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Coffee Oatmeal Stout - Good People Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
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272 Ratings
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Ratings: 272
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 99
Gots: 45 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Good People Brewing Company visit their website
Alabama, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bonhoeffer on 10-10-2008

Big coffee flavors dominate early only to be wiped out by an enormous about of Willamette hop flavors. One of GPBC’s most requested beers. Complex and full of flavor yet amazingly sessionable. Brewed with coffee from Primavera Coffee Roasters here in Birmingham, AL.

54 IBU
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Ratings: 272 | Reviews: 76
Reviews by SteveB24:
Photo of SteveB24
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Color is deep brown that isn't opaque or clear, pours two fingers of very frothy, tan colored head, the foam settles to about a quarter of it's original pour, which is a very respectable amount, and stays there, i don't think you can ask for more from a stout.

Smell; Aroma is fresh brewed coffee, with some chocolate in there as well, and a touch of Booze.

Taste- the first thing to hit you is the coffee, which has a refined, freshness to it. On top of that there are notes of dark chocolate, burned sugar, and alcohol, it's hard to tell where the bitterness from the coffee ends and the hop bitterness begins, but either way there is a sharp bitterness which nicely contrasts the rich malt flavors.

Mouthfeel; Full bodied, quite carbonated for a stout, slightly oily, moderately crisp at the end.

Overall; A delicious, satisfying and complex experience, if i had general access to this beer i would probably buy it at least a couple more times.

More User Reviews:
Photo of chinchill
3.84/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

from a 12 oz can
Excellent tan head over a nearly black and opaque body.

Has good potential but the coffee here is too much like mediocre coffee grinds and not enough like Kona or other fine coffee beans. In any case, there's a good bit of coffee in here so this won't appeal to anyone who does not like coffee.

Moderately bitter aftertaste with simulated expresso.

Photo of glid02
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler purchased from Gus's in Auburn, AL.

Pours black with a one-finger tan head. THe head dissipates into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of smooth coffee and roasted malts. As it warms hints of dark chocolate waft out.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though not as deep. Roasted malt flavors up front are joined quickly by coffee flavors and a hint of dark chocolate. These flavors carry through to a mildly bitter ending that leaves a bit of coffee lingering on the palate.

Mouthfeel is alright. It has a good thickness although I was hoping for a bit more silkiness due to the oatmeal.

Drinkability is good. I finished the growler with the help of a few friends and could easily do the same with another.

Overall this was a very solid coffee stout and I'm intrigued by Good People's other offerings. Worth a shot.

Photo of mentaltraveller
2.98/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

I Had this beer on tap at the Good People brewpub and was impressed (admittedly, I had low expectations). It wasn't life changing, but dependable enough for me to buy a six pack the next day. Unfortunately, the bottled version is much too carbonated and somewhat overhopped. The Williamette hops are more apparent than the coffee by a wide margin, and the mouthfeel is almost shockingly rough for an oatmeal stout, generally prized, of course, for a soft yet robust chewiness. This beer is certainly off the mark for its style, and sadly fails carve out a satisfying niche of its own. Perhaps worth a try if you place a great value on trying new things. It is not a complete failure, but neither is it a worthy successor to its esteemed predecessors (FBS, Sam Smith Oatmeal Stout).

Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Visited J. Clyde's in Birmingham and had a chance to try Good People's brew. Took the chance to try the coffee stout that was on tap. The beer poured very dark/opaque, rich with a creamy head & decent carbonation. The scent was strong coffee/espresso aroma with a nice smack of hops. The taste had even more coffee that was fairly well balanced with sweet malt. The mouthfeel was good, decent body to this beer. Probably could have two if it were snowing outside...but on hot days...I would stay away.

Photo of tempest
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Excellent balance of black coffee with black malts, each jumps out while neither dominates. The coffee is a heavy roast, and the big bitterness plays well. There's a subtle, bready caramel undertone. But dark chocolate and roasted beans are the big flavors.

Photo of I_will_have_another
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours with a dark coffee color with a dark brown color and a pale white head that doesn't last long

S - Coffee and roasted malts are smelt easily after opening and while pouring. Secondary smells of dark chocolate.

T - Simi-sweet chocolate upfront with a slight coffee aftertaste and dark malt following

M - Not too thick just about right on the oatmeal stout front

O - I like it. Not as much as some of my favorite breakfast coffee stouts like Wake-n-bake and FBS, but I will definitely make sure I have these in my fridge for those chilly nights. Very reasonably priced too.

Photo of Sgoverton
4.82/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Such a great beer. Pours a deep black with tan head. Nose starts out with coffee, roastiness, etc. Taste is great. Deep roasty flavors, hints of coffee and semi sweet chocolate. Oatmeal lends the stout a smooth, velvety mouthfeel. Truly one of my favorite beers.

Photo of richj1970
3.74/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured on tap at local bottle shop.

A: Poured pitch black with one finger head. Some lacing.

S: Cold coffee. Roasted malts and maybe a hint of chocolate. Not as pronounced as I was hoping for.

T: Coffee of course mixed with roasted malts. I was hoping for bigger flavors, but they are a bit muted here.

