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McGovern's Oatmeal Stout - Belfast Bay Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

112 Reviews
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Reviews: 112
Hads: 221
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 8
Gots: 22 | 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 NJpadreFan
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Belfast Bay- McGovern's Oatmeal Stout

Best before April 2008

Appearance- Dark black with a thick fizzy brown head. 1 ring lacing on the glass.
Smell- Hard to detect but light grainy features. Coffee, cream, and chocolate notes appear.
Taste- Big oatmeal flavor immediately hits you. Black, slighty burnt coffee appears with a touch of creamy milk chocolate.
Mouthfeel- Watery at first but the eventually the dry bitterness kicks in.

Overall- A modest sipper here. The flavor bursts through in the end. My 2nd beer from Belfast Bay and both have been very good!! (574 characters)

Photo of geexploitation
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours very black, with only the slightest bit of reddish highlights at the edges, and a big head from the pour that disappears completely. Aroma of rich, sticky malts predominate, expressed as dark roasted coffee with a bit of cream. A slight, buttery almond note lurks in the background. On the palate, malt bitterness bites immediately, but then things lighten up surprisingly, with a fruity sourness taking over at the mid. Some diacetyl on the finish. Throughout, the mouthfeel is heavier than the flavors would necessarily indicate -- that's helped by the fact that carbonation is almost non-existent. Overall, this is a decent oatmeal stout, and certainly worth a try. (674 characters)

Photo of sulldaddy
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Splitting this 12 oz bottle with Stopper. Poured at room temp into a snifter the beer exhibits a dark cola brown hue with a tan edge layer and some wispy islands floating in the center of my glass. Not as much head as I expected for the style.
Aroma is dominated by burnt malt and hints of brown sugar. No hops or booze shine through at this point.
First sip reveals a light body with average carbonation. Flavor is similar to the nose with burnt malt and brown sugar mixing not too complex. Also still find no hop presence or hint of ABV. A pretty easy drinking oatmeal stout that is nice and roasty but the body is a little thin for the style and I would like more with a little mor thickness. Still I could and would drink more than one in a sitting if I had the beer around. (778 characters)

Photo of nukem5
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a rich dark color completely blackened like very used motor oil. with little or no head.

S: Aroma is of coffee and toasted malts.

T: Taste is of coffee,licorice, and molasses. Hints of sweet malts, and burnt toast.

M: Mouthfeel is silky and smooth lightly carbed with a slightly metallic taste.

O: Overall this is a great oatmeal stout from New England area Maine for sure and they know cold weather and hot coffee this is a great substitute for that. I would think about this one for breakfast, very yummy. (520 characters)

Photo of paulthebeerguru
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Belfast Bay McGovern's Oatmeal Stout
12oz. brown bottle

Poured into a snifter. McGovern's pours a rich solid black color with a nice tan head. The bottle I got was over carbonated, so nearly the whole glass was head on my first pour. After waiting, I poured the rest, and after mellowing out for a bit, the head finally settled at about a quarter of an inch. Mild lacing. Aromas are of chocolate, yeast, and bittersweet malts. Taste was chocolaty, with that sweet malt goodness. No significant hop quality. Mouthfeel may be misjudged due to the high carbonation, but the stout was smooth and slightly creamy. I wouldn't mind getting another of these so I see if the carbonation level differs, but it is a tasty stout, and I did enjoy it after letting it settle. (762 characters)

Photo of cbutova
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- Poured into a fresh pint glass down the middle with a pitch black body. Even with the somewhat aggressive pour the head only forms to about one finger. Light mocha foam falls to a small creamy ring after decent retention. Nice webs of lace around the glass.

S- Rich and roasty malts with a strong milk chocolate, cocoa note to it. Mostly dark malts here with hints of coffee, toasted nuttiness, caramel and sweets.

T- Follows the aroma up with a pretty dark roast grain forward flavor profile. Bold with notes of cocoa powder, burnt malt, coffee beans, toffee, toasted nuts and caramel. Some dark fruit hints make up the major difference between here and the aroma.

MF- Moderately thick body with a creamy texture overall. Carbonation is on the higher side and not quite as smooth as other Oatmeal Stouts I have sampled. Fair amount of roast bitterness on the palate in the finish.

Solid Oatmeal Stout with an emphasis on dark roast malts. Nice cocoa flavor throughout the experience. Flavor seems to thin out just a bit after some time but still nothing wrong here at all. (1,080 characters)

Photo of Danny1217
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice dark color, with a thick tan head that goes away after about a minute. Smells of roasted malts and coffee. The taste is more heavy on the coffee than the smell. Coffee is at the forefront, with roasted malts and oats following. A hint of dark chocolate. Medium body and carbonation.

