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Old Neighborhood Oatmeal Porter | Mother Earth Brewing

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Old Neighborhood Oatmeal PorterOld Neighborhood Oatmeal Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mother Earth Brewing
North Carolina, United States
motherearthbrewing.com

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

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Reviews:
60
Ratings:
166
Avg:
3.79
pDev:
15.3%
 
 
Wants:
11
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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 kflack
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark, as a porter should, with a 1 inch head that sticks around for a minute. Has a nice aroma and bites the tounge at first sip. Good mouthfeel and seems to be a strong cocoa presents. I would think the ABV to be higher than 5.5 with the slight bite that you find here... A nice offering by Mother Earth but I don't think I will pass up Dark Cloud for this again.

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Photo of wcudwight
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark but not quite opaque in color. Nice large khaki colored head with good texture, volumn and retention.
Roasted aroma with some faint sweetness.
Rich roasted flavors that are a bit grainy. Hint of sweetness. Cocoa maybe. Very smooth in the mouthfeel. I love the mouthfeel of oatmeal beers. Nice easy drinking session porter.

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Photo of ThirstyBird
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thank you jwale73 for gifting me this bottle!

Appears a very dark drown with a loose tan head that bubbles down to a mottled skim layer. the aroma is mellow...rich sweet malt, brown sugar, touch of molasses - I think I get a touch of black licorice too. The taste is roasty, some char and bitterness. Underneath this is a rich malt backbone. Definitely some semi sweet dark chocolate in there as well.

The mouthfeel is quite nice. Medium body with active yet smooth carbonation. Pleasant that way. Overall a nice porter a touch on the burnt side.

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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 JohnQVegas
4.37/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle int Sam Adams sensory glass - another grab from Bruisin' Ales in Asheville. I've been impressed with Mother Earth's Kolsch and their Dunkel, and a bit less so their Tripel, so very much looking forward to this one.

Pours deep ruby brown, bordering on black, with a dense, creamy cream-colored head of about one finger that looks fantastic, with nice retention and decent lacing as well.

The nose is very nice - roasty and full bodied, with the oats coming through nicely and contributing a very nice fullness to the aroma. Round, with just a bit of baker's cocoa peeking through.

Taste is beautiful as well. Rich and roasty, with a beautiful underlying sweetness that carries, again, hints of chocolate and a bit of nuttiness from the oats. Finish dries out quickly, with a light woodiness and a roastiness that carries through to the barest edge of char, even just a bit smokey, but never loses that smooth, rough, underlying richness. Acidity from the roastiness is very subtle, never overwhelming. Very, very well done.

Mouthfeel is full-bodied and silky, with a light but fluffy carbonation that fits the beer perfectly. Long, dry finish lends a nice incentive to take another sip. Drinkability is excellent also, with just a bit of a knock down due to the long, dry finish, but that's more personal preference than anything. Still a fantastic beer in every sense.

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Photo of atsprings
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Flying Saucer served in a standard pint glass a deep not quite opaque black with a thin light tan head that diminishes to a ring and leaves slight lacing on the glass. Aroma is dark malts and a hint of cocoa. The taste is a nice smooth blend of dark malts, molasses and bitter cocoa with a nice lingering malty finish. The beer is fairly light and quite smooth with a slight dryness. This is a very enjoyable porter, I will be picking up a few sixers of this one.

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

Ahhh, 'tis Porter day in the ktrillionaire household. Tonight's showdown pits smelly hippies from North Cackalacky (Old Neighborhood Porter) versus crusty seafaring curmudgeons from Durham, England (Original Flag Porter). Let the international conflict commence.

A - The hippies have made a nice-looking brew. Deep cola-brown in hue, topped with a mocha colored head that recedes to vague wisps at a moderate pace.

S - The olfactory character is roasty, oaty, with a bit of tobacco (maduro leaf) nuance and a sort of sweet herbal hoppiness. I am glad that it doesn't smell like patchouli, I was really worried that it would.

T - The flavor is roasty and dry with a semi-acrid bitterness that is reminiscent of coffee or chicory (but doesn't actually taste like it.) It is not tremendously dissimilar to CCB's Maduro Brown, in fact I can't resist the comparison. It figures that this is the only night in recent memory that I don't have a Maduro in the fridge, I would love to do a head-to-head (though I know who wins in advance, I don't know the margin of victory...) Anyhow, back to this here beer: it tastes quite nice, but it really seems more of an ABA than AP due to a rich malt sweetness underlying and a lack of the 'je ne se quoi' of a Porter. Style-qualms aside, good stuff.

M - As a Porter, not so much... As a Brown Ale, nice. Light in body, yet still creamy.

D - As stated, all-around good stuff. For the record, in tonight's face-off the hippies put up a fruitless yet valiant resistance; Original Flag ripped the face off of Old Neighborhood, regardless of style or locale. Still, it is certainly good brew!

Big thanks to the ridiculously generous Jahuneyc for the hook-up.

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Photo of silver0rlead
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown, with a thin tan head that retains ok. The aroma has some cola notes, along with a milky sweetness, coffee, cocoa, dark fruits, burnt bread and some alcohol. The flavor is similar with some cola sweetness upfront, lactose, oatmeal, burnt bread, coffee, dark chocolate, dark fruits, and some alcohol. The mouthfeel is full and rich without being overbearing and drinkability is good. Overall a very solid porter from Mother Earth, a perfect fall beer.

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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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Old Neighborhood Oatmeal Porter from Mother Earth Brewing
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