Coffee Oatmeal Stout - Good People Brewing Company

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Reviews: 79
Hads: 309
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 108
Gots: 56 | FT: 4
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Alabama, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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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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Photo of Thorpe429
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (766 characters)

Photo of sisuspeed
3.77/5  rDev -8.5%
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. (1,092 characters)

Photo of abuliarose
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (844 characters)

Photo of Hojaminbag
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
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. (1,247 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
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. (966 characters)

Photo of reeverbythespeak
4.82/5  rDev +17%
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! (277 characters)

Photo of bamadog
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (1,387 characters)

Photo of Bounty628
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
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. (1,991 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
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 (573 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (687 characters)

Photo of naproxen
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
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!! (1,088 characters)

Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev -2.9%
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. (359 characters)

Photo of mklinger
4.45/5  rDev +8%
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. (472 characters)

Photo of glid02
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (844 characters)

Photo of BeerGreek
4.87/5  rDev +18.2%
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. (375 characters)

Photo of Sgoverton
4.82/5  rDev +17%
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. (262 characters)

Photo of sepharious
4.84/5  rDev +17.5%
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. (413 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.12/5  rDev 0%
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. (805 characters)

Photo of paco1029384756
4.12/5  rDev 0%
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. (313 characters)

Photo of antoines15
4.12/5  rDev 0%
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. (624 characters)

Photo of alleykatking
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (1,182 characters)

Photo of PeterLemonjello
4.87/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had on tap @ J Clyde and this one is a winner.

A - Very very dark brown, just a touch under black. Poured with a nice creamed coffee head. Nice lacing down glass as consumed.

S - Very fragrant with aromas of coffee, cream, dark chocolate, and woody aroma.

T - big coffee front turning to a chocolate/dark malt middle finishing with a bittering & earthy flavoring hops finish. Complex tasting beer considering the big dominant flavors each holding their own versus the other, especially considering the relatively low ABV.

M - Nice, not overly carbonated and very smooth/creamy feel.

D - I can, and have, session this beer. Considering the complexity of this beer it's surprisingly very drinkable.

Very good beer. If given the opportunity, I would love GPBC to brew an Imperial version as a seasonal. (805 characters)

Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A dark brown, almost black, with a mocha colored head. Decent retention, but excellent patterns of thick lacing on the glass.

S: Boatloads of coffee and roasted oats. A hint of earty/herbal hops, too. One of the most intense oatmeal stout aromas I've experienced.

T&M: Bitter and roasty, but still smooth. Coffee, burnt black malt, and roasted oats comprise the primary flavor profile. Hoppy on the finish. Body is medium to full with a bubbly feel--I'd prefer a bit smoother feel.

D: Less drinkable than your typical oatmeal stout, but that's because this thing is suped up with coffee and flavor. Definitely one to sip on rather than gulp down. However, if they amped the body up a bit it might feel more like a sipper. Alas, when the ABV cap is lowered in this state they can up the malt and alcohol. Still, an enjoyable beer that went very well after my meal. (869 characters)

Photo of BenSelf
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours up with a nice thick head the color of coffee and cream. The smell is thick with roasted malt and coffee. The taste delivers on the roasted malt promise I got in the aroma. The taste of coffee is very strong, and plays nicely with the malt character. A surprising dose of hop bitterness comes in behind and clears the palette, making this a very quaffable beer. Despite the coffee taste, I think this stout would make a terrific night cap. (454 characters)

Photo of everetends
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at The J. Clyde last night listed as the Oatmeal Stout (no coffee in the name but I figured that was for menu size reasons). Served up in your standard, everyday, normal-ass pint glass.

A: Pours a pretty nice black color that turns a bit brown when held to the light, but not much of a change with very little light getting through this brew. The head was a nice mocha color that had some really nice retention, standing its ground and never really going away. The lacing was thick and plentiful on the glass. Better than I expected from the upstart, new brewery of Alabama.

S: Smell very nice. Had a lot of nice oatmeal scents lingering with some nice, sweet, chocolate malts. There was a touch of coffee and lactose coming out as well. Slight presence of some piney hops coming out too. Not too bad.

T: Taste, once again, quite nice. The oatmeal is rich bountiful. The malts are chocolatey with a touch of caramel. Sweet but not pigeon holding it as a dessert brew. The hops were made very much aware of with a pretty big pine presence that has a bittering quality to it, further keeping this in the oversweet dessert category of brews. Not the most complex flavors, but they are all balanced pretty well.

M: Medium in body which seems to be a bit thin unfortunately. It does still have a nice creaminess to it which makes it nice and slick. The carbonation level is on point, and it really does make for a smooth drinking experience. ABV is of course not an issue at all. Aftertaste is mostly just a pine resin/bitter note.

D: Well the only negative thing I can say about this beer is that the mouthfeel could be a bit heavier in this stout. Still, that helps this beer in the drinkability category because it doesn't sit heavy at all and is one of the easiest drinking stouts I have ever encountered. Its simple, but still damned tasty and enjoyable. A good job goes out to the folks at Good People. Hopefully they keep it up and keep making some damn good brew. (1,988 characters)

Coffee Oatmeal Stout from Good People Brewing Company
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