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Old Neighborhood Oatmeal Porter - Mother Earth Brewing

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Old Neighborhood Oatmeal PorterOld Neighborhood Oatmeal Porter

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BA SCORE
86
very good

123 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 123
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 8.66%
Wants: 12
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mother Earth Brewing visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: atsprings on 09-09-2010)
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Reviews by kkipple:
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kkipple

South Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +8.9%

Single 12 oz bottle grabbed from that Bastion of Beer, Brawley's. Bottled 10/10 -- everyone should use bottled on dates.

A. Pours a muddy, dark river brown with a bit of red clay. Active carbonation lends a fat, finger tall and swirling head in my imperial pint glass. As I drink this (quickly), some very fine lacing sticks around in gentle waves.

S. Hmm, interesting... a sweet nose here, pure malt sugars, balanced with a good dose of roast and some interesting 'home brew' pungency here... I can't think of a better way to describe it. No hops to be found, this is on the dark, chocolately end of the spectrum. There is a very young, sharp nose here and a bit of nuttiness. Very fresh beer - I like it.

T. Hmm, interesting... oh wait, have I used that one? Ok. Old Neighborhood is a softer beer, sweet, very slick and real, the oats here have really taken hold... practically trips over itself in haste to fall down your throat... dancing waves of roasted malt, cocoa, bittersweet chocolate malt, and a slick, raw and slightly sharp 'thing'... well whatever it is (hops? Yeast character?) it keeps the beer from being too sweet and slick. This is simply maddeningly drinkable.

M / D. Yeah, it's maddeningly drinkable. Medium bodied, but the oats here make this thing smoooo-th. Carbonation is on the lower end; and did I mention this is bottle conditioned? The finish is a pleasant lingering sweetbitter (in that order) roast, with a bit of a raw character going on.

Old Neighborhood is a very pleasant drink, approachable, and drinks like a champ. There's a certain fun about it; this does not taste mass produced in the least. It's another bases-loaded double from Mother Earth as far as I'm concerned.

I should have bought a six-pack.

11-24-2010 22:16:05 | More by kkipple
More User Reviews:
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oberon

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +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.

11-28-2010 22:03:21 | More by oberon
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MadScientist

New York

3.95/5  rDev +3.7%

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.

10-03-2012 23:23:34 | More by MadScientist
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kingcrowing

Vermont

3.53/5  rDev -7.3%

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.

02-23-2011 23:10:00 | More by kingcrowing
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +5%

03-15-2014 19:08:34 | More by bpfrush
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +3.7%

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.

10-12-2011 01:36:32 | More by chinchill
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4runner4ever

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

12-02-2012 04:39:37 | More by 4runner4ever
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tdm168

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +5.8%

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.

12-28-2011 00:13:15 | More by tdm168
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dirtylou

Washington

4.13/5  rDev +8.4%

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

11-23-2010 03:43:40 | More by dirtylou
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prototypic

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev +6.3%

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!

01-16-2011 02:13:32 | More by prototypic
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silver0rlead

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +5%

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.

10-25-2010 02:52:02 | More by silver0rlead
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.1/5  rDev +7.6%

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

01-03-2013 03:09:33 | More by russpowell
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BierSchuler

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

02-02-2011 04:24:54 | More by BierSchuler
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Keith_R

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

04-18-2014 23:52:56 | More by Keith_R
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apasternak

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

10-20-2013 22:19:28 | More by apasternak
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Bung

Michigan

3.93/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

11-29-2010 04:01:03 | More by Bung
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CooperEllis

New York

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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)

03-05-2011 22:00:50 | More by CooperEllis
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

03-28-2011 00:45:03 | More by akorsak
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emerge077

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev -5.5%

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.

10-21-2013 00:26:49 | More by emerge077
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KevinGordon

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +5%

09-28-2013 23:06:30 | More by KevinGordon
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n2185

North Carolina

2.98/5  rDev -21.8%

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.

04-01-2011 05:33:40 | More by n2185
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Beejay

Virginia

3.88/5  rDev +1.8%

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.

02-15-2011 04:00:01 | More by Beejay
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wedge

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +5%

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...

10-21-2010 00:47:36 | More by wedge
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -8.7%

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.

12-04-2011 03:35:53 | More by mikesgroove
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syndelee

Georgia

4/5  rDev +5%

03-13-2013 01:22:32 | More by syndelee
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Old Neighborhood Oatmeal Porter from Mother Earth Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.