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Winter Oatmeal Stout | Mayflower Brewing Company

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Winter Oatmeal StoutWinter Oatmeal Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mayflower Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
mayflowerbrewing.com

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by mduncan on 12-08-2010

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Reviews:
97
Ratings:
289
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
9.95%
 
 
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Photo of ChugginOil
3.34/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Mayflower Oatmeal Stout

Thanks to my buddy Tyler for bringing this one from Boston.

Pours a a very dark nut brown and settles black. The inch of mocha colored head sits still forever it seems. 4

The nose is of light roasty malt and a bit of a metallic scent. 2.5

The taste is kind of roasty up front and then fades quickly, tasting a bit like chocolate and coffee. This lingers in the aftertaste for quite some time. 3.5

The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and sticky. 4

Overall, pretty good for my first Mayflower. There were some issues with the nose but its mostly made up for by the taste. 3.5

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Photo of rbd13
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours solid black with a caramel colored head that quickly dissipates. A nice lacing is left on the glass.
Roasted malts on the nose.
Roasted malt, sweet lactose, cocoa and dark chocolate flavors... even a hint of coffee milk.
Medium/light mouth feel hangs around for a few moments then cleanly fades.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a growler of this yesterday after I attempted to go to the registry in Plyomuth only to find out that their hours chagned from 8-4 and I got there at 4:10. Anyways, finally got a chance to stop by the brewery, which is only a 2 minute drive from there. The beer was poured into an imperial pint glass.

Appearance: The beer is jet black and poured a one finger mocha head that reduces into a thin layer that leaves a little but of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Roasted coffee and mocha come to the senses right away. Followed by sweet malts and oatmeal, and some bitterness from the hops.

Taste: First off you get those roasted coffees and chocolately mocha feeling up front. Then the sweet malts, vanilla, and oatmeal follow.

Mouthfeel: The beer is creamy and smooth. A little chewy and mildly carbonated too.

Overall: This is actaully a decent oatmeal stout. I will grab another one whether on draft, bomber, or a growler if I am in the Plyomuth area once again.

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Photo of HosP
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured 12oz bottle into a snifter

A- Pours black, very little light coming in around the edges. Nice brown head, but leaves to quick with very little lacing.

S- Very nice roasted malt aroma. Coffee notes come through more prominent than the chocolate ones. A little on the sweeter side.

T- Flavor starts with nice roasted coffee at the beginning and last almost to the end. A little burnt taste at first but mellows out. Chocolate flavor hidden at the end along with some bitterness. Not bad flavor here.

M- Almost a full bodied drink. Low carbonation. A little creamy mouth feel.

D- Very smooth easy to drink beer. Solid oatmeal stout, not great but still good. Lower abv would allow for a couple of these at a time.

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Photo of alexgash
4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle. Package date of 1/25/11.

Pours a dark maple syrup brown. Small, cocoa head with traces of lacing. Nose of roasted malts, caramel, sugary dark fruits, licorice, smoke, and a little earthy tobacco. Nice and complex.

Smooth, oaty, lightly roasted malts up front. Gentle, yet noticeable sweetness settles in. Milk chocolate, carob, and milk sugar fill up the palate, balanced with some dark chocolate and a touch of roasted malt bitterness. Some dark fruit sweetness near the finish. Lingering coffee and milk chocolate notes mix with tobacco and some smoke. Medium-bodied, with a smooth, creamy feel. Very nice!

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Mayflower Oatmeal stout has a dark brown or black body that is opaque. The brown head is a solid slab, and it has good retention and leaves some lacing behind.

The aroma has notes of chocolate and coffee, but roasted malt is the most powerful scent. Some sweetness also.

The taste follows the aroma pretty closely on this one. Up front a little bit of both chocolate and coffee come through, but those quickly give way to a good bit of toffee-like malt sweetness. Next comes roasted malt, but the malt tastes more charred than roasted. Maybe a little smokey even. There is a noticeable although unassertive hop presence also.

