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Coffee Oatmeal Stout | Good People Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding
96 Reviews
Coffee Oatmeal StoutCoffee Oatmeal Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Good People Brewing Company
Alabama, United States
goodpeoplebeer.com

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
96
Ratings:
405
Avg:
4.08
pDev:
22.06%
 
 
Wants:
119
Gots:
99
For Trade:
3
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Reviews: 96 | Ratings: 405
Photo of ccg
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: Some bubbly carbonation visible from just below the surface. About a finger of foam initially. At first, there was zero lacing, but it did start to give the glass some thin lacing after settling a bit. Head retention is a bit above average. 3.75

Smell: Roasty grain and oats and hint of smokiness. The coffee is more of a background player. You can smell it, and it adds some smokiness and earthiness, but the coffee is not front-and-center as it is in, say, Founders Breakfast Stout, or Alesmith Speedway Stout. 3.75

Taste: I usually find oatmeal stouts to be on the sweeter side, but this one is surprisingly bitter. The hops and the coffee are competing to add bitterness to the brew. There's still plenty of roasted grains and some oats as well, but it's not quite enough to balance it out. 3.75

Feel: Smooth and creamy with a nice tingle of carbonation. 4.0

Overall: It's a pretty coffee stout with plenty of roasted grain and charred scents and flavors to make it interesting, but I think it needs a little more sweetness to balance it out. Also, it's a pretty crowded field right now, and as much I want to like a beer from my adopted home state, I'm afraid it doesn't quite stand up to some of the coffee-stout competition. 3.75

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Photo of delta490
3.76/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A deep black with a creamy light tan head is the result of pouring this beer. The head has great retention and leaves small dribs and drabs of sticky lacing. The smell is good, with a slight hint of coffee and a earthy hops. The taste is dominated by a deep roasted malt flavor with just a hint of coffee. The body is a little lighter and has a stronger persistent carbonation.

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Photo of Gene_T
3.47/5  rDev -15%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Caveat: had it on nitro

Look: dark brown / black. Good head. Good lacing.

Smell: sweet, piney, slight pepper.

Taste: slightly floral. very piney - hops are bright, almost overpowering. The beer tastes a little thin, almost like plain bitter cold-coffee.

Feel: Crisp. Slightly oily. Mostly fine.

Overall: This is an okay stout, but it's not outstanding. It's mostly thin tasting and the hops overbalance the malts, which is odd for a stout. If you like hoppy-ness, this is a fine stout. If you're looking for more of a traditional stout, this is not it.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Leaning on local coffee roasters and a healthy heaping dose of English hops, the oatmeal stout that pulls forth has a not-so-subtle coffee lean to appease the taste of the barista in all of us and with the jitter to match.

Good People's C-O-S pours with an eruptive, billowing honeycomb- remiss of the center of malted milk candies. It's dark brown body preludes the coffee character that lurches out and grabs the sense. Its nose chocked full of coffee, roast and grilled fruit carries the scent of burnt cream and grassy hops. Its malty taste echoes those burnt cream flavors along with chocolate, dark nuts, charred toast and of course, coffee.

With the taste of burnt toffee and cream fading slowly, its the chocolate that inherets the middle- bitter like baker's chocolate along with roasting walnut, burnt toast and strong dark-roast, freshly ground coffee bean that stops shy of espresso. Its bitter finish is resinous and green- taking on proportions of singed pine needles, sharp grasses and hints of burnt grapefruit peel.

Full in body but relaxed enough for a drinkable malty session, the beer's bitterness grips the throat with a stronger influence than is common in coffee, the hops play an acute and astringent role, matched with the roast-derived astringency and slight twang of burnt currant and plum. Hints of synthetic pepper ebb and flow showing the beer's strained frayed edges.

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Photo of THSdrummer
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a nice, medium sized creme head. A thin creme rim stays throughout the glass, with a bit of lacing left behind. Roasted malts, coffee, and oatmeal all come through for a solid aroma. The coffee and roasted malts are rather soothing. Taste is smooth, with a wonderful array of roasted, dark malt characteristics, coffee, and oatmeal. It tastes like a liquid breakfast. Mouth feel is mouth coating, while still remaining somewhat neutral as far as thin/thick goes. Overall, a fantastic oatmeal stout. Very enjoyable in all areas.

Served in a 12oz snifter. Warning: I'm biased towards coffee beers, and I've been deprived of them lately.

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Photo of mlockman
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Probably one of the best coffee-oatmeal stouts I've had to date, and certainly the most delicious of those that are sessionable. Even at only 6% ABV, the mouthfeel is not thin and watery as suffer so many of its lower-ABV compatriots. Furthermore the flavor is intense and well balanced between malt-sweetness and coffee-bitterness; while the finish is long, it is clean on account of its hopping.

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Photo of SLeffler27
4.01/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark brown, almost black, with a beige froth, that lasts the session, leaving a webbing of lace on a weizen glass.

Lightly roasted malt, brown sugar and molasses, with cappuccino.

Balanced roasted bitterness and sweet wheat bread. Light baker's chocolate and black coffee. Modest hops, and a modest finish.

Medium body, velvety texture with ABV as expected. Sugar residue on the lips with soft carbonation.

This is a good beer for after work, grouching with your buddies. I enjoyed it while waiting for a plane at the end of the day.

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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 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 leroybrown10
4.01/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown but not completely opaque. 1 finger tan head which disappears to a thin layer of cream. Some lacing left behind.

Aroma is bitter espresso and fresh coffee grinds. Some earthy hop notes. Roasted malt.

Taste like the aroma. Very coffee forward. Roasted malt, molasses, and bitter chocolate underneath. Oats Earthy hops.

Medium body maybe even slightly thin. Moderate carbonation. Smooth creamy, luscious oatmeal stout mouth feel. Coffee lingers going to some bitterness.

