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Oatmeal Stout - Goose Island Beer Co.

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86
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446 Reviews
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Reviews: 446
Hads: 544
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 10.16%
Wants: 31
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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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 Ryan011235
4.56/5  rDev +18.8%
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. (1,136 characters)

Photo of parris
3.36/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark brown, almost black, thick tan head. Mine poured very thick, but the bottle accidentally rolled off my car seat.

Malty, meaty aroma, I get the impression it will have a dry flavor.

The flavor is pretty subtle to me, roasty and bitter, exactly what you'd expect from an oatmeal stout. (290 characters)

Photo of jt31914
4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle

A: Dark black with and inch of mocha head - the lacing and retention is fantastic; I'm very sad that this brew will no longer be bottled.

S: Oats, dark malt, chocolate, and a touch of coffee (like a mild breakfast stout).

T: Full flavor of oatmeal on the front with a smoky dark malt finish. Very balanced and easy to drink.

M/D: Smooth and very very drinkable (377 characters)

Photo of mgbickel
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Perfect Pint glass. The aggressive pour formed a single finger of khaki colored foam. The head dissipated rather quickly, leaving very little lace behind. The body is a dark brown, almost black, with mahogany edges showing when held at eye level.

The nose is pretty simple...lots of roasted malts, burnt grains, some coffee and chocolate hints hide in the background.

Pretty simple (but good) taste also. Starts off a little toasty and fades into a malted milky center before the bitter, acidic coffee finish. Well balanced and tasty!

The mouth feel is a light-medium, very creamy with light to moderate carbonation.

Quite easy to drink this one...right up there with the other popular Oatmeal Stouts. (738 characters)

Photo of albern
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

For my 1000th review ... The Goose Island stout is a pretty good offering, very respectable, solid, a decent beer overall. The beer pours a fairly inky black with a head that doesn't hang on too long. There is a touch of lace and an oily slick left over where the head once stood.

The nose on the beer is not that assertive. There is a slight coffee note or two, some definite roasted dark malts are present, maybe a slight charred aroma comes out, maybe some dark malty caramels, maybe some dark baking chocolates in there as well, but the nose just doesn't stand out.

The taste is a slightly different matter. The beer has the very silky oatmeal creaminess that is characteristic for the style. There are charred nutty flavors thoughout, a touch of molasses, dark roasted malts, a hint of some coffee and dark chocolates. There is a slightly bittering leaf hop flavor in the finish that dries out the beer and keeps it from getting too silky and sweet. The hop lingers into the aftertaste. This is a decent oatmeal stout. (1,026 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a two finger light tan head that fades quickly leaving traces lace. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Almost black color, no highlights. Nose is baked chocolate. Flavor is baked chocolate, roasted bitter coffee finish. $1.95 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA. (292 characters)

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown, almost black, with a tan foamy head that reduces to a skim around the rim of the glass. Some lacing. Tons of bubbles clinging to the sides of the glass.

Dark roasted malt, some bitter chocolate and molasses aromas. Not super strong, but there -- and what exists is inviting.

Flavor is a bit watery. French roast coffee, with some slight licorace notes (but not sweet -- ?), leading to charred grain, some chewy oats and a long pleasant bitter finish. This beer's carbonation messes with the flavor a bit, weakening the intensity.

Plain and simple, a little thinner than I'd like and way too goddamn carbonated. Good as a palate cleaner, but it gets in the way.

Overall, a decent beer, but I've had much better oatmeal stout. Missing some smoothness and a little week in intensity and complexity. Not horribly flawed, just a little uneven. Still worth the try, but you might lean back toward old favorites when you are done. (946 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer poured very dark amber (near black) with a thin layer of off-white bubbles covering the surface, which left nice persistent lacing patterns.
S: There is a moderate aroma of dark, roasted malts in the nose with some notes of chocolate and coffee.
T: The overall taste is a little bland, sharing flavors of roasted malts with the smell, but not as strong. There is some bitterness from the hops.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate, rather smooth and a bit thin. There is some dryness in the finish.
D: The beer is very easy to drink if you want to drink a lot of it, but the flavor isn't quite interesting enough to make it stand out from some of the other oatmeal stouts. (687 characters)

Photo of korguy123
2.81/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz poured into a pint

A- Dark brown, almost black completely opaque, zero head
S- Roasted malt, very faint coffee, very faint dark chocolate. Smells quite like nothing almost watery
T- Burnt coffee, faint malts and bitter chocolate
M- Again I don't know what it is but quite watery, high carbonation for a stout IMO
D- Relatively drinkable I think if they cut down on some of the carbonation it would be much more enjoyable.

