Oatmeal Porter | Zipline Brewing Co

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Brewed by:
Zipline Brewing Co
Nebraska, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
All the dark chocolate and coffee notes you expect from a porter with locally sourced, rolled oats delivering an uncommonly silky smooth finish.

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 23 | Ratings: 115
Photo of GuyFawkes
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From old, undated notes. Drank on draft.

Impenetrable brown/black color.

Khaki head, decent lacing.

Raw oats & coffee in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Taste follows the nose, but with a nice hop bite.

Very tasty.

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Photo of annp1022
4.51/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A dark, rich brown color, tan head.
Smooth mouthfeel, really nice.
Definitely chocolately, but not bitter, a light smokiness.
Smelled like hot chocolate, and toast. In a good way!

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Photo of omahawk
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Good beer. Pours a black-ruby appearance. Smell is roast. Taste is dry roast and chocolate with a hint of carmel. Unlike other reviewers, I don’t detect the smooth silkiness of oatmeal. This has an almost dry stout flavor profile supported by slightly more Carmel body - roasty but drinkable. Likely in the “robust” category of the porter spectrum. I like this beer.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic pint glass.

Look: The color of dark bitter baking chocolate with a lighter hue on the edges. The head is a thick, tight cap of oat-flake tan color. Lacing is thick bands with random vertical lines.

Aroma: Rich dark chocolate, roasted coffee, oats, charred grains.

Taste: Just like the aroma, starting off with a large bill of bitter chocolate that leads into a chalky yet smooth body of oats, coffee, and dark malts.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, yet dry.

Overall: Regret only buying a single bottle, this is rich, smooth, and tasty.

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Photo of bbtkd
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Zipline Oatmeal Porter, 6% ABV, 36 IBU. Pours black, with a 1+ finger tan head that left some lacing. Nose is chocolate, lactose, and malt. Taste is roasty malt, coffee, oats, with moderate bitterness. Excellent mouthfeel, overall very good.

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Photo of beergoot
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown body; thick, foamy head. Gentle roasted grain smell; dark chocolate. Dark, malted grain taste; bitter chocolate; vanilla notes; somewhat smokey; grain husks; bitter. Medium-heavy body; soft and smooth; balanced sweet and dry finish.

Overall, a solid porter, heavy with dark grain and chocolate-like flavors. The oatmeal certainly smooths out the mouthfeel. A nice find...

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

just a really, really well made porter here, medium bodied and smooth as can be, bone dry and supremely drinkable, without as much bitterness from the roasted grain as so many of these seem to have, and an wonderful dark chocolate to it and a lot of creaminess and mellowness from the oats, a killer recipe brewed to perfection, and in instant classic for me. i like all the beers these guys make, but this one really jumps out at me as one of their best. through the thick frothy tan head i get some awesome earthy rich dark chocolate on the first taste, a slight hint of cigar smoke, fresh ground coffee beans, and a really creamy feel, its awesome and its distinct. bitterness is there, but its tame in compared to many, a coffee note to finish that has just a little sweetness there as well. its so hearty and satisfying, but also a beer i want to drink pint after pint of, it warms up nicely, and its really pretty darn textbook for what i want in the style. these guys do some really adventurous beers too, but i find that their more to style stuff is what stands out as the best. this is an elite level beer!

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got in a trade with The-Adjunct-Hippie. 12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours fairly crystal clear very dark reddish brown color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar. toasted oats, and dark bread; with light nuttiness, toffee, herbal, smoke, and roast/toasted earthiness. damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and light earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toasted oats, and dark bread; with light nuttiness, toffee, herbal, pepper, smoke, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/spicy hop and roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar. toasted oats, dark bread, light nuttiness/smoke, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great roasted bitter/sweet balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering hop/roast bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/silky, and lightly sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 6%. Overall this is a very nice American porter! All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to drink. Really great well rounded malt complexity, with nice hop balance. Spot on style example. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of zeff80
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a jet-black color with a light brown head of foam. It smelled like chocolate milk. Tasted like chocolate milk with a hint of nuttiness and a subtle bitterness.

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Photo of DerekOfSeward
4.55/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Rich and flavorful this is a great winter beer. It doesn't taste like coffee or candy. The flavor is very strong and leaves a full after taste. It's Guiness with a reasonable amount of bite.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark ruby-brown with a tan head that leaves plenty of lacing in the glass.
The aroma is chocolate and malted milk with hints of some nuttiness.
Taste is chocolate and chocolate milk with a hint of roasty char and a slightly acidic finish. A pleasant and lingering slightly bitter finish.
Mouthfeel is outstanding! So smooth and creamy.
I think this is an excellent, refreshing porter.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed form the 12 oz bottle from a friend at work---Thanks Randy!
Pours a deep, dark, muddy mahogany with an excellent head of very light tan foam that dissipates to a thick ring, thin pooling layer, and some excellent lacing. Nose of chocolate, a touch of coffee, and a touch of cream. Flavors exceed the nose with smooth moderately bitter cocoa and a light coffee note on all sides followed by sweet caramel and cream. Soft and creamy mouth feel, rich and smooth. An excellent porter with a medium bitter roasted malt aftertaste. FANTASTIC.


