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Oatmeal Stout - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Oatmeal StoutOatmeal Stout

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Ratings: 544
Reviews: 448
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 29
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co. visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-25-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

This beer is currently in retirement. Last packaged in 2010. Brewpub draft only.
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Ratings: 544 | Reviews: 448
Reviews by Ryan011235:
Photo of Ryan011235
4.56/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a snifter on 6/23/10

Bottled 2/1/10

Cherry brown color; very dark in the glass. Two fingers of tan head dissipates, leaving a thin layer & a couple streaks of lace. Wispy retention & hardly any lacing by the end.

Oatmeal Stout's aroma lives up to its name. Oats are well-seated amid mildly sweet roasted malts, cocoa & a hint of coffee. Not much in the way of hops; most likely given the age of the bottle. Inklings of doughy yeast are occasionally noticeable. Burnt overtones.

Greeting the tongue is a subtle hoppy bitterness that has seen fit to hang around. Immediately following is a tasty malt profile. Notes of roasted coffee & oats offer a dryness in conjunction with burnt undertones. Dark chocolate provides a semi-sweet counterpoint. Very smooth all around.

Oatmeal Stout is full bodied & features a nice grittiness. Carbonation is reasonably low; it's spot on for the style & suits my fancy. Roasted & burnt characteristics linger long on the finish.

Drinkability is superb. This is a very well-crafted beer & is a splendid take on the style. Save the appearance, I find little to fault with it. Good stuff.

More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This beer poured a very dark brown in color with a modest, heavily-tanned head.

Smell – The malts here are roasty and have a darkish cereal kind of aroma. That aroma is also sugary sweet as well, but moderated. The oatmeal is well-blended.

Taste – The sweetness from the bouquet is hard to find in this bitter, roasty stout. It is more on the oatmeal side at the taste, but the roasted malts really dominate.

Mouthfeel – This one is not yet medium-bodied and felt a bit light for the powerful bitter roasted dark malts.

Drinkability – This is a serious effort at the style that got away from the traditional half sweet/half stout formula of most Oatmeal Stouts. You could almost put a dab of sugar in here.

Photo of sgoodship
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Brown, almost black. Coffee cream colored two finger head. Some ruby highlights against the light. Rich and creamy head is retained throughout and delivers great lacing.

S: Really oaty and smokey. The burn from the roasted malt is well done. It's very wholesome smelling.

M: Full bodied. Medium carbonation is lively but gentle on the palate giving the brew a very thick and round mouth.

T: Damn this is a satisfying beer. Smokey roasted malt, bready, woody, oaty. Some molasses. Some dark chocolate. Really tasty stuff that is chewy. Just the right level of complex.

D: I've been overloaded with stouts that try to be too big lately. It's nice to see one that is just a very simple and plain good. I felt like I was getting back to basics with this one. I'll be revisiting.

Photo of skybluewater
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle from a Pub Pak, freshness date "040405". Pours a dark mohagany color, thin head that leaves a small amount of lace. Smells primarily of chocolate. Taste is of chocolate and coffee, with a bit of an offputting flavor that fades as the beer warms. Mouthfeel is a bit fuller than a porter, but a this beer is a little sweeter than a regular stout.

All in all, this is not a bad oaty. I doubt I'd make it a regular in my fridge, but it's quite a good brew nonetheless.

Photo of generallee
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The label has a brief description and a "bottled on" date but no ABV%.

Appearance: The body has a very dark black colored body that blocks out the light. A light tan head caps off this opaque brew. From the pour I got a good two fingers of thick foam that slowly fades to a much thinner as I drink. It does hang on to the end and along the way it leaves some lace on the glass.

Smell: In the nose there is a mix of bittersweet dark and roast malts with very light hops underneath.

Taste/Palate: The flavor is full of delicious dark roasted goodies. There is a nice play between bitter sweet dark chocolate, caramel like notes and mild hop bitterness. It's a just a little bit light on the palate but smooth and easy drinking.

Notes: This is a wonderful easy drinking stout with great flavor.

Photo of bishopdc0
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark brown black with very nice tan head that maintains and laces.

The aroma is sweet chocolate mostly and hints of coffee. very nice

The taste is pleasant a great beer to enjoy with steak. The taste starts sweet with a light carbonation that builds to reveal a chocolate and coffee bitter-sweetness and finishes dry.

