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Our Oatmeal Stout - The People's Pint

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BA SCORE
81
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74 Ratings
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Ratings: 74
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.57%
Wants: 5
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The People's Pint visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-02-2004)
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Photo of IBUnit63
1.7/5  rDev -52.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

22 oz. into a Mason jar. The bottle isn't notched but the label has "05-06-07" on the side - maybe they never re-printed. Put this into a Mason jar.

It's flat as a board but it has a deep licorice/espresso hue, so that counts for something. Nice and thick pour - not quite motor oil but heavy enough.

OK, this is the second time I've detected diacetyl in a PP bottle. This time it's pervasive. Goddamnit - what's up with their QC? The beautiful bride takes a whiff and mentions "microwave popcorn." Oof. Spot on.

The taste doesn't get any better. All diacetyl, all the time. Thick and cloying. Yuck. There may be some body in the background but it's impossible to bring out.

I can't really get beyond the melted butter consistency of this one. Somewhere there's a faint indication that someone put an effort in here but it's too easily lost.

Drain pour. Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me. Third time won't be a charm with the People's Pint. Y'all gotta straighten out your QC and fast.

IBUnit63, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of ChainGangGuy
1.88/5  rDev -47.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a deep, dark brown body with a small, tan-colored head.

Smell: Dark chocolate and notes of roasty coffee nearly lost to the angry, raging diacetyl butter scent. This bottle should include links to various Diacetyl Lung Disease websites.

Taste: Sure, there's some chocolate and there's even some roasty notes, but the x-treme diacetyl problem has turned this beer into a butter liqueur.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Tongue-coating mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Who knows, there might just be a decent beer beneath the glaring diacetyl problem.

ChainGangGuy, Sep 30, 2007
Photo of morebeergood
2.13/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

This sucks, I must have gotten one of the bad bottles. I picked up a bomber from the Wine Gallery in Kenmore Square. Poured it into two glasses, and it looked pretty good at that point. Had a nice dark black color and a decent head. Btu when we went to take a sip, my wife asked me if it was supposed to taste sour. I thought at first that maybe this was a different type of oatmeal stout that used really tart/sour oats? I didn't have an answer for her. Didn't really enjoy the rest of the beer, though I did manage to finish my glass. After reading some of the other reviews here, I see that I am not alone in getting a bad bottle. It's too bad, this was the first time I bought anything from People's Pint. I may reconsider if there would be a next time...

morebeergood, Feb 26, 2008
Photo of mbrasi
2.45/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark with a head that dies quick. Aroma is roasted malt, some acid, and nuts. Body is thin, carbonation is mild, mouthfeel is oily. Taste is somewhat sweet yet acidic. Where's the depth to this brew? "Robust Flavor",,,hardly. The acidic flavor cleanses away leaving a slightly oat finish. Drinkability is the only plus on this one imo. All in all not impressed with this one.

mbrasi, May 23, 2009
Photo of BlindPig
2.73/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- About a 2" thick dense tan head on a pure black body.
S- Big coffee and oatmeal aroma. Pretty basic aroma and not to complex at all. There is some burnt/roasted malts in there too.
T- Pretty weird flavor. There is the oatmeal and coffee with a medium bitterness but there is something different that comes through while your drinking it. I really can't put my finger on it since I don't think I have tried it in a beer before I just really don't like it.
M- Medium body with medium carbonation...wish it was silkier for a oatmeal stout.
D- I am not a big fan of this at all. I will be surprised if I finish the bomber of it.

BlindPig, May 09, 2007
Photo of JNeider
2.85/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I love oatmeal stouts and this one was good but nothing to write home about.

A: Almost black with a cute little 1/4 finger head. Laces a little. Looked great, but once I really got into it, I was unimpressed.

S: Slight coffee aromas but not much else. Really lacking in this department. Unless you have the nose of a bloodhound this one is going to go largely unnoticed.

