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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:
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Added by silver0rlead on 10-10-2010

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100
Ratings:
287
Avg:
3.69
pDev:
21.14%
 
 
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Reviews: 100 | Ratings: 287
Photo of illidurit
2.98/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle from a winter beer mix pack. An unceremonious dumping into a pint glass produces a big cocoa-colored lather atop a black coffee body. Chocolate-covered coffee bean aroma with hints of sulfur and iron. Slight apple pie note and some phenols too. Flavor is old coffee and minerals, chocolate milk made with water instead of milk (I guess you'd call that chocolate water), charred coffee beans and a lingering metal note that recalls sucking on a penny. Unfortunately, this beer derives no full mouthfeel or silkiness from its use of oats, and so my tongue derives no satisfaction. About what I expected from Mendocino.

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Photo of jsh420
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours dark dark brown almost black with a 2+ finger head that left spotted lacing

smells of milk chocolate and oatmeal

taste - burnt roasted malts hit me first then the surgary milk chocolate - tad bit thin but prety solid

mouthfeel - light body and has a sharp bite from the brew being over carbonated

drinkability - i want my oaty stouts to be smooth and this one is not

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Photo of cjgiant
3.79/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: black with think, sustaining head; lacing is present but more sparse than expected
S: roasted nuttiness, chocolate, coffee, as expected
T: the lacing belies the fact that this is not a nice, creamy stout. However, there is also nothing unexpected. Roasted notes of coffee, roasted grain. Do not note the chocolate from the smell.
M: as stated, not creamy and coating as I expected, but the bitterness of toasted nuts does kind if linger.
O: solid, although not exceptional, offering. No surprises good or bad.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours dark black, almost opaque. Very thin dark tan head that dissipates quickly to leave no head or lace.

S- dark roasted malt, smoky camp fire, bacon and cheddar cheese spread, grainy oats.

T- the smoky notes follows the nose, almost tastes like smoked bacon, then turns slightly sweet with notes of fig, prune, and chocolate, and oats. Finishes very sweet with noticeable hops.

M- medium body, low carbonation, and slightly creamy mouthfeel

O- a bit sweeter than the average oatmeal stout, which makes it enjoyable, but a slow sipper. Still worth trying!

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Photo of ngeunit1
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a very deep and dark black color with a nice two fingers of brownish (chocolate) colored head. The head has some nice retention and the and some nice lacing.

S - Smells heavily and malt aromas. Also a mixed in is heavy tones of dark chocolate. Very well balanced.

T - The taste starts with a mix of malts and oats. This is joined by some nice dark chocolate flavors throughout. Just a bit of hop tones which are nice. Aftertaste is a bit dry and full of chocolate flavor.

M - Fairly medium bodied. Pretty creamy and think, but still rather smooth. Just a touch of carbonation. Could use a bit more body.

D - Overall, good mix of flavors that stay well balanced and a smooth beer. Only minor complaint is it could be a bit heavier bodied overall. But, still a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.44/5  rDev -6.8%
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 CuriousMonk
2.5/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark, opaque brown color with a tiny tan head that leaves only a ring in the glass. Aroma of oatmeal, chocolate and roasted malts, mild coffee, earth, and molasses-like syrup. Flavor of oats, sweet chocolate malts, oats, mild coffee, cola syrup, molasses, and overripe plums. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a smooth, sweet, roasty mouthfeel. But, I've had way better oatmeal stouts. This one didn't put it together for me at all.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a near pitch black with cola brown edging and a tan, finger width head. Retention is subpar, but leaves behind a significant, sticky lacing.

Smell - Rich chocolate. Slightly bitter notes.

Taste - Starts with rich chocolate, as notes of roasted coffee poke through. Slightly unbalanced. Not much in the way of hop character, and it causes this to be a bit overly sweet. Finishes in nearly the same place at it starts. Simple and straight-forward.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Carbonation is spot on, leaving just enough tingle to keep this beer feeling lively.

