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Oatmeal Stout | Goose Island Beer Co.

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Oatmeal StoutOatmeal Stout

Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States | website

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This beer is currently in retirement. Last packaged in 2010. Brewpub draft only.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-25-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 446 | Ratings: 547
Photo of RBorsato
4.77/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Almost black with ruby red tints on the edges and a low light brown head. Roasty coffee aroma. Roasty flavor with a good sweet-dry balance. Medium-full bodied (leans full) with a roasty dry finish and a creamy espresso-like character.

Best By: 08/20/03
Tasted: 04/27/03

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Photo of Ellbert
4.77/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark brownish/black with ruby highlights. There was a pretty big rocky head on this beer that lasted for a little while. It faded leaving a layer of foam on the top of the beer and lace all around the glass.

Smell: The smell was of a little bit of roastiness, some caramel sweetness. It was very appealing. Not what I expected.

Taste: The taste was great. It started with a hint of roastiness and then got sweet. There was caramel, molasses, and chocolate. It was fairly rich as an oatmeal stout should be.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel was pretty good. It was creamy with some carbonation. However, it was just a little thin. You could see this in the appearance with how well light could show through.

Overall a great beer that I will be buying again and again.

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Photo of ultralarry2006
4.62/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Leaves less than a one finger, tan hued head that quickly recedes to surface skim, and leaves some good spotty lacing. Body is black. This looks very good.

Smell - hearty chocolate, slick caramel and toffee, hearty maltbread, and just a hint of lemony hops.

Taste - Much like the smell, but with more hops, a lot more. Some lemony hops up front with a lemon/lime soda taste that almost threatens to upstage the malt - then the chocolate and toffee tastes assert themselves and dominate, also with some caramel and malt bread. Also, a faint taste of oats. More chocolate on the finish, with those lemony hops showing up as well, and more malt bread.

Mouthfeel - medium to full bodied, and silky smooth, moderate carbonation.

Drinkability - this is very good, and entirely very sessionable. This is very rich and satisfying. This is a very hearty stout with a very sessionable abv.

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Photo of Ryan011235
4.56/5  rDev +18.4%
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.

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Photo of StargherKing
4.55/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours a dark, mostly opaque brown. Hints of an orangish-red at the edges. Thick creamy head, a dark coffee color. Head slowly fades over 5-10 minutes. Smell is dark and rich, hints of coffee, cocoa, and oatmeal. Taste is very much the same, with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Drinkability is very good, though as per usual, loses a tiny bit for me due to the richness. This one will certainly be a staple from now on for me.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.53/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle (label different than pictured above) into a pint glass. Color is pitch black with 1-1/2 fingers of light brown foam.

Smell is toasty malt, with coffee and oat hints.

Taste is rich, complex, and full of oats. Consistent throughout, this is a well made oatmeal stout. Not too bitter, perfectly balanced - a great brew.

Highly drinkable - could easily see getting this in a 22oz bomber, and knocking back a few.

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Photo of marcpal
4.53/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thank you to more than one midwest trader for this one, have enjoyed a few and am getting around to finally review.

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Pitch black with a nice brown head that held up terrificly. Creamy looking lacing.

S: Toasted and roasted bready malts. Quite a bit of chocolate as well. Enticing.

T: More of the oatey malts here over the chocolate but the smoky toasted flavors of the oats were sufficient. The dry flavor of this stout was chewy and flavorful with hints of coffee making an appearance. The balance of the dryness and the creaminess was right on.

M: Creamy and chewy for a lighter stout. The full body was more than expected.

D: Low abv that usually accompany a more dull dry stout but this one is another one knocked out of the park by Goose Island. This is a perfect middle of the road stout for those like myself that arent too into the high abvs/russian imperials/etc.

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Photo of Adamthome1
4.51/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark, thick, coffee-like into 24 oz. snifter and foams up a smoke colored head - - - Aghh, picture perfect.

Aroma is roasted nuts, burnt chocolate/nut. Taste is very rich, very smoothe, and very nutty with hints of chocolate and lots of roasted nuts. Aftertaste is a pleasant roasted flavor. Has a very heavy feeling on the mouth thanks to the oatmeal. I think I read somewhere that oatmeal is attributable for 10% of grain in the beer.

This one gets better the warmer it gets, I like it close to room temperature and is perfect any time of day including breakfast. Yum.

