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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Ratings: 164 |  Reviews: 154
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 BEERchitect
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the first beer from Wild Goose that I thought was a big-boy beer. There is actually some malt in this brew. Big on sweet barley malts with a finess roasted grain flavor and aroma. Mild coffee and cocoa flavors round off nicely. An oatmeal creaminess (almost slickness) coats the mouth and creates a creamy experience that was nice. Beleive there is a decent dose of lactose sugars, which seem to distract from the oats and roasted grain. The beer gets pretty sweet as the bigger flavors (coffee, roasted, toasted, cocoa) subside. Carbonation seems on target at first, but quickly falls flat. All in all, decent beer.

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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 brentk56
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a medium brown color with a tightly packed tan head; nice retention and some reasonable patterns of lace

Smell: Although the roasted notes are present, there are some unexpected elements as well - dark fruit and tobacco

Taste: Surprisingly grainy at the outset, with the roasted malt only making a supporting appearance; after the swallow, the beer redeems itself, with a nice roasty character, as well as some dark, sweet fruit and tobacco

Mouthfeel: Medium body and moderate carbonation; a bit thin and lacks the creamy texture one would expect from the oats

Drinkability: Not a bad beer, but not particularly impressive either

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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 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 ChainGangGuy
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clearish, dark brown body with a small, fizzy, off-white head.

Smell: Somewhat light aroma with mild notes of dark malts, oats, and sweetened cocoa.

Taste: Sweet, dark maltiness with a touch of roast and oats. Light tastes of chocolate and caramel. The beer is without much hoppiness beyond a light, vaguely spicy bitterness. Sweetish finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A fairly tasty, relatively light sweet stout.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass

A – Poured a very deep dark brown, almost black with a nice opaque look to it and a good three finger high head of tan colored foam across the top. Nice slow recession gave way to very nice side glass presentation and a good one finger high head across the top.

S – The aroma was thick with coffee and sugar. Lots of caramel present with a nice underlying back of malted grain and earthy tones. There was a hint of chocolate as it warmed but it was not to terribly strong, though it was quite nice with the overall presentation.

T – The flavor was good. A typical stout I would have to say. First initial sips were great with a deep roasted malt with nice hint of caramel sugar draped in throughout. A small sample of vanilla could be picked up along with a mesh of chocolate and coffee tones. The finish was nice and dry with a nice resin like drawn out flavor that allowed the sweetness to really take hold.

M – This was a very nice full body stout. A good creamy thick consistency gave it a very nice dessert like feel. There was more then adequate carbonation which made it really give off that thick feel and the shake like consistency I look for in a stout.

D – Very nice session stout. This was not high in ABV and was not too terribly filling but had a thick enough profile to be a good stout. Something you could put down a few of while sitting in front of the fire.

Overall this was a tick above average but nothing to rush out and buy a ton of. It was a really nice stout and something I would not turn away from. I liked that it was straightforward and did not come off too thin. This was a nice classic example of a good stout, nothing over the top just straight up quality and everyday goodness.

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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 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 WesWes
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep, dark black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a dry, roasted scent with a bit of crystal malt as well. The oatmeal provides a nice dry character. The taste is good. It has a very dry, roasted flavor. It's full of black and special roast malts. The oatmeal aids in the mouthfeel. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very good oatmeal stout. It's full bodied with excellent malt flavor.

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Photo of bigred89
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of biegaman
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An upright pour would leave some head to scatter together. An opaque black body but with some raison coloured trim. A chocolaty, dark malt with some smokey notes overcoated by light hops. A thin mouthfeel with full bodied, heavy and dense flavour. Some notes of flaky notes, carbonation slightly high, with a gratifying, filling finish. Little aftertaste, though slight - a tary, bitter note that sticks to the tongue. Flavour and aroma equally as present, seem to match up well. Some light vanilla character as well. A malty flavour that makes for a most filling treat. Overall verdict: not overly impressed. Thanks Sammy.

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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 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 stereosforgeeks
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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 jmdrpi
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Suds
3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Extremely dark, nearly black beer with a light, cream-colored head. Respectable lacing. Faint roasted barley and oat aroma. Not quite as powerful an aroma as I'd prefer, however. Bitter chocolate and a spice up front. Nice full, thick body. Dry and bitter finish. Solidly good, but nothing outstanding.

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Photo of DrJay
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nearly black with deep ruby highlights. Light brown head with spotty lace and good retention. Intense roasted/coffee aroma with a little milk chocolate and toffee in the background. The flavour closely mirrors the aroma, with mild hop bitterness. Full bodied with a very creamy texture. The carbonation was a little too high though, which detracted from the mouthfeel. A solid stout. The oatmeal really smooths out the texture and it has an intense roastiness. My wife will enjoy this one.

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Photo of Viggo
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark deep brown/black, with red highlights, nice thick tan head forms, laces real well with great retention. Smell is sweet and malty, some chocolate, toffee and coffee notes. Taste is very nice, really malty, chocolate and toffee up front, coffee/chocolate through the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied, low carbonation, super buttery, very smooth, perfect mouthfeel. Excellent oatmeal stout. Thanks DrJay!

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Photo of Dogbrick
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found at Jungle Jim's in Fairlfield, OH. Almost black with no discernible head and minimal lacing. Creamy coffee aroma. Nice toasty flavor of coffee, nuts and some chocolate. Sweet and creamy finish. Rather enjoyable in my humble opinion.

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

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date.

A: Dark brown with healthy 1-2 finger head but low retention and lace only at the top.

S: Pleasant aromas of raisin, chocolate, sweet malts, and roasted dark malts.

T: An easy-going brew with plenty of velvety sweet malt flavors and a dash of hops in the end to rein in the sweetness. Some hot chocolate and soft dark fruit flavors are present too.

M: Is smooth like most oatmeal stouts, but is on the thinner end of the style.

D: A very easy-to-drink oatmeal stout that needs a bit more malt to build the beer's body and a bitmore hops to strengthen the head retention.

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Photo of arizcards
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received in late July as part of the MicroBeerClub's July shipment.

Beer poured a dark brown with a bubbly one inch tan head that dissapated quickly. Nose is nice, of roasted malts. Taste is an interesting mixture of sweet roasted malts, chocolate, and finishes with a blast of hops which is unusual for the style. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and fairly smooth. Drinkability is pretty good. It is an interesting twist on the style and is fairly enjoyable.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
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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Wild Goose Oatmeal Stout from Wild Goose Brewery, LLC
Beer rating: 60.4% out of 100 with 164 ratings
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