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Black H2O Oatmeal Stout - Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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Black H2O Oatmeal Stout
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Ratings: 172
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 8.56%
Wants: 26
Gots: 11 | FT: 1
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Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Traditional oatmeal stout. The silky smooth oatmeal lends itself perdectly to the intense roasted malt character of this dark robust stout.

(Beer added by: ADR on 04-06-2003)
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

01-18-2012 23:12:47 | More by Slimpo
Photo of nmann08

District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -26.7%

01-04-2012 02:55:02 | More by nmann08
Photo of Heavenisbeer


3.93/5  rDev -3.9%

A: Espresso black, with a cappuccino head, and very nice intricate lacing.

S: Bitter, dark chocolate and deep espresso notes.

T: Dark chocolate and espresso. Very sweet malt backbone. Has a roasted bitter malt finish. This could use a little more of a hop kick to cut the sweetness of the malts.

M: Light and pleasant for an oatmeal stout. Very drinkable.

12-27-2011 01:32:08 | More by Heavenisbeer
Photo of Agold


4.03/5  rDev -1.5%

Thus beer pours nice and dark with a finger of off white nice head that recedes to nothing fairly quickly. Aroma is mild sweet caramel with roasty coco and roasted barley. Flavor is creamy roasty and has a bit of coco/milk chocolate. Mild astringency, but otherwise very nice. Mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy. Medium
Bodied with nice carb. Awesome beer.

12-25-2011 20:55:42 | More by Agold
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

12-11-2011 21:29:57 | More by mhaugo
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

12-05-2011 18:49:18 | More by callmeishmALE
Photo of fuzzcherry


4.5/5  rDev +10%

11-28-2011 18:23:04 | More by fuzzcherry
Photo of tbeq00


4/5  rDev -2.2%

11-28-2011 04:25:53 | More by tbeq00
Photo of Tucquan


4.18/5  rDev +2.2%

Had this on 2011-11-18 at the downtown brew pub.

A - Deep, dark brown with a 1-finger tan head and moderate lacing.

S - Roasted grain, some milk chocolate and floral spice. Not real strong.

T - Solid and well-balanced. Roasted grain and chocolate, light splash of coffee and a dollop of hop bitterness to help the finish.

M - Medium-heavy body and light-medium carbonation. Moderately thick yet refreshing.

O - Gotta say; this is one fine stout. Doesn't knock you over the head but it does everything right.

11-22-2011 18:54:51 | More by Tucquan
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

11-17-2011 21:23:51 | More by plumcrazyfx
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5/5  rDev +22.2%

11-16-2011 15:50:58 | More by richkrull
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North Dakota

5/5  rDev +22.2%

11-15-2011 01:39:42 | More by dizztracted
Photo of GeezLynn


4/5  rDev -2.2%

11-14-2011 06:47:10 | More by GeezLynn
Photo of Holland


4.22/5  rDev +3.2%

A: jet black with almost no highlights. Nice head that dissipates to allow a larger than normal ring of froth that is tan colored.

S: smells of coffee and roasted malts

T: coffee, roasted malt, maybe some balsalmic vinegar, and great hop bitterness.

M: medium body, medium-light carbonation, and an awesome sticky malt for a lasting aftertaste.

O: wow, another well crafted beer from Minneapolis Town Hall. Wish I had a brewery of this quality by me. This is drinkable, well put together, and full of flavor. This has as much flavor as many imperial stouts I have had.

11-13-2011 22:33:30 | More by Holland
Photo of Alieniloquium


3.78/5  rDev -7.6%

64 oz. growler poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Black body, but not total opaque, with a huge mocha head. Great retention and great lacing. Love it. It looks luscious and rich.

Smell - Not a whole lot on the nose. Some roasted malts in the form of coffee, but it's faint.

Taste - Much better flavor. Chocolate primarily, with a lactose sweetness in the back end. It's coupled with a slight bitterness that prevents either flavor from coming through too much.

Mouthfeel - Thick, despite the low ABV (it's not that low, really). That lactose sweetness does it in a little bit for me, but it's still good. I had no problem putting away 32 oz. of this.

Overall - Nice, but not something I'd seek out again. Something I'd drink if I was in the area, for sure.

11-12-2011 02:59:16 | More by Alieniloquium
Photo of AleWatcher


3.95/5  rDev -3.4%

on tap at Minneapolis Town Hall -- reviewed from short notes

black body-- like really black. not just dark brown. Very black. Dark tan head with good retention and nice rings of lace.

Smells really weak-- some roasty malt with chocolate undertones. The taste is the same, but it is more dry than expected.

Body is nice and thick-- slightly creamy in feel thanks to a low carbonation level.

Overall, not bad. Not the best oatmeal stout I've had, but not the worst.

11-04-2011 01:05:57 | More by AleWatcher
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Town Hall did a decent job with this Oatmeal stout. It had just enough body to make it palletable. Any less and it would have tasted like typical micro-brew failings. This beer was dark...opaque with nice tan head that laced. The smell included roast and espresso. The taste was nice and balanced...others at the table thought bitter....but I didnt think so. Great balance with the roast, coffee, and enough hops to clean the pallet without being to bitter. The mouthfeel was good....more body would be nice....the ABV was perfect and this is definitely a good stout.

