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Brewed by:
The People's Pint
Massachusetts, United States
thepeoplespint.com

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-02-2004

BEER STATS
Reviews:
63
Ratings:
84
Avg:
3.57
pDev:
14.57%
 
 
Wants:
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Reviews: 63 | Ratings: 84
Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

hands-down their best beer, worth stopping in for. A low ABV and one of three good casks on that night. Aroma of coffee and chocolate. Very dark brown, with a delightful bubbly mocha head, lace. Roomish temperature, it would have been interesting to have it a bit colder and then go through a flavour range. Tastes of chocolate and licorice along with mouthfeel of oatmeal. Sourish finish.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Sammy: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a nice foamy head with some good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of dry coffee is dominating. Taste is a mix between some dry coffee with some light roasted bitter malt. Body is about average with some good carbonation. Well done apart from the fact that it might be a bit too dry.

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Photo of jlindros
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A thick head with big bubbles around rises to 2 finger but fades semi quickly to a 1/4 finger head covering and stops. The beer is basically midnight black with no light coming through.

N: Hmmm.... somewhat strange. Starts with some oatmeal and creamy goodness as expected, but also has a different aroma right there with it. It's like a blend of smoked malt, molasses, corn syrup, and some other light sweet aromas. Kinda strange, and hard to explain. Also a touch of roast and caramel malts. A slight earthy hop aroma too.

T: Starts thick and creamy, rich. More oatmeal and slight creamy chocolate milk. Has a slight earthy bitter hop addition too, that adds some definite flavor with the bitterness. Also some roast and smoked malt, as well as more caramel, molasses, and slight bready malts. I also get a hint of a sour flavor, that is very reminiscent of infections I used to get in early days of homebrewing. If it wasn't for that infection-esque flavor this would be pretty tasty. A little sweetness in there with all the syrups.

M: Mostly thick and rich, creamy, with lower but decent carbonation.

F: Finishes semi bitter with some lingering earthy hops. Mostly dry, but has a slight syrupy sticky sweetness lingering. A slight metallic flavor comes out a bit, and that slight sour infection taste is noticeable but dwindled a lot. A touch of lingering roasted malt.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.46/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a fairly deep black (although some garnet hues stand out along the bottom) with a tight finger of creamy mocha colored head. Retains with a smooth, yet no less creamy layer of foam, that leaves a solid cascade of lacing back. The aroma is chocolate and roast with some underlying smooth smelling oat accents. Lactose and buttery diacatyl float along the background, along with some floral or herbal smelling hop accents.

The taste is crunchy with dark roast and then the silkier sweet notes of chocolate, caramel, and vanilla. Lingering astringent roast and a moderate hop bitterness firm up the back. Very dry and toasty lingering feel to the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied, with a fairly sharp carbonation that helps bring out the roast and hops in this.

Not bad. Fairly tasty Oatmel Stout here but I did pick up some possible QC issues, with the butter in the nose and taste. I'd be interested in trying this at the brewpub some time.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
1.9/5  rDev -46.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a deep, dark brown body with a small, tan-colored head.

Smell: Dark chocolate and notes of roasty coffee nearly lost to the angry, raging diacetyl butter scent. This bottle should include links to various Diacetyl Lung Disease websites.

Taste: Sure, there's some chocolate and there's even some roasty notes, but the x-treme diacetyl problem has turned this beer into a butter liqueur.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Tongue-coating mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Who knows, there might just be a decent beer beneath the glaring diacetyl problem.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed this one in a massive trade for all things that were peoples pint. This was my last none though and I chose a nice one to go with dinner. Twenty two ounce bomber served slightly chilled into a pint glass. Consumed on 08/21/2008.

The pour was very nice with a rich black, completely opaque liquid coming forward in front of me. Rich dark brown notes, with a good sized head of maybe an inch in height coming over the top of it. Nice settling left behind a thin layer and a good amount of side glass lace.

The aroma was your typical oatmeal stout, though a touch more bitter then what I was expecting. Nice notes of lactose, chocolate and vinous hops. Some light grain notes as well in the finish. Rich, though not terribly filling. Lots of burnt and roasted malt flavors in here. Not as sweet as the aroma would have led me to believe it would have been, still though very solid in both bitterness and malt profile. Light notes of chocolate floating around, but again nothing terribly too sweet, more or less just enough to give a slight hint and a nudge in the right direction. Very smooth and easy drinking though, this one was one of the easiest drinking lighter stouts I have had.

