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Oatmeal Porter - Carolina Brewery

Oatmeal Porter
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very good

37 Ratings
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Ratings: 37
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.17%

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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Photo of nickd717


2.6/5  rDev -32.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2011 02:22:48 | More by nickd717
Photo of VncentLIFE

North Carolina

3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours very black with brown hues
Generous head that leaves a quarter inch head that sticks around. Decent Lacing

Smell - Dark roasty malts with a very slightl sweet smell with some chocolates mixed around in there.

Hello Guiness. First comes the sweetness which hits you straight away then disappears just as fast.Then come the dark roasted malt. Tastes strikingly similar to Guiness. A tad heavier though.

Leaves that roasted malt flavor lingering with a slightly syrupy soda type sweetness mixed in somewhere.

This is probably Carolina Brewery's second best beer behind their Flagship IPA.

Serving type: growler

08-15-2011 21:47:36 | More by VncentLIFE
Photo of MuddyFeet

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an incredibly dark brown color. Almost black but the true brown color gives itself away arond the edges. Slight, tan head that receded to two thin scuzzy lines. Nose is toasted malts and oatmeal sandwich bread.

Flavor is a combination of wholesome, sweet and filling oatmeal balanced with a slight hoppy tang. Some slight bursts of sulphur on the tongue as well. Lots of toasted malts. Perilously close to a Baltic porter but the oatmeal keeps it firmly grounded in the oatmeal stout style. Medium body that is perhaps a touch thinner than optimal. Still a very nice and easy drinking example of the style. Nice take with the oatmeal provides a smoother mouthfeel than some others that are not quite as balanced.

Serving type: growler

01-18-2007 03:37:42 | More by MuddyFeet
Photo of Cylinsier


3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-28-2012 22:52:53 | More by Cylinsier
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2011 02:57:35 | More by GJ40
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4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Completely stark black. Has a nice tan silky head. But not great retention.

Smell: Rich roasted malt smell. Kind of so burnt it's sweet smelling...good smell:)

Taste: A bit sweeter than I'm used to, but plenty of roasted/chocolate flavor to go around. Has a bit of a sweet after taste that I rather enjoy.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. No bad feeling in this beer.

Drinkability: This is the type of beer I could sit down and drink all night. Good product they're putting out.

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2005 01:55:46 | More by cracgor
Photo of blackie


4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
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

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2007 01:08:07 | More by blackie
Photo of cvstrickland

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
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!

Serving type: growler

06-26-2008 22:06:31 | More by cvstrickland
Photo of Broombrew

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from growler into glass

a- pours with a nice thick 2 finger head that drops down to a steady 1 finger. dark tan colored head. dark full colored body with no opaqueness.

s- rich full smell. thick malts and hints of oatmeal.

t- full bodied taste. rich dark coffee like flavor with a subtle presence of oatmeal.

m- full thick mouth feel. goes down heavy and smooth.

d- very drinkable. doesn't go down quickly, but smooth nonetheless. would definitely have another.

Serving type: growler

07-12-2010 04:44:52 | More by Broombrew
Photo of wagenvolks


4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a growler from Sam's in Durham, NC. Poured into a Guinness pint glass. I tried this once at a concert, enjoyed it immensely, and reviewed from memory (don't let the Bro's know!), so I figured I should cover it more in-depth in this review.

For a growler sitting on a refridgerated shelf for who knows how long, the pour produced a decent amount of tan foam. The head quickly recedes to a ring of tiny bubbles, and the seal brown body transitions to a cola hue at the edges. Aroma is full of nutty chocolate, vanilla oats, roasted malt, and a hint of ground coffee. A small, musky hop note tries to balance the malt presence.

Flavor is quite good: a pronounced coffee bitterness hits first, making me wonder if they added some java to secondary. The smoothness of the oats is out-competed by a decently high carbonation level and a lingering hop/coffee bitterness. I guess for the style (american porter), it makes sense. I'd like to see how this compares side-by-side with CB's Oatmal Stout. All in all, this is still a great beer, but I liked it a little more when it was fresh from the draught (see below).

Serving type: growler

06-23-2008 01:51:49 | More by wagenvolks
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +6%
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.

Serving type: growler

11-15-2009 01:25:53 | More by oberon
Photo of daliandragon

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Serving type: growler

09-28-2008 04:05:33 | More by daliandragon
Photo of DmanGTR

New York

4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The 4th in a series of beers sampled at the brewpub. I was pretty pissed about the 3rd beer (see their Flagship IPA) so upon receiving this one...

Poured a deep dark brown, but closer to black in the lighting. Hint of garnet and ruby in the edges. Nice thick tan head that kept well and laced well. I hope looks aren't deceiving...

A good dose of biscuit, touch of burnt toast, cream, and coffee. Well, this is a rather pleasant nose. Nice blend of caramel and even a bit of ashiness in there too. Albeit a bit mild in assertiveness, but it really is a pleasant aroma. The flavors are just as nice and well balanced. A hint of grainy sweetness adds to the complexity, of which I'm a fan. Finishes neither sweet nor dry, although it leans towards the dry side. Wonderful toasted grains throughout. Rich and creamy body with a slight bite in the carbonation. Maybe they could dial it down just a touch, but otherwise, quite good.

So good, in fact, I bought a pint of it after tasting it! Well done!

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2011 03:40:27 | More by DmanGTR
Photo of SylviaFaye

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2010 15:55:50 | More by SylviaFaye
Photo of porterwoobie

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served out of a growler into a standard pint glass.

A: dark brown to black, slight head that faded quickly

S: malty, roasted, with hints of chocolate

T: roasted grains with the hop bitterness at the end. resembled drinking a rich, dark coffee.

MF: right balance of carbonation, medium bodied.

Drinkability: this is a good oatmeal porter. i'll definitely be buying this again.

Serving type: growler

05-09-2009 17:55:13 | More by porterwoobie
Photo of Loki

North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
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!

Serving type: growler

03-16-2004 16:09:19 | More by Loki
Oatmeal Porter from Carolina Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.