McNeill's Oatmeal Stout | McNeill's Brewery

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McNeill's Oatmeal StoutMcNeill's Oatmeal Stout
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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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79
Reviews:
64
Avg:
3.75
pDev:
16.53%
 
 
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Photo of Jwale73
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at the brewery on 5/9/2008. Served in a nonic. Poured an opaque black with some deep ruby red highlights around the edges. Half-inch mocha-colored head dissipated almost immediately leaving behind a residual slick, with a thin band of foam around the perimeter of the glass. Some watery lacing, but virtually no adherence. Mild nose; mostly came across as roasted malt and oats with a slight earthy character. Taste consistent with nose; however, coffee flavor is much more pronounced, as well as a hint of dark chocolate. Same earthiness is still present and more pronounced at the finish (perhaps coffee grounds), followed by a light hops bittering that lingers between sips. Medium-bodied mouthfeel, some effervescence, but fairly subdued with the hops rounding out the mouthfeel nicely. Very sessionable - alcohol is well-hidden, and not too much complexity or over the top flavoring; however, lacks some of the sweetness characteristic of the style in my opinion.

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

Thanks to calsbeek for for this bottle.

a - pours a pretty thick looking black with a one-inch dark brown head, retention around the edges, light lacing

s - pretty strong iced coffee with some oatmeal thrown in, not much by way of alcohol

t - lots of dark roast coffee, some dark malt on the midpalate, finish is bitter coffee with some hints of dark bitter chocolate, no alcohol detectable

m - medium-to-full bodied, lower carbonation, fairly dry on the finish

d - somewhat drinkable, the bitterness from the coffee flavors limits somewhat though, lower alcohol make for pretty easy drinking

Very nice oatmeal stout though not all that complex. The coffee flavors really overwhelm the beer though that ok with me. Well worth trying a bottle, especially if you're a coffee lover.

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Photo of Sammy
4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Vermonthiker for this. Initial reaction was; what happened to the bottle? No bubbles on top of the liquid, it even appeared to be missing some fluid. Dark, almost no carbonation present. The pour-was this a cask beer? The taste-a cask RIS and a magnificent one based on that with understated natural carbonation and tasty coffee-chocolate bittersweetness, with complexity at sips. A delight of a beer.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle (thx, jwale73) to a standard pint. Label is perhaps the most 'amateur'-looking design I've seen yet - photo doesn't do justice as to just how unattractive this one is, at least on the outside...served at probably between 55-60F, perfect for the nuances of this style. Best before last Day of <ka-chunk> March (looks to be a hand-punched label).

A: The pour is deep ebony, capped with a a fizzy tan head cresting at about 2-fingers. As it drops, it grows more dense and forms a blotchy, petri-dish kind of head, quite bubbly. Virtually no lace, a few scattered specks.

A: Aroma is quite sweet, full of grainy oatmeal, reduced sugar and a hint of vanilla. A strong smelling oatmeal stout, with a lingering acidity of lactose and mild lemon. Surprisingly bold, sort of singes the nostrils.

T: A superbly roasted and flavorful coffee-centric stout, with enough sweetness to counterbalance the nearly blistering bitterness. Dark roasted, hinting at over-the-top smokiness, sweetness, bitterness and sourness, then a mellower sugar/charred - all make this fun to drink.

M: Coating thickness. Not a heavy stout, but one that fills the mouth with a power definitely much larger than its meager 4.9% abv. A slight carbonation, a strong bitter roast and a careful sweetened malt finish.

D: That firm and rich roasted quality certainly makes this a sipper; 22 oz. is alot to consume, flavor-wise. Still, it's very good and one worth recommending, especially to the oatmeal stout enthusiast. The fairly miniscule ABV makes this a sure fire session-worthy beer if you're looking for big flavor and low alcohol.

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Photo of Brad007
4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Saw this on tap at American Flatbread and just had to have it.

Poured a pitch black color with a nice brown head. Aroma was very roasty, with hints of coffee, cream and oatmeal in the nose. The taste was roasty with a burnt coffee/oatmeal character showing through more. It was also creamy and a bit chewy as well. Went down smooth at the back of the throat.

A very good effort at an Imperial Stout. I'm also hoping to find the bottled version sometime as I missed this beer.

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Photo of Stimack
4.19/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have been waiting to try this beer for a number of months now. I picked this up during a trip to Vermont this past summer and wanted to wait till we had some cooler weather and today was the day. This brew poured jet black with a smallish dark tan head that had some legs but broke down to just leaving froth around the edges of the glass. The aroma is very nice, coffee, chocolate, and a smoky roasted scent. Has a nice flavor which seems to have quite a bit going on. Smooth with a sweet flavor upfront which breaks quite quickly a nice smoked roasted taste with expresso, oatmeal and vanilla flavors. This brew ends with a nice dry feel. Overall this is a pretty easy drinking brew with a lot of characteristics. Glad I waited to give this one a try, went well with the cooler weather.

