Old Neighborhood Oatmeal Porter - Mother Earth Brewing

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Old Neighborhood Oatmeal PorterOld Neighborhood Oatmeal Porter

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85
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151 Ratings
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Ratings: 151
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 9.02%
Wants: 11
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: atsprings on 09-09-2010

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Ratings: 151 | Reviews: 58
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Comes out of the growler a rich, warm sable that lets daylight in only at the very bottom and has a very thick, fluffy and persistent tan head. Aroma has notes of roast malt, coffee and licorice. Flavor has a malty core and notes of chocolate, coffee and licorice with a dusty hint of oatmeal. Smooth texture does not have very robust body, but fizz level is good. Welcome to the neighborhood!

Photo of DuffDaddy
3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Six from Total Wine in Winston-Salem. Not as smoth as you'd expect from an oatmeal beer, but good.

Photo of Beerando
2.79/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Dark porter with a very fizzy 1/2 finger head that went away very quickly. The smell leaves something to be desired; almost metallic faint smell tings the nose. Taste is very carbonated and lacking. Again, metallic flavors come to mind with very mild citrus undertones. Not sure how else to describe the taste. Not a fan. Overall, I'm disappointed. Was hoping to enjoy a smooth breakfast-y brew, but seemingly instead got a weird tasting soft drink.

Photo of Fieldzy27
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%

poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass

Appearance: pours dark brown with chestnut highlights when held to the light, sandy tan head that deflates fairly quickly into big bubbles .Dissipates into a thing layer of foam across the top of the beer in about 3 minutes. Leaves microfoamy bubbles on the sides of the glass. Certainly looks drinkable.

Aroma: Smells of chocolate and roast with a nutty scent mixed in. Little bits of caramel but mostly dark chocolate and coffee. Not roaringly complex but no off aromas.

Taste: Flavor is light, roasted coffee and nuts with dark chocolate on the back end some malty sweetness throughout. Finish is black coffee bitter and dry. Not very sweet for an oatmeal porter , displays its roasty character well. Flavors are clean and well put together but overall a little weak. Good for session consuming for sure.

Mouthfeel: Body is light overall carbonation is a tad higher than I would like though not annoying. Usually a certain amount of oily character comes across with the use of oatmeal which this beer lacks. Not sure if thats a flaw but it is something I usually look for in oatmeal beers. Does aid its drinkability though.

Overall: A good beer with center being on classic portet flavor body and drinkability. Not a world beater but for sure a good option for fall sipping or sessioning.

Photo of Mojo
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle -> New Belgium globe glass

A - pours a rich obsidian black with a one finger tan colored head, some retention, and some lacing left.

S - chocolate, coffee, charcoal

T - There is a chocolately, toffee sweetness present balanced by a finish that is roasted coffee, a bit smokey with a charcoal note present.

M - average thick, average carbonation, a slight bitter aftertaste

O - pretty nice offering. More of a stout than a porter in my opinion.

Photo of emerge077
3.61/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Wil for this one! Love the nostalgic name.
Bottled: 082313

Creamy smooth from the oats, mellow roast malt aftertaste. A compact layer of stained parchment foam that settles briefly, leaving behind a thin broken skim and spotty lacing. Flavors of carob and unsweetened milk chocolate, dark roast coffee. Slight lingering bitterness. Light toasted bready malt aroma. Flavorful but mellow and sessionable at the same time.

Photo of MacQ32
3.52/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours nearly black with a nice finger of thick mocha colored head. Retention is so so, only a thin outer ring remains after two minutes, lacing isn't sticking much at all.

S - rosary malts, Smokeyness and a rich underlying cocoa nib aroma.

T - lots of smokey rosary malts up front with sweet chocolate kicking in a but through the finish. Toasty smoke is the dominant flavor throughout (aftertaste as well).

M - perhaps a bit too much carbonation, not quite as thick and silky as I'd like.

O - not bad at all but Smokeyness and carbonationay be a bit strong. Not really getting any oat flavors

Photo of srandycarter
3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Dark brown, close to black. Small tan head leaves fast. Some very spotty cling lace.

S - Coffee, burnt malt.

T - Taste is similar to the smell, but more complex. More sweet malt, a little cocoa, the coffee is less pronounced. Still very similar.

M - A little harsh on the tip of the tongue, fair balance, good carb.

D - One and done for me. Good to try.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.59/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an opaque almost jet black in color with some light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation and very dark amber and ruby red highlights. The beer has a finger tall dark tan head that quickly reduces to an extremely thin film that covers the majority of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of roasted malts along with some very light notes of chocolate and tobacco. Just a touch of caramel.

T: Similar to the smell, there is a light to moderate amount of roasted malts without any hints of being burnt. There are light amounts of caramel, bittersweet chocolate, and coffee. Light amounts of bitterness in the finish which lingers for a short amount of time.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with slightly more than moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin for the style and very light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: The beer is a decent American Porter from a brewery that has to date impressed me but I really wish it had a more roasted, bordering on burnt malt flavor and aroma. Easy to drink but nothing exceptional.

