McGovern's Oatmeal Stout | Belfast Bay Brewing Co.

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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:
244
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
19.58%
 
 
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11
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Photo of mynie
4.11/5  rDev +8.7%
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 PorterLambic
2.88/5  rDev -23.8%
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 WesWes
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a deep dark black color with a thick frothy brown head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a dry earthy scent that has a wonderful oatmeal feel. It's very bitter from the over use of black patent malts. The taste is decent as well. It's quite bitter with loads of black malts. It goes down easy and finishes thin with some lingering earthiness. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is a good drinking beer, although I'm not sure how they won the silver medal at the World Beer Championships.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Motor oil black and a little syrupy in the pour; pours a light tan head that's about two fingers and it stays awhile. Sweet malts pervade my nostrils, with minor hints of dry/roasted malts anywhere. A little creamy but definitely smooth, they really polished this beer with the oats. Medium to full-bodied with light carbonation, the mouthfeel is a little fluffy and feeling, but there is still a good sweetmalt taste and it passes down the throat effortlessly and with a dry backbite that complements it perfectly. This is a great oatmeal stout.

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Photo of aubuc1
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured in to an imperial pint glass.

Pours a jet black with a billowing dark tan head.

Smell is of roasted malts with coffee and chocolate built in.

Silky, taste of roasted, charred malts. Light sweetness with chocolate very present.

I think it is a little thin, but not by much.

Very good beer to drink, I wish I had some chocolate to go with it.

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Photo of hops4me
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black body with a frothy chocolate milk looking head. Head takes some time to fall and leaves a fair amount of lace in its place. Smells of licorice, chocolate, and coffee. Taste is dry and smooth. Roasted bitterness and some nuttiness in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium. This beer is nice and goes down well. If it was available here I would buy again.

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Photo of CrellMoset
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
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 LumpyGuitar
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up off the new rack, had the Lobster from Belfast and this ones a tad better.

Poured a solid black with a finger of dark tan head. Head thinned but stayed the life of the beer, nice lacing too.

Smells of roasted malts, fresh water, and chocolate.

Taste is very smooth. Roasted malt dominates with a strong coffee character. Hints of raisin and dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and thick. Carbonation is good and the beer is very balanced.

Drinkability is nice. This is a good oatmeal stout and I'm pleasantly surpised. Try it.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark opaque color with a cherry tan head.

S: light coffee, dried dark fruit and a light lactose sweetness

T: Dark maltiness, dried fruit (raisins, cherries) and coffee stand out for the flavor. Hard to detect any creaminess from the oatmeal, drinks more like a stout.

M: Oily texture on tongue, lots of chocolate sneaking in along with some dried cherries. Leaves a dry roasted coffee after taste with dry bittering hops.

D: Hearty rich flavor, decently brewed, but doesn't stand out as an oatmeal.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a standard pint. Pour was all head; mocha-colored, dense and rocky with a honeycomb of holes visible through the sides of the glass. Brew was cola-colored with some ruby red hightlights around the edges. No lacing adhered during the tasting. Scents of cooca, coffee, malt and a hint of sweetness and alcohol. Taste is consistent with nose, but I'm also picking up a little dark fruit in the mix, as well as a roasted/burnt quality and a bit of hops at the finish. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and a little too carbonated for the style in my opinion, which detracted from the overall mouthfeel slightly. Really nice oatmeal stout. Great nose and flavor profile makes this a solid offering and well worth your time.

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Photo of Proteus93
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Completely opaque jet black pour... a light brown creamy head that doesn't stick all too much, but has a great retention.

S: A nice, full aroma of oats and toasted malts. Some soft and warm coffee aromas thrown in. Quite a nice smelling beer.

T: ... and decent tasting, too. Not particularly complex, with straight forward flavours of oatmeal, toasted malt, and coffee - not really as welcoming as the aroma, perhaps, but still pretty decent. A nod towards Sam Smith.

M + D: Decently creamy, and it could even get heavier without hurting things. Typically, oatmeal stouts are nice session brews, having full flavour, rich body, and a low ABV - this takes it up a notch, with an alleged 6.5% - a little heavy. Nonetheless, a decent oatmeal stout, and well worth trying out.

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Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
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 auxiliary
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance - Deep brown color, nice large brown head that faded out but left some nice lace.

smell - Coffee, chocolate and malt.

taste - Has a smoky, chocolate, roasted taste to it. Some hops present on the aftertaste, but mild.

mouthfeel - Medium body.

drinkability - Tastey, easy drinking beer, worth a try.My first from this company, seems they only make a few anyway.,

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Photo of AgingWarrior
3.31/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice black color with approximately one finger of reddish brown head. Some lacing, the head holds up pretty well.

