Our Oatmeal Stout | The People's Pint

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Our Oatmeal StoutOur Oatmeal Stout

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The People's Pint
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 63 | Ratings: 85
Photo of ThirstyBird
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bomber into an imperial pint glass
Pours very dark brown - nearly black. Small tan head falls away to a ring.
Smells of sweet vanilla, oats and chocolate.
Tastes of coffee up front, Sweet malt. Some bitterness follows.
Mouthfeel is smooth a light/medium body. Carbonation is fairly low but nice in my opinion.
It is very drinkable with a lot of flavor for an oatmeal stout. The flavor might limit me to one or two but I will certainly enjoy.

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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 marcpal
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Brought this one back from Cambridge on a recent business trip. Becoming more of a fan of People's Pint and their offerings.

22oz bottle poured into a flying fish tulip glass.

A: Nearly black with a thick khaki head. Lacing indeed, but faded fast.

N: Toasted warm oatlemal. Chocolate not overly dominated with a bitter end.

T: Chocolate for sure with hops in the finish that make this a drinking pleasure.. Had character but I really got the feeling that this bottle was a bit old or flat when it tried to unleash flavors. The sweetness was pleasant but the sugared coffee faded as it warmed.

M: No alcohol noticed but it was still warming and nice. Filling, buttery and no carbonation.

D: Mild in taste, nice texture, and a pleasure to drink. Admittedly not a huge fan of the style, but like to experiment and this one does a fine job but just on the flat end but I think it was the blame of the age.

People's Pint- worth the stop whenever in the Boston/Cambridge area.

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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 RixBeer
3.71/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler from the source.

Filled my pint glass with this bewitched black/brown (mostly black) potion. The 1/4" head faded pretty quickly into a nice thin ring that leaves some nice lacing along the edges.

Coffee, chocolate, licorice and a nice subtle hint of oatmeal in a very mild aroma.

Bitter sweet taste. of oatmeal and coffee with the tiniest hint of oatmeal and licorice. A nice after taste that doesn't last for more than a minute or two.

Silky smooth feel with a really nice thickness without being at all overwhelming.

This is a mouthful at a time beer. No sipper, no gulper. But you should sit back and enjoy.

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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 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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Photo of ph2001
4.04/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle in pint glass

black with carmel highlights against light. has a small amount of head that leaves quickly.

it smells very much like chocolate and carmel. it has a very light body and is very drinkable. flavoring is mild overall but there is a sweetness with a bite in the aftertaste.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 22 ounce brown bomber of Our Oatmeal Stout from the People's Pint. A hard pour into a Guinness glass produced minimal head, but the little that was there had good retention. The color is black, with some brown hues noticeable. Chocolate emanates from the aroma, it almost reminds me of a Lindt chocolate truffle. Notes of coffee also present in the nose. Medium bodied and creamy on the palate. Roasted malt flavors, chocolate and coffee are again dominant. Limited bitterness and hop flavor. Very drinkable and pleasant. My only critique would be that it could use some more boldness, but it is just fine as it is. One could sip this all night or morning, as it were.

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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 fitzy84
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 22 oz bottle. Great appearance: good thin lacing with a thick black look. Thick hearty smells of wheat, oats, and coffee I sensed were the dominant flavors. Roasty and light taste overall of the above flavors. The mouthfeel allowed it to be thin so that the flavors were not too overpowering. This is one heck of an oatmeal stout.

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Photo of currysage1
3.57/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This one has my name written all over it, I love oatmeal stouts!

Poured from a 22 bought from Four Seasons, unlike other reviewers mine was not a bunk batch.

Appearance was nice solid dark color, decent khaki colored head, stuck around for a while. Not much lacing.

Smell was very good though, coffee, chocolate and definately some bitter grains.

Taste left a little to be desired though, very light not that much in the way of body, all the flavors were very subtle. Unfortunately I enjoy more of a full flavored sort of OS.

Like I said above it was a thin sort of brew for the style, needs more bite to it.

Drinkability was good, didn't fill me up as fast as some others, so could possibly session this one.

