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 Sammy
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Expectations were for a heavier richer mix, and was surprised but not disapointed by the cuvee concoction that poured out. A fine ale, with a bit of sourness, dry but not overally drying. It grew on me, particularly after putting into fridge to get it colder from the top of cellar temperature range. About average mouthfeel.

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Photo of brentk56
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a very hazy amber color with a modest head that leaves plenty of splashy lace on the chalice

Smell: There is a bit of an oatmeal cookie character that wafts above the rather pithy hop base; a bit of booze in there, too

Taste: Oatmeal cookies, up front, with a sweet cookie dough character; by mid-palate, however, the pithy hops come through and add a citrusy/piney undertone that lingers, after the swallow, though the finish brings a reprise of the oatmeal cookie flavor

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and somewhat creamy, with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: An oatwine, by golly, who would have thunk it; obviously some brewers did and they have created a new style that I look forward to others trying to brew as well

Thanks, ThomasHardy, for the opportunity

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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 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 jlindros
3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

GOt this a little while back thanks to GratefulBeerHead. Been waiting for a good time to crack this and I'm in the mood to give it a shot.

Pours a light fizzy 1/2 finger head that fades semi quickly over hazy red-orange copper colored beer. A slight lacing is left by the head.

Nose is erupting from the pour, loaded with wheat, barleywine like malts, lots of red malts, some oats, a slight fruity demeanor, some sweet maple syrup, and hint of booze.

Taste is pretty sweet to start. A slight grainy toasty malt flavor, combined with lots of wheat, red malts, some syrupy flavors with a bit of sugar and maple. There is also a weird woody slight barnyard funky taste. Not like a wild yeast taste, but like a strange dry bready woody ester like taste. No idea on the age of this either. A bit of fruit, light apple and hint of banana, bit of apricot. A slight warming booze taste, and some bitterness coming from roasty malts and bit of earthy hops. A very slight mineral flavor too. Pretty chewy as well, with a slight chewy malt and chewy aged earthy hop flavor. Finishes still slightly sweet with a slight sticky feel, some more bitterness coming through, and a bit more of the mineral salty taste from overroasted malts. THe hops are still there, but starting to die down. I really think the problem here is the same with the Behemoth barleywine, once it starts to age the hops start to decay and the beer gets dirty tasting. If this were fresh I bet it would be fantastic, like Behemoth. Too bad I won't get to try it fresh as it's retired.

Mouth is medium to heavier body, slightly syrupy, a bit of warming booze, and decent carbonation.

Drinkability is so-so, with that slight sticky feel at the end, some lingering mineral flavors, and still fairly sweet on the finish, but drinks fairly well for 10.4%, and creeps up on ya.

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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 billab914
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Dogfish snifter. Poured a murky brown amber color with a thin bubbly white head. The head clung to the sides of the glass and left moderate lacing on the sides.

The aroma is caramely and malty but it also has a pretty good amount of citrus and fruit flavors. The taste is malty with some caramel flavors but it isn't very sweet. It has a moderate bitterness that helps bring it in balance. It has a little of fruity flavor coming through as well.

Mouthfeel is on the thicker side and slightly creamy, carbonation isn't too high. Drinkability is decent, I enjoyed it but it wasn't anything fantastic I would buy again.

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Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 07/31/10 notes. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a murky amber color with one inch of white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of caramel malts, wheat, grain, honey, molasses, and dark fruits.

t - Tastes of wheat, caramel malts, honey, pine hops, alcohol, molasses, dark fruit.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A pretty good wheatwine I was glad I got to try. Would like to have again.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared at my tasting on May 29, 2010. Thanks Jonathan!

Hazy orange with a decent head and lacing. OatGoop has a very complex aroma with scents of hops, pine, honey, resin, and alcohol, among other aromas. The beer is sweet and has a caramel aspect to it. This seems to be somewhat consistent with the other wheatwines I've tried so far. The body is too thin, even for a wheatwine. The sweetness becomes overbearing after a few ounces. This is a good beer to share several ways at a tasting.

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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 jwc215
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to BuckeyeNation for this!

Pours copperish amber with a thin tan head. Dotted lacing sticks.

The smell is of caramel/toffee with some citrus and tea-like spicy undertone. The FFF house character comes through.

The taste is sweet caramel - towards toffeeish, a touch of sour, with spicy, tea-like and citrus spiciness in the finish. Some alcohol shows through in the flavor though not harsh. Though it is a collaborative brew, a FFF character comes through.

