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McGovern's Oatmeal Stout | Belfast Bay Brewing Co.

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85
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121 Reviews
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
Reviews:
121
Ratings:
246
Avg:
3.77
pDev:
19.89%
 
 
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11
Gots:
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Photo of donspublic
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured aggressively from bottle into tulip yields less than 1/2 finger tan color head, recedes quickly. Dark black looking thicker than it has a right to. Smells of roasted malt and chocolate maybe some light smoke. Really tough to rate a straight up stout these days with so much stuff being added and being aged on, but this is a pretty solid stout. Slight hint of roasted coffee/malt has a little sweetness to it, but is pretty dry on the palate with a mild bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is great, I would never guess this was a 5% stout. Wondering if I am the only guy here that got 3 bottles of this with the labels upside down :)

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Photo of TAMU99
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Thick dark head floats on a motor oil-black beer. Heavy, persistent lace

S- Chocolate, coffee, toasted caramel

T - Pretty good, Nice blod flavors of chocolate and toffee. Not too much that's bitter. A pretty nice oatmeal.

M - Smooth, but a bit heavy. Kinda coats everything, and hangs around

D - Very nice taste, but a bit on the heavy side.

A pretty good oatmeal. Doesn't really rival something like Sam Smith's, but good certainly one to check out if you're in Maine in a colder month.

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Photo of LumpyGuitar
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
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 bob3701
3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
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 dbrauneis
3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with just the slightest reddish brown hints when held up to the light. The beer has a two finger tall tan head that reduces to an extremely thin film covering about 35% of the surface of the beer (mostly towards the center) and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: A pretty mild aroma but there is a pleasant aroma of dark roasted malts, chocolate, and some hints of coffee.

T: The taste follows the smell with the dominant flavor being that of dark roasted malts with just a hint of burnt or charred wood. Additionally, there are light flavors of milk chocolate and coffee. Light bitterness that continues in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth with some dryness in the finish.

O: Enjoyable and easy to drink, I could definitely have more than one of these and I would enjoy that. The beer has a pleasant favor and a wonderful appearance. Very nice complexity to the flavor.

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Photo of erosier
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
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 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 DrDemento456
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another one of those beers lost in the back of the fridge from an order with Half Time Beverage. Paid around 2 bucks.

A - Pours a great deep black with slight red hues around the base. Head is creamy with a 1/2 inch of mocha head that reduces to a good lace ring.

S - What makes this beer different is that it is more coffee forward. Nice balanced oat and bitter sweet chocolates are also coming though nicely.

T - A great balance of roast to bittersweet chocolate. Body is chewy and creamy with oats and some coffee in the finish. Not the best but a good oatmeal stout.

M - Light to medium as expected for the ABV. Great flavor and not filling at all.

Overall not sure where I can pick up some more since this was an online beer but I welcome another at another day down the road. Until then Barley Flats oatmeal stout will have to do.

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Photo of originalsin
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
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 +4%
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 +4%
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 soccerman7
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass - From Baconsauasge - Thanks Tucker

A - A nice thick tan head with a steady carbonation. Black as a new moon.

S - Sweet toast and coffee with a noticeable hop character. Faint note of bitter roast.

T - Warm oatmeal bread. The hops are really balanced with the grains and oatmeal not too sweet and not to dry. Almost a raisin fruit character. The bitterness becomes a little more pronounced as it warms up.

M - A touch thick but very smooth with nice carbonation. Doesn't coat the mouth though which is nice.

O - A really enjoyable sunday afternoon brew on a cold spring day. Wish it was local around here so I could stock up. A lot of flavor for a session brew.

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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 jdhilt
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a five-finger plus (pour very slowly) brown head that is thick and frothy leaving a ton of lace. Totally black color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is roasted coffee. Starts with a strong roasted coffee flavor, some sweetness and finishes with a roasted/burnt coffee. Nice beefy stout. $1.49 for a 12oz bottle, Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

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Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a nonic pint glass:

A: jet black colored body and left no head whatsoever in my nonic pint glass. No rings and no lacing were left. No carbonation is seen rising.

S: some chocolate, coffee and a good roasted maltiness.

T: same as the smell. The chocolate comes back slightly in the finish.

M: dry, fairly sessionable. It is about a medium.

O: not a bad stout. This is more of a dessert beer since the chocolatey tones come out fairly strong. I'd probably have this again depending what was served.

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Photo of auxiliary
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
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 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 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 aubuc1
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
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 Lerxst
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours almost black with a somewhat thin mocha colored head that had fair retention and lacing.

S-Roasted malt, dark fruit, hints of chocolate and coffee.

T-Charred malt, bakers chocolate, hints of coffee and molasses.

M-A tad thin which was surprising considering how viscous it looked during the pour.

D-Goes down easy enough and it certainly wasn't a chore.

Not world class, but an enjoyable beer I would certainly have again.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
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 ncvbc
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
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 GratefulBeerGuy
3.96/5  rDev +5%
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 MA08
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a nonic pint glass at 55 degrees.

Pours a deep brown, nearly black color with a dense tan head. Strong roasty smell with coffee notes. Creamy mouthfeel with roasted malt taste with just enough sweetness and no alcohol present. Overall good representation of the style and very sessionable at a great price.

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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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McGovern's Oatmeal Stout from Belfast Bay Brewing Co.
3.77 out of 5 based on 246 ratings.
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