Coffee Oatmeal Stout | Good People Brewing Company

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Coffee Oatmeal StoutCoffee Oatmeal Stout

Brewed by:
Good People Brewing Company
Alabama, United States

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Big coffee flavors dominate early only to be wiped out by an enormous about of Willamette hop flavors. One of GPBC’s most requested beers. Complex and full of flavor yet amazingly sessionable. Brewed with coffee from Primavera Coffee Roasters here in Birmingham, AL.

54 IBU

Added by Bonhoeffer on 10-10-2008

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Photo of litotes
4.92/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap in the brewery.

A: Looks pitch black unless parked next to an imperial (like GP's Fatso RIS). The creamy, almond-colored head stays throughout with excellent lacing.

S: The coffee blend leaps to the front here. Still plenty of cocoa to go with the coffee, as well as simple roasted malt; the balance rivals the best breakfast stouts.

T: The coffee and malt blend stays present at the front, but the beer is not overly sweet. The bitter hop sweep at the back end clears the palate and leaves you wanting more.

M: Full-bodied and rich, but nothing close to an imperial.

O: My favorite of GP's many great beers.

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Photo of PeterLemonjello
4.87/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had on tap @ J Clyde and this one is a winner.

A - Very very dark brown, just a touch under black. Poured with a nice creamed coffee head. Nice lacing down glass as consumed.

S - Very fragrant with aromas of coffee, cream, dark chocolate, and woody aroma.

T - big coffee front turning to a chocolate/dark malt middle finishing with a bittering & earthy flavoring hops finish. Complex tasting beer considering the big dominant flavors each holding their own versus the other, especially considering the relatively low ABV.

M - Nice, not overly carbonated and very smooth/creamy feel.

D - I can, and have, session this beer. Considering the complexity of this beer it's surprisingly very drinkable.

Very good beer. If given the opportunity, I would love GPBC to brew an Imperial version as a seasonal.

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Photo of BeerGreek
4.87/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorites. Beautiful very dark brown color with a lovely fine brown head of foam that left nice rings of Belgian Lace in the glass. The nose was upfront coffee, oats, and chocolate. The tasted started with a fine mix of coffee and velvety oats/dark chocolate malt (breakfast anyone) with a nice balance of hops to malt. Not overly carbonated and very easy to drink.

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Photo of Bonhoeffer
4.85/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5


Appearance is a deep opaque dark brown. I think the coffee actually may have shifted this from black to dark brown.

Aroma is almost 100% coffee. It's a bit shocking, actually.

The first sip is like the aroma, almost 100% coffee, and intense. And you start to think this is overdone. Too intense on the coffee. They messed up the balance on this one.

But then the hops hit you. Glorious Willamette. Coffee on the front end, hops on the back end, and the dark malts lurking in between, popping out here and there. The hoppy aftertaste sucks you in, bringing you back for more and more and more. For anyone who likes coffee and hops, this is ridiculously drinkable. And you have no business ordering this if you don't like coffee. And if you're a hop head, well then all is right in the world.

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Photo of sepharious
4.84/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A beer that feels every bit as good as it tastes, the GP Coffee Oatmeal Stout never fails to wow the taste buds. The coffee is prominent without being overbearing. The oatmeal lends a creamy mouthfeel to the beverage. The malt balances out with the bitterness of both the hops and coffee with no element overwhelming another. An excellent session beer, you will no doubt feel a bit perkier for having selected it.

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Photo of Sgoverton
4.82/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Such a great beer. Pours a deep black with tan head. Nose starts out with coffee, roastiness, etc. Taste is great. Deep roasty flavors, hints of coffee and semi sweet chocolate. Oatmeal lends the stout a smooth, velvety mouthfeel. Truly one of my favorite beers.

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Photo of reeverbythespeak
4.82/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this beauty on tap at The J. Clyde. I absolutely love everything about this beer! Made with Primavera coffee, there is no beer more "local" in Alabama. I cannot wait until they are capable of distributing outside of the state. This is the best stout to be found in Alabama!

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Photo of yesferro
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this at the Good People tap room yesterday, on tap of course

First off, this is the first on tap brew I've had in a VERY long time that was poured with a head. I live in MS where people consider beer with a head a rip off. So thank you for this! Beautiful brew btw

Smells like a good iced coffee, tastes even better, strong espresso, not getting much oatmeal, maybe a bit of chocolate with a nice hoppy kick. Very tasty on a cold day, can't wait to see this canned, I will be making the 3h trip to pick more up!

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Photo of Ell
4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. Amazing beer.

A: Dark - very dark. Chocolatey head that dissipates slowly.

