Wild Goose Oatmeal Stout | Wild Goose Brewery, LLC

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Wild Goose Oatmeal StoutWild Goose Oatmeal Stout

Brewed by:
Wild Goose Brewery, LLC
Maryland, United States

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by stirgy on 09-10-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 164 |  Reviews: 154
Reviews by Edwin:
Photo of Edwin
4.45/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - A black beer with a creamy, white/tan head. A great looking Stout!

Smell - Nutty with the oats littered throughout. Possibly a hint of alcohol inside.

Taste - I truly enjoyed this beer. A thick stout with oats and nuttiness bulging through the entire way. One of the better oatmeal stouts I have sampled.

Mouthfeel - Low carbonation but oh so easy going down. A very complete offering from Wild Goose.

Drinkability - Had it not been 12:30pm on a Friday afternoon, I may have had 4 or 5 of these. Very drinkable and very likeable. Sort of like a new friend. I hope to enjoy this one over and over.

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Photo of oberon
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Guinness pint glass more of a dark brown than black alot of ruby tint in my glass a one finger almond colored head atop,aromas of fudge-like chocolate and raisin with some hefty roastiness.Nice full and rounded smooth mouthfeel it glides down with ease,flavors are obviously malt tilted ranging from big roastiness to dark fruit and bitter chocolate,its full of flavor and still subtle to me what an oatmeal stout should be,well done.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
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 chOAKbarrell
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I never thought too much of this local beer bottled, but I saw all the high marks on here & thought I'd give it another try, on tap at the brewery's brew tour.

I drank Wild Goose Oatmeal Stout as a follow up to Thirsty Dog Imperial Stout, and I expected to taste nothing after that powerful, flavorful brew. I was pleasantly suprised as the characteristics of this beer stood up to the challenge.

The adjective for this beer is SMOOTH. And not smooth in the bland, forgettable way. This is just a very pleasant, assertive beer. All aspects come across as very well rounded and well thought out. Plenty of depth without being thoroughly complex. Nice slightly chewy mouthfeel, exactly like you would hope for from an oatmeal stout.

Now that I've had such an enjoyable experience with this Oatmeal Stout, I plan to try it from the bottle again. The only oatmeal stout I've had recently that was better than this one was Troegs'.

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Photo of JasonA
4.7/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark coca-cola with little head disapaiting into little lacing.

Smell is strong. Oatmeal with roasted malt. Very nice smell.

Taste is superb. Smooth and creamy into chocolate and coffee malt. Full flavor into little to no hoppy finish.

Creamy carbonation. Full bodied with little to no alcohol bite (meets abv).

Ver very tasty beer. Lots of long lasting flavor. I think this brew could use some more alcohol.

Overall I think this beer is close to as perfect as an Oatmeal stout could be. I could drink this all day/night long. Full figured to the senses. Not sure what else you could ask for.

PS - Please PM me a better oatmeal stout. thanks

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Photo of Thrasher
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I think this is overrated and the Porter is underrated. Unless they swapped labels on my bottles. Pitch black, dark brown at the edges, head.... what head? Good aroma. This has a less burnt malt flavor, and little in the way of oatmeal but is rummy and raisiny. I was expecting more in the way of a sweet stout a la Samuel Smith but this is closer (in my mind) to an Imperial or Baltic porter. Truly thick, oily with fruity notes of figs and plums. Definitely tasty but a little more burnt toastiness would be nice and it's syrupy which makes drinkability lower. I am semi-seriously starting to think they switched the labels on this and my porter.

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Photo of far333
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Haven't had this in a while, but just found some at the store the other day and now I'm reminded why I loved it so much. Deep dark mahogany color, bordering on inky, with a dark brown and foamy head, with tight beebee-sized bubbles on the outside edge visible through the glass. Lovely lacing chases the head down the sides. Aroma is of mild hops, roasted malt, and cocoa. The flavor is a deep roasted malt, with hints of mocha and dark coffee. Very complex flavor that morphs as it rolls around the mouth. Thick, smooth, and creamy mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation. There's really nothing that I don't like about this beer.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.6/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My favorite most affordable stout available to me. The Wild Goose Oatmeal Stout pours quite the impressive glass of darkness with a brownish tan, very thick head. This is one of the beers that will always be meant to have with good dinner. It's packed full of a great chocolate and dark roasts that invigorate the senses and stimulate the palate to salivate. This stout is so sweet in flavor, beautfully constructed with an impressive lace that stays well formed as a glass of this is emptied. The beer to drink if you are just going to have one, because this has enough subtle characteristics and flavors to keep anybody satisfied. The mouthfeel is quite full and chewy, the oatmeal adds a great aspect of sweetness and graininess that finishes very smoothly. A very drinkable and palatable beer that is in my book, down right incredible.

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Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of jbphoto88
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dull brown beer that has reddish highlights. This is a thin looking brew and reminds me more of a brown ale rather then a stout. The head is thin, khaki and almost non-existent.

Smell is on the thin side too. It has some roasted grain flavor with hints of sweet coco, coffee and molasses. This beer was served at stout temps but that nose gets even better as it warms towards room temps.

The taste is a u-turn in the right direction. Rather then being thin like the appearance and smell, the taste is fat and robust. Deep roasted grains kick off and lead you into a fine chocolate and coffee taste. A little nuttiness mixed with some toffee. The finish is slightly dry and that's where a mild bitterness comes out.

