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Alberta Crude Oatmeal Stout - Wild Rose Brewery & Taproom

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21 Ratings
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Ratings: 21
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 7.06%
Wants: 0
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Wild Rose Brewery & Taproom visit their website
Alberta, Canada

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Black as its namesake, with a creamy tan head, this Oatmeal Stout is velvety smooth with low carbonation. Six different malts, hops from the U.K. and (of course) oatmeal contribute to this ale's complex character.

40 IBU

(Beer added by: vanrassel on 12-20-2006)
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Ratings: 21 | Reviews: 16 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by biboergosum:
Photo of biboergosum
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Racing to Calgary on a Friday afternoon (as much as one can race during rush hour and shitty road construction season), my goal of attending Wild Rose's weekly cask openings finally come to fruition. And this week, of all weeks, they've got a cask of Cascade-hopped IPA, so I'm like a kid on Christmas morning. Alas, the lateness of my arrival, 6 p.m., meant that I missed the last pint from the cask by about an hour. Trying to salvage the evening, we ordered some of their surprisingly good dinner entrees, and a pint of their in-house-only oatmeal stout, which softened the blow considerably.

This beer arrives at the table in a tall pint glass, and appears to encompass total blackness, no light coming or going, even at the edges, like a fat man in a doorway...it has one finger of very creamy beige head, which sits there for a good while. It smells of slightly roasted chocolate malt. The taste is smooth cocoa milk, cafe au lait (a bit redundant, I know), and a mild berry fruitiness. The carbonation is very low, the somewhat thin body is silky smooth, and the finish is dry and chalky. This is a very tasty stout, I can imagine it would be dead easy to sip on these all night...especially once the cask special is tapped out. :-)

biboergosum, May 13, 2009
More User Reviews:
Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the brewery. Coffee aroma, coffee colour and some lace. Above average carbonation and acicity.Drying aftertaste. A coffee more than a beer. It's bold coffee taste, a medium mouthfeel however not a great stout.Many other stouts tops this in taste and smooth drinkability.

Sammy, Mar 30, 2007
Photo of joemcgrath27
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Was a regular for me at the Hop-n-Brew for a couple years, never did review it, and they don't have it anymore, but sniffed out a pint at the Palomino recently
A - Darkness is spreading! Looked like crude oil coming out of the tap, jet black with short mocha head, very nice lacing
S - sweet milk chocolate, dark roasty malts, and light coffee
T - dark roasty malt, rich creamy oatmeal grains, sweet chocolate, and light piney hops on the finish
M - a little lighter than I would have guessed, creamy smooth and rich with just a little hop dry on the late finish
D - i love everything about this beer, the name, the flavour mix, the feel, for me it's the type of classic yet unique enough brew that defines a solid micro brewer

joemcgrath27, Feb 02, 2011
Photo of vanrassel
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was poured for me fresh at the brewery's taproom. It was a dark coffee colour with a creamy tan head about a finger high. It had decent retention and left minimal lacing on my pint glass.

The aroma was subtly roasted malt, with a bit of chocolate and some coffee. The taste and mouthfeel were well-rounded and balanced: dark malt and some coffee, but the oatmeal really smoothed out the flavour and staved off an excessively bitter or dry finish.

This is a nice easy drinker that I would definitely buy if Wild Rose elects for wider distribution. Currently only available on tap at the brewery.

vanrassel, Dec 20, 2006
Photo of Proteus93
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

- served on draft at the location in Calgary.

A: Opaque... jet black, with a light tan, creamy, and sticky head.

S: Malt roast, a subtle chocolate... a nice, softer aroma. Some modest notes of whole wheat.

T: Deep roasted malts, slightly burnt flavours. Some mellow espresso flavours. Chocolate is kept to a minimum on the palate, and oatmeal is also low-key and pleasant.

M + D: Creamy, round... dash of carbonation, but barely. Easy going Alcohol, a great session selection - served in true blue 20oz pints, and easy to do a few of them.

Proteus93, Jul 23, 2008
Photo of IronDjinn
3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tall sleeve glass, pitch black in appearance, with great head retention of a creamy tan head.

