Our Oatmeal Stout - The People's Pint
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2.85/5 rDev -20.2%
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
04-11-2010 22:09:03 | More by JNeider
4.43/5 rDev +24.1%
In general I find TPP to be a bit uneven, but this oatmeal stout is a genuine score. Pours as black as the BA Web site's backcolor with a head that is lighter than expected; the color contrast is rather nice. Plenty of retention on the head with all kinds of lace. At first the aroma was spiked with cream with simple overtones of chocolate, raisins and even some grapes, but as the beer warmed up the cream went away and was replaced with cocoa and some round notes of plums, plus the raisins came to the fore. Very smooth yet dense body, feeling a tad thin at the end but not overly so. Extremely smooth taste thanks to the oats, with more raisins, chocolate and a bit of coffee stepping forward. Cream is also evident but as with the aroma, it disappears as the beer warms. Low ABV, low hops and gentle fizz make this thing eminently drinkable, especially during the cold months. Not sweet, dry enough not to be sticky but still very full taste... thank you, sir, may I have another?
02-09-2010 23:54:41 | More by gfreed
3.1/5 rDev -13.2%
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.
01-09-2010 22:51:50 | More by albern
3.4/5 rDev -4.8%
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
12-31-2009 01:12:53 | More by deereless
3.48/5 rDev -2.5%
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.
07-08-2009 17:02:35 | More by Kegatron
2.45/5 rDev -31.4%
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.
05-23-2009 01:25:16 | More by mbrasi
3.43/5 rDev -3.9%
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.
05-17-2009 13:08:06 | More by jwc215
4/5 rDev +12%
My first review on this cool and fun site. This beer is dark and delicious, gives me a sizzling feeling on the tongue. A molasses sweet and pretty nose goes down great on this winter night.
I was drawn by the cool, grassroots looking label, and favorable tastings of oatmeal stouts in the past. This one is good, smooth, and tastes like more.
This really makes me want to visit their brewpub.
Thanks, and enjoy.
02-15-2009 23:34:46 | More by FCC3
3.18/5 rDev -10.9%
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
02-15-2009 20:42:28 | More by dirtylou
1.7/5 rDev -52.4%
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.
02-01-2009 12:14:05 | More by IBUnit63
3.5/5 rDev -2%
Pours a nice dark brown color, some carbonation, very little tan head, with some sticky lacing. The nose is malty, with some toffee/slight coffee. The taste is malty, slightly soury, with some toffee/coffee tones. Medium body. Drinkable, not bad, but would most likely not have again.
01-30-2009 01:26:54 | More by Wasatch
3.75/5 rDev +5%
Poured from a 22oz. bomber into an imperial pint glass
Pours very dark brown - nearly black. Small tan head falls away to a ring.
Smells of sweet vanilla, oats and chocolate.
Tastes of coffee up front, Sweet malt. Some bitterness follows.
Mouthfeel is smooth a light/medium body. Carbonation is fairly low but nice in my opinion.
It is very drinkable with a lot of flavor for an oatmeal stout. The flavor might limit me to one or two but I will certainly enjoy.
11-11-2008 03:18:22 | More by ThirstyBird
3.5/5 rDev -2%
22 fl oz brown bottle; served in a nonic.
'Brewed on' date not notched.
Near opaque black with a ruby hue. Creamy, coffee-colored head that fades to a whispy sheet after a moment. Little to no lasting lacing.
Semi-sweet coffee and mocha with an artificial vanilla aroma. Mildly roasted malts; fresh oats. Faint whaffs of alcohol.
Sweet, artificial vanilla and heavy cream up front. Chewy, roasted malts with plenty of mocha and espresso notes. Rough, spicy floral hops that nearly balance out the malted sweetness. Lingering vanilla and coffee re-surface in the aftertaste.
Full bodied; annoyingly slick in spots, but predominantly chewy and rough.
Some decent aromas and flavors; however, some obvious flaws. In particular, the sweetness is too overpowering and artificial and doesn't allow for the other flavors to shine. Decent, but not a rounded version of the style.
09-09-2008 22:08:03 | More by NEhophead
3.35/5 rDev -6.2%
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.
09-07-2008 23:17:50 | More by marcpal
4/5 rDev +12%
Grabbed this one in a massive trade for all things that were peoples pint. This was my last none though and I chose a nice one to go with dinner. Twenty two ounce bomber served slightly chilled into a pint glass. Consumed on 08/21/2008.
The pour was very nice with a rich black, completely opaque liquid coming forward in front of me. Rich dark brown notes, with a good sized head of maybe an inch in height coming over the top of it. Nice settling left behind a thin layer and a good amount of side glass lace.
The aroma was your typical oatmeal stout, though a touch more bitter then what I was expecting. Nice notes of lactose, chocolate and vinous hops. Some light grain notes as well in the finish. Rich, though not terribly filling. Lots of burnt and roasted malt flavors in here. Not as sweet as the aroma would have led me to believe it would have been, still though very solid in both bitterness and malt profile. Light notes of chocolate floating around, but again nothing terribly too sweet, more or less just enough to give a slight hint and a nudge in the right direction. Very smooth and easy drinking though, this one was one of the easiest drinking lighter stouts I have had.
Overall not bad at all. My favorite I think from this mini lineup I was able to acquire from them. I would not mind trying this one again, though it did not really hold up to some of the bigger and better ones I have had, it is still more then worth a chance.
08-23-2008 00:46:14 | More by mikesgroove
3.7/5 rDev +3.6%
Growler from the source.
Filled my pint glass with this bewitched black/brown (mostly black) potion. The 1/4" head faded pretty quickly into a nice thin ring that leaves some nice lacing along the edges.
