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McGovern's Oatmeal Stout | Belfast Bay Brewing Co.

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

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

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:
243
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
13.76%
 
 
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Photo of lackenhauser
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
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 donkeyrunner
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
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 dahlen22
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
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 garcia2a
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice deep ruby color with a full, cocoa colored head that laced nicely.

The bouquet has nice grains, malt and a grassey chocolate hints. This translated well to the taste. I am getting nice full malts with a velvety chocolate aftertaste.

This is a decent beer, pretty much bang on for the style. Mouthfeel is nice, but a tad chewy and thick. Very drinkable, but this beer cloys rather rapidly.

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Photo of erosier
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a deep brown-black color with a medium sized off white colored kind of fluffy head that laces the glass nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of deep roasted malts, some smoother oatmeal notes, a hint of dark chocolate at the end.
T: Tastes much more mellow than I would have guessed - nice deep roasted malts up front with a very smooth and much lighter tasting oatmeal that is the main body mixed with chocolate and coffee notes.
M: Very smooth, slightly chewy, lighter bodied than it looks, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable, this is a great session stout for sure.

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Photo of bishopdc0
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
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 scruffwhor
2.9/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a staright blac with brownie highlights and a nice one finger brown head. The aroma is a nice roasted malt, but pretty astringent smelling coffee with maybe a drizzle of cream. The taste starts roasted creamy and smooth, then gets a little tart and acidic. The finish a slightly vinegarish coffee. Palate goes from smooth to tart. OK oatmeal stout taht could use a litle less tartness.

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Photo of beergod1
4.23/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark and rich body with a one inch dark brown head that faded to a thin film quickly. Nice roasted malt aroma with some dark chocolate as well as cherry and light vanilla. Flavor is dry and roasted with some burnt malt coming out on the lightly hoppy finish. Very full flavored. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with active fizzy carbonation. Texture is more watery than anything else with a little chalkiness on the finish. Overall, a pretty good beer. Full of flavor, and a really nice surprise. It tastes more like a dry stout than an Oatmeal stout, but very tasty none the less.

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Photo of bob3701
3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pitch black in the pour; very volitile in the pour thick huge dark tan head but does not lace as well as head would lead you to believe. On the dry side, very mild bitterness. Very balanced in taste. Hints of dark fuit and coffee. Nice feeling in the mouth, very smooth. A highly drinkable stout.

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Photo of Morey
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
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 Jayli
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
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 originalsin
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up as part of a mix a six pack. 'Enjoy by' date on the side isn't notched off- not worried though.

Wow. What a pour. Black as night with a 1/2 inch of chocolate milk colored frothy head that's dense and laces well. Good looking beer- A little bit of sediment has made it's way to the bottom of my glass it almost looks like some flaked oats were trapped in the bottle haha.
It smells pretty standard for an oatmeal stout- nothing out of the ordinary here--some dark sweet chocolate notes and a good amount of heavy roasted coffee.
This is a slightly creamy and very, very smooth brew. It tastes so incredibly bittersweet. Some nice dark chocolate notes really come through on the aftertaste. Sweet, sweet dark chocolate.

All in all, this is a tasty oatmeal stout- I have yet to find one that matches up with sammy smith's but we're getting closer with this one. Cheers

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Photo of ToasterChef
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass. The beer is black in color with a slight brown head that settles to skim within a few minutes. There is barely any lace left on the glass. It is extremely opaque; you can't see anything through it. The oatmeal stout smells of roasted grains and malt with some nuttiness. It tastes of chocolate and coffee, with a bitterness at the end. The bitterness and coffee flavor lingers after you swallow. It has a medium body that is strengthened by the aftertaste. It has a normal amount of carbonation, nothing too exceptional. It does feel very smooth going down. This beer is enjoyable but I remember liking it more when I had it on tap at the old Belfast Bay brewpub. The bottle I'm reviewing had been in the refrigerator all afternoon, so it was quite cold when poured, now that it is warming up, I'm enjoying the beer more.

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Photo of jwhite1979
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: This is about as dark as beer gets.
S: Not much here, but when I swirl it around I can smell a bit of roasted coffee.
T: Tastes like an Oatmeal Stout should--kinda bitter, kinda sweet. It doesn't have the depth of flavor I've tasted in other Oatmeal Stouts, but it's still very good.
M: I love how smooth this beer feels in my mouth. Beers with so little carbonation tend to be water, but this has a very creamy feel.
D: I think I'll have another.

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Photo of rwrk42
4.23/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour: As dark as can be with a decent head
Smell: Roasted malt, slight coffee and chocolate. On the sweeter side
Taste: Smooth with a sweet taste of coffee, chocolate, oats and barley. Not very carbonated and little if any taste of hops.
Overall a good Oatmeal Stout

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Photo of HiAIPA
3.49/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured out of 12oz. bottle, this elixir resembles a dark coffe like liquer, with a nice head profile of creamy coffee foam. Aromas are mild, containing sweet oats and malt, hay and roasted porridge. Flavors are nicer than the aromas, serving up a meritage of dark cocoa, roasted gruel, blackened grog and nice sweet oatmeal on the finish. A decent offering for consumers to seek out. This tasted much better as it warmed up, and I recommend bringing this to almost room temperature to enjoy the full palate of flavors.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.97/5  rDev +5%
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 StoutHearted
3.66/5  rDev -3.2%
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 ATPete
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 bottle

Pours a deep brown color with a good strong brown head leaving some sticking. Roasty, almost salt sweet malts in the nose. The malt character in flavor is obviously dominant, notes of chocolate and hints at coffee, the subtlest flavor of soy sauce. Smooth drinking, light/medium bodied stout, low carbonation. I could definitely go back to this one.

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Photo of ams0286
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
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 GratefulBeerGuy
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
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 TeamSeabass
4.23/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On the pour it gives a thick, frothy, dark brown head and the beer itself is dark & opaque. Leaves some consistant lacing as the head falls.

High quantities of chocolate, caramel, roasted malts. Delicious. Smells like some kind of fancy ice cream.

Good roasted malts with a certain sweetness & chocolate overtones.

This beer has a creaminess to it that is so good. It must be the way that the carbonation combines with the flavors. Wish I could better describe it since I gave it a 5 but thats it.

This beer is a real treat. For me it's the definition of dessert beer and something to always keep on hand.

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Photo of xenolithic
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(from tasting notes)

Eyes: Pours into a pub glass with a 2 finger brown sugar colored head that dissipates very slowly. Pours jet black with no visible bubbles.

Taste: Roasted malts, oaty, and perhaps a dark bitter chocolate.

Smell: Smells similar with roasted malts, slightly sweet smell, and a little oats.

Mouthfeel: This beer has a deliciously creamy mouthfeel with a crisp finish.

Drinkability: Probably only one or two in a sitting, not a session beer, but great for desert or a reward.

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Photo of JayNH
3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a deep dark brown with one hell of a head.

S- slightly sweet with a definate alcohol/solvent smell.

T- slightly sweet, mild burnt/coffee taste. Slightly watery.

M- It has a "foamy" mouthfeel.

D- Not unpleasant. I could drink a few of these. The overall flavor is a little watered down though.

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Photo of hopdog
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
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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McGovern's Oatmeal Stout from Belfast Bay Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 121 ratings.
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