McGovern's Oatmeal Stout | Belfast Bay Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
85
very good
257 Ratings
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
Ratings:
257
Reviews:
125
Avg:
3.77
pDev:
13.79%
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
38
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 257 |  Reviews: 125
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 bboelens
3.18/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A-Deep deep black with ruby hints when lifted into the light, medium khaki head that dissipates rather quickly with minimal lacing

S-Oats, roasted malts, vanilla and toffee

T-Similar to the smell, a bit more subdued than I would prefer, a slight fruit taste is present along with the aforementioned smells

M-Medium body, slightly creamy with low carbonation

D-A good brew overall but there are much better oatmeal stouts out there

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of MAUEX_MFA
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of sendbeer
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of Vonhinx
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of RobertColianni
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

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 rderedin
3.3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JayNH
3.3/5  rDev -12.5%
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 AgingWarrior
3.31/5  rDev -12.2%
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 oldn00b
3.36/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark, near black appearance but ruby red held up to the light. Foamy white head forms but doesn't retain well.

Nose is typical stout, roasty malt and not much else.

Taste is a bit underwhelming - pretty much no more depth or character than guinness, just a richer mouthfeel.

It's fine, it was free, but I wouldn't seek it out again.

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Photo of bluegrassbrew
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours an opaque black with a little tan head that drops to a slight ring.

Smell is very faint. Just the slightest hint of sweet malt.

Taste is of some bitter oats and a touch of coffee.

Overall, not bad, but not one I'd go out to get. A tad boring. That said, nothing major wrong with it. Worth a try.

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Photo of Radome
3.46/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted from 12 oz bottle.

L - Opaque mahogany color. Dark tan head is thick and fluffy at first, then fades to a thin but persistent layer and loads of lacing.

S - Roasty, smoky malt. Some brown sugar.

T - Grainy malt, light roasted malt note. Low oats and chocolate.

F - Thick body, creamy carbonation and silky texture. No alcohol presence.

O - A pleasant oatmeal stout.

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Photo of cdclark81
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark pour with a very dark head that dissipated quickly. Smells like a typical oatmeal stout. As for the taste, I picked up a bit of dark coffee, but there's something else on the taste that I'm not a fan of. I can't quite figure out what it is.

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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 HiAIPA
3.49/5  rDev -7.4%
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 Linda081
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of tclapper
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of WeldBeerMan
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of bundy462
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of joeroma5
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of allenson21
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of The_Snow_Bird
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Has the perfect look, thick dark head and dark enough not to let any light pass through. Can smell roasted coffee. Has a light taste of roasted malts.

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McGovern's Oatmeal Stout from Belfast Bay Brewing Co.
3.77 out of 5 based on 257 ratings.
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