Wild Goose Brewery - Wild Goose Oatmeal Stout

Wild Goose Brewery - Wild Goose Oatmeal Stout

Beer Club featured in U.S. Microbrewed Beer Club

Country:

United States

Alcohol by Volume:

5.91%

Wild Goose Brewery - Wild Goose Oatmeal Stout

  • Alcohol by Volume: 5.91%
  • Bottle Size: No
  • Int’l Bittering Units (IBUs): 32
  • Serving Temperature: 60° F
  • Suggested Glassware: Pint Glass, or Mug
  • Malts: Caramel, Chocolate, Black, Roasted Barley, Munich, Oats, 2-Row Pale
  • Hops: Warrior, East Kent Goldings
This beer is a deep brown color with a tan head. Yes, it's actually brewed with oats, and if ya put the 'ol schnoz in yer glass, them oats will be quite obvious. Of all the oatmeal stouts we've tried, this beer's "oat notes" are the most prominent, really poking through the roasty chocolate and coffee influences. The grains smell fresh, like fresh wert (the pre-fermented sweet liquid that eventually becomes beer) and the roasted barley is very prominent. The flavor manages to bring a lot along for the ride, with coffee, roasty, chocolate and caramel notes, without hitting you over the head with them all. This beer finishes mildly bitter with a lingering roasty character: a solid brew. Let it warm up to experience the smooth, warming finish. Try it with chocolate-covered pretzels or better yet, chocolate fondue.
The U.S. microbrewery renaissance didn't really pick up steam until the early-to-mid 1990s, so it's rare to find domestic microbreweries, particularly from the east coast, that were around in the 1980s (this month we happen to have two!). The breweries that did kick things off were pioneers of sorts, laying the foundation for the tremendous selection of top notch microbrews we currently enjoy. One such brewery was the Wild Goose Brewery. Since opening in 1989, their traditional British-style beers have been recognized as some of the finest east of the Rockies. Over the years, they've gained the praise of beer lovers nationwide. Their original brewmaster trained with industry legend Alan Pugsley, the man behind the design and set up of some of the best microbreweries in the United States including Shipyard, Geary's, and Old Nutfield, just to name a few. Many of the original recipes created in their early days are still produced exactly the same way today, but they're brewed by a new generation of microbrewing zealots; the entire Wild Goose beer line was ultimately acquired by a worthy successor: Frederick Brewing Company of Frederick, MD. Named one of America's Top 20 Breweries by Food & Wine magazine, they faithfully continue to brew the outstanding Wild Goose line in homage to the great beers that helped usher in a new era of beer drinking in the states. For more information about the Wild Goose Brewery / Frederick Brewing Company, call (888) 258-7434 or check out their web site at www.wildgoosebrewery.com.
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