Oatmeal Stout | Mendocino Brewing Company

Oatmeal StoutOatmeal Stout
BA SCORE
3.72/5
288 Ratings
Oatmeal StoutOatmeal Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mendocino Brewing Company
United States
mendobrew.com

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by silver0rlead on 10-10-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#25,447
Reviews:
100
Ratings:
288
pDev:
12.37%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
15
Trade:
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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of Scarfer_Brad
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of delta490
3.27/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A- a near-impenetrable black with a short-lived light tan head. A hint of carbonation is visible in the center of the beer as seen from above the glass

S-a slight hint of roasted malt and maltose sweetness.

T- a big astringent bite hits right off the bat and mellows into some malty sweetness on the finish. A fairly harsh intro and transition. Gets a little better as it warms (initial serving temp. ~50F)

M- no complaints here. Lighter and smoother on the palate as befits the style.

O- the taste really hits hard. Everything else about this beer is good to great, but that big blast of odd bitterness is really hard on the first few sips.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.28/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep black with ruby undertones. Fairly thick head of tan bubbles. Nice and thick lace. Solid appearance.

Nose is burnt malts and chocolate. There's a hint of graininess somewhere in there, too. Maybe that's the oats I'm detecting?

Taste is charred malts up front, followed by an astringent, almost vinegar tone. Ends on a burnt cocoa vibe.

Overall, quite average. I wasn't too impressed.

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Photo of JackieTH
3.28/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Brown/black with an off-white head.

Smell: Light chocolates and grains, and yes a bit of oatmeal as well.

Taste: Oats and malt. The malt is roasted or even slightly burnt. Subtle chocolate. Mild lactose comes through toward the finish. Finish is slightly dry. Overall impression is that it's thin.

Mouthfeel: I want to say silky but with a lighter body. This is possibly due to the higher than expected level of carbonation.

Drinkability: Easy enough to drink but there is something possibly in the lactose+burnt+carbonation characteristic that is a bit off-putting.

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Photo of Bajasith
3.28/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured dark as a stout should. A small hot chocolate frothy head formed dissipating quickly... Earthy oats, chocolate and burnt malts dominated with a slight hint of coffee beans... Roasted malts/oats, hint of molasses, raisins, and some dark brown sugar sweetness... Medium bodied to almost dry as full flavor is drowned out due to the higher than expected level of carbonation... Nice roasted flavors keep it interesting.

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Photo of TaySuth
3.32/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Very dark brown in color with a half finger head of brown foam that quickly recedes to a ring with moderate lacing.

Smell: Roasted malt with caramel, molasses, chocolate and a hint of coffee. Pretty good.

Taste: Coffee flavor hits first followed by smooth chocolate with hints of molasses and caramel. It is good but nothing amazing.

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation but it works well with the beer. The body is just a little heavier than average.

Overall: A nice stout but nothing that I would seek out again.

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Photo of Buzz3d
3.36/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of smcolw
3.42/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Small bar-pour head, but it sticks around and leaves a near blanket of lace. Near black color where no lace penetrates (even on the edge of the glass).

Mildly burnt malt aromas; it's borderline toasty. Closer to Porter than Stout in the smell.

The flavor is more true to form--more burnt bitter malt. Like many stouts, this one is thin, perhaps thinner than most. Mild finish of over-roasted malt, but it lingers forever.

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Photo of MattSlem
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.44/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Color was pitch black. Surprising a small amount of head, maybe ½ inches. Light lacing that dissipated very quickly. Light film on sides.

Smelled of dark coffee and dark chocolate malts. This was the best part of the beer.

Tasted of dark and smoky malts. Also some dark chocolate flavor in there as well. Tasted pretty fake to me.

Full body. Average carbonation. Smooth feel.

It was just a bit too fake for me, but I’ll take the smoothness.

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Photo of Noooddle
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of HalfFull
3.47/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle served up in a large globe glass. Pours an inky black with a thin dark brown cap. Light retention yet decent lacing follow.

Aroma is strong on roast and chocolate though not overdone. Low carbonation requires some agitation to renew a surface film so as to appreciate the malt depth and reveal a touch of chocolate sourness. Warms to add a subtle smoky character.

Taste is smooth and creamy with a decent feel that belies the lack of apparent carbonation. Coffee and chocolate with just a light roast character on the taste. Bittersweet chocolate offers a decent lingering finish.

Overall a good and quite straightforward stout. Oats add a creamy feel and finish but the light carbonation limits the love here.

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Photo of Jemonster
3.47/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Tan colored head dissipates quickly in the glass. Medium sized bubble carbonation. Looks like root beer after carbonation settles, but even less opaque; no light can be seen passing through it.

S: Caramel, toffee candy sweetness and rich leather. Dry grain.

T: ORIGINAL: Sweet malt, roasted peanuts and coffee, tootsie roll chocolate, cream, and a slight hop bitterness, then it falls flat. Aftertaste is not so good, burnt toast and funny "chemical" taste. I hate when people use that term, but I think everyone knows what it means. After the first few sips, the bitterness builds and the redeeming qualities aren't as present. It
s best not to hold this one in the mouth and savor like I usually treat stouts, but just to swallow it quickly.

EDIT: I must have had a bad bottle the first time or something. I gave it another chance, and while I get similar flavors, I didn't get that "off" taste, and the bitterness was more balanced. I don't know what was up with that before, but it's a pretty good beer afterall. I'm still not it's biggest fan, but it just went up a few points.

M: I wanted more carbonation to be there. The richness of this beer made me want something salty to induce salivation. It dried my mouth.

D: 2 I didn't really like this beer, which is a surprise to me since I usually love stouts. I think I will be giving the other 5 away.

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Photo of Giggy
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kflorence
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an opaque black in color with a two-finger thick, tan head that dissipates to a thin layer of foam. Lacing around the glass as you drink. Carbonation levels look solid.

S: Aroma is of burnt malts and oatmeal, cocoa, dark fruits (particularly grapes), some molasses and brown sugar and a definite hop presence in the background. There's also some kind of smoked wood smell in the mix.

T: Lots of fruit in this one, as well as a very strong smokey, malt flavor. I can definitely detect some overly roasted oats in here, and an underlying hop presence that never quite fully reaches its potential. The aftertaste is of caramelized malts and cocoa with some dark fruit and a bit of alcohol astringency.

M: Definitely on the heavier side, but still a medium bodied beer in my opinion. The carbonation levels are good, if a bit much on the swallow, and overall the beer remains creamy with a touch of chewiness. Could use a bit more body for an oatmeal stout.

D: This is a pretty decent example of the style and definitely flavorful enough to keep you sipping. Then again, I have had much better stouts. I would say this is a solid, above-average beer, but it doesn't have anything that will surprise you. It is quite drinkable, but it's heavy and really only tempting during certain times of the year.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Oatmeal Stout from Mendocino Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 288 ratings
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