Oatmeal Porter
Carolina Brewery

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American Porter
Ranked #359
Ranked #16,956
3.9 | pDev: 9.23%
Carolina Brewery
North Carolina, United States
Very Good
Notes: 37 IBU
Reviews: 25 | Ratings: 73 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of MacMalt
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I had this on draught at the brewery. It poured a dark cola, nearly black, with one finger of khaki-colored head and lacing. It smells of roasted malt, chocolate, and burnt coffee. The taste features oatmeal and a hint of vanilla, in addition to baker's chocolate and burnt coffee grounds. It finishes with a dry, roasty bitterness. It's medium-bodied, moderately carbonated, and its 5.9% ABV presents no impediment to drinking. Like many porters, it's a tad thin in body. Overall, its tasty and a good representative of its style but it isn't comparable to its famous competition such as Founders Porter, Victory at Sea, Edmund Fitzgerald et als.

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Photo of chinchill
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap in SC.

Pours with a dark brown body that's opaque in the glass. Very good head.
Light malty aroma. Clean malty flavor with a well chosen mix of grains. Exceptionally smooth body. Medium carbonation.

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Photo of Mitzvahman72
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Quick Take: With a near-black ruby color, it boasts a very robust coffee roast that gets more roastier with time. Although balanced, it does get a little too dry in the flavor.

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Photo of hotpauko
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hophead but I enjoyed this beer. From tap at DeMarcos in Fort Mill. Very flavorful but not as heavy and robust as some porters. Dark almost black look with a brownish tint lacing, but foam did not last. Nice smoky aroma especially while inhaling during a sip. A hint of cherry with the smoky flavor, tastes nice on the mouth but doesn't linger very long. A tad sweet. Overall enjoyable no complaints.

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Photo of timmy2b
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler brought from the Brewery to NY. 5 days old. (quick hits from last nights glasses)

Dark Brown, Light Black pour with an off white head which just covered the beer and faded quickly.

Earthy Malty nutty smell with a good amount of chocolate.

Light amount of coffee flavor up front followed by chocolate in the aftertaste.

Light on the tongue and easy to sip with very little lingering aftertaste.

Well done. Would try again.

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Photo of brentk56
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives with a nice mocha foamy cap on top of the obsidian colored liquid

Smell: Very roasty, with dark chocolate and a hint of pine

Taste: Charred toast and dark chocolate, up front, with developing fruit and husky flavors; the chocolate re-emerges, after the swallow, and joins with the husky tones in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Congrats to the brewery for their bronze medal at the GABF for this beer; I would prefer a bit more of a creamy mouthfeel as befits the oatmeal but this is still a nice beer

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Photo of thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this one on a past ticking trip to Asheville! Served from tap into a Green Man shaker. Poured a massively dark brown with a half finger light tan head that subsided to a minimal amount very quickly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, coffee, oatmeal, and subtle dark chocolate. The flavor was of roasted malt, toasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, oatmeal, spice, and subtle pepper. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. If I am honest this really wasn't a top-tier porter. I did like the fact that it was trying to be complex, but it just fell short due to some flavor clashing going on. The toasted malt was slightly invasive on the palate and really lingered at first. Once you got used to it you could enjoy some of the subtle flavors going on, but by that point it was a case of too little too late. Glad I got to try it, but doubt I would go out of my way to do so again in the future.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


Pours a dark opaque brown with a tan head.

Smells of roasted coffee beans and hints of cocoa.

Very smokey taste, like hickory firewood, along with some bitter hop character and mild coffee flavors.

Medium to full body with a tingle of carbonation.

Good unique porter; I love smokey porters. This one is quite good if you like that sort of thing. Would certainly have this again.

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Photo of devilben02
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I didn't get to crack this growler until over a week after I picked it up from Whole Foods, but it held up superbly. It pours a dark earthy brown color, with a thin film of beige head on top. The aroma is subtle but hearty, with a dry, earthy combination of bittersweet chocolate and roasted nuts. The flavor is more robust, with characteristics of brown bread, bitter cocoa, an earthy minerality, and some oatmeal with brown sugar. Despite the fading carbonation, the mouthfeel is still substantial and satisfying.

Overall, with a complex, dry earthiness and only a subtle sweetness to balance, this beer is a very nice representation of one of my favorite styles.

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Photo of Bung
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Kickstand in Charlotte, tap handle says Oatmeal Porter. Can't believe this is the first time this has been seen, but ok.

Brownish black pour, off white head with a good amount of lacing.

Aroma, a malty, graininess. Earthy, dark chocolates.

Taste, good dose of chocolate, peat. Almost a little milk stout quality as well. Lighter coffee and cocoa finish. Straight forward but really enjoyable for me.

