Black H2O Oatmeal Stout - Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
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Ratings: 172 | Reviews: 93 | Display Reviews Only:
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
4.4/5 rDev +7.6%
Black as night in color with a thick and frothy head that could almost be cut with a knife.
The smell could use a little bump up, but there is a decent hop scent along with chocolate and a bit of coffee.
Pretty hoppy for the style, which I love. Chocolatey with a hint of smoke and coffee. Ever so tasty with a nice complexity for the style.
Oatmeal smoothness with about a medium body. Carbonation is spot on and creamy.
I would have to call this my favorite oatmeal stout. There is only one other that I could say comes close. It's all around great and has such an outstanding flavor profile. On cask is equal to beer perfection. This is a Town Hall must try for anyone.
09-20-2010 02:16:55 | More by jera1350
4.28/5 rDev +4.6%
on-cask at the brewpub
appearance: served in a standard pint - rich dark mahogany, creamy chocolatey head with great retention
smell: the creamy head of this beer gave hints of whiskey and peat, below is lush chocolate and roasted malt. nice
taste: I enjoyed this oatmeal stout late-night on the patio and it went down easy - rich and chocolatey with nice contrast provided by the oats and light alcohol presence.
mouthfeel: velvety, rich and creamy
08-30-2010 16:28:06 | More by dirtylou
4.15/5 rDev +1.5%
On tap @ the Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery (Minneapolis, MN) on 8/10/10. Served in a pint glass.
Pours black, with a finger of dark mocha colored head. This retains with a thin creamy layer of foam that leaves thick swathes of lacing back. The aroma has a nice thickness to it, with notes of coffee, roast, and sweet chocolate. The oatmeal is really sticking out strong here in the nose, adding a smooth feeling sweetness to the proceedings.
The taste is sticky sweet up front with chocolate, caramel and some earthy fruit, while roasted malts add a dark tangy feel to the profile. Nice feeling moderate bite of hops here, which leaves lingering roast and earth in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and crisp upon first sip but then gets a little stickier and softer feeling as you swallow. Pretty overall smooth on the palate though from the oats and drinks really nice despite some size to the body.
Full flavored and very drinkable, this may well be one of the best Oatmeal Stouts that I've had in a long time. I could just work between glasses of this and the Masala Mama and be a happy man here!
08-26-2010 19:35:15 | More by Kegatron
4.38/5 rDev +7.1%
Reviewed on 5-26-10
Reviewed cold from a growler to a glass
A - Black pour, 1 finger of foam, nice brown with a tint of red lacing ring, couldn't tell if there is any carbonation present
S - Vanilla, brown sugar, and malt of course, some coffee notes
T - Oatmeal and malts, some coffee aftertaste
M/D - Another winner from Town hall Minneapolis, a very smooth and drinkable Oatmeal stout, highly recommend trying this brew and picking up a cheap growler
06-02-2010 16:31:46 | More by FreshmanPour77
4.2/5 rDev +2.7%
Had on tap at Town Hall in August 2009.
Pours a dark black with a very nice brown head and a little bit of lacing. The smell is one of abundant roasted grains combined with bits of coffee and a few nibbles of chocolate. The oats work their way out as well. The taste brings the oats out a little bit more and also includes some mild bittering hops. The mouthfeel is very nice--medium-bodied and quite chewy. Very drinkable considering the style, and something I'd love to have a constant supple of as the leaves fall off the trees.
10-01-2009 17:35:18 | More by Thorpe429
4.22/5 rDev +3.2%
Pours a dark black color with a tan head which left a nice lace on the glass. Smells of coffee, oatmeal, and chocolate. The taste is the same as the smell. The sweetness of the malt is balanced nicely by the bitter coffee flavor. Medium bodied and medium carbonation. This is a nice, smooth, easy to drink Oatmeal Stout.
09-28-2009 02:15:25 | More by hardy008
2.83/5 rDev -30.8%
Enjoyed at Town Hall Brewery in Minneapolis, MN. Poured a black body with a light tan head of foam. Aroma was dark roasted malts and I swear I could smell straw. Full bodied with a smoothy, creamy mouthfeel. This one starts off great, but it turns out to be too sweet. Half way through I was tired of it and wished I'd ordered something different. Too bad.
09-15-2009 19:03:59 | More by blackearth
4.15/5 rDev +1.5%
The second and final beer in my unsuccessful quest to become Town Hall's mayor for the month. Served in a pint glass.
Very dark brown in color, served with a dark brown mocha head with excellent retention. After a good 20 minutes the head was still there, and it left great lacing.
The nose is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee and a very light bitterness. Very appealing.
