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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

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-25-2002

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Ratings: 567 |  Reviews: 450
Photo of skybluewater
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle from a Pub Pak, freshness date "040405". Pours a dark mohagany color, thin head that leaves a small amount of lace. Smells primarily of chocolate. Taste is of chocolate and coffee, with a bit of an offputting flavor that fades as the beer warms. Mouthfeel is a bit fuller than a porter, but a this beer is a little sweeter than a regular stout.

All in all, this is not a bad oaty. I doubt I'd make it a regular in my fridge, but it's quite a good brew nonetheless.

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Photo of profzoom
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Surprisingly, I can't recall ever trying this particular Goose Island selection during my four years of life as a college student in Chicagoland. That isn't to say I definitely did not, as it certainly could have been served later in the evening after I was already blitzed beyond proper beer advocate-dom.

But now let's talk about the actual beer. It certainly looks like a stout, pouring a deep, dark browny black with a nice chocolate-y head. The smell is nothing to write home about - a roasted nutty scent. The taste is pleasant enough, heavy on the roasted malt with a decently full body, but again, nothing spectacular. Overall, I was not very impressed, but it does get a few brownie points just for being from Goose Island.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
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 mobyfann
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


Paid $6.49 for a 6-pack...

The appearence is alright; it's an almost black base with a medium dark caramel colored head, good retention and average lacing... The aroma of this was the surprise of this beer, likely roasted malts was the main smell, the rest was just pleasent.

The taste is above average; a good blend of roasted malts, chocolate, caramel and that's about it. The mouthfeel is good except from the initial moment the beer hits your throat, it's a little harsh in that aspect, but other than that it was good. The drinkability is respectable with the mellow Goose Island signature taste at hand, and an ABV of 5.0%, it's good stuff!

Final Thought: I was a little disappointed overall, based on high expectations, but this is still some pretty good stuff, especially for the price!

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Photo of mattcrill
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: twist-off bottle that pours a dark chocolate brown. The head (I think it was tan) disappears really quick but leaves tan lacings down the glass.

Smell: I pick up dried fruits and some vanilla. Not overpowering but definitely enjoyable and inviting.

Taste: Powerful carbonation makes it hard to get a handle on the taste. After that settles down, I pick up malts, a sweet taste of oats, and a nice dry, clean finish.

Overall: A good oatmeal stout. Rather one dimensional but the one dimension it does have is well done. Light enough to make a session out of it. They should stick with this one and ditch the Stockyard Oatmeal Stout (another GI creation).

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Photo of jayb
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured out dark dark brown. pretty much black. if there was any other colors peaking out i couldnt tell. head was tan and whip cream thick. left a respectable amount of lacing in the glass as it went down. Smell was of roasted malts, coffee beans, and carmel. Taste was about the same. as it warmed up the coffee and sweet tastes really pushed through. a smooth drinking beer, smother than a regular stout, perhaps due to the oatmeal. well balanced, not too bitter, not too malty. decent carbonation. A fine stout. id indulge again

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Photo of Ellbert
4.77/5  rDev +24.2%
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 silenius
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Perhaps I have overlooked Goose Island beers up until this point because they are right under my nose. It is kind of like the local Chicagoan who only goes to the Art Institute or Field Museum once a year with visitors. The offerings are always there, so you never really feel a great need to go and investigate. You'll get around to it sometime.

The beer pours a dark brown with only a hint of light passing through it if you hold it just right at an angle. The head looks nice at first, but then disappears except for a slight ring around the glass.

The smell is coffee, chocolate, caramel, and nuts. Not overwhelming, but pretty easily detectable.

The taste echoes the smell and is quite nice. This may become a regular rotator through my fridge. I was pretty impressed.

Mouthfeel has little bit of carbonation zing to it. Not quite as creamy as I would like, but nice.

This beer at 5% is a very nice session beer and rates as very high drinkability in my book!

