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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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Photo of RBorsato
4.77/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Almost black with ruby red tints on the edges and a low light brown head. Roasty coffee aroma. Roasty flavor with a good sweet-dry balance. Medium-full bodied (leans full) with a roasty dry finish and a creamy espresso-like character.

Best By: 08/20/03
Tasted: 04/27/03

Photo of Ellbert
4.77/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark brownish/black with ruby highlights. There was a pretty big rocky head on this beer that lasted for a little while. It faded leaving a layer of foam on the top of the beer and lace all around the glass.

Smell: The smell was of a little bit of roastiness, some caramel sweetness. It was very appealing. Not what I expected.

Taste: The taste was great. It started with a hint of roastiness and then got sweet. There was caramel, molasses, and chocolate. It was fairly rich as an oatmeal stout should be.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel was pretty good. It was creamy with some carbonation. However, it was just a little thin. You could see this in the appearance with how well light could show through.

Overall a great beer that I will be buying again and again.

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4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

Photo of ultralarry2006
4.62/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Leaves less than a one finger, tan hued head that quickly recedes to surface skim, and leaves some good spotty lacing. Body is black. This looks very good.

Smell - hearty chocolate, slick caramel and toffee, hearty maltbread, and just a hint of lemony hops.

Taste - Much like the smell, but with more hops, a lot more. Some lemony hops up front with a lemon/lime soda taste that almost threatens to upstage the malt - then the chocolate and toffee tastes assert themselves and dominate, also with some caramel and malt bread. Also, a faint taste of oats. More chocolate on the finish, with those lemony hops showing up as well, and more malt bread.

Mouthfeel - medium to full bodied, and silky smooth, moderate carbonation.

Drinkability - this is very good, and entirely very sessionable. This is very rich and satisfying. This is a very hearty stout with a very sessionable abv.

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.

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4.55/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours a dark, mostly opaque brown. Hints of an orangish-red at the edges. Thick creamy head, a dark coffee color. Head slowly fades over 5-10 minutes. Smell is dark and rich, hints of coffee, cocoa, and oatmeal. Taste is very much the same, with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Drinkability is very good, though as per usual, loses a tiny bit for me due to the richness. This one will certainly be a staple from now on for me.

Photo of KTCamm
4.53/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle (label different than pictured above) into a pint glass. Color is pitch black with 1-1/2 fingers of light brown foam.

Smell is toasty malt, with coffee and oat hints.

Taste is rich, complex, and full of oats. Consistent throughout, this is a well made oatmeal stout. Not too bitter, perfectly balanced - a great brew.

Highly drinkable - could easily see getting this in a 22oz bomber, and knocking back a few.

Photo of marcpal
4.53/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thank you to more than one midwest trader for this one, have enjoyed a few and am getting around to finally review.

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Pitch black with a nice brown head that held up terrificly. Creamy looking lacing.

S: Toasted and roasted bready malts. Quite a bit of chocolate as well. Enticing.

T: More of the oatey malts here over the chocolate but the smoky toasted flavors of the oats were sufficient. The dry flavor of this stout was chewy and flavorful with hints of coffee making an appearance. The balance of the dryness and the creaminess was right on.

M: Creamy and chewy for a lighter stout. The full body was more than expected.

D: Low abv that usually accompany a more dull dry stout but this one is another one knocked out of the park by Goose Island. This is a perfect middle of the road stout for those like myself that arent too into the high abvs/russian imperials/etc.

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4.51/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark, thick, coffee-like into 24 oz. snifter and foams up a smoke colored head - - - Aghh, picture perfect.

Aroma is roasted nuts, burnt chocolate/nut. Taste is very rich, very smoothe, and very nutty with hints of chocolate and lots of roasted nuts. Aftertaste is a pleasant roasted flavor. Has a very heavy feeling on the mouth thanks to the oatmeal. I think I read somewhere that oatmeal is attributable for 10% of grain in the beer.

This one gets better the warmer it gets, I like it close to room temperature and is perfect any time of day including breakfast. Yum.

Photo of Soilworker
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured from a 12oz twist-top bottle into a Chimay goblet.

A: Nice black color with a one finger thinly laced tan head.

S: Smooth and creamy bittersweet chocolate with light hints of coffee and roasted caramely malts. I also get a sense of carmalized nuts and molasses which very pleasant. No real prevalent hoppiness here.

T: Creamy roasted malts dominate this one with a nice molasses sweetness accompanying it. A little bit of herbal hops on the front provide a slight amount bitterness to the drink. Very very nice. Finish is quite pleasant, roasted bitterness and some slight molasses sweetness.

M: Very creamy and in the finish there is some nice tingly feeling in the cheeks. Quite full-bodied,

D: Goes down very smooth and very easy to get caught up in your 6 pack. ABV is pretty reasonable so won't hold you back so much.

Notes: I loved this stout! It is by far my favorite oatmeal stout. Price is great and it taste great in my opinion and represents the style very well. If they weren't going to stop bottling this one I would have always came back to this one. I am really bummed that they stopped bottling this one.

Photo of Tuey13
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was from a 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Poured very dark with an underlying caramel color. The tan head was thick and foamy, but only lasted a few minutes. Has a very strong roasted coffee taste with an almost smokey espresso aftertaste. Velvety and smooth I found this very pleasant to drink. Will definately get more of this beer.

Photo of jeffmonarch
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 Oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Deep dark brown with a thick creamy tan head that stays for a long time.

S - Deep dark chocolate and nutty smells. Almost like a toasted wood smell.

T - Really smooth and subtle taste. It starts quite weak with a toasted flavor and as it settles the true flavors start to come out with the roasted and malty flavors and some chocolate also.

M - Full bodied with good carbonation.

D - Awesome beer. I love stouts and this is a great one, very complex.

Photo of tapman
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks like an OS should look. Pitch black with a tan, creamy head, a little ruby coming through when held up to the light. Could have been a bigger head, mine poured 1/2 finger and I thought that I had poured it haphazardly enough.

Aroma is a bevy of malts, caramel, roasted, chocolate and a little bit of burnt. I'm inclined to think that there is some barey mixed in with the oatmeal wich would explain the range of malt aromas in this brew. Is that cutting corners or is that a sly balancing act?

Malts are totally in charge of this brew, yet there is a medium hop tartness in the finish. The hops are difficult to ascertain to an untrained palate, but the signature tangy Goose Island hop taste is definetly in the back.

Very smooth mouthfeel. Creamy and delectable, gets thinner when warmer which is odd.

Good session beer and always avaiable for a decent price in Chicago. I mean to re-review at the actual brewpub since it is slightly better in the appearance and mouthfeel categories.

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of budgood1
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours out a nearly opaque deep garnet colour...ruby and crimson hues all around. big frothy tan head appears and sticks, leaving plenty of beautiful lace. aroma first of blackened malts, then some chocolate notes of hot cocoa gone cold, with a rose petal like hopping that makes this one smell delicious. a nice rich dark chocolate flavour emerges upon tasting, with definite oatmeal nuances, some toffee, nougat and some slightly above average floral hopping. this one tastes fantastic. the body seems about medium, while the mouthfeel is, of course, rich, luxurious, smooth and silky. it finishes dry and slightly like some unsweetened chocolate malt-o-meal, with a slight bitterness that either is coming from the burnt malts or the slight bitterness from the hops. either way, this one drinks just fine and is worthy of a nice session on a winters eve.

definitely a winner and definitely recommended for quaffing any time. a good oatmeal stout sure is a treat!

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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Oatmeal Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
87 out of 100 based on 544 ratings.