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

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 froggyfrog
2.16/5  rDev -43%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This beer sucks. Let me qualify that by saying: This is one of my favorite styles and I was looking forward to trying this one, but I'm not a fan of this beer.

12 oz. bottle poured in a snifter.

A: Decent solid black color. Somewhat flat. Negligible head.

S: Sickly roasted malt and vinegar.

T: None of the oat character required by the style. The taste is all roast, overpowering and unpleasant.

M: Acceptable. Not as creamy or full as expected.

D: One is enough.

I was really hoping to enjoy this one, but it left me wanting. This beer is worth a shot but I wouldn't seek it out.

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Photo of tfp4268
2.26/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pours nearly opaque brown with a small head that toatally disappears after a few minutes.

Smells mostly of chocolate and brown sugar with a hearty dose of old pee.

Tastes pretty sweet and malty at first, but finishes up with too much bitter and some metal.

Mouthfeel is this beer's best attribute..pretty smooth.

Drinkability, well...One's enough, thanks.

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Photo of DousedInStout
2.46/5  rDev -35.1%
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 erratic
2.71/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

It poured a little on the transparent side for an oatmeal stout. Light showed throug the center of the glass a ruby color, but the color was slightly greenish at the edges. odd. The head was foamy and tan but fizzled fast.

Smell was of roasted malts and a little chocolate. nice.

The taste starts out pretty good. Chocolate, roasted malts, bitterness. But then it got too bitter. It tasted like green, unripe fruit bitterness. It was hard to finish the whole glassfull.

Mouthfeel was decent, a little thin.

Drinkability suffered from the heavy bitterness that got unpleasant by the finish.

Overall, I was disapointed. Maybe I just got a bad batch. I was really enthused by the positive reviews here

***update*** had the last bottle with some nice cheddar. Cheese coating on the tongue cut the bitterness and brought out lots of nice flavor. I bet some smoked gouda would be even better.

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Photo of mentor
2.81/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Bottle was a 2006 GABF left-over that was given to me as a reward for my volunteer efforts. Thanks a million to GABF and to Frederick Brewing for the opportunity.

Hard pour to get a very thin brow of head that settled to a big-bubbled ring around the glass. Very dark with dry edgings. Smells roast chocolate and wet sweet. Oatmeal has a lactose milky quality I just loved and it's present in an enriching manner. dry metallic and old grassy hops. Sour from black patent.

Tastes...eeesh. Not so good. Tastes 'empty'. Roast, chocolate and mild hop sweet. Sour could be old malt or black patent, but my guess is old soured malt. Hops are dry ashtray flavored when mixed with the dark grains. Some floral oils aromatically rise, but what's left on the tastebuds is less than appealing. Aftertaste is a combination of dry chocolate mixed with a hanging sweetness and the flat grassy hops. Fairly persistent and the sweet on the back of the tongue carries it. Best of of the beer, IMO. Near the end of the glass, I got a soapy quality in the aftertaste. Like a big soap bubble just popped in the back of my throat.

Md thick body with some oatmeal silkiness. Very mild carbonation, nearly a non-factor.

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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 TexIndy
2.95/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Got in the Beer of The Month Club package. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The back label had a bottling code but no way to decipher it. Checked the website and nothing there either. Hate that. It's in the Club shipment so would expect it to be fresh though. It was a dark brown color with mahogany highlights when held against the light. It had a small tan head that quickly dissipated into a barely there collar. Very light carbonation and no lacing.

The aroma was very weak. It had roasted malt with a touch of coffee but was mostly just aromaless air. Wasn't bad but really light to start and then just disappeared. Pretty much the same with the taste. What is there is good but it's way too subtle. More like a brown that a stout. More of a bitter finish than you'd expect from the initial taste. Good session beer if you just want to drink and aren't worried about having flavor to it. Could be a good converter beer for your BMC friends. Mouthfeel was watery and lacking carbonation.

Overall, a decent beer that is just too watered down for me. Can't recommend as there are too many other flavorful Oatmeals out there...unless you are new to craft beers or the style which this might be a good starter. One and done for me.

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Photo of jwc215
2.99/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured very dark brown, almost black, but with very little head, barely a lace.
It had a nice smell - typical for an oatmeal. There were hints of chocolate and coffee, blended with caramel and a fairly robust aroma, but nothing outstanding.
The taste was a bit disappointing. It was thin and watery for this style. As the drink progressed, I picked up on some flavors: chocolate, burnt coffee and hints of bitterness in the background. But, the flavors were very subtle for this style. I've had several others in which the flavor was fuller.
The mouthfeel was not bad, but a bit too bland for this style, which should be more hearty and robust. This could be a summer version of an oatmeal stout.
For all its wateriness, it is fairly drinkable, but there are much better examples of this type. (I would recommend Wolaver's- made by Otter Creek in Vermont, and Samuel Smith of England, among others.)

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Photo of bigred89
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of williamherbert
3/5  rDev -20.8%
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 DosBeerigos
3/5  rDev -20.8%
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 jmathis
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of AntLeatherface
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of edskirk3
3.04/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Twelve ounce brown bottle, appears to be fresh. Pours nearly, but not quite, opaque. Extremely loose and nearly nonexistent head.

Respectable roasted aroma. This is reflected in the palate as well. Rather light mouthfeel for this style.

