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
86
very good

112 Reviews
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Reviews: 112
Hads: 219
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.81%
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 Suds
3.11/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very roasty aroma...charcoal, nearly burnt malt, and smoke...plus, unfortunately, a little plastic and band-aid scent. The beer is dry, intensely dry, with the roasted character carrying through from the smell. No malt or hops in the flavor, just a lot of malt and grain. Fleeting alcohol in the taste. Moderate bitterness and a medium-to-light body for an oatmeal stout. Not a bad beer, although the creamy, full texture that I expect from an oatmeal stout was entirely lacking. (479 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 wcintula
3.07/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured black with a very thin head. Has a very strong roasted character in the nose. Tastes Bitter/bittersweet mixture of chocolate, coffee and oats. Emphasis on the coffee bitterness. Has a much thinner body than I had expected, a little acidic. Reminds me too much of a strong black coffee rather than a beer. (311 characters)

Photo of soccerman7
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (695 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
2.21/5  rDev -42%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Thanks Mike for sharing this one! Best before October 2011. Served in a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours with a finger of tan foam that settles to a thin cap and thicker collar, but no lace. Surprisingly dark for 5% - there's only a hint of brown.

S - Roasted malt and light smokiness. Pretty average.

T - Yikes! Taste is much worse. Bitter espresso, stale coffee, burnt paper, charred malt, some tires. Just awful.

M - Medium body, with zesty carbonation. Not very smooth or creamy for an oatmeal stout.

D - A little bit of sweetness emerges as it warms up, making it a touch better, but it's still not very good and I doubt most people would wait that long. Mike's drain got much of this one. (690 characters)

Photo of AgentZero
2.34/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - Pours a black color, pretty hefty for a 5.1% beer. Head faded to a decent off-white head with no lacing.

S - Smells a little sour and like some sort of ethanol. Some coffee and roasted notes, but not a great smell.

T - This is a truly remarkable feat in making a bad beer. Some sort of taste of burnt rubber taste with almost a lactic sourness that sticks with you on the aftertaste. A bit of sweetness, but this is just bad.

M - Thin, although expected for a bad 5% oatmeal stout. Lower carbonation.

D - This is not a good beer, it tastes pour and drinks hard for its 5.1%. (582 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
2.95/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks for this one, Bobby.

A: Pours a rather viscous dark brown, almost black with a finger of off-white head.

S: This one has a pretty decent nose. Lots of coffee and sweet chocolate along with some bitter dark chocolate (like baker's chocolate). Definitely a bit of coffee and some burnt chocolate.

T: The flavor is way off from the nose. Really light with some decent coffee and roasted malts. Maybe a bit of dark chocolate, but definitely bitter. Kind of watery, truth be told.

M: Surprisingly watery and thin on the body. Moderate to high carbonation.

D: The nose was quite nice, but the flavor and mouthfeel are just a failure. Not a fan of this one. (662 characters)

Photo of bboelens
3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A-Deep deep black with ruby hints when lifted into the light, medium khaki head that dissipates rather quickly with minimal lacing

S-Oats, roasted malts, vanilla and toffee

T-Similar to the smell, a bit more subdued than I would prefer, a slight fruit taste is present along with the aforementioned smells

M-Medium body, slightly creamy with low carbonation

D-A good brew overall but there are much better oatmeal stouts out there (475 characters)

Photo of gfreed
2.56/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Black, black, BLACK as it oozes from the bottle into the glass. It's incredible how thick this beer looks, and how utterly black it is. Are there shades of blackness? Decent but unspectacular aroma of toasted stuff, typical for the style, with a sharpness that seems unusual. Rather watery body given the thickness of the beer, with appropriately light carbonation. The first few sips were tasty and toasty and smooth-- very nice. But as it warmed up it started tasting more and more like soap; by the time I got to the bottom of the glass I felt like my grandmother had risen from the grave and was following through on her threats of 40 years ago... washing out my mouth with soap. Have I been swearing excessively lately? Sorry. But soapy beer... yeesh. That's enough to make anyone curse. (792 characters)

Photo of MA08
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (317 characters)

Photo of Lerxst
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (435 characters)

Photo of lou50rp
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
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. (284 characters)

Photo of washburnkid
4.75/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes.

A: A finger of brown fizz takes a minute to settle. The stout is black with light revealing both brown edges and floating particles at the bottom of the pint. There's a smattering of foamy retention and cascading lace.
S: Super roasted malts of chocolate covered coffee beans. Oats and brown sugary sweetness to boot. This is a liquid treat!
T/M: Wow, does creamy have a taste? Or maybe it's just the texture of this beer that I'm digging on? Either way, I am in spectacular awe at the way this beer both feels and tastes in my mouth. Creamy all the way through, like a milkshake. Chocolates, slight coffee (sweet and not bitter), sugar maltiness. Milky toffee, and the most minor acidity for balance. Super roasted, too. Light, fizzy carbonation.
D: I want to sit down to a bowl of this every morning, and every night for dessert. This is such a versatile beer. I'm definitely grabbing another 6er of this asap! (934 characters)

Photo of matjack85
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found this single 12oz brown bottle at the Binny's store in Glen Ellyn, IL for $1.89. A best before date of October 2010 is notched into the side of the label. Since this is still June of '10 it should be pretty fresh.

The beer poured a black Guiness-like color and made a 2-finger creamy light brown head that lasted several minutes and left tons of lacing on the glass.

It smells like an oatmeal cookie.

Wow, this is really malty sweet. I'm also picking up the oatmeal flavor along with some chocolate and coffee notes. The finish and aftertaste is where the bitter coffee flavor is most noticeable. It's a pretty nice combination of flavors.

Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

I only bought one bottle this time, but I can easily see myself going back for a full 6 pack. (784 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 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 lackenhauser
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Jet black with a nice small head at first. Mild espresso and cocoa aroma. Deep roasted flavor-almost to a burnt degree but it is not unpleasant. Some hop bitterness. Lacks the creamy flavor and the silkiness of a good oatmeal stout. Body is a tad thin-again no sign of oats in here. A decent enough stout. (305 characters)

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (421 characters)

Photo of dahlen22
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
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!! (681 characters)

Photo of garcia2a
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (403 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 bishopdc0
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (339 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
2.9/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a staright blac with brownie highlights and a nice one finger brown head. The aroma is a nice roasted malt, but pretty astringent smelling coffee with maybe a drizzle of cream. The taste starts roasted creamy and smooth, then gets a little tart and acidic. The finish a slightly vinegarish coffee. Palate goes from smooth to tart. OK oatmeal stout taht could use a litle less tartness. (391 characters)

Photo of beergod1
4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark and rich body with a one inch dark brown head that faded to a thin film quickly. Nice roasted malt aroma with some dark chocolate as well as cherry and light vanilla. Flavor is dry and roasted with some burnt malt coming out on the lightly hoppy finish. Very full flavored. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with active fizzy carbonation. Texture is more watery than anything else with a little chalkiness on the finish. Overall, a pretty good beer. Full of flavor, and a really nice surprise. It tastes more like a dry stout than an Oatmeal stout, but very tasty none the less. (581 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)

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