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McGovern's Oatmeal Stout | Belfast Bay Brewing Co.

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85
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121 Reviews
McGovern's Oatmeal StoutMcGovern's Oatmeal Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Belfast Bay Brewing Co.
Maine, United States
belfastbaybrewing.com

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
McGovern's Oatmeal Stout is a very dark, full-bodied stout with a smooth, moderate bitterness and roasted malt character. Integral parts of this stout include its subtle chocolate and caramel flavors. Hops also provide a subtle aroma and flavor without overpowering McGovern's overall balance. The milky, caramel colored head has small, tight, foamy bubbles that slowly cascade into the dark. aromatic liquid thanks to its oatmeal heritage.

Oatmeal also gives McGovern's a richer, full bodied quality with-out the bitter, burnt after-tasty often associated with stouts and other dark beers. This makes for a smoother drinking experience, especially for those who plan to enjoy more than one. Bartender Important - When pouring McGovern's Oatmeal Stout on draft, use any tap faucet with regular bar gas for best results. A traditional restrictor faucet cannot be used.

Added by UncleJimbo on 10-28-2001

BEER STATS
Reviews:
121
Ratings:
246
Avg:
3.77
pDev:
19.89%
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
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For Trade:
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Reviews by asabreed:
Photo of asabreed
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: An oatmeal stout this opaque? No light? Good retention and a frothy mocha-colored head. Gorgeous in the glass.

Smell: Darkness, licorice, roasted malts, black tea, earthiness and grime.

Taste: Nicely large roasted malts, with mild anise and oats going on, along with some chocolate and acrid coffee with the finish. Filling and coating all over the place.

Mouthfeel: Medium frothy with its medium body. Good carbonation, and a lot of bubbles for the thickness. The best attribute here.

Drinkability: I wish I'd have opted for more than a bottle of this. It's a pretty complex one for the style. Glad I had the chance to try it, and would recommend it to those who have a chance.

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Photo of oberon
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Guinness pint glass a near pitch black except for just a few highlights of ruby a huge blooming mocha colored head atop,mild milk chocolate and vanilla aromas with a drifting light smokiness.A tad prickly and a little thin in the mouthfeel department,flavors a roasty with some wood and smoke elements quite dry even earthy in the finish with a hint of bitter chocolate.Decent not great with some fine tuning it could be really good as is above average.

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Photo of ExtraStout
3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint. The liquid looks fantastic and the head is a nice dark tan color, but the size of the head is too much. Smell is a nice roasted scent. Nothing overwhelming. Perhaps a little burnt coffee in there as well. It's definitely a good smell.

Taste is a bit better than standard. Lots of roasted malts and toffee. As the beer warms and gets towards the end of the glass, the toffee disappears and turns into a slight chocolate malt flavor, though the roasted malts stay dominant.

Mouthfeel takes a hit because of the extra carbonation. Though it's not overwhelming, it's a little too much. It also takes a hit because while it looks thick, it feels a bit thinner than it should be. This is one very drinkable stout. I would definitely recommend this one to anyone looking for a good stout and could easily spend the night drinking these.

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Photo of StoutHearted
3.66/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A brew of impenetrable black, it gives off a roasty aroma of burnt vegetables. The taste, however, is of dark coffee grounds, with a bit of oats and soy sauce. It grows on you with each sip. There a sticky mouthfeel that clings to the palate with a bit a dryness. Average drinkability: doesn't wow, doesn't offend, but fails to distinguish itself among oatmeal stouts.

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Photo of bishopdc0
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark Tan head, with slight coffee and roasted barley smell and hints of malt. This starts sweet with smooth mouth feel over the tongue with noticeable bubbles on the tip. Big roasted barley taste that lingers into your next sip the second sip is better then the first, the sweet malt taste and the roasted barley make for a wonderful beer.

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Photo of Doomcifer
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a viscous black with an incredible, frothy, tan head that lingers on forever. Great lacing.

