3 Floyds / Mikkeller Oatgoop (2008) | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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3 Floyds / Mikkeller Oatgoop (2008)3 Floyds / Mikkeller Oatgoop (2008)

Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
This Oat Wine was brewed with our friends at Mikkeller.

Added by SwiftyMcBeer on 12-31-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 113 | Ratings: 165
Photo of charlesw
1.94/5  rDev -51%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Funny thing... After spending a few weeks in Australia this looks like a dark beer. Ha. It's not. Way light. Clear amber. Low head.

Smells like cat pee. Boy, I hope that's not going to follow through in taste! So, cat pee, a little caramel, more cat pee. Bleh.

Hard to taste it with that nose. Hmm. It's OK. No great shakes. Medium dry. A very gentle full-mouth bitterness to it. Kinda weird and interesting. It still smells like cat pee and that's really off putting.

The alcohol is well-hidden.

Hmm. With a big swig of it... I get the nasty flavor of a T-58 yeast that's been fermented too high - a goopy collection of bad flavors in the middle of the back of the mouth. Kind of musty and sweet. Bleh.

Way too light in body and flavor for the style. And, of course, if you up the body and flavor then you'll need to up the bitterness as well.

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Photo of MasterSki
2.63/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Shared this at Goose Island as part of my 'goop vertical/horizontal. Served in a pint-shaped taster glass.

A - Looks similar to Hvedegoop, but with a little less head volume and retention.

S - Oxidized, muted, and bland, with maybe a hint of sweetness.

T - Again, very bland, with maybe a kiss of caramel and maple. Bad mineral finish.

M - Smooth medium body, less spritzy than Hvedegoop, with a pleasant sticky finish.

D - This has aged far worse that Hvedegoop, and in a blind tasting I would have sworn this was the oldest of the beers. It just tastes like...nothing? I had this one fresh and it was intensely hoppy, but in just two years all that is left is bland oatmeal.

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Photo of Wisconsinality
3.05/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz bomber poured into Chimay chalice. Big ups to my man Beerwolf77 for this one.

A- Pours a ruby red and a very small head. The head recedes quickly and leaves no lacing behind.

S- A big amount of wheat and hops. Just a touch of maple and brown sugar. A little bit of booze comes through at the end.

T- Some dark fruits, brown sugar and a big amount of hops. Not too much alcohol present in the taste.

M- Medium bodied and not too much carbonation.

D- Pretty good flavors and a nice mouthfeel. Decent balance but seemed lacking overall.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.06/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 06/05/2009. Bottle at PPRBSG09. I was a little excited to try this interesting-sounding beer, but it didn't live up to its reputation. The beer pours a clear orange. Aroma of sweet malt and wheat. Aroma is quite malty and sweet, rather dull actually. Meh.

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Photo of jwinship83
3.21/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle drank from my duvel tulip.

A- this one pours out an amber colored body with a small eggshell colored head. the head lasts for a minute or two before fading, and leaves behind small spots of lacing. lots of active carbonation bubbles can be seen racing to the top of the glass.

S- very sweet smelling. lots of caramel malts right off the bat. some fruits from the hops. pineapple and maybe some lemon. i imagine these came on pretty strong when this beer was still fresh. i cant pick out any alcohol.

T- it starts out with sweet caramel and toffee-like malts. i think i waited too long for this one. the hops seems to have nearly fallen off completely, leaving this one pretty one dimensional. whats left comes across as faint pineapple and a little bit of orange/lemon. the alcohol is nowhere to be found.

M- medium to full bodied and very creamy. the mouthfeel is pretty much spot on.

D- the beer i drank now and the one i drank fresh seem nothing alike. i wish i didnt wait so long to crack this one open. the excitement is all gone here.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.33/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into Portsmouth snifter.

A: Pours a dark burnt orange with a thin white head that faded into a thin film leaving some spots of lace.
S: Sweet smelling overall with scents of roasted orange zest.
T: Orange, citrus rind, pine resin, raisin, apple juice, and a bit oaty. Finish has an orange rind bitterness. Despite all of this, the flavors are dull and hard to pick out.
M: Syrupy mouthfeel, full body, light but tangy carbonation.
O: Flavor is a bit bland but the sweetness, bitterness and alcohol are prominent. I’m no expert in the style, but compared to the few others I’ve had, this one is not my favorite.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.38/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one pours from the bomber a clear, medium-dark amber color, topped off with a nice little bit of tan head. Aromas of oatmeal, sweet malt and apricot. Flavors of malt, with some alcohol and quite a bit of honey sweetness. A fairly decent collaborative effort.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.41/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"It is not the horse that draws the cart, but the oats."