Photo of russpowell
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a mahogany tinged brown with a finger of cream colored head. Good lacing & head retention

S: Coffee & chocolate

T: Follows the nose, plenty of charred grain too up front, just a touch of steel too. More roasty notes as this warms, just a bit of figgyness, some carob & chocolate. Finishes dry, roasty, slighlty fruity with a touch of chocolate covered raisin

MF: Fairly creamy, medium bodied

A nice American Porter, holds its own with some of the better porters out there. Drinks easy enough

Photo of sommersb
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted On: 12-15-2012
Freshness: Bottled on 09-18-2012
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Nonic pint
Purchased: Single from Brawley's Beverage, Charlotte

A: Creamy tan head atop a dark brown, nearly black beer with ruby highlights. Both head retention and lacing look good.

S: Roasted malts, chocolate and some vanilla make up the aromas.

T: Tastes of dark roasted coffee and brown breads. More bitter than sweet, from the hops and the toasted malt.

M: Medium in body, with a moderate amount of carbonation. I didn't get much in the way of creaminess I was expecting from the oatmeal. The finish is fairly dry with an aftertaste of toasted grains.

O: A good overall porter, although I didn't get the oatmeal body and chocolate sweetness as described by the brewer's description.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.83/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Bottled On: "100412"

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown body with a medium-small, light beige head.

Smell: A nose of coffee-hinted roast, oats, baker's chocolate aaanndd, well that's it. Not alot going on here, aromawise.

Taste: Roasted malts, some nutty oak flakes, and the baker's chocolate all carrying over from the aroma. Fairly light on the sweetness. Low dark fruitiness. Minor hop character and imparted bitterness. Semi-dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation. It's certainly not the creaminess thing on the block.

Overall: A little bland, a little ho-hum. It's certainly not Mother Earth's best effort to date.

Photo of Onenote81
3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this one on-tap at City Bev in town. The pour created a massive tan head on top that lingered for most of the session. The frothy cap produced aromas of roasted malt, chocolate powder, and a slightly chicory fade on the finish. Nice toasty nose. The mouth on this one is a bit thin and lacking in carbonation. A little too slick for me, but that could be the fault of the tap, not the beer itself.

The flavors are as good as anticipated. Big roasty notes that aren't charring or unpleasant in any way. Mild chocolate flavors add a touch of sweetness that prevents this beer from becoming too woodsy and burnt. Good balance of flavors going on. There is a slight metallic finish, but it fleets away quickly. This was good, but I'd love to revisit this is in bottle form to see how the mouth is remedied, if at all. Another reminder why ME is one of my fave NC breweries.

Photo of jtd1969
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very dark brown with a creamy head, lacing good

S - Some nut, vanilla, creamy/sugary

T - Resembles alot of a roasty brown ale. Malty with crisp hops

M - Medium body, good carbonation. Smooth buth a crisp hop finish

O - it was really good. I enjoyed it. I did get some Oats, but it really resembled an Brown to mee.

Photo of MadScientist
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A dark brown beer with ruby highlights and good clarity. The persistent light tan head is mousse-like with fine creamy bubbles, not a tall head but forms a small, cap.

S: Nice aromas of coffee, unsweetened chocolate and plums. There isn't any perceived hops. There is a mild roasted malt character coming through as well.

T: All most coffee and cream like with a moderate unsweetened chocolate and fruitiness. The fruit is dark dried fruit and plums. There is a moderately-low hops bitterness with a low malt sweetness giving the balance slightly to the bitterness. The finish is off-dry with a quick bit of coffee and dark malt aftertaste.

M: Medium-light bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a a bit of slick creaminess in the beer.

O: A nice robust porter with a cream oatmeal body. The oatmeal also makes for a nice a clean flavor.

Photo of SLeffler27
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The creamy, beige head is short lived and leaves no lacing over a black beer.

Smells of sweet roasted malt and coffee with a milky background and toasted wheat bread.

Tastes of bitter chocolate and lots of malt. Roasted nuts and, yes, oatmeal can be found. The finish is short and modest.

A full body from a Harp nonic with a silky beer that might be creamy if the carbonation were less fizzy. There is no alcohol. There was a sticky residue left behind.

Old Neighborhood was easy drinking with lots of flavor. This is simply a good afternoon beer to enjoy while relaxing.

Photo of billab914
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into my Ithaca glass. Pretty close to black in color with a thin, spotty, tan colored lacing scattered across the top of the beer.

The aroma shows some bitter-sweet chocolate mixing with some roasted, slightly burnt malts. the oats add a smooth, creaminess to it and bring everything together nicely.

In the taste I get a little more of the chocolate and oats to it up front. Towards the finish the bitter, roasted malts come out and linger into the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied for the style and pretty creamy. Overall it was a pretty good version of the style. It was smooth, flavorful and an enjoyable beer overall.

Photo of auroracrisis
3.46/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz into a pint glass, bottled on 9/21/11.

