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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 erratic
2.71/5  rDev -28.9%
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 Gmann
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown color with an average tan head that dissipated into a slight ring around the glass. The aroma is of roasted malt, slight caramel, chocolate, and raisin. The taste starts off with the smooth oatmeal malt flavor which is quickly transformed into a more roasted, perhaps burnt, malt. There is some bitter chocolate notes as well. The feel is moderate to well bodied, slightly chewy, with more carbonation then expected; finishes with a roasted malt bitterness. Overall a decent stout, probably has too strong of a roasted malt flavor for your typical outmeal stout, doesn't quite have that smooth flavor. Came in their sampler pack, not sure I would seek this out on its own.

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Photo of IronCitySteve
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A dark brown, almost black. Minimal light shining through. Had a decent foam head, but I was surprised how quickly it disipated.

S: At first opening, there was just a hint of roasted malts. However, as I let it sit and warm, the aromas became much more apparent. A decent amount of roasted malts, oatmeal, chocolate and coffee scents. Not as aromatic as the elite stouts but still really good.

T: Starts out smooth, the oats and chocolate tastes coming out up front, followed by a slight hop bitterness. A very nice taste.

M: A medium bodied stout. Lightly carbonated, goes down smooth at first with a slight kick of bitterness to finish it off.

D: A decent style oatmeal stout. I would have another one of these, would like to try on tap at some point.

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Photo of JamesS
3.2/5  rDev -16%
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 cjgator3
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
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 kimcgolf
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A pleasant surprise from a brewer I've not had much experience with. Pours to a dark brown, with a thick tan head that lingers through mid-glass and leaves okay. Aroma is a malty mix of chocolate, caramel, roasted nuts, and I actually did detect oatmeal. Surprisingly, though only 5.9% abv, the scent of alcohol was also present, especially as the beer warmed.

Mouthfeel is full and slightly sweet, with a tinge of hoppy bitterness at the end, and the flavor picks up the flavors found in the nose.

This rounds off to a long, smooth, slightly warming finish. Not a bad beer at all.

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Photo of drxandy
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got in trade thanks to Tbn2 :D

Poured from 12oz to flare pint, nice deep brown color, tan head

smells of oats, bitterness, chocolate malts

tastes quite hoppy for being an oatmeal stout, higher carbonation than normal stout too, roasty and hoppy, almost like a porter, a really nice take on the standard oatmeal stout

mouthfeel is thin, bitter, easy to drink, roasty and mellow

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Photo of Tbn2
3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
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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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
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 Lambstrong
4.42/5  rDev +16%
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 emerge077
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
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 Drewcifer
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown, brodering on black. Almost no head, and the little bit there is settles rapidly. Just a little ring left.

Aroma was caramel and sugar hints under a definitive coffee smell.

Taste is roasted malts, coffee, somewhat sweet. Very slight hops on the very end. Nice flavorful finish to it as well.

Full body, but not as heavy as a number of stouts. A bit of carbonation.

A good, drinkable, sessionable stout. Could probably hit up a few of these at a time. Not the top of the oatmeal stouts, but a good, solid second-tier brew.

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Photo of LHMark
4.37/5  rDev +14.7%
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 herefordjeep
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Upon opening, the smell is of spiced nut malt, with a tinge of sour hops. Spicy hops and chocolatey, almost pumpkin cream malts soon take over palate, only to disappear almost as quickly as they came to be. For as noticeable a flavor as this ale has, it sure does disappear quickly, leaving a slightly sour, coffee like coating on tongue, with a hint of carbonation at the back of the mouth. coffee, chocolate, and almost pepper like spiciness are the dominating characteristics of this ale. Medium mouthfeel as stouts go, not too thick. As a lover of stouts, and a brewer of dark ales, and on specific occasion oatmeal and cream stout, this brew is very pleasant and holds some unexpected, yet warmly welcomed spice flavor. I would definitely purchase again. A great overall beer and great variation on a tried and true type of stout. A-.

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Photo of edskirk3
3.04/5  rDev -20.2%
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 thebeerdoctor
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this into an English ale mug. An outstanding hop-spicy take on oatmeal stout. Flavor notes abound in a brew that is nutritious and delicious. Very satisfying throughout. A gentle finish leaves long ester memories in the back of the throat. A full throttled malt production without being overly heavy. Hints of chocolate, vanilla, mocha, anise and dark fruit are found in this lively presentation. One of the top recipes in the United States, but mostly unknown to many beer seekers. Reasonably priced and worth investigating.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
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 Beerbuddha
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a nice dark brown color with a thin tan head which disappated quickly. Lacing was not present at all. The aroma was sweet with a slight coffee smell. The taste was sweet with again a slight coffee taste. Mouthfeel was suprisingly smooth(I assume from the oats) and not too thick. The carbonation was high I felt. Overall a very drinkable beer woth nice taste.

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Photo of Vvall
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
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 PittBeerGirl
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Deep, dark brown body that pours with two-finger foamy white head. Head has decent retention but slowly disappears completely. Very little lacing is left behind in the glass. When held up to the light the brew is a transparent deep mahogany.

S-Nose is not strong. Roasted malt dominates the nose but caramel, toffee and a sugary sweetness hide in the background.

T- Caramel malt, chocolate malt, and toffee mix lightly for the initial flavor. The finish is nearly all toasted malt with a hint of hop flavor added. Not much lingers on the palate.

M-Low to medium carbonation and a moderately thick oatmeal stout mouthfeel.

D- This is my first offering from wild goose. This brew is a classic example of an Oatmeal Stout and is very drinkable.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.85/5  rDev +1%
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 JayQue
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good stout, nothing exceptional. Pours a dark brown with just a few red highlights when held to a light. Medium tan head, fades fairly fast, no lacing. Smell is of roasted malts and a faint hint of bitter chocolate. Good taste - malty, hint of chocolate and some bitterness. Nicely balanced. Mouthfeel was a bit thin on first sip, seemed richer as I drank more. Did not notice the smoothness I have experienced with other Oatmeal stouts (Samuel Smiths and Anderson Valley).
Drinkability is good. Would make a nice winter session beer.

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Photo of aerozeppl
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a 12oz bottle.

A: Super dark brown with 2 fingers of tan head.

S: Malty.roasted barley. Slight chocolaty note.

T: Really sweet. I mean really sweet. Slight roasted taste as well. Finishes sweet

M: Med body thickened by the malt. Carbonation tickles the back of my throat.

D: Not too bad. For an oatmeal stout it is very drinkable. I could have another one of these during a session.

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Photo of oberon
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
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 riversider76
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours the darkest of browns. Nice ruby hue when held to light. Thin tan head,with a nice lace. Aroma is of roasted malts,and rich chocolate. Medium bodied,with some carbonation. Taste is of Brown sugar,and roasted coffee. Dark fruits,and oats are there as well. Very,very nice!

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