Coffee Oatmeal Stout | Good People Brewing Company

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Coffee Oatmeal StoutCoffee Oatmeal Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Good People Brewing Company
Alabama, United States | website

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:
395
Avg:
4.08
pDev:
21.81%
 
 
Wants:
119
Gots:
95
For Trade:
3
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Photo of bcostner1
2.09/5  rDev -48.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

After looking forward to trying this beer for a while, I have to say I did not enjoy it at all unfortunately. Looked like an average stout at the pour; trended toward dark brown hues rather than the pitch black color of other stouts. Aroma was faint coffee...not much else. Taste was extremely unbalanced to me: all I got from it was bitter, astringent coffee grounds. No oatmeal sweetness at all. Very chalky tasting and extremely thin bodied as well. I guess I was hoping for something along the lines of Terrapin WNB with this one and it just didn't come anywhere near stacking up. I have enjoyed other offerings from Good People, but this is by far the worst thing I have tried from them to date.

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Photo of mentaltraveller
2.98/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

I Had this beer on tap at the Good People brewpub and was impressed (admittedly, I had low expectations). It wasn't life changing, but dependable enough for me to buy a six pack the next day. Unfortunately, the bottled version is much too carbonated and somewhat overhopped. The Williamette hops are more apparent than the coffee by a wide margin, and the mouthfeel is almost shockingly rough for an oatmeal stout, generally prized, of course, for a soft yet robust chewiness. This beer is certainly off the mark for its style, and sadly fails carve out a satisfying niche of its own. Perhaps worth a try if you place a great value on trying new things. It is not a complete failure, but neither is it a worthy successor to its esteemed predecessors (FBS, Sam Smith Oatmeal Stout).

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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 NODAK
3.03/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Smell was predominately of cold coffee with roasted malts. Not a surprise to anybody considering the name, I suppose.

Pours midnight black with a small, dark brown head. Lacing isn't too substantial.

Taste is full of cold espresso and roasted notes...although other than that I don't much more of anything. I'd struggle to say this is an oatmeal stout if I didn't already know that it was. There is a hop character on the finish, with a decent bitterness closing the beer out, which wasn't a surprise given the description above. Mouthfeel seemed rather thin for style.

All in all I thought it was fine but perhaps I didn't think as highly of it as most seem to.

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Photo of AmeriCanadian
3.33/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Rock solid look and smell, with coffee clearly dominating the profile. But that same domination in the taste isn't particularly pleasant and comes off as almost artificial. The mouth feel is also very thin and watery, which isn't what I want in an oatmeal stout. Not a bad beer by any means, but I was hoping for more.

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Photo of boudreaux
3.45/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours deep opaque dark brown; without the coffee, may have been straight up black; about a 1.5 finger head that dissipates quickly, with little lacing; suggests high amounts of carbonation

S - immediate smell of roasted coffee; almost 100% coffee, with a touch of bittersweet malt

T - like the aroma, almost 100% coffee, and intense, maybe overdone(?); but the hops come rushing in when you think there's too much coffee, the flavor progressives toward dark malt, and eventually arrives at bitter hops; a decent progression of taste, but no one flavor really stands out; pretty weak flavors throughout

M - a bittersweet aftertaste; somehow tastes like sweet malts and bitter hops at the same time; a bit carbonation heavy for my taste, but pretty good

D - If i liked the flavors more, a guaranteed 3-4 beer session; because the flavors are not quite to my liking, not as drinkable

Overall, a great brew. For those who really love stouts, hops, and coffee, a great beer.

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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 ChainGangGuy
3.62/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Very dark brown, near black body with a creamyish, medium-sized, tan-hued head.

Smell: There's a scent of dark roast coffee alongside lightly ashen roasted malt, with nominal chocolate and caramel. Lightly tangy fruitiness.

Taste: A dark crooked roasted maltiness, a hint of underlying, sustained char. Dark chocolate, a light sweetness. Sharp snap of dark fruit. Very low citrus, herb hop character and bitterness. A bit more tangy fruitiness on the drying, roasty finish.

Mouthfeel: Just a half-notch above medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Decent and acceptable, though not outstanding.

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Photo of grub
3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

lantern corps beer summit 2010 - day 1, oct 8/2010. Jw347 contributed this one. thanks john!

64oz growler.

pours dark brown, nearly black, with a thin ring of tan head. the head drops quickly and leaves spotty lace.

aroma is good. chocolate. coffee. hint of fruity character. whole wheat bread and biscuit. light alcohol.

taste is nice. dark and milk chocolate. coffee. bit of fruity character. whole wheat bread and biscuit. light alcohol. medium-low bitterness level. earthy and woody. slightly herbal.

mouthfeel is nice. medium body with a super dry finish. medium carbonation levle.

drinkability is nice. pretty good balance. a touch thin/dry for the style, and lacking somewhat in complexity. a decent stout.

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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 richj1970
3.74/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured on tap at local bottle shop.

A: Poured pitch black with one finger head. Some lacing.

S: Cold coffee. Roasted malts and maybe a hint of chocolate. Not as pronounced as I was hoping for.

T: Coffee of course mixed with roasted malts. I was hoping for bigger flavors, but they are a bit muted here.

M: A bit thin for my taste. Reminds me more of a porter than a stout, and with oatmeal in the name, I was hoping for more body.

O: A good coffee stout, but not my favorite of the group.

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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 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 sisuspeed
3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to paulv for the growler! Very excited to try this one.