T: Bitter dark chocolate tones mixed with coffee and others. A little bit of nutty tones and some other stuff I couldn't quite put my finger on. The chocolate really dominates this one. Pretty complex for a stout.

M: Sweet with very little hops. The typical "thick" feel in the mouth as would expect from an oatmeal stout.

D: Nice to enjoy with a meal but to heavy to drink more than a few.

A good all around average stout

JNeider, Apr 11, 2010
Photo of MoreThanWine
3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a tiny 1/16" head and looked initially like there'd be no head at all. Black as coffee. Smells of coffee and roasted malt. Taste is a much milder version of both the same. Goes down easy, otherwise probably the weakest oatmeal stout I've ever had. Hint of zing in the finish. To me this is about as average as any mass-produced stout in a grocery store.

MoreThanWine, Apr 19, 2011
Photo of rab53
3/5  rDev -16%

rab53, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of beetlbumjl
3.05/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked up a bomber at Colonial Spirits. After several months of periodically buying this beer, I've found there is a major consistency problem. About a quarter to a third of the purchases have an overbearing diacetyl butter smell and taste. The last purchase was my first ever drain pour. Pity because when this beer is on its game, it's a great oatmeal stout. When I asked about this beer at Julio's (who were all out), I was told that People's were having problems getting their beers this far east. Perhaps this was a run around, but it makes me wonder how old Colonial's stock is.

beetlbumjl, Feb 01, 2008
Photo of albern
3.1/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It's not a bad looking beer with an inky black color and a nice brown head that is on the small side. The retention is okay, not much lacing. The nose doesn't smell particularly stouty or for that matter does the nose impart that much character. There is a slightly sweet aroma, maybe a bit of musty cardboard, maybe a tiny bit of chocolate. The nose is a bit odd.

The taste is a tad disappointing. The beer does not have the silky smoothness and creaminess of an oatmeal stout. The texture is a bit rougher. There is a bit of drying leafy hop that dries things up substantially, some roasted dark malts, there is a bit of metallic flavor, some not particularly inviting bitterness. There is some dark bittering chocolate flavors that are overly bittering and not overly tasty. In the very end and into the after taste, some nicer, subtle cocoa powder chocolatey goodness emerges and it is the best part. It's just not all that good getting to that point. This is a very mediocre oatmeal stout.

albern, Jan 09, 2010
Photo of taez555
3.13/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured a brownish/black body with a off-white/light tan head.

Nose is very interesting. Milk chocolate, granulated sugar, butter, root beer, touches of wood, malted milk, little whiffs of oatmeal and this strong overall rooty sweetness. Very unique.

Taste is medium bodied with an initial sharp roasted barley flavor. Tons of dark burnt roasted barley, sweet oats, toasted grains, burnt espresso beans, black patent barley, touches of brick and mild hints of smoke. Very smooth and light body that makes it very drinkable. BItterness is very low with only enough to give it some backbone, although it hards to tell if the bitterness is caused by the hops or the roasted malt. Ends with a lingering burnt grain bitterness.

This beer is just so over the top with it's burnt black patent/roasted barley that it's hard to focus on the oatmeal stout aspects. A decent beer, but just too out of whack for me.

taez555, May 10, 2007
Photo of mountdew1
3.15/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass. A very dark brown color with a dark brown head. The head didn't last very long. Aroma reminded me of sugar cookies, chocolate, and oatmeal. Taste wasn't bad. Initially was very bitter, after about 1 hour, bitterness subsided. Coated the mouth fairly evenly, however it seemed very slightly oiley. Drinkability was rated a little low as it was almost 2 hours from removal from fridge until it was completely drinkable. I can imagine this being much better on tap. Would like to try it again fresh from tap to form a better opinion.