Good near creamy medium body. Must be lower abv, really easy and enjoyable drink. Solid effort.

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Photo of VncentLIFE
3.3/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours very black with brown hues
Generous head that leaves a quarter inch head that sticks around. Decent Lacing

Smell - Dark roasty malts with a very slightl sweet smell with some chocolates mixed around in there.

Hello Guiness. First comes the sweetness which hits you straight away then disappears just as fast.Then come the dark roasted malt. Tastes strikingly similar to Guiness. A tad heavier though.

Leaves that roasted malt flavor lingering with a slightly syrupy soda type sweetness mixed in somewhere.

This is probably Carolina Brewery's second best beer behind their Flagship IPA.

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Photo of nickd717
2.61/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the brewpub in Chapel Hill.

Dark brown in color with a nice lasting tan head.

Roast and dark chocolate on the aroma, with a hint of cardboard that has become a common theme in many Carolina Brewery beers I've had.

Slight vinous notes and cardboard on the flavor with a roasty and chocolatey malt base.

Rather dry with medium body and average carbonation.

The description mentions that this kind of beer was originally called "entire butt," and after drinking this beer I can understand why. Just kidding, but still it was below average.

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Photo of GJ40
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at the brewery.

An easy drinking, smooth and flavorful beer. It's quite dark and has a creamy consistency. The malts have some nice variety and all of the elements work well together.

Nothing wrong with this one. It really hit the spot.

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Photo of DmanGTR
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The 4th in a series of beers sampled at the brewpub. I was pretty pissed about the 3rd beer (see their Flagship IPA) so upon receiving this one...

Poured a deep dark brown, but closer to black in the lighting. Hint of garnet and ruby in the edges. Nice thick tan head that kept well and laced well. I hope looks aren't deceiving...

A good dose of biscuit, touch of burnt toast, cream, and coffee. Well, this is a rather pleasant nose. Nice blend of caramel and even a bit of ashiness in there too. Albeit a bit mild in assertiveness, but it really is a pleasant aroma. The flavors are just as nice and well balanced. A hint of grainy sweetness adds to the complexity, of which I'm a fan. Finishes neither sweet nor dry, although it leans towards the dry side. Wonderful toasted grains throughout. Rich and creamy body with a slight bite in the carbonation. Maybe they could dial it down just a touch, but otherwise, quite good.

So good, in fact, I bought a pint of it after tasting it! Well done!

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Photo of SylviaFaye
4.24/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A small, hazelnut-brown head fizzles gently over a dark opaque body with a barely-visible red glow around the edges, leaving little lacing.

The smell is ridden with hops. Oats, bready tones, honey, and other sweetly-tinged aromas waft out like warm sweet rolls or fruit breads.

The word that comes to mind at the first taste is "creamy." A lingering sweetness and delightfully tangy hops complete the spread. Minimal bitterness is apparent. The finish is smooth.

This is dessert in a glass!

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Photo of Broombrew
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from growler into glass

a- pours with a nice thick 2 finger head that drops down to a steady 1 finger. dark tan colored head. dark full colored body with no opaqueness.

s- rich full smell. thick malts and hints of oatmeal.

t- full bodied taste. rich dark coffee like flavor with a subtle presence of oatmeal.

m- full thick mouth feel. goes down heavy and smooth.

d- very drinkable. doesn't go down quickly, but smooth nonetheless. would definitely have another.

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Photo of oberon
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a growler today and I gotta say I was really impressed.Poured a near opaque black,a tinge of ruby was present when held up to the light,a creamy one finger light mocha colored head atop.Roasty aromas with some vanilla and molasses mainly,a slight nuttiness comes through as well.A full creamy mouthfeel gently coats the mouth,roasty coffee notes hit up front with vanilla and sharp earth in the finish.Not overly sweet with good roast,a very nice porter to be had.

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Photo of porterwoobie
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served out of a growler into a standard pint glass.

A: dark brown to black, slight head that faded quickly

S: malty, roasted, with hints of chocolate

T: roasted grains with the hop bitterness at the end. resembled drinking a rich, dark coffee.

MF: right balance of carbonation, medium bodied.

Drinkability: this is a good oatmeal porter. i'll definitely be buying this again.

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Photo of daliandragon
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I stopped by Whole Foods in Raleigh on Tuesday and the Carolina growlers were the same old same old so I abstained and got some dinner instead. Friday I stopped by again and fresh Oatmeal porter did I find. Excellent. Pours close to jet with a cola rim at the bottom and a dense tan head with tiny tight bubbles. Nose is heavy on the chocolate malt with a delicious roasted or toasted quality.