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Photo of iceball585
4.62/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pitch black color, non-transparent, one finger thick dark brown head that faded slowly to a thin cover

S- Dark chocolate, milk chocolate, dark malts, oatmeal, hint of coffee

T- Coffee, smokey, dark chocolate, vanilla, milky, dark malts, oats, slight bitter bite at the end

M- Heavy bodied, low carbonation, smooth, creamy, slight dry then oily finish

D- Could drink a lot more of this one

Definatly a great oatmeal stout. Good full stout feel and good flavors that aren't too overpowering. This one ranks near the top of my list of favorite stouts.

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Photo of BeerTruth
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

Had this black beauty during the Saints vs. Colts NFL opener.

Pours a complete opaque black with a one finger tan head that quickly dies down to a thin layer. Even with a pretty aggressive pour, the head of this one didn't yeild much. Stickiness is alright, nothing to write home about. Smell is pretty typical for the style. Loads of chocolate malt, toasted oat, and roasted barley. Taste is pretty solid. Good smokey roasted barley up front with an espresso and coffee like taste that follows. Aftertaste is sweet milk chocolate that ends this one perfectly. Mouthfeel is medium to full with just enough carbonation. Creamy, rich, and thick...just how Oatmeal Stouts should be. Alcohol is low, but I can't put this one down too quick because of how filling it is. Definitely the kind of beer that gives me a craving for a fine cigar.

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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 cichief
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at McNeill's Brewery in Brattleboro, VT.

A- Pours nearly black with a thick, dark brown head.

S- Scent of coffee and dark chocolate, slight hops undertone.

T- Big and powerful, it starts of with sweet malt than goes to bitter coffee/chocolate, and finishes slightly dry.

M- Smooth and creamy, thick on the palate, nice dryish finish.

D- Very tasty, one of the best Oatmeal Stouts I have had.

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Photo of NEhophead
4.42/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 pt 6 fl oz brown bottle.

Pours a syrupy, chocolate-maple in color. Slightly creamy, deep brown colored head that lingers as a whispy sheet. Faint lacing with decent strength.

Rich, milk and dark chocolate with whaffs of oatmeal, oak, and warming alcohol. Nice creaminess with tones of toffee, mocha, and fudge.

Rich milk and dark chocolate, mocha, and fudge upfront: intensely rich. Creamy vanilla and oatmeal flavors that provide a nice balance. Dried oak, faint hints of slick alcohol, and notes of dark fruit: plum, grape. Complex and very flavorful.

Full in body; rich and robust, yet also creamy and smooth. Not quite syrupy, but coats the palate well.

McNeill's Oatmeal Stout is addictive, nevermind drinkable. Great aromatics and flavor: a stunning brew for the colder months.

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Photo of silver1audi
4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a delicious offering from McNeills. (It should be known that I generally compare oatmeal stouts to Sam Smiths which seems to have set the bar) When poured into my standard pint glass it has a beautiful black body and a caramel colored head. Smells oaty, chocolately, malty, coffee... tastes a bit paper-y, tastes of chocolate, oats, malts, coffee, caramel, slightly cough syrupy, a touch of hops toward the end. The flavor is very bold and right up front as soon as it hits your tongue; nothing weak about this beer. Mouthfeel is thick, coating, and slippery on the tongue.

One of the best oatmeal stouts I've tasted. When I'm in the mood for an oatmeal stout, I'll definately be reaching for this one.

If you like giant robust flavor, it's worth grabbing this one.

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

AP: Nearly totally black in color. Minimal head, thin dissipated to an brownish covering around the edge of the oversize wine goblet.

Smells: Oaty, chocolate, smokey malt, oak wood.

Taste: A smokey malted coffee taste, starts and ends smokey and bitter with heady malt and slight bitter and leafy hop.

MF: Thick and substantial, seems to sit lazily on the palate. Big Full body.

Honstly, this bottle is NOTHING compared to the "on tap" version. But it's still a delightful and easy to drink brew.

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Photo of Hhawk06
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another 22 oz. bomber from McNeill's, brought back quite a few with me from VT.

Its a fairly attractive beer, as its black as night with a nice slow-forming cocoa-colored head. The chocolate malt mixed with some smokiness in the nose is a delight. So far, so good. Its certainly a full and heavy-to-medium body with a tantalizing slick and creamy mouthfeel. There is heavy roastiness with toasted chocolate malt and lighter coffee bitterness begging for showtime. It remains pale and very earthy throughout, true to the style. It finishes with more coffee residue than the mouthfeel would suggest. Still, nicely balanced with a creamy malt texture that is satisfying. Wholesome and well crafted.

