Oatmeal Stout
Goose Island Beer Co.

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Stout - Oatmeal
Ranked #193
Ranked #18,562
3.86 | pDev: 10.88%
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
Very Good
Oatmeal StoutOatmeal Stout
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown to light black with minimal light penetration. There's a fingernail of beige about the size of a quarter in the middle of the glass. The aroma is of sweet oatmeal and bakers chocolate. I'm tasting chocolate and oatmeal. The mouth is lightly oily and chewy.

Nov 18, 2017
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barnzy78 from Illinois

3.59/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I used to buy this all the time before it was discontinued in 2010. Now it's back with a slightly adjusted ABV from 5.1% to 5.4% along with a new label. I contacted the brewer about the change in ABV, but unfortunately didn't get a useful answer.

2017 - 12oz, bottled on 27JUL17.
Pours jet black with a creamy tan head. Heavy roasted nose with char, chocolate, and oats in the background. Bold roasted barley with dark chocolate, earthy hops, faint anise, burnt coffee, and oats. Fuller side of medium for body; quite astringent, finishing dry with char remaining on the palate. Overall, big roasty oatmeal stout. The char and burnt flavors get a bit overbearing, but it's not bad enough to deter me from liking the beer. Nice to come back to this one after all those years.

Oct 25, 2017
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dd53grif from Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a black color with a minimal tan head that lasts quite a while. Aroma is roasted malt and molasses. Roasted malts dominate the taste. Slightly bitter finish with a hint of coffee.

Oct 21, 2017
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moundbz from North Dakota

3.49/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Very solid appearance with good foam. The smell of this beer is awful if you ask me, sorry, kinda stinks. A little watery in the feel as well. Over all very average

Oct 21, 2017
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours black but slightly lighter heft appearance maybe than average. That 3/4" tan head sticks around for what feels like infinity. Aroma hits the usual suspect chocolate malt roast realm.

I like the non complicated taste, simple, roast, 2 row, heft, smooth oatmeal in the mouthfeel. You get a minor amount of coffee like impression from the roasting. Clean neutral ale yeast. Reliable and consistent it was.

Sep 21, 2016
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Hayes86 from Michigan

3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Mar 26, 2015
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4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Apr 29, 2012
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TATURBO from Illinois

3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Apr 26, 2012
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
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

Nov 23, 2011
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readbaron from Illinois

3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Sep 09, 2011
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tjsdomer2 from Illinois

4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Aug 04, 2011
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bmwats from Louisiana

3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Jun 23, 2011
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MasterSki from Canada

3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

May 24, 2011
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scottfrie from California

3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Apr 25, 2011
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mikesgroove from South Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Feb 21, 2011
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falloutsnow from Oregon

4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Jan 17, 2011
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AgentZero from Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Dec 31, 2010
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bishopdc0 from Maine

4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Nov 30, 2010
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AEK from Wales

4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Nov 17, 2010
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nitro0292 from New York

3.32/5  rDev -14%
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.

Nov 06, 2010
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Duhast500 from Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Oct 28, 2010
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Khazadum from Illinois

3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Oct 11, 2010
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jrallen34 from Illinois

4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Oct 10, 2010
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aranheaney from New York

4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
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

Oct 03, 2010
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FreshHawk from Illinois

4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Sep 29, 2010
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