3 Floyds / Mikkeller Oatgoop (2008) - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 160
Reviews: 113
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 89
Gots: 20 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co. visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: SwiftyMcBeer on 12-31-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

This Oat Wine was brewed with our friends at Mikkeller.
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Reviews by dansmcd:
Photo of dansmcd
4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark burnt orange body with a thin white head that fades quickly to a swirl with collar. Very brief spots of lacing.

S - Sweet citrus, kumquat, apricot, a little heat, sour bitter orange skin. A full package.

T - Follows the nose to a tee, plenty of different flavours to savour. Nice blend of bitter, sweet and sour.

M - Full bodied, quite syrupy, low to moderate carbonation.

O - Nice example of the style. Outrageously expensive bottle but enjoyed thoroughly on a warm summer's evening out in the back yard with the wife.

More User Reviews:
Photo of ricke
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden amber with glistening reddish hues - a very nice color. Ivory-colored 2 cm head that dissipates quickly leaving small lacings.

S: A pleasant mix of red grapefruit, hops, some pine-needles, malts, fudge and caramel.

T: Plenty of malts, fudge and big caramel flavors. Prominent taste of red grapefruit, citric notes and some pine-needles. Some hops and grass. The sweetness and bitterness are very integrated and mixes well. The finish is rather bitter with lingering notes of fruity hops and some warming alcohol.

M: Medium body with a smooth texture. Gentle carbonation.

D: A very good beer and it really came out as showcasing good craftsmanship. Well balanced. But still, I'm glad I drank it now and didn't cellar it longer since I got the feeling that the hops have started to fade. The taste of caramel was already prominent and it seems to me that the hops might have been more prominent when it was really fresh. And I think that more time in the cellar will result in a loss of hop flavors and a less balanced brew with sweet caramel as the main component. Although I really enjoyed it, I don't think it managed to meet my high expectations, considering the quality of the two breweries that created it.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber. The second collaboration with Mikkeller pours into my glass a deep, vibrant red/orange with a creamy inch of off white foam on top leaving trails of sticky lace. Aromas start with big resinous citric hops. Pine moves in as well with a touch of tropical fruit and herbal swirls. Caramel and toffee dominates the big malt background with an almost candy like sweetness to it as well.

First sip brings an upfront blast of bold citric hops cavorting with a slick, smooth caramel malt that has accents of toffee as well. The oats come through quite prominently as it rolls down along with a mix of pine and tropical fruit flavors. Big bitterness hits on the way down. Floral, grassy and herbal on the finish with a mild lingering sweetness and really no hint of the alcohol. Oats really smooth this out. Good show.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth and creamy. The quality I call slickness from the oats really shines here making this an incredibly easy drinking beer given the abv. Spot on carbonation as well. I will enjoy the rest of this bottle and I wouldn't mind seeing more examples of oatwine's in the future. Cheers to Three Floyds and Mikkeller. Dial down the alcohol a bit and this would be sessionable!

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle. My first Oatwine.

The beer pours an orangish-amber color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of honey, flowers, oranges, citrus and caramel malt. It smells about like a barleywine. The flavor is a great mix of toffee, caramel and orange citrus. It tastes like some of the better, hoppier American Barleywines that I have tried. I don't get too much oat character in the beer, but it is still very nice. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a snifter)
A- This beer pours a clear but dense reddish-orange body with a stream of tiny bubbles racing from the base of the glass to a thick creamy off-white head that sticks to the glass with each sip.

S- The big pungent juicy green hops smell of pineapple weed and green herbs with a faint tangerine quality coming through stronger as it warms a bit. There is a faint musty smell at the finish which is nice.

T- This beer has a big pungent pineapple weed taste with a soft light malt sweetness supporting it. The finish is a big herbal bitterness with a faint mint quality and a grapefruit pith flavor growing as the beer warms. The mellow dandelion bitterness lingers after each sip for a bit.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with no alcohol heat until it is really warm and a dry finish that enhances the hop even more.

D- This beer has a huge punishing hops profile, go figure, which I typically like and there was a faint funk quality to them aswellas a good depth to the complexity. However, that was all there was, there was very little malt profile at all. This beer would have been nice in a 12 oz. bottle but the bomber left my tongue begging for something different and the price tag left quite a dent in my wallet aswell.

Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Expectations were for a heavier richer mix, and was surprised but not disapointed by the cuvee concoction that poured out. A fine ale, with a bit of sourness, dry but not overally drying. It grew on me, particularly after putting into fridge to get it colder from the top of cellar temperature range. About average mouthfeel.

