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Hub City Oatmeal Stout - Hub City Brewing Company

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Ratings: 81
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 3.24
pDev: 21.91%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hub City Brewing Company
Iowa, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Our Oatmeal Stout is so named for the 10% oat content of the grains. You will find this stout to pour black with a nice thick head that remains. As you taste this beer you will find coffee and dark chocolate as the dominating flavors with a sweet finale. We left this beer with a lighter carbonation so you can enjoy the true flavor of this beer that we find tastes its best between 50-55°F.

(Beer added by: Erdinger2003 on 12-31-2007)
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Reviews by Mistofminn:
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3.35/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I thought I would have to travel to Iowa to knock the state off, as I had no idea this was distributed to Minnesota. I found this, along with Hub City's other offerings at Blue Max.

Pours a dark opaque black with little to no light tan head. What little head there is shrinks to a ring and doesn't leave any lacing.

The nose is strong on the dark roasted malt characteristics, and also displays a nice coffee aroma.

The taste again hits on the roasted malts and coffee, with a light bitter and dry finish.

Medium bodied with a slightly higher carbonation than I would have liked to see. Lingering light bitter aftertaste. Drinkability is ok.

For a brew coming from Iowa, a place definitely not known for their craft beer, this isn't half bad. I only had one, and gave the rest to my girlfriends father who is a big oatmeal stout fan. See? Everybody wins.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2010 03:16:39 | More by Mistofminn
More User Reviews:
Photo of Lemke10


3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

10-03-2012 02:56:31 | More by Lemke10
Photo of MarkyMOD


3.75/5  rDev +15.7%

05-22-2012 00:37:17 | More by MarkyMOD
Photo of dragomni


3.5/5  rDev +8%

03-06-2012 01:34:02 | More by dragomni
Photo of SullivanPelagius

3.23/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Simply a mis-designation as an oatmeal stout. Isn't half bad for a black lager. Drinkable and refreshing, just don't expect complexity. Has a good hops character to it if you like your beer with a bit more of a bitterness to it. There are clear notes of coffee/chocolate.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2012 21:07:06 | More by SullivanPelagius
Photo of Listers


4/5  rDev +23.5%

11-27-2011 22:49:59 | More by Listers
Photo of barnzy78


3.5/5  rDev +8%

11-27-2011 05:16:08 | More by barnzy78
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5/5  rDev +54.3%

11-23-2011 20:00:31 | More by asoleilg
Photo of frankiepop


4.15/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very controversial stout as you read the reviews. This is certainly one of my favorites. Similar to Hub's Porter, this is over the top in flavor and a little more gentle on carbonation. That's a tough space to master, but I place this in my top favorite stouts. A good strong B or soft A grade from me. Sweeeet.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2011 23:48:21 | More by frankiepop
Photo of delmarnate


1/5  rDev -69.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Very sorry in advance. This beer is terrible. Ridiculously thin for an oatmeal stout or any stout. the aroma is all acid. Initial taste is watered down and puzzling. This beer should be classified differently. The body and mouthfeel match a brown more than a stout. Way to thin, lacking any character, and not true to the style. Avoid

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2011 06:08:41 | More by delmarnate
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1.8/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a nonic glass.

A: Opaque black color with one finger of light beige foam head. Scant lacing remains on the glass.

S: Roasted malt is refined in the nose, with mineral shoyu appearing less pronounced. The combination suggests earth and brine that are placed at odds with each other.

T: Begins dry, with watery scorched malt that has little depth to offer, other than the brine from the smell. Thin charcoal prevails in the middle with no other interesting features. The finish sees a return of brine, as well as the development of some artificial plastic, but little to no bitterness.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, watery on the palate, with high carbonation that creates an undesirable seltzer effect.

