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Oatmeal Stout | Mendocino Brewing Company

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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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#26,467
Reviews:
100
Ratings:
288
pDev:
12.37%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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4
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Ratings: 288 |  Reviews: 100
Photo of jlginder
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of vande
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of rjholcomb
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of IRONRakkasan
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of deonreds
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of fosters9
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bcsbeer
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of MarioM
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Theniz
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Stoshua
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of mtkennyp
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of TheMarkE
3.51/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep brownish black with a good head of tan foam and good lacing. Noticeable carbonation trying to hide in the darkness.

Smell: Coffee, chocolate, roasted malts.

Taste: Coffee, roasted malts, bitter chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, with quite a bit of bitterness in the finish.

The Verdict: Not bad. As with most of Mendocino's offerings, it is a decent example of the style but not much more. In other words: average.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good deep dark brown pour, tan head in the range of 1" on the top. Mild roast notes in the aroma, even some detectable hops believe it or not.

Good evenflow and balance, the oats allow the beer to be smooth, not bitter, but allow the mouthfeel to still be thick enough to not be described as watery. Not a real distinct chocolate or coffee mouthfeel to it, really just full of two row consistency. Which is fine, not everything needs to be all imperialed out or barrel aged, this is a nice somewhat sessionable stout.

Scored a 6 pack of this for $6.99 at Ledgers's Liquors about a year ago. Drank 5 of them in the last year. Still have one left, in the course of the year, each one tasted the same as the last, indicates its pretty sturdy, sure some beers can taste great in a small window of time, this one tastes good in a large window of time.

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Photo of scootny
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Darn near black. Seriously opaque. Fluffy, thick, rich head. Slow fade to a nice covering. Good amount of lace. Aroma is surprisingly sweet. Lots of roasted grains underneath with a bit of dark fruitiness. A touch of diacetyl. Taste is smooth and roasty. Burnt toffee and charcoal. Coffee flows through like a velvety latte. Finish has a nice firm earthy bitterness. Feel is on the lighter side with a gentle but crisp carbonation. Good solid brew

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Photo of drtth
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
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 watermelon
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A: Opaque black body with a khaki colored head. Decent head retention as wells as medium lacing.

S: Not a very complex nose mostly roasted malt and milk sweetness can smell some faint oats.

T: Some rasted flavors as well as some chocolate flavors. hides the alcohol well, but theres to much of a bite for this to be a decent example of the style.

M: Mouthfeel is okay, theres a bit more carbonation, and the body is a bit to watery.

O: Its not an awful stout, but comparatively there are just many more complex and more enjoyable examples of the style at similar price points. Pick up if you are new to the style, if you aren't, this will be a disappointment to you.

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Photo of BillRoth
3.54/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of russpowell
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours mahogany with a thumb of brown head. Good lacing & average head retention

S: Carob & raisins, leafy & minty hops

T: Follows the nose, dryness as well up front, a touch of cocoa powder & light leafy hops too. Chalky dryness, more raisins & just bit of baker's chocolate with leafy hoppyness. Finishes dry, with some, not much roastyness finally showing up to the party once warm, plus more leafy & minty hops

MF: Medium bodied, fairly smooth

An alright stout that's lacking enough classic oatmeal stout characteristic that it leaves me somewhat sad I bought a sixer

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Photo of JamesS
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
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 FickleBeast
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Vigorous pour yields a thin ring of foam that fades away quickly. Color is pitch black. Aroma is dark, roasted malt, with minimal sweetness on the nose.

First sip is... decent body with a very mild finish. Not much roasted bitterness here. There is a strange sweet flavor to this beer, but it is hard to place it. Kind of fruity, hints of milk chocolate and plum.

I would like this more if it finished a little drier with a roasted malt bitter kick.

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Photo of curasowa
3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a dark, molasses-like color with a thin cap of dark tan head. The aroma smells of oatmeal and roasted/burnt malt over undertones of chocolate and cherry. Big, creamy body upfront with lots of black patent malt, bitter chocolate flavors with some sweetness mixed in. The finish lingers heavy and chalky on the tongue and the body is full. Overall, I would rate this as a solid, if not outstanding Oatmeal Stout.

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Photo of obywan59
3.57/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown on the pour, but near black in the glass.3-1/2 finger head colored like hot-chocolate. Excellent lacing.

Smell of coffee and dark chocolate with a twang of citrus.

Coffee and burnt malt in the taste. It seemed disproportionately bitter to my taste. Not smooth as I had expected. Somewhat tart as well.

Medium-bodied with light burn of alcohol on the way down.

Decent, but there are a lot better to choose from.

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Photo of Nicky66
3.57/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had in a bottle pulled from fridge. no freshness date. poured into a pint glass.

pours out a opaque black with 2 fingers of creamy expresso like head.

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, could easily drink several.. 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 Segelstrom
3.59/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AlaskaAg
3.59/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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