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McGovern's Oatmeal Stout | Belfast Bay Brewing Co.

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McGovern's Oatmeal StoutMcGovern's Oatmeal Stout

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

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

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Photo of Suds
3.11/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very roasty aroma...charcoal, nearly burnt malt, and smoke...plus, unfortunately, a little plastic and band-aid scent. The beer is dry, intensely dry, with the roasted character carrying through from the smell. No malt or hops in the flavor, just a lot of malt and grain. Fleeting alcohol in the taste. Moderate bitterness and a medium-to-light body for an oatmeal stout. Not a bad beer, although the creamy, full texture that I expect from an oatmeal stout was entirely lacking.

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Photo of mynie
4.11/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dang fine pour, for an oatmeal. Glugs out syrupy thick, has a huge brown chocoately head, and it's nearly opaque. Really, it looks like an RIS.

Smells rough and raw of strong, roasted malt. Nice and firm, exactly what I look for in an oatmeal stout, but not really complex or intense and there's not much of a hop presence.

Tastes excellent. Sweet and lightly sour porter malts start things off, moving quickly into bitter roasted malt with heavy nodes of hearty grain and dark chocolate. Dry stout hops come in near the end, blending wonderfully with the sour remnants of the malt. Superb.

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Photo of AgentZero
2.34/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - Pours a black color, pretty hefty for a 5.1% beer. Head faded to a decent off-white head with no lacing.

S - Smells a little sour and like some sort of ethanol. Some coffee and roasted notes, but not a great smell.

T - This is a truly remarkable feat in making a bad beer. Some sort of taste of burnt rubber taste with almost a lactic sourness that sticks with you on the aftertaste. A bit of sweetness, but this is just bad.

M - Thin, although expected for a bad 5% oatmeal stout. Lower carbonation.

D - This is not a good beer, it tastes pour and drinks hard for its 5.1%.

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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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Photo of Morey
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque pitch black topped with a creamy goldish-tan head that has settled to a thin lace but seems to have some decent head retention.

Smells of roasted barley with hints of dark chocolate pushing through.

Taste is very roasty and earthy. Finishes extremely smooth.

Mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side (perhaps too thin). Good carbonation level though.

One of the easiest drinking stouts that I've ever sampled.

Morey's Bottom Line: Without a doubt the best stout that I've had in quite a while. Not quite as good as Samuel Smith's Oatmeal, but pretty darn good. It's just not quite silky enough due to it's thin mouthfeel.

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Photo of hopdog
4.07/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this one from a 12oz bottle.

Poured a black color (with reddish/brown edges) and an averaged sized tan head. Aromas of roast, coffee, chocolate, oats, and lactose. Tastes of roast, coffee, and chocolate. Some vanilla cream. Lively body.

Notes from 9/18/07

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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz longneck brown bottle.

This stout poured a dark brown/black with red near the edges if held to the light with HUGE light brown foam that would not quit. The foam persisted a long time and clung to the sides of the glass. The smell was mildly malty with perhaps a bit of oatmeal. The taste was slightly sweet and malty with some roasty malt flavors and a bit of oatmeal and moderate hoppiness. The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy with medium-full body and medium carbonation. This was a good stout, but not as good as I remember from a sample I had on tap.

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Photo of PorterLambic
2.88/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours black, tar black. No light penetration. Nice dark 1 1/2" head.
Smell is malt, dark chocolate, smoke, peat/earth and cardboard (a bit heavier than the rest).
Taste is malt, smoke, earthy, cardboard, alcohol and a slight whiskey note.
Overly fizzy on the tongue & palate, a sharp effervescence. Light-medium body, a touch watery at times. Slightly warming in the throat. Alright but needs some tweaking.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle was poured into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a crazy two finger head that finally reduced to a puffy layer and left some nice lacing on the glass. It is a pitch black color with no vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: sweet and bready oats, roasted coffee, chocolate, and smoke

Taste: everything is blended together, but the flavors are light. Some vanilla and sweetness from the oats in there too. Lingering bitterness in the back of the mouth.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, full bodied, medium carbonation, and very drinkable.

Overall: Pretty solid oatmeal stout. Too bad they have to make it in Portland and not in Belfast Bay. Still an awesome though.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.69/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Splitting this 12 oz bottle with Stopper. Poured at room temp into a snifter the beer exhibits a dark cola brown hue with a tan edge layer and some wispy islands floating in the center of my glass. Not as much head as I expected for the style.
Aroma is dominated by burnt malt and hints of brown sugar. No hops or booze shine through at this point.
First sip reveals a light body with average carbonation. Flavor is similar to the nose with burnt malt and brown sugar mixing not too complex. Also still find no hop presence or hint of ABV. A pretty easy drinking oatmeal stout that is nice and roasty but the body is a little thin for the style and I would like more with a little mor thickness. Still I could and would drink more than one in a sitting if I had the beer around.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"My name is humpty, I like my oatmeal lumpy." - Digital Underground

Contract brewed at Shipyard. Pours dark brown, looks opaque black in the glass. 2 finger bubbling mud brown head settles into a thin, creamy retention. Lacey webbing.

Aroma is sharp roast malt, bitter chocolate and smooth cocoa powder. Taste follows the aroma with flavors getting a hoppy push forward. I'm a fan.

Their website has a talking lobster.

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Photo of Danny1217
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice dark color, with a thick tan head that goes away after about a minute. Smells of roasted malts and coffee. The taste is more heavy on the coffee than the smell. Coffee is at the forefront, with roasted malts and oats following. A hint of dark chocolate. Medium body and carbonation.

A pretty good oatmeal stout. Nothing outstanding, but worth trying for sure.

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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 matjack85
4.32/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found this single 12oz brown bottle at the Binny's store in Glen Ellyn, IL for $1.89. A best before date of October 2010 is notched into the side of the label. Since this is still June of '10 it should be pretty fresh.

