Smooth Oatmeal Stout | Goose Island Beer Co.

Smooth Oatmeal StoutSmooth Oatmeal Stout
20 Ratings
Smooth Oatmeal StoutSmooth Oatmeal Stout

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

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Tap only, Clybourn brewpub version.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-03-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 20 |  Reviews: 19
Photo of Jmoore50
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had this EARLY yesterday morning. One of the first brews I have actually really enjoyed in a long while.

The appearance was good. It had a nice brown color to it, like it should. It was fairly dark though, which made me happy. I picked this brew first because it was kind of 9:00 a.m. and I wanted something like Breakfeast Stout. Either way had a really nice color that was penetrable by the light from outside.

The smell was good, nutty and really overwhelming oatmeal sugar. Had a great light brown head that, when twirled, smelled of brown sugar. Also a slight alcoholic smell.

The taste was perfect for the occasion. I really enjoyed the taste more than anything else, which is usually the case anyway. Had a smooth oatmeal stout flavor. Goose Island puts out really great products and this is another one of them.

The mouthfeel was great. The brown sugar oatmeal tastes is really the first flavor and you get the hop bounce on the tip of your toungue. It is somewhat sweet, which I liked. The drinkability was pretty filling for just a regular stout. Great brew.


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Photo of Bitterbill
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this bottle in a trade with TATTORSO. Thanks Jeff!

Bottled Dec 1, 2008 and sampled Mar 29, 2009

This pours a very dark brown with hues of red and a 1+ finger head of off white foam.

The smell is all roasty and oaty and grainy with a light nose of some chocolate. Makes me want to take a sip post haste.

The taste has the oats and roasted malt goodness up front, a light but tasty presence of chocolate in the background, and a bit of bitterness and slight tartness throughout and the flavours all work *very* well together. It's also cool how nicely low they kept the abv and still have it so flavourful. Dang this is good.

Medium bodied with just a smidgeon below medium for carbonation levels, it finishes lightly bitter with a touch more of chocolate. Head retention turned out to be above average and there's some decent lacing.

Drinkability? I could easily have multiple bottles at one sitting. I'm a big fan of the style and Goose Island did it to my liking in spades. Highly recommended!

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Photo of AdmiralDiaz
3.79/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle to pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark brown with a small brown head with poor retention and no lacing.

S: Smells of sweet chocolate with some coffee and roasted malts.

T: Sweet malts turning into a chocolate flavor ending in a roasted coffee finish. Well balanced overall.

Overall: Good mouthfeel, decent carbonation and not too light. Very drinkable, it's tasty, cheap and easy to find.

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Photo of Brenden
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The color is very dark brown, essentially black.. It pours a firm off-white head with good retention and leaves some nice sticky lacing.

The smell is smoky and toasted; very much roasted malt.

The flavor is also roasted malt. IT is accompanied by an underlying caramel malt sweetness and light hops bitterness. Very smoky with some coffee taste to it.

This one is very smooth and creamy. I would call this medium-bodied on the light side. This is my first try at an oatmeal stout and I'm impressed with how buttery smooth it really is. The finish is dry and leaves a mix of hops bitterness and smokiness lingering on the palate.

This is a great example of what an oatmeal stout ought to be.

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Photo of cagocubs
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | 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.

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Photo of hosehead83
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass

Dark brown/black with two-inch head

Full-bodied and creamy,taste of roasted malts, coffee and dark chocolate
Bittersweet and buttery-very smooth and drinkable-excellent melding of flavors
A sweet finish with just a hint of bitterness

Overall, a very favorful oatmeal stout
sessionworthy even without knowing the abv

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Photo of johnrobe
3.57/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This brew is an excellent session stout. Pick this over Guinness Draught if you have the choice. It pours an opaque black with a tan hand that disappears midway through consumption. The smell is very nice, with dark chocolate, coffee, dark caramel malts and roasted grain wonderfully balanced. The taste is of chocolate, roasted barley and a hint of caramel, with a slightly chalky (gypsum) finish. A solid brew, but I felt that it was a bit thin, more porter-like, and not as creamy in texture as I expect from an oatmeal stout.

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Photo of kaszeta
4.11/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a thick black body with only a trace of head. Light coffee and chocolate smell, rather pleasant. The taste has a bit of a bite on the front end, followed by a stronge toasted malt flavor that dances over the tongue, with just enough hops for a nice bitter finish. Overall, a very pleasant and enjoyable stout.

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Photo of Bruiser81
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ahh, another solid brew from Goose Island. Poured a solid black color with a creamy tan head that stayed about a quarter inch thick throughout. The nose was of roasted malts and dark chocolate. The taste was well balanced. Up front was unsweetened chocolate and a burnt oat flavor. A slight hop kick showed itself in the finish but didn't hang around for the aftertaste. The mouthfeel was not quite as full as a like for this style but not bad. I will definately drink again.

