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

Pours black, but probably a litter thinner oatmeal stout than you're used to. Great head retention. Aroma, choco malt dominated.

Taste, good, silky smooth, easy drinking stout. Coffee restrained, decent hopping. Not as thin in the taste as in the appearance. Mouthfeel, maybe some raisins? Very drinkable because of the aforementioned smoothness, a trait in all of the good oatmeal stouts.

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Photo of Kylito87
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a goose island sampler pack this past weekend.

Appearance- Black body with a thin tannish cap of head. Not the most resilient head but it leave behind alot of sticky lacing

Smell- Roasted malt with chocolate and coffee notes.

Taste- Very roasty up front with a malty sweet backbone. Some slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Slick and syrupy. A bit more carbonation then I am used to with stouts. For an oatmeal stout it is sort of thin and watery. Nice dry finish though.

Drinkability- Really drinkable for a stout. They go down quite easily. I have tried the Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout and I found that one to be a bit sweet. This one is more suited for my pallete as far as sweetness level. I could see myself buying this beer again. Out of the four beers this sampler offered I would say this one and the IPA are the top two.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an ommegang tulip.

A - Poured a watery reddish brownish black with a creamy thin head which vanished somewhat quickly, but had somewhat clingy lacing.

S - Malty oats with some fruity undertones.

T - Not as watery as it looks. Has a burnt roasted oatmeal taste. Very tasty. The flavor is dominated by the malt.

M - Very filling, a meal in a glass. Nice even flavor and feel.

D - LOVE me an oatmeal stout. This is a great one. Not my favorite, but a worthy offering.

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Photo of cdkrenz
3.47/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Black body with an inch of pale tan head with decent resiliency. Nice looking brew.

S - Slight chocolate and mild coffee aromas. There is a roasted malt aroma that breaks through the coffee and chocolate too.

T - Slightly sour on top of roasted malt. This is an interesting stout. Not a very easy transition from flavor to flavor. The oatmeal stouts I'm familiar wuth offer smoother transitions between flavors. That being said, the flavors are good. As previoussly mentioned the long roasted malt, coffee and very subtle coffee in the finish are all nice flavors.

M - The feel of the beer is smooth an soft with a bit of discomfortable coarseness near the end.

~ This beer is something I'd like to try on draft. I have a feeling the difference will be notable.

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Photo of herman77
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours black with dark burgundy edge when held up to a light. Khaki colored head that dissipates to a thick film that forms a collar around the glass. Decent amount of lacing.

S: Chocolate. A hint of roasted malt. Coffee

T: Bittersweet chocolate. Roasted malt. Oats. Slight coffee finish.

M: Medium to full body, not as creamy as I thought it would be, but still somewhat creamy. A lightly carbonated.

D: Pretty good drinkability, nothing too special though.

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Photo of LyonsHead
3.69/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Opaque black with a subtle ruby highlight at the bottom of the glass. Thick and creamy mocha colored head. Great looking stout!

S: Roasted malt, toasted oats, toasted bread crust. very melanoidan rich. I also get fresh wheat bread and a nice yeasty character

T: Roasted malt up front with and then a malty sweetness creeps in. There is a floral fruitiness in the background and a present hop flavor. There is a metalic bite towards the end

M: Slick mouthfeel as is typical with oatmeal. Roasted malts dry this beer out

D: pretty good oatmeal stout. Dry finish lends itself to drinkability, the metallic and hoppy flavors kind of distract from the maltiness I was expecting

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Photo of bwiechmann
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at around 50 degrees into a balloon goblet. Bottled on date of 11/23/09.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful black with a 3/4 inch head which dissipated nearly instantly. Adequate lacing.

Smell: Chocolate and coffee notes go hand-in-hand with the roasted malts. However, I was a little underwhelmed here.

Taste: With the strong hints of chocolate in the nose, I was somewhat anticipating a slightly sweeter brew. The bitterness surprised me a little. However, it ended up being pretty well balanced with the roasted malts and the late chocolate notes. The after taste is all black coffee- wonderful.

Mouthfeel: I found myself wanting a little more to chew on, a tad thin for the style. However, I'm being nit-picky and thought the mouthfeel was good overall.

Drinkability: A solid oatmeal stout. I would gladly drink this again. This beer's appeal comes in its value- picked up a 6-pack for $7- an excellent price for this beer.

Notes: Consider it the oatmeal stout for a BA'er on a college student's budget.

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Photo of mjwoolley33
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a 6-pack and poured into a bulb as recommended.

Aggressive pour rendered about a quarter inch of toasted brown head which dissipated quickly. Extremely dark, but what else would you expect?

Smelled like coffee and toasty sweetness. Very weak at first, but after a few sips the bulb accentuated the smells. Very good overall.

Tastes like heaven. Very smooth mouthfeel with an overall creamy-ness. Tastes of coffee and malts. A hidden sweetness with an espresso-like aftertaste.

I will get this again. Very good beer, one of my favorite oatmeal stouts!