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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 beetlbumjl
3.04/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked up a bomber at Colonial Spirits. After several months of periodically buying this beer, I've found there is a major consistency problem. About a quarter to a third of the purchases have an overbearing diacetyl butter smell and taste. The last purchase was my first ever drain pour. Pity because when this beer is on its game, it's a great oatmeal stout. When I asked about this beer at Julio's (who were all out), I was told that People's were having problems getting their beers this far east. Perhaps this was a run around, but it makes me wonder how old Colonial's stock is.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.24/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - of course, this pours a dark stout black, pouring it wells up a thin dark tan head which swiftly fades to a ring

S - wow, what a rich aroma, thick and smooth aroma, laden with diacetyls resulting in an enticing butter/butterscotch scent, some oaty sweetness adds to it, and the aroma is balanced by a distinct coffee aroma

T - extremely nice flavors, the elements from the bouquet are also in the flavors, but at different proportions, the oats and coffee step up to the forefront, the diacetyls lend a sweet buttery vanilla sweetness, very nice balance

M&D - the only knock against this beer is the body, its much thinner than i expected, the flavors are almost a bit diluted, were it a bit thicker and richer in mouthfeel it would be a near 5, as it is, it is still damn good, i will get more of this

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

From the "Peoples Pint", this came in a bomber sized bottle.
Poured black as night, thin tan head that left broken lacing all the way down.
smell was of toasted coffee and cocoa beans, slight floral whiff as well.
tangy hops hit up front mellowing to a predominantely coffee flavor, with a smidgen of chocolate and a slight floral aftertaste from the hops.
mouthfeel is bubbly, chewy, with a creaminess on the finish.
I think this is a pretty decent example of the style, and I'd love to have another....good job PP!

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Photo of BeerTruth
3.82/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this one on my way back from Groveland, MA.

22 oz. bomber poured into a nonic.

Pours a complete onyx with a creamy one finger tan head that quickly dies down to a thin layer. Stickiness could be better, but I've seen worse. First thing I think of after putting my nose to this; movie theater popcorn. Such a buttery sweet aroma of coffee and cream with an oat presence. Milk chocolate and some nutty scents as well. Taste is a carmel sweet french roast with some biscuit like flavors. Hazelnut and molasses on the tongue as well. Movie theater butter makes another apperance in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is a bit creamy but light bodied for the style. A bit too thin for me. Interesting brew, enjoyable. I bet this would improve coming straight from the tap.

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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 edchicma
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As a fan of oatmeal stouts, this one left me in the cold. Appearance, while nice and dark, had very little head retention. Smell had a sour quality. Taste was overly roasted malt with a softened oatmeal presence. Mouthfeel was smooth on the front, but finished bitter and dry. Drinkability likewise suffers due to the above qualities.

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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 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 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 Nipitato
3.77/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: Jet black color. Slightly brown thin head. Opaque. Has lots of legs.

S: Super sweet malty aroma with strong vanilla characteristics. No roasted aromas. Some chocolate. A good bit of diacetyl, which adds a nice touch to the aroma.

T: Strong roasted malt flavor, combination of coffee and bittersweet chocolate. Some butterscotchy diacetyl flavors. Nice bittering finish.

MF: Medium light body. A little too thin for my taste in stouts. Very smooth and velvety. Low carbonation.

D: Pretty good sweet tasting stout. Quite drinkable. Loses some points for diacetyl tastes and thin mouthfeel.

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Photo of tboom29
3.82/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep brown, almost black, with a brown head on top that did not last long.

The nose has lots of deep, roasted malts, with some hops and oats thrown in to boot.

Lots of coffee, roasted flavors up front. Fairly bitter. Does have a fair amount of hops as well. Some buttery notes. Does have a nice chocolate finish, but leaves a slight aftertaste of roasted malts. Not really a clean finish. The mouthfeel is not what you'd expect from an oatmeal stout, a little weak.

Not my favorite stout, but still fairly drinkable.

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Photo of taez555
3.15/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured a brownish/black body with a off-white/light tan head.

Nose is very interesting. Milk chocolate, granulated sugar, butter, root beer, touches of wood, malted milk, little whiffs of oatmeal and this strong overall rooty sweetness. Very unique.

Taste is medium bodied with an initial sharp roasted barley flavor. Tons of dark burnt roasted barley, sweet oats, toasted grains, burnt espresso beans, black patent barley, touches of brick and mild hints of smoke. Very smooth and light body that makes it very drinkable. BItterness is very low with only enough to give it some backbone, although it hards to tell if the bitterness is caused by the hops or the roasted malt. Ends with a lingering burnt grain bitterness.

This beer is just so over the top with it's burnt black patent/roasted barley that it's hard to focus on the oatmeal stout aspects. A decent beer, but just too out of whack for me.

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