Poured into a Portsmouth tulip. A light hiss after releasing the cap, which results in almost no head, but a thin tan ring does still appear with a vigorous pour. Even a few small spots of lacing.

Well roasted coffee notes on the nose. Earthy, slightly smokey; these are good beans. Some chocolate and sweet dark malt also makes its way into the aroma.

The flavor has some tasty coffee bitterness to it mixed with chocolate, some darker malts and actually a bit of caramel on the finish. Maybe sugar cookie? The coffee is in the forefront, but still well balanced. Bitter at times, but still sweet.

Mouthfeel is smooth with light carbonation. Almost velvety at times. The oatmeal adds some nice body to this stout and makes it thick enough for a non-imperial offering.

Drinkability is good. This is an easy drinker. The coffee is there and the rest of the flavor profile is pretty tasty. ABV is unnoticeable. Should be easy to finish off this growler with a few people. Looking forward to trying some more Good People brews.

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Photo of naproxen
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to the illustrious UncleJedi for his mastering of the Force to get a growler up to "The Hurricane" BeerTruth and I.

The pour gets me all sorts of giddy with the creamy milk&coffee head and lacing that follows. The body itself is a slightly murky dark roasted brown, with a touch of mahogany to boot. The coffee is noticable in the nose, but not overpowering to the point where I may think I grabbed my mug instead of my glass. I get more of the bitterness from the coffee though than the oatmeal or malts; overall the aroma does not give up too much on what to expect from the taste besides...coffee.

Smooth sailing for this coffee oatmeal stout. The flavors melt together really well in this beer. Upfront there is coffee and a silky oatmeal and malt interlude, closing with a textbook bitterness from the coffee (possibly) and hops (definitely). The body is a touch on the light side for me, but the beer is smooth and an easy drinker. As it warms up the nose starts to reflect the alcohol, but that might be the only indication this beverage is alcoholic :)

Thanks UJ!!

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

Tasted On: 03-11-2014
Freshness: Canned on 01-27-2014
Packaging: 12 oz. can
Glassware: Wellington
Purchased: 6-pack from Liquor Express, Huntsville AL

A: Black and opaque, looks like an engine oil. A huge tan head shows good retention and thick lacing.

S: Smells of dark coffee and roasted barley; also has an earthy/woody aroma and vanilla.

T: First up is the bitterness of heavy roasted malts, plus earthy hop notes and unsweetened chocolate. As the beer warms, the bitterness seems to fade and the beer is more balanced.

M: Medium in carbonation, with a thick body. The finish is smooth with bitterness of coffee in the aftertaste.

O: A good stout but somewhat on the abrasive side. Could benefit from a little more sweetness in my opinion.

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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 chinchill
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

from a 12 oz can
Excellent tan head over a nearly black and opaque body.

Has good potential but the coffee here is too much like mediocre coffee grinds and not enough like Kona or other fine coffee beans. In any case, there's a good bit of coffee in here so this won't appeal to anyone who does not like coffee.

Moderately bitter aftertaste with simulated expresso.

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Photo of cvm4
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours with a dark coffee color with a slight tinge of brown to it. It's carrying some carbonation with a two finger medium khaki head.

S - For a coffee stout, it's subdued. Granted the coffee flavors are there, but not in your face like I would expect. Secondary smells of roasted malts and light dark chocolate.

T - It delivers what I expect from a coffee stout... Coffee, roasted malts & a bit of dark chocolate, just like the nose. There's a bit of a bitter finish.

M - For the style, the body is on point & maybe a bit overcarbed.

O - It's good and it's solid. I just think the rating is a bit biased towards where it's distributd.

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Photo of I_will_have_another
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours with a dark coffee color with a dark brown color and a pale white head that doesn't last long

S - Coffee and roasted malts are smelt easily after opening and while pouring. Secondary smells of dark chocolate.

T - Simi-sweet chocolate upfront with a slight coffee aftertaste and dark malt following

M - Not too thick just about right on the oatmeal stout front

O - I like it. Not as much as some of my favorite breakfast coffee stouts like Wake-n-bake and FBS, but I will definitely make sure I have these in my fridge for those chilly nights. Very reasonably priced too.

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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 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 Jacurdy60
3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

A-Typical black pour of a stout but with an immense, toffee colored head that retains well and leaves thick lacing.

S-The nose is overwhelmed with the willamette hops and coffee. Hints of sweet chocolate come through at the back along with a charred smell.

T-Bitter coffee and hops make up the front of the palate as it shifts nicely to a flash of sweetness, then back to the hops and coffee in the finish.

MF-A touch watery, but it is not an imperial stout so I can live with it. Carbonation is too much as well as it finishes crisp and dry.

O-A damn good stout. Doesn't lie as most GP brews. The expected notes are in your face and it is balanced fairly well. If they thickened the brew it would be exceptional.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz can into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich, deep brown with just some highlights around the edges. Head pours two fingers of creamy tan foam with a nice retention. Quite attractive indeed!

Smell: rich and roasty with a nice sweetness and a fair bit of chocolate character. A bit like a sweet stout, but quite nice.

Taste: big and roasty, with lots of bitter, burnt character. Plenty of chocolate and coffee character come through, as well. I think it's darn good.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a nice, well-integrated carbonation and a concomitantly enticing creaminess.

Overall: this is a good beer. However, I feel like the roasty elements bring too much bitterness; good, but not outstanding when it comes to drinkability.

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Coffee Oatmeal Stout from Good People Brewing Company
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