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Photo of fastsrt
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle to snifter.
A: pours black, real weak head
S: rich, roasted malted barley, chocolate has a creamy aroma
T: vanilla, lactose, roasted malts, lighter hop character, sweet (Milk stout like)
M: starts off full body due to lactose and oats that lend to the great body. but has no staying power the base flavors are not there to coat the pallet. there is potential here but falls flat on its face in the finish which is weak and thin.
D: this is drinkable more than most oatmeal stouts because they usually set heavy on the stomach but not this one it is good to session, but this style should satisfy. this is more along the lines of a milk stout due the creamy sweet lactose flavors.

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Photo of MorningBeer
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured into a sam adams sensory experience glass. Hard pour produced a two finger head. The head was a nice chocolaty color and creamy. The head stuck around shortly, but dissipated into a thin film around the edges. The beer appeared black at first but when held up to the light was a dark golden brown.

S: Underwhelming at first, but upon a second smell faint hints of chocolate and espresso with a touch of alcohol came through.

T: Lighter than expected. Smooth at the outset but overpowered by carbonation, what feels like bunches of tiny active bubbles in the mouth. Finishes relatively smooth with a little kick of alcohol that hangs around.

D: Lacks the depth to really enjoy, yet harsh enough to drink down quickly.

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Photo of heissebier
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- A nice black/dark brown color with a pretty decent head that left some nice lacing.

Smell- Sweet and chocolaty with some coffee smells in the backgrounds.

Taste- Not as sweet as I would have expected but still well balanced. It's pretty much all malts here with the oats provinding some sweetness and smoothness to the brew. The hops were hard to detect, but still present.

Mouthfeel- Medium-thick and creamy with a dry finish.

Drinkability- I could see myself drinking a few of these...

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Photo of Josievan
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown hue with a decent light tan head.

Smell: Black coffee and roasted malts.

Taste: Burnt malts, slight coffee. Initially, there is a slightly bitter aftertaste, but this is subdued once the beer is given a chance to warm, opening up the taste to more of an oatmeal sweetness.

Mouthfeel: On the thin side for a stout, with a tad too much carbonation.

Drinkability: I was skeptical of the beer at first, but by the time I'm finished the bottle, I feel like I want to drink another.

Notes: Goose Island's Oatmeal Stout follows the pattern of previous Goose Island beers I've had: it's certainly good, but not outstanding. Simply because it's an oatmeal stout, it's a better than average overall beer. Definitely give this beer a chance to warm, because my perception of it steadily improved as the temperature rose.

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Photo of Cubsfan1087
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Goose Island Oatmeal Stout is a decent beer, but isn't the best oatmeal stout I've had. It pours very dark with a light tan head. There is almost a hint of coffee in the smell. The downside to this (IMO) was a very strong aftertaste, like black coffee. I would drink Goose Island again, but it doesn't compare to Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout (obviously).

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Photo of Ladybugger
3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a cellar temperature bottle into a goblet. Pours black with a small tan head that thins to lace immediately. Aromas of sweet roasted malts and espresso are apparent. Flavor is likewise of roasty malts and coffee, with a bitterness to the finish. Mouthfeel is thin for a stout, and this brew does not coat the mouth. This beer feels thin and uncreamy, like black coffee. Some carbonation is present to carry the bitterness throughout the mouth. This stout is easy-drinking, and could be a great stout to give someone who is not generally keen on darker beers.

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

Served in a chalice from a slightly chilled bottle with a bottled on date of 7.23.09. Pours a very dark, opaque brown, with a thin head of tan foam, as you'd expect from a stout. The head disappeared quickly; I like to see some head retention in my stouts. It is a good smelling stout. I can detect some sweet roasted malt and a hint of coffee bitterness. The beer has a roasted malt flavor and a bitter hop characteristis, but it seems slightly watered down. Maybe I'm just being influenced by the lighter body. Still, I like that the flavor is a bit more subtle than some other stouts (or at least feels that way after the number of Russian Imperials I've had lately). It is a very easy drinking stout. It isn't all that complex and goes down quickly. It isn't a bad beer by any stretch, but I guess it didn't meet the expectations I had of it.

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Photo of cagocubs
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice dark brown with a big ivory head that lasted about half way into the beer. The smell was the only part of the beer that wasnt amazing. There is a coco and coffee smell to it with roasted malts. The taste was exceptional as it was toasty with the malts and semisweet from the choco. The mouthfeel was nice with some kick. I found this to be very drinkable for an OS. One of my favorites of this type of beer. Great aftertaste with this beer that leaves me wanting more.

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Photo of mike4aker
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed this Oatmeal Stout. The pour was a nice black color, with good head retention.

It was pretty malty, tasted some hints of chocolate and coffee.

Living in Georgia, we don't really have the opportunity to get Goose Island, but this is one that I would certainly buy again if presented with the chance.

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Do geese eat oatmeal? Pours a midnight black color. Not really viscous for an oatmeal stout but ok. A soft but bubbly white head with limited retention and lacing throughout.

