Kentucky Oats - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 10
Reviews: 4
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.21%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Goose Island Beer Co. visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: GbVDave on 12-24-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Coal black color, vanilla aroma, bourbon-chocolate flavor, medium body. Aged in Evan Williams single barrel.
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Ratings: 10 | Reviews: 4
Reviews by joshuaseresse:
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4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a glass of this on-tap while at the Clybourn brewpub over the New Year. Served into a 10oz glass:

A - pours a black core with brown roast tones around the edges. Really no head but some foam around the edges. Faint lacing.

S - Chocolate, caramel and burnt brown sugar. Really thick and creamy smell with those oats and bourbon really coming through. Hints of vanilla and damp oak. Great smell.

T - Only slightly bourbon forward but really goes well with the roast and oats. Little bit of chocolate and caramel but not too heavy. Some lactose and vanilla in the finish.

M - Smooth and creamy but not too drying from the roast. Think with the lack of carbonation but all in all not too bad.

O - This one wasn't too bad but I wasn't overly impressed. I only had one glass during the entire trip, so that kind of says something. I love barrel aged brews, but this one didn't exactly knock my socks off. Would have it again if given the chance but wouldn't actively seek it out.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter at GI-Clybourn 12/24/11.

A: Served coal black with a thin wafer of off-white foam on top. Retention was pretty short lived with a few specks of lace left behind.

S: Strong bourbon on the nose when first served. As it came up to temp some roasty malt and dark chocolate came out as did a touch of vanilla.

T: See above.

M: Oatmeal Stout smoothness coupled with a slight touch of bourbon roughness. Good balance.

O: Very nice lower abv BA stout.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.82/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a snifter at the Clybourn brewpub.

Gotta end on a high note, so why not a barrel-aged stout? It pours a straight obsidian topped by a finger of lightly golden tan foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, bourbon, oak, vanilla, strong caramel, and molasses. The taste holds notes of roasted malts, bourbon, light oak, and a touch of booziness. It's less complex than the smell, focusing a bunch more on the barrel than anything. Shame, really. It's not all bad by any stretch, but I was hoping for a bit more from this somehow. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda dry finish. Overall, a bit of a disappointment. Just like BCS to a degree, the barrel o'ershadows things here, to the detriment of full enjoyment of the beer.

Photo of Chaney
4.32/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at the Clybourn location.

This one sounded too good to be true judging by the menu description and everyone in my party ordered this one at some point, so I figured it was time for me to take the plunge as well.

A: This was a dead, mean looking brew, but what barrel-aged beer isn't? No head, visible carbonation, or lacing. It just looked like a big vat of pitch black, licorice juice.

S: Very buttery, bourbon forward, and I also got a tinge of the earthy grain bill created by the oats.

T: Not only was this a big bourbon bomb, this was also the perfect dessert beer. I got a good bit of wholesome grains, rounded out by chocolate and more than a hint of vanilla.

M: Despite the barrel-aging, this was not a high octane brew.... quite the contrary. That fact made this a medium-bodied (medium thick), bourbon delight. Very low in carbonation and the lacing was almost non-existent.

O: This brew was just a flat out great idea. I guess this is only the second review of this one, and I hope this beer sticks around long enough to see many more!

Kentucky Oats from Goose Island Beer Co.
84 out of 100 based on 10 ratings.