Oatmeal Stout
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English Oatmeal Stout
Ranked #278
Ranked #22,355
3.82 | pDev: 12.57%
Wild Goose Brewery, LLC
Maryland, United States
Very Good
Oatmeal StoutOatmeal Stout
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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours jet black with a light tan head. In the aroma, sweet oatmeal and a nice roasty malt. In the taste, sweet oatmeal and a sweet to small bitter dry maltiness. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a sweet oatmeal in the aftertaste. Just over average on a standard oatmeal stout.

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Photo of chefkevlar
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours very deep chocolate brown with only a hint of light peeking through at the edges. The head is moderate and tan colored.

S: The smell is somewhat sweet with notes of caramel and toasted nuts. There's also a slight orange peel smell as well.

T: Interesting taste, with more of a fruit flavor than I expected. Reminds me of chocolate raspberries and oranges. There is also of course a deep dark malty flavor which lends a nice slightly bitter coffee-like finish

M: Full bodied with moderate carbonation.

D: Very nice brew to enjoy after a long day of work. It went down very easily

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Photo of hdofu
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another great maryland brewer here. This particuly good flavored stout, though it has some characteristics that almost make it seem more like a brown ale. Smell is sweet malty and smokey, the beer pours brown, almost black tan brown creamy head. It has a smokey sweet taste almost like toasted graham cracker. It's soft enough to keep it drinkable for a couple rounds and it has a smooth mouthfeel.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.4/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: black, very black; thin carbonation and little head
S: light, sweet smell, a bit tinny
T: sweet molasses with oaty overtones; good fulsome taste
M: average, nothing special
D: if you love characteristic beers, you'll want to move up after one of these; but it's very drinkable at a social event

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

about 50 degree F into a pint glass
A- deep rich black. 1.5 fingers of head with nice fine lacing and long retention.

S- roasted and slightly nutty, a joy to smell

T- robust and malty

M- soft, almost creamy with a mild bitter finish

D- a joy to drink, a fine stout

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Photo of farrago
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The head gets up over two fingers of loose foam, dimples and evaporates swiftly, light brown in color with not much lacing. Deep brown in color, not impenetrably opaque, even offers a dark orange around the rims where there's plenty of clarity evident. Friendly, almost unassuming nose of dark chocolate, coffee ice cream, oatmeal, caramel and then a slight elevation in the roast, notes of plum and black cherry too, nothing bitter nor especially hoppy. Medium-bodied, sweet in terms of the chocolate, coffee, butterscotch but the final texture, especially after you swallow, is dry. Oatmeal is clear, however, not that bready nor doughy. The carbonation actually might be a little too strong for its general heft, looses grip on your palate by the end. Again, has a simple presentation of cherry, dark berry fruit as well as a splash of orange zest. No guile, light enough to increase drinkability and nothing glaringly stands out as a negative.

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Photo of DosBeerigos
3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

C.Clear for a Darky
H. Black
N. Malty; Semi-Sweet Chocolate...yum! Light Coffee

Comments taken from my blog;

Hmm...Well Dos picked this bad boy up quite some time ago and some how it stayed in my fridge. SHHH don't tell anyone but this was a grocery store special assortment 12pk, and it was REALLY CHEAP. That said, for a straight forward Oatmeal Stout, this is tasty. Bang for buck possibly the best big/dark beer ive ever had. If you can find it snag it and forget the coffee in the morning cause this bad boy taste just like some nice cold coffee. While it is big it is very drinkable. Great Value and Good Beer.

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Photo of biglite351
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - both color and down remind me of cream soda.

S - solid malt sent. No bitterness or anything bad.

T - mild but good. Very solid oatmeal stout. Mo bad after taste or bitterness.

M - it is a little thin. Mild tingle on the sides of the tongue.

D - with the mild bit good flavor, lack of bad after taste and light feel... this could be an all night brew.

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Photo of SykDoc
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. It pours a moderate brown and appears basically black and opaque, except at the edges. A 1/2 inch tan head forms and quickly reduces to almost no lacing.

The aroma was as expected. Primarily a roasted grainy component with more subtle and pleasant herbal and some chocolate sweetness.

The taste is solid as well, with primarily a roasted malt with some oatmeal-ish components that is followed by a hoppy finish.

The mouthfeel revealed a medium body and a low level of carbonation. It is fairly smooth and leaves a mild dryness at the end.

Overall, this beer is fairly drinkable. Nothing really overwhelmingly good and nothing really unpleasant, just solid.

