout from Belfast Bay Brewing Co.
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