S: Smells of hops and coffee. Amazing smell.

T: Deep, dark, and delicious. Coffee shines through, with a huge hop finish. Very hoppy, but no obtrusively so.

M: Chewy and very nice.

O: Another great beer from a great brewery. I've not tried anything from them that wasn't awesome.

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Photo of ArchimedesSox
4.65/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Black, opaque, thick 2 inch khaki head that hangs around forever

S: Rich chocolate, coffee, little bit of hoppiness at the end

T: Rich chocolate, coffee, sweet malts, then hop bitterness to round out a really great tasting beer.

M: Full, smooth, lightly carbonated

O: Really great beer. Not sure why the critics are not impressed, it has everything that you would want in an oatmeal stout with a great addition of the coffee flavor. Looks outstanding with great lacing, nose is really full, tastes great and the mouthfeel it full and smooth, what more could you ask for.

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Photo of Maddmartagan
4.62/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had it on tap at Good People's taproom.

Coffee dark, just a few hints of red, not quite pure black. Nice, fluffy caramel-colored head, about 2 inches. Pretty good retention.

Huge aroma of coffee, with subtle hints of cocoa and vanilla. Great smell. Just like a delicious cup of coffee brewing in the morning.

Coffee flavor isn't quite as overpowering in the flavor, but definitely still the frontrunner. The cocoa from the nose is much more prevalent, as well as the roasty notes from the malts, with just a hint of hoppy goodness.

The oatmeal helps make this stout rich and creamy and smooth.

Overall, I could see this beer being perfect on a cold, rainy day, but was pretty tasty even in the hot Alabama summer.

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Photo of ordybill
4.59/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 OZ can into a pint glass. The appearance is a pitch black beer with a small tan head. The aroma is dark coffee with some chocolate thrown into the mix. The flavor is great, excellent coffee taste.

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Photo of StuartCarter
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What can you say about a coffee oatmeal stout?

The smell: first a confession. I don't normally drink coffee, because most coffees are coarse and harsh tasting. However, the nose on this baby is coffee, coffee, glorious coffee! The rich, warm, dark brown smell has to be smelled to be believed!

Taste: this is the reason why I drink coffee on occasion... the taste is rich, smooth, lightly effervescent on the tongue, lively, and bright.

Mouthfeel: the initial coarse mouthfeel on first serving disappears into a gorgeous rich creaminess as it reaches a pleasant cellar temperature.

Appearance: not *quite* black.. hints of very dark woody brown lurk under the blackness.

A devastating combination with pumpkin pie, and I am looking forward to trying it with cheesecake.

If you like coffee, or you like stouts... try this beer. Outstandingly good.

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Photo of CaskBeerouac
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I gotta say, this is my go-to cool/rainy weather beer. We recently had some rather crappy weather come through here (understatement of the century) and it was nice to tuck into one of these beauties at the J.Clyde for some comfort and safety.

Nice, deep and dark brown, almost black. But it has a little redness scattered throughout (like a good dark roast coffee). About a finger of mocha head rested nicely on top and hung around for a bit. Not much lacing.

Love this smell. Rich aroma of the coffee. They use a local roaster and it shows. This is quality coffee, and a great aroma. A little sweetness of chocolate, but mostly coffee.

Coffee is again the first thing that jumps out. Just when you think the coffee is going to overpower it all, the bittersweet chocolate and roastiness of the oatmeal stout comes through.

The oatmeal makes it smooth and milky. This is definitely not a light beer. Full-bodied and rich.

A great beer. Good for all seasons but really shines when the weather turns to crap.

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Photo of Bounty628
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

With an ABV of 6.0% this Oatmeal Coffee Stout has a nice presence to it that makes this a very drinkable stout.

There is not much carbonation within this stout and the medium mouthfeel to the offering actually serves it quite well. The creamy and smooth nature of this stout is sort of what you might exactly hope for in a really good oatmeal stout. The mouthfeel is satin smooth during the entire pint.

Having had this beer on draught poured in a normal pint glass, the bartender allowed a lot of the head to settle and poured the stout nicely to leave about a quarter inch of tan head left at the top of the glass. The stout itself is a rich and deep chocolate color with very little light working its way through the glass. While drinking the stout there is a nice lacing left along the glass with that same tan to off-white color that was present in the head.

The aroma for the Oatmeal Coffee Stout is spot on and has a pleasant roasted coffee smell that almost jumps out of the glass. There is a certain sweetness in the nose as well that works to balance the coffee aroma. The roasted malts are highlighted in this offering and if the taste is as delicious as the aroma is inviting we are in for a good stout.