Roasted malt and coffee grains on the nose, with some subtle bitter cocoa.

Bitter roasted malt and coffee in the flavour, some milkiness on the finish, followed by a puckering coffee ground zest in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is light and smooth, somewhat lighter for the style than I had expected.

For those who enjoy a malty dry stout.

IronDjinn, Feb 15, 2009
Photo of MrTinnedPEach
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

MrTinnedPEach, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of Vandelayindustri
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Vandelayindustri, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of benbou17
4/5  rDev -2.7%

benbou17, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of BigBry
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I finally had a chance to visit the new brewery location. Tasting room is large and open, not much atmosphere, but hey, we're here for the beer.
Color is black, even when held to the light. Comes with a thick and creamy tan colored head. Great head retention, and thin but coating lacing, leaving perfect lace rings around the 'Wild Rose' logoed pint glass. Smell of toasted grain and roasted coffee. Nice taste with more roasted flavor and even a bit of chocolate. Very well balanced. Smooth finish. Easy to drink, I can't wait to go back for another. Easily a new favorite of mine.
Too bad it only available on tap at the brewery for now.

BigBry, Feb 04, 2007
Photo of Avant_Garage
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Avant_Garage, Jun 10, 2012
Photo of jrenihan
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is black. A moderate tan head on top. Good retention, excellent lacing.

Smell is primarily roasted malt, somewhat smoky. Some vanilla there too.

Tastewise, the beer is mildly bitter, with roasted malt prominent. Coffee and some dark chocolate up front. Vanilla. A touch of smoke and a hint of dark fruit, very slight.

Full bodied, low to moderate carbonation. A bit astringent.

Overall, quite good.

jrenihan, Jul 11, 2012
Photo of andrenaline
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Been hearing rave reviews on this one... Time to take it for a spin!

A - Pours pitch black with a finger of creamy mocha head, solid retention and some fantastic sheeting lacing. We're off to a great start!

S - The chocolate notes dominate this one with dark cocoa and sweet milk chocolate, followed by some roasted coffee undertones.

T - Much like the scent, the creamy milk chocolate dominates and comes through surprisingly sweet. There's also some sweet almost cherry-ish notes faintly detectable alongside the earthy oats.

M - Creamy and smooth, perfect mouthfeel for a stout.

O - Overall, this did not disappoint. It is all that it was cracked up to be, and if I didn't have to go back to work after this pint, then I could've drank that stuff all afternoon. Why don't they bottle this stuff?!?!?!?!

andrenaline, Mar 26, 2011
Photo of leaddog
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a dark jet black with a half finger width of creamy mocha head.

Smell - Roasted barley and malts, coffee bean, cocoa, oatmeal.

Taste - Strong roasted flavours from the barley/malts and coffee, then transitioning to the cocoa/dark chocolate and oatmeal flavours. Very rich.

Mouthfeel - Medium/full bodied with light carbonation. Very creamy texture.

Overall - A star of a stout by Wild Rose. It's unfortunate that this brew is only available at the Taproom, because I'd love to pick up a few bottles for the cold winter months. A solid example of the style.

leaddog, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of wordemupg
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

from tap room into pint glass nov13 2009

A jet black with a thick thumbs worth of mocha colored head that had fair retention and thick lace even after the foam fell to a thin film

S perhaps a little weak due to the ice cold serving, a little dark chocolate and the malt too go along with it

T leaning more towards coffee then the chocolate but quite nice either way

M a little flat but it gives it a silky feel with no complaints

D very nice overall, too bad you can only get it on tap or in a party pig at the tap room

worth a trip too the tap room on its own, perhaps the best beer I've had from Wild Rose. I predict that this beer would outsell all others if they sold it in 6-packs

wordemupg, Nov 14, 2009
Photo of Cwrw
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried on-tap the new taphouse/snack bar in Calgary alongside their bratwurst which is cooked in their IPA. Very friendly staff, and a mighty cool tap handle I might add: a painted black oil barrel. The oily blackness which pours is absolutely fantastic looking, thick and full of reddish-brown head. Excellent lacing full of layers like the moons of Saturn. A little hard to coax the aroma in the place...not sure why, but what I got is full of dryish licorice and very traditional stout aromas. Very easygoing. I saw 3 or 4 women trying this alongside the men trying the wraspberry ale. The taste is exceptional: very flavourful but an excellent session beer of lower abv. Lots of their brown ale flavour here (did they make their brown ale maltier??). No off-putting attempt here, this oatmeal stout is full on and retains a drinkability that is dangerous. Low carbonation and excellent quaffability.