A pretty good oatmeal stout. Nothing outstanding, but worth trying for sure. (373 characters)

Photo of CrellMoset
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of dkachur at a tasting at the home of proteus93. Poured into a Brooklyn-logoed footed pilsner glass.

Appearance: A realy nice creamy, fine-to-medium bubbled but even tan head on a deep brown-bodied beer. Lacing is fantastically sticky, so the oatmeal's doin' its thing.

Aroma: Nutty, oatmeal, graham cracker, some light soy sauce, some light leafy and citrus herbally hop notes, and a few other nice roasted and toasted notes - lightly burnt toast, brown sugar, some chocolate.

Taste: Nice wholesome oatmeal notes, leafy and citrus hops, almonds and walnuts, toasted malts - including a lot of sweet chocolate as it warms - some grainyness.

Mouthfeel: Nothing impressive, but nothing bad here. Medium bodied, medium thickness, medium-bubbled. Just very, very medium.

Drinkability: Proteus93 put it best - it's like they tried to do Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout, but just fell a little short. It's good, but it's a little off in a number of ways (the soy sauce note, for instance). (1,003 characters)

Photo of shamrock1343
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It is dark like Guinness. The smell is good with some malt.

It pours with a great head. I had to wait a few time while pouring it.

The taste is dull The smell and the taste do not match.

I have had a few better tasting Oatmeal Stouts including Young's, Sam Smith's, and Founders. (283 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.78/5  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. (887 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Guinness pint glass a near pitch black except for just a few highlights of ruby a huge blooming mocha colored head atop,mild milk chocolate and vanilla aromas with a drifting light smokiness.A tad prickly and a little thin in the mouthfeel department,flavors a roasty with some wood and smoke elements quite dry even earthy in the finish with a hint of bitter chocolate.Decent not great with some fine tuning it could be really good as is above average. (468 characters)

Photo of illpass78
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a deep black with a one-finger tan head that dissipates quickly. Minimal lacing. Looks really dark and full bodied.

Aroma: Smells of black coffee, dark chocolate, oatmeal, and roasted malt. Some hop bitterness, too.

Taste: The coffee flavor is really forward. The oatmeal is definitely there - it kind of tastes like an extra-smooth coffee stout. Tasty stuff. Lots of flavor. Some nice bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Super smooth, as an oatmeal stout should be. Very full bodied stout. I'd call it a sipper.

Overall: This is a big, sturdy stout to enjoy on its own or with a good meal. Definitely a good pick-up for fans of coffee stouts and oatmeal stouts. (721 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. 2/17

Pours dark brown with a little tan foam on top. and a bit fizzy. Rich roasted oaty nose. Taste is a hearty wall of oats, coffee grittiness, then suddenly a smooth finish. Mild bitter. Good close. A little milky, but not in a sweet stout kind of way. (295 characters)

Photo of scotorum
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Best before April 2014.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams nonick.

a: Opaque black with a finger thick tan head which dissipated quickly to thin even surface foam and a few small patches of lacing.

s: Chocolatey dark malt.

t: Heavy smoky dark malt up front, cigar ash aftertste. :Later some bitter cold coffee notes appear.

m: Medium with good body.

o: A tasty stout, although the initial aroma belies the heavy smoky taste. Not terribly easy drinking due to the smoky taste and lingering tobacco ashy flavor. Might be good with a cigar though for that reason. (582 characters)

Photo of mostpoetsdo
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Wow, beautiful motor oil flowing out of the bottle, giving way to a dark tan head and solid lacing. A truly opaque black, one of the best looking beers I've seen, major props.

S: A burnt malt and grainy scent, mixed in with bitter chocolate.

T: Big roasted malt flavor, with a backing of chocolate and coffee. Quite bitter, but has a nice sweetness to it.

M: Wow, disappointing compared to the look. Pretty thin, but decent smoothness and carbonation is just right.

D: Really easy to put down, low ABV, grab a sixer. (523 characters)

Photo of ams0286
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is my first encounter with the Belfast Bay Brewery. I chose to start with the McGovern's Oatmeal Stout as it is a very cold, snowy winter night. I picked this bottle up from the local Beers of the World Warehouse and stored it in my mini fridge. I have to start by noting the pour of this beer. I used a normal pint glass to drink from and the head on this beer is unreal. It took me literally ten minutes to fit the entire bottle into the glass, an unfortunate start.

A - The head is so thick it almost looks like the consistency of cool whip. Sandy in color the head is composed of lots of little bubbles and very few fish eyes. The beer...once it changed from head to liquid, is very very dark brown, very little if any light comes through.

