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 Skidz
3.15/5  rDev -18.2%
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 +0.5%
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 -15.6%
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 +8.1%
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 -5.7%
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 -11.2%
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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Photo of ngandhi
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thin head typical of an oatmeal stout. Black, chocolate brown.

Malty on all levels with a suprising dry hop backbone. Strong chocolate notes with hints of espresso, very much like a mocha. More body than I expect from an oatmeal -- charismatically medium and, at times, chewy.

A little fizzy and bitey, I expect an oatmeal to be much smoother than this. Not harsh, just not exactly what it should be.

Wonderful. Mostly sweet with deep dark flavors dominated by the oatmeal additions. Weak malt bitterness, hard to say how much unmalted barley or black patent (if any) takes up this brew. I think the hop addition, however minimal, replaces those specialty grains and does it well. Not better than any oatmeal I've had, but a real nice one to have around -- especially for those who lean more toward sweeter nut, fruit, or dessert beers.

Relax, relax.

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pitch black hue, a very thin, bubbly head, seems dull. A decent aroma of oatmeal, some licorise and raisin detection as well. Roasted malts noted up front, some caramel and coffee beans to be noted in the body. Thin throughout, medium bodied, a dry finish with the lingering coffee/espresso taste. Lacks the creaminess
and richness expected for the style, but it does have great flavors and character.

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Photo of beerguy101
2.88/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Black color, medium tannish head. Aroma is chocolaty. A lighter bodied Oatmeal Stout. Deeply roasted malts, subtle chocolate flavor. Kind of dry, Mouthfeel is full and round and a little thin for an Oatmeal Stout. Finish is smooth. Aftertaste is malty

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Photo of aaronh
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice red-tinged dark mahogany body is topped by a tan head that fades fairly quickly. The aroma is very nice, with a slight nutty oatmeal scent atop some fine chocolate and sweet malts with a coffee chaser. The taste is strong roasted malts, with a touch of coffee and bitter chocolate. Decent bitterness on the finish leads to a lingering aftertaste of roasted coffee with cream and sugar. Mouthfeel is not as full as I expected from an oatmeal stout, but it is not watery. This one is very drinkable, but just doesn't leave me with the fulfilling sensation I'd hope to get from a good oatmeal stout. Another solid but uninspiring brew from Goose Island.

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Photo of darklager
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is dark, but you can actually see through it when holding it up to the light. First Oatmeal Stout I've had where I noticed that. Pours with only a trace of a head that quickly fades away. Many Oatmeal Stouts seem to lose their heads fast, but this one seemed to jump the gate it was out so fast. The aroma is heavily slanted toward roasted malt with a slight oat smell occasionally coming through. The taste has so much malt flavor that the oats aren't easily distinguishable. The mouthfeel seems a little thin, but that might be partly in my head since I still can't get over the fact I can so easily see through this beer. Overall this is just an ok beer. There are definitely much better Oatmeal Stouts out there, and as a result, I will steer clear of this one in the future.

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Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown to black in color with a tan head.
Aroma of heavily roasted malts.

Taste is mainly heavily roasted malts. Bittersweet overall flavor. Some coffee notes. Hops are there to balance. Taste is clean and nicely balanced, but unexciting.

Mouthfeel is a little thin and watery for a stout.
Very easy-going and drinkable.

Overall, a solid stout, but not one I'm too concerned whether or not I have it again any time soon.

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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 AudioGilz
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

It's very dark, just about opaque but not quite. But it's opaque unless you hold it up to some serious brightness. The head is tan and ends up being a nice coating with good lacing. The aroma is very strong in the coffee and chocolate department, very very awesome. I'd rather smell this when I wake up than a regular cup of coffee, it's like smelling a bag of beans.

It immediately seems a little thin for a stout. I think the flavors aren't as pronounced in the flavor as they are in the aroma. I still love the stuff though. There's a good amount of roasty toasty chocolate and coffee in there. You just don't get the smooth "coating" feeling since it's thinner than most oatmeal stouts. Awesome beer nonetheless and I feel it's worth a seek out and try.

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

Appearance: This was a deep ruby, practically black beer. The head (what there was of it) was fizzy, tan, and almost gone before I could make note of it. There was nothing left of it by the time I finished that last sentence.

Smell: The aroma was deep roasted coffee, combined with dark berries, and chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied and creamy, with a hint of carbonation on the tongue.

Taste: There was a dark roasted coffee flavor that filled the mouth, oozing down around my gums and along my cheeks. It's like I had taste buds throughout my entire mouth. Coffee flavor everwhere! Besides that, there was a dark fruitiness, like blackberries, that hung in the background. The finish shifted from bitter to a light sweetness.

This was the first time that I had this brew, though I have been drinking beers from this brewery for a number of years. The taste was pretty one-dimensional, but it was still delicious. I would have it again.

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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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Photo of Hobbz
3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

My final Goose Island review in this session, as I am not sure of this line’s availability in parts nearby my home range... This stout rather tickly poured into my pint glass. Deep, dark-black color with a small but very nice, fine-bubbled foamage. Also noticed a pretty strong aroma even before the lip of the glass neared me. Smelled of chocolate-coffee and ever-so mildly perceptible roasted malts. Taste itself was surprising, in that I might have expected more mouthfeel and more roasted malts. I do not need the fullest roasted flavor or mouthfeel in my stouts for general liking, but either of the two would have rounded well. I might recommend this to folks who are timid of bottled stouts.

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Photo of BeerBuilder
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown in color, almost black, with ruby highlights when held to light. The head is think and light brown, and leaves a bit of lacing when sipped down. The aroma is predominately roast malt. The flavor is also roasty, with a slight coffee note. The texture is smooth, and creamy, almost silky. Overall it is a very decent Oatmeal Stout; very creamy and roasty.

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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 jackndan
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Goose Island Oatmeal Stout: The head on this beer is a pale tan, sitting over a black body. Light will penetrate around the sides of this beer. Its got a very rich aroma, and I can smell it from two feet away. The aroma is chocolate and rich coffee. Seems rather ordinary tasting, unfortunately, it seems rather thin and the tastes are not overly assertive. Its got hints of chocolate malt, a little coffee, but the tastes are simply not that rich. Nice aftertaste though, one can really taste the oats as they linger. Not bad, but nothing special.

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Photo of BitteBier
3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear (i.e., not foamy) very dark pour with ruby tones at the edges. Head is fine and sparse, dissipating almost immediately. Smell is wonderfully intense with strong, toasty aromas including chocolate and coffee. Taste is standard stout fare and what you would expect given the smell. A passing hint of almost citrusy sweetness near the beginning is a surprise. One of the lighter stouts you'll have, giving it an atypical mouthfeel. Reasonably drinkable but hardly outstanding. Like many Goose Island brews, dependable and enjoyable but unremarkable.

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Photo of Dogbrick
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very impressive stout, if a little on the thin side for my tastes. Nice hints of chocolate and coffee. Dark chocolate color and minimal head. Slightly bitter finish that denoted more hops than may have been necessary for a sweet flavored Stout like this.

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Photo of Wildman
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a vary dark ruby color. It formed a dark tan head that left some nice lace when it subsided. An aroma of malt, coffee and chocolate. It had a flavor of malt, coffee and chocolate as well. The finish was a little lighter than most, but still had a decent creaminess and body. Finish was medium and slightly dry. For it's price, I find it to be one of the better oatmeal stouts out there if you can spring for the old Samuel Smiths. A good beer.

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Oatmeal Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
3.85 out of 5 based on 548 ratings.
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