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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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85
very good

148 Ratings
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Ratings: 148
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 9.02%
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

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Beer added by: atsprings on 09-09-2010

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Photo of bigred89
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Bung
3.9/5  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.

Photo of prototypic
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of srandycarter
3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of Falcone
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wedge
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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...

Photo of ncaudle
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Photo of ncstateplaya
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Hanzo
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of MacQ32
3.52/5  rDev -6.6%
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

Photo of mikeincharleston
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of Zach136
4/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

Photo of Drknight
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of jak
4/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

Photo of kristougher
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of brotherloco
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of khargro2
3/5  rDev -20.4%

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.

Photo of Dave_Treat
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

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.

Photo of Keith_R
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Soto
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of OldTime
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Old Neighborhood Oatmeal Porter from Mother Earth Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 148 ratings.