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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

194 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 194
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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Flounder57

Massachusetts

3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle was poured into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a crazy two finger head that finally reduced to a puffy layer and left some nice lacing on the glass. It is a pitch black color with no vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: sweet and bready oats, roasted coffee, chocolate, and smoke

Taste: everything is blended together, but the flavors are light. Some vanilla and sweetness from the oats in there too. Lingering bitterness in the back of the mouth.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, full bodied, medium carbonation, and very drinkable.

Overall: Pretty solid oatmeal stout. Too bad they have to make it in Portland and not in Belfast Bay. Still an awesome though.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2013 05:13:29 | More by Flounder57
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ToasterChef

Maine

3.93/5  rDev +4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2009 01:41:38 | More by ToasterChef
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originalsin

California

3.93/5  rDev +4%
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

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2009 05:32:20 | More by originalsin
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auxiliary

Rhode Island

3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
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.,

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2008 03:33:13 | More by auxiliary
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"My name is humpty, I like my oatmeal lumpy." - Digital Underground

Contract brewed at Shipyard. Pours dark brown, looks opaque black in the glass. 2 finger bubbling mud brown head settles into a thin, creamy retention. Lacey webbing.

Aroma is sharp roast malt, bitter chocolate and smooth cocoa powder. Taste follows the aroma with flavors getting a hoppy push forward. I'm a fan.

Their website has a talking lobster.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2010 16:24:05 | More by donkeyrunner
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soccerman7

Vermont

3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass - From Baconsauasge - Thanks Tucker

A - A nice thick tan head with a steady carbonation. Black as a new moon.

S - Sweet toast and coffee with a noticeable hop character. Faint note of bitter roast.

T - Warm oatmeal bread. The hops are really balanced with the grains and oatmeal not too sweet and not to dry. Almost a raisin fruit character. The bitterness becomes a little more pronounced as it warms up.

M - A touch thick but very smooth with nice carbonation. Doesn't coat the mouth though which is nice.

O - A really enjoyable sunday afternoon brew on a cold spring day. Wish it was local around here so I could stock up. A lot of flavor for a session brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 16:43:50 | More by soccerman7
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a five-finger plus (pour very slowly) brown head that is thick and frothy leaving a ton of lace. Totally black color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is roasted coffee. Starts with a strong roasted coffee flavor, some sweetness and finishes with a roasted/burnt coffee. Nice beefy stout. $1.49 for a 12oz bottle, Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2005 23:58:16 | More by jdhilt
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Morey

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2009 23:56:22 | More by Morey
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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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aubuc1

Florida

3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2008 00:50:14 | More by aubuc1
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Lerxst

Florida

3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours almost black with a somewhat thin mocha colored head that had fair retention and lacing.

S-Roasted malt, dark fruit, hints of chocolate and coffee.

T-Charred malt, bakers chocolate, hints of coffee and molasses.

M-A tad thin which was surprising considering how viscous it looked during the pour.

D-Goes down easy enough and it certainly wasn't a chore.

Not world class, but an enjoyable beer I would certainly have again.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2010 20:38:48 | More by Lerxst
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a standard pint. Pour was all head; mocha-colored, dense and rocky with a honeycomb of holes visible through the sides of the glass. Brew was cola-colored with some ruby red hightlights around the edges. No lacing adhered during the tasting. Scents of cooca, coffee, malt and a hint of sweetness and alcohol. Taste is consistent with nose, but I'm also picking up a little dark fruit in the mix, as well as a roasted/burnt quality and a bit of hops at the finish. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and a little too carbonated for the style in my opinion, which detracted from the overall mouthfeel slightly. Really nice oatmeal stout. Great nose and flavor profile makes this a solid offering and well worth your time.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2008 21:27:56 | More by Jwale73
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ncvbc

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with this huge tan head and it settles down after a few minutes. Chunks of lacing down the glass. Smell is nice, with good chocolate and oats in there. Also a touch of coffee. Kind of on the sweet side with a hint of roastiness, it reminds me of Kahlua for some reason. Taste is much of the same. A grainy flavor along with great malts. A nice transition from sweet to roast to bitter with some hops in there as well. Mouthfeel is mostly good and smooth but a slight bitterness interupts at times. Overall this is a pretty nice Oatmeal Stout that I hope to try again some time.

Thanks to deltatauhobbit for this as an extra!

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2008 13:49:19 | More by ncvbc
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jwhite1979

Maine

3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2009 19:15:07 | More by jwhite1979
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GratefulBeerGuy

New Hampshire

3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2009 17:22:13 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
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plaid75

New York

3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2007 00:59:11 | More by plaid75
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MA08

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2010 14:52:52 | More by MA08
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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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thekevlarkid

Maryland

3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2009 22:08:07 | More by thekevlarkid
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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
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CKav

New York

4/5  rDev +5.8%

09-20-2012 20:55:59 | More by CKav
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Jamstone714

Florida

4/5  rDev +5.8%

08-13-2012 02:30:00 | More by Jamstone714
McGovern's Oatmeal Stout from Belfast Bay Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 194 ratings.