McNeill's Oatmeal Stout | McNeill's Brewery

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McNeill's Oatmeal StoutMcNeill's Oatmeal Stout

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McNeill's Brewery
Vermont, United States

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-10-2003

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Photo of jim102864
1.46/5  rDev -61.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Very black and viscous as expected when poured into my Sam Adams glass. Nice pillowy tan head. There's nearly no nose but for the faintest wisp of coffee. The taste is...well awful. Extremely bitter with a metallic edge. Not the creamy, smoothness and breadiness one expects from the style. This may just be a beer that's met its expiration date though I don't know what that date is since the year is not indicated and the "best before month" is not notched. Bitter mouthfeel. Not drinkable.

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1.89/5  rDev -49.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

in the glass this is a beautiful oatmeal stout with a rich thick black body and a rocky, caverness milk chocolate brown head that stands at three fingers. Dots of lace are left as the head slowly fades. Nose has some zest, meatiness and a odd dose of sink water. Ok, before I start to go on a tyrate here lets just hope I got a bad bottle. This beer is soured and not in a good way. Ashy, and abrasive. This can't be what this beer was meant to be. It is just not right and I will leave it at that. Almost a drain pour. I will try this one again in the future to rejudge.

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Photo of SIBrew
2.01/5  rDev -46.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

So this is not the first of the Mcneill beers I have had. This one does not meet the wants I have for an oatmeal stout. The head is interesting, a smooth tan head, but it leaves you quickly. The smell has a hint of oatmeal stout in it, very weak. The taste is just down right not good. It is drying, and has no oatmeal stout qualities to it. I am very not impressed. Up front is an almost metallic like flavor, and then it just hits the back of my tongue with dryness, almost no appreciable hop qualities. I am hoping, a lot, that this beer has been through a lot considering it was brought to me in Southern Illinois from VT. But all in all, if this is in fact what it tastes like normally, I would recommend not purchasing it.

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Photo of FickleBeast
2.12/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

22 oz bottle. Best Before July (no year) is notched.

When opening the bottle, the beer let out a violent gust of CO2 as soon as I broke the seal. As I poured into a pint glass, it instantly filled to the top with foam... uh oh.

I got another clean pint glass and poured very carefully. I got about 40% beer and 60% foam. I let the foam recede for several minutes.

Pour is pitch black with a brown foamy head. Aroma is off... kind of metallic, with a hint of malty sweetness.

Thin, dry, watery mouthfeel. Harsh bitter aftertaste. This is not a good beer. I'm hoping I just got a bad bottle. There is little residual sweetness, and none of the creaminess I'd expect in an Oatmeal Stout.

This is disgusting. Drainpour.

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Photo of jcalabre
2.55/5  rDev -32%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I shared this with herbjones during a mini southern california beer advocate tasting. McNeill's Oatmeal Stout pours an opaque black color with no head. The flavors are a bit sour, lactic, with a touch of hops. The mouthfeel is creamy. The aroma is slightly roasty.

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Photo of biglite351
3.11/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - no red and had a creamy brown head that leaves considerable lacing.

S - great roasted malts and oats. A hint of molasses in the finish.

T - Odd bitter oats and malts. Not off, just odd.

M - medium coating with a lot of tingle on front of tongue and back of throat.

D - odd taste either males it a pass or a one-off.

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Photo of albern
3.21/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a good looking beer, but not a great oatmeal stout. It's not bad but it is a tad disappointing. Usually McNeill's puts out a better brew than this. The look of the beer is very good. It has a nice creamy, slightly foamy tan head, plenty of lacing and retention. The nose has a slightly charred molasses whiff to it, some sweet malts, dark malts, not enough chocolate or mocha aromas to really entice you.