Photo of alovesupreme
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fluffy white head over an orange/ copper body. Sticky beer with excellent lacing
Citrus from the obvious hop presence as well as vanilla and a semi familiar candy aroma.
Sweet but not cloying. Some grapefruit rind as well as the same familiar candy/vanilla aftertaste.
Nice mouthfeel, slightly syrupy with good carbonation.
A very good beer with an extremely pleasant after taste.

Photo of dirtylou
4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, steve's...figured anything with the 3floyds name on it would be best consumed fresh so i wont age this one any further

consumed during some elite 8 hoops

appearance: poured into my hopleaf tulip, gorgeous glowing amber-orange body with a beige froth splashing on top...awesome looking beer

smell: pungent hops, the hops 3 floyds is known for...bubblegum, citrus bouquet, lemon and orange zest, tropical and floral...smells like a sexy DIPA

taste: this beer is awesome but if it was bottled as a DIPA, i'm not sure anyone would have noticed the difference...also kind of seems like this beer resembles the 3F work much more than mikkeller. this one will blow you away with fresh and flavorful hops, tropical fruit, pink grapefruit, floral green hops, lemon zest, tropical citrus, booze

mouthfeel: slick and oily

drinkability: hot but good

Photo of SeasonalBrew
4.34/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared with a friend and poured into my snifter.

A: Cooper in color, which looks more of a brighter orange when held into the light. A thin head forms and dissipates quickly. Leaves minimal lacing along the glass as I drink it.

S: Smells a LOT like a good barleywine, which I love. Strong bitter smell from the hops and sweet maltiness and grains. A very strong sweetness in the nose, kinda like honey, caramel, or toffee. I sense a little booze, too ;)

T: Follows the nose to a point. Strong bitterness upfront with a malted backbone and slight booziness. The bitterness and sweetness are well balanced. I am really enjoying this.

M: Very full and a little creamy. Very pleasing.

D: For such a high abv, I'd say it is fairly drinkable and definitely tasty. Couldn't do a whole bomber to myself though.

Photo of nickd717
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle via trade thanks to dug. Shared at a tasting with some BA and RB people. WTF, man, this was labeled as an oatwine, but it was beer, not wine! They should have called it an "oatwine-style ale" or something instead. Just kidding. Bad joke, I know.

Pours a clear deep reddish-amber color with a small off-white head and decent lacing.

Aroma is black tea, honey, caramel, and citrus hops. Nice, but nothing too amazing.

Flavor is sweet caramel malt, oats, honey, spice, citrus and pine hops. Tasty and well-balanced, but again, not really a standout. Not that every beer has to be.

Smooth on the palate with medium body and soft carbonation. Drinkability is good. Another solid offering from FFF overall.

Photo of BeerZack
4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange copper color, no head, just some bubbles around the edges.

Smell is wonderful- sweet citrus, mostly orange, hint of pine and dank.

Taste is pretty mild compared to the aroma, but same basic profile; citrus (tangerine, mandarin orange) and skunky pine.

Soft medium feel here, not overly bitter or drying finish, but its not a syrup mess by any means. Nice beer, could be the best WW I have ever tried.

Photo of beveritt
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from 1 22 oz. brown bomber into a Duvel chalice. The next installment in my continuing love/hate relationship with FFF. Sometimes great beer, many times poor quality control bottled messes. Label depicts a helmeted skull,flanked by American and Danish flags. No freshness date. Description on the label is in Danish?

Pours with 1 1/2 fingers of light tan head. This settles to a thin, nearly complete coating of foam with a more substantial island in the middle above the point of nucleation. Some spidery lacing. The beer itself is a clear orange amber. No sediment remains in the bottle.

Smell: Mild hints of cherries upfront, as in many barleywines, but more subdued. Backed by a distinct wheat twang and alcohol sweetness.

Taste: Almost sour twang upfront blends with a honey sweetness. Hop bitterness then begins, and last well after the swallow.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is very good; substantial with a slight slickness.

Drinkability: Can't say that I have ever had a wheat wine before, but I life this. The alcohol, sweetness, and bitterness expected from a barleywine with a little extra bite of sourness from the wheat.

Photo of jpalarchio
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first beer of this style.

As with all beers that I've had from FFF so far, pour crystal clear. A nice deep copper color with good head retention.

