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103. Belfast Bay McGovern’s Oatmeal Stout

My very first review was the Belfast Bay Lobster Ale and here I am at #103 getting to their other beer. This one is BLACK when poured with a thin tan head. Lots of malts and oats in the smell (not surprising since it is an oatmeal stout). Taste is right on for a stout; malty, slightly sweet with a bit of toffee/chocolate or coffee in there. Easy to drink and would have enjoyed another but I only bought a single.
Pros: Color, a good example of a stout
Alcohol Content: 5.1% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: ★★★☆☆
Brewers Website: Belfast Bay Brewing
Brewers Description: McGovern’s Oatmeal Stout is a full bodied, very dark beer with a smooth, moderately bitter, roasted malt character. Subtle caramel and chocolate like flavors are an integral part of this stout. Hop aroma and flavors are also subtle and do not over-power the beers overall balance. The oatmeal in the stout adds to the full flavor and smooth profile as well as creating a milky, caramel colored head with small, tight foamy bubbles which slowly transform into a dark, aromatic liquid. Most Stout characteristics include a very  dark aromatic beer. When poured from a or  tap it creates a beautiful caramel cascade  throughout the beer finishing off with a full Silver medal winner at the World Brewing Championships.  Mcgovern’s Oatmeal stout is a full bodied head. Most stouts also have a very dark slightly “burnt” flavor that often leave a  bitter taste on your pallet and in the back of your throat. McGovern’s Oatmeal Stout has all the same characteristics of any stout but more. The oatmeal in the stout gives our beer a richer more full bodied quality with a milky, caramel colored head of small tight foamy bubbles. The oatmeal also removes the bitter burnt flavor from the back of your throat and makes for a smoother drinking experience; especially for those who plan to have more than one stout at a time.

1. Belfast Bay Lobster Ale

My first beer happens to be a Maine original more because I had one in the fridge than anything else. I purchased this at Harvest Hills Farm which has a surprisingly good selection of local beer and very good pizza. Nothing special about this beer but if you enjoy red ales you should give this one a try.
Pros: Good taste, nice dark red color and great aroma.
Cons: a little more carbonation than I like in my beer
Alcohol Content: 5.0 % ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ???
Rating: ★★★☆☆
Brewers Website: Belfast Bay Brewing
Brewers Description: Lobster Ale is a dark copper “Red” ale with medium hop bitterness, flavor and aroma. It offers the drinker subtle levels of fruity-ester flavor and low caramel character. Slight yeast haze and chill haze give this ale a clear foamy rich head. Belfast Bay Brewing Co. is near the Canadian provinces of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia where just about every brewery makes a red ale, unlike the United States where red ales are not well known. When my wife suggested that a brewery from Maine should make a beer called Lobster Ale, a red ale seemed to be the perfect brew. Unlike our highly hopped neighbors beers, we decided to brew Lobster Ale to be very “user friendly.” We cut down on the hops and added slight amounts of black and dark crystal to the brew. The result is a medium hopped, medium flavored, very drinkable red ale.