Harvest Moon Oatmeal Stout | Mackinaw Brewing Company

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Mackinaw Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Mitchster on 01-19-2003

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Photo of chuckgietzen
2.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.7/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From tasting notes 10/19/17
Had on-tap at Mackinaw Brewing in Traverse City, MI

Appearance - served up in a pint, dark cola brown with a a thin ring of suds encircling the edge. Not much for lacing; a few dozen minuscule dots, most of which slide back into the drink.

Smell - Aroma is earthy with a hint of leaf and a milk chocolate undertone. Just a trace of roast.

Taste - More flavor than the nose leads on. Prominent chocolate flavor sandwiched between mild roast and an earthy and leafy hop flavor that adds nice complexity, balance and a unique, complimentary character to the brew. Finish lingers with mild chocolate sweetness and that fresh leafiness.

Mouthfeel - On the fuller side of medium bodied with light, bitey carbonation. Slick, silky texture makes this an easy drinker with a touch of dryness in the finish.

Overall - A pretty good oatmeal stout that displays a unique flavor profile and a refreshing finish. My only complaint would be the lack of roast, but most oatmeal stouts lack that.

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Photo of Backer2004
3.82/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

By the time I got to this one, the serving temperate was just right. Can clearly smell and taste the hints of chocolate, nuts, and oatmeal, but overwhelming or as good as the Highland Oatmeal stout I just reviewed last week. Drinkable enough for the style, but one that i would not order another, just too heavy on the stomach.

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Photo of Stu_Grimson
2.5/5  rDev -16.9%

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3/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of Bung
3.23/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From notes. On tap on location.
Poured black, with a slight tan head.
Aroma, roasted oats in the nose. Chocolates, though not too sweet.
Taste, Oily, slightly chewy, coffee and slight mocha. It was pretty bitter for a stout, much less a sweet stout. Good body, drank easy, but I did not want another. Really not bad, just not great.

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Photo of DCdevyl78
2.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of jimbofish
3.33/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

One of the beers that started us onto craft beer 20 years ago. At the time, it was the only dark beer available in TC. A bit of a light feel for an oatmeal stout but still has all the basic flavors you'd expect. I still go to it when the seasonals don't appeal to me.

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Photo of Roeters
1.91/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Had on tap at the brewery:

A: Looked good deep black with a thin tan head. There was no lacing within the beer and seemed t be very lightly carbonated.

S: Roasted aroma, but seemed a little off not sure what it was.

T: The beer starts very clean with the slight roasted flavor that soon turns into a repulsive vinegar taste that follows through to the end.

M: This beer does not have the smooth-creaminess that one expects from a oatmeal beer

D: The sourness from the vinegar soon starts to turn your stomach.

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Photo of krome
3.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3/5  rDev -0.3%

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3/5  rDev -0.3%

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3/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of laurellmj
1.83/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Thin, no head or lacing, off sour finish.

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Photo of FunkyFibes
3/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of tmcarter23
3/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of DbbC
3.25/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Pelletben
3/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of DannyDan
3.06/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A. A dark brown ruby red with a thin tan head that disappears quickly. Not much retention and some lacing to this beer.
S. The smell is slight hints of powdery chocolate, coffee, and caramel. Not much going here.
T. Do taste some caramel, hints of coffee and vanilla and some powdery bitter chocolate. Has a strong alcohol like aftertaste to it.
M. The mouthfeel is like a sticky syrup, not nice and creamy like other oatmeal stouts.
D. It goes down easily and was acceptable. This is not a great oatmeal stout, but not bad either. Needs to be more smooth and creamier in the mouthfeel, and have more oat character to improve on taste and drinkability. I probably won't buy their beer very often, but will gladly eat the food at Macinaw Brewing Company.

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Photo of JohnWaynes44
2.47/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Wife brought this one back with her from Michigan. It spent 8 hours in a cooler in a car. May or may not be a factor. Pour from the growler was awkward with the tiny loop on the jug (required 2 hands). Managed a 1/4" off white head that was gone almost instantly. Smells like chocolate milk. Hints of coffee and chocolate is the positive of the flavors up front. Ashtray and burnt flavors are apparent through the finish. Feel is rather thin and flat. Drinkbility; well, we will finish the growler. The sweetness grains and malts where not highlighted as expected in the style. Nothing really stood out to me in flavor, smell or feel; just kind of bland.

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Photo of bigleague
3.29/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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3/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Mitchster
1.9/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Ruby red, nearly black,somewhat light in color for the style. Forms a thin, beige head which quickly disappears. Medium-low carbonation. This beer used to be served on nitro and was much better in years past (perhaps a 3.75/5), but is now just not very drinkable. Again, lots of butterscotch, toffee and caramel secondary to the yeast strain, which is totally inappropriate for the style. Very little coffee or chocolate flavor or aroma, with no evident graininess. Sweet malt body with very obtrusive fusel alcohols throughout. Thin mouthfeel, and very little oat body or character. Long bitter finish and inappropriately high alcohol content severely hampers it's drinkability.

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3.25/5  rDev +8%

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Harvest Moon Oatmeal Stout from Mackinaw Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.01 out of 5 with 30 ratings