S - The smell is classic of a stout beer. Faint aromas of chocolate malts, and almost a milky scent arise.

T - At first I taste the chocolate malts, however the aftertaste has a metalic characteristic.

M - Very little carbonation in this beer, as is traditional with the style, much less chalky than I had expected

D - I could see myself downing a few of these although I would most likely do it after dinner (1,164 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle notched September 2014. Sampled on March 8, 2014.

The pour is very dark brown to about black with some mahogany hues around the edge of the glass. Long lasting tan head.

Aroma of dark biscuit malts, cooked oatmeal and a little bit of smoke.

The body is thinner but it is essentially still creamy and smooth.

The taste also brings out the dark malt and oatmeal character with a mild dry bitterness to finish. It is a pretty decent beer from Maine. (477 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color with a large light brown head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of roasted coffee, oats, chocolate and dark malts with a slight touch of hops.

T: The taste is malty and smoky with flavors of dark chocolate, roasted coffee and oatmeal. There’s a mild hops presence, but just enough to provide a little balance. The after-taste is sweet and smoky.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, slightly filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, this is a good beer to stick with for an evening or just relax and drink a couple of them slowly. To be honest, I hadn’t had anything from this brewer and wasn’t really expecting too much, but I was pleasantly surprised that this was a pretty enjoyable beer. (945 characters)

Photo of TAMU99
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Thick dark head floats on a motor oil-black beer. Heavy, persistent lace

S- Chocolate, coffee, toasted caramel

T - Pretty good, Nice blod flavors of chocolate and toffee. Not too much that's bitter. A pretty nice oatmeal.

M - Smooth, but a bit heavy. Kinda coats everything, and hangs around

D - Very nice taste, but a bit on the heavy side.

A pretty good oatmeal. Doesn't really rival something like Sam Smith's, but good certainly one to check out if you're in Maine in a colder month. (506 characters)

Photo of LumpyGuitar
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up off the new rack, had the Lobster from Belfast and this ones a tad better.

Poured a solid black with a finger of dark tan head. Head thinned but stayed the life of the beer, nice lacing too.

Smells of roasted malts, fresh water, and chocolate.

Taste is very smooth. Roasted malt dominates with a strong coffee character. Hints of raisin and dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and thick. Carbonation is good and the beer is very balanced.

Drinkability is nice. This is a good oatmeal stout and I'm pleasantly surpised. Try it. (551 characters)

Photo of bob3701
3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pitch black in the pour; very volitile in the pour thick huge dark tan head but does not lace as well as head would lead you to believe. On the dry side, very mild bitterness. Very balanced in taste. Hints of dark fuit and coffee. Nice feeling in the mouth, very smooth. A highly drinkable stout. (296 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (990 characters)

Photo of erosier
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a deep brown-black color with a medium sized off white colored kind of fluffy head that laces the glass nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of deep roasted malts, some smoother oatmeal notes, a hint of dark chocolate at the end.
T: Tastes much more mellow than I would have guessed - nice deep roasted malts up front with a very smooth and much lighter tasting oatmeal that is the main body mixed with chocolate and coffee notes.
M: Very smooth, slightly chewy, lighter bodied than it looks, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable, this is a great session stout for sure. (589 characters)

Photo of UncleJimbo
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz longneck brown bottle.

This stout poured a dark brown/black with red near the edges if held to the light with HUGE light brown foam that would not quit. The foam persisted a long time and clung to the sides of the glass. The smell was mildly malty with perhaps a bit of oatmeal. The taste was slightly sweet and malty with some roasty malt flavors and a bit of oatmeal and moderate hoppiness. The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy with medium-full body and medium carbonation. This was a good stout, but not as good as I remember from a sample I had on tap. (564 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another one of those beers lost in the back of the fridge from an order with Half Time Beverage. Paid around 2 bucks.

A - Pours a great deep black with slight red hues around the base. Head is creamy with a 1/2 inch of mocha head that reduces to a good lace ring.

S - What makes this beer different is that it is more coffee forward. Nice balanced oat and bitter sweet chocolates are also coming though nicely.

T - A great balance of roast to bittersweet chocolate. Body is chewy and creamy with oats and some coffee in the finish. Not the best but a good oatmeal stout.

M - Light to medium as expected for the ABV. Great flavor and not filling at all.

Overall not sure where I can pick up some more since this was an online beer but I welcome another at another day down the road. Until then Barley Flats oatmeal stout will have to do. (841 characters)

McGovern's Oatmeal Stout from Belfast Bay Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.