09-21-2011 20:47:10 | More by WoodBrew
Photo of beenitty

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +1%

Recieved Growler from Rebis1bear, thanks Dave

A: Pours like the name, Black, with nice light brown head and not much lacing at all, but slight swirl reconsititutes and settles into nice layer that eventually becomes a decent size ring of sitting head.

S: Roasty, Malty, very nice. Slight coffee notes.

T: Creamy malt, roasted barley, and coffee. Extremely nice.

M: Creamy, Smooth, wish this came in bottles.

D: Super high, could drink this 6% beer all night

06-21-2011 23:04:02 | More by beenitty
Photo of Chriscrundwell12


4.1/5  rDev +0.2%

Poured on tap at the brewpub into a pint glass

A- Pitch black one finger mocha brown head, dissipates quickly
S- Very soft mellow aroma, hints of oats and roasted coffee, malts as well, very subtle
T- The taste is better than the aroma, kind of hoppy, sweet, coffee, roasted oats, chocolate, some carbonation, nice surprising taste to this one, very enjoyable.
M- Medium mouth feel well carbonated, very smooth.
O- Solid, oatmeal stout, enjoyable creaminess to it, easy drinkability, a nice regular beer at Town Hall.

05-23-2011 07:36:58 | More by Chriscrundwell12
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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Enjoyed this fresh from a growler Dec. 15 and 16th 2010 compliments of mnbearsfan.

A: Deep dark brown/black pour with minimal (1/4 inch) light brown head and little lacing - head swirled and slowly formed as beer was poured.

S: Heavy and robust malt aroma, slight hint of coffee present.

T: Overall rather enjoyable. Slight taste of coffee, definitely resembles an oatmeal stout. While not terribly bitter, it did have a tad level of sweetness to it.

M: Not bitter at all. No aftertaste.

D: Very easy to drink. Overall rather enjoyable. Wouldn't mind drinking again.

Comments: Very happy to have received this as I have heard many good things about Minneapolis Town Hall. It's nice to know not all government is burdened by red tape! (And yes, I know it's just the name of the brewery.)

12-19-2010 02:35:54 | More by circlenine
Photo of zhanson88


3.85/5  rDev -5.9%

Appearance: Black H2O comes out looking very black and thick with a bit of of thin mocha head. The little head that there is does stick around somewhat.

Smell: I get plenty of roasted malts of course, with coffee and smooth oatmeal as well. Not bad, but not as complex as other oatmeal stouts that I've tried.

Taste: Roasted malts, coffee and smooth, sweet oatmeal. Very rich. A good beer to end the night with.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Just over medium bodied with quite a fair bit of carbonation for an oatmeal stout. Not as smooth and creamy as others that I've had. Pretty easy to drink for the style, definitely worth a shot if you make it to Town Hall.

12-17-2010 01:29:01 | More by zhanson88
Photo of acurtis

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev -4.6%

mnbearsfan hooked me up with a growler of Black H2O Oatmeal Stout. Drank from snifter and pint, just polished it off. Syrupy thick black pour with super dark brown head. Nose of roasted nuts, bread. The hops really come through. Taste of roasted malt and barley with a strong earthiness. Finishes with some vanilla. Thick but smooth, lots of carbonation. Very flavorful and quite drinkable.

12-12-2010 20:35:40 | More by acurtis
Photo of ccrida


4.03/5  rDev -1.5%

On draught at the brewery, Black H20 is black with a small tan collar that leaves on a wisp of scattered foam - one drop.

Smell is darker malts, a little char, some crystal.

Taste is pretty good, a solid stout. Full flavored but smooth, clean. One the sweeter side with the crystal malts, not a ton of roast, really more porter in my book.

Mouthfeel is slick, the oatmeal showing up to help it slide down here. Medium bodied.

Drinkability is pretty good, this is a well made stout.

11-03-2010 02:21:12 | More by ccrida
Photo of jrallen34


3.68/5  rDev -10%

On tap at the brew pub...Pours black with a medium tan head that rises a finger and stays a decent amount of time. Thick lacing...A decent aroma of sweet chocolate, roasy and the oatmeal comes through nicely. Could be a bit stronger and more roasty to really get me excited...The taste is on the sweet side, needs more roast to balance it out more. Light hops on the back give some balance, just not enough.

Worth trying but nothing special.

10-28-2010 14:52:37 | More by jrallen34
Photo of mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.98/5  rDev -2.7%

Pours about a finger of tan head. Not the best retention. Color is black.

Aroma: A big roasted malts with oats and chocolate. Some coffee shows. Pretty malty.

Taste: Coffee, roasted malts, creamy chocolate, oats, and cocoa powder. Light grassy hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, smooth. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends pretty clean.

Overall, a nice easy drinking oatmeal stout. Good amount of roast and creaminess to it. Decent drinkability as well.

10-22-2010 22:01:11 | More by mothman
Black H2O Oatmeal Stout from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
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