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Oatmeal Stout - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Oatmeal StoutOatmeal Stout

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446 Reviews
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Reviews: 446
Hads: 547
Avg: 3.85
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 31
Gots: 4 | 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 Hayes86
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Little thin after but a nice mouth feel. Bottled on 3/3/09. Still carbonated. Amazing smell. I have had imp stouts smell half as good as this. Decent beer. Little low on abv.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to TATURBO for this sample!

bottled 10/26/2009.

reviewed from notes taken on 4/25/12.

6oz sample into snifter glass.

Appearance: oily black boided beer with a small brown ring on the beer.

Smell: coffee grounds, peanut shell and a saltiness. Odd combonation, but it smells decent.

Taste: surprisingly roasty with a mild sweetness from the malt profile. Just a hint of oat. Little bit of oxidation too.

Mouthfeel: thin body with low carbonation. Nice clean mouthfeel on this older stout.

Overall: To my surprise this beer was enjoyable with a little age on it. Its more roasty and i get no olive note as compared to when i have tried this beer fresh a long time ago.

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Photo of TATURBO
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Goose Island Oatmeal Stout dated 10/26/09. Drank at 2.5 years of age on bottle.
A: Dark brown with no carbonation. 3.5

S: Oxidized & Peanut Shell 3.5

T: Super Roasty! Coffee. Tastes damn good for it's age. Not really complex but still good stuff. 4

M: Not much tingle to the tongue, but not totally flat either. 3.5

O: Has held up well for it's age. A Good offering from Goose when it was fresh and still good at 2 1/2 years. Bring this beer back! 3.75 IMO.

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Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A beautiful stout pour, with a massive beige head laying on top of the black liquid; great retention and many spots of lace

Smell: Oatmeal and chocolate, with brown sugar and a hint of raisin

Taste: Chocolate, up front, with a bit of roast and raisin developing by mid-palate, when the sweeter brown sugar influence kicks in; a bit of mocha, after the swallow, though the finish is marshmallow sweet, with a bit of a breakfast cereal character

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body and creamy, with moderate carbonation

Overall: Although this was bottled on 2/1/10, it still drinks nicely; not a great oatmeal stout, but a very good one

Thanks, Cresant, for the opportunity

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Photo of readbaron
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a cloudy dark brown with light

smell is good - complex - sweet malts, bready malts, a bit of molasses, and a hint of smoke.

Taste is less complex than the nose but still very tasty. A lot more bread and cereal than sweetness. Some burnt caramel/molasses flavors.

Mouthfeel is solid - medium bodied, and a bit dry. Smooth, but not as creamy as I usually think of with oatmeal stouts.

Overall - a really solid beer. I wish GI would make more of this and less 312.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Good but not great by stout standards. Very dark brown, but pretty thin overall. Lacing and foam is ok.

Smell: Good combination of molasses, coffee, and chocolate.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Excellent balance in the flavors. Definitely on the sweet/breakfasty side when it comes to stouts. Mouthfeel doesn't stand up to flavors, but is creamy enough.

Drinkability: An easy-drinking stout.

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Photo of bmwats
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: dark brown/black. pours about a qtr finger, brown white foamy head. settles quickly leaving only a beer ring behind. not much in terms of lacing.

s: roasted coffee malt nose with hints of bittersweet dark chocolate and licorice.

t: tastes like it smells. dark bittersweet chocolate, mocha, roasted malt.

m: robust and hearty with a bit of a lingering bittersweet bite.

d: this thing goes down easy. don't need to let this one linger.

atmosphere is pretty solid. deep dark appearance, decent enough head for the style. nose has a great combination of roasted grains, coffee, and chocolate. flavor follows suit. not complicated but tastes like it smells....coffee, hearty malt, dark chocolate. overall this is a really good quaff.

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

On-tap at Goose Island - Wrigleyville with lunch. Served in a pint glass. The first time I've seen this on regular CO2 instead of nitro.

A - A finger of light mocha foam settles to a thin cap, leaving a few patches of lace. Dark brown color with some ruby transparency when held to the light.

S - Chocolate, molasses, coffee, roasted and light burnt malts. Plenty of intensity for the lower ABV.

T - Coffee, semisweet chocolate, light caramel, and heavy bread. Again, tons of flavor for a lower alcohol brew. A mounting char bitterness and light astringency mars things as one approaches the bottom of the glass.

M - A little gritty and prickly - I much prefer the nitro-tap serving type. Medium-light body verges on watery. There's a bit of oatmeal creaminess, but it's largely obscured by the bubbles.