Smell is a bit different, not necessarily the most inviting smell.

Taste is something else though, very good. Alcohol is so well hidden it's scary.

Good beer, looking forward to finding some more of this style.

Photo of alleykatking
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My roommate has been trying for awhile now to bust this bottle open. I think I made him happy when I finally gave in.

A- Poured into a snifter. Golden amber color, actually a little darker than that more of a copper amber. Little head that went quickly leaving sticky lacing to the sides of the glass.

S- Malty, also to me there is a hint of grape juice quality as well.

T- Tart, sparkling wine quality. High alcohol content that is brought up either when you take bigger sips of the beer or else once it starts to warm up. A little bitter I think.

M- Very carbinated once again like drinking a sparkling wine. Everthing jumos on the tounge. A bit on the heavy side. This beer really coats the tounge with a slight alcohol taste.

D- I would ony spilt a bottle with a friend. I drank this way to slow to have the entire bomber. Not my favorite from FFF but hey it must be someones.

Photo of Bung
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. Bright enough orange/amber pour. Small amount of off white head forms a thin layer and sticks to the glass nice as well.
Quite piney and floral aroma. Hints of citrus, caramel covered apple.
Taste is very balance malt sweetness, caramel, and citrus, apple white grape. Some ash and earthy tones later. This increased as it warmed. There is a lingering piney hopness through the finish, but otherwise the hops have really mellowed in this, if they were strong at first.
It is a little warm, but doesn't seem tough to drink. Pretty sticky, medium body with light carbonation.
Pleasant, really middle of the road, nothing too extream other than the high abv. Wheatwine is a strange bird, I'd say this is adequate for the style, which I have a hard time getting my hands around. Oatwine doesn't seem to be much different. Nice to try though.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours an orange/copper color with about a half-inch off-white head which went away pretty quickly. Not much lacing, either. It smells like grassy and citrusy (grapefruit) hops, caramel malt, and brown sugar. Nice mix of sweetness and hoppiness in the aroma. The taste is similar to the aroma but there's a bit of tropical fruit noticable too. The hops flavors are stronger than the malty ones at first, but then it balances out and the flavor gets even better once the beer warms up. There's also a nice lingering bitter hoppy finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's creamy and coating and has decent carbonation. It's smooth and easy to drink, but the alcohol does catch up to you after a while. I think it's a good overall beer, it's pricey but definitely worth trying.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a slightly hazy bright orangey color ale with a nice off-white foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of sweet malt with different cereal notes (probably oat) then what I was expecting. Taste is dominated by loads of sweet caramelized notes offset by some cereal. Body is above average with good carbonation. Interesting though I am not sure I need to drink oat wine on a regular basis.

4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Barley wine, Wheat wine, and now Oat wine. A good pour gets three fingers of resilient and rocky tan head that is super tight. Hangs around a long time and leaves a swiss cheese like lace as it fades. Body is a mahogany amber in tone. Nose is sweet with dark over ripe fruit, dark rich vibrant malts which are rustic in style. A hint of alcohol and hops are in the smell also. With first sip I get a jammy fruit sweetness like fruit schnapps. Hops act to balance the sweetness and end up adding a sappy marmalade like feel. Flavor is so interesting and unique. I would love to see how this beer ages in 2 or 3 years, but it is just so expensive at $16 a bottle. Mouthfeel has a nice mingling of the dark fruits and hops which is attractive. Wonderfully drinkable at 10.4% alcohol.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.82/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle split and poured into a Duvel tulip. Inhold: 66 cl., 10.4% ABV, no date.

Thanks to beerwolf77 for this one, the last of my tastings for the evening with the guys!

A - Almost clear amber-red color with almost no head whatsoever. A low off-white film with spotty lace is left on the glass.

S - Tons of oat and wheat that smells like a barn feeder. Toasted amber malts and light alcohol in the aroma. Pretty straight-forward and simple which isn't all that appreciated for a wheatwine. Fruity notes and very mild hops come through on the finish.

T - Fruity and hoppy with a big oat and wheat flavor. A bit of alcohol in there too. Simple flavor, not all complex like a wheatwine should be.

M - Soft, smooth texture with a nice finish. Medium-bodied and low carbonation comprise the texture of this brew.

D - Not bad but moderate drinkability for what it is. It's an ok beer in the world of wheatwines I've had. It could some more complexity and dept.