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Photo of PhilfromPA
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A-coffee black with nice light tan head that disolves down to a light oily lacing

S-sweet, coffee roast, oatmeal, chocolate

T-coffee & oatmeal malts, slightly bitter, & slight alcohol

M-Although a tad light & oily, a good blend of carbonation while remaining smooth

D-Good drinkability, nice blend of flavor & an overall light body.

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Photo of OatmattStout
2.92/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

started with decent head after aggressive pour then fell a bit flat with little lacing and poor retention.

nose was basic roasty malts with a sweet backbone

Taste was just ok, very one dimensional flattish malt flavors and a dull dry hop finish. this bottle may be old as it has an oxidized character. no best by date that is legible with out encryption decoding software.

mouth feel ok and drinkability poor

this one was not impressive at all and i remember loving their porter years ago.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue II:

Everyone should try an Oatmeal Stout now and again. It's a style that surprises many, a little roasted barley and oat never hurt anyone, right? A steady pour yields a hefty tan head that leaves a thick crowning of lace, very dark brown color shows off its clarity. Peppery herbal hop aroma soon is engulfed by roasted grain, dried plum fruitiness and a ghost-like buttery character. A small note of alcohol hides behind that plum fruitiness. Super smooth and creamy with a fullish body. Silky sweetness from the oats is cradled by the well-rounded charred flavors of the roasted barley. Finishes with a pleasing roasted note and some sweetness.

We think of this beer as a great introduction beer for beer drinkers that have not gone to the dark side yet. Very drinkable with a great body. Give this one a try.

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Photo of therica
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A= schwarzbier-black, small tan head dissipating quickly into circling the glass, fair lacing throughout.

S= nice burnt nose with light liquuor scent, some florals, chocolate.

T= burnt Swiss chocolate, coffee, nice roasted malts, light caramel, medium hops bitterness, a bit burnt-dry at first which mellows out into a more full flavor shortly after pouring.

M= a bit on the burnt chocolate and dry coffee side.

D= I'd probably have to quit after a few of these but it's worth trying at least one.

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Photo of DousedInStout
2.46/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours opaque with a tan head that fades quickly. The aroma is somewhat muddled, but some notes of roast. The taste is a bit off - some chocolate undertones followed by stewed vegetables from some DMS. The body is pretty thin for an oatmeal stout. This bottle date is in code, but possibly stored incorrectly at the package store? I hope?

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Photo of bnes09
3.23/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have always been a fan of oatmeal stouts so I expected something exceptional when I tried this beer. What I got was a mediocre example of the style. Its look is standard, very dark with tints of red and quickly disappearing head. The taste is bitter with a strong coffee and dark chocolate presence that dominates throughout. I was really expecting more of a balanced and smooth flavor from the oats but it never appeared. Mouth feel is good, medium bodied and mildly carbonated. It does flow down easily, one of its better characteristics. Overall, an average example of an oatmeal stout. Worth a try but there are better ones out there.

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

Used a Samuel Smith's pint glass. Pours dark brown, almost black with milk chocolate-like head. Nice malt smell and good head retention and lacing.

Not too thick, not too thin, this is a very good example of an American-made oatmeal stout. Nice chocolate, cream and vanilla notes permeate the nose with a sweet, but also dry, finish. A hint of chew in the finish. Smooth and easy drinking. Sophisticated in style and flavor. This is an oatmeal stout that will not fill you on the first glass, thus good drinkability.

If you like stouts, this is a good choice. In a world of beer that can, at times, try to over or underwhelm the drinker with something flashy or extreme, this is a fine example of what a solid, good dark ale can be. "Back to basics" goodness.

Pairs nicely with Ben & Jerry's "Half Baked" ice cream.

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Photo of adamette
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Live review. Poured from the 12 oz. bottle that my brother bought as a part of a mix 12 pack (a "sampler" I suppose) which included 4 other beers from Wild Goose. Poured into my Sierra Nevada Anniversary Ale pint glass.

A Dark ruby opaque body that glows a bit in front of direct light under a very nice, very light brown creamy head. Some lacing as well. 4.0

S Dark roast malt with some chocolate notes and maybe even some oatmeal detectible to the nose. Really nice smell, inviting, mature, done with a good understanding of the style. 4.5

T Dark roast malt with some alcohol not very well hidden in the front but all of that settles out with a nice soft landing of oatmeal grains. 4.0

M It is thinner than I would have expected from the style, the look and the smell but there is enough "bigness" to be consistent within the style guidelines (just not what I was lead to believe I guess). 3.5

D Very good. Finished my pint without any hesitation. 4.0

Notes: My favorite from Wild Goose so far as several of the others were, in my opinion, below average.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served cold in a pint glass.

