Wild Oats Series No. 15 - Hogan's Goat | Beau's All Natural Brewing Company

Wild Oats Series No. 15 - Hogan's GoatWild Oats Series No. 15 - Hogan's Goat
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Wild Oats Series No. 15 - Hogan's GoatWild Oats Series No. 15 - Hogan's Goat

Brewed by:
Beau's All Natural Brewing Company
Ontario, Canada

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
An experimental spiced beer, this amber bock with rye malt added is also infused with peppermint, orange peel and juniper berries.

16 IBU

Added by bryehn on 12-30-2011

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Ratings: 31 |  Reviews: 12
Photo of ikidunot
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of GoHabsGo
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of BeerWatcher
3.22/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice shiny brass colour. Thin off-white head. Leaves moderate lacing as drunk Light spiciness on the nose. Some roasted oats. Taste wise, this has some spice box, and hints of a lemon lime tingle at the beginning of the swallow. The spicy herbs don’t overwhelm the experience. Quite a nice Bock.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of mick303
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a tulip snifter. Colour is a bright and clear reddish, gold, good head of orangey off-white head, with a good lace on it. Quite attractive.

S - notes of herbaceous bitterness, peppermint, a full bread maltiness, slight tangy caramel, orange peel citrus does come through and the juniper, although not in your face, blends quite nicely for a nice herbal maltiness.

T - a really pleasant peppermint start, cooked fruit (apples), cedery, with some juniper, a really solid malt profile that stands up to the heftier herbal characters, rustic graininess, slight nuttiness, herbal oiliness and spiciness a bit in the middle, then the finish is actually quite mild and refreshing with some light citrus!

M - A full bodied bock, with a lot of maltiness through the body, moderate soft carbonation, holds its balance quite nicely, herbal oiliness and spices come onto the palate toward the end and seem like they are going to overpower the finish before it cleans off really nicely with a citrus and minty finish.

A very pleasant spiced bock, all of the added flavours come through in a noticeable and balanced fashion. Low in hop bitterness but big in herbaceous flavours, and balanced really well to make for a nice spicy session ale, low alcohol presence, but a nice warming spiciness off it. Would quite like to brew something similar to this, hats off to Beau's for another interesting spin-off.

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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of MeisterBurger
3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The moral of this review is never say never.

See, after trying two utterly disappointing beers from Beau's recent LCBO feature (Sargon and Siduri) I said I was through with this brewery and would never try another one of their beers.

It turns out I spoke in haste. By which I mean I lied. But I have my reasons.

Part of my frustration is I WANT to like their beer. I love the branding. I love their story. I love the brewery. The people behind Beau's seem really nice. But the beer, frankly, has never been that great for me. I've tried every single beer they released through the LCBO except two (this one and the Tom Green one), and a handful that haven't. And nothing struck me as awesome.

So when someone I know who knows I like beer gifted me a selection of beers from the LCBO containing two of Beau's beers my first reaction was: Oh. GREAT. Because my knee-jerk reaction to any situation is incredible sarcasm.

But then I stopped and thought: Why not come out of beer reviewing retirement to see if I can figure out why I tend not to like Beau's beers by dissection them. So here goes...with a Tom Green review to follow.

Looking though the glass, this beer is only slightly cloudy, and has a lovely orangey chestnut hue. It's topped by a lively caramel tinged frothy white head that lingers nicely.

The aroma has a bit of caramel apple sweetness to it with a juicy tinge of oranges and peppermint. There's a nice spruce/evergreen like aspect.

As first sip I notice the mint, mostly because it's not something you'd expect in a bock. Obviously. It almost tastes like a sahti-bock hybrid, and reminds me of Beau's Bog Water in its spicy character. They've struck a nice balance between the malty sweetness and the mint-juniper-hop spicing. There is apparently orange peel in this which I don't taste much of and it could easily do without as it probably only muddles the flavour but I suppose they had their reasons for adding it. There's something missing for me in the malt profile that makes it seem less bock-ish than I would have expected.

The mouthfeel straddles the line between creamy and overly-caronated and it's seemingly dry which I think could just be the mint playing tricks on me, or possibly the carbonation.

Overall it's a pretty decent beer. I'd give it a good, hard pour to maybe knock some of the carbonation down if I had it again. Which I might do if it was half the price.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.01/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

600 mL bottle from the LCBO; bottled Jan. 7 2014 and served slightly chilled. I passed on this one a few times because of the price tag, but I eventually buckled and gave into my ticker's itch.

Pours a clear copper-amber colour, topped with one finger of loose, ivory-white head that fizzles away over the next minute or two. In its place, a thin, foamy cap and collar remain. Very little lacing. Not the most impressive-looking bock, but I am instantly enamoured with the aroma, as the unusual adjunct ingredients make themselves clearly known. Evergreen notes from the juniper are easily recognizable, with the orange peel and peppermint remaining more subdued. Besides the spices, the overall aroma has a floral, fruity, almost cider-like nuance to it, with apples and even some raspberry notes coming through.

