Bennington
Night Shift Brewing

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Style:
Stout - Oatmeal
Ranked #26
ABV:
7.3%
Score:
91
Ranked #3,118
Avg:
4.16 | pDev: 6.25%
Reviews:
40
Ratings:
187
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Night Shift Brewing
 
Massachusetts, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  7
Gots
  36
SCORE
91
Outstanding
BenningtonBennington
Notes: Oatmeal stout with Dutch-processed cocoa and maple syrup.
Reviews: 40 | Ratings: 187 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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metter98 from New York

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a half finger high tan head that gradually died down, consistently leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of maple syrup are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and is dominated by flavors of maple syrup, but there is only a bit of associated sweetness. There are additional notes of roasted malts and hints of cocoa.
M: It feels medium-bodied, somewhat airy, and a bit smooth on the mouthfeel with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer doesn't have as smooth of a mouthfeel compared to other beers in the style, but the maple syrup flavors in the taste really make up for it. I really liked how there was a lot of maple syrup flavors without any of the cloying sweetness.

Serving type: can

Jan 30, 2020
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harrypowers from Massachusetts

3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a small tan head.

On opening this smells and tastes of MAPLE. As my glass warmed the maple subsided and the chocolate and roasted malts came to the forefront. Medium body, a bit syrupy, and lightly carbonated.

Enjoyable & recommended!

Dec 21, 2019
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CraftKingandQueen

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Looks black like a stout, smells roasty and with a bit of maple, taste is complex
With roasty malt and dark choc nibs and a very distinct finish of maple syrup. Great beer!

Dec 08, 2019
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pGaf from Massachusetts

4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looks like a stoute, tastes deliciouse, pours unfortunately never longe enough. I tasted a well timed sweetness. Smooth and pleasant flavor delivery. Really like this one.

Jan 27, 2019
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Ronl12 from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can into pint glass. Dated 10/5/18.
Look is black. Smell is sweet roasted malt. Taste follows nose. Feel is smooth and creamy. Overall a very good oatmeal stout. Roasted malt is mellowed out by the maple syrup and cocoa. Well done.

Jan 26, 2019
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bobv from Vermont

4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

As per stamp on bottom of can:
Canned 11/18/18.
8.8% abv.
Moderate pour yields a one inch tan head over a black body with sticky lacing and clumpage or moundage; you know, whatever they call that island of head. Nose of dark roasted malts, cocoa, and maple. Taste follows nose nicely with the maple coming forward more as it warms a bit. Nice feel and overall, I am certainly diggin' this oatmeal stout. Cheers to the boys of Everett!

Jan 06, 2019
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twosheds from Massachusetts

3.76/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Very dark brown with a tan head.

Getting mostly chocolate from the smell. A little bit go raisin as well.

Tastes very much like the description indicates. The cocoa flavors are most prominent but not overpowering along with the normal oatmeal stout profile. Maple is hard to detect, but maybe getting some in the finish.

Something about the mouthfeel is not quite as smooth as I was expecting for an oatmeal stout.

This is good, but there are other oatmeal stouts I like better. It seems that maple is a hard flavor to bring to a beer because it is so subtle. It's hard to tell if it's really there or just seems like it is.

Dec 17, 2018
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sulldaddy from Connecticut

4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampling a cellar temp 16 oz can poured into my snifter. The beer was recently purchased at a store in AMherst.
Beer pours a rich cola brown with little light passing through and a creamy tan colored head of 3 cm. the foam fades slowly leaving pockmarking craters as it recedes to a sturdy edge layer.
Aroma on this one is a nice mix of roasted malt and dark chocolate. I also get a little bit of coffee ground note, but unfortunately I dont get any maple as promised on the label of the can. No hops and hidden booze at this point.
First sip reveals an average body with very fine and tingly carbonation with a slightly slick mouthfeel.
Flavor is all malt with roasted notes and dark chocolate. There is a little sweetness that comes through that I get more as brown sugar than a maple syrup flavor, which doesnt take away from the beer. I was hoping to get some maple notes, but even still this beer is very enjoyable and I would try it again, especially getting into the cooler months. Glad to have had the chance to sample it.

Oct 23, 2018
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mike22ne from Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a can, dated 10/5/18. Can says 8.2%ABV.

Lots of roasted malts and chocolate and coffee, dry cocoa flavors but a nice full body. Smooth with decent bitterness and good deep roasted barley. I'm not finding a lot of maple, maybe a subtle hint in there but it's overpowered by the roast and chocolate.

Overall very nice, glad I picked it up!

Oct 23, 2018
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larryi86 from Delaware

4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thank you thebeers for this
16 oz can, dated 10/17/17, poured into a teku

A- Black with a two mocha head.

S- Chocolate, maple syrup, some roasted malts, some dark fruits, nicely balanced.

T- Chocolate, some roasted coffee, maple syrup, touch of earthiness.

M- Smooth, medium to full body.

O- A real nice chocolate and maple syrup stout. Good balance, easy to drink.

Jun 29, 2018
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TreyIsWilson from Michigan

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours motor oil black with a creamy two finger tan head. The head recedes quickly leaving some light soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is coffee, roasted malts and dark chocolate.

T - The taste is coffee, dark and milk chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla and maple.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with a nice soft finish.

O - This is a pretty killer stout. Perfect mix of coffee and chocolate with a nice hit of maple syrup in the finish.

May 23, 2018
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322wingedfoot from Pennsylvania

3.87/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a 16oz can but canning date was illegible; probably October 2017. Pours an inky black with little head. Sweet on both the nose and palate with clear chocolate notes. Vert tasty stout.

Dec 26, 2017
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brureview from Massachusetts

4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a dark chocolate color with 1 finger head.