M: A bit thin for my taste. Reminds me more of a porter than a stout, and with oatmeal in the name, I was hoping for more body.

O: A good coffee stout, but not my favorite of the group.

Photo of alleykatking
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got to sample this from the kilt wearing guys at DLD. Thanks for the couple "samples". Here are the notes that I took.

A-Poured into my Dogfish snifter. Nice deep dark brown color. Nice 1/4 inch off tan head that leaves nice lacing around the glass.

S-This smells of malty goodness. Has nice hints of burnt coffee and chocolate. The roasted malts I think take the backbone of this beer.

T-Nice toasted malt taste upfront with a faint hint of hops that sneaks up on the taste as it goes down. You can taste the chocolate more after the first drink. Also, the oats shine a little more once you sip on this for a while. This is a very nice tasting beer good to it's style.

M- This is a very smooth feeling beer. I wish it was just a tad more carbinated for my pleasure. Left a kind of soapy like residue over my tounge that took me a little while to get rid of. It's a little heavy but not as much as one would expect. Nice silky feel to it.

D- I am kind of picky when it comes to stouts. This one not only had me going the entire time but I also went on a walk to get another sample as soon as my first was about gone. I would drink this as a semi-regular if I could get it here.

Photo of Treyliff
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No canning date, poured into a snifter

A- pours a pitch black color with a small khaki colored creamy and foamy head that eventually reduces to a thick ring around the edge

S- chocolaty malt with some smokey notes, fresh coffee, oats, fig & raisin

T- big dark chocolate bitter-sweet flavors up front with a dose of creamy espresso quickly following. Light smoky malt mixes with creamy oats, with a hint of caramel and dark fruits. The finish gives some herbal hop notes with more espresso at the close

M- medium body with medium carbonation leads to a big foamy mouthfeel with a smooth and creamy, dry finish

O- nice coffee notes and super drinkable from the oat smoothness, very good

Photo of StuartCarter
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What can you say about a coffee oatmeal stout?

The smell: first a confession. I don't normally drink coffee, because most coffees are coarse and harsh tasting. However, the nose on this baby is coffee, coffee, glorious coffee! The rich, warm, dark brown smell has to be smelled to be believed!

Taste: this is the reason why I drink coffee on occasion... the taste is rich, smooth, lightly effervescent on the tongue, lively, and bright.

Mouthfeel: the initial coarse mouthfeel on first serving disappears into a gorgeous rich creaminess as it reaches a pleasant cellar temperature.

Appearance: not *quite* black.. hints of very dark woody brown lurk under the blackness.

A devastating combination with pumpkin pie, and I am looking forward to trying it with cheesecake.

If you like coffee, or you like stouts... try this beer. Outstandingly good.

Photo of naproxen
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to the illustrious UncleJedi for his mastering of the Force to get a growler up to "The Hurricane" BeerTruth and I.

The pour gets me all sorts of giddy with the creamy milk&coffee head and lacing that follows. The body itself is a slightly murky dark roasted brown, with a touch of mahogany to boot. The coffee is noticable in the nose, but not overpowering to the point where I may think I grabbed my mug instead of my glass. I get more of the bitterness from the coffee though than the oatmeal or malts; overall the aroma does not give up too much on what to expect from the taste besides...coffee.

Smooth sailing for this coffee oatmeal stout. The flavors melt together really well in this beer. Upfront there is coffee and a silky oatmeal and malt interlude, closing with a textbook bitterness from the coffee (possibly) and hops (definitely). The body is a touch on the light side for me, but the beer is smooth and an easy drinker. As it warms up the nose starts to reflect the alcohol, but that might be the only indication this beverage is alcoholic :)

Thanks UJ!!

Photo of Maddmartagan
4.62/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had it on tap at Good People's taproom.

Coffee dark, just a few hints of red, not quite pure black. Nice, fluffy caramel-colored head, about 2 inches. Pretty good retention.

Huge aroma of coffee, with subtle hints of cocoa and vanilla. Great smell. Just like a delicious cup of coffee brewing in the morning.

Coffee flavor isn't quite as overpowering in the flavor, but definitely still the frontrunner. The cocoa from the nose is much more prevalent, as well as the roasty notes from the malts, with just a hint of hoppy goodness.

The oatmeal helps make this stout rich and creamy and smooth.

Overall, I could see this beer being perfect on a cold, rainy day, but was pretty tasty even in the hot Alabama summer.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

huge thanks to deacon for getting me two killer growlers from good people. my first expeirence with them, i was soo not dissapointed. served cold and poured into a pint glass, these were enjoyed with my labor day bbq.

nice dark brown pour with a small creamy head of light tan that stayed on top for about a half a minute before settling back down to just some light lacing along the sides of the glass.

aroma is coffee. deep, well roasted and slightly sweet coffee that really just kicked it into over drive for me. warming with light notes of sugary sweetness coming out. first sips coat the palate with rich coffee notes and a warm and subtle vanilla sweetness. light chocolate notes mix in with a light dryness that just is every bit of the coffee bitterness coming through. light feel, very akin to valdez, this one just hit the spot.

overall very solid and just a very, very good coffee beer. great balance and rich and sweet coffee flavor. super drinkable.