D/O: Disappointing to say the least, Hub City should be ashamed that this product was ever allowed to leave the developmental phase. While the smell suggests problems, the flavor is defined by them, putting up nothing appealing to distract the attention of the drinker. The flavor is worse than forgettable, it crosses the line to be genuinely offensive. This beer is a careless attempt at a conservative style, which is not a forgivable outcome for a production brewery.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2011 00:23:18 | More by beagle75
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3.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Having never heard of this brewer (from Stanley, Iowa) and being given a bottle by someone, I thought, "Why not?" I always like trying new brewers." In any case, the label depicted a choo-choo. I like choo-choos.

It begins with a quick froth and settles into a wafer thin head that crowns an inky body. There is no lacing whatsoever. The nose perceives a weak whiff of wet bread while the palate becomes overwhelmed by a rampant, yet unwieldy, display of toastiness. Therein followed by a slobbery dollop of thich sucrose of some sort. Add to this a momentary rush of half-assed hoppiness; the quaff is completed.

Not sure of any particular mouthfeel as this one is peculiarly light for this style - bodiwise, that is to say.

This one is pretty unspectacular; not a bad beer, just a bland one. I respect stouts too much to rely on this as representation, which it does not. Sorry guys, I don't see myself makong a beer run to Stanley, Iowa anytime soon - unless, I were a politician looking to suck up votes during the upcoming caucus.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2011 00:55:10 | More by jjboesen
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2.17/5  rDev -33%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured black as night with a 3 finger thick head that hangs around for quite a bit - a lot more than I was anticipating. Doesn't smell very strong of any one characteristic but what I am getting is light chocolate, scarce attributes of oatmeal or roasted malts. Tastes like a really weak oatmeal stout and I'm getting an off putting metallic flavor that overwhelms the mellow chocolate and creamy flavors that are barely trying to poke through. Mouthfeel is slightly smooth with a lot of airiness to it. I'm a little upset that this beer wasn't what I was anticipating. I picked up a pick-6 at a wine and spirits shop I'd never stopped through in Nisswa, MN and thought I may have found a diamond in the rough (unfortunately not).


Edit: After reviewing I remember that I had to pry off a cap that clearly said "twist off" on it. Now reading down at some other reviews I see other posters had the same problem - weird.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2011 07:10:38 | More by antlerwrestler19
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South Dakota

1.65/5  rDev -49.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Never had an oatmeal stout before, and I can't say I found any hints of oatmeal or stoutness in this beer. Pours very dark and seems to have little carbonation with almost no head. Mouthfeel is very thin and the taste is... asphalt? Black tar? Not pleasant. Tried a second one some time later and detected no difference from my first impression. I will not be returning to this one.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2011 20:46:41 | More by mrpoizun
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4/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark chocolate brown with a dark tan head that leaves some gritty lace on the glass. Fresh coffee, semi-sweet chocolate, cocoa and faint anise in the aroma. Molten fudge and chocolate syrup with some black coffee in the finish. Silky smooth mouthfeel from the oats and medium bodied with perfect mild carbonation. A solid brew from Hub City.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2011 03:19:17 | More by biggred1
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1.6/5  rDev -50.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

12oz bottle poured into a stemmed tulip.

Appearance- To be honest it pours out looking like old coffee. Black, lifeless. (I thought maybe something was wrong with the seal on the first bottle, because it looked so flat, but the second bottle didnt fair much better)

Smell- typical of a stout. Very roasty with a nice hoppiness as well.

Taste- Now, i like a roastiness with my stouts, but this tastes a little like burnt chocolate. Not very pleasing at all.

Overall- Not at all happy with this beer, will not get it again. Gave away the remaining four of my 6pk. (and that's rare for me)

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2011 05:53:11 | More by PokerGod
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3.23/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12-oz bottle into Samuel Smith "Tulip" pint glass

A - pitch black with no transparency under 4 fingers of beautiful dark brown head

S - coffee and molasses; sweet lactic character

T - This smells like an decent oatmeal stout, but the taste surprised me. I can taste notes of chocolate, coffee, and maybe a touch of smoke, but the bitterness is overly strong. It is bitter from the moment the beer first touches my tongue all the way through the aftertaste. While some very good flavors are present, this beer is not at all balanced.