Overall - A promising stout, but it falls short of being great. The lack of hops causes this beer to be too sweet and one-dimensional, and kills any chance of being sessionable. Probably works best as a desert beer.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.19/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Very close to black. The color is nice but the brown head retains very poorly. It's gone very quickly.
S- Smell is of slightly burnt caramel, molasses, and a bit of bourbon.
T- Up front there is a nice roasted note with dark caramel and a bit of maple syrup flavor. The finish has a bit of an off sour note though.
M- Excessively light for the style and not nearly smooth enough for an oatmeal stout.
O- This was disappointing. I generally like Mendocino, but this one just wasn't that good.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is better than I remembered other examples from this brewery being, but I will need to review that. It's a reasonable representation of the style. It opens with just a bit of aroma and a normal look - motor oil.

The aroma though weak is OK - nothing wrong here. The taste is a roasty, hoppy affair, maybe more so than many of the style. It doesn't seem particularly complex, but it is pleasant.

The aftertaste is easy to take (it fades to a little bit of bitter). It would have been nice to see this same brew a bit more over the top - imperial. As is, it is a good value and not an insult to drink.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.28/5  rDev -11.1%
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 thekevlarkid
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of a bottle this beer was an opaque brown, color with a short lived head of tan foam. The retention of the skim, however, was good and it laced beautifully. The aroma was dry, roasted malt, leather, hints of meat and a little wet soil. The flavors were a compilation of baking chocolate, light coffee, roasted barley, more leather and. The mouthfeel was rich, the body full and the carbonation average.

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Photo of JamesS
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice deep dark brown with some nice initial head, but ended soon and no lacing to speak of. Nice sweet malty scent, slight roastiness, but nothing very deep and dark. Nice flavors, with a bit of roastiness and a nice bit of sweetness from the oats, but nothing huge and deep. Went down quite well, nice and creamy. Not the best I've had, but a good oatmeal stout.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.47/5  rDev -6%
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 bashiba
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice deep black with a thick and sticky tan head.

The smell has a lightly sweet cereal quality to it with a hint of smoke.

The flavor is a nice balance of sweet and chocolaty oatmeal with a underlying black smokey bitterness, very balanced session quality stout.

The mouthfeel is a bit light, but has nice carbonation.

Good easy drinking stout, Mendocino continues to make some of the best buys in the craft beer section.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A good standard oatmeal stout from Mendocino. This one pours a dark brownish black with a
huge tan head that dies down to a nice thin layer and decent clinging lacing. Nose of deep
dark chocolate, caramel, and coffee. Smooth oatey goodness brings this one full circle to bring
about a roasted coffe and dark chocolate flavor up front and on the back with a nice smooth
mouthfeel and a light bitter chocolate aftertaste. Very pleasing for the stout lovers out there,
with the added smoothness that oatmeal brings. A most solid stand by stout.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a conic pint glass.

The beer immediately smells more "oatmealish" than any oatmeal stout I've had. A good hearty dose of oats, followed by the roasted, bitter coffee underneath. I want to say there's a hint of bitter hops in the nose as well.

The taste of this beer does not follow the aroma. There's more of a roasted, smokey character first, with drier, dark coffee notes in the finish. But some oats, faintly.

The beer finishes dry and chalky.

Let's not forget what it looks like! I cannot really judge appearance first thing, but half-way down, a huge sheet of foamy lacing coats the glass. The mocha colored head, chunky and foamy, has dissipated to a few random patches with a bubbly ring around the glass. The beer itself is a deep dark coffee black with a good cola-brown hue in the light.

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Photo of dogfishandi
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle pulled from fridge and allowed to warm up for about half an hour. no freshness date. poured into a bulb style glass.

pours out a opaque black with 2 fingers of biege creamy expresso like head. faded to a smooth creamy thin layer. just tiny bits of lace. very dark, the color and head are reminiscient of a RIS.

the first thing that jumps out at me in the aroma is smoke. behind that there is some roasted/ burnt malt, and a bit of lacto and oatmeal like creaminess and just a hint of dark fruits.

wow, very tasty stout we got here. follows the aroma with a nice balance of smokey burnt wood, heavily roasted malt, and oatmeal/ lacto creaminess. behind that, theres a bit of dark fruitiness, raisons, dates, figs, etc.

smooth creamy medium body. adequate carbonation for the style.

very drinkable beer, drank 4 of these new years eve with a few other beers no problem. and for 7$ a sixpack, you cant go wrong at all. definatly improved my overall opinion on mendocino brewing company. the welcome addition of smoke really made this beer for me. highly recommended IMHO.

