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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by pezoids on 09-10-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my shaker "pint" glass. Appears a clear dark brown color with about a finger of quickly fading tan head. No lacing to speak of. Smells and tastes of roasted grains, caramelized malt, semi-sweet coca, and a touch of coffee. A notch below medium in body with medium carbonation. Check it out if you are a fan of the style.

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Photo of jbphoto88
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
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 brentk56
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
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 briman
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown, with deep ruby tones when held up to the light. Clear, with a small tan head. Minimal retention.

Aroma has dark roasted malt, and toffee, with some hints of coffee that seem to fade over time.

Flavor is roasted malt, and coffee, with oatmeal notes lasting will into the finish. Finishes dry, with a light bitter aftertaste.

Thick, full-body, with moderate carbonation. Somewhat slick. Overall a nice example of an oatmeal stout, oats are not overpowering allowing all of the flavor components to be a part of the show. Only real complaint is the aroma is a bit subdued. Otherwise, an enjoyable brew I'd be happy to have again.

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Photo of JJBlanche
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this as part of a sampler pack, and let's just say that as a whole, Wild Goose left me very underwhelmed. That said, the oatmeal stout was the crowning achievement -- but still nothing to write home about. Generic, generic, generic.

A - Black. Low head, no lacing.

S - Some roastiness. Kinda like a stout on a diet.

T - Like it smells. Fairly good, but just fairly.

M - Too light/watery for the style.

D - It's a fairly drinkable brew, but not one I can ever see myself drinking again. What would be the point, when for the same about of money I can get much better.

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Photo of Beejay
3.58/5  rDev -6%
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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Photo of matty
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown colored beer with a foamy rapidly fading head.Aroma is coffee.Taste is chocolate,coffee and cream.This is a tasty beer thst goes down smoothly and has a pleasant non offensive toastiness to it.I would recommend and would gladly seek to purchase again in the future!!

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Photo of micahgoldfus
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a thick-looking brown-black color, with minimal head. The smell was fairly faint, but I could pick up roasted, dark chocolate malts and a pinch of sweetness somewhere in there. The taste was dominated roasted chocolate malts, and only had the slightest hint of some toasted oats. The end is rounded out by a little bit a sweet flavor, bitter coffee grinds, and a bit of hops. It was a little smooth, but not as smooth as I would like an oatmeal stout to be. All in all, if I didn't know this was an oatmeal stout, it wouldn't have known, and I would have just thought it was a regular stout. The mouthfeel is heavy enough to give it some weight, but it won't fill you up. While it's got enough flavor to make it enjoyable, I think there's better examples of this style out there out there.

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Photo of jadpsu
4.24/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Toasty malts with chocalte/toffee aroma and pours dark brown with tan head that fades while leaving some brussels lacing. Some sweetness detected throughout in the roasty malts. Sweetness combines in transition to some bitter chocalate flavor.
Has medium body and moderate carbonation. Smooth going down, dry coffee aftertaste.

I really liked this, and can't say I have previouly had Oatmeal Stout.

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Photo of TexIndy
2.95/5  rDev -22.6%
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 thain709
3.41/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A very deep dark brown...a nice one finger tan head that doesn't stick around for long...light lacing

S - Only picked up on some roasted malts

T - Lots of roasted malt flavor...almost a little too roasted...but some nice chocolate notes help balance that out

M - Medium body...smooth

D - This is my first Oatmeal Stout and I'd have to say that I liked it...I'd have this one again

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.1/5  rDev -18.6%
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 scoobybrew
3.26/5  rDev -14.4%
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 sjohansen
4.58/5  rDev +20.2%
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 argock
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
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 mcowgill
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a clear, very dark brown color with a small tan creamy head that dissipates quickly leaving minimal lacing on the glass.

S - Nice chocolate, roasted coffee aroma with a nutty undertone.

T - This is a pretty impressive tasty brew here. I get a sweet malt with a bitter chocolate flavor, balanced pretty well.

M - Nicely carbonated with a slightly creamy mouthfeel.

D - This is a drinkable beer. An impressive offering from Wild Goose.

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Photo of dmamiano
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown pour with virtually no head after a fairly agressive pour. Ruby edges displayed when held to the light.
Roasty in the nose, hints of coffee and charred pinion wood.
Smoooth feel on the palate, well rounded in feel.
Hints of coffee, bitter roastiness are prevailant.
Biig emphasis on bitter.

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Photo of HomebrewPgh
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice oatmeal stout. Aroma was decent. Sweet roasted malt and chocolate. Pour was a deep dark brown with a nice pillowy tan head. Taste was very full and sweet. Chocolate and roasted malt with a sugary bittersweet aftertaste. Nice carbonation and a chewy aftertaste. Nice beer and easy to drink.

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Photo of TheObsession
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I just got 3 bottles of this in a monthly microbrew sampler pack, and it is one of the better tasting brews that they have sent in the past few months.