mountdew1, Nov 26, 2006
Photo of dirtylou
3.18/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle, obtained from one bif or another, consumed on a lazy sunday afternoon

appearance: ebony body, big tan head with a nice ring of lace, looks pretty spot-on for the style

smell: potent, creamy chocolate, toasted oats, overly buttery, lactose - interesting but as others have mentioned, a bit much on the diacetyl factor

taste: a touch sour and a fair amount of lactose, cocoa powder, buttery - not sure i can finish 22oz

mouthfeel: sour lactose , creamy

drinkability: not so great

dirtylou, Feb 15, 2009
Photo of MRsojourner
3.25/5  rDev -9%

MRsojourner, Dec 20, 2013
Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.25/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this beer came out very thick and dark. It left no head with barely any lace around the edges.

The nose was of all black and chocolate malt nothing more

Pretty bland but not bad flavor. All black and chocolate malts just like the nose with a slight bitterness at the end up but nothing too powerful.

This is a thick beer that drinks easily just because it doesn;t have any extreme flavor characteristics.

DrinkingDrake, Jan 03, 2011
Photo of sendbeer
3.25/5  rDev -9%

sendbeer, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of ryan1788a5
3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bomber poured into an oversized snifter.

A: Opaque black with a quarter inch of beige head. The head sputters out rather quickly. Lacing is sparse and spotty. I'd expect better head formation and retention from an oatmeal stout.

S: Dirty, gritty yeast. Estery smell of white grapes and prunes. Roasted malt scents of fudge brownie and cocoa in the background. Starchy oats. Maybe just a light herbal hop scent.

T: Opens with hints of licorice and black pepper and juicy, slightly tart fruity tastes. Dirty yeast provides a backbone. Grape juice, plum, and tart raspberry. Sweetness comes mid palate with tastes of cola. Cocoa, caramel, and brownie. Turns smokey and starchy toward the finish. The finish is the shining point of this beer. It is smokey, oaty, and layered with chocolatey flavors.

M: Full and relatively thick in the mouth. A bit slick and oily. Almost no carbonation.

O: A fairly mediocre beer. It could do with a little more carbonation. The yeast flavors are a little too dominant, as with many People's Pint beers. There are some lovely malt tastes, but rather than let them be the foundation of the beer, the yeast seems to take on that role.

Notes: Not bad at $6 a bomber if you feel like taking a chance on it, but there are other oatmeal stouts I'd much rather have.

ryan1788a5, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of marcpal
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Brought this one back from Cambridge on a recent business trip. Becoming more of a fan of People's Pint and their offerings.

22oz bottle poured into a flying fish tulip glass.

A: Nearly black with a thick khaki head. Lacing indeed, but faded fast.

N: Toasted warm oatlemal. Chocolate not overly dominated with a bitter end.

T: Chocolate for sure with hops in the finish that make this a drinking pleasure.. Had character but I really got the feeling that this bottle was a bit old or flat when it tried to unleash flavors. The sweetness was pleasant but the sugared coffee faded as it warmed.

M: No alcohol noticed but it was still warming and nice. Filling, buttery and no carbonation.

D: Mild in taste, nice texture, and a pleasure to drink. Admittedly not a huge fan of the style, but like to experiment and this one does a fine job but just on the flat end but I think it was the blame of the age.

People's Pint- worth the stop whenever in the Boston/Cambridge area.

marcpal, Sep 08, 2008
Photo of edchicma
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As a fan of oatmeal stouts, this one left me in the cold. Appearance, while nice and dark, had very little head retention. Smell had a sour quality. Taste was overly roasted malt with a softened oatmeal presence. Mouthfeel was smooth on the front, but finished bitter and dry. Drinkability likewise suffers due to the above qualities.

edchicma, Oct 30, 2007
Photo of deereless
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A: Thin head on a hard pour, deep brown to black with a little light that passes through at the edge of the glass, appears to have a low viscosity just based on the movement of the beer in the glass - 3.75, S: A grainy sweetness to the nose that mixes with a slight charring, some prune juice and dark pitted fruit aromas, little hops that I can perceive - 4.25, T: The hops that eluded my nose are present on the tongue and provide a semi-sharp citrus bite, dark molasses and ash - 3.25, M: Extremely silky up front ending with a hint of graininess - 4.50, D: A decent beer all-around, a pretty standard stout - 3.00

deereless, Dec 31, 2009
Photo of jwc215
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jcwattsrugger for bringing this 22 oz. bottle back from the brewery!