M - medium body (but not quite thick enough for a stout); medium carbonation

O - This brew looks and smells amazing, but the taste is not impressive at all. Also, the cap has "TWIST OFF -->" written on it, but it is NOT a twist-off. What's up with that?

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2011 01:49:44 | More by lwillitz
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3.53/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one poured a midnight black with a slight khaki head that laced the glass. The aromas were of bitter chocolate with lightly roasted coffee. It wasn't too complex but it did the job. The flavor was better than anticipated. It had a nice fresh coffee characteristic paired with a nice and bitter baking chocolate. The roasted malt wasn't over the top or too light. It drank fine, possibly a little lighter than most but it had a nice and lasting aftertaste. I wouldn't say that this beer is deserving of such a low grade but it's solid enough.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2011 00:25:52 | More by aasher
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4.13/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 4-12-11
Reviewed cold from a bottle to a glass

A – Poured two fingers of tan foam, nice head retention. Dark body with little carbonation present

S – Malty, oatmeal, brown sugar and molasses. No real hop aroma to speak of

T/M – Tasty brew, thick and malty medium bodied brew. Really can taste oatmeal and molasses and brown sugar. Pretty smooth taste

D – Pretty good brew, easy to have more than one of these. I would for sure have this brew again and recommend it

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2011 19:21:07 | More by FreshmanPour77
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3.4/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to schmittymack for exposing me to nearly the entire lineup of Hub City beers :(. Poured dark brown with a little light brown head. Aromas of cocoa, roasted malt and coffee. Light to medium bodied, with roasted malt, coffee and cocoa. One of their better efforts.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2011 03:13:29 | More by emmasdad
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2.38/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Minimal head if any, topping a very black body brew. Just a bit of hues coming through with the light. Chocolate roast malt scent. Some chocolate malts with a hint of roast and a bit of hops, but theres a bit of a water taste to this one. Shoulda kept going with where they envisioned it. Fairly thin mouth. Not great.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2011 05:02:10 | More by Tballz420
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New York

3.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hub City Oatmeal Stout | 330 ml. | ?% ABV | 2010

Brewer: Hub City Brewing Company
Style: Oatmeal Stout
Glass: Pint

Mahogany with a tan head.

Black coffee, hints of chocolate, milk.

Barely a stout. Coffee and chocolate flavors are weak. Sweet finish, but not cloying.

Medium-bodied, with nice carbonation.

Not an impressive effort. The aroma was the high point.

Would I get it again?:

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2010 04:36:33 | More by BeerNemesis
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4.15/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured great. nice thick head. nice oakey flavor with slight hint of cherry and faint coffeeish taste. flavorable throughout experience. heavy body but light enough to have a few. Burnt, dry, fresh brew! definately a solid stout. enjoyed more as I drank. was given to me by a friend. Definately will get a thank you for this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2010 02:01:02 | More by glennunes
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3.83/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I see my buddy Cdkrenz got to the review before I did.

Poured into a pint glass this brew is a dark used oil color nice and slick but leaving minimal head. The aroma is deep and dark with burnt malts, coffee, some mild nuttiness. The taste is solid with bold coffee and chocolate tones and a mild bitterness in the finish. The brew is heavy body but lacking a little carbonation (noticed with little head). The thickness of the brew may be taking away from it. Decent taste but could pop a little more on the palate. Worth the six pack as can drink a few in a sitting. Better when room temp.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2010 00:58:20 | More by WJVII
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3.8/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - This brew is about as thick and as black as they come. Head is dark brown starting at a half inch but fading rather quickly to a thin potholed surface.

S - Chocolate and coffee with a hint of cherry alcohol.

T - That's a solid coffee base. It has tiny bit of smoke and a firm roastiness in the finish.

M - Thick and creamy texture. It has a slight coarse feel in the back of my mouth as it washes away.

~ This is a solid beer. I appreciate the kindness of my Beer Buddy WJVII for his gift. This is a brew I would sample again.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 03:50:56 | More by cdkrenz
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Hub City Oatmeal Stout from Hub City Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.