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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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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 DmanGTR
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
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!

DmanGTR, Jan 03, 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
Photo of ncstateplaya
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

ncstateplaya, Jun 13, 2014
Photo of lupercmda
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

lupercmda, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of Falcone
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Falcone, Nov 08, 2012
Photo of wagenvolks
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
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).

wagenvolks, Jun 23, 2008
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 RedneckBeerz
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

RedneckBeerz, Sep 10, 2013
Photo of jak
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

jak, Aug 31, 2012
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
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 GTB
4/5  rDev +4.2%

GTB, Jan 24, 2013
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
Photo of MuddyFeet
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

MuddyFeet, Jan 18, 2007
Photo of BigTrubble
4/5  rDev +4.2%

BigTrubble, Jan 05, 2013
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 qcbrewer
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

qcbrewer, Dec 18, 2013
Photo of VncentLIFE
3.28/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

VncentLIFE, Aug 15, 2011
Photo of BigGingDrinker
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

BigGingDrinker, Sep 10, 2013
Photo of RyanAU
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

RyanAU, Apr 06, 2014
Photo of brauseboof
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

brauseboof, Jan 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

jerefreakinmiah, Nov 25, 2013
Photo of LukeGude
4/5  rDev +4.2%

LukeGude, Aug 12, 2014
Photo of NCbeerpirate
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

NCbeerpirate, Sep 23, 2012
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Oatmeal Porter from Carolina Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.