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Oatmeal Porter | Carolina Brewery

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3.87/5
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72 Ratings
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Carolina Brewery
North Carolina, United States
carolinabrewery.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
37 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-21-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#13,262
Reviews:
25
Ratings:
72
pDev:
9.56%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
6
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 72 |  Reviews: 25
Reviews by Loki:
Photo of Loki
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
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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Photo of oberon
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
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 reitzbrewing
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hotpauko
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
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 chinchill
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
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 CrusinforaBrewsin
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of qcbrewer
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of woodchip
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of nickd717
2.61/5  rDev -32.6%
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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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
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 Bung
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
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 SLewis
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 13tido
4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of blackie
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
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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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of devilben02
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
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 daliandragon
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
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 NCLorax
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of SFTBLMOSS2
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -16%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of AngusOg
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jason_cs
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Oatmeal Porter from Carolina Brewery
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 72 ratings
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