Aside from the dry end this is an easy to drink beer with an average mouth.

Photo of merlin48
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a typically deep brown, opaque, with some garnet hues on the edges. Small head is gone in seconds and leaves a few, wispy sheets of lace. Aroma is somewhat restrained, but is smoky, roasted malts and some chocolate and coffee. Mouthfeel is not as creamy as most stouts, and is light bodied for the style. There is a peppery, hops bite on the tongue. Taste is pretty good, with smoky chocolate malt, roasted coffee, oatmeal sweetness, dark cherries, and some nice almond nuttiness. Finishes with a mild hops bitterness. Overall, a smooth and soft stout that is pleasantly drinkable, but it's not in the league with a Sammy Smith's.

Photo of Billolick
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ouncer sampled, comes with "best consumed before" dating and instructions on what type of glass to use. ( A balloon goblet) Pours dark mahogony, light comes, actually abit light for a stout, certaintly not black. Fluffy dark tan head, leaving respectable lacing. Nose is pleasantly of sweet malt with some powdered sugar on top. Smooth mouthfeel reveals nice notes of cocoa, vanilla, burnt grains noticable but not overpowering. A very drinkable, subtle oatmeal stout. Leaves a lingering coating of tastyness on the teeth, a thorougly enjoyable sipper/sessioner for stout enthusiasts.

Photo of LyonsHead
3.69/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Opaque black with a subtle ruby highlight at the bottom of the glass. Thick and creamy mocha colored head. Great looking stout!

S: Roasted malt, toasted oats, toasted bread crust. very melanoidan rich. I also get fresh wheat bread and a nice yeasty character

T: Roasted malt up front with and then a malty sweetness creeps in. There is a floral fruitiness in the background and a present hop flavor. There is a metalic bite towards the end

M: Slick mouthfeel as is typical with oatmeal. Roasted malts dry this beer out

D: pretty good oatmeal stout. Dry finish lends itself to drinkability, the metallic and hoppy flavors kind of distract from the maltiness I was expecting

Photo of mjwoolley33
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a 6-pack and poured into a bulb as recommended.

Aggressive pour rendered about a quarter inch of toasted brown head which dissipated quickly. Extremely dark, but what else would you expect?

Smelled like coffee and toasty sweetness. Very weak at first, but after a few sips the bulb accentuated the smells. Very good overall.

Tastes like heaven. Very smooth mouthfeel with an overall creamy-ness. Tastes of coffee and malts. A hidden sweetness with an espresso-like aftertaste.

I will get this again. Very good beer, one of my favorite oatmeal stouts!

Photo of bsp77
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into a tall glass.

Appearance: Very dark, opaque brown (borderline black) with nice light brown head and slight lacing.

Smell: Roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee and a touch of oats.

Taste: Roasted malts with chocolate, light coffee, oats, and a slight spicy and bitter finish.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, smooth medium body, a little too much texture for my liking, semi-dry finish.

Drinkability: Very solid example of an Oatmeal Stout. While there are some better ones out there, this will be missed in Goose Island's lineup.

Photo of wattoclone
2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

Photo of dogfishandi
3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a nice early start on new years eve.

12oz bottle at cellar temp poured into a pint glass. pours a nice opaque black color with some nice looking biege light mocha colored head. very good head retention as well as some nice lacing. i like the looks a lot.

in the aroma you get some semi sweet chocolate, sweet oatmeal, roasted malts, toastiness, even a little burnt marshmallow. clean and simple.

nice easy going flavorful stout. everything you would expect from a nice oatmeal stout. roastiness, bitter sweet chocolate, creamy oats. has a little bit of astringency in the finish, but not bad.

nice creamy mouthfeel as you would expect from an oatmeal. medium bodied. medium amount of carbonation. nice sessionable beer. gets a tad too heavy in the stomach after a few, but overall good drinkability and an overall slightly above average oatmeal stout.

Photo of far333
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brownish black, opaque and impenetrable. A low frothy head of light brown rises up and settles back quickly. Aroma of cocoa and coffee, a little talc and smoke. Mouthfeel is round and rich, filling the mouth, a bit tannic, a little chalky. Brown sugar and molasses malts roll around, followed by charred oak and a bitter hop undercurrent. Interesting flavors for an oatmeal stout, and I like how they weave in and out. Enjoyable beer, very drinkable. Thank you Brent for sending me two of these!