Smells of roasty malts, cocoa, sweet buttermilk...

Taste is very smooth...roasty, yet sweet like a milk stout. Toffee flavors, milk chocolate, coffee. Excellent.

Mouthfeel has a great body to it, velvety.

Extremely drinkable...one of th ebest oatmeal stouts I have ever had.

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Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz brown long neck twist, picture of a steamship in the bitch of an ocean near the Maine Coast. “Best Enjoyed Before” on the side of the label.

Appearance: Jet black colour with a steadfast light brown lace that is both rocky and dense. Nice cascading effect during the slow but vigorous pouring.

Smell: Creamy aroma of dark malts and sweet cooked oats. Hints of diacetyl that gives the suggestion of dark toffee. Smells of a malted milkshake.

Taste: Standard brawny medium body, with a crisp and doubled over smoothness that rushes the mouth after the crispness subsides. Medium carbonation with a big malty palate to boot. A sweet beer, both barley and oats dabble in the sweetness with a cooked porridge and sugar flavour. Light fruitiness seems out of place though it actually complements. Roasted malts hurdle over the sweetness to give a semi coarse ruff on the tongue bitter roasted flavour that is expected. Hops are placid and nonchalantly hang around the maltiness. Suggestions of coffee and chocolate hit at the same time to form a mocha flavour within the sweetness, the finish stays somewhat sweet with a creamed coffee after taste.

Notes: A good accompaniment with anything chocolate, flavours are well placed and true to style without anything trying to rock the boat.

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Photo of bsp77
4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Near black with thin head despite aggressive pour.

Smell: Sweet chocolate, cookies & cream, oats and molasses. Quite decadent aroma.

Taste: Nice roasted and chocolate taste with some cream oats. A very slight bite on the finish. There is a little bit of an aftertaste that is not ideal.

Feel: Smooth and creamy with low carbonation. I would prefer a drier finish.

Overall: Very nice everyday Oatmeal Stout.

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of yankeeheel
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a jet black with a nice thick tan head, which dissapeared all too quickly. Discovered the "best by" date had way passed.

Smells of coffee, oatmeal, and just a hint of choclate. The taste is rather even across the spectrum of dark malt, coffee, and dark chocalate. Just a hint of bitter at the back end.

All in all it's a nicely done well balanced stout. I'm still looking for a NE brewer to outdo the Ipswich though. That's the standard in my mind.

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Photo of Bingja18
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of JMS1512
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of mbratt93
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dacrza1
3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

DATE TASTED: February 13, 2016... GLASSWARE: Samuel Smith pint... OCCASION: a cold day calls for a warming stout... APPEARANCE: stout-black body begins with a brown single-finger head and finishes as a thin halo... AROMA: warm biscuit and chocolate take the lead, with lactic elements wafting... some peat, smoke and sweet confectioner's sugars...also, some bourbon hints of vanilla... PALATE: a relatively smooth draw with a late fizziness...the slight oiliness contributes to a lingering aftertaste that again suggests whiskey mash...plenty drinkable, sidestepping a stout's potential weightiness... TASTE: a sea saltiness pervades an experience that includes smoky peat, vegetable, dough and chocolate make for a multifaceted profile... OVERALL: BIG shout-out to Uncle Mark for his rerouting yet another Beer of the Month selection,,,this evokes enough different aspects that it rises above the average winter mix-pack variety... strong enough to stand alone, with enough alcohol to be engaging...

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Belfast Bay- McGovern's Oatmeal Stout

Best before April 2008

Appearance- Dark black with a thick fizzy brown head. 1 ring lacing on the glass.
Smell- Hard to detect but light grainy features. Coffee, cream, and chocolate notes appear.
Taste- Big oatmeal flavor immediately hits you. Black, slighty burnt coffee appears with a touch of creamy milk chocolate.
Mouthfeel- Watery at first but the eventually the dry bitterness kicks in.