Overall not bad at all. My favorite I think from this mini lineup I was able to acquire from them. I would not mind trying this one again, though it did not really hold up to some of the bigger and better ones I have had, it is still more then worth a chance.

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Photo of jwc215
3.41/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jcwattsrugger for bringing this 22 oz. bottle back from the brewery!

Pours opaque/pitch black with a thin light brown head. Some trailing lace sticks.

The smell is of roast/ash with something that made me think: "What IS that?" Then it dawned on me - something like burnt rubber. A bit of an odd-ish tartness, too, didn't make this a great smell. Despite my initial reaction, further smells allowed other, more pleasant/expected aromas to come through, such as a sweetness with a touch of earthiness. Mollases and raisiny fruitiness come through. My score for it improved after further sniffs, but nothing to make it better than average (at best).

The taste is of ash, coffee, acidity with some astringency. An earthy bitterness balances the dark sweetness in the dry (slightly alcoholic, despite modest abv) finish. Tastes better than it smells, IMO.

The feel is more what I expect from a porter than a stout. It has a light to medium body. It has relaxed carbonation.

As it warms to room temp., it gets better, but ashiness is still a bit much. The aroma didn't really do much for me - the rubber-y and some tartness did not help it. The description on the label says that it is a "winter" brew. Maybe it's just me but it's not too "winter-y" (fine by me, since winter passed). Bottom line, it improves to be a decent brew, but nothing particularly special.

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Photo of Billolick
4.08/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber purchased down the road from the brewery at the Wine Rack store in Greenfield, Ma. and enjoyed 2 days later. The label has an area for notches indicating the brewing date, but no notches have been created..oh well...this one pours dark dark brown, medium gray/tan head, tiny bubbles and all, leaving fine and scattered lacing, after a gentle swirl.. Chocolate/coffee nose, silky mouthfee, love oatmeal stouts for this quality, nice, flavorful stout, cocoa, chocolate, more light coffee, quite dry on the tongue late. Easy drinking, enjoyable brew, nice creation from TPP. Stout lover rejoice and go get some...

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Photo of Wasatch
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. Bomber

Pours a nice dark brown color, some carbonation, very little tan head, with some sticky lacing. The nose is malty, with some toffee/slight coffee. The taste is malty, slightly soury, with some toffee/coffee tones. Medium body. Drinkable, not bad, but would most likely not have again.

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Photo of Zorro
4.14/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled through sinstaineddemon and Secret Bunny '08 BIF.

Small head formation and a clear dark brown colored ale.

Quite a strong bitter chocolate scent with burnt sugar and toffee. Oatmeal cookie dunked in black coffee aroma, this is a beer that is both strong in chocolate and coffee.

The taste starts out rich and full of chocolate and coffee with a smoky roasted malt after taste. Smoky and tasty beer this is quite good and mild with a dry and slightly acrid aftertaste that chase away any ghost of candy that might dare approach.

Mouthfeel is not real heavy.

Drinkability is easily this beers strongest point. Tasty and aromatic and low in alcohol. Good mellow beer that I could see as possibly my go to beer if I lived anywhere near where it is made. This is well worth trading for.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.47/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a one finger light brown head that fades slowly to a ring leaving no lace. Totally black color. Light carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Nose is roasted coffee. Flavor is an almost sweet roasted coffee with hints of burnt coffee at finish. $4.35 for a 22 oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.15/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle purchased at the Spirit Haus, Amherst, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed an airy 1" dark brown head over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head lasts pretty well, with lasting lacing everywhere. Aroma is coffee and sweet malt. Taste follows along sweet yet bitter coffee upfront, with the bitter lasting after the swallow. Mouthfeel is very smooth, soft over the tongue, aking this one imminently drinkable. Very nice brew which is even better on cask.

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Photo of cbutova
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours black with a creamy tan head. The cap is short lived but a nice frothy cloud and ring stay atop the ale. Nice spots of random webbed lace.

S- Dark roast profile with a kind of creamy caramel malt backdrop to it. Almost like a porter, I guess at lower than 5% that makes some sense. Cocoa is nice. A bit of vanilla.

