Old Neighborhood Oatmeal Porter - Mother Earth Brewing

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Old Neighborhood Oatmeal PorterOld Neighborhood Oatmeal Porter

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Reviews: 59
Hads: 154
Avg: 3.78
pDev: 14.29%
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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Photo of Beerando
2.79/5  rDev -26.2%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.83/5  rDev -25.1%
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.

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Photo of n2185
2.98/5  rDev -21.2%
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.

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Photo of KidsDoc
2.98/5  rDev -21.2%
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.

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Photo of Verecund
2.99/5  rDev -20.9%
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.

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Photo of devilben02
3.28/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

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Photo of AleWatcher
3.34/5  rDev -11.6%
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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Photo of Lunch
3.41/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

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Photo of auroracrisis
3.46/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.47/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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Photo of CooperEllis
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
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.


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Photo of kingcrowing
3.51/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of MacQ32
3.52/5  rDev -6.9%
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

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Photo of ncaudle
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from tap at brewery into snifter.

very dark brown with small tan head that left a little lacing.

woah, it smells like I stuck my head in a mash-tun! all I smell is malted grains and more malted grains. almost cloyingly sweet smelling. tasting it brings in some other flavors of chocolate and oatmeal but the mashed grains is still almost overpowering.

maybe a touch thin and slightly over-carbonated.

this may be one of those brews that is better from a bottle than tap. unfortunately, I didnt buy a bottle to take home.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.57/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Due South Brewing Co. snifter. Label says Bottled On: 090914

A- Pours a mostly opaque black color with a 1/4 inch light tan head that retains a bit before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a small center patch of sheer surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a solid ring behind.

S- Dark roasted malt brings to mind chocolate and coffee. Definitely on the sweeter side.

T- Not as sweet as the aroma with the roastiness providing more of a bitter chocolate quality.

M- Kind of thin, even for a porter. Medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- Starts off nice but the thinness in the mouthfeel and only slightly above average flavors keep this one in the "Just OK" range.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.59/5  rDev -5%
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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Photo of emerge077
3.61/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of stakem
3.64/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

August 2013 bottling I picked up at the brewery last year (from their cooler and placed in my fridge till now.) Poured into a tulip appears black in color with a light khaki cap that fades quickly to a thin line of head.

Smells roasty and milk-chocolate like with some earth, coffee and minerals.

Taste is dry and roasty with earth, coffee, light char, bakers cocoa and citrus/mineral edge. Mild dark fruitness like raisony alcohol then back to chocolate flavors.

This is a dry, light bodied brew with ample carbonation. Overall a decent, above average oatmeal stout. Id never guess this bottle was 2 years old.

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Photo of sommersb
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of norcar
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of billab914
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of BierSchuler
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of akorsak
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Old Neighborhood Oatmeal Porter from Mother Earth Brewing
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