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Coffee Oatmeal Stout - Good People Brewing Company

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Reviews: 84
Hads: 331
Avg: 4.1
pDev: 10.98%
Wants: 107
Gots: 65 | FT: 3
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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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Reviews: 84 | Hads: 331
Photo of grub
3.65/5  rDev -11%
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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Photo of Reaper16
4.41/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

fresh keg (kegged on 1/25!) served into a paper cup at Bo's wellthatscool.com studios. Thanks, Good People, for the donation!

Pours a rich, chestnut brown color. Tons of head, creamy head at that. This almost looks like it came from a nitro-tap, a thought reinforced by the ridiculous lacing. This beer laces in thin notches all the way down the glass. It looks like how sand dunes must look on a topographical map. Awesome.

My thoughts on this beer run counter to some other reviews in that I don't find this to be very coffee-forward at all. This is certainly not similar to a Founders Breakfast Stout or a Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Stout in terms of aggressive espresso roast aroma. Good People COS delivers its coffee in a restrained way: the actual roast component has been pushed aside in favor of the essential character and fruitiness of the beans. This truly comes out on the palate. The coffee flavors here are a good reinforcement of the malt flavors. Total harmony. This is not a heavy tasting stout, but it has lots of quintessential stout flavor. Nothing about this beer clashes, and at no point does it try to overstep its bounds or reach for something that it can't achieve. This is a confident, well-crafted beer.

Which makes it a great candidate for knocking back a three or four pints of in one session (or, as the rumors say, a few cans of it at your house later this year). The mouthfeel is as creamy and smooth as you want it to be. Thanks, flaked oats!

That the glass I am reviewing was free has not altered this review one bit. I think the same of this beer right now as I did when I was paying for pints of it at The Alcove right before their keg on HopSlam was tapped back on Thursday. This is simply one of the best regular(aka non-imperial) stouts that I've ever had.

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Photo of boudreaux
3.45/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours deep opaque dark brown; without the coffee, may have been straight up black; about a 1.5 finger head that dissipates quickly, with little lacing; suggests high amounts of carbonation

S - immediate smell of roasted coffee; almost 100% coffee, with a touch of bittersweet malt

T - like the aroma, almost 100% coffee, and intense, maybe overdone(?); but the hops come rushing in when you think there's too much coffee, the flavor progressives toward dark malt, and eventually arrives at bitter hops; a decent progression of taste, but no one flavor really stands out; pretty weak flavors throughout

M - a bittersweet aftertaste; somehow tastes like sweet malts and bitter hops at the same time; a bit carbonation heavy for my taste, but pretty good

D - If i liked the flavors more, a guaranteed 3-4 beer session; because the flavors are not quite to my liking, not as drinkable

Overall, a great brew. For those who really love stouts, hops, and coffee, a great beer.

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Photo of DocAJ
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Dark drown, tan head that was thin but retained throughout

S-Nice coffee aroma, subtle chocolate, vanilla aromas

T-Roasted coffee, bitter chocolate, hint of sweetness

M-Full bodied and smooth with enough carbonation to balance out the body

D-Easy drink that sat lighter than I thought it would

Enjoyed this tasty drink as a cask conditioned brew at El Rey's First Monday Firkin, along with some delicious steak enchiladas (which it matched well with). Looking forward to tasting and reviewing the barrel-aged County Line version that I picked up this weekend

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Photo of jsprain1
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a deep brown with a thin, but long lasting head.
S- Deep roasted coffee, with some chocolate notes. Truth in advertising counts for something. They promised coffee, and this has great coffee aroma.
T- Coffee, with a strong bit of sweetness and just a hint of bitterness in the finish. the sweetness was a bit too high I thought. Coffee flavor was very well done though.
M- A bit slick texture to it with good carbonation. Oatmeal presence is noticable, though not outstanding.
D- This beer sat pretty heavy on me. All in all I thought it was a delicious beer, an excellent representation of coffee flavored beers. The sweetness and general nature of this beer suggest that maybe this would be a good beer to finish the night on.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of sisuspeed
3.77/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to paulv for the growler! Very excited to try this one.

Poured into a Portsmouth tulip. A light hiss after releasing the cap, which results in almost no head, but a thin tan ring does still appear with a vigorous pour. Even a few small spots of lacing.

Well roasted coffee notes on the nose. Earthy, slightly smokey; these are good beans. Some chocolate and sweet dark malt also makes its way into the aroma.