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Photo of delta490
3.27/5  rDev -11.4%
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 drtth
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a nonic imperial pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As poured the beer is so dark brown as to be almost black. The pour creates a ½" creamy dark tan head that recedes leaving foam and lacing on the sides of the glass with a ring of foam and a thin layer over most of the surface. Sipping leaves scattered small patches of lacing for much of the beer and the initial lacing things but still clings to the sides of the glass.

Smell: The aroma includes some dark cocoa and a touch of vanilla. There is also a hint of the smokiness that shows up later in the flavors. I'd also swear that I am picking up some licorice from this one.

Taste: As expected from the nose, the flavors include dark cocoa powder or chocolate with a touch of vanilla. However mixed in there is some smoky, almost burnt character from the malt. The sweetness seems much like that from dark molasses.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium to full-bodied and nicely creamy with adequate carbonation at first. Later in the beer the mouth feel thins to medium and becomes a bit more watery as the carbonation fades. The finish is relatively long and has mostly a licorice and smoky burnt malt character that simply fades away into dryness.

Drinkability: At first I found this drinkable but as time wore on I slowed up a bit and found myself wanting a bit of a break from the sharpness of the dark roast bitterness and licorice flavors. While I'd not refuse a second one I also have no strong desire to have a second one. It seems a reasonably well made beer but not quite what I prefer in an oatmeal stout. Next time I'll have a Fat Dog from Stoudts.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.59/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampling right now on 3/6/14. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F and poured into a brandy snifter.

Pours a really dark brown/almost black in color with close to a 1-finger beige head that settles down to around the sides on top. Some spotty lacing is seen with each sip but not a lot. The aroma is of roasted malts and coffee for the most part. the taste is pretty much the same with a hint of bitter-sweet chocolate in the mix as well. A real light bitter finish.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: Stout black with a tan head, decent lacing.
smell: subdued cocoa, faint vanilla. Pleasant but subdued.
taste: As the nose advertises but comes together more in the taste. Very smooth.
mouthfeel: Medium everything. Not bad, just not a stand-out.
drinkability: This is smooth and mellow.
A nice brew if not a mind blower.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.61/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Full but a bit too lactic. Sour too. Nice and dark rich color. Pours a touch flat. Not too much toastiness but a nice. It of heavy malts. Nose is essentially nonexistent heavy feel that just oozes off the palate. I like this is a single or double bottle but would not have more than a few in a sitting.

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Photo of beagle75
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A: Opaque black color showing clear dark brown around the edges, with over one finger of beige foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: Potent roasted barley is centrally positioned with dry nuttiness and a hint of savory herbs also detected.

T: Begins off-dry, with dark roasted grain and a whiff of earthy fruit. Acidity is understated, standing dutifully aside. The middle features mild wood smoke and chicory against a backdrop of drier malt. The finish is lent some mild bitterness from the scorched quality of the malt detected there.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, creamy on the palate early but then turning slightly watery, with low carbonation.

D/O: This fine stout is similar to other worthy contributions by Mendocino in that it is a respectable example of the style without any pretense of reinvention or extremeness. It is approachable and satisfying, with flavors (but certainly not texture) that compare well to Firestone Walker's Velvet Merlin.

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Photo of Blakaeris
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with no highlights. Head is initially thick and frothy, but quickly dissipates to a thin ring.

Aroma is surprisingly smokey with bitter charred dark grain. I had expected an oatmeal sweetness, but this is not sweet.

Taste is initially sweet with dark malty grain and a good bit of chocolate. Woody, earthy bitterness then takes over with a bit of dark fruit and dry cocoa. Finishes dry and clean with a touch of lingering alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium-full.

Overall a decent Oatmeal Stout. Alcohol has a strong presence for a 6% beer. definitely worth a try.

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Oatmeal Stout from Mendocino Brewing Company
3.69 out of 5 based on 287 ratings.
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