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Oatmeal Porter - Carolina Brewery

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Oatmeal Porter
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Ratings: 44
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 10.94%
Wants: 4
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Carolina Brewery visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
37 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-21-2003)
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Reviews by Loki:
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4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 64oz growler fresh from the source.

Appearance: Deep, dark brown, nearly black, with thick, caramel color head. Spotty lacing, but a textbook porter in appearance.

Smell: Slightly muted, but very smoky and gamey. Scents of smoked malts and chared meats on a grill. Big roasted dark chocolate aromas waft up through the smokehouse malts. The scent make me invision a smoke house or a campfire roasting a boar over the pit.

Taste: Flavors were stronger than the smell. More smokey, gamey meat flavors with roasted chocolate and strong, dark coffee. Well balanced toasted malt with brown sugar and molasses. Thick and rich flavors with a subtle hop balance to keep it from over the top sweetnees and help the finish.

Mouthfeel: Chewy, thick, rich, and full. Incredibly smooth with a lingering finish. Almost a meal in itself.

Drinkability: Superb, begs for ribs or BBQ. nearly a meal in itself, maybe a little to heavy for some to drink on a daily basis, but not me. Now to find some venison and get another growler for the perfect meal!

Loki, Mar 16, 2004
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a growler today and I gotta say I was really impressed.Poured a near opaque black,a tinge of ruby was present when held up to the light,a creamy one finger light mocha colored head atop.Roasty aromas with some vanilla and molasses mainly,a slight nuttiness comes through as well.A full creamy mouthfeel gently coats the mouth,roasty coffee notes hit up front with vanilla and sharp earth in the finish.Not overly sweet with good roast,a very nice porter to be had.

oberon, Nov 15, 2009
Photo of CrusinforaBrewsin
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

CrusinforaBrewsin, Jul 30, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

qcbrewer, Dec 18, 2013
Photo of nickd717
2.6/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the brewpub in Chapel Hill.

Dark brown in color with a nice lasting tan head.

Roast and dark chocolate on the aroma, with a hint of cardboard that has become a common theme in many Carolina Brewery beers I've had.

Slight vinous notes and cardboard on the flavor with a roasty and chocolatey malt base.

Rather dry with medium body and average carbonation.

The description mentions that this kind of beer was originally called "entire butt," and after drinking this beer I can understand why. Just kidding, but still it was below average.

nickd717, Mar 01, 2011
Photo of blackie
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: The beer is a deep, black-brown in color. The mocha colored head that sits atop the beer exhibits nice retention throughout.

smell: Roasted barley upfront with some aromas of the toasted oats. Some muddy hop aromas. Not extremely exciting, but good.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is at the medium level, and the body a full medium. The oats come through in the form of a slightly creamy mouthfeel.

taste: The flavors are primarily of roasted barley with a light malt sweetness. Some light creamy, lactic flavors. There's a moderate nondescript hop flavor and a nice level of bitterness in the finish.

drinkability: easy...not terribly complex on the nose or the tongue, but a damn solid porter

blackie, Feb 08, 2007
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

jerefreakinmiah, Nov 25, 2013
Photo of daliandragon
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I stopped by Whole Foods in Raleigh on Tuesday and the Carolina growlers were the same old same old so I abstained and got some dinner instead. Friday I stopped by again and fresh Oatmeal porter did I find. Excellent. Pours close to jet with a cola rim at the bottom and a dense tan head with tiny tight bubbles. Nose is heavy on the chocolate malt with a delicious roasted or toasted quality.

Definitely an oatmeal stout quality to this porter with that delicious sour note to the thick melange of dark malts. A nice medium body carries this along and makes this very drinkable despite the flavor onslaught. Impressively easy to drink and easily the best from this brewery I've had so far.

daliandragon, Sep 28, 2008
Photo of NCLorax
4/5  rDev +4.2%

NCLorax, Apr 15, 2012
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

SFTBLMOSS2, Nov 21, 2012
Photo of dave317
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

dave317, May 22, 2014
Photo of Vatnos
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Vatnos, Jun 10, 2014
Photo of cvstrickland
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler from Weaver Street Market in Carrboro, found amongst a number of other offerings from Carolina Brewery , poured into a pint glass yields an opaque ebony body, utterly impervious to even direct sunlight, capped with two fingers of extremely fine-bubbled light khaki foam that retains nicely and laces the glass at the sip lines.

Smell is malty with a hearty oat note and a tinge of honey.

Taste is rich and sweet with a warm, semi-seco oatiness and both caramel and dry malt flavors. There is a slightly metallic, earthy, dry component that gives the drink a gritty, dusty note.

Light medium- bodied, silky and slick, this is a really surprisingly nice drink on a very hot day. So good and cold and refreshing I've poured myself a second, and have a greedy eye on thirds!

cvstrickland, Jun 26, 2008
Photo of Falcone
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Falcone, Nov 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

SkotOgden, Aug 07, 2014
4/5  rDev +4.2%

TEAMHOLT, Jul 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

schmelby, Mar 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

RedneckBeerz, Sep 10, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

RyanAU, Apr 06, 2014
Photo of Cylinsier
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


Pours a dark opaque brown with a tan head.

Smells of roasted coffee beans and hints of cocoa.

Very smokey taste, like hickory firewood, along with some bitter hop character and mild coffee flavors.

Medium to full body with a tingle of carbonation.

Good unique porter; I love smokey porters. This one is quite good if you like that sort of thing. Would certainly have this again.

Cylinsier, May 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

LukeGude, Aug 12, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

ncstateplaya, Jun 13, 2014
Photo of GJ40
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at the brewery.

An easy drinking, smooth and flavorful beer. It's quite dark and has a creamy consistency. The malts have some nice variety and all of the elements work well together.

Nothing wrong with this one. It really hit the spot.

GJ40, Feb 07, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Jason_Quad, Jul 09, 2012
Photo of SylviaFaye
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A small, hazelnut-brown head fizzles gently over a dark opaque body with a barely-visible red glow around the edges, leaving little lacing.

The smell is ridden with hops. Oats, bready tones, honey, and other sweetly-tinged aromas waft out like warm sweet rolls or fruit breads.

The word that comes to mind at the first taste is "creamy." A lingering sweetness and delightfully tangy hops complete the spread. Minimal bitterness is apparent. The finish is smooth.

This is dessert in a glass!

SylviaFaye, Dec 08, 2010
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Oatmeal Porter from Carolina Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.