The taste is a bit off. For starters, an oatmeal stout should be lots creamier than this one, which isn't particularly creamy. The next quality of the beer is a burnt malt or molasses flavor, coupled with a combination of some tininess, a slight melatic tinge, and a touch of sourishness. There is lots of dark malts, sweet malts, and some chocolate in the background. It just seems that there is some off dextrin coming out of this beer that interferes with it. The dextrin takes on a tinny, metallic, sourishness and it is unfortunate. The beer is okay but I'm a bit disappointed. The aftertaste is mostly dark malts lingering but that tinny metallic sourishness just won't quit.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.26/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a three-finger light brown head that fades slowly to a thin layer and leaves some lace. Roasted chocolate nose. Black color, no highlights. Light-medium carbonation and light-medium bodied, seems watery for a stout. Flavor is dry, roasted chocolate. Very dry finish. $2.99 for a 22oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.

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Photo of Seanibus
3.3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Of the McNeill line, this is the best, butthere is still this strange, sour house taste that is neither pleasant nor easy to explain.

Pours a deep rich black with a decent off white tan head. The aroma is roasted, malty, with a bit of chalky chicory. The flavor is roasted and a bit coffeelike. It has some dark toast and burnt sugar. But at its center is the strange, hollow, thin, sourness that seems to be the defining character of McNeills. Another near miss.

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Photo of cooch69
3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was pretty dark, it was pretty much almost black with a half inch head.
It smelled of hops, chocolate, coffee, and caramel matliness.
The taste of this oatmeal stout was pretty full bodied. I did'nt even look at the alcohol content of this beer yet but it tastes like it's around 6.5% and i'm guessing that it's actuallty about 6 to 6.5 percent, but upon further inspection I can't belive that it's not 5.
It is a pretty burly Oatmeal stout. It has a pretty decent amount of hops in the recipe. Enough to balance out all of the other things going on without dominating anything.
The oatmeal adds a pretty silky texture to the palate, although i've had better in oatmeal stouts. All in all this is a pretty decent beer and I'll have to try some of their other offerings soon.

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Photo of mrandypandy
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle via trade with kingcrowing

A- Pours a clear dark black with a good sized tan head that cascades down the sides when I swirl my glass. No light escapes my glass, and overall, a very clean looking brew. I'm excited!
S- Not overpowering, but a nice faint roased character with a more dominant malty sweetness. This beer smells like I wanted it to taste (see below).
T- I was expecting a smooth and sikly oat stout, with a touch of sweetness over the roasted malts. What I got was a complete roast bomb with a touch of bitter/burnt malts. The roasted malts dominate from the beginning and don't let up. A bit one-dimensional.
M- A bit dry and prickly on the tongue, nowhere near as smooth as I would expect from the oats.
D- Not nearly as drinkable as I would like for a sub 5% stout. The one-sided roastyness really overpowers and detracts from me wanting to finish the bomber.

Overall, I was a bit let down by this beer. My memories of their Imperial Stout were stellar, and the appearance/aroma really had me excited. However, the roast assault on my palate left much to be desired. I'll have to crack open my second bottle and re-review at a later date...

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.39/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Beautifully dark with a huge-I mean HUGE cocoa colored head on top. Has to be 3 inches thinck. Dessert in a glass. Mellow aroma-slight roasted malt, somewhat metallic. Good smooth roasted flavor. Slight licorice bite to it. Has a somewhat "homebrew" wang. Sort of industrial or mechanical flavor to it I cant get past. Very full and creamy body-disgustingly smooth. Overall a nice oatmeal stout but the one flavor I cant seem to get away from. Detracts from the whole package for me.

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Photo of BostonBrewins
3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a thick looking black with a nice brown head.

S - Very roasty with some sweet vanillla undertones.

T - Roasty and rich. Very smooth too. Some nice flavor. Finishes with some bitterness.

M - Light to medium body. Mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side, but it does help to contribute to the smoothness.

D - Pretty good drinkability, a decent session brew.