Smooth and creamy; nice feel.

I would have liked the chocolate flavors to be a little more powerful, but this is a solid beer.

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Photo of chugalug06
2.42/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Looks Great! Black with ring of tan foam, brew desperately clings to side of glass

S - Smokey, not my speed. Almost an Oak-y smoke smell. Over malt with not enough Stout Hop

T - Very smokey, bitter. It need MORE of a hop balance to even out

M - Instant carbonation stings my throat while smoke flavor disrupts my senses

D - This ones hard to drink

I would not recommend to a friend, but am glad I tried it. Thanks Andy!

Cheers!

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Photo of Billolick
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, label tell me "PKG 1/25/11"

Black and glistening in the glass. The head is a spectacular shade of dark creamy mocha, staying and sticking.

Muted nose of lite chocolate, mocha, roasted and just burnt malts.

Flavorful stout, smooth, easy flowing on the tongue and quite enjoyable sipper. More soft chocolate, cafe au lait, and sweetly roasted malts...drying hops on the rear end.

Nicely done, delicate, complex and generally yummy oatmeal stout.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

A: The beer is a deep black color, with a very thin brown head that fades very quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, coffee, oats, chocolate and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out creamy with flavors of milk chocolate and coffee up front that are quickly followed by bready flavors of oats and a hearty roasted malt character. The hops presence is very mild but is exactly where it should be for the style and still creates a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and viscous, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, this is a very good milder stout to drink for a long time.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a three finger brown head that fades quickly leaving traces of lace. Black color, no highlights. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is roasted coffee, flavor is roasted to burnt coffee and chocolate. $1.99 for a 12oz bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks much to Kelp for the fantastic extra.

a - Poured into my oversized snifter had a nice generous creamy finger and a half head and the body was deep and dark shiny black.

s - Alc tingle, roasted malt, vanilla...a bit of a sharp bite on the nose.

t - Subtle roasted malts and a bit of salt water or even hotdogs. It is really hard to describe but there is this sharp taste similar to the sharp tingle in the nose. It isn't bad, just a certain something that I really can't describe. Kind of charcoal like if that makes any sense.

m/d - A touch on the watery side. Not nearly as thick and meaty as I prefer...almost a bit porter like in the body. Overall a good beer, but oddly porter-like with the aftertingle and thin body. Oatmeal stouts to me are thick and rich, this one is a bit on the thin side and with a sting.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Special thanks to Reagan1984 for this!

PKG 1/25/11

A: Pours pitch black with a rich and creamy, dark mocha colored head on top. Retention was decent with the foam eventually melting down to a thick, unbroken collar and thin, whispy skim. No lace was left behind.

S: Interesting nose that's heavy on the charred malt, dark chocolate, molassas, and dark fruit. Also detected a hint of piney hops.

T: See above. Pretty heavy on the charred/smoky malt with nice balance from the other players mentioned in the smell. Hint of fudge brownie, as well.

M: Big, rounded, and spicy with some very well integrated dark fruit and chocolate sweetness, dry/roasty malt, and some prickly smoke on the tongue during the finish.

D: A killer winter session beer. Way more interesting than your typical Oatmeal Stout. Loved how smoky/roasty this was.

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Photo of bmonty412
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- pours a thick, black, opaque

s- nice nose on this one..chocolate,oats, sweetness?

t- smoke, chocolatey..very nice.

mouthfeel- thick mouthfeel that coats the entire mouth. medium carbonation

d- one or two at a sitting...heavy.

overall a nice winter , heavy beer that hides the 6% abv well...plus very impressed so far with the mayflower offerings.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Cornwall's in Kenmore Sq this past Saturday night. Served in a standard pint glass. Dark brown color, with a very minimal head. Lacing really only at the top of the glass. Smell was very nice, with some coffee aroma really standing out. Flavor was quite good also. There was a great mix of wintery spices from a winter warmer that mingled nicely with the hearty flavors of a stout. Liked the combination a lot. Mouthfeel was a bit thinner than I'd hoped for, and the alcohol was a tad noticeable. A beer that I surely enjoyed, but it's not a beer than I'd stay with all night. But it's one of my favorite new winter releases of 2011.