I'm glad I bought this beer to try but probably won't get again. (493 characters)

Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours black, with an obvious burgundy tint. A soft manila head forms on pouring, leading to some soft lace stick. Nice retention.

Smell: Bitter chocolate, strong roasted malt character. Slight nuttiness.

Taste: Creamy roasted malt dominates. Softer coffee and chocolate presence as well. Mild nutty flavor. Nice roast bitterness at the end. Simple, but tasty.

Mouthfeel: Moderately creamy, but carbonation makes it pop a little bit. Nutty flavor give is a slight oily residue on the back end.

Drinkability: This gets better with every sip. Very drinkable. This is a good stout for a relaxed session.

Dear GI, please reverse previously announced decision to stop bottling Oatmeal Stout, on account of tastiness. (769 characters)

Photo of Soilworker
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
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. (1,148 characters)

Photo of albertjr21
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle (bottled on 2/24/10) into a white wine glass .

A: A dark brown (near black) color with a very light head that quickly dissipates and leaves very little to no lacing.

S: Roasted nut and sweet malt scents with a prevalent cocoa base that brings freshly brewed dark roast coffee to mind.

T: A light bodied flavor and earthy coffee bean aftertaste.

M: A moderately carbonated and light flavored cocoa base.

D: Not the most amazing oatmeal stout I've tried but a worthy choice that I'd particularly take into consideration to pair with a cream based dessert or even by itself after a meal. And cheers to Goose Island, for creating a tasty stout that a non-stout drinker like my girlfriend enjoyed very much. Good drinkability! (754 characters)

Photo of damndirtyape
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Single bottle (bottled on 03/24/10) poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance: Black on the table with a thin tan foam across the top. There was persistent lacing as I drank it down. Held up to the light its a very dark garnet red with bubbles moving up slowly through the beer.

Smell: Strong roasted malt smell with some sweeter molasses notes at the end.

Taste: Not bad - roasted malts dominate along with some hops in the middle and a bitter finish. Some coffee-like aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Plenty of carbonation and definitely thick, but not as smooth and creamy as I've had in other oatmeal stouts. Nothing special.

Drinkability: Not too bad (and thank goodness better than the last Goose Island I had which had to be an off bottle). It went well with a meal (breaded Tilapia and fries - the American version of Fish and Chips) and nice after the meal too. All around good, but I don't see myself having more than one per evening or meal. (946 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: 1 finger head rises up, its pretty thick and fluffy and leaves some lacing, slowly fades. Color is almost pitch black with hints of light shining through the corners.

N: Oatmeal and chocolate outline it. A touch of roasted malt, a little creaminess too. Mostly just a nice oatmeal aroma with some chocolate milk.

T: Starts lighter than I thought, not as much oatmeal either. Starts with some darker malts, more like crystal, and some toasty flavors. A little rich oatmeal flavors, some coffee even, a little creamy smoothness and touch of chocolate milk. Mostly dry with a hint of bitterness, more likely from charred malts than hops.

M: Lighter with tons of carbonation.

F: Again dry, but a little more bitterness comes out. This time the bitterness seems to have alittle more hop presence with a touch of earthy hops. Some lingering stickiness despite how dry it was. Some oatmeal taste lingers with a touch of milk chocolate.

Overall a great session beer. Not quite what I expected, the nose was great but body was lacking for an oatmeal stout, and taste wasn't as pertinent as I expected either. This wouldn't be a bad one to fall back on from time to time, it's too bad their doing away with it. However, when I'm usually looking for an oatmeal stout I head towards Samuel Smith. (1,292 characters)

Photo of bsp77
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (570 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a small brown head on top of an opaque, black body. The foam settles pretty quickly and leaves moderate lace.

S - Aromas of coffee and light chocolate with a bit of bready malt sweetness. No noticeable hop or yeast character is there to interfere with the malt.

T - Caramel and molasses notes up front. Some toasted malt in the middle with coffee and a bit of caramel. The coffee character intensifies in the finish along with a good bit of bready sweetness that is balanced by moderate malt bitterness.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - This is a nice oatmeal stout with characteristic sweetness that is balanced by roasted grain character. The poor head characteristics and an unfortunate flaw in an otherwise nice beer, though that may have been influenced by the cleanliness of the glass (which still reflects on the brewery since I had this at a GI location). Nevertheless, this is an enjoyable and very drinkable beer. (978 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3.15/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottled on 1/4/08. Poured into 10oz glass. Poured black with less than 1/4 inch of tan head that had little retention or lacing.