Pours opaque/pitch black with a thin light brown head. Some trailing lace sticks.

The smell is of roast/ash with something that made me think: "What IS that?" Then it dawned on me - something like burnt rubber. A bit of an odd-ish tartness, too, didn't make this a great smell. Despite my initial reaction, further smells allowed other, more pleasant/expected aromas to come through, such as a sweetness with a touch of earthiness. Mollases and raisiny fruitiness come through. My score for it improved after further sniffs, but nothing to make it better than average (at best).

The taste is of ash, coffee, acidity with some astringency. An earthy bitterness balances the dark sweetness in the dry (slightly alcoholic, despite modest abv) finish. Tastes better than it smells, IMO.

The feel is more what I expect from a porter than a stout. It has a light to medium body. It has relaxed carbonation.

As it warms to room temp., it gets better, but ashiness is still a bit much. The aroma didn't really do much for me - the rubber-y and some tartness did not help it. The description on the label says that it is a "winter" brew. Maybe it's just me but it's not too "winter-y" (fine by me, since winter passed). Bottom line, it improves to be a decent brew, but nothing particularly special.

jwc215, May 17, 2009
Photo of pgenius
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pitch black with a brown creamy-tan head that goes away quickly

S - Awkward smell, mostly sweet and malty

T - Sweet chocolate malt with a little oatmeal and coffee flavor

M - Refreshing, not thick at all for a stout. Goes down easy

D - Not a bad brew, I would have it again

pgenius, Mar 23, 2007
Photo of Kegatron
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a fairly deep black (although some garnet hues stand out along the bottom) with a tight finger of creamy mocha colored head. Retains with a smooth, yet no less creamy layer of foam, that leaves a solid cascade of lacing back. The aroma is chocolate and roast with some underlying smooth smelling oat accents. Lactose and buttery diacatyl float along the background, along with some floral or herbal smelling hop accents.

The taste is crunchy with dark roast and then the silkier sweet notes of chocolate, caramel, and vanilla. Lingering astringent roast and a moderate hop bitterness firm up the back. Very dry and toasty lingering feel to the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied, with a fairly sharp carbonation that helps bring out the roast and hops in this.

Not bad. Fairly tasty Oatmel Stout here but I did pick up some possible QC issues, with the butter in the nose and taste. I'd be interested in trying this at the brewpub some time.

Kegatron, Jul 08, 2009
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Sammy: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a nice foamy head with some good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of dry coffee is dominating. Taste is a mix between some dry coffee with some light roasted bitter malt. Body is about average with some good carbonation. Well done apart from the fact that it might be a bit too dry.

Phyl21ca, Oct 01, 2007
Photo of cbutova
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours black with a creamy tan head. The cap is short lived but a nice frothy cloud and ring stay atop the ale. Nice spots of random webbed lace.

S- Dark roast profile with a kind of creamy caramel malt backdrop to it. Almost like a porter, I guess at lower than 5% that makes some sense. Cocoa is nice. A bit of vanilla.

T- Cocoa and caramel hit my palate first with slight earthy hops. Finish brings more of a roast malt feel and a bit more general hop flavor.

MF- Moderately thick body with less than a silky/creamy consistency than I would expect from the style. Carbonation is fairly low but fine for the rich flavors.

DB- A solid stout that reminds me more of the porters of today (porter v stout, who knows/cares). Brings some nice roast flavors to the table and drinks easily.

cbutova, Feb 14, 2011
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Our Oatmeal Stout from The People's Pint
81 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.