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Photo of Winter
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Black in color with a thick tan head. Aroma consisted of bitter chocolate and malt. Upfront there is a sharpness from the carbonation that strikes the tongue immediately. Complex taste is of burnt malt, oatmeal, slight sweetness and a smokey finish. Medium bodied, but full-flavored. Overall the flavors do not seem to balance out very well. This is not as smooth as I was expecting. Falls short of others like Samuel Smith, Rogue and Guinness.

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Photo of ADR
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice dark reddish black, full-bodied pour with a good small-bubbled head that's darker in color. A little fruit and chocolate in the aroma. Flavor is pleasant, not super roasty but with chocolate tones and a touch of cherry. Body is decent, a little thin in the swallow. Usual lack of hops. Goose Island brews always seem middle-of-the-road to me but this is a decent Oatmeal.

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Photo of ZAP
3.72/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad Oatmeal Stout...a ruby red appearance...almost burgandyish...very nice aroma mainly of java and dark roasted has a very nice flavor too...the java notes are strong,but so to is a nice chocolaty smooth oatmeal finishes on a dry note. My biggest complain with this beer is the mouthfeel...It is just too thin to be considered a heavyweight in this class...It's definitely worth trying but doesn't measure up overall to the top of its class..

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Photo of chilidog
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Goose Outmeal, I enjoyed this very tasty brew.Im used to a cream stout so I to thought its alittle lite on body.Not mush head, some lace on the glass. I found it alittle bitter with hints of chocolate and coffee. Smooth and drinkable. Leaves your mouth wanting more.

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Photo of Wildman
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Okay, once again, good color and a lovely aroma. This and the other oatmeal with a goose name seem to be running neck and neck(no pun intended). Has a good taste to it, but a bit lighter. Samuel Smith is still the winner but others are obviously learning.

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Photo of jackndan
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Goose Oatmeal: Very nice, thick and dark as night. Had it in a bottle (best buy/by date clearly marked). Beige head, with chocolate/coffee aroma, that follows through to the beer. Smooth, more carbonation than I expected. This is a wonderful beer, and I look forward to getting it on tap, and I’ll enjoy it in the Pub Packs. However, in the package store, there is no question that I’d pay whatever the difference is to buy Sam Smith’s Oatmeal Stout, which is one of the top five best beers in the world.

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Photo of marc77
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The moderate beige head tops a nearly black brew. When held to a light this stout exhibits excellent clarity considering oatmeal proteins typically throw a haze. Smooth, rich roasted grain in the aroma w/ chocolate malt dominating-- perhaps a touch of vanilla as well. Burnt roasted barley notes are minimal and crystal malt sweetness comes through nicely. Very mild but perceptible floral Kent Goldings hop nose. Enjoyable in aroma all around. The roasted grain bitterness is clean and unastrigent, while hop bitterness provides ample balance to the relatively high sweetness. Mouthfeel is a tad thin, and contributions in body and mouthfeel from the oats aren't noticeable. Oats probably comprised a very small portion of the grist. Finishes clean, dry, and mildly bitter. A tasty brew. Goose Island Oatmeal Stout is well balanced and drinkable, just lacking a bit in body.

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Photo of budgood1
4.29/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours out thick and black with no head. no real perceptible nose. smooth outmeal stout it certainly is. dark roasted malt with slight coffee and chocolate notes with a buttery mouthfeel that finishes with a touch of bitter hops on the tongue. absolutely delicious without being over the top.

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

This sample is from a bottle. Mellow and pleasant malt aroma with the oatmeal quality to it, that later holds more roasted malt with some coffee aspects too. Black color with hints of brown on the edges in the light. Fairly thick head that dissipates to a thinner, yet steady head. Medium mouthfeel with nice smoothness. Malt qualities mostly in flavor, but accented by enough hop bitterness to be noticeable but not excessive. Finishes with some dryness, yet an enjoyable roasted malt aftertaste. This is a very tastey sample of style, but not the best I've had.

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Photo of Brent
5/5  rDev +25%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Nice coffee notes, very rich and smooth. A great oatmeal stout.

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Photo of Todd
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: On tap at the brewpub.

Appearance: An opaque pitch black with a nitro-creamy, slightly off white head. Slightly sticky and very firm.

Smell: Roasted malts, malt sweetness and some smoke in the nose.

Taste: Silky, smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Light to medium body. Sweet malt flavour pull thru with a slightly buttery caramel way in the back. Hop bitterness is light, slightly herbal and tea-like. Has a nice sweet milk coffee feel to it. Slight roasty flavour and hop twang towards the end, which lingers. Finishes with some grain dryness on the palate with a faint smoke flavour.

Notes: This 5.0%abv, nitro-injected brew is made with 10% oats to give it a real smooth body and mouthfeel. Went down real nice. Just yummy.

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Smooth Oatmeal Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 20 ratings
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