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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 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 TMoney2591
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

It'd be funny to think that the brewer's chose this name over both Muskie's and Humprhey's... Maybe? *ahem* Anyway, it pours a straight onyx topped by a finger of light off-khaki foam. The node comprises roasted malts, dark chocolate, light coffee, and molasses. The taste brings in more of the same, with the roast really getting kicked up, the coffee and chocolate turning bitter and acrid, and some light vinyl and tobacco entering the fray as well. The body is a solid medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly dry finish. Overall, a pretty okay oatmeal stout, but one that lacks the smoothness, the finesse, the creaminess, the softness that usually comes with the style. It's still alright, just nothing I would consider great.

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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 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 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 geexploitation
3.69/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours very black, with only the slightest bit of reddish highlights at the edges, and a big head from the pour that disappears completely. Aroma of rich, sticky malts predominate, expressed as dark roasted coffee with a bit of cream. A slight, buttery almond note lurks in the background. On the palate, malt bitterness bites immediately, but then things lighten up surprisingly, with a fruity sourness taking over at the mid. Some diacetyl on the finish. Throughout, the mouthfeel is heavier than the flavors would necessarily indicate -- that's helped by the fact that carbonation is almost non-existent. Overall, this is a decent oatmeal stout, and certainly worth a try.

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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 nukem5
3.69/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a rich dark color completely blackened like very used motor oil. with little or no head.

S: Aroma is of coffee and toasted malts.

T: Taste is of coffee,licorice, and molasses. Hints of sweet malts, and burnt toast.

M: Mouthfeel is silky and smooth lightly carbed with a slightly metallic taste.

O: Overall this is a great oatmeal stout from New England area Maine for sure and they know cold weather and hot coffee this is a great substitute for that. I would think about this one for breakfast, very yummy.

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Photo of paulthebeerguru
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
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 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 cbutova
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- Poured into a fresh pint glass down the middle with a pitch black body. Even with the somewhat aggressive pour the head only forms to about one finger. Light mocha foam falls to a small creamy ring after decent retention. Nice webs of lace around the glass.

S- Rich and roasty malts with a strong milk chocolate, cocoa note to it. Mostly dark malts here with hints of coffee, toasted nuttiness, caramel and sweets.

T- Follows the aroma up with a pretty dark roast grain forward flavor profile. Bold with notes of cocoa powder, burnt malt, coffee beans, toffee, toasted nuts and caramel. Some dark fruit hints make up the major difference between here and the aroma.

MF- Moderately thick body with a creamy texture overall. Carbonation is on the higher side and not quite as smooth as other Oatmeal Stouts I have sampled. Fair amount of roast bitterness on the palate in the finish.

Solid Oatmeal Stout with an emphasis on dark roast malts. Nice cocoa flavor throughout the experience. Flavor seems to thin out just a bit after some time but still nothing wrong here at all.

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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 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 shamrock1343
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It is dark like Guinness. The smell is good with some malt.

It pours with a great head. I had to wait a few time while pouring it.

The taste is dull The smell and the taste do not match.

I have had a few better tasting Oatmeal Stouts including Young's, Sam Smith's, and Founders.

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Photo of keithmurray
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - dark mahogany color with tan head

Smell - dark chocolate, black licorice, coffee grind

Taste - dark chocolate, bakers chocolate, coffee grind, hint of black licorice, bit of ash

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, good balance of flavors with the dark bakers chocolate and coffee grinds, hint of smoke/ash on the back end

Overall - good oatmeal stout that I was glad to try

Price point - $1.99/12 oz single

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Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is essentially jet black in color. Only a faint trace of brown is visible at the corner of the glass then the beer is held up to a bright light. It poured with a half finger-high dense tan head that died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are aromas of roasted malts along with notes of chocolate and coffee beans.
T: Like the smell, the taste is filled with flavors of roasted malts and has some notes of bittersweet chocolate and coffee beans. There is a slightly off-taste of soy sauce but this seems to disappear as the beer warms up. The chocolaty flavors linger through the finish.
M: Despite its nearly opaque appearance, the beer feels medium-bodied and rather smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish has some dryness.
O: The medium-bodied nature of this beer makes it quite easy to drink.

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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 illpass78
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a deep black with a one-finger tan head that dissipates quickly. Minimal lacing. Looks really dark and full bodied.

Aroma: Smells of black coffee, dark chocolate, oatmeal, and roasted malt. Some hop bitterness, too.

Taste: The coffee flavor is really forward. The oatmeal is definitely there - it kind of tastes like an extra-smooth coffee stout. Tasty stuff. Lots of flavor. Some nice bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Super smooth, as an oatmeal stout should be. Very full bodied stout. I'd call it a sipper.

Overall: This is a big, sturdy stout to enjoy on its own or with a good meal. Definitely a good pick-up for fans of coffee stouts and oatmeal stouts.

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

Best before April 2014.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams nonick.

a: Opaque black with a finger thick tan head which dissipated quickly to thin even surface foam and a few small patches of lacing.

s: Chocolatey dark malt.

t: Heavy smoky dark malt up front, cigar ash aftertste. :Later some bitter cold coffee notes appear.

m: Medium with good body.

o: A tasty stout, although the initial aroma belies the heavy smoky taste. Not terribly easy drinking due to the smoky taste and lingering tobacco ashy flavor. Might be good with a cigar though for that reason.

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Photo of mostpoetsdo
3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Wow, beautiful motor oil flowing out of the bottle, giving way to a dark tan head and solid lacing. A truly opaque black, one of the best looking beers I've seen, major props.

S: A burnt malt and grainy scent, mixed in with bitter chocolate.

T: Big roasted malt flavor, with a backing of chocolate and coffee. Quite bitter, but has a nice sweetness to it.

M: Wow, disappointing compared to the look. Pretty thin, but decent smoothness and carbonation is just right.

D: Really easy to put down, low ABV, grab a sixer.

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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 puboflyons
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle notched September 2014. Sampled on March 8, 2014.

The pour is very dark brown to about black with some mahogany hues around the edge of the glass. Long lasting tan head.

Aroma of dark biscuit malts, cooked oatmeal and a little bit of smoke.

The body is thinner but it is essentially still creamy and smooth.

The taste also brings out the dark malt and oatmeal character with a mild dry bitterness to finish. It is a pretty decent beer from Maine.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color with a large light brown head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of roasted coffee, oats, chocolate and dark malts with a slight touch of hops.

T: The taste is malty and smoky with flavors of dark chocolate, roasted coffee and oatmeal. There’s a mild hops presence, but just enough to provide a little balance. The after-taste is sweet and smoky.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, slightly filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, this is a good beer to stick with for an evening or just relax and drink a couple of them slowly. To be honest, I hadn’t had anything from this brewer and wasn’t really expecting too much, but I was pleasantly surprised that this was a pretty enjoyable beer.

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McGovern's Oatmeal Stout from Belfast Bay Brewing Co.
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