Oatmeal Stout | Goose Island Beer Co.

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Oatmeal StoutOatmeal Stout

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

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: 447 | Ratings: 548
Photo of Sammy
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Smoother and more enjoyable to our session participants than a St. Ambroise. Great roasty smell. Multi malts including chocolate, hoppy and aggressive carbonation. Tad nuts. Lace in dark appearance. A better than expected.
Thanks Viggo for bringing a sample.

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Photo of metter98
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer poured very dark amber (near black) with a thin layer of off-white bubbles covering the surface, which left nice persistent lacing patterns.
S: There is a moderate aroma of dark, roasted malts in the nose with some notes of chocolate and coffee.
T: The overall taste is a little bland, sharing flavors of roasted malts with the smell, but not as strong. There is some bitterness from the hops.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate, rather smooth and a bit thin. There is some dryness in the finish.
D: The beer is very easy to drink if you want to drink a lot of it, but the flavor isn't quite interesting enough to make it stand out from some of the other oatmeal stouts.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When the char of roast is too much, Oatmeal stouts offer buffer needed to creamy-up the stout a bit and while rounding off the rougher edges of the burnt malt. No beer exercises this cereal grain any better than does Goose Island.

Basic black and opaque because of its darkness, but the beer still conveys the notion of clarity with its glossy sheen. A light tan head separates from the beer with a blanket of dense foam that caps the beer with confidence and lacing just the same.

Rich chocolaty aromas start the session with boldness and masculinity followed by lightly scorched carame and medium sweetness. Balanced with coffee and barley starch, other hints of walnut and burnt wood lurk underneath.

The moderately sweet taste of bittersweet chocolate, lightly bronzed caramel, and malted milk is nicely bittered in contrast by both a coffeeish roast, walnut oils, woody hops. Oatmeal makes a mild impact in taste by allowing a rise of starchy malt flavor to hold serve.

While the beer starts with a bready creaminess, the greater impression of weight is brought about the fatty oiliness and slickness of oats for a silky smooth texture through the middle palate. Firm roast dryness, hops, and alcohol conclude with a lightly powdery and warm finish with a roasty linger.

Certainly less roasty than Irish stouts but not as sweet as milk stouts or cream stouts, this oated version drinks like baby bear soup.

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Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
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

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Photo of zeff80
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Dark black color with a creamy tan head. Smelled of malt and coffee. It had a good malt flavor that was complimented by a bitter coffee taste. It had a very crisp mouthfeel. It was (like most Oatmeal Stouts) a rather heavy drinking beer, but I really liked it overall.

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Photo of mothman
4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Color is a deep brown, near black. There was hardly any head.

Smell is absolutely amazing. This is by far the best smelling beer I have had yet to do. It is similar to a hazelnut cappuccino. Very nutty and creamy. Taste is a lot similar to the cappuccino smell. There is also a carmel taste as well.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. It goes down easy and has a clean aftertaste. Really good carbonation level.

Overall this is an amazing stout. I had seen this beer a lot, but never tried it. I am really happy I finally picked it up. I highly recommend this easy to drink stout.

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Photo of nickfl
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a small brown head on top of an opaque, black body. The foam settles pretty quickly and leaves moderate lace.

S - Aromas of coffee and light chocolate with a bit of bready malt sweetness. No noticeable hop or yeast character is there to interfere with the malt.

T - Caramel and molasses notes up front. Some toasted malt in the middle with coffee and a bit of caramel. The coffee character intensifies in the finish along with a good bit of bready sweetness that is balanced by moderate malt bitterness.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - This is a nice oatmeal stout with characteristic sweetness that is balanced by roasted grain character. The poor head characteristics and an unfortunate flaw in an otherwise nice beer, though that may have been influenced by the cleanliness of the glass (which still reflects on the brewery since I had this at a GI location). Nevertheless, this is an enjoyable and very drinkable beer.

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Photo of jlindros
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: 1 finger head rises up, its pretty thick and fluffy and leaves some lacing, slowly fades. Color is almost pitch black with hints of light shining through the corners.

N: Oatmeal and chocolate outline it. A touch of roasted malt, a little creaminess too. Mostly just a nice oatmeal aroma with some chocolate milk.