The flavor has some tasty coffee bitterness to it mixed with chocolate, some darker malts and actually a bit of caramel on the finish. Maybe sugar cookie? The coffee is in the forefront, but still well balanced. Bitter at times, but still sweet.

Mouthfeel is smooth with light carbonation. Almost velvety at times. The oatmeal adds some nice body to this stout and makes it thick enough for a non-imperial offering.

Drinkability is good. This is an easy drinker. The coffee is there and the rest of the flavor profile is pretty tasty. ABV is unnoticeable. Should be easy to finish off this growler with a few people. Looking forward to trying some more Good People brews.

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Photo of abuliarose
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet-snifter, revealing deep brown body. The head is nonexistent since this one has traveled a little while to get here, but there is still some carbonation bubbling up from the depths. Good looking, all things considered. Smells rich, yeasty and malty-sweet with hints of vanilla and a big roast coffee presence that warming enhances.

Tastes unfortunately with very little carbonation left, but otherwise smooth, light and full of coffee and dark malt flavor. Slight caramel and cacao/fruity date presence with a hint of vanilla. Refreshing bitter finish. Mouthfeel is on the heavier side of light with a watery drinkability to it that sneaks up on you as it is decently drying. Remaining carbonation is tingly on the tongue, still good. Very, very drinkable.

Overall I am very impressed. I would love to try this one on tap.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Good People Stout comes to me in a nonic pint glass. The body is a dark, opaque brown color that looks black when not exposed to light. The head is very thin, almost non-existent, and is light brown in color.

The aroma is packed with coffee, with hints of chocolate around the edges. The coffee smell is robust and excellent.

This beer is very impressive. Up front a great coffee flavor is the first thing I notice, and it is both full and rich. Although there is a slight roasted flavor, I would say that it tastes more like roasted coffee than roasted malts. The coffee gives way to a rich, sweet backbone that has both chocolate and caramel sweetness. Coffee pops up again in the finish, but the end of this beer is dominated by a good, bitter, hop bite that really suits the rest of the beer's flavor profile.

Despite the slightly anemic looks of the head on this beer, the mouthfeel is adequately carbonated, and even quite full and creamy.

This is a great coffee stout. I didn't know what to expect from this beer, or from this brewery, as I ordered it on a whim while passing through Birmingham. What I got was one of the best coffee stouts I have tried, and now I look forward to getting my hands on more beer from Good People Brewing.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of reeverbythespeak
4.82/5  rDev +17.6%
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!

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Photo of bamadog
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had a really cool server at the Mellow Mushroom in Tuscaloosa, AL as she brought me a sampler serving of this and didn't even charge me. Woot! Pour is from the tap to a tasting glass and reviewed on 3/18/2010.

Appearance: Pour is a deep dark brown (like fresh brewed coffee); comes with a one finger, solid tan head that fades to a thin and uneven skim; body is opaque; spotty tan lacing is left behind.

Smell: Cocoa powder, a nice dry oat smell; nice and sweet, but not syrupy at all; quite nice and there are faint hints of roast in the end, but the cocoa powder is easily the dominant presence.

Taste: Definite cocoa presence, but takes a turn to the bittersweet side of things like baker's chocolate; faint burnt roastiness and a nice oaty presence (actually, this stout really reminds me of oatmeal no-bake cookies!); I would be more than happy to smell and drink this beer as a dessert.

Mouthfeel: About what I would expect from a stout that isn't imperial -- soft, thin and watery; manages a dry, powdery feeling on the tongue and roof of the mouth; not off for the style, but I'm just not a fan of the mouthfeel that accompanies it.

Drinkability: I love the smell and flavors, but these offerings tend to come out a little lower for me due to the mouthfeel, but overall with this one, I'm quite impressed and would definitely pick up a sixer of it if I had the opportunity.

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Photo of Bounty628
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

With an ABV of 6.0% this Oatmeal Coffee Stout has a nice presence to it that makes this a very drinkable stout.

There is not much carbonation within this stout and the medium mouthfeel to the offering actually serves it quite well. The creamy and smooth nature of this stout is sort of what you might exactly hope for in a really good oatmeal stout. The mouthfeel is satin smooth during the entire pint.

Having had this beer on draught poured in a normal pint glass, the bartender allowed a lot of the head to settle and poured the stout nicely to leave about a quarter inch of tan head left at the top of the glass. The stout itself is a rich and deep chocolate color with very little light working its way through the glass. While drinking the stout there is a nice lacing left along the glass with that same tan to off-white color that was present in the head.