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Photo of mountdew1
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a very very dark brown that was almost black, with a chocolate brown frothy head. The head didn't last more than a minute or two. Aroma started off a touch sour, but it quickly became slightly sweet, definitely reminded me of a oatmeal cookie. Also had a small touch of lactose in there. Taste was slightly bitter and acidic. Small amount of sugar, but kind of offputting. Felt a bit thin in the mouth but nicely carbonated. Flavor was a detractor from the drinkability.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
3.54/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz purchased at brattleboro co-op.. best by 2/06.

pour is absolutely perfect, dark and oily. black stout with a mild, bubbly head the color of chocolate nougat. given time, the head actually grows and evens out to a one-finger, glistening airy cloud. then, the top of the head begins to condense into a creamy, rich, dense material like melted chocolate ice cream. it all settles into something picturesque, with solid sheet lacing that looks like latte foam.

nose is deep roasted coffee with some earthy, fresh greenery. smokier than it is creamy, bearing no 'off' notes but nothing particularly huge and satisfying either.

mouthfeel is easygoing and light.. feels watery but doesn't taste it. that charred malt coffee/chocolate aspect doesn't have a chance to dominate, this is a hoppy stout. enters the realm of bitter citrus rinds and coffee grounds in the finish.. just a bit abrasive but overall strong in a good way. surprisingly balanced, which is odd for the typical OS. as drinkable as a black beer can be with bitter hops, but a solid offering from mcn's nonetheless.

this would be wicked on hand pump i'd reckon. love me a good oatmeal stout, and this is a good one, just not my favorite.

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Photo of yankeej13
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Never heard of these guys so figured I would give them a shot.

A- Dark as night, with a small lacing on the top. little to no carbonation.

S- Has a much different smell than other oatmeal stouts. I get a very sweet scent with hints of chocolate and minor coffee notes.

T- More on the thin side for an oatmeal stout has a very sweet taste. Can't really pick out the oatmeal but get a note of coffee n chocolate.

M- Pretty thin and goes down nice and smooth, good drinkability.

Overall- It was pretty good, I don't regret buying it and still would like to try other beers. Cheers

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.56/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: midnight black, 2 finger tan pillow, splendid lacing

S: oats, bitter chocolate, mild citrus

T: hint of citrus, mild dark choc.,
nutty, malt, oat mild bitter finish

M: med body, slightly smooth,
hint of bubbly on tongue

O: very nice oatmeal stout session
brew from US craft scene. Would
recommend. Wish it was a little
more creamy/chewy.


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Photo of aracauna
3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Weak psfsh when opening. Good blackness, light seeps through extreme edges. Head is weak and quickly fades to weather pattern. Chocolate, ash and marshmallows on the nose. Flavor finishes w/ grassy bitterness. Weak psfsh translates into slightly flat mouthfeel.

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Photo of beer272
3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle at room temperature. I think room temperature is a true testament for any beer.

A - pours like a black liquor. The head is not notable and quickly subsides. Jet black color. No lacing. hardly any foam except initial pour. So lacing

S - roast smells dominate. No hop aroma observed. Definitely has a smell. Another smell can not ID.

T - superbly balanced between hops and malt. A neutral beer with a roast character. You can easily drink this. The hops and roast are left at the end, the roast wins, however you can pull out the even neutral hops.

M - balanced

O - a nice example of an oat black stout. I am guessing the oil of the oats is what killed the head. Leaves the roast flavor on your tongue and if you play around with your tongue you can pull out the hops. Nice for the style.

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Photo of damienblack
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thick dark brown, looks a lot thicker than it actually tastes. Nice puffy head retention, head looks very biscuity. Smells very hoppy, not a lot of roastyness in the head. Taste... doesn't quite have the flavor of the better oatmeal stouts. The hoppiness is actually the flavor that comes through the most, tempered by some dark malt. Some hoppy aftertaste, makes for a different sensation. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side, pretty thin and light for a stout. Does have that smooth oat feel, though. For me, I was expecting something a little sweeter and roastier, and the hoppyness detracts from the drinkability. It's an interesting interpretation, just doesn't quite do it for me.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep brown with a thick tan head and some very decent lacing.