--Russian proverb

Glowing persimmon with swirling showers of superfine yeast and a two finger crown of cream that is equal parts ivory, ecru and pale gold. What a lovely looking lid... and lace deposition isn't too shabby either. Most attractive oatwine ever.

The nose is less impressive. Oats, like wheat, doesn't smell like much, so hops were the only way this big bruiser was going to make a splash on the olfactory front. Other than an underlying earthiness and hints of citrus peel, there's very little going on here.

Oatgoop tastes pretty much like it was expected to taste. Without big hop flavor, where did the brewers think the flavor hook was going to come from? Not from the grains and certainly not from the ale yeast. On a positive note, the double-digit alcohol is pretty mellow at this point.

Even the world's most attuned palate would have a hard time distinguishing a wheatwine from an oatwine. I'm sure it sounded like a good idea (and the name is pretty cool), but the advantage is... what exactly? An odd earthiness might be the horse chow, who knows.

It no longer seems as if any of the citrus-centric American hops were used. Maybe, but hop flavor isn't upfront enough to tell for sure. Sweetness just edges out bitterness... which makes this brew relatively balanced overall.

The mouthfeel starts out American big beer bold, but loses its way before the swallow. Probably a dearth of carbonation, which usually isn't a problem in beer of this sort. A quick deflation rather than a lingering creaminess is the biggest reason for the less than 'good' score.

In the final reckoning, Oatgoop is a somewhat disappointing effort from two breweries that hit most of what they brew out of the park. It's still decent big beer, but it's nowhere near special. Age probably hasn't hurt it much and more age probably won't help it much.

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Photo of mjyoung
3.46/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drank 6/25/11. Split w/ scottfrie.

A: Pours a rosy amber color with a nice vanilla cream colored head (~1/2 finger).

S: Pretty muted. There's a definite hint of citrus from the hops, but other than that I'm not getting much. There is a bit 'o earthy tones (oak or some such), but not much else.

T: The taste follows the nose pretty closely. It's dominated predominately by the hoppy aftertaste (citrus and pine), but up front it lacks a bit of a punch. The slightest hint of a sweet, oat-y taste hits, but there's nothing to contrast it with so it misses the mark a bit.

M: Pretty creamy and with a medium body. The carb is pleasant and not distracting.

O: It's a little hard for me to rate this beer as I haven't had anything of this 'microstyle'. It's not a bad beer, but the lack of flavor throughout the taste is a big turnoff.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a slightly hazy bright orangey color ale with a nice off-white foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of sweet malt with different cereal notes (probably oat) then what I was expecting. Taste is dominated by loads of sweet caramelized notes offset by some cereal. Body is above average with good carbonation. Interesting though I am not sure I need to drink oat wine on a regular basis.

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Photo of mulder1010
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

660 ML Bottle poured into a tulip

A-- Poured a clear dark amber color. Off white one finger head with no visible carbonation. Really nice head retention on a few swirls. Has held up well for a beer over a year old.

S-- Pine, grapefruit and a bit of maple syrup at first. Letting it sit and warm a bit more it is mostly pine and grapefruit. More like a soft IPA or barleywine by the smell. No oat smell at all.

T-- Soft pine, orange and grapefruit. Still a bit of a maple taste to it. Also got rolled oats in the first sip but no more after that.

M-- A lot of pine and citrus. At times aggressive and others not so much. Medium carbonation in the mouth and gets heavier as it sits. Flavor does last a while and is mostly pine and citrus. Get a bit of a syrupy feel as well.

D-- It is Ok, nothing too worthy of getting excited over. More of a US barleywine than anything else. Might have been better fresh. Easily drinkable for 10.4 %. The flashes of maple syrup are good and different but seems more like a softer version of Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale than anything else

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Photo of AaronHomoya
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured 5/1/12.

