Old Neighborhood Oatmeal Porter - Mother Earth Brewing

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Old Neighborhood Oatmeal PorterOld Neighborhood Oatmeal Porter

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very good

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Reviews: 58
Hads: 152
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 5.84%
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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Reviews: 58 | Hads: 152
Photo of atsprings
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (473 characters)

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. (523 characters)

Photo of ktrillionaire
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
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. (1,695 characters)

Photo of Onenote81
3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (875 characters)

Photo of AleWatcher
3.34/5  rDev -11.4%
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. (648 characters)

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. (483 characters)

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. (618 characters)

Photo of SLeffler27
3.77/5  rDev 0%
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. (576 characters)

Photo of beer2day
4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rich chocolate brown in color with a fleeting 1-finger chocolate tan head. Not much retention. Thin dark tan lace all around the glass.

Nose is light roast caramel and light chocolate. Lighter coffee underneath. Not quite strong enough, though, to match the flavor profile.

What is lacking in the nose really comes out on the tongue, though. Roast flavors right up front, with caramel and some coffee - which intensifies as the glass warms. Cocoa really comes out mid palate, with a slight herbal hop kick in the finish. Very robust porter.

Strong feel. Oatmeal gives this a very rich, creamy profile with lots of body for the style.

Definitely a glass I'd fill again. (675 characters)

Photo of JohnQVegas
4.37/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle int Sam Adams sensory glass - another grab from Bruisin' Ales in Asheville. I've been impressed with Mother Earth's Kolsch and their Dunkel, and a bit less so their Tripel, so very much looking forward to this one.

Pours deep ruby brown, bordering on black, with a dense, creamy cream-colored head of about one finger that looks fantastic, with nice retention and decent lacing as well.

The nose is very nice - roasty and full bodied, with the oats coming through nicely and contributing a very nice fullness to the aroma. Round, with just a bit of baker's cocoa peeking through.

Taste is beautiful as well. Rich and roasty, with a beautiful underlying sweetness that carries, again, hints of chocolate and a bit of nuttiness from the oats. Finish dries out quickly, with a light woodiness and a roastiness that carries through to the barest edge of char, even just a bit smokey, but never loses that smooth, rough, underlying richness. Acidity from the roastiness is very subtle, never overwhelming. Very, very well done.

Mouthfeel is full-bodied and silky, with a light but fluffy carbonation that fits the beer perfectly. Long, dry finish lends a nice incentive to take another sip. Drinkability is excellent also, with just a bit of a knock down due to the long, dry finish, but that's more personal preference than anything. Still a fantastic beer in every sense. (1,383 characters)

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. (328 characters)

Photo of sommersb
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
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. (799 characters)

Photo of kkipple
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (1,747 characters)

Photo of Lunch
3.41/5  rDev -9.5%
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. (467 characters)

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. (861 characters)

Photo of Mojo
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle -> New Belgium globe glass

A - pours a rich obsidian black with a one finger tan colored head, some retention, and some lacing left.

S - chocolate, coffee, charcoal

T - There is a chocolately, toffee sweetness present balanced by a finish that is roasted coffee, a bit smokey with a charcoal note present.

M - average thick, average carbonation, a slight bitter aftertaste

O - pretty nice offering. More of a stout than a porter in my opinion. (467 characters)

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. (474 characters)

Photo of auroracrisis
3.46/5  rDev -8.2%
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. (779 characters)

Photo of ThirstyBird
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thank you jwale73 for gifting me this bottle!

Appears a very dark drown with a loose tan head that bubbles down to a mottled skim layer. the aroma is mellow...rich sweet malt, brown sugar, touch of molasses - I think I get a touch of black licorice too. The taste is roasty, some char and bitterness. Underneath this is a rich malt backbone. Definitely some semi sweet dark chocolate in there as well.

The mouthfeel is quite nice. Medium body with active yet smooth carbonation. Pleasant that way. Overall a nice porter a touch on the burnt side. (548 characters)

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. (752 characters)

Photo of capra12
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed solo served out of a short pint glass

Appearance: Pours a 2 finger off white almost chocolate cream head, dark caramel brown when held up to a light

Smell: I get a mix of dark sweet malts along with a pleasant herbal root.

Taste: Opens with a caramel and slightly roasted malt as toffee and iced coffee profiles take over. As it warms there slight twinge of sour coffee emerges leaving a roasted and malt aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate carbonation, slightly drying.

Drinkability: I would have this again and recommend this to those seeking a porter with lots of roasted malts and a malt profile that is accompanied by a slight twinge of tart similar to that of coffee. (701 characters)

Photo of KidsDoc
2.98/5  rDev -21%
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. (903 characters)

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.

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Photo of Verecund
2.99/5  rDev -20.7%
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. (1,272 characters)

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

Received as an extra in recent trade with Jackthebear...Thanks bro!

A--A lot of lacing that sticks to the glass, in between deep red, and cocoa...

S--Smells like...Oatmeal. Roasted malts also highlight the nose.

T--Cocoa is a certainly in the profile, not too bad, smooth.

M--Nice, silky mouthfeel, a little thin but good.

D--Solid brew, enjoyed it. (354 characters)

Old Neighborhood Oatmeal Porter from Mother Earth Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.