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McNeill's Oatmeal Stout | McNeill's Brewery

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McNeill's Oatmeal StoutMcNeill's Oatmeal Stout
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McNeill's Oatmeal StoutMcNeill's Oatmeal Stout

Brewed by:
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 Laplander
4.23/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

1.89/5  rDev -49.5%
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 pat61
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours opaque black under a 2” dark tan frothy foam cap that hugs the side of the glass.
S: Coffee and roast with a hint of tart.
T: Attacks with roast flavors, primarily coffee, some nut notes, a trace of caramel and then it finishes dry with lingering coffee flavors.
F: Creamy and dry with a moderately full body and creamy soft carbonation and a little oatmeal slickness.
O: A solid oatmeal stout.

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Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Dope
3.74/5  rDev 0%
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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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of jawneyt
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of jsboates
2.5/5  rDev -33.2%

Photo of djrn2
2.75/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of beer272
3.62/5  rDev -3.2%
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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4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of BeerLover99
3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
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 brandoman63
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of Bilco
4/5  rDev +7%

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4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of yankeej13
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
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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2.12/5  rDev -43.3%
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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3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
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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4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22-ounce bottle into a Ro's Restaurant pint glass.

A: Near complete blackness with root beer highlights under a gigantic head of rocky tan foam which looked like a mountain range of carbonation and left piles of lace in the glass. Beer gushed a bit but this head just built volume very quickly.

S: Sweet and herbal with hints of cocoa, roasted grains and weak coffee.

T: Bittersweet and earthy up front with hints of sweet caramel roasted and specialty black malts mixed with with a slighlty smoky sweet and creamy flavor. Earthy and herbal hops build a balance before a smooth, brown-sugar sweetened oatmeal finish with light bitterness.

M: Smooth, medium-full bodied and creamy at just under 5% ABV.

O: The head on this brew could have been eaten with a spoon and the hot, cooked grain and chocolately flavors might require that spoon on the label. Would probably make an excellent beer float with vanilla ice cream.

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Photo of biglite351
3.11/5  rDev -16.8%
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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