Nice head with a light amber color. Sticky foam. The aroma is light with oat sweetness and some hops. Very sweet, light malt smell. Nice. The flavor is very light for such a strong beer, with a taste like a sweet wort, followed by some grain astringency and some earthy hops. The mouthfeel is lighter than expected and finishes fairly dry. Overall this was an interesting and enjoyable beer, but not something I would particularly get excited about again.

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.56/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally cracked this one with my tasting buddies.

Poured into my pint glass the beer is orange amber. Small white head moderate lace.

Aroma is malty with hints of pine and sweet syrup. Smells like a malt IPA really.

The flaovr is rather piney. Solid amount of sweet malt and maple syrup.

Medium creamy body with light carbonation.

Overall not a world beater but a nice beer. I'm not real familiar with the style but I'm sure a fresh wheatwine would have more punch.

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Photo of jjhbrfdds
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a big old chewy oatmeal cookie of a beer and it pours just like one,very complex smells and taste almost to much going on at once makes it tough to figure what they were after,heavy malts hit first and remain upfront,by no means would I call this an easy drinker its just to rich more like an October beer,but not spicey enough for a winter beer

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Photo of domtronzero
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Slightly hazy orange copper colored with an average lasting whitish head. Little lacing.

S - Sweet malts, caramel, fruity esters, light alcohol.

F/M - Sweet caramel-like malts. A little bready. Earthy hops with a medium-firm bitterness. Medium bodied, slightly oily and slick. Moderate carbonation. Slightly warming alcohol in the finish. Lingering caramel aftertaste.

D- pretty good for a sweetish barleywine. Full flavored, good tasting, and improves as it warms.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter. Pretty excited / interested in this particular wheatwine. Beer is orange / amber. Carbonation appears low, this is showcased by the weak thin head of almost nothing. There is no lacing to speak of.

WHOA. Strong aroma, mostly honeyish malt, lots of malt, slight alcohol.

Beer is surprisingly thin, no body. Super sweet, cloying. Alcohol a warming sensation when I drink it. Finishes rather dry. There are two words I can use to describe this beer, thin and sweet. Seems to be par for the style.

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Photo of kirok1999
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with a slight head that fades to nothing quickly. Very little lace left on the glass.
Smells of fresh mown grass with slight phenol and alcohol notes.
Taste is nicely sweet, kinda like gum with charred caramel and wheat thrown in. Finishes clean and dry. Feels smooth and creamy with just a bit of carbonation. The alcohol does nothing to hide itself, it really comes through. Still, it's a nice evening sipper.

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Photo of SirSketch
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Mostly amber in color with golden orange hues in there as well. Half a finger of head that is just a shade darker than white. Very clear and lovely.

S - Combination of fresh hops, like that of cut grass, and a bit more stale hops. Big pine tree and grapefruit aroma as well. I think I caught a slight wheaty smell, too.

T - Big acidic characteristics of grapefruit and other citruses. Hop flavor is upfront but a milder bitterness. I definitely picked up on some boozey tastes, also. There are malt traits, but they are overrun with the above said tastes. Very sweet, but not cloying.

M/D - Medium to full bodied but heavy carbonation makes it seem less so. Semi tart aftertaste. Very enjoyable and immensely drinkable!

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Have been holding onto this 22 oz. bottle since sometime last spring...as I recall, it came in a trade through Seattle BA GrizzlyAdams' father, the details escape me. Nevertheless, here it goes into the snifter, uncapped on a cool early October Tuesday following an epic Twins-Tigers 'playoff' game...

The label (typical 3F): A helmeted skull between the Danish ('69' - representing Mikkeller) and US ('76' -representing 3 Floyds) flags...a keeper as an empty...

A: Warm 'acorn' orange/amber, shows a multitude of tiny bubbles, a faint haze that sufficiently blurs my fingers through the glass. Short head, hardly a covering at all, breaks into thin wisps and clings as a creamy ring of light tan. Slippery lace with a scattering of sticky bits.

S: Plenty of malt: a sweet cereal grain with brown sugar and a touch of mint. A bit of candy sweetness, caramel ('goop'?) and such...then whiffs of orange and pine. Nothing too strong nor overly-memorable...possibly subdued a bit with some age, but still I expected more.