D - I'm sad they retired this from the bottle lineup, as it was probably my favorite year-round offering. The draft carbonation is a bit bloaty for sessions, but otherwise it's a very flavorful offering that is under-appreciated.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into Delirium tremens snifter. Thanks to the generous BA who sent me this extra months ago. Bottled over a year ago on 2/1/2010.

A: Pours darn near black with a huge, thick, dark brown head that slowly faded into a thin collar leaving very little lace.
S: I get predominant notes of bitter chocolate with hints of caramel and dry oats. Pretty straight forward.
T: Big notes of chocolate syrup with a touch of molasses. There is a hint of cream and toasted oats in the finish. Aftertaste is sugary and quick with a hint of coffee that lingers.
M: Tingly carbonation with a fairly thin mouthfeel and body that is on the lighter side of medium.
O: Glad I got to try it but there are better out there. There’s nothing wrong with this beer, it’s just not that memorable.

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

Poured a deep brown/black, thick and opaque, no light getting through on this one. A nice one inch head faded somewhat quickly to leave a nice quarter inch layer of lace on the top. Very nice streaking down the glass at first, but as it warmed this ceased. Smell was very sweet. First hints are of roasted coffee, rich and very full. Nice aromas of sugar, caramle and the slightest bit of chocolate are up next.The taste was wonderful, albeit a little thin for a stout, but still the flavors themseleves were great. Coffee the biggest flavor here, followed by caramel and chocolate rounding the corners off, maybe even a touch of a smoked scent in there, very nice. Good carbonation, however looses a couple points for the thin feel. Very nice smooth finish, not dry at all. This one definatly asks you back for another try. This is very sessionable, goes down almost too easy, could drink it in a gulp almost, good call IMO.

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Photo of falloutsnow
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown-amber with a small, light brown head that reduces very quickly. No lacing, no remaining bubbles around glass.

Smell: Full of melted chocolate, hazelnuts, coffee-with-heavy-cream, some roastiness, some malt sweetness.

Taste: Older or soured coffee, 60% and above chocolate, prunes, maybe bitter raisins, some roasted/burnt flavors.

Mouthfeel: Possibly over-carbonated for the style, and a bit light for a "stout" beer. The smoothness is right on for an oatmeal stout.

Drinkability: Well-rounded and very enjoyable. Only slightly "off" in the slightly harsh carbonation and moderate body. Sorry to see it discontinued, was one of my preferred oatmeal stouts.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Black beer, little brown on the edges with a tan head, looks quite stoutish.

S - Chocolate, roast, little bit of oat, great malt backbone.

T - Surprising burst of great flavor in this. I am surprised at how good this is. Nicely roasty and bitter, with a creamy oat backbone. This is one of the better efforts I've had by GI other than their BCS, could drink this a lot.

M - Creamy, fairly full bodied, slightly flat though.

D - Great beer, really like it and would gladly drink it again in this form.

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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.

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

355ml brown bottle poured into a Delirium Tremens snifter.

A. Black with a perfect deep tanned head.

S. Chocolatey, oats.

T. Creamy, chocolatey, oaty,
hickory smoked peanuts, hints of blackcurrant.

M. Medium, oily.

D. A good, robust stout well worth trying out.

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Photo of nitro0292
3.32/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this at home from the bottle. Small head, little carbonation.

Lots of smoked and roasted aroma, not bad. Did not get any chocolate, coffee or similar aromas or flavors - just roastiness.

Lacing was ok, flavor was too much roast and nothing else, I expected the oatmeal to lend a touch more smoothness, but the brew went down easily.

To me it was a very dry stout, which has its place but not for dessert like I had tried.

Does not compete with the better oatmeal stouts out there.

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Photo of Duhast500
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap into a tasting glass.

The color is a dark black with a finger of foamy brownish head and some slight lacing.

The smell is roasty with a nice malty flavor. Some sweet whipped cream flavor.

The taste is a bit biscuity with a toast like flavor. There is some toffee flavor that is a bit too sweet at first but then calms down into a nice creamy flavor toward the end.

The of this beer is pretty smooth and goes down easy. It feels a little large but does not behave light a big bodied beer with an easy refreshing feel.

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Photo of Khazadum
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

While studying for my PDAT 401 exam I decided to grab a brew to go along with my study guide writing. I knew I loved this when it was widely available in bottles, so it would only assume I'd enjoy this on draft. Boy did I.

A- Fake darkness, creme brulee burnt sugar-like cap, and a ridiculous creamy appearance. Fantastic retention on the head and a very resistant lacing that definitely lasted throughout the experience. Strong residence time overall for all appearance elements.

S- Cocoa, roasted but no burnt grains, sweet chocolates, and a solid freeze-dried coffee finish.