The nose is soft overall. Some malt notes along with a hint of oatmeal but both limited. Some yeasty notes, a bit more than other Goose Island beers that I have tried before. Some light fusel notes as well along with a hint of black marker. Some nice spicy and earth hop notes that just come out on the back end. A light bubblegum note comes out as it warms.

The taste is similar. The malt comes out with a light oatmeal taste. Some milky notes but almost a lactic thing vs oat flavors. Some minor roast and black malt flavors but even for style a bit light. Some minor caramel notes on back end that comes out as it warms. Yeasty but not as pheonlic or estery versus the nose. Some minor plums and a light metallic finish.

The body is moderate and could use a bit more depth. Over all a pretty safe oatmeal stout that could use a bit more complexity. But it is easy going down and limited off notes make it drinkable.

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

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled on 10-14-09.

(A)- Pours a dark, nearly opaque black color. Produced a nice creamed coffee colored fluffy head, but it dissipated rather quickly.

(S)- Classic roasted malts, coffee, & molasses.

(T)- Same as the smell, only with a denser, more oatmeal bread-like presence.

(M)- A good carbonation level & balance to it. Has a roasted & bread-like profile.

(D)- Simple, but simply good. Has a good sessionable body that would make it easy enough to have at least a couple without it seeming like a chore. Drink this stuff fresh as possible; it doesnt age well.

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

Just below room temp, poored into a goblet.

Appearance - Dark brown, almost black. Pretty much opaque, quarter inch of foam to top it off.

Smell - Definitely oats, as an oatmeal stout should. Almost woodsy smell of roasted grains.

Taste - Almost has a nutty taste to it. Oats taste is apparent from start to finish. Roasted malt flavor comes out, but not immediately. Actually a slight sweetness of brown sugar. Aftertaste goes from sweeter to more bitter.

Mouthfeel - Creamy, thick, hearty, smooth. Definitely likeable for the style. Not powerful carbonation.

Drinkability - One or two bottles would be enough. It is drinkable but the thickness/creaminess of it makes it quite filling.

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

L: Pours a nice deep black color with a medium sized and thick tan colored head that laces the glass nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of deeply roasted malts, sweet oatmeal, hints of chocolate and caramel in the nose as well.
T: Tastes of deep roasted malts with a nice chewy oatmeal flavor that smooths it out. Followed by notes of chocolate and caramel and a smooth oatmeal finish.
M: Very smooth, rich, lighter feeling than it looks, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable, this is an excellent rendition of an oatmeal stout.

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Photo of jwinship83
3.66/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle drank from an oversized snifter. bottled on 11/24/09.

A- this one pours out of the bottle a very dark brown colored body. a small bit of ruby red can be seen around the edges when i hold the glass to the light. there is a full two fingers of beige colored head that recedes after a while, leaving behind mostly complete rings of lacing.

S- the smell is pretty subdued. roasted malts and a a little bit of chocolate are the main attractions here. not much else.

T- the taste is a lot stronger than the smell thankfully. the roasted malts come through loud and strong. there is also a large amount of dark chocolate. a bit of coffee/hops at the end finishes this one off.

M- medium to full bodied with a higher level of carbonation than i would have liked.

D- easy to finish this one, and probably the next also. a nice sessionable stout with a good flavor, which is pretty rare these days. glad to have this available year round.

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

It has a thick heavy body with a big creamy tan head that shows good retention and a moderate level of carbonation. Lots of big roasted malts on the nose with a copious amount of chocolate, caramel, and a hint of nuttiness. Thick dark malts up front, slightly bitter chocolate and a creamy graininess. This is a really good oatmeal stout, definitely up there with the best I've had.

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a nice early start on new years eve.

12oz bottle at cellar temp poured into a pint glass. pours a nice opaque black color with some nice looking biege light mocha colored head. very good head retention as well as some nice lacing. i like the looks a lot.

in the aroma you get some semi sweet chocolate, sweet oatmeal, roasted malts, toastiness, even a little burnt marshmallow. clean and simple.

nice easy going flavorful stout. everything you would expect from a nice oatmeal stout. roastiness, bitter sweet chocolate, creamy oats. has a little bit of astringency in the finish, but not bad.

nice creamy mouthfeel as you would expect from an oatmeal. medium bodied. medium amount of carbonation. nice sessionable beer. gets a tad too heavy in the stomach after a few, but overall good drinkability and an overall slightly above average oatmeal stout.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with a born on date of 07/23/09. Pours a rich, dark brown color with a creamy, sedentary mocha hued foam. Leaves sheets of sticky lace as it slowly fades to a nice collar. Great looking oaty stout.

Nose is very clean with semi-sweet chocolate and roasty malt leading the way. Not much fruitiness, which I think is a good thing in an oatmeal stout. Those brown sugar instant oatmeal packets come to mind here, or even 'smores granola bars.

This is a damn good beer, I would love to have access to this on a regular basis. The sweet chocolaty notes are balanced just enough by some coffee-esque roastiness and a perceptible hop presence. Body is creamy, not overly thick, and carbonation seems a bit high for the style. This would make a great cold-weather tailgating beverage.

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