T: More brutally honest with its hoppiness than the grainy sweetness in the nose led on. Pine and herbal sprigs play about in the mouth, attacking the 'orange scone' and 'grape nuts' maltiness. Mint and spice, hop-wise, build as a lasting tang that sits dully on the tongue.

M: Not too heavy, yet kinda sticky all the same: a heavy malt bill makes this a little too gummy for me in the aftermath. Otherwise, fairly slick and moderately carbonated with a growing alcohol burn. Medium body.

D: Wanted to love this beer; instead wound up just liking it, even lamenting not having a like-minded person to share with. Powerful strength makes it a sipper, as do flavors that don't really match with my palate. A good beer, but not one I'm itching to have again.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Vintage bottle received in trade from MeadMe, thanks for the opportunity!
Pours a mostly clear deep golden bordering on amber with about one fingers worth of head that dissipates rather quickly. The aroma is mostly orange and cherries with bits of bread, grains, and brown sugar thrown in there. Hints of earthy hop aroma are still hanging on as is a touch of alcohol. There's a definite oxidized character setting in, but at this point its more sherry like than anything bad. The flavor is sweet with light and dark sugars, orange marmalade, light pitted fruits, and a hint of earthy hop flavor. Little to no hop bitterness is left. Medium to thick body with a light level of carbonation and a sweet almost syrupy mouthfeel. I had this once before thanks to Mr Barleywine, I wish I had taken some notes then to compare to now. Drinks like an aged barleywine, but a bit on the sweet side. I fear that any more age will obliterate any hops that are left to balance this beer.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to AleWatcher for sending this bottle in the Barleywine BIF. Served in a Hill Farmstead long-stem tulip.

Pour yields a bright reddish-copper brew with a thin white head and some light spotty lacing on the way down. The nose brings a nice malt base with some cherry and other light fruits plus a good dosing of caramel. Light bready character. The flavor is light on fruits and carries a bit of bread and caramel. A bit of booze and some light bitterness there as well. The bitterness dries out the finish a bit and there's no indication that this one contains oats, as it has really thinned out. Touch of alcohol. Nice brew.

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Photo of illidurit
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy nickd717. Pours an orangey gold color with a small head. Orangey hop aroma with a big malty background, stone fruits, honey. Flavor is big on malts and hops, but it's rather muddled overall. Goopy, even. Caramel, honey, fruit nectar, pine. Very sweet. Also very smooth from the oats. Medium carbonation, rich.

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Photo of alleykatking
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My roommate has been trying for awhile now to bust this bottle open. I think I made him happy when I finally gave in.

A- Poured into a snifter. Golden amber color, actually a little darker than that more of a copper amber. Little head that went quickly leaving sticky lacing to the sides of the glass.

S- Malty, also to me there is a hint of grape juice quality as well.

T- Tart, sparkling wine quality. High alcohol content that is brought up either when you take bigger sips of the beer or else once it starts to warm up. A little bitter I think.

M- Very carbinated once again like drinking a sparkling wine. Everthing jumos on the tounge. A bit on the heavy side. This beer really coats the tounge with a slight alcohol taste.

D- I would ony spilt a bottle with a friend. I drank this way to slow to have the entire bomber. Not my favorite from FFF but hey it must be someones.

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Photo of crossovert
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber, super expensive, will it be worth it?

It pours a clear amber color with a fluffy white head that sticks for a while and then recedes with some nice lacing.

The smell is very caramally with some pine and maple notes.

The flavor is surprisingly hoppy even after over a year of aging. It is very fruity and sweet as well. It is ver reminiscent of a barleywine, but with a certain lightness that is welcome.

It isn't a 15$ beer, but it is solid.

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Photo of Jayli
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Acquired from GBVDave so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!
Poured in to my Portsmouth Tulip

A: This beer pours a murky copper color with a one finger of khaki head. Head recedes relatively quickly leaving spotty, wispy lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is caramel malts, alcohol, honey, and minor citrus notes.

T: Taste starts with sweet caramel malt and a hint of booziness. Some sweet honey and molasses comes in with a bit of cherry flavoring. Finish is a nice burst of grapefruit and grassy hop notes - far more prevalent than in the nose.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation with a somewhat creamy body.

D: Goes down alright, touch of alcohol warming so there is a bit of a kick. This is my first oatwine, a nice style but not one that I could have more than one.

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