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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
85
very good

127 Ratings
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Ratings: 127
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 8.95%
Wants: 11
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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Photo of Bung
3.93/5  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.

Bung, Nov 29, 2010
Photo of Hanzo
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Hanzo, Feb 14, 2013
Photo of ncstateplaya
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

ncstateplaya, May 15, 2012
Photo of ncaudle
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

ncaudle, Dec 08, 2010
Photo of wedge
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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...

wedge, Oct 21, 2010
Photo of atsprings
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Flying Saucer served in a standard pint glass a deep not quite opaque black with a thin light tan head that diminishes to a ring and leaves slight lacing on the glass. Aroma is dark malts and a hint of cocoa. The taste is a nice smooth blend of dark malts, molasses and bitter cocoa with a nice lingering malty finish. The beer is fairly light and quite smooth with a slight dryness. This is a very enjoyable porter, I will be picking up a few sixers of this one.

atsprings, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of ktrillionaire
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ahhh, 'tis Porter day in the ktrillionaire household. Tonight's showdown pits smelly hippies from North Cackalacky (Old Neighborhood Porter) versus crusty seafaring curmudgeons from Durham, England (Original Flag Porter). Let the international conflict commence.

A - The hippies have made a nice-looking brew. Deep cola-brown in hue, topped with a mocha colored head that recedes to vague wisps at a moderate pace.

S - The olfactory character is roasty, oaty, with a bit of tobacco (maduro leaf) nuance and a sort of sweet herbal hoppiness. I am glad that it doesn't smell like patchouli, I was really worried that it would.

T - The flavor is roasty and dry with a semi-acrid bitterness that is reminiscent of coffee or chicory (but doesn't actually taste like it.) It is not tremendously dissimilar to CCB's Maduro Brown, in fact I can't resist the comparison. It figures that this is the only night in recent memory that I don't have a Maduro in the fridge, I would love to do a head-to-head (though I know who wins in advance, I don't know the margin of victory...) Anyhow, back to this here beer: it tastes quite nice, but it really seems more of an ABA than AP due to a rich malt sweetness underlying and a lack of the 'je ne se quoi' of a Porter. Style-qualms aside, good stuff.

M - As a Porter, not so much... As a Brown Ale, nice. Light in body, yet still creamy.

D - As stated, all-around good stuff. For the record, in tonight's face-off the hippies put up a fruitless yet valiant resistance; Original Flag ripped the face off of Old Neighborhood, regardless of style or locale. Still, it is certainly good brew!

Big thanks to the ridiculously generous Jahuneyc for the hook-up.

ktrillionaire, Oct 28, 2010
Photo of Zach136
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Zach136, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of MacQ32
3.51/5  rDev -7.6%
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

MacQ32, Oct 12, 2013
Photo of jak
4/5  rDev +5.3%

jak, Apr 11, 2012
Photo of brotherloco
4/5  rDev +5.3%

brotherloco, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of Onenote81
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Onenote81, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of n2185
2.98/5  rDev -21.6%
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 AleWatcher
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
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 mikeincharleston
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

mikeincharleston, May 26, 2013
Photo of OldTime
4/5  rDev +5.3%

OldTime, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of Keith_R
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Keith_R, Apr 19, 2014
Photo of khargro2
3/5  rDev -21.1%

khargro2, Jan 28, 2014
Photo of Drknight
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Drknight, Jan 11, 2014
Photo of Dave_Treat
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Dave_Treat, Friday at 04:23 AM
Photo of Lantern
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Lantern, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of kingcrowing
3.53/5  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.

kingcrowing, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of Soto
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Soto, Nov 19, 2013
Photo of GTB
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

GTB, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of kristougher
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

kristougher, Jun 30, 2013
Old Neighborhood Oatmeal Porter from Mother Earth Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.