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Old Neighborhood Oatmeal Porter - Mother Earth Brewing

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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
Brewed by:
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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
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Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a imperial nonic a deep somewhat murky looking chesnut brown with atannish colored quick to fade head.Aromas are a bit light and on the sweeter side,I picked up some molasses and dark fruit.The palate is much more assertive and dryer than the nose,starting out with molasses-like sweetness,a big roasty and earthy element takes over in the finish,almost raw in nature.This is a American style porter here with its hefty roasty and earthy finish,a solid porter here.

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 kingcrowing
3.51/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a tumbler.

Pours a nice deep mahogany brown with some light ruby tints, theres a nice deep brown head full of small craters and lots of sticky lacing. Nose is sweet, malty and creamy.

Mouthfeel is sublime, the oatmeal is making this smooth, creamy and velvety. Carbonation is light, perfect for the style. The rich chocolate malts and light caramel flavors work really well - it's simply fantastic! The major flaw I'm finding is a fairly strong iron flavor.

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 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 dirtylou
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle, dated 10/10

grabbed a sixer at Brawley's.

appearance: served in a shaker pint, dark brown body, fizzy tan head with light lacing.

smell: dont pick up much at first - some chocolate, light roasted malts, some sweetness

drinkability: I'm digging this - good notes of chocolate, oats, sweet dark fruits, roasted malts and cocoa, light bitterness. One of the better porters i've had lately, which admittedly isnt a large population, but this was worth the purchase.

mouthfeel: medium-light, creamy

drinkability: good

Photo of prototypic
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ahhhh yes. Another one from kkipple. You've spoiled me, Dan. Truth.

Old Neighborhood Oatmeal Porter pours a dark, nut brown color. It's a little hazy, and has a distinct crimson look when held to light. A soft tan head covers it and stands about a finger and a half tall. It's quick to recede and leaves a light lacing in its wake.

The nose is fairly simple and straight forward, but is good. It has a very nice cocoa-like, chocolate malt flavor. It's the strongest scent in the mix and permeates throughout. It definitely leans toward the sweet side. Light roasted notes and subtle coffee round it out. Alcohol is nowhere in the mix. Completely buried. Simple, but impressive.

The flavor is likewise quite good. The base is a mix of chocolate and roasted malts. The chocolate flavor is all cocoa. It's quite tasty. The overall flavor has a sweet quality to it that is endearing. Light coffee complements the malty flavors well. It's definitely a little on the yeasty side. Alcohol is pretty much buried in flavor, too. I'm not getting any at all. Tasty stuff. Finishes sweet and cocoa-y.

Old Neighborhood has a medium body that's very svelte and smooth. It's creamy and goes down so easy. Carbonation is light and only adds to its smooth feel. Drinkability is good. This is good stuff and really is rather drinkable. Its simplicity starts to get a little less interesting toward the end of the bottle though.

This is my first beer from Mother Earth Brewing. It's impressive. It is a simple American Porter, so if you're looking for extreme and complex, look elsewhere. On the other hand, if you're looking for a straight forward, interesting Porter, give it a look. You won't be disappointed. Thanks, Dan!

Photo of silver0rlead
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown, with a thin tan head that retains ok. The aroma has some cola notes, along with a milky sweetness, coffee, cocoa, dark fruits, burnt bread and some alcohol. The flavor is similar with some cola sweetness upfront, lactose, oatmeal, burnt bread, coffee, dark chocolate, dark fruits, and some alcohol. The mouthfeel is full and rich without being overbearing and drinkability is good. Overall a very solid porter from Mother Earth, a perfect fall beer.

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

A: Good porter color but a weak head and a minimum of lace.

S: Just interesting enough on the nose to encourage the first sip but it isn't really *special* in any way.

T: Nice flavor that isn't harsh or oppressive.

M: Relatively light feel on the tongue.

D: Pleasant taste and easy-going mouthfeel make this a thoroughly drinkable beer.

Photo of Bung
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. Muddy brown pour, just a small amount of light tan head.

Aroma is a bit subdued. Some malt, roast, caramel and very light chocolate.

Eathy roasted malt and dry cocoa taste. The bitterness is greater than the sweet tones. A little ashy. Finishes pretty dry with light coffee.

It's a tadder thinner than you'd like, but not overly so. The lighter nature leads to a very drinkable brew though. More than normal carbonation for me. I'd liken this more to an English style.

Gentleman at the store likened this to Founders Porter, which this is definetely not. But, another solid brew from a local organic brewer.

Photo of CooperEllis
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from beermeX2 12oz into small snifter

nice color, deep brown, some richness to the color, feathering at the edges and in the bulb. No head and minimal lacing

good roast and oatmeal aroma

taste is flat, it's a decent porter; the oatmeal is a welcome addiiton. There is a good amount of oatmeal flavor, but this doesn't seem to be adding much to the body or the overall mouthfeel.

Solid mouthfeel, there is a little bit of aftertaste, malt with a touch of the oatmeal; drinks well. While I would like a bit more of something here, this is an easy drinker.

(110)

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

Thanks to verecund for this 12 oz bottle.

A: The porter is a deep ruby red, looking black from afar (or at least an arm's length). A thin head, just a meager band atop the beer.