T: Starts lighter than I thought, not as much oatmeal either. Starts with some darker malts, more like crystal, and some toasty flavors. A little rich oatmeal flavors, some coffee even, a little creamy smoothness and touch of chocolate milk. Mostly dry with a hint of bitterness, more likely from charred malts than hops.

M: Lighter with tons of carbonation.

F: Again dry, but a little more bitterness comes out. This time the bitterness seems to have alittle more hop presence with a touch of earthy hops. Some lingering stickiness despite how dry it was. Some oatmeal taste lingers with a touch of milk chocolate.

Overall a great session beer. Not quite what I expected, the nose was great but body was lacking for an oatmeal stout, and taste wasn't as pertinent as I expected either. This wouldn't be a bad one to fall back on from time to time, it's too bad their doing away with it. However, when I'm usually looking for an oatmeal stout I head towards Samuel Smith.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark mahogany with garnet highlights at the edges. It's no black hole like many stouts, but is definitely opaque. The head is light chocolate brown, average in size and respectably dense. Underwhelming lace.

Solid stout nose with coffee and cocoa sharing the stage; no hoppiness that I could detect. The flavor is heavily roasted black malty with, again, equal parts black coffee and bittersweet chocolate. I also pick up a definite blackstrap molasses flavor. There's plenty of hop bitterness and a little hop flavor as well. This version doesn't taste as sweet or feel as soft as some others.

The finish is long and manages to be both sweet and drying at the same time. Medium body for a stout with a dextrininous mouthfeel and a somewhat generous amount of carbonation. The former makes it seem more full than it actually is and the latter makes it seem more light.

Oatmeal Stout is another good effort from Goose Island. It's a solid, flavorful, drinkable beer that should appeal to aficionados of the style as well as to those who wish to venture beyond the entry-level, gateway stouts to something a little more adventuresome.

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Photo of billab914
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Stone RIS glass. Poured dark brown, pretty close to black with a thin tan head barely covering the top of the beer. The head settled out only to cling to the sides of the glass.

The aroma has a nice roasty, coffee and chocolate smell to it. Nothing crazy in the aroma, just a very nice roasty, chocolaty stout smell. The taste is roasty as well with a good amount of coffee and bitter sweet chocolate coming through. The oats seem to help give it a nice smoothness to the taste.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and moderately creamy. The carbonation seems slightly higher then normal for the style but still very nice. Drinkability is very good, it has some great stout flavors with some creamy smoothness from the oats. I really enjoyed this one as I do with most well made oatmeal stouts.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of smcolw
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light (in color and size) beige head. Some initial lace at the top of the glass.

Nice burnt coffee aroma; slight earthiness which is unusual for this style.

Unusual sweetness, yet this has some coffee. Relatively thin for an *oatmeal* stout. Slight hop bitterness on the swallow...short lived.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a jet black with light ruby edges when held toward the light dark tan head forms billowing above the rim of the glass after a sturdy pour. Lacing left behind is scarce and sporadic. Aromatics deep with roasted malt character dry dark chocolate and strong coffee notes soft cereal oatmeal notes edging their way in with herbal notes singing praise as well. Flavor has a mild mint like herbal finish which goes great with the bittersweet chocolate roasted malt character with strong espresso finish balanced with oat softness really one of the pioneers in American oatmeal stouts up there with some of my favorite ones I tried early on in beer drinking Wild Goose or St Ambroise. I'm also detecting some tobacco leaf or herbal quality in the hop finish. Mouthfeel is soft medium bodied evenly carbonated very mellow and smooth on the palate. Drinkability is excellent find this on tap watch out, I'm trying to empty the keg.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an almost opaque ruby - just a little bit of light gets through when you hold it up to light. Nice dark tan head off an aggressive pour that sticks around for a bit. Nose is like roasted smoky malts with a dusty edge. Flavor is strong with a coffee sweetness that gets you in the back of the mouth. Nice roasted qualities. Feel is good. Not a lot of bubble on the tongue, but a nice liquid feel. Definitely drinkable. This one has some unique personality to it, so for some it might not be exactly what they want. But this is definitely session-able. I’d be interested to see what this was like on tap.

