Old Neighborhood Oatmeal Porter | Mother Earth Brewing

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Old Neighborhood Oatmeal PorterOld Neighborhood Oatmeal Porter
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Brewed by:
Mother Earth Brewing
North Carolina, United States | website

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by atsprings on 09-09-2010

BEER STATS
Reviews:
60
Ratings:
162
Avg:
3.79
pDev:
15.3%
 
 
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11
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Photo of metter98
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a finger high creamy tan head.
S: There are moderate aromas of chocolate in the nose along with some hints of roasted malts.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell, except that the flavors of roasted malts are stronger and more balanced with those of the chocolate. There are some hints of bitterness in the finish.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied, creamy and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a bit of dryness in the finish.
D: The beer goes down smoothly and is relatively easy to drink. I could easily have a few of these in one evening.

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Photo of emerge077
3.61/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Wil for this one! Love the nostalgic name.
Bottled: 082313

Creamy smooth from the oats, mellow roast malt aftertaste. A compact layer of stained parchment foam that settles briefly, leaving behind a thin broken skim and spotty lacing. Flavors of carob and unsweetened milk chocolate, dark roast coffee. Slight lingering bitterness. Light toasted bready malt aroma. Flavorful but mellow and sessionable at the same time.

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Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a imperial nonic a deep somewhat murky looking chesnut brown with atannish colored quick to fade head.Aromas are a bit light and on the sweeter side,I picked up some molasses and dark fruit.The palate is much more assertive and dryer than the nose,starting out with molasses-like sweetness,a big roasty and earthy element takes over in the finish,almost raw in nature.This is a American style porter here with its hefty roasty and earthy finish,a solid porter here.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.83/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Bottled On: "100412"

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown body with a medium-small, light beige head.

Smell: A nose of coffee-hinted roast, oats, baker's chocolate aaanndd, well that's it. Not alot going on here, aromawise.

Taste: Roasted malts, some nutty oak flakes, and the baker's chocolate all carrying over from the aroma. Fairly light on the sweetness. Low dark fruitiness. Minor hop character and imparted bitterness. Semi-dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation. It's certainly not the creaminess thing on the block.

Overall: A little bland, a little ho-hum. It's certainly not Mother Earth's best effort to date.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.47/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

t brown color with a very nice and somewhat hazy consistency to it. Enough light was coming through though so as not to give it the impression of being too dark \\

smoky aroma going on here, which I was not expecting, but blended in very nicely with the rich malty profile on this one. Very nice deep earthy smells, caramel, and sugar base was a rich mixture of earthy malts, lots of grains and chocolate like flavors mingling around and mixed in very well with a touch of caramel sugar that sweetened it up a little. Perhaps a touch of roasted coffee in there, more likely though this was more of the smoke coming through. The finish was typical for a good porter with a strong hoppy bitter finish that drew out the flavor and made it a little longer lasting then I thought it would have been.

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Photo of chinchill
3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle bottled on 9/21/11 ... Very fresh.

Dark root beer color, but with a light haze. Tan head has moderate retention but left very little lacing.

Plenty of dark malt in the nose, with hints of coffee and dark chocolate as well as a bit of spicy hops. Similar flavor but with almost no coffee except in the aftertaste.

O - a fine porter with no significant flaws, but lacks the complexity and interest of a world-class version.

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Photo of russpowell
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a mahogany tinged brown with a finger of cream colored head. Good lacing & head retention

S: Coffee & chocolate

T: Follows the nose, plenty of charred grain too up front, just a touch of steel too. More roasty notes as this warms, just a bit of figgyness, some carob & chocolate. Finishes dry, roasty, slighlty fruity with a touch of chocolate covered raisin

MF: Fairly creamy, medium bodied

A nice American Porter, holds its own with some of the better porters out there. Drinks easy enough

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.59/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an opaque almost jet black in color with some light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation and very dark amber and ruby red highlights. The beer has a finger tall dark tan head that quickly reduces to an extremely thin film that covers the majority of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of roasted malts along with some very light notes of chocolate and tobacco. Just a touch of caramel.