Definitely an oatmeal stout quality to this porter with that delicious sour note to the thick melange of dark malts. A nice medium body carries this along and makes this very drinkable despite the flavor onslaught. Impressively easy to drink and easily the best from this brewery I've had so far.

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Photo of cvstrickland
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler from Weaver Street Market in Carrboro, found amongst a number of other offerings from Carolina Brewery , poured into a pint glass yields an opaque ebony body, utterly impervious to even direct sunlight, capped with two fingers of extremely fine-bubbled light khaki foam that retains nicely and laces the glass at the sip lines.

Smell is malty with a hearty oat note and a tinge of honey.

Taste is rich and sweet with a warm, semi-seco oatiness and both caramel and dry malt flavors. There is a slightly metallic, earthy, dry component that gives the drink a gritty, dusty note.

Light medium- bodied, silky and slick, this is a really surprisingly nice drink on a very hot day. So good and cold and refreshing I've poured myself a second, and have a greedy eye on thirds!

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a growler from Sam's in Durham, NC. Poured into a Guinness pint glass. I tried this once at a concert, enjoyed it immensely, and reviewed from memory (don't let the Bro's know!), so I figured I should cover it more in-depth in this review.

For a growler sitting on a refridgerated shelf for who knows how long, the pour produced a decent amount of tan foam. The head quickly recedes to a ring of tiny bubbles, and the seal brown body transitions to a cola hue at the edges. Aroma is full of nutty chocolate, vanilla oats, roasted malt, and a hint of ground coffee. A small, musky hop note tries to balance the malt presence.

Flavor is quite good: a pronounced coffee bitterness hits first, making me wonder if they added some java to secondary. The smoothness of the oats is out-competed by a decently high carbonation level and a lingering hop/coffee bitterness. I guess for the style (american porter), it makes sense. I'd like to see how this compares side-by-side with CB's Oatmal Stout. All in all, this is still a great beer, but I liked it a little more when it was fresh from the draught (see below).

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Photo of blackie
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: The beer is a deep, black-brown in color. The mocha colored head that sits atop the beer exhibits nice retention throughout.

smell: Roasted barley upfront with some aromas of the toasted oats. Some muddy hop aromas. Not extremely exciting, but good.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is at the medium level, and the body a full medium. The oats come through in the form of a slightly creamy mouthfeel.

taste: The flavors are primarily of roasted barley with a light malt sweetness. Some light creamy, lactic flavors. There's a moderate nondescript hop flavor and a nice level of bitterness in the finish.

drinkability: easy...not terribly complex on the nose or the tongue, but a damn solid porter

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an incredibly dark brown color. Almost black but the true brown color gives itself away arond the edges. Slight, tan head that receded to two thin scuzzy lines. Nose is toasted malts and oatmeal sandwich bread.

Flavor is a combination of wholesome, sweet and filling oatmeal balanced with a slight hoppy tang. Some slight bursts of sulphur on the tongue as well. Lots of toasted malts. Perilously close to a Baltic porter but the oatmeal keeps it firmly grounded in the oatmeal stout style. Medium body that is perhaps a touch thinner than optimal. Still a very nice and easy drinking example of the style. Nice take with the oatmeal provides a smoother mouthfeel than some others that are not quite as balanced.

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Photo of cracgor
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Completely stark black. Has a nice tan silky head. But not great retention.

Smell: Rich roasted malt smell. Kind of so burnt it's sweet smelling...good smell:)

Taste: A bit sweeter than I'm used to, but plenty of roasted/chocolate flavor to go around. Has a bit of a sweet after taste that I rather enjoy.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. No bad feeling in this beer.

Drinkability: This is the type of beer I could sit down and drink all night. Good product they're putting out.

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Photo of Loki
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 64oz growler fresh from the source.

Appearance: Deep, dark brown, nearly black, with thick, caramel color head. Spotty lacing, but a textbook porter in appearance.

Smell: Slightly muted, but very smoky and gamey. Scents of smoked malts and chared meats on a grill. Big roasted dark chocolate aromas waft up through the smokehouse malts. The scent make me invision a smoke house or a campfire roasting a boar over the pit.

Taste: Flavors were stronger than the smell. More smokey, gamey meat flavors with roasted chocolate and strong, dark coffee. Well balanced toasted malt with brown sugar and molasses. Thick and rich flavors with a subtle hop balance to keep it from over the top sweetnees and help the finish.

Mouthfeel: Chewy, thick, rich, and full. Incredibly smooth with a lingering finish. Almost a meal in itself.

Drinkability: Superb, begs for ribs or BBQ. nearly a meal in itself, maybe a little to heavy for some to drink on a daily basis, but not me. Now to find some venison and get another growler for the perfect meal!

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Oatmeal Porter from Carolina Brewery
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 73 ratings