Wild Goose Oatmeal Stout | Wild Goose Brewery, LLC

Wild Goose Oatmeal StoutWild Goose Oatmeal Stout
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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by stirgy on 09-10-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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 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 lackenhauser
4.7/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep,deep brown color. Traces of dep mahogany come thru when held to light. Slight tan head. Good aroma-some malty sweetness-nice mellow mix of caramel and chocolate. Big roasted and chocolate flavors. Low hop bitterness. Nice residual sweetness in the finish. Lovely,velvety smooth mouthfeel. Soft and very pleasant-it actually has the velvety softness that can be found in the best pilsners. One hell of a beer-perfect for any occassion. One of the best oatmeal stouts or any other beers in my opinion.

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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 sjohansen
4.58/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Initial thoughts... when you think of a great textbook oatmeal stout, this is the beer that you're searching for.

Pours as dark as brown can get, before you'd have to call it black. My only complaint is that the frothy tan head can't stick around long enough for me to walk into the other room.

Smells of toasted grains and cereal. Like if you were to cook Crispix. There's a sweet note in there as well, dark fruit, dates or raisons.

Bitter, bitter, bitter. That bitterness presents itself as dark blend coffee. Sweetness presents itself as some caramel. The only things that sticks around in the aftertaste is the toasted oats.

Medium mouthfeel, a decent amount of carbonation. Clean, scrubs the palate.

This is a great stout, period. If I could play God, I'd up the alcohol content a couple degrees, because I really think the toasted qualities could handle a little more abv's. Hmmmm... a barrel aged, higher abv Goose Stout; I'm front of the line (and hopefully having dirty dreams about it tonight.)

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Photo of RBorsato
4.58/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black with a nice brown head and decent carbonation but no lace. Aroma is bit sweet and caramel-like with bits of chocolate. Rich malty chocolate flavor and very roasty. Medium-full bodied (leans full) with a dry roasty finish. Also a bit oily and creamy from the oatmeal. Ages well.

Label states: "Oatmeal, 5 Malts, Roasted Barley" & "Cascade, Willamette, and Tettnang hops"

Best By: 05/27/01
Tasted: 04/26/03

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Photo of BeachRez
4.57/5  rDev +20.6%
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 Phatz
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Now this is exactly what a beer is supposed to be, IMO! Oh blessed heaven. I am very pleased. Having just been slightly disappointed with the porter the oatmeal stout has really given me hope and faith in Wild Goose.

Appearance: Black. Arguably dark brown with red hues but it's opaque it looks black with a thick creamy chocolaty brown head.

Smell: Chocolaty. A bit of caramel and some roastiness. Sweet dark aroma fills the nose. very nice.

Taste: Oats and toasted caramel follow the bittersweet chocolate. Smooth and malty it moves through the palate like silky cream.

Mouthfeel: There is a nice big body on this stout. Creamy and smooth. mmm.

Drinkability: Remarkable. This beer is irresistibly drinkable! I didn't mean to finish it before I finished writing the review, ooops ;-) must be pretty easy to put down. I hardly consider Oatmeal Stout to be session beers but still, it goes down with ease.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of 99bottles
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass, this stout is a deep brown nearly black color. A light tan head of an inch rises, then quickly dissipates to a sticky lace upon the surface of the beer that leaves rings on the inside of the glass.

Smell: A very sultry roasted barley nose is highlighted with scents of sweet chocolate and residual sugar sweetness.

Taste: A very diverse taste sets this stout apart from the typical. The initial flavor of roasted barley is compounded with a firm astringency from what I imagine is a healthy dose of black malt. This sharpness quickly turns to a lingering sweetness from all of the glucose in the oatmeal which then in turn blends nicely with the crisp full taste of the Fuggles hop. Finally the hop taste mixes in with the bitterness of the malt to give this beer a distinct and sharply bitter finish. All in all, a WOW! sort of stout with great complexity and multiple nuances of flavor.

Mouthfeel: Not overly heavy, certainly not to be confused with an Imperial stout. Good balanced body, nice smooth feel. Not cloying.

Drinkability: I found this to be an easy drinker, and at 5.9%, it’s not one to really dull the senses. I could drink a few before the real bitterness might turn me off. I’d recommend this to any stout lover, and especially those with a knack for sweet stouts and oat stouts.

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Photo of mzwolinski
4.49/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Quite black in color with a very short-lived, thin, dark-tan head. The aroma is rich and coffee-like. Lots of roasted malts with just a hint of hop bouquet. Strong malty presence in the mouth -- the variety of malts here (5) really gives a nice complexity to the flavor -- coffee, roasted grain, and a slight nuttiness are all detectable. Finishes dry with a pleasant but understated hop bitterness, and leaves a mixture of sweet and roasty malt flavors in its aftertaste. Medium-full bodied with a smooth, silky feel, especially as the carbonation dies down.

