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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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
60
Ratings:
166
Avg:
3.79
pDev:
15.3%
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
14
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 60 | Ratings: 166
Photo of Verecund
2.99/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 10/2010; opened on 1.3.11. Poured into a brand-new Mother Earth snifter.

Initially pours a beautiful onyx with three-and-a-half head. The thick foam is actually two separate colors: white and coffee. After five minutes of settling, ON leaves thick, still rings of lacing. Twenty minutes later, the beer shows its true colors, revealing a muddy brown body.

Sweet, brown malty nose. Caramel features prominently, with some roasted chestnut nuttiness and molasses. Not much going on here - sweet and straightforward. One way to describe it is as others have: worty. Sweet, mildly grainy, with no hop aroma at all.

Dry cocoa, some stale coffee, and some added roast to the malt profile. The earthy bitterness is restrained, but more present than the nose suggested, and aids the finish. Still quite sweet. Watered down and muddled.

Medium to medium-thin bodied, but with lower end-of-the-spectrum carbonation. Quite drinkable, I pinned this one at 5-6% ABV, which is right on target.

There were moments when I blatantly disliked this beer (I picked up a bit of a ferric note on and off, especially early on) and other moments I enjoyed it. I guess that makes it just about average. Looking forward to future Mother Earth offerings, but this is a miss for me.

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

Received as an extra in recent trade with Jackthebear...Thanks bro!

A--A lot of lacing that sticks to the glass, in between deep red, and cocoa...

S--Smells like...Oatmeal. Roasted malts also highlight the nose.

T--Cocoa is a certainly in the profile, not too bad, smooth.

M--Nice, silky mouthfeel, a little thin but good.

D--Solid brew, enjoyed it.

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Photo of beerdown77
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours almost black with nice head and good lacing. The smell is chocolate, smokey and dark fruity. The taste very chocolaty, a little smoky. There is a medium body that almost has some sweet fruitiness. This is a great porter that doesn't leave that sour gross taste in your mouth. Good local variety.

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Photo of Beerando
2.79/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Dark porter with a very fizzy 1/2 finger head that went away very quickly. The smell leaves something to be desired; almost metallic faint smell tings the nose. Taste is very carbonated and lacking. Again, metallic flavors come to mind with very mild citrus undertones. Not sure how else to describe the taste. Not a fan. Overall, I'm disappointed. Was hoping to enjoy a smooth breakfast-y brew, but seemingly instead got a weird tasting soft drink.

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Photo of jtd1969
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very dark brown with a creamy head, lacing good

S - Some nut, vanilla, creamy/sugary

T - Resembles alot of a roasty brown ale. Malty with crisp hops

M - Medium body, good carbonation. Smooth buth a crisp hop finish

O - it was really good. I enjoyed it. I did get some Oats, but it really resembled an Brown to mee.

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Photo of Fieldzy27
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%

poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass

Appearance: pours dark brown with chestnut highlights when held to the light, sandy tan head that deflates fairly quickly into big bubbles .Dissipates into a thing layer of foam across the top of the beer in about 3 minutes. Leaves microfoamy bubbles on the sides of the glass. Certainly looks drinkable.

Aroma: Smells of chocolate and roast with a nutty scent mixed in. Little bits of caramel but mostly dark chocolate and coffee. Not roaringly complex but no off aromas.

Taste: Flavor is light, roasted coffee and nuts with dark chocolate on the back end some malty sweetness throughout. Finish is black coffee bitter and dry. Not very sweet for an oatmeal porter , displays its roasty character well. Flavors are clean and well put together but overall a little weak. Good for session consuming for sure.

Mouthfeel: Body is light overall carbonation is a tad higher than I would like though not annoying. Usually a certain amount of oily character comes across with the use of oatmeal which this beer lacks. Not sure if thats a flaw but it is something I usually look for in oatmeal beers. Does aid its drinkability though.

Overall: A good beer with center being on classic portet flavor body and drinkability. Not a world beater but for sure a good option for fall sipping or sessioning.

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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 rockyfire
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have had this in the tap room too on nitro which is awesome (if this review was for that it would be all 5.0). My review is for the 12 oz bottles.

A: Dark, almost pitch-black with mild amber highlights. Pours a thick, frothy, tan head that quickly dissipates and leaves a beautiful trail all the way down the glass ending in a solid wispy lace.

S: Potent roasted malt aroma. Background consists of chocolate and coffee overtones. Very pleasant and pleasing smell to the nostrils.

T: Smooth, dark, rich ale with a roasted malt bitterness. Coffee and chocolate overtones, with a nice malt background. Alcohol is present but masked by the roasted malt goodness.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Awesome porter. Extrememly well balanced and tasty through and through.

Well done once again Mother Earth

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Photo of norcar
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle (bottled on 10/10) to a pint glass.

A: Pour a deep dark brown with a nice 1 finger tan head that fades quickly to a solid ring. Good lacing.

S: Nice smells of roasted malts, some chocolate notes and oats.

T: Nice easy balanced taste. Initially I get a sweet cocoa flavor that quickly turns to roasted malts and possibly tobacco. Slight sweet bite in the middle maybe molasses. Nice beer, but I continue to have high hopes for mother earth and they are always close but not quite as complex as I wish. Good craft beer but a little more middle of the road. Still my favorite from them is the IPA but this one I think will continue to grow on me.

M: Very light, thin with a hint of bite.

D: It is a very easy drinking oatmeal porter. I like the smokiness of the beer though wish it was a little more with more thickness in the body. I won't have a problem grabbing this one again if I am in the mood for a porter that won't give me that filling feeling.

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

A: Good porter color but a weak head and a minimum of lace.

S: Just interesting enough on the nose to encourage the first sip but it isn't really *special* in any way.

T: Nice flavor that isn't harsh or oppressive.

M: Relatively light feel on the tongue.

D: Pleasant taste and easy-going mouthfeel make this a thoroughly drinkable beer.

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Old Neighborhood Oatmeal Porter from Mother Earth Brewing
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