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Photo of ksimons
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours an inky black color with just a touch of lace around the top

S-smoky, roasted malts and caramel sweetness

T-roasted malts and coffee, sweet caramel, with just a hint of hop bitterness

M-medium body, leaves a nice roasted taste in the mouth, very light carbonation

D-drinkable, could be a little richer but overall a very nice beer

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Photo of Floyd12
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this beer from a 12oz bottle, poured into a pint glass.

A- Poured an almost black color with a light brown head that rapidly dissapated.

S- The roasted malts used in these beer have a strong aroma of both chocolate and coffee, making for a very sweet and inviting smell.

T- When you first taste this beer there is a slight ashy taste to it but, but the chocolate and coffee undertones quickly take form leading to an excellent after taste. Almost all bitterness subsides as the carbonation dies.

M- A thick and full bodied beer. But as I drank towards the end it picked up a more watery quality to it. The low carbonation worked very well for the creamy and roasted style though.

D- It's very smooth and has a high level of drinkablility. The creamy roasted taste makes this something that could even be enjoyed by non-beer drinkers.

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Photo of bruachan
3.69/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

nice and viscous pour with brown-sugar-colored froth (though this faded all too rapidly)

almost smoky roast smells; chicory; molasses. rooty

smoooth finish on this bad boy. i guess i'll work backwards. bitterness inhabits the finish, as well, to make sure the brew doesn't slip beyond the frontiers of my tastebuds. spritzy carbonation, too, to counter said slippage probability (i wouldn't be too offended if the oatsmoothiness were allowed to stand in its own spotlight, however). some sweetness but no more than can be carried by the medium body

hop flavor is herbal yet woody

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Photo of gameface23
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Very dark brown to nearly black in color. Dark khaki head that is short lived.

S: Coffee and the roasted/burned aspects of dark chocolate without any of the sweetness.

T: A really nice level of ashy malt, some caramel and a sweet, possibly diacetyl-related note from the yeast. The beginning of the sip is definitely ashy, but it finishes like you've just eaten a gourmet chocolate caramel.

M: Not as thick as I like my oatmeal stouts, but it's not terrible. It's about average.

D: I think this is a really good beer. It is probably the best Mayflower offering I've ever tried.

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Photo of mjn5036
3.08/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a large snifter. Dark, dark brown on the pour with ruby highlights. Brew appears to be black once in the glass. A small, one finger mocha colored head rises up and quickly fades away. No lacing.

Smell is consistent of dark roasted malts, toasted oats, a sweetness that I was not expecting, faint alcohol.

Up to now this beer has had me... the taste is where it loses me. Watery oatmeal and a faint hint of roasted flavors dominate (if dominate is even an appropriate word) with faint sweetness. Slightly less than average in my opinion.

Drinkability is high as this beer is incredibly smooth, but not enjoyable enough to want to drink a lot of it. Mouthfeel is thin, watery and really weak.

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Photo of Bounty628
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brewed with an ABV of 6.0%, the Winter Oatmeal Stout is a very drinkable offering and the alcohol of the beer is held off in the background of the beer as the complexity of the taste really allows the taste to be the central point of the beer. In terms of whether or not this beer could be a session beer, there is a good argument to be made that this offering could be a very nice snow storm session beer ideal for a night where you know you are not going to be getting out anytime soon.

The stout pours a robust deep brown to almost black color and there is a very nice tan head that is about two fingers thick upon the pour. The head holds true throughout most of the offering and a beige lacing is left along the glass while the beer is being enjoyed. When held to light, there is a minimal amount of light let through and the carbonation levels within the pour are somewhat muted but work really well for this beer. The low carbonation of this beer allows this stout to have a more smooth and almost creamy nature to it than some other oatmeal stouts are able to offer.

