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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 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 GOBLIN
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pretty solid . . . Nothing really exceptional stands out to me but there are some nice flavors going on. Mouth feel is little thin for my liking. The coffee addition has a noticeable bitterness finishing on the palate. Overall a very decent oatmeal stout.

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Photo of chrishiker1409
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black with a thick tan, three fingers of head. Some lacing.

Aroma: Some coffee and dark chocolate

Taste: A nice flavorful balance of dark chocolate and heavy roast coffee

Feel: medium body with light amount of carbonation

Overall: An excellent solid stout. Coffee brings a nice bitterness to it and there are some great chocolate notes.

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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 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 SammyJaxxxx
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours with a dark coffee color with a tan head that subsides to a couple of millimeters. Plenty of lacing on the glass

S - Coffee and roasted malts are up front followed by an aroma of figs and some dark chocolate.

T - Coffee and dark chocolate upfront. There is a hint of hops with some fig and licorice flavor.

M - A little thin but smooth and plenty of layers of flavor.

O - A very good beer. Definitely an upfront coffee flavor but the coffee allows some other flavors room to breath. A real nice stout.

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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 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 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 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 denver10
4/5  rDev -2%

Pours deep dark brown, just about black, with a big chocolate head. Aroma is dark and roasty with the coffee being nice and present, chocolatey, oats give off some sugary sweetness, and closes out earthy and bitter. Flavor follows suit. I just wish they could have lowered the dosage of hops here, far hoppier than I enjoy in a stout personally. A creamier medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, a fantastic stout up until the hops assert themselves, making it is just a really good stout (for me). That said, the more I drink of this the less an issue the hops become.

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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 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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Photo of Roxie_B
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: Can
Appearance: Dark and opaque, finger of tan head that dies down into lacing and a small collar.
Smell: Malt, sweetness, coffee, raisins, oats.
Taste: Malty sweetness in the front. Coffee in the middle. Tiny bit of hops at the finish and leaves with another bit of chocolate sweetness.
Mouthfeel: Smooth with more carbonation than I am used to seeing in this style.
Overall: Breakfast of champions. Coffee? Check. Oatmeal? Check. Fruit? Check. Chocolate? Check.
Passable local offering. Worth trying, worth sharing and wouldn’t mind having it again.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 brewskifan55
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a regular, boring glass.

A: Brownish black with a one finger mocha head that lingered. Frothy lacing.

S: Like they say, the coffee is in your face, followed by charred malts and some vanilla.

T: Wake and smell the brewski! Excellent coffee notes with a charred oatmeal and malt backbone. Some caramel and vanilla added, too. Robust as hell. Semi sweet. Balanced. A charred, bitter finish that goes down easy.

M: Medium with medium, smokey carbonation.

O: I can see why this one's so popular. Rich and robust coffee wakes up the palette. Would love to try it on tap.

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

12 ounce can -> snifter

A - dark brown to black color. A vigorous pour yields a towering head of frothy foam <love alliteration>. retention is good and lacing is great.

S - Oh man!!! This beer is like sticking your head into a barrel of coffee beans. It's powerful and its tangible.

T - Caramel malts with a hint of vanilla up front. The finish is a massive coffee bomb with a hint of the oatmeal.

M - thin with a lot of carbonation. Big aftertaste.

O - Good People brews good beer. This is a good example. Good enough.

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Photo of TrappistJohnMD
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Served at Mello Mushroom in Tuscaloosa.

Deep dark brown to black with a cream to light tan head that lingers pretty well.

Smell is dark malts with a big wiff of coffee. Hint of vanilla in the mix as well.

Taste is nice toasted malts, dark chocolates, coffee and a bit of sweet vanilla. Char bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is a little light for the style. Good carbonation.

Overall this was really good. Well worth a try.

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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 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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Coffee Oatmeal Stout from Good People Brewing Company
4.08 out of 5 based on 405 ratings.
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