T: Similar to the smell, there is a light to moderate amount of roasted malts without any hints of being burnt. There are light amounts of caramel, bittersweet chocolate, and coffee. Light amounts of bitterness in the finish which lingers for a short amount of time.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with slightly more than moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin for the style and very light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: The beer is a decent American Porter from a brewery that has to date impressed me but I really wish it had a more roasted, bordering on burnt malt flavor and aroma. Easy to drink but nothing exceptional.

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Photo of billab914
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into my Ithaca glass. Pretty close to black in color with a thin, spotty, tan colored lacing scattered across the top of the beer.

The aroma shows some bitter-sweet chocolate mixing with some roasted, slightly burnt malts. the oats add a smooth, creaminess to it and bring everything together nicely.

In the taste I get a little more of the chocolate and oats to it up front. Towards the finish the bitter, roasted malts come out and linger into the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied for the style and pretty creamy. Overall it was a pretty good version of the style. It was smooth, flavorful and an enjoyable beer overall.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my new Brawley's Beverage snifter, both extras courtesy of Beerverage; thanks Curtis!

a - Pours a very dark brown, almost black color, with two inches of dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Head lasts for about a minute and leaves spotty lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of roasted malts, sweet chocolate, vanilla, cream, light coffee, oats, and dark chocolate. Nose is very nice and a nice mix of chocolate and vanilla.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, vanilla, cream, sweet chocolate, bakers chocolate, coffee, oats, and bready malts. Again, very nice and balanced. Lots of nice roasted malts, chocolate, and vanilla.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty smooth and creamy, and pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall I really liked this one; I thought it was a great porter. Lots of roasted malts, vanilla, and sweet chocolate in the nose and taste, and easy to drink. Something I'd certainly like to have again.

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Photo of stakem
3.64/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

August 2013 bottling I picked up at the brewery last year (from their cooler and placed in my fridge till now.) Poured into a tulip appears black in color with a light khaki cap that fades quickly to a thin line of head.

Smells roasty and milk-chocolate like with some earth, coffee and minerals.

Taste is dry and roasty with earth, coffee, light char, bakers cocoa and citrus/mineral edge. Mild dark fruitness like raisony alcohol then back to chocolate flavors.

This is a dry, light bodied brew with ample carbonation. Overall a decent, above average oatmeal stout. Id never guess this bottle was 2 years old.

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Photo of tdm168
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep drown nearing black. There's a quarter inch of brownish, creamy head that sits atop. The nose is very faint with mild notes of roasted malts and coffee. The taste is rich, deep roasted malts, faint coffee, dark fruit, mild diacetyl, and faint alcohol esters. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, well carbonated and very smooth.

This is a pretty solid porter. It's very drinkable, well balanced, and smooth. This is a beer that I would be willing to buy again.

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Photo of corby112
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz received as an extra in a recent trade with McNuts. Thanks again Keith!

Pours a deep dark chestnut brown color that appears black and completely opaque in the glass with only faint mahogany edges when held to a light. One and a half finger frothy beige head that slowly settles int a thin lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lace left behind.

Toasted dark malt aroma with a good balance of sweet and roast. Slight lactic creaminess with hints of toast, oatmeal(of course) and toffee as well as a prominent chocolate/cocoa presence. Slightly smokey with a good amount of roast in the nose without smelling burnt or acrid.

Chewy full with a good balance of roasted malt, sweetness and creamy body. A bit more bitter and roasted than the aroma suggests but still not one dimensional or overpowering. Hints of oatmeal, earthy hops, burnt toast, coffee bean and bittersweet dark chocolate. This is countered by the smooth lactic cream which adds complexity and fullness to the body. In addition, there's some sweet chocolate, hazelnut and toffee toward the end of the swallow. This is a very solid interpretation of the style.

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Photo of akorsak
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to verecund for this 12 oz bottle.