Oat malt certainly imparts a smoothness to this one, making it velvety and allowing it to disappear (too?) quickly. Flavor doesn't quite hold on as long as expected. This is the first "oat wine" that I remember having, and it's certainly interesting.

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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 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 Mora2000
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle. My first Oatwine.

The beer pours an orangish-amber color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of honey, flowers, oranges, citrus and caramel malt. It smells about like a barleywine. The flavor is a great mix of toffee, caramel and orange citrus. It tastes like some of the better, hoppier American Barleywines that I have tried. I don't get too much oat character in the beer, but it is still very nice. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 I bought a while back from Archer Liquors... I also traded for quite a few of these bottles... I love it.. but surprisingly I've never reviewed it... oh well, tonight, I'm still broke and want a nice bottle of beer... poured into my Delirium goblet.

foamy 1 finger head dies fairly quickly leaving nice lace... and the cap is a bit flimsy but leaves great lacing as I move slowly through the glass... the brew is a perfectly clear glowing orange.

Nose has a surprising amount of citrus hops that combine nicely with a bit of fruity esters... caramel is a bit lighter than I remember.

Good bitter backbone helps balance the fairly large maltiness... citrus hops and an odd yet pleasant sorta pineapple element.. a bit more attenuated than I remember.. still plenty of sweetness, but finish is hoppy and drier than memory serves.

Slightly larger than medium body with a nice everpresent small bubble carbonation.... fairly smooth... This is certainly verging on the best wheatwine I've ever had.


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

Pours a nice, slightly orange red colour, somewhat diluted in colour, with a strong, creamy but a little filmy head of off-white foam. Lacing is excellent, and I really like the thickness in the body. The carbonation is tiny and exciting, and stays static in the thick body very pleasantly. Really like it.

Lots of resiny hops on the nose. Grapefruit and pine are noticeable, along with a light seawater character that rises out of the strong, strident hop characters. There is the hint of something sweeter and stronger, but the hops are the dominant note here. It's not as piercing as the best IPA, nor as full bodied and sweet as the best barleywines, but it's still very enjoyable.

Layers and layers on the palate. It has a strong, slightly stringent citric acidity on the fore, but this is leavened by a fresh resiny hop leaf character, which is in turn swept aside by the full, strong and extremely long sweet malt character. Some tannic tobacco leaf coming through as well. Altogether it melds to a very pleasant complexity. The layers reveal themselves sequentially rather than melding particularly well, but it's very enjoyable.

A very enjoyable, and pleasantly thick beer. Although I didn't have them head-to-head, I remember enjoying the Hvedegoop more - it struck me as stronger, more robust and more complex overall. But this is still a very nice beer, full of flavour and texture.

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Photo of corby112
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark mahogany copper color with dark golden ruby color when held to a light source and a two finger frothy, pillowy off white head with excellent retention, only slowly settling into a lasting cap that coats the glass with chunks of soapy lacing.

Earthy floral hop aroma with subtle citrus and pine notes. Lots of earthy leathery malt in the nose as well along with some sweet alcohol and dark fruit character. Grainy oat presence with hints of toffee, fig, caramel, bready yeast, orange and biscuit. Also, there is a good bit of citrus peel and grapefruit. I was expecting this to smell "bigger" but the aromas are very subtle. Not as earthy and leathery as a barleywine and the hops seem to have faded as well.

Slightly chewy medium body with subtle earthy hop bitterness up front with some dry pine character. Sweet citrus presence that goes along with the dry pine notes. Hints of lemon and orange peel as well as some grapefruit. These hoppy notes are quickly balanced by a leathery malt backbone and sweet alcohol presence. The oat character is present in the malt backbone making it much smoother than a typical barleywine. There is still some subtle alcohol heat but the ABV is very well masked making this beer dangerously drinkable. Hints of orange marmalde, biscuit, toffee, caramel and other sweet light fruit. Very well balanced and the hops that are so prominent up front actually linger into a slightly hot, dry finish.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a snifter)
A- This beer pours a clear but dense reddish-orange body with a stream of tiny bubbles racing from the base of the glass to a thick creamy off-white head that sticks to the glass with each sip.

S- The big pungent juicy green hops smell of pineapple weed and green herbs with a faint tangerine quality coming through stronger as it warms a bit. There is a faint musty smell at the finish which is nice.

T- This beer has a big pungent pineapple weed taste with a soft light malt sweetness supporting it. The finish is a big herbal bitterness with a faint mint quality and a grapefruit pith flavor growing as the beer warms. The mellow dandelion bitterness lingers after each sip for a bit.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with no alcohol heat until it is really warm and a dry finish that enhances the hop even more.

