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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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125 Ratings
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Ratings: 125
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 8.66%
Wants: 11
Gots: 11 | 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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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.85/5  rDev -25.2%
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.

ChainGangGuy, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of KidsDoc
2.95/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce bottle poured into tulip.

A: Nice dark brown/black opaque with 1/2 inch tan head. Lacing left along the glass and swirling produced robust new layering of tan foam

S: Nutty with burnt malts. Some sweetness. Aroma become much more pleasant and pronounced with warming

T: I don't pick up much of the oatmeal in this one. The roasted taste for the porter style is actually pretty good with some sweet chocolate coming through the middle. This finishes a little dry on the end.

M: This was the most dissapointing. This was surprisingly thin and watery. Aside from the lingering dry finish this was a very thin porter.

D: Will continue to keep these around every now and then to support the local brewery but not a go to. 2 would be my limit but I don't really ever see myselft aking 2 back-to-back for any reason.

**mother earth has other great offerings, I was hoping for more from this one.

KidsDoc, Nov 27, 2010
Photo of n2185
2.98/5  rDev -21.8%
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.

n2185, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -21.3%

ygtbsm94, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of khargro2
3/5  rDev -21.3%

khargro2, Jan 28, 2014
Photo of brpendergast85
3/5  rDev -21.3%

brpendergast85, Mar 25, 2014
Photo of Verecund
3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 10/2010; opened on 1.3.11. Poured into a brand-new Mother Earth snifter.

Initially pours a beautiful onyx with three-and-a-half head. The thick foam is actually two separate colors: white and coffee. After five minutes of settling, ON leaves thick, still rings of lacing. Twenty minutes later, the beer shows its true colors, revealing a muddy brown body.

Sweet, brown malty nose. Caramel features prominently, with some roasted chestnut nuttiness and molasses. Not much going on here - sweet and straightforward. One way to describe it is as others have: worty. Sweet, mildly grainy, with no hop aroma at all.

Dry cocoa, some stale coffee, and some added roast to the malt profile. The earthy bitterness is restrained, but more present than the nose suggested, and aids the finish. Still quite sweet. Watered down and muddled.

Medium to medium-thin bodied, but with lower end-of-the-spectrum carbonation. Quite drinkable, I pinned this one at 5-6% ABV, which is right on target.

There were moments when I blatantly disliked this beer (I picked up a bit of a ferric note on and off, especially early on) and other moments I enjoyed it. I guess that makes it just about average. Looking forward to future Mother Earth offerings, but this is a miss for me.

Verecund, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of devilben02
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

devilben02, Jan 05, 2011
Photo of mikeincharleston
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

mikeincharleston, May 26, 2013
Photo of closisinthehouse
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

closisinthehouse, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of AleWatcher
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

AleWatcher, Aug 17, 2011
Photo of Lunch
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a 16oz. Old Rasputin nonic pint glass.

Believe it or not, this beer pours just like a porter. Looks dark brown with a decent tan head. Smells very smokey and a bit ashy with some oats, chocolate and roasted malt. Decent aroma, but something is a bit off. Taste is better as the smoke and ash are minimal. Lots of roasted malt and hints of chocolate and oats. Decent mouthfeel with some prickly carbonation.

Decent beer, but nothing special.

Lunch, May 17, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

mikesgroove, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of auroracrisis
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

auroracrisis, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of apasternak
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

apasternak, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of CooperEllis
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
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.


CooperEllis, Mar 05, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

afrokaze, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of Lantern
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Lantern, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of bigred89
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

bigred89, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of RyanAU
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

RyanAU, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of ncstateplaya
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

ncstateplaya, May 15, 2012
Photo of rudabegga9
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

rudabegga9, Jul 17, 2014
Photo of Achilles811
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Achilles811, Oct 04, 2013
Photo of Soto
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Soto, Nov 19, 2013
Photo of deonreds
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

deonreds, Mar 19, 2012
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Old Neighborhood Oatmeal Porter from Mother Earth Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.