I found this oatmeal stout to be somewhat disappointing. Thinner than I like, and almost no head to speak of. Looks almost exactly like cola in a pint glass. The flavor isn't bad but it's not what I'm looking for when I want an oatmeal stout.

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Photo of mjc410
3.08/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter

A: Quickly raises a coffee colored one-finger head that recedes to a ring around the glass, with substantial lacing. The body is opaque black except at the edges, and is quite thick looking.

S:Smells highly of roast. Also, a bit of vinous character. Not much else. It is nice, though.

T: Coffee beans and hints of cocoa. Low bitterness and carbonation. A bit lacking in "oomph."

M: Much thinner than I'd want from an Oatey.

D: An easy drinker with good flavor, just lacking in some areas.

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.1/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Smell is well toasted malts with chocolate and some coffee notes. Pours to a dark opaque brown with a big bubble head that disappears fast. Taste is mostly roasted malt at the start a bitter middle and a semi-sweet and slightly bitter finish. Carbonation seems high, but with that aside the mouthfeel is good with good body. This is a good sessioner. Nothing extraordinary but a good solid stout.

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Photo of DGryger
3.1/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Light reddish brown, with almost no head that settles to a slight ring around the glass. No lacing.

Smell: Sticky roasted caramel malts with little to no trace of oats.

Taste: Coffee and cola. Not bad tasting, just that I expected more.

Mouthfeel: Thin, with a little bit of characteristic dry stout bitterness in the finish. Little too much carbonation.

Drinkability: This is an easy drinker, but I just don’t think it is very representative of the style. I picked this up on a whim to fill a mixed sixer. It is not likely that I will be getting this again.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.12/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - A dark brown with a very faint red tint. The head is about two and half fingers and dissipates in about two minutes. No lacing.

S - An espresso bean and burnt malt aroma with a powerful chocolatey sweetness underneath.

T - Initially it is a little grassy with a mix of cacao and cheap coffee with a dominant burnt flavored backbone. Then it shifts into a burnt and slight grassy ascerbic flavor - which is a rather unfortunate feature. There is a stale flavor throughout that is a bit unpleasant. The smell is sweet, but the taste is not.

M - Mouthfeel is chewy and extremely thick, but a little harsh from carbonation and not very refreshing.

D - A mediocre oatmeal stout. There are far better examples of this style. It is moderately drinkable though. It's failure to refresh is its biggest short coming. The ascerbic aftertaste is a bit tedious. It is not a chore to drink, but it is certainly not worth seeking out. I don't think I will have this again (after the six is gone of course).

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Photo of guinnessfan
3.13/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into Das Festhaus pint glass.

A: An aggressive pour of this deep, dark brown elixer results in a minimal head, slight lacing. Looks thin.

S: Mild roasted malt, metal.

T: Metallic malt with a vinegary sourness, old perhaps.

M: Thin for a stout, more of a porter. Smooth, though.

D: Not great. Can do without.

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Photo of JamesS
3.2/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown, with very little (and rapidly diminishing) head and no lacing. It has a faint burnt grain scent, but not much else. Decent taste, you can really get the oatmeal, and there is a nice burnt grain taste, but not much else. Goes down fine, although a little rough from the over carbonation.

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Photo of bnes09
3.23/5  rDev -14.8%
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 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 scoobybrew
3.26/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A - deep, dark, nearly opaque amber color with a thick head that settles into a lacing

S - roasted malt aroma with notes of coffee and tobacco

T - like aroma, rich malty character with notes of coffee and tobacco; not much in the way of moderate chocolate flavors though - it's strong on the 'roastiness'

M - medium body, moderate carbonation

D - Well - this is a decent beer, but I'd put it closer to a porter as the burnt malt flavors are a bit strong. It is a nice beer, but not what I would expect out of a beer marketed as an oatmeal stout.

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Photo of BeerTruth
3.27/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to nathan15 for this brew. Gotta love the Oatmeals.

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours a dark, almost, opaque brown with a one finger light khaki colored head that quickly dies down to a thin layer. Stickiness is hardly there, a bit disappointed with how this one looks. Smell is a nutty caramel with a sweet molasses scent to it. A bit weak in the oaty department. I feel the smell is more of a nut brown than that of an Oatmeal Stout. Taste once again is similar to a nut brown. Starts off with a woody nut flavor and blends with a chocolate malt. Flavor ends with an almost hazelnut zing to it. Where are the oats?? Mouthfeel is light bodied, a bit watered down almost. Decent amount of carbonation. Drinkability is ok, I probably won't seek this one out again though.

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Photo of Tbn2
3.28/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle to pint glass

A-Good looking stout. Dark body and good creamy head that takes about a minute to settle.

S-A little different than I expected. Some roasted malt and coffee are the most prevalent. A slight smell of chocolate malt and in the very back of your nose, the slightest smell of grassy hops.

T-Again, not what I expected. Coffee hits me in the beginning and fads to a smoke flavor. As you swallow, the grassy hops have and dark chocolate give the beer a dry finish. Not as sweet as expected.

M-One of the lighter stouts I have tried. A little coarse and dry.

Overall this beer isn't too bad. I was expecting a sweeter tasting beer. I would have guessed this was a smokehouse porter opposed to an Oatmeal Stout. It looks like a stout and evens smells like one, but doesn't really taste like one. Buy a nice steak and enjoy this beer.


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Wild Goose Oatmeal Stout from Wild Goose Brewery, LLC
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