T- Cocoa and caramel hit my palate first with slight earthy hops. Finish brings more of a roast malt feel and a bit more general hop flavor.

MF- Moderately thick body with less than a silky/creamy consistency than I would expect from the style. Carbonation is fairly low but fine for the rich flavors.

DB- A solid stout that reminds me more of the porters of today (porter v stout, who knows/cares). Brings some nice roast flavors to the table and drinks easily.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased on 6/21/2008 at Ryan & Casey's in Greenfield. Shared this one with edbeer. Served in a standard pint. Poured an opaque black with a half-inch, tight, tan-colored head. Head eventually settled into a thin skim. Some strands of lacing present during the session, but poor adherence. Scents of malt and oatmeal. Taste of roasted coffee, oats and a touch of brown sugar for sweetness. Stout was very dry and finish was a little bitter/burnt. Mouthfeel was thin-bodied and a little chalky with virtually no carbonation detectable. Fairly sessionable oatmeal. Low abv and light flavors make this easy to drink, but I'm used to a little more flavor and body with the style.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.21/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle, obtained from one bif or another, consumed on a lazy sunday afternoon

appearance: ebony body, big tan head with a nice ring of lace, looks pretty spot-on for the style

smell: potent, creamy chocolate, toasted oats, overly buttery, lactose - interesting but as others have mentioned, a bit much on the diacetyl factor

taste: a touch sour and a fair amount of lactose, cocoa powder, buttery - not sure i can finish 22oz

mouthfeel: sour lactose , creamy

drinkability: not so great

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Photo of birchstick
3.84/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - pours a nice blackish color with a caramel rim around the top. The little head that was there dissipated quickly.

S - really nice chocolate malt flavors come through the most dominantly, with a bit of burnt malt and some spreitzy hops coming through faintly. Really nice aromas.

T - the nose hives a very nice indiction of what's to come with this beer. It starts off with some sweet oat and chocolate malts. The sweetness gives way to the roasted barley, creating a nice burnt malt flavor. This beer then has one more flavor to reveal, spicy citrus hops that cuts through the other malt flavors. Pretty solid stuff!

M - the oats give this a nice thick body that foes down smooth

D - pretty solid oatmeal stout here. Nice, rich complexity with a low abv made me wish I had another to drink. Thanks to apollokim for the chance to try this one. Great beer from what seems to be a pretty cool little brewery.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle was poured into an imperial pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger mocha head that has reduced to a thin layer. It is pitch black with no clarity or bubbles coming up the side of the glass.

Smell: roasted coffee, chocolate, sweet and bready oats, burnt molasses, and some dark fruit aromas.

Taste: Same as above with some lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, full bodied, lingering bitterness, medium carbonation.

Overall: Not a bad oatmeal, but I would go with others. I was expecting more sweetness from the oats, but I will take it for what it is. Still a good beer though.

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Photo of DIM
4.04/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a: This had a black body and poured with a small, big bubbled head.

s: Heavy roast aromas with some chocolate notes and a hint of fruit.

t: Lightly sweet grains up front are quickly joined by some very strong roasty flavors. The finish is kind of nutty. Very satisfying, just what I was hoping for.

m: The carbonation is gentle, too gentle perhaps.

d: Thanks Eris, I really liked this one. This would be amazing on cask I bet.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.32/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bomber poured into an oversized snifter.

A: Opaque black with a quarter inch of beige head. The head sputters out rather quickly. Lacing is sparse and spotty. I'd expect better head formation and retention from an oatmeal stout.

S: Dirty, gritty yeast. Estery smell of white grapes and prunes. Roasted malt scents of fudge brownie and cocoa in the background. Starchy oats. Maybe just a light herbal hop scent.

T: Opens with hints of licorice and black pepper and juicy, slightly tart fruity tastes. Dirty yeast provides a backbone. Grape juice, plum, and tart raspberry. Sweetness comes mid palate with tastes of cola. Cocoa, caramel, and brownie. Turns smokey and starchy toward the finish. The finish is the shining point of this beer. It is smokey, oaty, and layered with chocolatey flavors.

M: Full and relatively thick in the mouth. A bit slick and oily. Almost no carbonation.

O: A fairly mediocre beer. It could do with a little more carbonation. The yeast flavors are a little too dominant, as with many People's Pint beers. There are some lovely malt tastes, but rather than let them be the foundation of the beer, the yeast seems to take on that role.