This is a yummy, unique little bock they've brewed up here. While the backbone of bready malts, caramel and spicy rye keep this beer's flavour fairly balanced, it is the adjuncts that grab your attention upon the first sip. Orange peel provides a pleasant twinge of citrusy sweetness, with hints of juniper and spruce soon piquing the interest of my palate. The peppermint shows up more toward the finish, which is relatively dry with a touch of earthy bitterness that does not linger. The mouthfeel is where I feel it necessary to complain - this is a decidedly thin-bodied bock, with bafflingly low carbonation. I can deal with the latter, as it gives this brew a smooth, pleasant mouthfeel and allows the special ingredients to shine without distraction - but more body would really improve this one for me. At least the alcohol is masterfully hidden.

Final Grade: 4.01, a reassuring A-. Hogan's Goat may just be one of Beau's top offerings, as it tastes great and shows considerably more creativity (at least IMO) than most of their flagship/rotating seasonal offerings. The ingredients list might give some BAs cause for concern, but have no fear - it all comes together in a surprisingly satisfying manner, making this bock a perfect cold weather warmer. That being said, the price point is slightly prohibitive... so while I certainly do like this beer, it's not something I think I'll return to until next year.

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Photo of SebD
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: It has a nice hazy dark orangy/amber color to it. It has a nice light beige head that dies down moderately and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of peppermint, some rye, toasty/bready malts, light citrus and some juniper berries.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some peppermint, rye, bready malts, citrus and juniper berries.

Mouthfeel: It has a low/medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of BGDrock
4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: hazy amber colour, and luxurious, almond head with great retention

Aroma: strongly of banana, like medicine you had as a kid; toffee; quite sweet; fresh bread; lightly of spice, maybe cardamom, cinnamon

Taste & Mouthfeel: not as intriguing as the aroma, more of the standard bread/grain of a lager but with a strong spice flavour that maintain's it's presence straight through to the finish; getting some apple/pear; spice is reminiscent of a pumpkin beer, it's kind of feeling like something you'd call a "spiced cider"; caramel and toffee malt flavours; pleasant, mellow carbonation, slightly more than medium body mouthfeel, soft and creamy
After reading the label, totally missed the peppermint and orange peel, but can see it in a subtle way now, as well as the rye malt (which was providing the distinctly different caramel/toffee notes); do like that these ingredients which make the beer unique are well integrated, attributing to a unified whole rather than trying to stand out on their own

Overall: a great tasting bock, although it feels better suited for Fall than Spring with the spice, very sessionable - just different enough to be interesting, but not so much that it would lose mass appeal. Made all the more impressive when the ingredients are taken into account, very well made

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of peensteen
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Orange copper colour, nearly 2 fingers off white head with some lace. Smell is spicy, peppermint/minty qualtiy being the most noticeable, bready malts, fruity with some pepper in as well. Taste is spicy but less so than the nose suggests, more fruity berry and apple as well as a light citrus/mint thing going on, earthy finish, sweet in the aftertaste. Medium carbonation, medium body. One of the better Beau's offerings of late, easily drikable with no ABV noticed, something I would have again.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.66/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a light amber color ale with a rather large foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of spices is not overly dominant but still quite interesting with peppermint not easily discernable but juniper and orange peel easier to detect. Taste is an easy drinking mix of juniper bay, orange peel with light spicy rye malt notes. Body is about average with good carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Enjoyable drink with just enough complexity; this one probably falls in the hit category for Beau’s.

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Photo of TerryW
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

600 ml Purchased from LCBO for $7.85 CDN. Looks like this is being brought back as it was bottled January 13, 2014.

Appearance - Clear copper hued beer with 1.5 fingers of ivory head that dissipates fairly quickly. Very little in the way of visible carbonation. Some sticky head sticks to the glass and leaves nice trail of lacing. Soapy wisps on top remain awhile.

Smell - Unique, it's not very beer smelling, but there are definitely a number of spices in the aroma, and interestingly enough there's hints of peppermint and rye grain. I'm not sure how I feel about that but it is pleasant.

Taste - Definitely some peppermint and then to the dry rye, with a touch of peppery heat. While flavorful, neither of these two unique flavors is overdone and this is very well executed. alcohol is perceptible, but not a hindrance in flavor rather it enhances the moderate spiciness. Faint orange citrus taste lingers in the background and melds perfectly with the peppermint.

Mouthfeel - Low carbonation as I find in many herb / spice beers, but has a complex full bodied mouthfeel nonetheless that is excellent.

Overall - Very unique beer (as far as ones I've tried) especially the peppermint, which stars in an understated manner. You realize its there and works well in this beer, but melds perfectly with the other flavors of the brew, notably the rye to make this quite and experience.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

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