Photo of reeverbythespeak
4.82/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this beauty on tap at The J. Clyde. I absolutely love everything about this beer! Made with Primavera coffee, there is no beer more "local" in Alabama. I cannot wait until they are capable of distributing outside of the state. This is the best stout to be found in Alabama!

Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Mellow Mushroom in Tuscaloosa. Although a coffee oatmeal is not an English style, this beer struck me as having a very English stout creamyness that was very pleasant. A bit light on the carbonation, which may have been attributable to the dispensing system. Coffee flavor was not overwhelming, and the maltyness of the oatmeal was well managed.

Photo of CaskBeerouac
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I gotta say, this is my go-to cool/rainy weather beer. We recently had some rather crappy weather come through here (understatement of the century) and it was nice to tuck into one of these beauties at the J.Clyde for some comfort and safety.

Nice, deep and dark brown, almost black. But it has a little redness scattered throughout (like a good dark roast coffee). About a finger of mocha head rested nicely on top and hung around for a bit. Not much lacing.

Love this smell. Rich aroma of the coffee. They use a local roaster and it shows. This is quality coffee, and a great aroma. A little sweetness of chocolate, but mostly coffee.

Coffee is again the first thing that jumps out. Just when you think the coffee is going to overpower it all, the bittersweet chocolate and roastiness of the oatmeal stout comes through.

The oatmeal makes it smooth and milky. This is definitely not a light beer. Full-bodied and rich.

A great beer. Good for all seasons but really shines when the weather turns to crap.

Photo of gerite
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another good brew from the the state of Alabama. Listed as a Coffee Oatmeal Stout, this brew fully delivers on the coffee flavor with a hint of bitter chocolate. Pours with a good one finger of tan head that leaves plenty of lacing. The coffee flavor tends to overshadow the oatmeal flavor but the more you drink it, the better it gets. This is a stout with a bite, but a good bite that leaves you wanting more. A good fall/winter type beer that should warm anyone's taste buds.

Photo of JayS2629
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Super rich, dark brown. Almost black. Creamy tan head that fades slow and leaves beautiful lace. The smell is full roasted with rich coffee notes dominating over a background of dark cocoa and chocolate malts. The taste follows the nose of roasted coffee, and chocolate with grassy, herbal, earthy hop notes lingering in the back. Very well balanced and delicious. Rich, thick and creamy on the mouth. Excellent beer.

Photo of ppoitras
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler gift from unclejedi. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a tiny-bubbled tan skim over the opaque dark brown brew. Skim quickly recedes to the rim, with average to good lacing. <Note that the skim made this cool fish scale design. Not helpful here, just relating my experience...>

Aroma is balanced dark sweetness and coffee. Taste finds the coffee hitting first, a flash of sweet in the middle, and a piney hop close that lingers. Mouthfeel is a bit slickery, wish it had a bit more body, but drinkabilty is still quite good.

The strength of hops character in a brew of a style that often showcases just the coffee, a great surprise.

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aroma creamy vanilla, coffee, malty, chocolate. Taste light coffee, cocoa, cocoa.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a generous pour of this at Dark Lord Day 2009. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a very dark brown color with a nice deep tan head. Pretty good retention. The nose is quite complex and really brings a lot of character out of the malt. Loads of coffee and chocolate plus a good amount of roast. The chocolate is more like a drier roasted chocolate as opposed to milk chocolate, and fits right in with the rest of the brew's characteristics.

Taste is pretty nice but a bit more restrained than the nose was. Still, good presence of chocolate, coffee, and roast. The body is nice and somewhat full; a bit creamy and it really serves to accentuate the beer's flavors. All in all, very nicely done and I'm glad those guys were walking around with this stuff. Thanks again.

Photo of NODAK
3.03/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Smell was predominately of cold coffee with roasted malts. Not a surprise to anybody considering the name, I suppose.

Pours midnight black with a small, dark brown head. Lacing isn't too substantial.

Taste is full of cold espresso and roasted notes...although other than that I don't much more of anything. I'd struggle to say this is an oatmeal stout if I didn't already know that it was. There is a hop character on the finish, with a decent bitterness closing the beer out, which wasn't a surprise given the description above. Mouthfeel seemed rather thin for style.

All in all I thought it was fine but perhaps I didn't think as highly of it as most seem to.

Photo of grub
3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

lantern corps beer summit 2010 - day 1, oct 8/2010. Jw347 contributed this one. thanks john!

64oz growler.

pours dark brown, nearly black, with a thin ring of tan head. the head drops quickly and leaves spotty lace.

aroma is good. chocolate. coffee. hint of fruity character. whole wheat bread and biscuit. light alcohol.

taste is nice. dark and milk chocolate. coffee. bit of fruity character. whole wheat bread and biscuit. light alcohol. medium-low bitterness level. earthy and woody. slightly herbal.

mouthfeel is nice. medium body with a super dry finish. medium carbonation levle.

drinkability is nice. pretty good balance. a touch thin/dry for the style, and lacking somewhat in complexity. a decent stout.

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Coffee Oatmeal Stout from Good People Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 272 ratings.