A gorgeous little treat from Wild Rose...I only hope they bottle this crude.

Cwrw, Feb 24, 2007
Photo of Duckmancgy
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured 22oz pint at the Tap Room.

Pours pitch black with a finger and a half of tan coloured creamy head. Smells lightly of roasted coffee and sweet malt.

First taste includes sweet chocolate notes and bitter coffee. Goes down really smooth though. Very easy to put down a pint or two.

It is my feeling that if someone doesn't usually like Wild Rose's beers, go down to the Tap Room and pick up a pint or pick up a pig!!

Only available on tap.

Duckmancgy, Mar 13, 2011
Photo of tonyf55
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

In a Wildrose shaker at the brewery during Oktoberfest 2011.

Visual (4.5): Black as it's namesake with a chestnut brown single finger head that lasts for a decent time. Lacing is present on the glass in a very consistent fashion. Too dark for visible carbonation; extremely opaque.

Aroma (3.5): Light malts in the smell. Biscuit and cookie. Kind of weak for the powerful color.

Taste (4.5): Amazing initial cookie (oatmeal?) malt flavour with caramel and chocolate evident. Roasted flavours flood the pallet, with coffee and toasted grains lasting at the end.

Mouthfeel (5): Oily texture (where the name comes from!) with a lovely smooth and creamy finish. Amazing drinkability with a light grainy (oats) feel in the throat.

Overall (4.5): A fantastic stout with a value enhanced further by the fact that it is only available as a party pig (growler) or in the brewery itself. A great local brew that I personally love.

tonyf55, Oct 19, 2011
Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice to see this one take a trek away from the Wild Rose Taproom to wind up at Beer Revolution. A dark brownish black brew with red highlights and some brown foam, the initial aroma is a nice smoky hit, all roasted coffee beans and baker's cacao. Palate is not sweet at all, this one is deep and dark, roasted and earthy with just a faint hint of a sour tang that reveals itself over time. I get considerable burnt "ashtray" character, treacle, a mild nuttiness like walnut shells, little to no dark fruit notes. Smooth creamy mouthfeel as per the style with a semi-thick body. Some hop resins do make their presence known and the finish is classic English earthy hops, like Fuggles or Challenger. What's particularly cool is the sour apple note that emerges fairly late into a pint and then simply won't leave the tongue. There we go, there had to be some fruit in this somewhere. I really enjoyed this brew, so dark and bitter but leaves on a fruity note so as to avoid any accusations of being "one-dimentional". Less sweet than other stouts but that's not a fault in my book.

CalgaryFMC, Feb 08, 2014
Photo of bobsy
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I found some old notes in a box after moving. Not sure when I had this one... perhaps summer 2009?

Alberta Crude looks the part as it fills my glass with its pitch black body and bubbly mocha head. Some nice lacing is left behind as the head drops to a patchy film. Light tobacco, coffee, oats and chocolate malt make up a fairly standard nose for the style. Taste seems a little tired, but is sessionable nonetheless. Decent oat character goes up against stale coffee grounds, some chocolate and then a whole whack of old espresso in the finish. One of the most coffee tasting non-coffee beers I've had, which is quite the feat! Light body could do with more oomph.

Overall, a not too shabby brew and one that I think would probably work well on nitro, where the body might get a bit of a boost.

bobsy, Sep 07, 2010
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

schnarr84, Apr 16, 2014
Alberta Crude Oatmeal Stout from Wild Rose Brewery & Taproom
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