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Photo of Soilworker
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

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Photo of Tuey13
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was from a 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Poured very dark with an underlying caramel color. The tan head was thick and foamy, but only lasted a few minutes. Has a very strong roasted coffee taste with an almost smokey espresso aftertaste. Velvety and smooth I found this very pleasant to drink. Will definately get more of this beer.

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Photo of jeffmonarch
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 Oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Deep dark brown with a thick creamy tan head that stays for a long time.

S - Deep dark chocolate and nutty smells. Almost like a toasted wood smell.

T - Really smooth and subtle taste. It starts quite weak with a toasted flavor and as it settles the true flavors start to come out with the roasted and malty flavors and some chocolate also.

M - Full bodied with good carbonation.

D - Awesome beer. I love stouts and this is a great one, very complex.

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Photo of tapman
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks like an OS should look. Pitch black with a tan, creamy head, a little ruby coming through when held up to the light. Could have been a bigger head, mine poured 1/2 finger and I thought that I had poured it haphazardly enough.

Aroma is a bevy of malts, caramel, roasted, chocolate and a little bit of burnt. I'm inclined to think that there is some barey mixed in with the oatmeal wich would explain the range of malt aromas in this brew. Is that cutting corners or is that a sly balancing act?

Malts are totally in charge of this brew, yet there is a medium hop tartness in the finish. The hops are difficult to ascertain to an untrained palate, but the signature tangy Goose Island hop taste is definetly in the back.

Very smooth mouthfeel. Creamy and delectable, gets thinner when warmer which is odd.

Good session beer and always avaiable for a decent price in Chicago. I mean to re-review at the actual brewpub since it is slightly better in the appearance and mouthfeel categories.

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Photo of budgood1
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours out a nearly opaque deep garnet colour...ruby and crimson hues all around. big frothy tan head appears and sticks, leaving plenty of beautiful lace. aroma first of blackened malts, then some chocolate notes of hot cocoa gone cold, with a rose petal like hopping that makes this one smell delicious. a nice rich dark chocolate flavour emerges upon tasting, with definite oatmeal nuances, some toffee, nougat and some slightly above average floral hopping. this one tastes fantastic. the body seems about medium, while the mouthfeel is, of course, rich, luxurious, smooth and silky. it finishes dry and slightly like some unsweetened chocolate malt-o-meal, with a slight bitterness that either is coming from the burnt malts or the slight bitterness from the hops. either way, this one drinks just fine and is worthy of a nice session on a winters eve.

definitely a winner and definitely recommended for quaffing any time. a good oatmeal stout sure is a treat!

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Photo of mcsquint
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass.
A - Nearly opaque black with ruby red tinges. Nice 2 finger tan head which diminishes rather quickly. Minimal lacing.
S -Toasty, smokey malt, chocolate malt,with notes of milk and coffee.
T - Semi-sweet chocolate, coffee, slightly smoky with a bit of floral hops on the finish.
M - Medium mouthfeel. Well balanced carbonation. Not too lingering.
D - This is one of the best stouts I've tried. It is well made and VERY drinkable. Snooth and tasty.This fits my idea of what a dry oatmeal stout should be.

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Photo of pmcadamis
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thick black brew with a nice 1 finger khaki head and big sheets of lace.

I smell coffee, grains (oatmeal), milk chocolate, and a bit of cola.

Nice creamy body with a load of hearty oatmeal grain flavors. I taste sweetened coffee with cream, vague cola falvors, and a nice roasty bitterness. The finish is pretty dry with hints of residual sugar on the tongue.

Drinkability is only ok, but good for the style. I personally have a hard time drinking more than two stouts of any sort because they tend to irritate my throat a bit.

This one is interesting and richly flavored. A good example of the style.

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Photo of timtheenchanta
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice brown appearance with thin tan head. Little retention but beautiful thin sticky lacing.

Very complex smell starting with peanut butter that fades into a sweet oatmeal smell. Reese's Peanut Butter Cups and roasted nuts fill the nose.

The taste of oatmeal soaked in black coffee tingles the tongue and leaves me wanting more. This one finishes dry and with a taste of milky roasted coffee beans.

Great mouthfeel on this one. Heavenly smooth the whole way. I can't wait to get another sixer of this one.