Appearance: Poured the beer into a pint glass. The head was beige in color; it was hard to get a passable head on the pour and the foam was not as dense as I expect from an oatmeal stout.

Smell: The smell was nothing special. I picked up tones of roasted malts.

Taste: I get light tones of coffee and toast, covered in a blanket of smoothness from the oatmeal. At first, there is a fleeting, slightly fruity, sweetness, which quickly evolves into a stronger dryness and a dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Light to Medium body; I hoped for more from an oatmeal stout. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Despite the not so present aroma (maybe because it is cold season) and a dryer finish than I prefer, the beer was decently drinkable because of the good taste.

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Photo of rgrholmes168
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle. The label was a nice brown with a goose on the front. Nothing really stands out.

The color is a dark chocolate. Not a pitch black, but still fairly dark. When I pourd the beer, there was not much of a head and what foam was there quickly disappeared into nothing and little lace was left.

The taste was a little bit better what I was expecting based of the aroma. I did smell a little bit of roasted chocolate malt and a small bit of licorice. There was a smokey taste to it, common to all stouts, but not as strong as the Sam Adams for an example.

I am not a big stout drinker so I could not drink more than a couple even though the beer is fairly light for the dark color.

I would recommend a taste as I like beer. I actually got this from a friends beer of the month club.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.31/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Charcoal black color. Thick creamy head with good retention.

S: Roasted dark malts. Oats and some coffee. Not strong enough. Grassy hops.

T: Big phenolic taste that is a bit off-putting. Bitter hop backbone. Oats and dark malts create a bittersweet chocolate taste. Unwanted aftertaste.

M: Medium body. Great carbonation. Really smooth.

D: Just not what I'm looking for. This is my first oatmeal stout, so maybe I just don't like the style. I'll try another one next chance I get.

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Photo of BlackBearForge
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep mahogany brown into my pint glass with a small head which fades quickly leaving just a bit of oily lacing.

Scent is clean roasted malt with a definite chocolate flair.

Taste is quite good with dark chocolate roasted malt up front with a nice hop bite on the finish. A little metalic on the finish perhaps too and there is a little alcohol tingle as well.

Motuhfeel is medium, smooth and lightly carbonated, very nice actually.

Very drinkable, I'm enjoying this much more than the only other beer I've had from this brewery, the Nut Brown. I recomend this one!

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Photo of paco1029384756
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to seanpachefddfa for the bottle.

Pours a dark brown color with minimal head and almost no lacing.

Scent of oats, maple syrup chocolate, and raisins. Not entirely deep, but there's some good stuff going on.

Taste of chocolate, raisins, maple syrups and some roasted malts. Not quite as good as the scent, but this is still good beer.

Mouthfeel is light, which I do not like my stouts to be, but smooth which redeems it a bit.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

P- Beer Express in Harrisburg as a Variety Pack.

A- very carbonated and fizzly pour. Looks like a dark soda.deep red and black. No head and no lace.

S- chocolate and oats. smell is that of a milk stout. dark malts in there as well.

T- a chocolate malt ball almost. a coffee or mocha like aftertaste as well. Dark malts. slight alcohol.

M- creamy and malty. not bad but could be a better stout.

D- easy to down even thought it is a stout. Quite surprising, i thought i would be thicker and harder to put down.

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Photo of becktone
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes 8-21-08

Eye: Extremely dark brown in color with dark garnet/dark blood red highlights. The beer is clear, otherwise I'd not be able to see the highlights. Plus when held to the light you can just see some details of what ever it is you have on the other side. Head is creamy, fair retention at ½ a finger. Lacing looks real nice.

Nose: The unique and distinct aroma of oats is strong and lends a smooth quality to the beer. Chocolate, dark roasted malts, sweet dark malt aromas overall. Slight hints of dark fruit, pretty fleeting though.

Tongue: Big dark malt flavor, lots of chocolate going on in here. The best part of this one though is the finish. It leaves a java-like aftertaste. Very much like a cappuccino but with out the vanilla tones. Straight up coffee beans. Bitterness is a bit coarse. A bit of a metallic tang comes out in this beer. Somewhat of a dark fruit flavor too, but it comes and goes quickly. Alcohol is perceivable, it doesn't stand out, but its not completely blended in either. If I can pick it out then it could use some work being blended in. Seems to me much of the flavor of this beer comes during the finish, the aftertaste; there's definitely not as much going on in the body as opposed to the finish.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Full bodied with a semi-dry finish. Smooth on the palate, due to lower levels of carbonation and not to mention the smoothness oats offer up. Generally a good feel, nothing outstanding. This is a good beer, not the best for a summer day, albeit I don't think any heavy stout would sit well with me then. Great for an Autumn day. This one is worth picking up, though I think I'll delve deeper into the style before coming back to this one.

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Wild Goose Oatmeal Stout from Wild Goose Brewery, LLC
3.81 out of 5 based on 165 ratings.
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