Wild Goose Oatmeal Stout | Wild Goose Brewery, LLC

Wild Goose Oatmeal StoutWild Goose Oatmeal Stout
164 Ratings
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 stirgy on 09-10-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of adamette
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Live review. Poured from the 12 oz. bottle that my brother bought as a part of a mix 12 pack (a "sampler" I suppose) which included 4 other beers from Wild Goose. Poured into my Sierra Nevada Anniversary Ale pint glass.

A Dark ruby opaque body that glows a bit in front of direct light under a very nice, very light brown creamy head. Some lacing as well. 4.0

S Dark roast malt with some chocolate notes and maybe even some oatmeal detectible to the nose. Really nice smell, inviting, mature, done with a good understanding of the style. 4.5

T Dark roast malt with some alcohol not very well hidden in the front but all of that settles out with a nice soft landing of oatmeal grains. 4.0

M It is thinner than I would have expected from the style, the look and the smell but there is enough "bigness" to be consistent within the style guidelines (just not what I was lead to believe I guess). 3.5

D Very good. Finished my pint without any hesitation. 4.0

Notes: My favorite from Wild Goose so far as several of the others were, in my opinion, below average.

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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 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 Clydesdale
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep brown with a garnet tint. The light tan head has good size and a creamy texture, with good retention and some weblike lacing.

S: Some solid roasted malt up front. On the sweet side initially. Hints of chocolate and mild coffee. Some notes of preserved dark fruit - almost a vinous character.

T: Some mildly burnt and roasted malt sweetness at first. Some dark chocolate and day-old coffee. A slight leafy bite, along with some dark fruit.

M: Medium bodied. Some creaminess, but a bit on the thin/watery side for the style.

D: Pretty good, but it doesn't really stand up to many of its competitors. It could really stand to be a little more viscous. This is the second beer from Wild Goose I've had, and they've both been decent but a little weak. Hopefully it's not a trend as I continue through their mixed 12-pack.

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Photo of templar316
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice deep brown, with a warm reddish glow when held to the light. A crisp head that dissapates quickly. A soft malt aroma, and an easy flavor over the toungue dark fruit, caramel malt, oatmeal with a hint of hop biterness at the end. A little too much carbonation but all in all you could drink this all night if you prefer darker beer.

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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 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 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 larsee01
3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-- 12 oz bottle poured into new belgium glass. Burnt brown with no light passing through. Light-brown head slow to form, and modest--but it's also creamy and slow to dissapate.

S--Mineral and slightly toasted malt. Lightly sweet molasses character but not much here.

T--Smooth, creamy start that's sweet, followed by toasted malt and then bitter and slightly acidic finish. Seems a little boozy for 5.9%. Palatable and enjoyable, but not as balanced nor refined as better examples of quality oatmeal stout.

M--Again, smooth and creamy but finishes a bit oily/syrupy...ok, but less than sublime.

D--I'd enjoy a couple of these in the fall watching a football game on tv.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.45/5  rDev -9%
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 -2.4%
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 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 briman
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
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%
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 -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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Photo of matty
3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
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 -9.5%
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 +11.9%
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 -22.2%
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 thain709
3.41/5  rDev -10%
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 -18.2%
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 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 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 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 mcowgill
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
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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Wild Goose Oatmeal Stout from Wild Goose Brewery, LLC
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 164 ratings
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