Everything that you might have been hoping for when you took your first smell of the pint comes true in a big way once you take your first sip. There is a balanced brilliance to this stout that leaves you wondering why more microbreweries cannot make a stout as nice as this one. The coffee first hits the taste buds in a big way and the coffee highlights the quality of the roast used in the brewing process as there is not the slightest hint of any burnt coffee in the taste. There is a sweetness that also works its way into the stout behind the coffee, not in a milk stout kind of way, but rather in a way that almost perhaps just mentally gives the impression of a greater creamy nature to this stout. Roasted malts and a bit of dark chocolate rounds out the taste.

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Photo of mklinger
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Mellow Mushroom in Tuscaloosa served in an American pint glass.

A: Very nice, standard stout appearance. Black, rich with a creamy head & decent carbonation

S: Strong coffee aroma with a nice smack of hops.

T: Even more coffee in the taste than the smell. Great beer! Very well balanced.

M: Nice carbonation (not too much) and pleasant rich body to this beer.

D: Wasn't planning on 2 pints, but it was so good I had to have a second. Great drinkability.

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Photo of jimdalton
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Very dark brown, nearly black. Pours 1 finger tan head with a moderate amount of lacing.
Smell: Sweet malt with some coffee and chocolate notes.
Taste: Sweet malty flavor accentuated by a nice coffee punch. Bitter chocolate rounds out the flavor profile.
Feel: Medium body and carbonation. Very creamy and smooth.
Overall: Bang up job Good People! This is a solid beer. Easy drinking, full of flavor, and an overall wonderful experience. Highly recommended!

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

huge thanks to deacon for getting me two killer growlers from good people. my first expeirence with them, i was soo not dissapointed. served cold and poured into a pint glass, these were enjoyed with my labor day bbq.

nice dark brown pour with a small creamy head of light tan that stayed on top for about a half a minute before settling back down to just some light lacing along the sides of the glass.

aroma is coffee. deep, well roasted and slightly sweet coffee that really just kicked it into over drive for me. warming with light notes of sugary sweetness coming out. first sips coat the palate with rich coffee notes and a warm and subtle vanilla sweetness. light chocolate notes mix in with a light dryness that just is every bit of the coffee bitterness coming through. light feel, very akin to valdez, this one just hit the spot.

overall very solid and just a very, very good coffee beer. great balance and rich and sweet coffee flavor. super drinkable.

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Photo of DocAJ
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Dark drown, tan head that was thin but retained throughout

S-Nice coffee aroma, subtle chocolate, vanilla aromas

T-Roasted coffee, bitter chocolate, hint of sweetness

M-Full bodied and smooth with enough carbonation to balance out the body

D-Easy drink that sat lighter than I thought it would

Enjoyed this tasty drink as a cask conditioned brew at El Rey's First Monday Firkin, along with some delicious steak enchiladas (which it matched well with). Looking forward to tasting and reviewing the barrel-aged County Line version that I picked up this weekend

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Photo of Hojaminbag
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Good People Stout comes to me in a nonic pint glass. The body is a dark, opaque brown color that looks black when not exposed to light. The head is very thin, almost non-existent, and is light brown in color.

The aroma is packed with coffee, with hints of chocolate around the edges. The coffee smell is robust and excellent.

This beer is very impressive. Up front a great coffee flavor is the first thing I notice, and it is both full and rich. Although there is a slight roasted flavor, I would say that it tastes more like roasted coffee than roasted malts. The coffee gives way to a rich, sweet backbone that has both chocolate and caramel sweetness. Coffee pops up again in the finish, but the end of this beer is dominated by a good, bitter, hop bite that really suits the rest of the beer's flavor profile.

Despite the slightly anemic looks of the head on this beer, the mouthfeel is adequately carbonated, and even quite full and creamy.

This is a great coffee stout. I didn't know what to expect from this beer, or from this brewery, as I ordered it on a whim while passing through Birmingham. What I got was one of the best coffee stouts I have tried, and now I look forward to getting my hands on more beer from Good People Brewing.

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Photo of Reaper16
4.41/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

fresh keg (kegged on 1/25!) served into a paper cup at Bo's studios. Thanks, Good People, for the donation!

Pours a rich, chestnut brown color. Tons of head, creamy head at that. This almost looks like it came from a nitro-tap, a thought reinforced by the ridiculous lacing. This beer laces in thin notches all the way down the glass. It looks like how sand dunes must look on a topographical map. Awesome.