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep brown color, tan head. Smells very lightly of coffee and chocolate. Taste is very smooth roasted malt initially, then goes to a sharp flavor that is alcohol, coffee, hops mixing together to get a very unique flavor. The aftertaste is smooth and mily (may be the oatmeal). A very good stout, one worth trying.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
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 Boto
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. Bottle: This ones pours an opaque brown with ruby highlights. I has a light brown head, but it doesn't hang around long. The aroma contains notes of coffee and chocolate, as well as a hint of roastiness. The taste is somewhat sweet, with notes of chocolate. The oatmeal does lend a bit of a silkiness to the taste. Not bad.

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Photo of masterbruewer
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark, dark brown with a decent off-white head that settled a bit but stuck around. Excellent lacing.

Nice malty, woody smell. A little fruit scent.

Excellent smooth flavor. The coffee/burnt oak flavor is strong and even. The flavor is kind of one-noted, but the one note is very, very tasty.

The mouthfeel is crisp with carbonation, but not too strong.

This is a pretty good stout. Nice flavor, no off-flavors and very smooth and drinkable.

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Photo of merlin48
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a typically deep brown, opaque, with some garnet hues on the edges. Small head is gone in seconds and leaves a few, wispy sheets of lace. Aroma is somewhat restrained, but is smoky, roasted malts and some chocolate and coffee. Mouthfeel is not as creamy as most stouts, and is light bodied for the style. There is a peppery, hops bite on the tongue. Taste is pretty good, with smoky chocolate malt, roasted coffee, oatmeal sweetness, dark cherries, and some nice almond nuttiness. Finishes with a mild hops bitterness. Overall, a smooth and soft stout that is pleasantly drinkable, but it's not in the league with a Sammy Smith's.

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Photo of Redrover
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz longneck with clear freshness dating.

Beer pours a very dark brown bordering on black. It is almost opaque with a nice cream head and excellent lasing.

Beer smells like roasted malts with more than a bit of coffee/chocolate thrown in. You also can pick-up the signature Goose Island yeast strain. Yummy stuff here.

Taste is very good. Smooth roasted malt and some sweetness from the oatmeal. A bit of coffee taste lingers in the background. Beer improves as it warms and some subtle nuttiness seems to emerge.

Excellent low carbonation and a very soft mouthfeel make this an easy drinking all night type stout. All-in-all a very tasty example of the brewer’s art.

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Photo of stewart124
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a dark black beer with ruby hints and a little lingering head. Sweet smelling chocolate and rich roasted malts. Slight hints of coffee and caramel. The taste is a creamy oat taste with nice blends of malts. Can't really taste the hops. There is a touch of toffee but a strong presence of coffee and chocolate. The aftertaste is a bit dry and the body is a little bit shy of medium. Still a pretty decent oat stout.

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Photo of bditty187
3.16/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dark brown hue with obvious ruby highlights; it is a pleasant color. The beige head reached a disappointing fourth of a finger and it quickly disperses to a thin collar. No lace was produced either. Disappointing. The nose is nice enough, hints of oatmeal sweetness, toasty caramel, and lightly roasted malts that produce a note of chocolate and coffee. The aromas are inviting. I enjoyed the palate plenty but it failed to impress me enough to buy more in the future. The roasted maltiness was low in my opinion, hints of espresso and coffee beans, toasty caramel, sweet, tasty oats, and a decent bite of hops at the finish. Unfortunately none of these features are that pronounced and the disjointed vagueness of the flavors in the middle fail to grab my attention. More sweetness is needed, especially to offset the hops at the end. A lack of malt is noticeable on the tongue, I’d say the body is medium-light in feel, way to small, the carbonation is low and the mouthfeel is slick, too much so. This is a boring Oatmeal Stout with flaws; it is drinkable and it is tasty but it lacks the finesse needed to get me coming back. I’d even say it drinks like a lager. This GI offering is not worth seeking out; if it lands in your lap don’t turn it down. Purchased in Sioux Falls, SD.

