Style: Oatmeal Stout
From: Plymouth, Massachusetts
Brewer’s Note: “Embrace the season with Mayflower Winter Oatmeal Stout. Brewed with three types of oats and several varieties of dark barley malts, this beer adds a little sweetness to the roasted flavor of traditional stouts. The result is a rich and smooth brew that will help sustain you through the short days and long nights of winter.”
The beer’s label is kind of like a far classier version of the Rhode Island Blueberry Beer logo. I love the old map background and the subtle touches of gray-blue in the label. The graphic in the middle of the bottle represents the brewery nicely and is small and classy. The font that says “Craft-Brewed and…” is a little clunky on the bottom of the label, and might have benefitted from being the same font as the text above it. Come to think of it, while all the texts are nice, none of them quite mesh as nicely as I would like except for the beer’s name font. This label is simple but elegant and is worthy of scrapbooking, but is not worthy of the shelf.
The beer pours a proper black with a slight red tinge and a nice light tan head on top. The beer’s body is too dark to properly judge, but seems clean. The beer leaves a lacing that is light and slippery, leaving very little to look at on the glass. On the nose, the beer smells wonderfully rich with coffee and oatmeal tones. Roasted barley malts also come through on the nose slightly. On the tongue, the beer tastes sweet and drying with a nice roasted bitter flavoring. The beer begins with a little watery roasted malt before opening into big roasted oat flavors with touches of coffee, toffee, and char. The finish brings to mind sweet oatmeal bread, and is very appealing. The aftertaste is tingly with roasted oatmeal and slight coffee. On the mouth, the beer feels medium bodied, with a medium carbonation that lightly prickles the tongue. The mouth is left dry with a light wet sheen of saliva on the sides of the mouth. Overall, this beer is delicious and sessionable. There is a lovely roasted oat flavor that reminds me of winter and a warm stove for some reason. This stout will not blow you away with flavor, but it is solid and tasty and fully deserving of your taste buds.