Notes: Not bad at $6 a bomber if you feel like taking a chance on it, but there are other oatmeal stouts I'd much rather have.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown/black with a dark tan head. No lace.

Some molasses and charred malt in the nose.

Nice french roast coffee and dark roasted malt. Some rich sweetness from the malt, and the oatmeal comes thru. Nice bitterness balancing out the end. Not an intense brew though.

A little watery for the style, but still on the full side.

Overall, a good standard oatmeal stout.

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Photo of morebeergood
2.23/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

This sucks, I must have gotten one of the bad bottles. I picked up a bomber from the Wine Gallery in Kenmore Square. Poured it into two glasses, and it looked pretty good at that point. Had a nice dark black color and a decent head. Btu when we went to take a sip, my wife asked me if it was supposed to taste sour. I thought at first that maybe this was a different type of oatmeal stout that used really tart/sour oats? I didn't have an answer for her. Didn't really enjoy the rest of the beer, though I did manage to finish my glass. After reading some of the other reviews here, I see that I am not alone in getting a bad bottle. It's too bad, this was the first time I bought anything from People's Pint. I may reconsider if there would be a next time...

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Photo of deereless
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A: Thin head on a hard pour, deep brown to black with a little light that passes through at the edge of the glass, appears to have a low viscosity just based on the movement of the beer in the glass - 3.75, S: A grainy sweetness to the nose that mixes with a slight charring, some prune juice and dark pitted fruit aromas, little hops that I can perceive - 4.25, T: The hops that eluded my nose are present on the tongue and provide a semi-sharp citrus bite, dark molasses and ash - 3.25, M: Extremely silky up front ending with a hint of graininess - 4.50, D: A decent beer all-around, a pretty standard stout - 3.00

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Photo of NEhophead
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 fl oz brown bottle; served in a nonic.
'Brewed on' date not notched.

Near opaque black with a ruby hue. Creamy, coffee-colored head that fades to a whispy sheet after a moment. Little to no lasting lacing.

Semi-sweet coffee and mocha with an artificial vanilla aroma. Mildly roasted malts; fresh oats. Faint whaffs of alcohol.

Sweet, artificial vanilla and heavy cream up front. Chewy, roasted malts with plenty of mocha and espresso notes. Rough, spicy floral hops that nearly balance out the malted sweetness. Lingering vanilla and coffee re-surface in the aftertaste.

Full bodied; annoyingly slick in spots, but predominantly chewy and rough.

Some decent aromas and flavors; however, some obvious flaws. In particular, the sweetness is too overpowering and artificial and doesn't allow for the other flavors to shine. Decent, but not a rounded version of the style.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

AP: Dark Brown nearly black except for some lighter/red hues around the edges. The Head is an impressive and thick one finger deep, mocha brown color that displayed excellent retention.

Nose: A very sweet, chocolaty malted scent with oats and vanilla.

Taste: The wonderfly bold and hearty malted barley flavors include, chocolate, vanilla, oates, nuts and a slightly smoked effect. There is a very subtle herbacious and earthy hop flavor to finish.

MF: Full body, thick and heavy, just like it should be.

DA: I love these Oatmeal stouts in the winter, this is a fine example.

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Photo of scottbrew4u
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: From a 22oz. bomber this beer poured out black with a luscious rich tan head. This mellowed out nicely and left behind a good lacing. Opaque black nectar with some chestnut brown highlights.

S: Rich burnt and roasted barley malt is combined with a cooked oatmeal aroma. Some coffee with cream notes and a bitter chocolate hint. Not much hop bouquet beneath all the roastedness.

T: Huge burnt barley malt sweetness washes over the palate. Some cooked oatmeal flavors and also good dark chocolate and molasses flavors add some sweetness. Predominately bitter from the roasted grains and bittering hops but not off balance. Some strong coffee bean flavors push through as this one gets further on. Each taste also adds a different malt complexity to this beer. Starts to coat the tongue with bitterness as an aftertaste.

M: Seductively smooth and rich full body with a light carbonation to take this beer to a new level of creaminess from a bottled oatmeal stout. No significant alcohol warming.

D: Wonderful to drink this one and it is a great example as to why I love this style of beer. It balances more on the bitter end and it should for this style. I am glad I picked this up on my way through Greenfield. Will have to try it on tap too.

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