A: The porter is a deep ruby red, looking black from afar (or at least an arm's length). A thin head, just a meager band atop the beer.

S: Dry toast, roasted malts, chocolate. All take a turn in the scent. Cocoa powder follows the darker aspects, lending a sweeter presence. The aromas are fleeting; they don't linger as long as I'd like.

T: Taste-wise, the ale doesn't skimp. Dark malts, chocolate and burnt toast, drive the flavor. Oatmeal adds smoothness, a lactose-like sweetness that fits well within the confines of the porter. The dark malts and oatmeal build off each other, increasing the flavor with a well-rounded punch. Chicory-like flavors add to the dark body. Chocolate lingers in each sip, a flavor that lasts longer than I expected it to.

M: The porter nicely blends smooth oatmeal and roasted aspects. Darkness is the lingering flavor, leaving a fullness in my mouth.

O: A thin nose transitions into a fuller body, sweet with darker side. Makes me pine for this past summer, where Mother Earth flowed plentifully.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours brilliant dark brown with ruby highlights under a 1” light tan foam collar that is moderately persistent and lacy.

S: Light chocolate aromas mingle with traces of spice and oatmeal. Malt aromas are medium to medium high, hop aromas are low.

T: Malt with some chocolate that moves towards dark bitter towards the finish. Light roast flavors with some grain. Nothing harsh or burnt.

F: Very silky, velvety and creamy with a medium to medium full body and medium fine soft carbonation. Has a nice oat texture.

O: Flavorful, fulfilling and easy to drink.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.57/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Due South Brewing Co. snifter. Label says Bottled On: 090914

A- Pours a mostly opaque black color with a 1/4 inch light tan head that retains a bit before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a small center patch of sheer surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a solid ring behind.

S- Dark roasted malt brings to mind chocolate and coffee. Definitely on the sweeter side.

T- Not as sweet as the aroma with the roastiness providing more of a bitter chocolate quality.

M- Kind of thin, even for a porter. Medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- Starts off nice but the thinness in the mouthfeel and only slightly above average flavors keep this one in the "Just OK" range.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a bowtie glass

Pours a dark chestnut brown with some mahogany highlights around the edges. A nice little brown head rises and falls to reveal a thin collar.

Dry oats, semi-sweet chocolate, and some roast. Pretty straightforward based on the name, but intriguing given the twist on the style.

Clean profile that really follows the nose. Dry, roast bitterness and some semi-sweet chocolate mixes with rolled oats. This is as advertised. Solid on all fronts.

Medium body with a clean, dry finish. A little lingering roast/bitterness.

This is a nice porter, for sure. A tasty little twist on the style that I would welcome in my glass anytime. Nice job Morther Earth.

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Photo of Bung
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. Muddy brown pour, just a small amount of light tan head.

Aroma is a bit subdued. Some malt, roast, caramel and very light chocolate.

Eathy roasted malt and dry cocoa taste. The bitterness is greater than the sweet tones. A little ashy. Finishes pretty dry with light coffee.

It's a tadder thinner than you'd like, but not overly so. The lighter nature leads to a very drinkable brew though. More than normal carbonation for me. I'd liken this more to an English style.

Gentleman at the store likened this to Founders Porter, which this is definetely not. But, another solid brew from a local organic brewer.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to BucketBoy for the opportunity to try this one. 12oz. bottle served in my SA Perfect Pint. Bottled on 10 10 indicated on the label. Pours a murky brown with red highlights around the edges when backlit. Head was a quarter inch, loose and tan-colored and quickly dispersed into a sudsy band around the edges and a bull's eye dollop in the center. Some spots and slashes of lacing revealed during the tasting, but relatively poor adhesion. Nose is very subdued - roasted malt and a touch of something sweet; perhaps brown sugar. Taste is much more expressive than initially suggested by the nose. A great roasted malt quality really comes out, as well as earthy chocolate and oats. Mouthfeel is light-medium, with an assertive carbonation and a semi-dry finish. An extremely tasty and satisfying porter. I look forward to trying more from this brewery.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle, dated 10/10

grabbed a sixer at Brawley's.