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Photo of Billolick
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ouncer sampled, comes with "best consumed before" dating and instructions on what type of glass to use. ( A balloon goblet) Pours dark mahogony, light comes, actually abit light for a stout, certaintly not black. Fluffy dark tan head, leaving respectable lacing. Nose is pleasantly of sweet malt with some powdered sugar on top. Smooth mouthfeel reveals nice notes of cocoa, vanilla, burnt grains noticable but not overpowering. A very drinkable, subtle oatmeal stout. Leaves a lingering coating of tastyness on the teeth, a thorougly enjoyable sipper/sessioner for stout enthusiasts.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Totally black in color, with a fine, fizzy, burnt tan head. Highly aromatic (it helps that I'm tasting this warm(, with bold notes of espresso, cocoa, anise. Great bitterness in the mouthfeel, but it's the good kind, full of flavor and warmth. Full body, excellent texture, that really allows the oat flavor to come through. A very capable member of this, one of my favorite styles. Every good micro-brew oatmeal stout in this day and age is a cause for rejoicing

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Photo of MasterSki
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of Tone
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark black with lighter amber hues along the edge and bottom of the glass. One and a half inch head of a pale tan color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of roasted malt, sweet malt, and another general sweet note (oatmeal I presume). Mouth feel is smooth and thick with an average carbonation level. Tastes of roasted malt, good amount of hops, sweet malt, oatmeal sweetness, and slight raisin. Overall, a great blend of flavors, good body, great taste, and easy drinkability. This is a good brew that I highly recommend.

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Photo of Gavage
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a deep dark burgandy color, almost looking black. Nice 3" tan colored head lingers a while. Some spotty lacing develops.

Smell: the nose easily picks up loads of roasted malts, coffee, and a light smoky tone.

Taste: full flavored brew here. Loads of roasted malts, molasses, burnt coffee, and dark chocolate. Very soft bitterness, bit of dryness, and the smoky tones picked up by the nose are more prominent on the tongue. Leans towards a regular stout in style versus an oatmeal stout.

Mouthfeel: smooth from start to finish. Roasted tones linger long on the tongue after swallowing. Heavy in body.

Drinkability: nice. Would go nicely with some hearty BBQ ribs.

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Photo of tempest
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty nice, but it's not great. There's a little dry bitter bite and otherwise smooth chocolate malts with a roasted edge to the flavor and feel. What holds this beer back is that the malt is just too simple, there's no subtle complexity like in the Sam Smith. Still, for the price its quite tasty.

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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 Wasatch
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clear dark brown/black color, some carbonation, nice creamy tan head which leaves quickly, basically no lacing at all. Scents of roasted malts, slightly nutty, and toffee. The taste is of roasted malts/nut, and a nice toffee finish. Medium body, well rounded brew. Very drinkable, a nice oatmeal stout from GI. Thanks jhammerly for the trade.

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Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown/black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a dry and earthy scent that boasts of crystal and roasted malts as well as some Black patent malts. It's rich and malty with a nice roasted feel. The taste is good. It has a smooth and rich malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes dry and earthy. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking brew with good flavor. It's pretty generic, but a fine sessions ale.

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Photo of plaid75
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep brown hue with a thin layer of off white head. There was little retention and lacing.

The smell featured a mildly sweet caramel malt and a good burnt grain.

The taste consisted of a light caramel sweetness with a biting bitter coffee flavor. Good burnt grain at the finish.

The mouthfeel was of medium fullness with a sharp coffee bitterness.

Overall a pretty good and enjoyable oatmeal stout. Above average.

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Photo of Zorro
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown brew with red highlights.

Smell is sweet and malty with a healthy chocolate and fruit scent. There are also coffee and smoke scents in this.

Taste is a little sweet with a chocolate and coffee flavor that hits you immediately. No harshness from too much over roasted malt. Fair amount of fruitiness in this. Proportional bitterness here to balance the sweetness.

If this brew has a weakness it is in the Mouthfeel, it is light for an oatmeal stout.

Nice drinkable stout. Will not satisfy Stout purists. Tasty drinkable brew that isn't rough and tough.

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