Opaque black with reddish highlights around the edges of the glass. A off color white, almost khaki head rests on top as you drink it down. Minimal lacing.

Roasted coffee and caramel up front, with a bit more biscuity grain behind it. A touch more roast as it warms. Not necessarily unique but it works.

Opens up with chocolate sweetness then moves into roast. Coffee and bakers's chocolate, then a dry chalky finish of roast and a touch of caramel and chocolate sweetness.

Low, low carbonation with an ultra smooth mouth feel. Kinda heavy for a porter as well, and dry on the finish. A bit sticky on the lips.

Good roasted flavor with a nice initial sweetness. A good local beer that I got as an extra in a recent trade. Not bad.

Photo of tdm168
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep drown nearing black. There's a quarter inch of brownish, creamy head that sits atop. The nose is very faint with mild notes of roasted malts and coffee. The taste is rich, deep roasted malts, faint coffee, dark fruit, mild diacetyl, and faint alcohol esters. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, well carbonated and very smooth.

This is a pretty solid porter. It's very drinkable, well balanced, and smooth. This is a beer that I would be willing to buy again.

Photo of mdfb79
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my new Brawley's Beverage snifter, both extras courtesy of Beerverage; thanks Curtis!

a - Pours a very dark brown, almost black color, with two inches of dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Head lasts for about a minute and leaves spotty lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of roasted malts, sweet chocolate, vanilla, cream, light coffee, oats, and dark chocolate. Nose is very nice and a nice mix of chocolate and vanilla.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, vanilla, cream, sweet chocolate, bakers chocolate, coffee, oats, and bready malts. Again, very nice and balanced. Lots of nice roasted malts, chocolate, and vanilla.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty smooth and creamy, and pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall I really liked this one; I thought it was a great porter. Lots of roasted malts, vanilla, and sweet chocolate in the nose and taste, and easy to drink. Something I'd certainly like to have again.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.47/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

t brown color with a very nice and somewhat hazy consistency to it. Enough light was coming through though so as not to give it the impression of being too dark \\

smoky aroma going on here, which I was not expecting, but blended in very nicely with the rich malty profile on this one. Very nice deep earthy smells, caramel, and sugar base was a rich mixture of earthy malts, lots of grains and chocolate like flavors mingling around and mixed in very well with a touch of caramel sugar that sweetened it up a little. Perhaps a touch of roasted coffee in there, more likely though this was more of the smoke coming through. The finish was typical for a good porter with a strong hoppy bitter finish that drew out the flavor and made it a little longer lasting then I thought it would have been.

Photo of rockyfire
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have had this in the tap room too on nitro which is awesome (if this review was for that it would be all 5.0). My review is for the 12 oz bottles.

A: Dark, almost pitch-black with mild amber highlights. Pours a thick, frothy, tan head that quickly dissipates and leaves a beautiful trail all the way down the glass ending in a solid wispy lace.

S: Potent roasted malt aroma. Background consists of chocolate and coffee overtones. Very pleasant and pleasing smell to the nostrils.

T: Smooth, dark, rich ale with a roasted malt bitterness. Coffee and chocolate overtones, with a nice malt background. Alcohol is present but masked by the roasted malt goodness.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Awesome porter. Extrememly well balanced and tasty through and through.

Well done once again Mother Earth

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a bowtie glass

Pours a dark chestnut brown with some mahogany highlights around the edges. A nice little brown head rises and falls to reveal a thin collar.

Dry oats, semi-sweet chocolate, and some roast. Pretty straightforward based on the name, but intriguing given the twist on the style.

Clean profile that really follows the nose. Dry, roast bitterness and some semi-sweet chocolate mixes with rolled oats. This is as advertised. Solid on all fronts.

Medium body with a clean, dry finish. A little lingering roast/bitterness.

This is a nice porter, for sure. A tasty little twist on the style that I would welcome in my glass anytime. Nice job Morther Earth.

Photo of chinchill
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle bottled on 9/21/11 ... Very fresh.

Dark root beer color, but with a light haze. Tan head has moderate retention but left very little lacing.

Plenty of dark malt in the nose, with hints of coffee and dark chocolate as well as a bit of spicy hops. Similar flavor but with almost no coffee except in the aftertaste.

O - a fine porter with no significant flaws, but lacks the complexity and interest of a world-class version.

Photo of AleWatcher
3.34/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I'm trying to clean out my beer fridge... Because I generally don't want to drink a porter, I tend to not drink them when they arrive as extras... So I have been hitting these straglers hard lately in an attempt to get back some top shelf real estate.

Pours a very cola/root beer color with a huge creamy head and giant chunks of lace. Nice retention. The giant floaty chunks in this make me a bit
smells roasty and dry. Some light sweetness, but not enough to set this apart from a dry stout. Some bitter chocolate and coffee.
Creamy feel from a medium body.
Overall-- meh. It isn't bad, but it falls only slightly above average in my opinion.

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Old Neighborhood Oatmeal Porter from Mother Earth Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 151 ratings.