Photo of charlesw
1.94/5  rDev -51.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Funny thing... After spending a few weeks in Australia this looks like a dark beer. Ha. It's not. Way light. Clear amber. Low head.

Smells like cat pee. Boy, I hope that's not going to follow through in taste! So, cat pee, a little caramel, more cat pee. Bleh.

Hard to taste it with that nose. Hmm. It's OK. No great shakes. Medium dry. A very gentle full-mouth bitterness to it. Kinda weird and interesting. It still smells like cat pee and that's really off putting.

The alcohol is well-hidden.

Hmm. With a big swig of it... I get the nasty flavor of a T-58 yeast that's been fermented too high - a goopy collection of bad flavors in the middle of the back of the mouth. Kind of musty and sweet. Bleh.

Way too light in body and flavor for the style. And, of course, if you up the body and flavor then you'll need to up the bitterness as well.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 I bought a while back from Archer Liquors... I also traded for quite a few of these bottles... I love it.. but surprisingly I've never reviewed it... oh well, tonight, I'm still broke and want a nice bottle of beer... poured into my Delirium goblet.

foamy 1 finger head dies fairly quickly leaving nice lace... and the cap is a bit flimsy but leaves great lacing as I move slowly through the glass... the brew is a perfectly clear glowing orange.

Nose has a surprising amount of citrus hops that combine nicely with a bit of fruity esters... caramel is a bit lighter than I remember.

Good bitter backbone helps balance the fairly large maltiness... citrus hops and an odd yet pleasant sorta pineapple element.. a bit more attenuated than I remember.. still plenty of sweetness, but finish is hoppy and drier than memory serves.

Slightly larger than medium body with a nice everpresent small bubble carbonation.... fairly smooth... This is certainly verging on the best wheatwine I've ever had.


Photo of bgreg3
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a magnificent reddish amber with with foam that sticks around the ring.Smells like malted barely and the right amount of hops . The taste is very strong on the barely and wheat , a very sensational biscuit flavor comes though on this half way and then a small amount of hops dominate the finish , very complex and enjoyable. MF ranges from med. to heavy with not quite a crisp finish , but not too wet on the finish either , good balance. I am astounded this is 10.4% alcohol , is is way too drinkabkle for a beer of this caliber, impressive.

Photo of jim102864
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Part of a stellar purchase at Armanetti's, Chicago while on business, that included FFF Behemoth and '08 Black Ops.

15 bucks a bomber so it damn well better be good. The young lad behind the register recommended the purchase since it's a one off collaberation brew with Mikeller of Denmark.

Poured into my Trois Pistoles goblet. Barely a bubble. Very clear reddish copper appearance with a thin head.

Maybe a tad cold so I let it sit. The nose is kinda mild. Another one of those beers where I need a more sensative nose so my wife assisted. She said she smelled roses yet it was sort of earthy. About 40 minutes in I finally note a grassy aroma and apricots.

Hoppy bite in the mid tongue, then the oats come through. Fasinating transition from hop bite to oats. The hoppy tingle fades as the brew warms. Then the hop bitterness totally fades and a certain sweetness prevails.

Mothfeel is silky smooth as it warms. This is one of the most complex brews I've tasted. A lot going on here yet its difficult to describe.
Alcohol burn is cosistently there in the finish.

This is not a session brew but something to enjoy by the fire. Savor and enjoy.

Photo of eric5bellies
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from my Duvel Tulip

A - Pours a slightly hazey Amber colour with an off white head that dissipates to a film.

S - heavy orangy pine notes from th bottle.Once poured takes on a more sweet caramel malt aroma.

T - Quite different to an DIPA with some heavy malts at the finsh that top up the initial citrus pine overload. At the very end ther is some cake mix type flavours that are just delectable.

M - Medium to full body with minimal carbonation that makes for a very well balanced beer.

D - This is my one and only Wheatwine, and at $40 a bottle I'm not sure it merits it's price, but having said that it's an outstanding brew.

Photo of biggred1
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear amber with blonde highlights and a pock marked tan head that leaves sheets of lace behind on the glass. The nose is dank fruity hops and caramel malt. Nice smooth pineapple and orange hop flavors with a dollop of caramel and honey slathered toast. This brew has mellowed from imperial IPA flavors to a hopped up barleywine in the ten or eleven months since I first tasted it, I think I like what some time does to this one just fine. Smooth, silky and medium bodied. This is a fantastic beer that is drinking just right about now.

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3 Floyds / Mikkeller Oatgoop (2008) from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 160 ratings.