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Photo of ChuckD
4.37/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber brought back from VT. Poured into a chalice. The pour shows a breautiful, thick tawny head. Decent lacing on the way down. The color is perfect - dark brown/black.

The nose is great on this beer. The sweetness of the roasted grains jumps out. There is no real typical sour smell with this oatmeal. You definitely know that there is some richness on the way.

In the mouth, the smells are verified. Layers and layers of sweet oats, chewy and substantial nuttiness. The maltiness is not overwhelming, as there is a little hop character and slight carbonation to break it up. The finish is nice and dry, with the sweetness giving way to a more organic earthiness.

Musings: This is a wonderful oatmeal. One of my favorites. The taste blew me away.

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Photo of lpayette
4.53/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smells of oatmeal, malt, bitter baker's chocolate, with hints of alcohol and hops.

Pours a deep black with the brownest head I've ever seen. The head was also rather massive.

Tastes were in short, incredible. Lots of oatmeal taste in this one. The baker's chocolate is less evident in the taste than in the smell which I like. Alcohol is stowed away nicely but you can taste just enough to know that it's there. Fairly smooth mouthfeel. Ends on a little bitter note. To date, this is my favorite Oatmeal stout by far.

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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 Hagbard
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a beautiful looking beer. Black as night with a huge dark tan head, which dissipates after a few minutes. There is a lot going on in the strong aroma. Dark roasted malts with a sweet background reminiscent of chocolate. Make sure to serve this on the warm side, as it loses almost all its character when too cold. The taste begins with a roasted malt bitterness, which gradually gives way to a mild sweetness imparted by the oats. The roastiness never completely leaves though, so the sweetness is never more than just a very nice accent, a counterpoint to the bitterness. There is a metallic note that is fairly harsh when the beer is too cold, but virtually disappears after warming up a bit. The mouthfeel seems a little thin for a stout, but overall it is a great and interesting beer.

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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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Photo of Billolick
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Yeah baby, this is some mighty tasty stuff. Bomber bottle with the paper label. opens with no sound, very low carbonation. A hard pour raises only a 1/4 inch head. Anyway, classy tiny bubbles are what were talking about and world class lacing. Malty, burnt nose. Smooth mouthfeel, velvet on the tongue, nice roasty malt notes and a nice soft and dry finish. Love the style and love this rich and bold take on it

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Photo of edchicma
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great chocolate color and beautiful head...lacing is consistent down the side of the glass. Smell is rich in roated malt and coffee/chocolate notes. Taste is like an iced coffee that is quite crisp. Mouthfeel is nicely dry throughout, with a good lingering dry finish. I liked the dry quality and felt that it enhanced the drinkability. Very nice brew I would try again.

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Photo of ppoitras
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22ozer from Waterbury Beverage, Waterbury, VT.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a chocolate brown 1/4" head, over the inky black liquid. Laces superbly, even though the head has faded down to pretty much nothing. Aroma is all about coffee and chocolate malts. Taste is also mostly coffee and choco malts, but keeps from over-doing it, and actually comes off with a slight hops bite at the end of the tasting experience. Mouthfeel is good for an oatmeal stout, although it could use a bit more carbonation, in my mind. An imminently drinkable stout, for sure.

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Photo of scottum
4.23/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a deep dark dark brownn blackish with a nice deep tan head. Nice and roasty, just like we like the oat stouts. Malty thick. Dry, yet smooth. Certainly another great Vermont Oatmeal Stout. Right up there with Otter Creek's Organic and Heart of Darkness for top VT oat stout.

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Photo of pendabev
4.74/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer poured a darker brown than I expected -- almost black. The head was creamy, with a dark tan color, but very thin. The best-by month was not marked on the label, and when I saw the thin head, I was afraid the beer had gone flat. Fortunately, the smell proved that theory wrong. Hops, oats and roasted malt were all present -- a very fresh smelling beer. This is a delicious beer. In my opinion, this is what an oatmeal stout should taste like. Light hop flavor floating in a sea of malt -- and then the oats come in strong. This would be a great session stout. If only I didn't have to drive so far to get it.

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Photo of far333
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The darkest brown I've ever seen, pours syrupy from the glass and rises to a dark brown frothy head. The head settles quickly, but wafts an aroma upward of cocoa and deeply roasted malt. There's even some coffee smells hitting my nose. Flavor is rich and itense, the mild cocoa hits first, followed by molasses and brown sugar, trailing to a coffee bitter, and ending with raisin. Almost seems like an imperial at times. Mouthfeel is a bit watery, as I find with many beers from this brewer. Spotty lacing dots the glass. This is rich and intense and complex, even for an oatmeal stout. Really nice beer.

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McNeill's Oatmeal Stout from McNeill's Brewery
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