D- This beer has a huge punishing hops profile, go figure, which I typically like and there was a faint funk quality to them aswellas a good depth to the complexity. However, that was all there was, there was very little malt profile at all. This beer would have been nice in a 12 oz. bottle but the bomber left my tongue begging for something different and the price tag left quite a dent in my wallet aswell.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours an orange/copper color with about a half-inch off-white head which went away pretty quickly. Not much lacing, either. It smells like grassy and citrusy (grapefruit) hops, caramel malt, and brown sugar. Nice mix of sweetness and hoppiness in the aroma. The taste is similar to the aroma but there's a bit of tropical fruit noticable too. The hops flavors are stronger than the malty ones at first, but then it balances out and the flavor gets even better once the beer warms up. There's also a nice lingering bitter hoppy finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's creamy and coating and has decent carbonation. It's smooth and easy to drink, but the alcohol does catch up to you after a while. I think it's a good overall beer, it's pricey but definitely worth trying.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

What a rusty amber,great oat/wheat wine color. Even has a quick, yet very pretty bone colored head that recedes to nothing pretty quick. Umm sweet and hoppy aroma. Canned fruit medley with some light piney hop aromas. Wheaty, cloves, hints of powdered candy with a smoot hoppy finish. What an awesome combo of sweet and bitter. Very sippable and well integrated abv. into the flavor and palate profile of this beer.

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Photo of Bung
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. Bright enough orange/amber pour. Small amount of off white head forms a thin layer and sticks to the glass nice as well.
Quite piney and floral aroma. Hints of citrus, caramel covered apple.
Taste is very balance malt sweetness, caramel, and citrus, apple white grape. Some ash and earthy tones later. This increased as it warmed. There is a lingering piney hopness through the finish, but otherwise the hops have really mellowed in this, if they were strong at first.
It is a little warm, but doesn't seem tough to drink. Pretty sticky, medium body with light carbonation.
Pleasant, really middle of the road, nothing too extream other than the high abv. Wheatwine is a strange bird, I'd say this is adequate for the style, which I have a hard time getting my hands around. Oatwine doesn't seem to be much different. Nice to try though.

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Photo of drpimento
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This sample was courtesy of friend Paul B. Thanks Paulo! We had sample glasses and so didn't get a chance to see if there was any head or lace. Color was a clear medium amber. Aroma was a very heavy grapefruit with cherry and apricot. Flavor was the same way with some lingering sweetness in the finish. Boozey at the end too. Great body and good carbonation. Not really a session beer.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, steve's...figured anything with the 3floyds name on it would be best consumed fresh so i wont age this one any further

consumed during some elite 8 hoops

appearance: poured into my hopleaf tulip, gorgeous glowing amber-orange body with a beige froth splashing on top...awesome looking beer

smell: pungent hops, the hops 3 floyds is known for...bubblegum, citrus bouquet, lemon and orange zest, tropical and floral...smells like a sexy DIPA

taste: this beer is awesome but if it was bottled as a DIPA, i'm not sure anyone would have noticed the difference...also kind of seems like this beer resembles the 3F work much more than mikkeller. this one will blow you away with fresh and flavorful hops, tropical fruit, pink grapefruit, floral green hops, lemon zest, tropical citrus, booze

mouthfeel: slick and oily

drinkability: hot but good

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.82/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle split and poured into a Duvel tulip. Inhold: 66 cl., 10.4% ABV, no date.

Thanks to beerwolf77 for this one, the last of my tastings for the evening with the guys!

A - Almost clear amber-red color with almost no head whatsoever. A low off-white film with spotty lace is left on the glass.

S - Tons of oat and wheat that smells like a barn feeder. Toasted amber malts and light alcohol in the aroma. Pretty straight-forward and simple which isn't all that appreciated for a wheatwine. Fruity notes and very mild hops come through on the finish.

T - Fruity and hoppy with a big oat and wheat flavor. A bit of alcohol in there too. Simple flavor, not all complex like a wheatwine should be.

M - Soft, smooth texture with a nice finish. Medium-bodied and low carbonation comprise the texture of this brew.

D - Not bad but moderate drinkability for what it is. It's an ok beer in the world of wheatwines I've had. It could some more complexity and dept.

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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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3 Floyds / Mikkeller Oatgoop (2008) from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
3.96 out of 5 based on 165 ratings.
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