appearance: served in a shaker pint, dark brown body, fizzy tan head with light lacing.

smell: dont pick up much at first - some chocolate, light roasted malts, some sweetness

drinkability: I'm digging this - good notes of chocolate, oats, sweet dark fruits, roasted malts and cocoa, light bitterness. One of the better porters i've had lately, which admittedly isnt a large population, but this was worth the purchase.

mouthfeel: medium-light, creamy

drinkability: good

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Comes out of the growler a rich, warm sable that lets daylight in only at the very bottom and has a very thick, fluffy and persistent tan head. Aroma has notes of roast malt, coffee and licorice. Flavor has a malty core and notes of chocolate, coffee and licorice with a dusty hint of oatmeal. Smooth texture does not have very robust body, but fizz level is good. Welcome to the neighborhood!

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Photo of n2185
2.98/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours black with two fingers of off-white head that recedes into a thin ring with almost no lacing.

S: Roasted malts with some creamy chocolate notes.

T: Again, roasted malts with some light chocolate and coffee notes and a touch of bitterness and char on the finish.

M: Medium body and carbonation with an unfortunately watery finish. I was expecting a beer with oatmeal used in it to be creamier.

O: Overall, an average porter. There's nothing that makes it bad, but it's a bit bland and nothing particularly good.

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Photo of blackie
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: deep, murky mahogany in color, topped with a khaki head that recedes to a thin coating

s: aromatic deep roasted barley but without any burnt harshness, lots of baking cocoa, nutshell, caramel sugars, sweet

m: carbonation just around moderate, medium body

t: nicely flavorful porter - smooth barley roasts with some nuttiness, sweet caramel, cocoa powder, mild earthy hops

d: a nice porter, not the best around but a solid example

bottled 10/10, single from Sam's, Durham

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Photo of prototypic
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ahhhh yes. Another one from kkipple. You've spoiled me, Dan. Truth.

Old Neighborhood Oatmeal Porter pours a dark, nut brown color. It's a little hazy, and has a distinct crimson look when held to light. A soft tan head covers it and stands about a finger and a half tall. It's quick to recede and leaves a light lacing in its wake.

The nose is fairly simple and straight forward, but is good. It has a very nice cocoa-like, chocolate malt flavor. It's the strongest scent in the mix and permeates throughout. It definitely leans toward the sweet side. Light roasted notes and subtle coffee round it out. Alcohol is nowhere in the mix. Completely buried. Simple, but impressive.

The flavor is likewise quite good. The base is a mix of chocolate and roasted malts. The chocolate flavor is all cocoa. It's quite tasty. The overall flavor has a sweet quality to it that is endearing. Light coffee complements the malty flavors well. It's definitely a little on the yeasty side. Alcohol is pretty much buried in flavor, too. I'm not getting any at all. Tasty stuff. Finishes sweet and cocoa-y.

Old Neighborhood has a medium body that's very svelte and smooth. It's creamy and goes down so easy. Carbonation is light and only adds to its smooth feel. Drinkability is good. This is good stuff and really is rather drinkable. Its simplicity starts to get a little less interesting toward the end of the bottle though.

This is my first beer from Mother Earth Brewing. It's impressive. It is a simple American Porter, so if you're looking for extreme and complex, look elsewhere. On the other hand, if you're looking for a straight forward, interesting Porter, give it a look. You won't be disappointed. Thanks, Dan!

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Photo of wedge
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled On: 10 10

Pours an unclear, deep dark brown color with a moderate creamy tan head on top. Dark roasted malt aroma...light oatmeal and a good bit of chocolate and coffee and an underlying earthy nuttiness. Roasted black malt flavor, lightly burnt but far from acrid. Dark chocolate sweetness with a dry finish. Just a touch of fruity esters way in the back. Medium bodied with a definite boost in silky-smoothness thanks to the oats.

Lots of roasty, dark malty goodness here. Good, easy-drinkin' porter...

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