S: Dry toast, roasted malts, chocolate. All take a turn in the scent. Cocoa powder follows the darker aspects, lending a sweeter presence. The aromas are fleeting; they don't linger as long as I'd like.

T: Taste-wise, the ale doesn't skimp. Dark malts, chocolate and burnt toast, drive the flavor. Oatmeal adds smoothness, a lactose-like sweetness that fits well within the confines of the porter. The dark malts and oatmeal build off each other, increasing the flavor with a well-rounded punch. Chicory-like flavors add to the dark body. Chocolate lingers in each sip, a flavor that lasts longer than I expected it to.

M: The porter nicely blends smooth oatmeal and roasted aspects. Darkness is the lingering flavor, leaving a fullness in my mouth.

O: A thin nose transitions into a fuller body, sweet with darker side. Makes me pine for this past summer, where Mother Earth flowed plentifully.

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 n2185
2.98/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours black with two fingers of off-white head that recedes into a thin ring with almost no lacing.

S: Roasted malts with some creamy chocolate notes.

T: Again, roasted malts with some light chocolate and coffee notes and a touch of bitterness and char on the finish.

M: Medium body and carbonation with an unfortunately watery finish. I was expecting a beer with oatmeal used in it to be creamier.

O: Overall, an average porter. There's nothing that makes it bad, but it's a bit bland and nothing particularly good.

Photo of Beejay
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks ewight!!

A: Very dark in color. A little chestnut brown when it is held to the light. There is a nice tan head on top.

S: Dark malt, with a nice softness from the oatmeal. There is a good bread scent to it, as well as a light chocolate scent.

T: Chocolate with a good bit of sweetness. There is a decent oatmeal flavor and the finish is a little roasty. Pretty nice. There is a bit of a bitter tannin thing in the finish.

M: Medium bodied, the carbonation consists of fairly fine bubbles, and a good amount of them. There is a nice creaminess to it.

D: Nice beer overall. I would definitely drink again.

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

Bottled On: 10 10

Pours an unclear, deep dark brown color with a moderate creamy tan head on top. Dark roasted malt aroma...light oatmeal and a good bit of chocolate and coffee and an underlying earthy nuttiness. Roasted black malt flavor, lightly burnt but far from acrid. Dark chocolate sweetness with a dry finish. Just a touch of fruity esters way in the back. Medium bodied with a definite boost in silky-smoothness thanks to the oats.

Lots of roasty, dark malty goodness here. Good, easy-drinkin' porter...

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 wcudwight
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark but not quite opaque in color. Nice large khaki colored head with good texture, volumn and retention.
Roasted aroma with some faint sweetness.
Rich roasted flavors that are a bit grainy. Hint of sweetness. Cocoa maybe. Very smooth in the mouthfeel. I love the mouthfeel of oatmeal beers. Nice easy drinking session porter.

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

a: deep, murky mahogany in color, topped with a khaki head that recedes to a thin coating

s: aromatic deep roasted barley but without any burnt harshness, lots of baking cocoa, nutshell, caramel sugars, sweet

m: carbonation just around moderate, medium body

t: nicely flavorful porter - smooth barley roasts with some nuttiness, sweet caramel, cocoa powder, mild earthy hops

d: a nice porter, not the best around but a solid example

bottled 10/10, single from Sam's, Durham

Photo of metter98
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a finger high creamy tan head.
S: There are moderate aromas of chocolate in the nose along with some hints of roasted malts.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell, except that the flavors of roasted malts are stronger and more balanced with those of the chocolate. There are some hints of bitterness in the finish.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied, creamy and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a bit of dryness in the finish.
D: The beer goes down smoothly and is relatively easy to drink. I could easily have a few of these in one evening.

Photo of devilben02
3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep chocolate brown with a thick tan, root-beer-float-like head. The aroma is clean but earthy, with notes of coffee and milk, along with a kind of mineral quality. The flavor is a little bitter and earthy in a not-entirely-pleasant way at first, with a taste that I can best describe as dry grain husks. As the beer warms, though, it smooths out nicely, and notes of nicely roasted malts and bittersweet milk chocolate come through.

The medium-bodied texture is decent, but it seems a little under-carbonated, especially towards the end of the glass (and I wasn't drinking particularly slowly). Overall, it is a solid, smooth porter with some nice flavors, but that initial taste put me off a bit, and it just seems to be missing something.

Photo of norcar
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle (bottled on 10/10) to a pint glass.

A: Pour a deep dark brown with a nice 1 finger tan head that fades quickly to a solid ring. Good lacing.

S: Nice smells of roasted malts, some chocolate notes and oats.

T: Nice easy balanced taste. Initially I get a sweet cocoa flavor that quickly turns to roasted malts and possibly tobacco. Slight sweet bite in the middle maybe molasses. Nice beer, but I continue to have high hopes for mother earth and they are always close but not quite as complex as I wish. Good craft beer but a little more middle of the road. Still my favorite from them is the IPA but this one I think will continue to grow on me.

M: Very light, thin with a hint of bite.

D: It is a very easy drinking oatmeal porter. I like the smokiness of the beer though wish it was a little more with more thickness in the body. I won't have a problem grabbing this one again if I am in the mood for a porter that won't give me that filling feeling.

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 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.

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