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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottled 2015.04.07 at 42 degrees into snifter
Aroma roasted malt, chocolate – lasts through most of the glass
Head – initial pour fills the glass with foam – allowed to settle before continuing to pour, light brown, frothy, verrry slooowly diminishes to frothy ring and layer
Lacing - none
Body dark brown/black, opaque
Flavor weaker than the nose – some chocolate, not much else; no malt, no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 4, Flavor 3.5, Palate 4, Overall 3.75

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A pretty heavy amount of creaminess to the texture. The roast flavors give way to an almost burnt flavor. I would have preferred more sweetness to it, but it's not bad.

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Photo of MLoxxer
2.26/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

I partook of Zipline's Oatmeal Porter at their tap room in Lincoln Nebraska. The beer was served in a tulip glass. As I sat near the window through which a sunbeam shone I was able to judge the beer's color and clarity. The color was very black like a stout, light wouldn't pass through it with the exception of the liquid's periphery. The head was no longer present after 10 minutes or so. There was however some nice lacing. The aroma was lacking in presence and definition. The flavor has a hoppy, bitter start and then a mildly roasty malt influenced finish. Overall this brew is way too bitter to excel as a porter. I really want to like it as its local and I love black ales. I am hopeful that over time Zipline will pursue a much maltier charactered porter and back off on the hops.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.69/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I bought a six pack of these so I hope it's good. I'm trusting you, BA'ers!

Appearance : Pours a pretty dark brown-to-black molten chocolate color. No transparency. The head is beige and starts off at 2 fingers, receding to a small ring within a minute's time. There's little to no lacing left behind on the glass until it gets down to the ring.

Smell : Oatmeal, Karo syrup, bakers' chocolate, a b urn of liqueur. Bouquet is medium strength. Nothing too exciting here.

Taste : Strong alcohol burn right at the front, which is strange considering its measly 6% ABV. Beyond that is unsweetened chocolate, oatmeal, milk and cream, and dry root. Some earthy flavors are left on the palate afterwards.

Feel : It borders on a light oatmeal stout in its depth and creaminess. This, I like. It's very present, sticky, and ends dry.

Overall : I'm just gonna say this much - it's not real great but for $7.99/six pack it's better than most beers at this price. Notice I said most, not all. It's okay, worth a try. Maybe it will catch me on a better day and I can rate this higher.

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Photo of garrettdeanjohnson
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Zipline makes a wonderful oatmeal porter! This is one of their best. It's nothing too special, but I could drink it again and again. If you're ever in LNK, you must go to their brewery!

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Photo of tempest
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Yup, definitely an oatmeal beer. So smooth. It could be hard to pick apart from an oatmeal stout, drinking it blind. This beer has more of a milk chocolate character and less roast, like a porter should.

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Photo of Russ_Guill
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a 12 oz bottle.

Pours very dark with minimal head. Reddish coloring near the edge if you hold it up to a bright enough light. Very pretty.

The aroma is malty, with a bit of smoke and chocolate. Also detect some coffee and toffee notes, especially if you let it warm up a little.

The taste is not bitter, very smooth, and has a clean finish. Light mouthfeel when served very cold. Let it warm up a little and its complexity really becomes apparent.

Overall, a great porter.

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Photo of CraftyHusker
4.19/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Libbey Stout/Porter glass. Nice looking dark porter with average head. Smells of roasted malts. This beer has a very smooth and creamy mouthful without being heavy. Has a sweet taste up front with some chocolate notes, and finishes with a roasted, slightly smoked malt aftertaste. A very solid porter. The mouth feel is what stands out here, I think the oatmeal does wonders for this brew. Really impressed with what Zipline has one. This will be my go to porter moving forward.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Sampled back on 9/19/13. Picked up a single bottle as a 'make your own 6' for $7.99. Cooled down to 36 degrees in my beer cooler and pours into a brandy snifter glass. This new brew pours a dark black in color with a very small tan head. Left good lacing when sipped. The aroma is of roasted malts and coffee. The taste was pretty much the same except with a hint of dark chocolate highlights. A very smooth brew actually with no harsh or bitter aftertaste. Will be a great brew for the cooler months for sure.

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Photo of siskiyoucellar
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

from a 12oz bottle

pours very dark with a substantial dark tan head that borders on creamy, this is a DARK porter, very pretty

good, with roasty malts, dark coffee and hints of citrus, but comes through only weakly

really delicious, deep dark roasted malts are backed up by bitter chocolate, dark fruit and a wee hint of sharp cigar smoke

mouthfeel is exactly right for a porter, light yet substantial, gentle smooth carbonation

overall a very fine porter, hits all the targets without trying too hard, oatmeal richness makes both taste and mouthfeel excellent, my favorite from Zipline

full disclosure - reviewed as impartially as possible from a sample given to me by the brewers

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Photo of Bear1964
3.52/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 64oz Growler into a Pint glass, a small light brown creamy head about one finger thick sat atop a nice dark brown almost black brew for a few minutes. You could smell some chocolate and coffee hints and just depth as a Porter should have, taste held the same except a surprising tobacco after note as it warms...never tasted tobacco before so it was interesting. Creamy and rich mouthfeel was nice and overall a great local Porter that was fresh and to the point.

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Oatmeal Porter from Zipline Brewing Co
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 115 ratings