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Photo of cokes
3.2/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Transparent dirty ruby. Tan head visits briefly, then fades away.
Nose is introverted. Slight roastiness, with traces of seeping sweetness.
Taste is no different, really. Far from bold. This arrives with some mild mocha hues. Oatmeal is present, and enough to please fans of the style. The oats are all this has going for it. The roastiness fades, but the lightly sweet grain oat perseverate. Hopping is there in the end, but not worth talking about.
Thin and oily in the mouth.
Plenty easy to guzzle a few, but hardly worth shouting about. Or even speaking at conversational volume.

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Photo of benmiliron
2.92/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Good n' black like a stout should be, with a foamy head. Not much smell for a stout of this type. The label says oatmeal, but they must have forgotten it in this brew. Decent taste, chicory bitterness in front of black malts. As others have said, could drink this all night, but with the other stouts out there, I'd rather not.

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful dark brown/black with a dense, foamy dark tan head. Mild roasted aroma with some chocolate notes. Taste is sweet malt upfront with a very mildly hopped finish. Very dry on the finish. This beer has very good balance but it does not have any real highlights to really grab you. Excellent session beer, my drinking partner commented that we could have sat all afternoon drinking these things.

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Photo of Skidz
3.15/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A stout person myself, I'm always excited to try things. I usually stick to the singles cooler for my stouts, but I had to try this one out. At the pour it cam out as expected, with a smooth, dark brown, with a reddish brown head, that didn't stick around for too long. Coffee aromas with a bit of chocolate/toffee come off of this brew.

Taste: Once again, the chocolate come out, with a pleasant bitternes afterwards. I also tasted a bit of butterscotch after swallowing. I din't care for the way this one felt in my mouth. I didn't want to keep in too long, carbonation was at times a bit overwhelming.

If you want a stout that you can fully enjoy, this is not the one. If you're in it for the drinking, you can easily put down a couple of these without regret. I'd still reccommend you try this one out for yourself, but don't expect a whole lot.

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Photo of Tballz420
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Black body that allows some amber through when held to the light. Small brown head on top. The aroma is the roasted chocolate/coffee scent that you would expect. Very smooth feel to this beer, roasted malts dominate the scene. Good hop mixture. A good example of this style.

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Photo of granger10
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This one was a bit thin for my liking. It also seemed to lack much carbonation. The head was rather weak. With that being said, the flavor was quite nice. It was sweet yet balanced. Finishes rather nicely also. But it could've been stronger with more carbonation.

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Photo of hotstuff
4.16/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I can understand why this is called a Sweet Stout...the chocolate aroma and flavor definitely take over the coffee aroma and flavor. On that note, the head was small sized, tan, smooth with fine-sized bubbles that was mostly diminishing. The body was dark brown and uncarbonated. The nose was mildly malty, chocolate and mild coffee. The flavor was that of chocolate over coffee with a very smooth mouthfeel, thin and watery texture and light bodied. The lacing was very sparse.

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Photo of moulefrite
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very deep in color for the style with fair head and retention. Aromas include malted mocha sweetness and a robust roasted character. The flavor hints of vending machine coffee, quality cheap stuff like "Superior coffee" roasting not far from the goose brewery in Chicago. Some sweetness follows through on the tail end as the brew warms. A lightweight, almost English Mild styled offering. A decent beer for the money (5.99 for a sixer) A fresh, easy to drink local brew that is happily supported.

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Photo of ManekiNeko
3.42/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle served slightly chilled in a pint glass.

Appearance: Inky black in color with a modest dark tan head. Looks like yer average stout, basically. Dark scarlet highlights around the edges. Head dissipates abruptly and no lacing is left on the glass.

Smell: A dusty, muted aroma of coffee and chocolate malts greet the nose. Faint black licorice and toffee notes.

Taste: Initially a nutty taste, followed by coffee, sweet dark malts, and then finished off with just a titch of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium heavy in body. Carbonation is low, making this a bit thick.

Drinkability: Not a bad beer, overall, but I'd say stick with Sam Smith's if the price isn't that much different.

Thanks to feloniousmonk for the sample.

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Oatmeal Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 567 ratings
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