Oatmeal Porter | Carolina Brewery

BA SCORE
3.87/5
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:
#12,842
Reviews:
25
Ratings:
72
pDev:
9.56%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
6
Trade:
0
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Photo of kylehay2004
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of brentk56
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
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 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 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 Kegatron
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 lupercmda
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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

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 argock
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DmanGTR
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
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 buckyp
4/5  rDev +3.4%

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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Photo of qcbrewer
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of jak
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Falcone
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of brotherloco
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of ncstateplaya
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of wagenvolks
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
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 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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Photo of Cylinsier
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

tap

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 RedneckBeerz
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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 woodchip
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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