Aroma: maple sugar, chocolate, roasted malt. The maple sugar gives the beer a special touch.
Creamy, malty MF.Quite pleasant to drink.

Taste transitions well from aroma. Maple sugar, chocolate, cocoa, lightly bitter finish.

It’s a great time to be in New England. Lots of excellent beers. Night Shift is a first rate brewery with a distinct approach to brewing. Their beers are getting better and better.

Nov 25, 2017
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GiselesGazelle from Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance - Dark, dark, dark. Opaque, nearly black, with a couple fingers worth of beigey-brown head. Leaves a good ring of lacing.

Smell - sweet aroma, mocha, vanilla, coffee, bready.

Taste - chocolate and coffee malt, moderately acidic, the sweet maple comes through in the middle of the palate, with a lightly bitter malt finish.

Mouth feel - full bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall - really solid stout, more full bodied than most. Not getting a whole lot of oatmeal, but maybe that's just because it blends in with the malt. Sweetness of the maple really comes through, really good ABV, but as with most stouts this one is heavy. Good to sip, but not something I could crush.

Nov 23, 2017
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bigkamp from Rhode Island

3.49/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Canned on 10/17/17 poured into a tulip glass. Pour is very dark and nose is sweet and boozy. Taste buds are overwhelmed with notes of cocoa. Tastes like a chocolate stout. Very solid beer but expected more balance and could not sense the maple
Syrup. My expectations from night shift are extremely high.

Nov 15, 2017
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can dated 10/17/17

Poured into. Teku glass, black liquid, brown fizzy one finger foam cap, quickly settles to a brown ring on the edges

Aroma of chocolate, maple , oatmeal

Taste of cocoa, whiff of maple

Low sudsing medium mouthfeel

Nice beer

Nov 13, 2017
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

canned 10/17/17

Pours a mocha colored fizzy frothy head that fades at a med pace, nice lacing, pitch black beer.

Nose sweet candy and maple, fresh espresso and roasted coffee beans, creamy oatmeal and cocoa, bakers chocolate,

Taste starts with rich velvety chocolate, bakers choc and cocoa layered oatmeal with mild maple syrup, little roasted coffee beans, a big bowl of oatmeal, mild spices and creamy milk chocolate.

Mouth is med bod, lush creamy velvety, decent carb

Overall a fun enjoyable beer, nothing wrong, but not very special, but great oatmeal base and chocolate with enough maple that it's not too sweet or overpowering.

Nov 05, 2017
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EMH73 from New York

4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a half inch tan head that was fairly well retained but left little lacing. Smells and tastes of dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, maple and vanilla. The maple really comes to the forefront as the beer warms. Full bodied with a medium mouth feel, lightly carbonated.

Nov 01, 2017
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Viscous black with a finger of creamy mocha head. Minimal lacing. Brownie batter, burnt chocolate, coffee grounds in the nose. Sweet tasting up front with more of that chocolatey burnt brownie toastiness on the backend. The maple may contribute to the early sweetness, but the dark cocoa steals the show. Thick and creamy feel. Delicious.

Oct 31, 2017
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ThrewRedButter from Massachusetts

4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L - Pitch black with small ruby red on the edges and less than a finger of almond-colored head

S - Milk chocolate, dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla, sugary sweetness

T - Follows the nose. Very sweet and dessert-like. Nice iced coffee finish

F - Full-bodied, but not the thickest feel. No alcohol.

O - Good dessert beer ideal for these colder months ahead.

Oct 30, 2017
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cosmicevan from New York

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

can we generously tossed my way as a trade extra at a one point. little thin for an oatmeal stout with some bitter chocolate powder. maple is more prominent on the nose but shows a hint in rhe taste pushing the asteongency. decent brew.

Aug 18, 2017
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SomethingClever from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can poured into a can glass canned on 4/17

A: not much of a head more of a thin off white film. Body is a rich black in color with little to no light coming through.

S: Lots of coffee, dark chocolate, a little light syrup some roasted malts.

T: Lots of nice dark chocolate deep roasted malts, coffee, almost a little nuttiness.

M: Nice full body nice and thick almost chewy with a good bit of carbonation.

O: This an excellent chocolate and Coffee forward stout unfortunately I don't get any of the maple syrup. The mouth feel is almost perfect on this beer though.

Aug 15, 2017
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FFFjunkie from Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look is super dark tan near black. Pours with an awesome amount of dark khaki head.

Smell is mainly roast and cocoa. Roast resembles coffee.

Taste is roasted malt and cocoa in almost perfect ratio followed by a hint of maple sweetness. Maple becomes slightly more obvious upon warming up.

Feel is creamy and smooth no doubt due to the oats. Really slick finish.

Overall a really nice stout that balances everything quite nice. Equal amounts of roast and cocoa with just a hint of maple sweetness at the end.

Jul 07, 2017
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Can from Colonial Spirits,
Dark brown bordering on black with a frothy tan head that persists. Rich chocolate and roast with a bit of brown sugary, yeah I guess its maple and a hint of vanilla. Rich thick body with a creamy silky mouthfeel. That is a pretty damn tasty beer. Makes a heck of a half and half with a bit of Morph too.

May 25, 2017
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Dope from Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

1/27/17 canning date

A: Pours black with a very fizzy and thinly bubbled chocolate milk colored head. Decent retention and lacing.

S: Good amount of maple and cocoa for sure. A touch of burnt bread.

T: Similar to the nose. Burnt bread right from the get-go. Bittersweet cocoa in the middle with a light maple backing. Maple is more apparent in the finish.

M: Nice and creamy, obvious oatmeal addition.

O: Really nice oatmeal stout. The maple and cocoa add great complexity without being overwhelming. Works together quite well, would definitely try this one out again.

Apr 30, 2017
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