Overall- A modest sipper here. The flavor bursts through in the end. My 2nd beer from Belfast Bay and both have been very good!!

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.96/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is my 700th review. (1/11/08 and a full moon to boot!)

The color appears as a Very dark brown color, not black but no light is popping through. a 2" deep, soft and foamy head that is pretty active bit leaves plenty of foam during the duration.

a very subtle nose, but I find this to be the case with most Oatmeal Stout's. Roastie chocolate, oats, wheat and a slight creamy vanilla edge.

The flavor is a dry-roasted dark chocolate with a full bodied blast of oats and vanilla, dark roast coffee, with a gentle balance of herbal, leafy, acorn-like bitterness in the back of the palate. The feel is crispy with a medium middle and heavy finish, dry finish. Later, there's peanutbutter and dried wheat.

A very nice stout.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark black color with a huge tan head caused by the high amount of carbonation. You definitely need to pour this one with care. The aroma is roasted malts, dark chocolate and a hint of coffee. The taste like the aroma is dark roasted malts with some coffee flavors in the bittersweet finish. Overall, this is a pretty solid stout that is recommended. However, due to the excessive amount of carbonation, I did not get to enjoy the silky smooth mouthfeel that is typically associated with oatmeal stouts.

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Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 6-pack in Port Jefferson Station.

Wow, this immediately reminds me of the Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout. The roasted and burnt barley flavor only plays a small part while the coffee-like grains and cocoa come together beautifully. The only problem I had was that one of my bottles was overcarbonated. Otherwise, it was a gorgeous black with light brown head and matching lacing with a smooth body. Very drinkable and very tasty. One of the best oatmeal stouts I've tried. Worth finding.

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Photo of dahlen22
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like a good stout here and there (and no, Guinness in America is not really a stout). I gave this beer a try and I am happy I did.

Appearance: Duh...really dark

Aroma: Chocolate, coffee, and some nutty scents.

Pour: LOTS of head so be careful pouring this one.

Taste: This is a good American stout with loads of chocalate, coffee, toffee, and nutty flavors. I was surprised just how smooth this was considering it is dark.

Overall: I like this beer...I have always had a soft spot in my heart for Stouts and Maine. Def. worth a try, especially if it is cold outside. That being said, if you want an Oatmeal Stout that will blow your mind, go with the Sammy Smith's. Cheers!!

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Photo of ams0286
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is my first encounter with the Belfast Bay Brewery. I chose to start with the McGovern's Oatmeal Stout as it is a very cold, snowy winter night. I picked this bottle up from the local Beers of the World Warehouse and stored it in my mini fridge. I have to start by noting the pour of this beer. I used a normal pint glass to drink from and the head on this beer is unreal. It took me literally ten minutes to fit the entire bottle into the glass, an unfortunate start.

A - The head is so thick it almost looks like the consistency of cool whip. Sandy in color the head is composed of lots of little bubbles and very few fish eyes. The beer...once it changed from head to liquid, is very very dark brown, very little if any light comes through.

S - The smell is classic of a stout beer. Faint aromas of chocolate malts, and almost a milky scent arise.

T - At first I taste the chocolate malts, however the aftertaste has a metalic characteristic.

M - Very little carbonation in this beer, as is traditional with the style, much less chalky than I had expected

D - I could see myself downing a few of these although I would most likely do it after dinner

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Photo of nookiebrown
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of KarmicSkrambl8
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Kevincredible
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of hkyplyr73
4.75/5  rDev +26%

Photo of KTCamm
3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. 2/17

Pours dark brown with a little tan foam on top. and a bit fizzy. Rich roasted oaty nose. Taste is a hearty wall of oats, coffee grittiness, then suddenly a smooth finish. Mild bitter. Good close. A little milky, but not in a sweet stout kind of way.

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McGovern's Oatmeal Stout from Belfast Bay Brewing Co.
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