The aroma had a strong smoke scent upfront with the expected roasted scents at the back. The flavors were very similar. This beer was far more subdued than I expected, the smoke was the dominant taste.

The body was a bit too thin for the style. Drinkability was OK but not special. If this was local for me, I'd have one every so often but this isn't a beer I'd go out of my way for. (514 characters)

Photo of jsh420
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottled 2/24/10

pours dark dark brown almost black with a 3 finger tan head had good retention and left lacing down the glass

smell is great - strong roasted oats and earthy hops

taste - solid flavors just like the nose roasted oats and a good hop bite - also pick up some creamy milk flavors

mouthfeel is good - light with enough carbonation to make it feel somewhat fuller - very smooth

drinkability is also good - just too bad they will not be making this any longer (474 characters)

Photo of billab914
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Stone RIS glass. Poured dark brown, pretty close to black with a thin tan head barely covering the top of the beer. The head settled out only to cling to the sides of the glass.

The aroma has a nice roasty, coffee and chocolate smell to it. Nothing crazy in the aroma, just a very nice roasty, chocolaty stout smell. The taste is roasty as well with a good amount of coffee and bitter sweet chocolate coming through. The oats seem to help give it a nice smoothness to the taste.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and moderately creamy. The carbonation seems slightly higher then normal for the style but still very nice. Drinkability is very good, it has some great stout flavors with some creamy smoothness from the oats. I really enjoyed this one as I do with most well made oatmeal stouts. (825 characters)

Photo of divineaudio
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. freshness date clearly marked.

appearance is decent, dark brown in color with ruby highlights and very little head despite a heavy pour. a few spots of lace here and there but not much.

smell is nutty and a little bit earthy with maybe some coffee in there. hops are barely detectable.

taste is of roasted malts with a some carmel and little dark chocolate that doesn't sink in til later. hop character is mild at best, with only a hint of bitterness in the finish. if it weren't for the strong roasted character i'd almost think this was an english brown ale.

body is a little thin for an oatmeal stout, but it still has the smoothness. carbonation feels a little too heavy for this style i think.

this beer goes down pretty easy. considering that plus it's lighter body and low abv i'd say this is clearly a session beer. i'd certainly buy this again, i just wouldn't get too excited about it. (934 characters)

Photo of jmbranum
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Inky black beer with a tan head. Strong toasty wonderful aroma. Flavor is of course strong on the coffee toasty notes. Some caramel but mostly fairly dry. Some subtle fruity undertones.

Lingering pleasant flavor.

No hops that I could tell. Quite smooth mouthfeel.

Yet another quality offering from Goose Island. I've enjoyed all of their beers thus far. (359 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light (in color and size) beige head. Some initial lace at the top of the glass.

Nice burnt coffee aroma; slight earthiness which is unusual for this style.

Unusual sweetness, yet this has some coffee. Relatively thin for an *oatmeal* stout. Slight hop bitterness on the swallow...short lived. (296 characters)

Photo of Prostman81
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very solid offering from Goose Island. The bland, gray label doesn't bely the very worthy beer contained within. Appearance is black, with a tan head that quickly diminishes after pouring. Smell is just a hint of roast & rich malt, but not overpowering, no hop aroma. Taste and mouthfeel are quite good. Again, more of the gentle tones of roast and malt. One of my gripes with Stouts is the tendency for the brewer to make them too coffee like. This one is balanced nicely. Mouthfeel is not heavy or slick as some oatmeal stouts also have a tendency of having. All around, makes for a great beer that would go well with a nice winter meal (think a hearty stew or maybe Thanksgiving/Xmas dinner) or just for hanging inside and having a couple. Has definitely been a good companion on more than one fall outdoor brewing sessions for me. (836 characters)

Photo of blackenmn
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle to Snifer:

A:Poured a bit thicker black than expected, with a 1/4" tan head which faded quickly and resided on the edge of the glass.

S:Smelled of toasty oatmeal, a bit of milk chocolate. A nice balanced rich smell.

T:Tasted of toasty caramel malt, smokey oatmeal, and coffee.

M:It was very sleek as expected from the style and had a chalky like aspect which really made it come through as a bit chewier than expected for a medium bodied brew.

Drinkability:This was a very well rounded and drinkable oatmeal stout. Simple and satisfying without being too simple. (586 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (390 characters)

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