Photo of Dizzy
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours almost black, with creamy tan head. Retains head well. Aroma is chocolate, roasted malts. Taste is coffee like bitterness and hints of caramel. The roasted malt flavors linger for some time after a sip. Creamy mouthfeel with moderate to light carbonation. This is a good one, there isn't a whole lot of complexity to it, but its worth picking up if it is available in your area.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black, but probably a litter thinner oatmeal stout than you're used to. Great head retention. Aroma, choco malt dominated.

Taste, good, silky smooth, easy drinking stout. Coffee restrained, decent hopping. Not as thin in the taste as in the appearance. Mouthfeel, maybe some raisins? Very drinkable because of the aforementioned smoothness, a trait in all of the good oatmeal stouts.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a jet black with light ruby edges when held toward the light dark tan head forms billowing above the rim of the glass after a sturdy pour. Lacing left behind is scarce and sporadic. Aromatics deep with roasted malt character dry dark chocolate and strong coffee notes soft cereal oatmeal notes edging their way in with herbal notes singing praise as well. Flavor has a mild mint like herbal finish which goes great with the bittersweet chocolate roasted malt character with strong espresso finish balanced with oat softness really one of the pioneers in American oatmeal stouts up there with some of my favorite ones I tried early on in beer drinking Wild Goose or St Ambroise. I'm also detecting some tobacco leaf or herbal quality in the hop finish. Mouthfeel is soft medium bodied evenly carbonated very mellow and smooth on the palate. Drinkability is excellent find this on tap watch out, I'm trying to empty the keg.

Photo of ByTor2112
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to AKSmokedPorter for this one received in a trade!
Pours a standard dark brown, a little opaque, very thin head. My bottle is different than the one pictured above, it is labeled as a classic with gray and silver writing on a black label.
I am getting a serious cola aroma, interesting! I also detect some cocoa with an earthy sweet smell.

Nice medium hop bitterness hits the palate first. Malt flavors are on the thin side. The finish is sweet for just a second but concludes with a hop bite. Must we always measure an Oatmeal Stout to Samuel Smith's?? This stout is lighter in body than I would have thought, it has a slight sweetness brought by the oats and I love anything that Goose Island brews. Solid offering and being on the lighter side of a stout style, this one is sessionable!

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a balloon goblet [snifter] as the bottle instructs)

A-Deep thick pitch brown color with a light carbonation and a thin ring of light tan head around the rim.

S- A dark roasted grain with strong coffee aroma. A light earthiness and a hint of oatmeal smell aswell.

T- A strong roasted black grain flavor with an almost cola taste. A bit of nutty taste with some sweetness blends as it warms. A bit of hop bitterness finish the flavor with a hint of sourness.

M- Medium-full mouthfeel that is kind of silky. No fizzy from carbonation or warmth from alcohol.

D- I didn't get much grainy or earthy taste from the oatmeal and I would have liked to taste a bit more of that complexity. It would have been nice to have a bit of oatmeal in the nose also.

Photo of LXIXME
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of jbphoto88
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deep brown beer that isn't completely black but it's dark enough to be translucent. A full two fingers of cardboard colored head rises and falls after some time. A little sticky lacing clings to the sides of the glass. Very nice.

Smell is all stout. Deep roasted tones from coffee and chocolate to scorched grains are all present. Not as pungent as I would like but still along the lines of what you should expect from a stout.

The first thing you notice when you try this beer is how smooth and creamy it is. There is a silky smooth mouthfeel that eventually leads to some nice roasted slightly bitter flavors. Black malts are the backbone of this brew with some sweet molasses undertones that even move towards some dark fruits.

Creamy, rich and smooth. A nice beer that is nicely balanced and in the medium body range. This would be a world class beer if it were bigger. I can imagine if all it's flavors were doubled in potency how good it would be. A solid beer but it could be better.

Photo of cynical1027
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of JoeBoxer522
5/5  rDev +29.9%

Photo of KansasNate
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle with a best by date of 4/11/2005

This beer poured very dark. When held up to the light it was very early opaque. It smelled of coffee and a bit of chocolate. The roasted malt is very apparent as you drink, with coffee and some chocolate bitterness coming through. This was smooth as an oatmeal stout should be, but I agree with some of the other reviewers that it had just a little too much carbonation.

Photo of thomismydad
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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