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 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 brentk56
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives with a fudgy brown color and a modest cap; just a few wisps of lace are left behind as the liquid descends

Smell: Brown bread and coffee

Taste: Up front, there is a sweet coffee flavor though a bit of hoppy bitterness arrives by mid-palate; after the swallow, the fruity hop flavor persists but there is a lot of malty sweetness that combines with the coffee flavor; the bitterness remains, however, in the aftertaste

Medium: Nedium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A little too sweet for my tastebuds bud still a tasty take on the style

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a generous pour of this at Dark Lord Day 2009. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a very dark brown color with a nice deep tan head. Pretty good retention. The nose is quite complex and really brings a lot of character out of the malt. Loads of coffee and chocolate plus a good amount of roast. The chocolate is more like a drier roasted chocolate as opposed to milk chocolate, and fits right in with the rest of the brew's characteristics.

Taste is pretty nice but a bit more restrained than the nose was. Still, good presence of chocolate, coffee, and roast. The body is nice and somewhat full; a bit creamy and it really serves to accentuate the beer's flavors. All in all, very nicely done and I'm glad those guys were walking around with this stuff. Thanks again.

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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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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 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 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 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 johnnnniee
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler received in trade from GPHarris thanks for the opportunity.
Pours a dark brown bordering on black with a thinnish off white head that dissipates quickly. Smells of freshly roasted coffee, milk chocolate, roasted grains and a earthy bitterness. Taste is roasty chocolaty smooth with lots of coffee. Earthy bitterness mixed with a roasted grain bitterness and a drying coffee component round out the finish. Smooth creamy bordering on grainy mouthfeel, light level of carbonation, medium body. This is a great easy drinking coffee stout. The coffee is not to harsh and the oats round out the drying affects of it quite nicely. Great brew.
I lost about an 1/8 of the growler and a good bit of the carbonation in transit, but the beer itself is still really good. Maybe one day I will try it at the source.

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

Visited J. Clyde's in Birmingham and had a chance to try Good People's brew. Took the chance to try the coffee stout that was on tap. The beer poured very dark/opaque, rich with a creamy head & decent carbonation. The scent was strong coffee/espresso aroma with a nice smack of hops. The taste had even more coffee that was fairly well balanced with sweet malt. The mouthfeel was good, decent body to this beer. Probably could have two if it were snowing outside...but on hot days...I would stay away.

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Photo of tempest
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Excellent balance of black coffee with black malts, each jumps out while neither dominates. The coffee is a heavy roast, and the big bitterness plays well. There's a subtle, bready caramel undertone. But dark chocolate and roasted beans are the big flavors.

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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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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler picked up from Dee's package and consumed with some family and friends within a couple of hours. Pours a slightly murky brown with a light tan head that starts out pretty nice and fades to a thick ring. Some lacing. In the nose there is lots of coffee up front, some roastiness, and lots of bitterness. No cream in this coffee, this is black all the way baby. The taste is similar, with lots of stronf black coffee to start then a deep roasty bitterness. Quite intense and the effect is make this taste a good deal stronger than it actually is. It's actually got a little too much coffee taste in my book- too much to really appreciate any of the silkiness from the oatmeal or pick up other nuances. Still, I'm impressed with my first taste of a Good People's brew. I'll definitely be trying more.

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Photo of dar482
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a reddish brown copper color.

The aroma hits of slight flaws of eggs, caramel sweetness.

The flavor does not have that strange flaw really, but instead has light roasted malt, cocoa, and lots of great stiff espresso coffee flavor. A really well integrated coffee beer, albeit on the lighter side of robust qualities at 6%.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler gift from unclejedi. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a tiny-bubbled tan skim over the opaque dark brown brew. Skim quickly recedes to the rim, with average to good lacing. <Note that the skim made this cool fish scale design. Not helpful here, just relating my experience...>

Aroma is balanced dark sweetness and coffee. Taste finds the coffee hitting first, a flash of sweet in the middle, and a piney hop close that lingers. Mouthfeel is a bit slickery, wish it had a bit more body, but drinkabilty is still quite good.

The strength of hops character in a brew of a style that often showcases just the coffee, a great surprise.

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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 glid02
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler purchased from Gus's in Auburn, AL.

Pours black with a one-finger tan head. THe head dissipates into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of smooth coffee and roasted malts. As it warms hints of dark chocolate waft out.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though not as deep. Roasted malt flavors up front are joined quickly by coffee flavors and a hint of dark chocolate. These flavors carry through to a mildly bitter ending that leaves a bit of coffee lingering on the palate.

Mouthfeel is alright. It has a good thickness although I was hoping for a bit more silkiness due to the oatmeal.

Drinkability is good. I finished the growler with the help of a few friends and could easily do the same with another.

Overall this was a very solid coffee stout and I'm intrigued by Good People's other offerings. Worth a shot.

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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 AgentMunky
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a BrewDog cervoise glass.

Pours black and dark but with no head.
It smells enscorcelling. Rich and delicious and viscous. Loads of coffee. Licorice. I love it.
A tasty creamy body is rich and pleasant. Good hops (Williamette). Long finish. Licorice again. This is really nice actually.
Highly recommended. Will have again. Yummy.

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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.

Cheers!

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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 Brent
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Mellow Mushroom in Tuscaloosa. Although a coffee oatmeal is not an English style, this beer struck me as having a very English stout creamyness that was very pleasant. A bit light on the carbonation, which may have been attributable to the dispensing system. Coffee flavor was not overwhelming, and the maltyness of the oatmeal was well managed.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into a snifter.

It looks how I want my stouts: frothy, dark khaki-colored head, abundant lacing, opaque body, dark brown and almost black in color. Slight deduction because I actually expected a darker body still. 4.75

Surprised that yeasty floral notes are the first thing I notice, followed by a chocolate chip cookie deal. Light coffee aroma. Not wowed but pleasant. 4

Yes! Plenty of coffee on the flavor though and this coffee has some depth to it. There's a light sweetness offering some vanilla and caramel, toasty nuttiness, dark chocolate and notes of floral and grassy hops. 4

Surprisingly bitter and a tad thinner-bodied than I'd prefer but I find myself slurping it down all the same. The floral bitterness lingers with coffee after an initial dose of sweetness and faint creaminess. 4

Enjoyable, light and easy-drinking.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No canning date, poured into a snifter

A- pours a pitch black color with a small khaki colored creamy and foamy head that eventually reduces to a thick ring around the edge

S- chocolaty malt with some smokey notes, fresh coffee, oats, fig & raisin

T- big dark chocolate bitter-sweet flavors up front with a dose of creamy espresso quickly following. Light smoky malt mixes with creamy oats, with a hint of caramel and dark fruits. The finish gives some herbal hop notes with more espresso at the close

M- medium body with medium carbonation leads to a big foamy mouthfeel with a smooth and creamy, dry finish

O- nice coffee notes and super drinkable from the oat smoothness, very good

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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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