The aroma for the Oatmeal Coffee Stout is spot on and has a pleasant roasted coffee smell that almost jumps out of the glass. There is a certain sweetness in the nose as well that works to balance the coffee aroma. The roasted malts are highlighted in this offering and if the taste is as delicious as the aroma is inviting we are in for a good stout.

Everything that you might have been hoping for when you took your first smell of the pint comes true in a big way once you take your first sip. There is a balanced brilliance to this stout that leaves you wondering why more microbreweries cannot make a stout as nice as this one. The coffee first hits the taste buds in a big way and the coffee highlights the quality of the roast used in the brewing process as there is not the slightest hint of any burnt coffee in the taste. There is a sweetness that also works its way into the stout behind the coffee, not in a milk stout kind of way, but rather in a way that almost perhaps just mentally gives the impression of a greater creamy nature to this stout. Roasted malts and a bit of dark chocolate rounds out the taste.

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3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives with a fudgy brown color and a modest cap; just a few wisps of lace are left behind as the liquid descends

Smell: Brown bread and coffee

Taste: Up front, there is a sweet coffee flavor though a bit of hoppy bitterness arrives by mid-palate; after the swallow, the fruity hop flavor persists but there is a lot of malty sweetness that combines with the coffee flavor; the bitterness remains, however, in the aftertaste

Medium: Nedium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A little too sweet for my tastebuds bud still a tasty take on the style

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Photo of ppoitras
4.02/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of naproxen
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
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!!

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Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of mklinger
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Mellow Mushroom in Tuscaloosa served in an American pint glass.

A: Very nice, standard stout appearance. Black, rich with a creamy head & decent carbonation

S: Strong coffee aroma with a nice smack of hops.

T: Even more coffee in the taste than the smell. Great beer! Very well balanced.

M: Nice carbonation (not too much) and pleasant rich body to this beer.

D: Wasn't planning on 2 pints, but it was so good I had to have a second. Great drinkability.

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Photo of glid02
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of BeerGreek
4.87/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorites. Beautiful very dark brown color with a lovely fine brown head of foam that left nice rings of Belgian Lace in the glass. The nose was upfront coffee, oats, and chocolate. The tasted started with a fine mix of coffee and velvety oats/dark chocolate malt (breakfast anyone) with a nice balance of hops to malt. Not overly carbonated and very easy to drink.

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Photo of Sgoverton
4.82/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

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Photo of sepharious
4.84/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A beer that feels every bit as good as it tastes, the GP Coffee Oatmeal Stout never fails to wow the taste buds. The coffee is prominent without being overbearing. The oatmeal lends a creamy mouthfeel to the beverage. The malt balances out with the bitterness of both the hops and coffee with no element overwhelming another. An excellent session beer, you will no doubt feel a bit perkier for having selected it.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler picked up from Dee's package and consumed with some family and friends within a couple of hours. Pours a slightly murky brown with a light tan head that starts out pretty nice and fades to a thick ring. Some lacing. In the nose there is lots of coffee up front, some roastiness, and lots of bitterness. No cream in this coffee, this is black all the way baby. The taste is similar, with lots of stronf black coffee to start then a deep roasty bitterness. Quite intense and the effect is make this taste a good deal stronger than it actually is. It's actually got a little too much coffee taste in my book- too much to really appreciate any of the silkiness from the oatmeal or pick up other nuances. Still, I'm impressed with my first taste of a Good People's brew. I'll definitely be trying more.

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4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with a small tan head.

Scent of coffee, oats, and chocolate. Balanced very well with a nice strength considering the alcohol content.

Taste of coffee, chocolate, oats, roasted malts, and a hint of butter. Good stuff, I could drink this regularly.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth.

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4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I also tried this oatmeal stout courtesy of the kilt and awesome RV at DLD 09. It poured a very dark color, very similar to the coffee in it's name. The smell and taste also were rich and coffee-like. not too carbonated and was very drinkable, probably too much so. Overall, i enjoyed this more than the hefe that i sampled, but then again, I'm not really in to the hefeweizens.
The good folks from Alabama just want their hops to be freed. I had never heard of such a thing as a limit on the abv., especially as low as a 6% cap, just terrible. good luck to you in your quest and continue to make quality brews such as this.

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Coffee Oatmeal Stout from Good People Brewing Company
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