The taste is much what you would expect, roasted malts, bitter chocolate, coffee and a light hop presence. It is all mellowed out by the oatmeal which gives it a smooth and milky consistency.
Smooth and creamy, medium in body, this is some good stuff. I can't believe I haven't ordered this Town Hall mainstay before. Great drinkability.
For something that is always on tap at Town Hall, I'm surprised I've never had this before. That has changed and this is now one of my Town Hall favorites.
09-05-2009 07:29:24 | More by Mistofminn
4/5 rDev -2.2%
Dark black color with a mocha colored head. Strong oatmeal and malts on the nose. The flavor is rich with roasted flavors that are wonderfully interwoven with oatmeal. The oatmeal lends the nice texture to the beer that it often does to create a nice smooth mouthfeel. The attack is refreshing and light, the mouthfeel is thick, yet clean and then the finish leaves you ready for another sip.
07-17-2009 14:35:12 | More by Ragingbull
4/5 rDev -2.2%
I had this on tap and the lighting is fairly dark at town hall, but I couldn't detect any light passing through and this was dark brown to black and opaque. There was a thin but fluffy head that dissipated within a couple minutes and left only a hint of lacing up top, but as my glass emptied the only ring was at the initial crest.
This has a very rich and rounded smell, with dark chocolate and dark roasted coffee, finished with heavily roasted, almost burnt malts.
The taste is heavy on the roasted malt and coffee. The coffee roast is deep and dark like espresso. It's all backed by a dark chocolate sweetness. The finish is a coffee-like bitterness.
The mouthfeel was a little thin for an oatmeal stout, but was full bodied and had the right touch of carbonation. It leaves a nice dry palate.
07-12-2009 03:02:18 | More by Vonerichs
4/5 rDev -2.2%
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.
07-08-2009 11:51:02 | More by taylorhamrick
4.43/5 rDev +8.3%
had on tap at MTH the appearance was black as night with a nice beige fluffy head that dissipates to a nice beige /cherry ring with some sticky lacing on the side..the smell is chocolate ,molasses roasted coffee plum and some berry smells..the taste was a sweet chocolate and roasted coffee smell with a small amount of oatmeal nothing dominated in this stout but all was present and competing in the flavor it was fantastic and nicely balanced..WOW this is one great stout that is full but at the same time easy to throw back a couple in a hurry really drinkable and highly flavorful a perfect oatmeal stout..highly recommended
07-06-2009 19:14:09 | More by gatornation
4.13/5 rDev +1%
I poured this one from a growler into a shaker pint glass on 5/11/2009 (part of a great beer trip with BA roadhouse).
A= This stout poured a jet black color (no light passing through this baby) with a 1.5" chocolate brown head. The head dropped slowly and left behind some pretty lace on my glass.
S= Heady aroma of roasted grains, chocolate, treacle, and a bit of coffee. Overall this smelled rich and sweet.
T= Much like the smell, this had a bit of roasty flavor up front, followed by the smooth chocolate and mocha notes. I also found a hint of ripe black-cherry fruitiness in there that clashed just a bit with the roasty malt. Mild earthy hops lead into a sweet finish.
MF= Medium bodied, with the oatmeal giving a significant slickness. Carbobation was moderate to high for the style.
D= A damn drinkable oatmeal stout. The only thing I would change would be to remove that little black-cherry flavor nuance but otherwise this is top notch and would happily drink another growler of it if I could!
05-14-2009 04:12:51 | More by spointon
4.22/5 rDev +3.2%
Had from a growler shared with spointon on 5/11 into a pint glass
Poured a deep black color with a two inch tan head. It retained well and left quite a bit of lacing on the glass.
Aroma was heavily of chocolate and mocha coffee, but there was also some detectable oatmeal aroma.
Taste had lots of chocolate up front with a slight sweetness that comes in before a strong roasty coffee-like flavor comes in to last until the finish.
Mouthfeel was medium-light bodied, very smooth and slick, though perhaps a touch thin.
Overall a very good oatmeal stout. I only wish we had had more time to spend at Town Hall so I could have tried more of their beers.
05-13-2009 05:11:11 | More by roadhouse
3.85/5 rDev -5.9%
Serving glass: On tap, poured into Pint Glass.
Appearance: Black and opaque. Virtually no head or lacing, even when I try to shake it up. Looks thin.
Smell: Roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, licorice.
Taste: Roasty sweetness, nutty flavor, slight bitterness at end.
Feel: Slick feel, low carbonation. Medium bodied but a little thinner than hoped for.
Drinkability: Decent stout overall, but there are many others I would rather choose.
04-21-2009 13:24:32 | More by bsp77
Black H2O Oatmeal Stout from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
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