A very nice but simple coffee stout. Good coffee flavors combine with a fantastic creamy feel on the tongue.

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Photo of tbryan5
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Pitch black with a one finger head and some thick lacing.

S- Dark roasted coffee. Some chocolate.

T- Cold brewed coffee. Bitter chocolate. Some sweetness to balance it out.

M- Medium low carbonation. Some astringency from the coffee bite. Creamy.

D- A superb coffee stout from a quality southern brewery! Definitely recommend this beer if you come across it.

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Photo of barczar
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Chocolatey, roasty, nutty malt and coffee notes form the aroma.

Flavor is more coffee dominant, with a roasty bitter finish. It's a bit more bitter than I'd prefer. There's a harshness lingering in the finish.

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Photo of Jason
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Smooth, Roasty, Creamy, Bitter

Here’s a beer that gets us thinking about a bit of breakfast in a can. Besides, gourmet coffee and oats is all you need, right? This ale throws down in a robust manner; it’s super roasty with a real mellow charred grain character. Seeming a bit bigger than it actually is, this Coffee Oatmeal Stout has a lush smoothness that makes it easy to knock back. Amazing beers don’t have to have high levels of alcohol, and this beer is proof of that.

STYLE: American Oatmeal Stout | ABV: 6.0% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #100 (MAY 2015)

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Photo of costanzo_mike
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown/black color with a thin lingering head. Some lacing on the glass. Coffee and roasted malts on the nose. Clean, strong coffee flavor on the taste finishing with some roasty malt flavors and slight bitterness. Medium mouthfeel with carbonation. Very impressed with this one

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Photo of CitizenGrain
3.72/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an American pint glass at On Tap in Inverness, AL
L: Nearly opaque with dense creamy tan head that hangs around but doesn't stay to clean up after the party.
S: Malty, toffee, very aromatic
T: Toffee and dark crystal malt, medium high sweetness
F: Moderately low and creamy. Slightly viscous. Absolutely perfect for the style.
O: Great aroma and bold flavor of sweet toffee and slight malt toast. Too sweet for my preference but a superb beer.

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Photo of Hootie159
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Looks like a cop of coffee. Thick head in between graham cracker and chocolate. Great lacing. Nice coffee nose with a good chocolate malt background. Taste is exactly as described. Feel is a bit watery. Also carbonation is stronger than I look for in a stout. Feels like a coffee ipa.

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.76/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Well done easy drinking oatmeal stout. Nice, full, chewy mouth feel with a generous amount of oats in the flavor. Coffee is sharp, bitter, and comes off as cold brewed.

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Photo of Keene
3.89/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Deep, dark brown with a sticky head of tan-colored foam. Layers of malt aroma quickly spill over the edge of the glass: medium roast coffee, dark chocolate, crusty rustic bread, and a hint of brown sugar. Somewhere behind this is a trace of mildly spicy Pacific Northwest hops. Medium-bodied but missing some of the silkiness of other Oatmeal Stouts, Good People's version delivers a sharp and pronounced black coffee flavor, a bit of burnt toast, and a generous level of bitterness. Roasty malt character and earthy hop character mingle on the palate and persist into the finish. A solid offering that could benefit from a touch of finesse here and there.

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Photo of JackRWatkins
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: deep brown, nearly black, very substantial and long lasting head of caramel color, beautiful lacing
S: subtle, roastly but not overly so, not a lot going on here but still pleasant
T: bitter but not overbearingly so, tastes like black coffee, oats and chocolate come through in the finish, you also smell the chocolate much more when the beer is in your mouth, not out of the glass but from the beer in your mouth
M: silky but not overly so
O: excellent, since this is local for me I rarely buy which is my loss this is an excellent stout and one that feels much bigger than it actually is, definitely worth purchase, just below room temp is just right for this one

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. can

Pours nearly black, slight brown tinge around the edges where the light manages to penetrated. Head is an inch thick and pillowy, light tan in color.

Smells of cocoa, roasted coffee beans, and a woody hop bitterness.

Tastes of coffee, oatmeal, chocolate, and dry woody hops. Bit of lactose in the finish.

Medium body with tingly carbonation on the tongue.

Very satisfying and drinkable stout, the coffee is pronounced and not acidic. It mixes with the oatmeal maltiness to make a tasty stout that drinks easy. Definitely worth a try.

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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 WCKDVBZ
3.01/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I don't know why it's rated 91. Tastes like a watered-down Black Pale Ale. I'm not getting any coffee or oatmeal either. Way over-hopped for an Oatmeal Stout.

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Photo of Brackh
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours dark with a little foamy head. Smells like malt and coffee. Tastes the same. Has some pleasant roast to it that provides some bitterness. Only knock on this one is that it is a little thin and watery. Otherwise though a very solid beer.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.01/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a deep mahogany bordering on black with a tall, frothy, tan head that hangs around.

Big coffee, oats, and roasted malt in the nose. In the back is a slight herbal/floral hop bite.

Nice coffee, chocolate, and toasted bread notes up front. The flavor coats with a slight creaminess that disappears in the lively carbonation which ends with floral hop bite that is dry and crisp. A very solid stout for coffee lovers.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Good People Coffee Oatmeal Flavored Stout
12 oz. can

There's no secret to this one, it's coffee! It's got a coffee aroma like fresh brewed black coffee... probably the best coffee aroma I've found to date. Then the same follows through in the flavor with some sweet notes upfront and then a long, pleasant dry coffee finish. It's balanced and smooth.What I find odd is that it's labeled "flavored" despite the fact that they use coffee in the brewing process. Perhaps there are additional flavorings added? Regardless, it's brilliant.

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Coffee Oatmeal Stout from Good People Brewing Company
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