Black H2O Oatmeal Stout - Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
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Reviews by taylorhamrick:
4/5 rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
on cask @ Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Pours a dark brown, pretty clear, almost black, but lets enough light through that you can see bubbles cascading up through the beer. The head is densely packed, about 1-2cms, brown colored, and it leaves bits of lacing as I drink. Looks nice. The primary smells are coffee and chocolate - a good bit of roasted malts, and not leaning too heavily in any one direction. There's also the sort of standard sweetness mixed with the kind of smell I can hardly describe as anything but the oats. The taste is right on. It tastes kind of slick, nearly syrupy with a tiny bit of esters, but it's nice and sweet. There are hints of coffee, but really it tastes more like roasted, not quite burnt or charred malts, fresh cracked. At times it feels a bit too slick, and the cask doesn't contribute much to the flavor, just the feeling, but it does serve to balance out the flavors a bit in the beer. Especially when you can get a sip of the creamy foam on top. The low carbonation in the beer itself leads to a more full feeling as well, but it also exposes a bit of thinness in the finish. Still this one is right on for an oatmeal stout. The beer is enjoyable, it's nice and smooth, just complex enough to keep me interested, and not too much of a heavy hitter - though a bit higher in ABV than I expected. Overall, and enjoyable beer, and definitely worth a shot on cask.
Serving type: cask
07-08-2009 11:51:02 | More by taylorhamrick
More User Reviews:
3.96/5 rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
On draft at the brewery in Minneapolis. Color is pitch black like dark chocolate. Aroma is a bit of sweet cocoa. Taste sweet, chocolate, coffee, and milky like a Thai iced coffee. Very drinkable especially at 5.4%. Overall, highly enjoyable but 16 oz could be a bit much.
Serving type: on-tap
05-08-2014 22:45:32 | More by gabrielsyme
4.01/5 rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
On-tap at the brewpub on 21 November 2013. I've had more of Town Hall's seasonals and rarities, so I'm working my way through their regular line-up. A chilly snowy day calls for a stout.
Pours black, as it should given the name. Brought with one finger of medium-dark tan head. Good retention, nice lacing.
Smell is faint. Smooth and sweet from the oats, a touch of dark roast. It's served too cold to really let the smells out.
Taste is excellent. Deep and rich, with char and dark-roasted coffee. The oats add a delicate sweetness that balances out the bitter in the finish.
Feel is good. Relatively light for a stout, and doesn't have that amazing creaminess that some oatmeal stouts have. But those are quibbles.
A stellar oatmeal stout. Smooth, creamy, deeply roasty. Very nice.
Serving type: on-tap
01-12-2014 02:45:21 | More by zeledonia
Black H2O Oatmeal Stout from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 169 ratings.