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Photo of jmbranum
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

30 IBU, 68 SRM, 5.0% ABV.
Pours clear and opaque with dark-brown accents, forming a creamy, perfectly tan head with poor retention and sparse lacing. Aroma is striking with VERY pronounced walnuts and peanut-butter...sweet chocolate, light-roast coffee, lots of vanilla round out the aroma. I can actually smell oatmeal, which is something I have not picked up with any other so-called "Oatmeal Stout". The peanut-butter is a tantalizing character. This smells like a treat! Mouthfeel is piquant with a medium-dense body and milky smooth finish. Swishing it through the teeth creates a unique velvety sensation I don't find in many beers. Carbonation is moderate. Tastes exactly as it smells, with the addition of a spicy finish contributed by the chocolate malts, bright hops and acidity of the carbonation. Well-balanced bitterness level. Oats are evident in mouthfeel towards the finish, lingering while coating the tongue and adding a placated chalkiness. The chalkiness is something I appreciate and helps round out the aftertaste.

This is a world-class oatmeal stout with very unique features and is under-rated in my opinion. Filling and gratifying, this is a dessert of a beer. I only wish it had a thicker body, more black patent and chocolate malt, and a ting less hops. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass.
I wasn't going to drink this one straight out of the bottle.
Poured a nice deep, dark brown-black. Light brown head that stayed throughout, although not as thick.
Smell was strong, but good. Chocolate coffee, malt.
Taste: Roasted malt, coffee dominant. Something else...chocolate and vanilla seemed like. A good balance of hops, malts and coffee. Good mouthfeel, smooth, easy drinking.

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Photo of jt31914
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
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

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Photo of FightingEntropy
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Goose Island Oatmeal Stout is a beer I’ve seen on the shelf for years, but just didn’t get around to picking it up. Amazed to check my list and it wasn’t there. So, here’s to my mistake. Drank at 45 degrees in a goblet, it has a rich smooth taste, the oatmeal a clear creamy taste in the beer which balance a roasty flavor similar to a dry Irish stout underneath, but there’s too much sweet caramel. Careful—so smooth is goes do very easy. Pick it—I’m going back for a six pack.

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Photo of Schwarz04
4.44/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very dark brown, can barely see through when held to light. Very little head, lacing ok...

Smell: Very smokey smell, hints of coffee also present..very plesent.

Taste: Smokey taste as well. Abit of coffee bean flavor. Alomond notes are also hidden within..Quite complex taste...

Mouthfeel: More of the same great complex taste, a little lingering bitterness, not too much though. Very slight dryness afterwards.

Drinkability: Wow, quite drinkable for a stout. Not too thick, yet not too thin and watery, great overall beer!

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Photo of SilentSabre
4.44/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is actually much better than I thought it would be! Poured black as ink with a large khaki head that seems to be hanging around for some time. It has thick, sticky lacing and looks magnificent! I can smell a ton of oatmeal here!! This is the most oatmeal-like oatmeal stout I have ever had! Plenty of oatmeal and a generous amount of burnt coffee and dark chocolate. There also seems to be a little bit of a "black dirt" smell, as well. This smells fantastic!! Plenty of oatmeal in the taste, as well!! Dark chocolate, burnt coffee, and a big dry roasted taste. I will definately buy this again. Mouthfeel is smooth. Body seems to be fairly heavy and solid. This is a fabulous oatmeal stout!!

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Photo of taez555
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a black body with a small off-white head.

Nose is very strong and enjoyable. Cocoa, milk and dark chocolate, a strong mildly roasted coffee smell, oatmeal, little touches of smoke, mellow vanilla, touches of white sugar and molasses.

Taste is medium bodied. A mixture of cracked espresso beans, dark chocolate, fresh crushed dark grain, oatmeal, burnt grape-nuts. A strong earthy flavor flows throughout, although it doesn't appear to be pure hops it sort of mingles with all the flavors. Bitterness is present and shines through half way through and into the finish.

This is a fantastic beer, up there with any 22oz bomber from the best craft brewery out there. A little bit much in the end with the bitterness, but the flavors are so rich and intense, it makes me sad I drank the other 5 before reviewing this one.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I absolutely loved this stuff. Super rich brown, almost black in color, with a tannish head. Smelled of oats, nice roastyness the whole way through with hints of chocolatey coffee notes. The taste was excellent, super smooth, with nice balance of roasted oats, chocolate, coffee, and some hazel nut maybe even cinnamon. Good body, medium, kind of chewy, but smooth and a little of chocolatey sweetness and burnt cookies. Very drinkable.
Thank you Goose Island, another keeper. In the tops for an Oatmeal Stout.

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Oatmeal Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
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