Smells of deep roasted malt, coffee, a little sweet grain, light smokiness.

Charred grain, with a burnt, then slight sweetness mixed in. Has a sour aftertaste that reminds me of that which you get from bread sometimes. Not digging that factor too much. Moderately strong, no other really off flavors.

A little watery in the body. The head stays around, and is part of the drinking experience all the way down the pint.

Overall, it went down easy, but there are other oatmeal stouts worth drinking well before this one. This is a very solid decent brew, but it is just that. $4.99 bomber makes it worth trying.

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Photo of tpd975
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a wonderful deep dark black hue with a solid thick one and a half finger head. Retention is pretty good, and the foamy head dies to a collar. Spotty lace noted.

S: Nice grainy oat aroma with a big splash of coffee. Hints of chocolate and a nice blast of smoke as well.

T: Very unique. Big bitter coffee up front with a nice amount of char in the middle. A strange yet enjoyable sourness overcomes you in the finish. Did not expect that from this beer. Not typical of an oatmaeal stout. Though I see others experienced it as well, so it's not infected.

M: Medium in body with bold carbonation. Very sour and somewhat dry finish.

D: I enjoyed how unique this one was. That being said a bomber was enough.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A viscose opaque pour, as gentle as can be, yielded a glass consuming (>80% occupancy) with a mocha tinted head that raised some concerns about infections/contamination. The head was rigid and foamy, almost like a mountainous topping of whipped cream that was steady on the hold with no where to go. A good meaty show of concentric circles line the glass of lace. The head doesn’t seem to want to budge much through out the course of the drink and always remains a presence in size.

S: Dark bitter chocolate meets fresh whole coffee roast. Soft fresh burnt wood timbers with a bit of hazelnut completes and makes up the nose of moderate strength. Okay, but nothing that grabs and holds your attention.

T: Coffee roast and bitter chocolate intermingles almost seamlessly together. Dry oats, lightly charred grains and just the right level of bitterness. Overall the flavor is solid, feeling bigger in substance then it should be at 4.9%abv. Soft charred earthy bitterness sure likes to linger around after the swallow.

M: The body is medium in substance, slick and slippery in texture with a quiet carbonation factor. Thought it lacked some chewy oat quality and fullness all around but this may be attributed to its low abv. Alcohol laced dark fruit lace comes on the swallow with a bit of plums and a bit of creamy nature, but again a bit light in serving.

O: Overall a fairly solid take, decent level of drinkability with regards to alcohol but comes with a big flavor per say. Deep sense of bitterness and roasty character makes this a good offering.

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Photo of Dope
3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Old bottle, probably 3 years old.

A: Pours a dark brown with an extremely large and effervescent light brown head. Head fades slowly, leaving big chunks of very fluffy and light lacing behind. Great head retention.

S: Mild roasted malt and oatmeal. A little bit of char.

T: Mild, smooth roasted malt. Bits of char and chocolate mixes with smooth oatmeal. Very smooth and mellow throughout. A little bitter in the finish with the oatmeal and char again. Slightest hint of oxidation in the aftertaste with a little bit of dusty cardboard.

M: Fairly light but not watery. Smooth and creamy.

O: Huh, not bad. Did not expect this to hold up. It's a nice, mellow, easy drinking oatmeal stout. Very smooth and goes down easily. Simple.

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Photo of weeare138
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears black with a slight brown hue. Nice 2 finger brown head that lasts and fades into a decent film. Streaky lacing is left behind.
Smell is of rolled oats, bitter chocolate, black plums, rich, ripe black grapes.
Taste is of oats, roasted malt, black plums, bitter chocolates.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, velvety smooth, with bitter and slightly sour sensations standing out.
Drinkability is nice and tasty. I won't run back to this but it was pleasant.

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