Smell is rather bland, a little bit of malts, but it's just not much on the smell. The smell improves some as the brew warms, but still unremarkable.

The taste is a bit like the smell, it's a stout, but it's on the mild side without any really strong taste.

Mouth feel is pretty good, some creaminess and not too thin. As noted by other reviewers, this brew is over carbonated and it detracts from the overall mouth feel.

I drank this one down fairly quickly and could've drank a couple more.

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Photo of jslot38
2.7/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Appearance: Black body with a really dark tan coloured head. Looks more like an imperial stout. Head covers the top, no lacing, and it eventually disappates.

Smell: General malt, burnt toast and a brief hint of chocolate.

Taste: Not quite what I was expecting. Way too tart for my liking, and really overpowered everything else. There isn't much else beyond that tart flavour.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability: Good mouthfeel, but it can get lost in the taste. Not at all drinkable - maybe a bad bottle?

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Photo of ncvbc
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with this huge tan head and it settles down after a few minutes. Chunks of lacing down the glass. Smell is nice, with good chocolate and oats in there. Also a touch of coffee. Kind of on the sweet side with a hint of roastiness, it reminds me of Kahlua for some reason. Taste is much of the same. A grainy flavor along with great malts. A nice transition from sweet to roast to bitter with some hops in there as well. Mouthfeel is mostly good and smooth but a slight bitterness interupts at times. Overall this is a pretty nice Oatmeal Stout that I hope to try again some time.

Thanks to deltatauhobbit for this as an extra!

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Photo of cjgator3
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
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 Drew966
4/5  rDev +5.8%
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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Photo of paulthebeerguru
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Belfast Bay McGovern's Oatmeal Stout
12oz. brown bottle

Poured into a snifter. McGovern's pours a rich solid black color with a nice tan head. The bottle I got was over carbonated, so nearly the whole glass was head on my first pour. After waiting, I poured the rest, and after mellowing out for a bit, the head finally settled at about a quarter of an inch. Mild lacing. Aromas are of chocolate, yeast, and bittersweet malts. Taste was chocolaty, with that sweet malt goodness. No significant hop quality. Mouthfeel may be misjudged due to the high carbonation, but the stout was smooth and slightly creamy. I wouldn't mind getting another of these so I see if the carbonation level differs, but it is a tasty stout, and I did enjoy it after letting it settle.

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

A - this stout pours very dark, with a dark orange tinged caramel colored head

S - roasted malts with a coffee bitterness, some mellow sweetness, seems like vanilla or toffee, blended rather nicely

T - the coffee starts out well-balanced with the roasted malt characteristics, but becomes stronger as the sip finished, the mellow sweetness appears right near the end to create a supreme balance

M&D - the ending sweetness lends a great smoothness, easy to drink and easier to enjoy, a well crafted brew

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Photo of RunawayJim
4.14/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I know my scores are kind of all over the place, but let me explain...

Poured into a standard pint. Pours a thick looking black, but wait... Holy head, Batman! Half the bottle on a relatively moderate (slower than average, but not slow) pour and the glass is half foam. The beer was warmed for about 10 minutes, but is not, by any means, warm. The pour took a lot longer than I thought. This was the first strike on this beer. 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 awesome. Lots of roasted malts. I noticed something familiar, but couldn't put my finger on it until going through some of the previous reviews... it's 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 and a great stout at that. 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 RblWthACoz
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with a dark tan head that is pretty big. Nose is roasted malts that have a very slightly smoked quality to it. Flavor is heavily smoked malts. Off the first sip I wonder if it will be too much. We shall see. Interesting. Something just hit my brain. Blue cheese. You know that funky edge you get off some blue cheeses? That is what I just pulled off this, and in a firm way. Feel has a full carbonation and the liquid is good too. Overall a good stout. Definitely well bodied and with a defined character. Worth trying.

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Photo of Brianmerrilyn
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Stella Pint glass whilst waiting for Christmas ham. Biggest head I've seen in my entire life. Call it the Energizer because it kept growing and had to go to half pour and drink in 3 tranches. British Khakis tan that as above was 3-5 fingers. Leg remained entire time. Jet black color

Smell-Earth and charcoal.

Taste: Charcoal/burnt w/creamy w/very little tart aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Much lighter than i would expect from an Oatmeal and the head/legs.

Very drinkable beer for Stout people.

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Photo of Doomcifer
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
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 oberon
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
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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McGovern's Oatmeal Stout from Belfast Bay Brewing Co.
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