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Black H2O Oatmeal Stout - Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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Black H2O Oatmeal Stout
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172 Ratings
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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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Deuane

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

A-Black with deep brown highlights. Thin tan head reducing to spotty lace.

S-Light roasted malt and caramel.

T-Good flavours of roast/burnt malt but muted. Kind of disappointing.

M-Medium-light body. Not a full as I would expect. Actually somewhat thin.

D-Good, but not what I was hoping it would be. Lacking body and balls. I certainly am one that can get behind a sessionable stout but this simply seems to be lacking.

05-24-2008 08:15:24 | More by Deuane
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circlenine

Connecticut

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
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N_Schleret

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

05-17-2014 19:39:56 | More by N_Schleret
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JJWIGHT

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

10-30-2012 05:12:45 | More by JJWIGHT
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -7.6%

Well they took this off nitro I am told,though it had the characteristics of a nitro, but more the taste of a tap. The carbonation is good at the Hall. Roasted barley and chocolate smell. It is dark and lacey. An above average mouthfeel, not as creamy as a nitro - chocolate rich. A good stout.

11-20-2008 04:26:41 | More by Sammy
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Alieniloquium

Florida

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
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bsp77

Minnesota

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
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Jredner

Florida

3.85/5  rDev -5.9%

The aroma is very roasty and coffee accented with some mild chocolate and vanilla notes. It’s much roastier than you get from most sweet stouts, but that is a good thing. The body is black and holds a thumb thick mocha head that quickly compresses down to pencil thickness, but then holds there.

The fore is again quite roasty with vanilla, coffee, chocolate, caramel and a hint of ripe dark fruit. The aftertaste is sweeter with less roasted notes and the mouthfeel is creamy with low carbonation and that hefty feel of a good stout despite some thinness to the flavor through the middle. This is a pretty nice brew and I’m tickled pink to have a whole growler to enjoy. Had a pint yesterday and it seems even tastier today.

01-24-2007 13:33:50 | More by Jredner
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zhanson88

California

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
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leftmindedrighty

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev -5.1%

64oz growler received in a trade with objectivemonkey

Smell is in line, very sweet with a good oats aroma, very chocolaty

Taste is more of the same, very sweet up front, almost too sweet, but then the oats kick in the deliver that smoothness. Which is a good thing too, because this brew has no bitterness to it at all. Which I really don't like, but the very unique flavors are making up for it. And the ABV is not even there, but being as sweet as this is, I'm not surprised, I'm expecting it.

Overall, a good Oatmeal Stout, and one I would frequent if available to me. Luckily, there are better Oatmeal Stouts within reach. But all in all, I enjoyed a more sweet Oatmeal Stout, if only to remind me what else is out there.

02-12-2007 21:41:08 | More by leftmindedrighty
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rtepiak

Poland

3.88/5  rDev -5.1%

looks great. almost black with small latte head. creamy and smooth as hell. not complex. malty with a great body. milky sweet. a bit too sweet. too much by the end. excellent example for a brewpub though. seems like a good one to have in the start of winter...

10-21-2008 07:42:29 | More by rtepiak
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isubsmith

Minnesota

3.88/5  rDev -5.1%

Appearance: The usual - dark black opaque body, brown creamy head that quickly dissipated. Some lacing, but not an exceptional amount.

Smell: Caramel/creamy (some where between the nose of a milk stout and an bourbon oak aged beer). Roasted grains. Some coffee/chocolate but more milk chocolate than dark chocolate. I really enjoy the nose on this beer.

Taste: Creamy. Roasted cereal tastes. Some of the caramel from the nose. I find the taste less appealing than the smell, but pretty good. It is still tasty. Minimal bitterness

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Smooth

Drinkability: This is what I order when there are no "special" beers at the brewery. Very drinkable.

11-19-2005 02:27:50 | More by isubsmith
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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
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CharlesDarwin

Rhode Island

3.9/5  rDev -4.6%

Originally reviewed on December 2, 2005. On tap at the brewpub. Pitch black, witha cream and coffee head. Deep coffesque and cream aroma with tons of cocoa and roast. Flavor is smoky, seet, creamy and loaded with sugar, molasses and more coffee, yet mellow rounded and fruity, almost like this beer has had a mellow barleywine added to it. There’s a subtle gentle brandy quality, with warming tones and a high level of complexity and depth. I’m really enjoying this. A decent run of Tahitian vanilla bean and sweet caramel. Lucious. Damn, Town Hall makes Stouts best.

11-30-2006 03:12:38 | More by CharlesDarwin
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.9/5  rDev -4.6%

Not my favorite oatmeal stout but a nice one for sure. Served on tap at the brewery. Beer is black with a nice off white head of small bubbles. Some lacing, decent retention.

Aroma is little weak, some grain, mild roast.

Beer is medium in body, bitter, sweet, good mouthfeel, nice beer throughout. I'd have it again but I wouldn't go out of my way.

12-24-2012 03:52:13 | More by drabmuh
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Heavenisbeer

Georgia

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
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ADR

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -3.4%

Nitro tap at the brewpub...

Almost opaque black color, downward carbonation is somewhat brief but a sturdy and persistant 1/2 inch creamy head remains on top. Fat ring laces that drip. Very little aroma, just slightly malty without being roasty. Flavors lean much toward milk chocolate, with just a slight sense of darker grains. Finish has elements of some caramel along with the chocolate. Overall, a little thin in body but a faithful representation of a non-dry Stout.

Notes on regular tap: Body is similar, far more coffee flavor.

04-06-2003 11:35:19 | More by ADR
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev -3.4%

Growler filled and provided in trade by StuBob. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, only a film of a head over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Film that did form was quickly gone, we'll give the serving style the fault here, and lacing isn't half bad considering the lack of head. Aroma is a pleasant oatmeal, dark malt essence. Taste is sweet dark chocolate, with a light coffee presence, with plenty of oat heartiness. Mouthfeel could be a bit better with some more carbonation, again probably a presentation problem, and drinkabilty is great. I have to get out to this place and try this and many of their other brews at the source. With a young child, who knows when that may be... If you can, do so.

06-05-2005 19:06:33 | More by ppoitras
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AleWatcher

Illinois

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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gabrielsyme

Virginia

3.96/5  rDev -3.2%

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.

05-08-2014 22:45:32 | More by gabrielsyme
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DarkerTheBetter

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -2.7%

This beer poured a dark black that let through some burgundy light. Its head looked like creamy hot chocolate and left minimal lacing. Smells like espresso, and lots of chocolate with a slight sourness. Tastes like sour blueberries, black liquorish and coffee. Mouth feel is very smooth and a little on the flat side.

12-26-2005 15:36:42 | More by DarkerTheBetter
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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
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DaftPatrick

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -2.2%

06-25-2014 01:56:42 | More by DaftPatrick
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badbeer

Iowa

4/5  rDev -2.2%

This was a decent beer and I would drink it again, I do enjoy Oatmeal Stout, however, this one did nothing to make me go wow. The smell started me off nice but the taste was not as impressive. There is the taste of roasted grains and caramel. This beer is filling and enjoyable, but don't expect to be swept off of your feet.

12-14-2005 17:09:58 | More by badbeer
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Slimpo

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -2.2%

01-18-2012 23:12:47 | More by Slimpo
Black H2O Oatmeal Stout from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 172 ratings.