Creamy mouthfeel that is nice but competes with the bitterness poorly. I'd rather have this one stay smooth or go more bitter but it's not so bad. I do think the brightest aspect of this beer is the taste. Everything else is kind of on the light side for my tastes. I do however really enjoy the aftertaste. I have a nice chocolaty coating in my mouth far after each sip.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.17/5  rDev +10%
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 QXSTER1
4.76/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Smooth, roasty, full bodied stout with a creamy, chocolate, coffee finish.

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Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bit aged, 9 months past expiry. Good brown mollasses and chocolate, not too much lasting head. Smooth and drinkable with some astringency mid-sip. Toasty,variety of malts, and in the background, 3 hops. some creaminess. In the genre as St. Ambroise, though on a lesser and different plateau.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.4/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear brown highlights show through a very dark brown body. Pours a nice, tight, creamy, brownish-tan head that holds fairly well but leaves no lace. The aroma is somewhat limited with a bit of fruitiness, some minimal dark maltiness, and a very light touch of roastiness. There is an off-note in the aroma that is somewhat distracting but I cannot pinpoint what it is. The body is medium with a very fine carbonation, giving a nicely creamy mouthfeel. The taste is of a lightly sweet chocolate and cocoa maltiness, somewhat toasty, finishing only mildly roasty and gently bitter. Very well rounded, balanced, and smooth. Quite enjoyable. My favorite beer from Wild Goose next to the Snow Goose. Definitely worth trying.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark brownish black color with a light tan head that leaves a ring of lace around the glass. The aroma features sweet dark roasted malts and hints of coffee and cocoa. The taste is much like the aroma with dark roasted malts with coffee and dark bitter chocolate. The mouthfeel showcases the oatmeal with a silky smooth feel and moderate carbonation. Overall, Wild Goose Oatmeal Stout is a solid brew that I wouldn't mind having again. Recommended.

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Photo of hdofu
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
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 wspscott
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This pours very dark, doesn't let any light through. Has a thin tan head that disappears very quick, no lacing at all. It smells like a stout, bitter roasted malts are very apparent. Unfortunately, the taste is a little light, there is a slight bitterness but it doesn't linger. The mouthfeel is sort of watery, not what I expect for an oatmeal stout. If this was labeled stout, I don't think I would complain but, I want more a a creamy flavor/mouthfeel. For an oatmeal stout, it needs more oatmeal. I can drink this without a problem but, there are many more oatmeal stouts out there. I won't buy it again.

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Photo of Gmann
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown color with an average tan head that dissipated into a slight ring around the glass. The aroma is of roasted malt, slight caramel, chocolate, and raisin. The taste starts off with the smooth oatmeal malt flavor which is quickly transformed into a more roasted, perhaps burnt, malt. There is some bitter chocolate notes as well. The feel is moderate to well bodied, slightly chewy, with more carbonation then expected; finishes with a roasted malt bitterness. Overall a decent stout, probably has too strong of a roasted malt flavor for your typical outmeal stout, doesn't quite have that smooth flavor. Came in their sampler pack, not sure I would seek this out on its own.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. The liquid is Dark Brown with light Carbonation. The head is a small a finger, tan and leaves very little lace.

The smell is toasted malt light hopy and some alcohol.

The taste follows toffee, chocolate and coffee notes.

The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy.

The drinkability is good, quite a nice brew for the price. MK

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Photo of Thur123
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
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 OatmattStout
2.92/5  rDev -23%
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 emerge077
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice deep black tone, two fingers of head at first, that deflate into a skim with good lacing. An intricate ring of lacing is left behind, that gets broken with the first sip.

Nice banana/fried plantain/toasty black malt combo in the nose. Mild roast coffee. Flavor follows up nicely, plenty of sweet banana, toffee, almond, and roasty goodness. No bitterness. Light on the palate, it's a pretty good session stout. Body is thin, but again this lends itself to a tendency to have several.

Single from Friar Tuck, Bloomington.
Bottle BBD:127FX08 (?)

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, served in a Sam Adams BL glass. The beer pours dark brown/black with an inch tan frothy head. Head retention is average, lacing is pretty good. The aroma is roasted malt, coffee, caramel, and chocolate. It's a nice, pleasant aroma. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also a strong smoky flavor and some oats noticable too. Mouthfeel/body is medium, with a little above average carbonation. It's also creamy and a bit slick. Drinkability is good too, it's smooth and easy to drink. Quite sessionable in my opinion. Overall I think this is a good example of an Oatmeal Stout, it's very tasty. If you like malty beers, then you should like this one. I'd definitely buy this again.

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, dark brown. Small tan head formed showing decent carbonation despite the fact that this bottle was at least 4 years old.
Aroma of chocolate milk and grain. sort of one-dimensional.
Flavor is sweet, sugary chocolate, hint of mint maybe from the hops.
Mouthfeel was a little bit "dead" most likely based on the age. In fact somewhat impressed that anything is left at all. Somewhat syrupy and smooth on the tongue.
Drinkability - pretty good, give it points for standing the test of time in the back of the fridge.

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Photo of Beejay
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: deep brown, even reddish in the light. There was some head on it, but alas tis' gone.

S: Oatmeal. Obviously, chocolate and hops. Something else in there can't put my finger on it. Not necessarily pleasant though..

T: Very nice. Just enough malty flavor with nice hops backing it up. Nicely balanced... Slight floral or earthy note. Didn't see this coming from the smell, and it is a pleasant surprise.

M: Clean, not too carbonated.. good.

D: I could do this again that is for sure. I think this is my first ever MD beer. Yay! Good taste, good balance. but still something funky in the smell..

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Wild Goose Oatmeal Stout from Wild Goose Brewery, LLC
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 164 ratings