Coffee, chocolate, licorice and a nice subtle hint of oatmeal in a very mild aroma.
Bitter sweet taste. of oatmeal and coffee with the tiniest hint of oatmeal and licorice. A nice after taste that doesn't last for more than a minute or two.
Silky smooth feel with a really nice thickness without being at all overwhelming.
This is a mouthful at a time beer. No sipper, no gulper. But you should sit back and enjoy.
06-26-2008 22:47:04 | More by RixBeer
3.73/5 rDev +4.5%
Purchased on 6/21/2008 at Ryan & Casey's in Greenfield. Shared this one with edbeer. Served in a standard pint. Poured an opaque black with a half-inch, tight, tan-colored head. Head eventually settled into a thin skim. Some strands of lacing present during the session, but poor adherence. Scents of malt and oatmeal. Taste of roasted coffee, oats and a touch of brown sugar for sweetness. Stout was very dry and finish was a little bitter/burnt. Mouthfeel was thin-bodied and a little chalky with virtually no carbonation detectable. Fairly sessionable oatmeal. Low abv and light flavors make this easy to drink, but I'm used to a little more flavor and body with the style.
06-26-2008 21:07:28 | More by Jwale73
4/5 rDev +12%
A: From a 22oz. bomber this beer poured out black with a luscious rich tan head. This mellowed out nicely and left behind a good lacing. Opaque black nectar with some chestnut brown highlights.
S: Rich burnt and roasted barley malt is combined with a cooked oatmeal aroma. Some coffee with cream notes and a bitter chocolate hint. Not much hop bouquet beneath all the roastedness.
T: Huge burnt barley malt sweetness washes over the palate. Some cooked oatmeal flavors and also good dark chocolate and molasses flavors add some sweetness. Predominately bitter from the roasted grains and bittering hops but not off balance. Some strong coffee bean flavors push through as this one gets further on. Each taste also adds a different malt complexity to this beer. Starts to coat the tongue with bitterness as an aftertaste.
M: Seductively smooth and rich full body with a light carbonation to take this beer to a new level of creaminess from a bottled oatmeal stout. No significant alcohol warming.
D: Wonderful to drink this one and it is a great example as to why I love this style of beer. It balances more on the bitter end and it should for this style. I am glad I picked this up on my way through Greenfield. Will have to try it on tap too.
05-10-2008 02:04:27 | More by scottbrew4u
4.03/5 rDev +12.9%
22 oz bottle in pint glass
black with carmel highlights against light. has a small amount of head that leaves quickly.
it smells very much like chocolate and carmel. it has a very light body and is very drinkable. flavoring is mild overall but there is a sweetness with a bite in the aftertaste.
05-03-2008 17:36:37 | More by ph2001
3.78/5 rDev +5.9%
A 22 ounce brown bomber of Our Oatmeal Stout from the People's Pint. A hard pour into a Guinness glass produced minimal head, but the little that was there had good retention. The color is black, with some brown hues noticeable. Chocolate emanates from the aroma, it almost reminds me of a Lindt chocolate truffle. Notes of coffee also present in the nose. Medium bodied and creamy on the palate. Roasted malt flavors, chocolate and coffee are again dominant. Limited bitterness and hop flavor. Very drinkable and pleasant. My only critique would be that it could use some more boldness, but it is just fine as it is. One could sip this all night or morning, as it were.
04-14-2008 23:34:19 | More by BeardedBoffin
4.13/5 rDev +15.7%
Sampled through sinstaineddemon and Secret Bunny '08 BIF.
Small head formation and a clear dark brown colored ale.
Quite a strong bitter chocolate scent with burnt sugar and toffee. Oatmeal cookie dunked in black coffee aroma, this is a beer that is both strong in chocolate and coffee.
The taste starts out rich and full of chocolate and coffee with a smoky roasted malt after taste. Smoky and tasty beer this is quite good and mild with a dry and slightly acrid aftertaste that chase away any ghost of candy that might dare approach.
Mouthfeel is not real heavy.
Drinkability is easily this beers strongest point. Tasty and aromatic and low in alcohol. Good mellow beer that I could see as possibly my go to beer if I lived anywhere near where it is made. This is well worth trading for.
03-29-2008 03:12:46 | More by Zorro
3.98/5 rDev +11.5%
Poured from the 22 oz bottle. Great appearance: good thin lacing with a thick black look. Thick hearty smells of wheat, oats, and coffee I sensed were the dominant flavors. Roasty and light taste overall of the above flavors. The mouthfeel allowed it to be thin so that the flavors were not too overpowering. This is one heck of an oatmeal stout.
03-14-2008 03:46:04 | More by fitzy84
3.55/5 rDev -0.6%
This one has my name written all over it, I love oatmeal stouts!
Poured from a 22 bought from Four Seasons, unlike other reviewers mine was not a bunk batch.
Appearance was nice solid dark color, decent khaki colored head, stuck around for a while. Not much lacing.
Smell was very good though, coffee, chocolate and definately some bitter grains.
Taste left a little to be desired though, very light not that much in the way of body, all the flavors were very subtle. Unfortunately I enjoy more of a full flavored sort of OS.
Like I said above it was a thin sort of brew for the style, needs more bite to it.
Drinkability was good, didn't fill me up as fast as some others, so could possibly session this one.
03-13-2008 22:03:40 | More by currysage1
2.13/5 rDev -40.3%
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...
02-26-2008 00:15:29 | More by morebeergood
3.05/5 rDev -14.6%
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.
02-01-2008 01:37:44 | More by beetlbumjl
Our Oatmeal Stout from The People's Pint
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