T- The opening is both burnt and roasted malts, and rich cocoa powder. It pretty much fades slowly as a whole until the finish takes over. This is where the big difference is. It has a bitter hopped finish that is melded with sweetened coffee. Unreal.

M- Not the best here. Watery rather than full bodied for a stout. However, this didn't hide my discovery of how smooth this felt. It had hints of creamy nature that would fully come out if this was only a bit thicker.

D- Easily one of my favorite oatmeal stouts. Fantastic. No complaints that would stop me from drinking this night after night. Alcohol isn't a major player but it also doesn't distract. This beer is 'sessionable.' I just wish it was a bit thicker in terms of oral sensations.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap into a taster...This is a re-review based upon more experience and drinking it on tap verse the 2 times I've had it in the bottle...On tap its a much better beer, one worth searching out...Black pour with a light tan head, nice creamy with good retention...A light roasty coffee aroma not strong but enough to wet your appetite...The taste is super smooth and easy to drink. A little sweeter than the aroma but still a lot of roastiness, not very bitter.

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

Poured into a regular pint glass on Stout night.

A-thick, black body. One finger of foam with quick disappearance and nice lacing that holds up.

S-roasted nits, coffee and chocolate

T-very good, a little thin (more for the mouth than taste, but it does impact both) but the carbonation keeps it well balanced

M-as stated above, a bit thin, but it does hold up throughout

D-high, a very good example of an outmeal stout

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Photo of FreshHawk
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark walnut color with a fairly large, creamy, frothy, slightly foamy light sandy color. A little below average retention leaving a nice thin, creamy layer of lace.

S - Plenty of roasted oatmeal/barley/malt aroma. Pretty typical stout aromas with some slightly sweet coffee and milk chocolate. Creamy and slightly lactose sweetness. Just a faint bit of hops.

T - Roasted oatmeal, barley, and stout are strong in the taste. Some coffee with a touch of creamy, sweetness. Some milk and dark chocolate and cocoa come out mid sip as well. A good mix of roasted bitterness and sweetness. Hints of earthy and nutty flavors in the background. Maybe a hint of hops also come out.

M - Medium body with a touch above average carbonation. Pretty smooth and creamy feel.

D - Nice mix of bitter and sweetness and a good smooth body makes this a very drinkable beer.

Notes: A nice oatmeal stout. Smooth, creamy, roasted, and sweetness, pretty much what you expect and want from an oatmeal stout. Definitely an enjoyable stout worth trying.

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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.

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my duvel tulip from a bottle.

A: pitch black with dark chocolate edges when held to the light, About a finger of beige head small soapy lace ring

S: sharp bitter roast malt blends nicely with sweet dark chocolate and coffee, this smells terrific, it's got a better nose than some coffee stouts I've had

T: quite a bit of bitter burnt malt, a touch chalky, light chocolate I wish it followed the nose closer

M: thin light body light carbonation

D: overall a decent oatmeal stout, very easy drinking

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Photo of dstc
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a black, fizzy color with a tan head. Head completely disappears leaving no real lace to speak of.

Aroma is of a bitter, toasted malt quality. Mild bitter chocolates in the nose as well.

Tastes of roasted malts. Coffee flavors come through ending with a bitter and somewhat tinny finish. Rather simple flavor.

Medium to full bodied in the mouth with a slight bight from the carbonation.

Decent enough brew. Definitely drinkable. Bottle say it will make you forget every stout you've ever tried. Not likely.

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Photo of Brez07
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a fairly dark brown, mostly opaque at first but slowly reveals some amber highlights. There is a 1 finger light mocha head. Fairly good head retention at first, but half way it basically disappears completely

S: Chocolate, oat, some wheat, roasted malt and a touch of nuttiness

T: Follows the nose exactly. Chocolate and roasted malt are the main flavors I get

S: Light, but not thin. Somewhat smooth and creamy. Maybe just a tad too much carbonation. Subtle bitterness left on the tongue

D: Light, easy drinking stout. Not too filling or high in alcohol, so I could polish off a few of these with no problem

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

A = Nice brown head that disapates to a light ring. Not as dark as some stouts. Dark brown not super opaque.

S = Chocolate, Dark roasted malts very relaxing aroma

T = Gotta let it warm up but when it does its really a nice aperitif. The warm roasted flavors and the chocolate really help wind down a long day. Roasted sweetness lingers. Not quite as intense as it should be.

M = It is just a little bit thin. Finishes nice and dry.

D = Really nice but something you want to savor. You really need to slow down with it to get the tastes.

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Oatmeal Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
87 out of 100 based on 446 ratings.