Dark brown in color with good clarity visible around the edges. No head at all even though I tried to provoke it on the pour.

Aroma is sweet and mild like brown sugar and vanilla.

Taste is similar with a good dose of chocolate, caramel, vanilla, and nuts. It's not all sweetness though. The dark malts tie it together nicely with a roasty, slightly bitter flavor. The balance is quite nice.

Mouthfeel is good, as an oatmeal stout should be, with creaminess and body in spades.

Overall a really nice version of the style. One I might get again if I'm ever in Maryland!

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Photo of Thur123
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A little more clear and filtered looking than many stouts, its deep brown with red tint. Seems well carbonated with a sandy tan head. Light grains and deep malt smell that comes off crisp and only slightly roasty.
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Brown sugar, coffee, oatmeal...all very well balanced and sweet. A dryer malt taste lingers on the palate. The texture is fine and the flavor lighter then i expected all the while maintaining a sweet complex flavor.

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Photo of Clydesdale
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep brown with a garnet tint. The light tan head has good size and a creamy texture, with good retention and some weblike lacing.

S: Some solid roasted malt up front. On the sweet side initially. Hints of chocolate and mild coffee. Some notes of preserved dark fruit - almost a vinous character.

T: Some mildly burnt and roasted malt sweetness at first. Some dark chocolate and day-old coffee. A slight leafy bite, along with some dark fruit.

M: Medium bodied. Some creaminess, but a bit on the thin/watery side for the style.

D: Pretty good, but it doesn't really stand up to many of its competitors. It could really stand to be a little more viscous. This is the second beer from Wild Goose I've had, and they've both been decent but a little weak. Hopefully it's not a trend as I continue through their mixed 12-pack.

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Photo of templar316
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice deep brown, with a warm reddish glow when held to the light. A crisp head that dissapates quickly. A soft malt aroma, and an easy flavor over the toungue dark fruit, caramel malt, oatmeal with a hint of hop biterness at the end. A little too much carbonation but all in all you could drink this all night if you prefer darker beer.

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Photo of williamherbert
3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance is clear brown, with red at the edges. Not much head, if any.

The smell is sweet caramel and toffee. Some sour grape and raisin. Not much of the roasted, grainy balanced I had anticipated for this style.

The taste is grapes, dates and prunes. Very sweet, with a hint of roasted caramel malts. Sweet plums. A tad musty but not bad. Some hints of grainy oats as it warms up. Dark berries.

The feel is smooth like honey. Not as dry as I had expected. It's very sweet and not nearly enough roasted balance. More like a dark or brown ale.

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Photo of BeachRez
4.57/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Received from Beer of Month Club.

Beer poured a nice dark chocolate with a thick head.

The taste of this stout was not overpowering. Chocolate/malt, but not overly sweet at all. Very smooth.

Great drinkablity. This is something I would purchase very regularly if it was available.

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Photo of JimmieFrisbee
4.4/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle from a beer of the month club.

Good hard pour yields a big, brown, frothy head that rises just above the top of my pint glass, but doesn't spill to the table. Head starts to fall at a reasonable rate and sticks a bit to the glass. Beer itself is a very dark brown, with cherry-colored highlights showing through only on the sides.

Smells chocolately and delicious -- like a little sweet chocolate and a bit of bitter chocolate. Got some roastiness, too, but mainly smells of delicious.

Lots of roastiness in the taste, just a bit of that chocolate that was present in the smell. Almost picking up little traces of burnt coffee flavor, but its just a hint and I think I like it. The finish is just a little bitter but with a bit of lingering roastiness. Quite enjoyable.

Feels relatively light in body, but has a pleasant creamy texture. Makes for what I believe would be a very sessionable stout. No one flavor is overly strong so I think I could go one drinking these all night.

This beer is pretty much exactly what I'm looking for in an oatmeal stout. Well done.

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Photo of larsee01
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-- 12 oz bottle poured into new belgium glass. Burnt brown with no light passing through. Light-brown head slow to form, and modest--but it's also creamy and slow to dissapate.

S--Mineral and slightly toasted malt. Lightly sweet molasses character but not much here.

T--Smooth, creamy start that's sweet, followed by toasted malt and then bitter and slightly acidic finish. Seems a little boozy for 5.9%. Palatable and enjoyable, but not as balanced nor refined as better examples of quality oatmeal stout.

M--Again, smooth and creamy but finishes a bit oily/syrupy...ok, but less than sublime.

D--I'd enjoy a couple of these in the fall watching a football game on tv.

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Oatmeal Stout from Wild Goose Brewery, LLC
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 164 ratings