The beer poured a black Guiness-like color and made a 2-finger creamy light brown head that lasted several minutes and left tons of lacing on the glass.

It smells like an oatmeal cookie.

Wow, this is really malty sweet. I'm also picking up the oatmeal flavor along with some chocolate and coffee notes. The finish and aftertaste is where the bitter coffee flavor is most noticeable. It's a pretty nice combination of flavors.

Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

I only bought one bottle this time, but I can easily see myself going back for a full 6 pack.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle served in a snifter. Best By is 12/26/16.

Pours black with very little head and not much carbonation. Smell is yeasty with a hint of cherry. Definitely some coffee roastiness.

Taste is very roasty-bitter. Lots of anise flavor. Lots of coffee flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium and a little flat. Overall, it's actually pretty solid.

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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 lackenhauser
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Jet black with a nice small head at first. Mild espresso and cocoa aroma. Deep roasted flavor-almost to a burnt degree but it is not unpleasant. Some hop bitterness. Lacks the creamy flavor and the silkiness of a good oatmeal stout. Body is a tad thin-again no sign of oats in here. A decent enough stout.

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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 OtherShoe2
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours near black with a fair head. Limited retention, no lace.

Nice charred malt and coffee notes. Some grain sweetness in the nose.

Nice balance of richness and bitterness, with transitions back and forth from each. Charred malt, coffee, and then some sweetness from the oats. A hint of vanilla or sweet wood. Mild, french-roast coffee leads the finish. Very nice.

Full bodied. Decent and appropriate carbonation.

Great brew. Nice, not filling or cloying. Highly drinkable. Glad I saw this.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of a bottle this brew was an opaque black with one finger of tan head. The retention was less than stellar but the lacing was decent. The aroma was rather chocolaty, with some roasted malt, light coffee and molasses. The flavors were solid and robust; starting on a note of roasted malt I then tasted the light chocolate followed by oats, earthiness and a long coffee finish. Pleasantly bitter but balanced. The mouthfeel was smooth and rich, the body was full and the carbonation excellent for the style. Though nothing about the beer was outstanding I really enjoyed it and thought it a good overall example of the style.

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

The brew pours with a look typical of a nice stout: black with a tan cap, though it is a short-lived head. The nose is equal parts of cocoa, roast, and toffee-coffee-caramel-candy notes, but it is not sweet. It tastes about the same as the nose but it adds a pleasantly acrid roast and smoke hint to the mix. Feel is medium soft and creamy with a super drying mouthfeel, a tad reminiscent of black coffee. Quite nice, overall.

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Photo of Jayli
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had at The Great Lost Bear 11/21

A: This beer pours an opaque black with a one finger of rich, creamy khaki/light brown head. Nice head retention that leaves a good deal of sticky sheets of lacing on the glass the whole way down.

S: Nose is of oatmeal, chocolate, and roasted malts.

T: Taste is of rich creamy milk chocolate, oatmeal, middle filled with oatmeal and toasted malts, with a finish that has a nice coffee bitterness.

M: Medium body, low carbonation, rich, creamy and silky feel.

D: Crazy drinkable, balanced well, very tasty, if you like stouts, this is one to sit with for an evening and a half!

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Photo of CrellMoset
3.76/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of dkachur at a tasting at the home of proteus93. Poured into a Brooklyn-logoed footed pilsner glass.

Appearance: A realy nice creamy, fine-to-medium bubbled but even tan head on a deep brown-bodied beer. Lacing is fantastically sticky, so the oatmeal's doin' its thing.

Aroma: Nutty, oatmeal, graham cracker, some light soy sauce, some light leafy and citrus herbally hop notes, and a few other nice roasted and toasted notes - lightly burnt toast, brown sugar, some chocolate.

Taste: Nice wholesome oatmeal notes, leafy and citrus hops, almonds and walnuts, toasted malts - including a lot of sweet chocolate as it warms - some grainyness.

Mouthfeel: Nothing impressive, but nothing bad here. Medium bodied, medium thickness, medium-bubbled. Just very, very medium.

Drinkability: Proteus93 put it best - it's like they tried to do Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout, but just fell a little short. It's good, but it's a little off in a number of ways (the soy sauce note, for instance).

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Photo of farrago
3.27/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Yields over two fingers of super-dark brown foam, very airy and loose, fizzing off at a quick pace, plenty of dimpling along the way to a thin surface coating left behind, minimal lacing to be had. The liquid itself is jet black with the vaguest hint of orange at the rims. The nose feels firm and in no way soft, focuses on dark chocolate, coffee, scone, anise seed, no truly sugary component involved, the oats dried rather than cooked or even cookie status, it’s sufficiently densely packed that even the roast doesn’t lift much, mild hoppiness comes through at warmer temperatures. Medium-bodied, noticeably dry and chewy, again the oats and grains seem uncooked and dusty even, comes across as semi-bitter, heavy on the roasted coffee, bittersweet chocolate, cocoa and then black licorice and dried orange peels. Hard to truly peg the hops for the pucker factor near the end, maybe yes, maybe no. Carbonation seems low given the density of the material. With each additional sip you can’t help but wish it were a little sweeter with more length. No fruit nor something like caramel, vanilla. In the end, feels “traditional” but not so much a fun style of stout to kick back with and spend an evening.

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Photo of Drew966
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

McGovern's Oatmeal Stout pours an opaque black with an out of control huge brown head. The aroma is nice, roasted malt all the way. The flavor is also nice, once again it's roasted malt, just as I would expect. There is a nice touch of sweetness, but mostly it's just coffee like flavors. Pretty good.

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McGovern's Oatmeal Stout from Belfast Bay Brewing Co.
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