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 stirgy on 09-10-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of dmamiano
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
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 +2.4%
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 -6.9%
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 -11.6%
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 -12.7%
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 -0.5%
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 +0.8%
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 -8.2%
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 -3.7%
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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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 Gmann
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
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 +1.6%
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 -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 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 kimcgolf
3.6/5  rDev -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 -13.5%
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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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 Lambstrong
4.42/5  rDev +16.6%
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 +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 Drewcifer
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
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 +15.3%
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 +9.5%
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 -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 thebeerdoctor
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
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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Wild Goose Oatmeal Stout from Wild Goose Brewery, LLC
3.79 out of 5 based on 164 ratings.
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