My thoughts on this beer run counter to some other reviews in that I don't find this to be very coffee-forward at all. This is certainly not similar to a Founders Breakfast Stout or a Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Stout in terms of aggressive espresso roast aroma. Good People COS delivers its coffee in a restrained way: the actual roast component has been pushed aside in favor of the essential character and fruitiness of the beans. This truly comes out on the palate. The coffee flavors here are a good reinforcement of the malt flavors. Total harmony. This is not a heavy tasting stout, but it has lots of quintessential stout flavor. Nothing about this beer clashes, and at no point does it try to overstep its bounds or reach for something that it can't achieve. This is a confident, well-crafted beer.

Which makes it a great candidate for knocking back a three or four pints of in one session (or, as the rumors say, a few cans of it at your house later this year). The mouthfeel is as creamy and smooth as you want it to be. Thanks, flaked oats!

That the glass I am reviewing was free has not altered this review one bit. I think the same of this beer right now as I did when I was paying for pints of it at The Alcove right before their keg on HopSlam was tapped back on Thursday. This is simply one of the best regular(aka non-imperial) stouts that I've ever had.

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Photo of BenSelf
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours up with a nice thick head the color of coffee and cream. The smell is thick with roasted malt and coffee. The taste delivers on the roasted malt promise I got in the aroma. The taste of coffee is very strong, and plays nicely with the malt character. A surprising dose of hop bitterness comes in behind and clears the palette, making this a very quaffable beer. Despite the coffee taste, I think this stout would make a terrific night cap.

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Photo of everetends
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at The J. Clyde last night listed as the Oatmeal Stout (no coffee in the name but I figured that was for menu size reasons). Served up in your standard, everyday, normal-ass pint glass.

A: Pours a pretty nice black color that turns a bit brown when held to the light, but not much of a change with very little light getting through this brew. The head was a nice mocha color that had some really nice retention, standing its ground and never really going away. The lacing was thick and plentiful on the glass. Better than I expected from the upstart, new brewery of Alabama.

S: Smell very nice. Had a lot of nice oatmeal scents lingering with some nice, sweet, chocolate malts. There was a touch of coffee and lactose coming out as well. Slight presence of some piney hops coming out too. Not too bad.

T: Taste, once again, quite nice. The oatmeal is rich bountiful. The malts are chocolatey with a touch of caramel. Sweet but not pigeon holding it as a dessert brew. The hops were made very much aware of with a pretty big pine presence that has a bittering quality to it, further keeping this in the oversweet dessert category of brews. Not the most complex flavors, but they are all balanced pretty well.

M: Medium in body which seems to be a bit thin unfortunately. It does still have a nice creaminess to it which makes it nice and slick. The carbonation level is on point, and it really does make for a smooth drinking experience. ABV is of course not an issue at all. Aftertaste is mostly just a pine resin/bitter note.

D: Well the only negative thing I can say about this beer is that the mouthfeel could be a bit heavier in this stout. Still, that helps this beer in the drinkability category because it doesn't sit heavy at all and is one of the easiest drinking stouts I have ever encountered. Its simple, but still damned tasty and enjoyable. A good job goes out to the folks at Good People. Hopefully they keep it up and keep making some damn good brew.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at the brewpub, poured into a 16oz plastic cup for $5.

A: Black body, clear brown highlights, and an inch of dense, creamy light-brown head. Tremendous retention and lacing. Awesome.

S: Rich coffee, sweet dark fruits, milk chocolate, and some herbal hops. Complex and excellent.

T: Coffee dominates, with some spicy chocolate malt ahead of a cleanly bitter finish. Simple, straightforward, and great.

M: THick, smooth, and well-carbonated. Tremendous body for a 6.4% stout (according to the brewery's chalkboard, at least).

O: This was the very first Good People beer I tried, years ago at the J. Clyde. It's taken me this long to get around to having it again, and I hope I don't have to wait a comparable time before my next encounter with this lovely coffee stout. It was a terrific accompaniment to a game of corn hole in the brewery's yard. Awesome place.


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Photo of SteveB24
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Color is deep brown that isn't opaque or clear, pours two fingers of very frothy, tan colored head, the foam settles to about a quarter of it's original pour, which is a very respectable amount, and stays there, i don't think you can ask for more from a stout.

Smell; Aroma is fresh brewed coffee, with some chocolate in there as well, and a touch of Booze.

Taste- the first thing to hit you is the coffee, which has a refined, freshness to it. On top of that there are notes of dark chocolate, burned sugar, and alcohol, it's hard to tell where the bitterness from the coffee ends and the hop bitterness begins, but either way there is a sharp bitterness which nicely contrasts the rich malt flavors.

Mouthfeel; Full bodied, quite carbonated for a stout, slightly oily, moderately crisp at the end.

Overall; A delicious, satisfying and complex experience, if i had general access to this beer i would probably buy it at least a couple more times.

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