In the aroma, exactly what one hopes for in an oatmeal stout comes wafting out of the glass almost immediately. There is a rich, roasted malt nature to the beer that has coffee, chocolate and dark cherry worked into the aroma. The roasted tones of coffee and chocolate are quite inviting and have almost a warming nature to them in and of themselves.

The taste is brilliantly tied together and what was expected of this beer from the aroma comes through in a big way within the taste. The roasted malts are the real winner in the taste and have a strong and appealing taste from start to finish. The dark chocolate notes in the aroma carry over into the taste and provide a somewhat bitter yet sweet component to the taste. With a bit of perhaps vanilla and/or caramel in the taste rounding it out, this winter stout is rich, warm and abundantly appealing when it comes to the taste.

When it comes to the mouthfeel, the aforementioned lower carbonation levels of the oatmeal stout give this beer a very rich and creamy presence. There is a largely appealing smoothness to the offering that is enjoyable and makes you want to reach for this beer time and time again.

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Photo of albern
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is quite good, it has more the burnt and smoked oaky flavors of an Baltic Porter, but this is a nice fairly mild oatmeal stout nevertheless. It pours a nice thick, inky black with a nice dark tan head. The retention is okay, not tons of lace. The nose has the cellared oakiness, a touch of molasses, and some residual coffee aromas that make it reasonably enticing. These qualities will stay true for the taste.

The taste is very nice if for no other reason than the brewer is not trying to jam way too much ABV into a beer that doesn't warrant it. The beer is fairly full bodied, has a nice smoked oaky and molasses character. The oatmeal comes through on the silkiness on the tongue, but it doesn't quite live up to expectation in that there is too much foreground with the slightly burnt flavors, and not enough real chocolate and dark malt qualities where they should belong. As the beer warms, there is a touch of spice hidden away and this adds some complexity. The aftertaste carries on with a bit too much cherryish oaky quality and it just lingers a bit too long. This is a nice beer though, very drinkable for sure.

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Photo of ExtraStout
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very dark pour, with a VERY short-lived thin head of light brown foam. Not much carbonation at all.

Nice aroma, plenty of roast, some chocolate and a slight hint of licorice.

Much more hoppy than most stout brews and that's okay with me because I'm an IPA guy. I would have liked more body though, it was a bit on the thin side.

With that said, it was still a pretty tasty beer and I enjoyed it.

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Photo of silentjay
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

black as midnight with a small film of mocha head that, despite its small stature, leaves some decent lacing on the glass.

very roasty, coffee, some cocoa, burnt cereal grains, and some chocolate milk.

very roasty, a bit charred, and pleasantly burnt with plenty of bitterness (coffee or chocolate bitterness, not hop bitterness). well balanced.

low carbonation works for the style, creamy bodied, but not as thick as would be ideal.

drinks pretty well. well balanced, good example of the style. would drink again.

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Photo of Stockfan42
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown, almost black body. A creamy brown head that reduces to a thin lace around the glass.

Aromas's of Chocolate, coffee, roasted malts and dry fruits.

Tastes of dark chocolate, coffee and roasted malts. Has a very bitter bite but that settles as the carbonation does.

Mouthfeel isn't as creamy as I expected. It's pretty light and more so just bitterness and carbonation going on. Goes down pretty smoothly though. Wasn't expecting this from a oatmeal stout.

All in all it's a pretty tasty stout. I'll deffinatly try this again.

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Photo of u2carew
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz longneck.
A) Pours nearly opaque from the bottle. A nice finger thick, brown head on top. Settles to a nice lacing at the edge of the glass and on top. In the glass definitely an opaque body.
S) Subtle hints of dark cherries. Chocolate. Bready. Roasted grains.
T) Robust flavor. Smoky. Bitter chocolate. Hints of roasted coffee.
M) Full body. Smooth. Creamy. A nip of dryness in the finish.
D) I would definitely drink another one.

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