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 Octane Coffee Roasters here in Birmingham, AL.

54 IBU

Added by Bonhoeffer on 10-10-2008

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Photo of Mojo
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
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 +4.7%
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 -8.1%
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 +5.9%
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 Jacurdy60
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
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 Trarmer007
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

No flaws, the flavor profile was perfect. The overall taste seemed to improve throughout the glass. Some aroma was lacking. It belongs near the top of the southern 50. The color and cascading was excellent with a rich head. The malt taste was not overalls complicated either. It finished dry but still had a hint of velvet mouthfeel.

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Photo of Ell
4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
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 litotes
4.92/5  rDev +20.9%
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 Maddmartagan
4.62/5  rDev +13.5%
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 NODAK
3.03/5  rDev -25.6%
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 yesferro
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
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 gerite
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another good brew from the the state of Alabama. Listed as a Coffee Oatmeal Stout, this brew fully delivers on the coffee flavor with a hint of bitter chocolate. Pours with a good one finger of tan head that leaves plenty of lacing. The coffee flavor tends to overshadow the oatmeal flavor but the more you drink it, the better it gets. This is a stout with a bite, but a good bite that leaves you wanting more. A good fall/winter type beer that should warm anyone's taste buds.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev -1.7%
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 johnnnniee
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
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 JayS2629
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Super rich, dark brown. Almost black. Creamy tan head that fades slow and leaves beautiful lace. The smell is full roasted with rich coffee notes dominating over a background of dark cocoa and chocolate malts. The taste follows the nose of roasted coffee, and chocolate with grassy, herbal, earthy hop notes lingering in the back. Very well balanced and delicious. Rich, thick and creamy on the mouth. Excellent beer.

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Photo of CaskBeerouac
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
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 grub
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
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 Reaper16
4.41/5  rDev +8.4%
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 boudreaux
3.45/5  rDev -15.2%
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 DocAJ
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
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 jsprain1
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a deep brown with a thin, but long lasting head.
S- Deep roasted coffee, with some chocolate notes. Truth in advertising counts for something. They promised coffee, and this has great coffee aroma.
T- Coffee, with a strong bit of sweetness and just a hint of bitterness in the finish. the sweetness was a bit too high I thought. Coffee flavor was very well done though.
M- A bit slick texture to it with good carbonation. Oatmeal presence is noticable, though not outstanding.
D- This beer sat pretty heavy on me. All in all I thought it was a delicious beer, an excellent representation of coffee flavored beers. The sweetness and general nature of this beer suggest that maybe this would be a good beer to finish the night on.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
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 sisuspeed
3.77/5  rDev -7.4%
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 abuliarose
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet-snifter, revealing deep brown body. The head is nonexistent since this one has traveled a little while to get here, but there is still some carbonation bubbling up from the depths. Good looking, all things considered. Smells rich, yeasty and malty-sweet with hints of vanilla and a big roast coffee presence that warming enhances.

Tastes unfortunately with very little carbonation left, but otherwise smooth, light and full of coffee and dark malt flavor. Slight caramel and cacao/fruity date presence with a hint of vanilla. Refreshing bitter finish. Mouthfeel is on the heavier side of light with a watery drinkability to it that sneaks up on you as it is decently drying. Remaining carbonation is tingly on the tongue, still good. Very, very drinkable.

Overall I am very impressed. I would love to try this one on tap.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
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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