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Photo of jreitman
4.47/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fruit and cholcate aromas rise from a dark brown brew with a head of similar color. Silky smooth texture in the mouth. Flavors range from chocolate to mocha with a nice oatmeal sweet backbone. Bitterness is kept to a minimum, but what is there does a nice job of rounding out the flavor profile and tying it all together.

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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 ElGuapo
4.44/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i will have to agree with my buddy irisihredrock. i couldn't believe the undersized head of this brew. even so, it still poured to a drop-dead sexy midnight color. the smell was very pleasing.

as far as the flavoring goes, i can't go wrong with an oatmeal stout. very dark and creamy with a little burnt taste. simply delicious. compared to sammy smith, no way! but, then again, i don't think anything can

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Photo of Lambstrong
4.42/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a growler recently from the brewery in Frederick, MD. It has a nice dark brown color with a full brown creamy head. The head retention was good. The aroma is one of chocolate, perhaps a little nutty. At first, you can taste the roasted malts up front with a lingering chocolate taste afterwards. This is the type of beer I could drink causually and would go great with a desert.

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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 JimmieFrisbee
4.4/5  rDev +16.1%
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 scottbrew4u
4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This fine stout poured out black nicely releasing a thick tan head that persisted. The aroma was of roasted grain and a faint oat character in the backdrop with a nice toastiness. No smell of hops. The flavor was immediately satisfying at room temperature with luscious roasted malt character with hints of chocolate and coffee and a creamy smooth oat finish. Not cloying or too sweet this beer was well balanced and smooooth. It had a fresh taste that I can not say I have had from too many oatmeal stouts and it was very easy drinking in my opinion. Try it first at about 55 degrees F and you will agree it is hard to put this one down without grabbing another first.

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Photo of LHMark
4.37/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Surprise! This oatmeal stout is dark. But it lacks that sort of muted coal color I've always associated with oatmeal, not 'visually silky' enough, if that makes any sense.

The nose is big roasted malt and vanilla, with a tinge that's slightly sour, in a pleasant way.

This beer's strength is its flavor, which isn't really traditional oatmeal stout. For one thing, it's less metallic, and the finish has banana essence normally found in weizenbock.

This is a very iconoclastic oatmeal, but you know what? It freakin' works.

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Photo of 57andcounting
4.37/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Oatmeal Stout in the middle of July? The only craft beer on tap, so lets give it a try, what the heck. Boy was I glad.

The brew was real dark as expected. You can't see through this. Although, no head, there was a fair amount of carbonation. The smell was of rich nutty and spice.

A fine taste of malt, chocolate, spices and fruit. A rich mix of flavors. No a heavy, but a refreshing lifting flavor. It works in the middle of July.

The mouth feel is light.
If you see this on draft, try it even if it is hot outside.

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

Poured midnight black. Creamy tan head that left a delicate lacing on the glass. The aroma is chocolaty sweet and rich with roasted graininess. Rich and malty taste. Very creamy and dark. A chewy bitterness emerges, along with some oak and roasted nuts. This is a highly enjoyable stout with a hearty body of malts and cereals. The finish is one of bittersweet chocolates. This is like dark beer porridge. Dark and mysterious and it keeps whispering for you to come back for another sip. Very good.

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

I bought a six pack of this not really expecting anything,but I got a pleasant surprise.This is an excellent beer,and very reasonably priced.It pours nice and the taste was exceptional,even my friends who think Stouts are to strong, enjoyed this one.If you can find it,I reccomend picking up a six pack if you like a decent Stout.

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Photo of IrishRedRock
4.29/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Definitely the jewel of the Wild Goose brews. The deep black color is beautiful, but I was quite surprised there was very little on top of this beer despite an aggressive pour. The small brown head there was didnt last but for a few seconds.

Smells of roasted hops and dark chocolate--very nice. Its very creamy and has a bit more of a roasted flavor than Samuel Smith's, but is not as smooth or complex. Though its no Sammy, an excellent Oatmeal Stout nonetheless.

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Photo of bearrunner44
4.27/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Prototypical oatmeal stout appearance. Pitch black color, with a thick brown-sugar-looking head.

Smell- Rich scents of sweet oats, dark chocolate and roasted malt. Creamy, coffee-like aroma.

Taste- Silky smooth, yet bulky mouthfeel. The malt profile is fairly neutral, and it seems to lack complexity. It's nicely spiced, though, with slight touches of hops, roasted bitterness, and estery alcohol flavors. It's thick, but not quite as creamy or as sweet as other oatmeal stouts. Somewhat dry, but quite tasty.

Verdict- An excellent example of one of my favorite styles.

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Wild Goose Oatmeal Stout from Wild Goose Brewery, LLC
Beer rating: 60.4% out of 100 with 164 ratings
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