Oatmeal Porter - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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3.63/5 rDev -1.6%
12 oz. bottle poured into a New Belgium snifter.
A: One-finger khaki head of dense, tight foam that slowly becomes almost solid lace across the surface. Dark brown. Very opaque, but not solid.
S: Roasted, almost burnt malts, dark chocolate, lightly burnt caramels.
T: More dark caramel and bits of 50% chocolate lacking pronounced bitterness than the nose suggests. Oats appear in the back end to suggest a rather dense, grainy bread. Hints of light roast coffee slide into cocoa. Flavors are on the lighter, softer side rather than being a saturated taste bomb. Just enough neutral / grassy hops appear in the back end to balance.
M: Surprisingly fizzy with a lighter structure than expected. Creamy on the palette. Pretty short, clean, rather dry finish thanks to the hops. Flavors are well-integrated.
O: Definitely a porter, not a mis-named stout. If drinking as a single, end-of-day beverage, it might not pack enough volume of flavor to satisfy. Would pair well with items normally associated with medium dark to milk chocolate that would be dominated by a heavier brew. Oatmeal adds polish and malts to compliment the dark sugars nicely. Enjoyable, but if I started drinking this on a regular basis, I think I would keep wanting just a little bit more from it.
09-11-2012 03:10:18 | More by BuckeyeSlim
3.63/5 rDev -1.6%
12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.
LOOK: A shade away from full on black, tight tiny bubbled lace with great retention
SMELL: Brown malt, figgy, chicory, coffee, cocoa powder, dried grass, bread crust, faint brown sugar
TASTE: Creamy, silky smooth, mild roast, coffee, dark chocolate, hay, bread crust, burnt raisins, modest hopping, faint fruitiness.
All in all a good brew, not one attribute jumped out in front and everything seems to mesh well. Worth a go especially if you like maltier beers.
05-10-2012 01:37:45 | More by Jason
3.75/5 rDev +1.6%
Poured from a bit above the glass gives this porter a big light brown head above a clear very dark burnt amber colored beer.
The aroma is dark roasted malts with dark fruits likes prunes and a light hint of coffee coming through.
Dark roasted fruit taste with oatmeal and and roasted malts coming through as well.
A medium bodied beer with a lasting dry roasted aftertaste.
Decent enough beer well worth a try if you are into Porters, Stouts, and the like.
08-10-2012 20:21:09 | More by LXIXME
2.95/5 rDev -20.1%
22 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass (I know, it was the only glass clean at the time!).
Look: black body with an average, creamy tan head ...OK lacing...When its closer to a light, it looks closer to brown than black. Some brownish, reddish highlights at the edges. Looks good.
Smell: Oatie,chocolate fudge & Not much jumping out, but has potential for a good beer!
Taste: Oatmeal & chocolate stands out, with some espresso and some roasted malt. The alcohol is there but oddly subtle, that ends with another strong oatmeal flavor...but dies out into a thin body...
Feel: Kinda weak bodied, a little chewy but, thinner than I was expecting...carbination is ok, a bit flat, but not horrible for this style (I guess...I haven't had many oatmeal-'porters'...typically they are stouts).
Overall: This is an OK beer...Although not as good as the other styles from Widmer (for sure)...My average 'score' for a Widmer beer has been '4+' (out of five beers being the best)...This one is about 3/3.5 (tops)...OK beer although would be hesitant to try again (due to the competition these days!!)...Oh I guess price 'does' matter to some folks...so, this was a pretty good 'deal' at $5.00 for a bomBer...Bottome line, 'OK' not 'great' and definetely NOT horrible...CHEERS :~)
03-30-2012 23:56:56 | More by scootpolute
4/5 rDev +8.4%
Bottled on Feb. 14th. Happy Valentines Day
A: A very hearty dark earth brown. Quite a bit of head with some lacing on a pint glass.
S: Super roasty aroma. No hop aroma present. Nice rainy day beer smell.
T: Rich roasted oatmeal taste without much bulk. Ever so slighty sweet.
M: A full mouthfeel with a light (porter wise) body. Impressive mouthfeel.
O: This is a really good Black Butte competitor. A bit more expensive. 4 pack in twelve ounce bottles. Series 924. I'll buy this again while it is around.
03-13-2012 05:58:40 | More by inthebeeraisle
3.48/5 rDev -5.7%
Bomber poured into a pint glass. Pours a medium brown with half an inch of tan foam and a clear mahogany in the light. Cap settles to a cap and leaves spotty lace.
Nose of chocolate malts and light background hops. Touch of smoke/char is present as well. Bit of dark fruit ebbs and flows though quite welcome and unobtrusive in nature though a bit steely in nature until the glass warms up.
