A Classic Breakfast Beer

oatmeal1.jpgBeer for breakfast? Eh, well, it is St. Patrick’s day after all. Well, today’s choice, Goose Island Oatmeal Stout, is a beer I’d have for breakfast any day. Before we delve into this beer, a little about the oatmeal stout –

Oatmeal stout is a beer brewed with a small amount of oats added during the brewing process. Today’s examples don’t use much (usually less than 5%), but many centuries ago, beers were brewed with a lot of oats. This resulted in a pretty bitter stout. So much so that the style died out in the early 20th century. Despite dying out, according to Wikipedia, it was a Charles Finkel who found interest in the style when reading about it in Michael Jackson’s 1977 book The World Guide To Beer. Apparently, Mr. Finkel commissioned Samuel Smith to revive the style. Since then, many breweries have revived the oatmeal stout style.
Today’s Oatmeal Stouts are medium to full body stouts that are incredibly smooth and slighty sweet. This Goose Island Oatmeal Stout is a great example.

Appearance – This beer pours really dark. While I saw many other reviews where tasters saw little to no head, I found that mine poured with a nice big, fluffy one inch head that was a light caramely brown.
Aroma – A lot of fragrance for a stout. I’m catching the heavy smell of sweet oats, grain, or straw. Even a slight roasted peanut kind of smell. A mild scent of coffee and chocolate also lingers. I detect a very faint grassy scent of hops, as well as a barely-there earthy smell, possibly from the yeast.
Flavor: Very slightly bitter up front. I taste that kind of bitter coffee taste up front. More like a sweet espresso taste. But mostly this beer tastes like smooth toasted oats. Almost like when you brown oatmeal in the bottom of the pot. Yum!
Mouthfeel – This is a medium to full body beer that’s nice and smooth. I hesitate to say creamy, because while it was smooth, I didn’t find it overwhelmingly filling. I barely sense the carbonation, but there’s that light astringent finish to it that characterizes many stouts.
Overall, I applaud Goose Island for this great beer. Their oatmeal stout is flavorful, easy to drink, and not too filling or sweet.

The Facts:
ABV: 5%
ABW: 4%
IBUs: 30
SRM: 80


1 Comment

  1. March 17, 2007 at 8:21 am

    […] dissappated to a pleasant lacing on top. Aroma: Yum! Lots of aroma here. Much different than yesterday’s Goose Island Oatmeal Stout. This stout boasts a surprising hop fragrance of pine and flowers. I even detect a slight fruity […]

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