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Black H2O Oatmeal Stout - Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

Black H2O Oatmeal Stout
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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

163 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 163
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 8.8%


Brewed by:
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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roadhouse

Florida

4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: growler

05-13-2009 05:11:11 | More by roadhouse
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objectivemonkey

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep black with a nice head, half inch to a thin film, decent lacing, pretty nice. Aroma is weak, but noticed dark roasted malts, not so much oatmeal hints, and maybe some chocolates, pretty nice but nothing special. The taste is what an oatmeal stout should be, nothing more, nothing less. Mouth is the same. I may be underwhelmed, but this is a very drinkable beer, pretty much perfect with half of their food menu, very much an everyday beer for anyone.

Serving type: on-tap

02-28-2007 03:58:15 | More by objectivemonkey
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hero27

Minnesota

3.43/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

64oz growler. Sampled on 10/01/2005. Sticker says "Enjoy By: 10-5"

After reading some of the other reviews, I'm convinced that there was a problem with the growler I took home from the brewery...somewhat surprising, since I kept it cool the entire way home and put it in the fridge as soon as I got back. Also, managed to drink it several days before the date listed.

The pour was dissapointing. Really no head to speak of..it poured very flat into the glass. Dark brown, virtually black in color. The smell is rich coffee and hints of chocolate. Taste is similar, and the best character of this by far, even with the carbonation problems that were obvious with this serving type.

Unfortunately, I have not been able to try this yet at the brewery. As soon as I do, I'm very confident that my rating of this brew will be substantially higher. I attribute the carbonation problems to the growler, not the beer itself. I just wish I could have enjoyed this beer in it's full glory. I guess I'll just have to wait until my next trip to Town Hall. I'm anxious to try it again.

Serving type: growler

10-02-2005 20:06:17 | More by hero27
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Jredner

Florida

3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: growler

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

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured almost black with dark chocolate brown hues, 1 finger of bubbly burnt orange head had ok retention and left some lacing. Smells of roasted malt, chocolate, and lightly burnt coffee. Tastes of roasted malt with a hint of dark cocoa and oat, with a burnt coffee finish and a touch of citrus. Medium in body but somewhat thin, semi-smooth with lots of roasty flavors. A good oatmeal stout, but seems to focus more on burnt flavors than anything else. Definitely a finishing beer, as it'll kill your palate.

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2008 21:52:23 | More by HopDerek
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yamar68

Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Truly a pitch black body, a few fingers of fluffy khaki head recede to a thin cap that goes on to retain from start to finish.

Loads of fresh oatmeal, milk chocolate, some faint dry flaky hops, fresh cream, some brown ale characteristics.

Super smooth and velvety, oatmeal, slightly bitter chocolate... incredibly smooth and easy to drink. I think this growler’s gettin’ kicked tonight no problem.

Serving type: growler

10-31-2012 00:00:34 | More by yamar68
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CharlesDarwin

Rhode Island

3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Minnesota

4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this several times at Town Hall, but thanks stubob for picking up a growler of this so I finally can sit down and rate it. It pours black with a creamy light brown head. It leaves good lacework when sipped down. It has a nice roasted malt aroma with hints of coffee. The flavor is rouasty and chocolately with coffee notes in the finish. It has a creamy mouthfeel with a nice bittering finish. A very tasty stout.

Sampled 9/21/03

Serving type: on-tap

11-20-2003 21:50:33 | More by BeerBuilder
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walleye

Michigan

4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a big thanks to a person in Minneapolis, Minnesota for this growler of beer. had this earlier this month. poured a dark brown to black with a nice sized tan head. aroma, roasted malts, caramel, chocolate, dark cherries a nice sweetness just lingers over the top of the glass. flavor the sweetness is just right for me , got chocolate covered cherries, malts, a touch of vanilla. mouthfeel was a little on the thin side that just made it a very easy drinking beer I just kept filling my glass I think I drank 3/4 of the growler in a very short period time (like 45 min.)

Serving type: growler

05-28-2006 14:40:32 | More by walleye
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Mistofminn

Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-05-2009 07:29:24 | More by Mistofminn
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BlindPig

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Thicker dark tan head on a black body.
S- Big oatmeal and roasted aromas, some citrus and grass hops, and just a great aroma. Not one thing is to over powering.
T- A blend of oatmeal, coffee, and roasted flavors. Hints of burnt grain comes through too. Citrus hops help balance out and "brighten" up the flavor. Leaves a medium/light bitterness on the tongue. Hops and hints of coffee and oatmeal lingering in the aftertaste.
M- Medium body with low/medium carbonation. I wish it had a bit more smooth-creamy feel to it.
D- I really like it. I think there are some better ones out there but this is a solid brew.

Serving type: growler

05-25-2007 07:40:49 | More by BlindPig
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zhanson88

California

3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-17-2010 01:29:01 | More by zhanson88
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BrewMaster

California

3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very dark brown, near black with a thick tan head on top.