Flavor is smooth and creamy with the oats softening the delivery a bit. Notes of chocolate and some roasty/smoky malts, finishing with some more light cocoa and a mild bitterness. Feel varies a bit depending on the carbonation, getting a bit thin at times but a good spin firms things up.
Creamy Oat Porter that's rather straightforward in delivery and fairly well done. Aromas and flavors are enhanced through a cap of foam so a bit more carbonation might be well suited.
05-18-2012 06:36:56 | More by HalfFull
3.83/5 rDev +3.8%
- Nice big foamy fingers of light tan and greyish head. Pretty beer indeed. It's a solid jet-brown brew which I can't see through in the goblet. Lace is left about, and a bubbly island of light mocha froth is waiting.
- Certainly a nice semi-sweet and earthy aroma to it, and coupled with a fruity and spicy hop aroma. A grainy and oatmeal aroma is present, and awaiting a taste. Interesting esters, cocoa, and dark fruits really.
- Nice cocoa malts, bready and light sweet grain and oats for sure. A subtle grassy hop bitterness sits lightly, and finishes with a light zesty tart porter kick. This is really a tasty porter. It's a little more hop forward, and lacks the cocoa chocolate like your standard English porter. Nice earthy hop, clean and light malt, and a tobacco flavor melded with an earthy grass. Overall very well balanced.
Mouth Feel: (4.0)
- The brew is well carbonated and bubbly, but yet super drinkable without the carbonation getting in the way. Odd really. It's a medium bodied brew, with a little cloying attribute, and certainly a bit dry in the finish. The finish is more like a dry Irish stout.
- If this beer were called a stout, I wouldn't complain. It's certainly a hop-forward and dry choco-brew. The oats lend some nice bread and feel to it, and yet it isn't really an overly sweet beer with the hop additions. It's astray from the style, and could very well be an Irish stout in my opinion. Either way, it is still a tasty beer. But not a shockingly great experience. I wasn't expecting that anyway, but a solid porter from Widmer. That I got. Or a solid beer anyway.
05-07-2012 07:38:30 | More by Docer
4.03/5 rDev +9.2%
A: This beer pours a very dark roasted color with a 1 1/2 inch soapy, creme-colored head that leaves some good lacing.
S: Strong smell of dark fruit and chocolate which is blended with roasted malts and oats.
T: I get a dark fruit right off the bat like cherry or plum, followed by dark chocolate notes and oats. Flavor finishes with a dry-yeast character.
M: Very sweet, yet a slightly tart aftertaste. Full bodied with bountiful amounts of roasted malt flavors.
O: I have had a lot of oatmeal stouts, but this is my first oatmeal porter. Kind of similar to a stout, but has some sour characteristics which makes it unique. Love Widmer Brothers beers and this was a real treat for me to try. Keep them coming boys!
10-27-2012 04:26:46 | More by SouljaSaia17
4/5 rDev +8.4%
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.
It pours a dark brown with a finger and a half of very persistent head. The aroma is very roasty, with a bit of oats. The taste is good, it goes down a little watery, but makes up for it with a smooth finish with plenty of roastiness. The drinkability is easily this beer's fine point, it's incredibly easy to drink, bordering on refreshing. Overall, it's a solid effort from Widmer. I'll probably pick up some more. It's not a "wow" beer, but it just drinks incredibly well.
03-27-2012 03:51:50 | More by shand
3.38/5 rDev -8.4%
12oz bottle into tulip snifter.
Pours very dark brown, near black with a thin, fizzy light brown head that dissipates quickly.
Lots of sweet oat and cocoa upfront. Very inviting.
Taste follows the nose, with very pleasant sweet oats and cocoa upfront, and would have received quite a high score if the flavor and mouthfeel didn't drop off to leave a slightly thin, watery finish.
As mentioned, thin body and also light carbonation.
An enjoyable porter that had real potential, but unfortunately just didn't come together to take it to the next level.
04-05-2012 08:56:41 | More by vkv822
3.48/5 rDev -5.7%
I swear I taste coconut in this. I suppose it's more like coffee. In any case, a deep and richly flavored black beer.
Pours an extravagant head in the tall Peroni glass. A touch winey for the mouthfeel. Well carbonated. Dark roasted flavors dominate. Rich, yet chalky. Slightly sweet with all the malt, but a smooth and dry finish. Some dark caramel. A whiff of hops along with the blackened barley. A hint of hazlenuts in the modest aroma. This would be interesting on tap. In any case, worth a try if you like Porters.
From the 22 oz bottle bought at Sprout's Market in San Diego.
04-14-2012 05:31:15 | More by mactrail
Oatmeal Porter from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.