Smell: Roasty with some burnt sourness and a touch of chocolate.

Taste: The flavor opens with a burst of sweet roasted flavors. A touch of espresso but mostly bittersweet chocolate and toastiness. Some mild, sandy hop flavors back back up the toasty sweetness. The sweet ending has a bit of brown sugar.

Mouthfeel: Sticky, grainy and thick. Nice full body but a bit too grainy.

Drinkability: Nice toasted and rich flavors. Texture could use some work but all around a tasty beer that I'd have again.

Serving type: on-tap

01-28-2006 04:22:47 | More by BrewMaster
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herman77

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black with a light brown head. Decent lacing

S: Dark roasted malts with some sweetness. Smells like a lactose like sweetness. Some nutty characteristics and a bit of chocolate and vanilla as well.

T: Nice blend of roasted malts and a bit of chocolate sweetness. A bit of coffee and a small dose of hops come through as well.

M: Medium to lighter body. Smooth and a bit creamy. Lower carbonation.

O: Good drinkability. Well done, not my favorite oatmeal stout, but better than average.

Serving type: growler

05-14-2012 00:30:40 | More by herman77
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badbeer

Iowa

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: growler

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

California

4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a fantastic brew.

Pours a deep black (not quite pitch) with a thick (if not very substantial) head. Looks gorgeous, just loses a point for the underwhelming head (which also appears a little light in color).

Smells like toasted malt and coffee roast and dark chocolate. A delicate and superb balance

A swallow brings the coffee to the fore, and then chocolate, the malt is clearly and afterthought, and if there's any hops at all they're not coming out, although the finish is clean. There's just enough of that oat-y sweetness to give some body and character to this. I love it.

I waited a few days before cracking this growler, and I'm sure that a fresh pint would inch things up here. If this were even remotely available to me in the NE where I am or Cali where I'm going this would be a staple.

Serving type: growler

06-15-2006 16:01:25 | More by errantnight
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fisherman34

Manitoba (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black in colour with a huge chocolate and espresso aroma. Loads of chocolate, vanilla, and caramel flavors. Perhaps a hint of mint in there too. Lots of body and quite complex for a sweet stout. Excellent stuff. I could drink a few of these without much difficulty.

Serving type: on-tap

08-25-2005 20:40:01 | More by fisherman34
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Holland

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-13-2011 22:33:30 | More by Holland
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Chriscrundwell12

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-23-2011 07:36:58 | More by Chriscrundwell12
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Ragingbull

California

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.
Good beer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-17-2009 14:35:12 | More by Ragingbull
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battlekow

Wisconsin

4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing this from notes that I took on 8/18 on a visit to the brewpub.

Black H2O has a very creamy, chocolate head; looks like the beer has cream filling. Jet black. Smells, and I quote myself, "really, really good," of lactose and chocolate, sweet and creamy. Tastes sweet and smooth, like velvet chocolate cake. A little fruity, like raspberries. Thick, luxuriant mouthfeel. Man, an amazingly tasty dessert of a beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-29-2005 03:27:43 | More by battlekow
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hanco005

Minnesota

4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler

A—dark brownish black, espresso like. Very little head on any of the pints I poured from this growler, but the lacing was decent

S—strong coffee, with mild oat and chocolate scents

T—very strong coffee with some burnt taste as well, nice balance of malt and oat flavors, a bit of a dark chocolate taste as well. Yum!

M—creamy and a bit slimy, very thick and robust

D—A great oatmeal stout, finished the 4 pint growler in one sitting and was still not full ( but very tipsy as I hadn’t eaten since lunch). Could have drank this all night. A great winter brew!

Serving type: growler

01-26-2006 03:14:59 | More by hanco005
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brewdoc75

Minnesota

4.8/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this one on cask at MTHB last night.

Appearance: Beautiful obsidian black color with a light 1/2 inch brown-sugar colored head.

Smell: Not a whole lot of aroma, but there are nice tones of chocolate initially. This beer has an excellent coffee like aroma. Its almost like an expresso.

Taste: Phenomenal flavors. So rich and creamy. The chocolate and expresso aroma didn't lie as they carry through into the flavor. Not overpoweringly so, but present in a perfect way. Not very bitter or hoppy, which is the way I feel this beer should be.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth and full bodied. Of course this is enhanced by the fact that I had it on cask. In my opinion an Oatmeal Stout should be incredibly smooth and soft. This beer exemplifies these qualities.

Drinkability: It's to bad I drove, as I would like to put back a ton of these. This beer was clearly a treat. The non-cask version would rate just slightly lower (only on the mouthfeel portion), but I feel it is definitely worth drinking as well. If you are at MTHB and this beer is on cask, you must try it.

Serving type: cask

11-11-2007 17:25:26 | More by brewdoc75
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taylorhamrick

South Carolina

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
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Agold

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: growler

12-25-2011 20:55:42 | More by Agold
Black H2O Oatmeal Stout from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 163 ratings.