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Oatmeal Breakfast Stout - Hoptown Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

38 Ratings
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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hoptown Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 08-15-2002)
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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.55/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Atramentous anthracite and very nearly as photophobic as they come. I see no more than a thin glimmer of dark ruby at the bottom edge of the glass. The firm, cocoa brown head looks as though it will stay at three fingers for quite a while. This is a smashingly good look for an oatmeal stout. Solid across the board.

The aroma is fantastic. In fact, it may be the best of this style that I've smelled yet. Pinpointing what makes it so isn't easily done. The usual suspects are present: chocolate fudge, a lesser amount of roasted coffee beans, citric hops and a smattering of cinnamon. Maybe it's just a near perfect melding of all of the above.

After tasting, I'm pretty sure the secret ingredient is hops. How could I have missed that from a brewery named Hoptown? The resiny, citrus zestiness is so well-integrated on the palate that it isn't readily apparent. It is, however, delightfully delicious. In the end, though, this is still a stout and the typical stout flavors still hold sway.

The amount and character of the black maltiness is perfect. OBS isn't a malt monster in the vein of Founders Breakfast Stout, but it more than gets the job done. Roasted barley holds the center, while the flavors mentioned above (dark chocolate especially) swirl around it in ever more flavorful arcs. Start it barely cool and you will be rewarded.

The starting gun and the backstretch are wonderful enough, but the home stretch is where this thoroughbred really shines. Malty sweetness, hoppy bitterness, it all comes together in an incredibly satisfying manner. The mouthfeel is as smooth as silk and is incredibly soft. I can't help wishing for a little more chewiness, a little more mouthcoating flavor linger. Drinkability? Stratospheric.

This is my second Hoptown beer and both have been amazing. Far be it from me to suggest that anything other than the beer matters, but if these guys would redesign their labels, think up some snappier names for their beer and (most importantly) work on expanding their area of distribution, they'd be mentioned in the same breath as some of the great craft breweries. If you run across Hoptown Oatmeal Breakfast Stout, do yourself a favor and do not pass it up.

BuckeyeNation, Sep 07, 2005
Photo of baiser
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I thoroughly enjoyed this oatmeal stout from Hoptown. It pours a thick, rich deep brown to black body, with a roasty tan head. Aroma is full of rich chocolate and espresso. The taste is excellent. So much chocolate flavour, it's incredible. Roasty, coffee-like, rich, smokey, sweet and bitter. Also slightly acidic. Mouthfeel is smooth, moderately carbonated and this stout is so easy to drink. Perhaps I'm just a sucker for oatmeal stouts, or perhaps this is a very well brewed beer. Rich, hearty and next time, I just might have it for breakfast with some bacon and eggs.

baiser, Aug 21, 2005
Photo of IntriqKen
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours almost black with a hint of amber in the glass.
Tall two finger tan head that lasts and becomes sticky lacing in time.
Aromas are coffee, chocolate, very light hops on the end.
Taste is unsweetened chocolate and coffee...a bread-like taste in the middle....then again, lightly bitter hops. It's really nice the way this oatmeal stout doesn't smash you in the face with sweetness. It's full and rich and chewy without anything cloying.
Aftertaste is a little chocolate and coffee...again, nothing sweet, and nicely drying.
A little alcohol warmth in the aftertaste seems to warm my chest to my belly. Again, nice.
I'll buy this again and am glad I picked up two bottles tonight.

IntriqKen, Sep 16, 2006
Photo of rkhaze
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out black with a little dark chestnut on the edges. Medium sized creamy brown head. Left good lacing. Aromas of roast malt, coffee, chocolate and citrusy hops.
Deep flavors. Earthy roasted/burnt malt, chocolate, coffee and a hop presence that was spicy, citrusy and resinous. A rich tangy taste with a mild smoky presence and a subdued sweetness in comparison to other Oatmeal Stouts. Nicely done.
A little thin in the body. Full mouthfeel but not as creamy as was expected. Great drinkability.

rkhaze, Jan 22, 2004
Photo of Boilermaker88
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presented in a 22oz bomber like in the picture. Appearance was a uniform near-black color topped with a compact mocha-hued head. Spotty lace was scattered around the glass.
The nose was a pleasant smelling blend of chocolate and roasted malts, dark fruit, dark chocolate, and some coffee. This brew doesn't have the burnt aroma which is present in many other stouts I've tried.
Each sip seemed to bring forth something different with Hoptown's O-Stout. At first, it had the earthy maltiness of the roasted dark malt, muted somewhat by the oatmeal flavor. At other times, a robust fruitiness bathed the palate with sweetness. At no time though was there any inkling of harsh bitterness or rawness. Just a nice hoppy bittering that came out like having some bittersweet chocolate and coffee. The various tastes work well together. The feel was medium-heading-toward-full, creamy and smooth.
Hoptown Brewing put together a tasty, easy-drinking oatmeal stout here, gang. Worth getting up and going out in search of a bottle.

Boilermaker88, Apr 27, 2004
Photo of germaniac
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark black with a sticky cocoa colored head- what more can you ask for in an oatmeal stout? The smell of hops and rich chocolate is noticeable even from a distance.

Starts out hoppy, then dives right into bittersweet chocolate and a satisfying roasted malt heartiness. The citrusy bite of the hops is an ever present reminder that this brew is something a little different from the standard stout.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with plenty of malt to smooth the road into Hoptown.

All Hoptown beers come labeled with the same generic label, with only the beer style name changing. To me, that implies confidence in their beer, and from what I've seen, it's totally justified.

germaniac, Dec 17, 2005
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 22 ounce Bomber with a 3/4 plastic wrap label that has the generic Hoptown Brewery bottle label, with only the words “Oatmeal Breakfast Stout” to distinguish it from the rest of the range.

I usually get to try Hoptown Brewery products either on Tap and/or at Beer Festivals, which is probably testament to the rarity of their bottled beers. After the ‘Golden Ale’ which I just tried, this is another new one for me tonight.

Appearance: Incredibly dark even when back lit by a 100 Watt clear glass Bulb! Apparently Hoptown never filter their beers so this could be a contributory factor. The pour is viscous but creates a decent cocoa-brown head that quickly forms to a smooth ½” collar that only rescinds to a broken covering after quite a passage of time. When swirled, the delayed levels of carbonation replenish the head.

Nose: Deeply roasted malts and hops, yes hops! Quite strange that you get such a hop-wallop in an oatmeal stout, but it is there. This has a light vinous odor as well.

Taste: A roasted malty chocolate entrance that is very stout-like, but just when you think this is “another stout”, an incredible coffee bitterness starts to develop, just like that from a dark cooking chocolate, and it starts to creep in. Then in the latter third a very real hop bitterness starts to bite. Some Coffee Walnut Whip hints in the middle soon phase into a deeply hoppy bitter ending that lingers for some time. This is quite the different Oatmeal Stout, very Californian!!

Mouthfeel: A smooth, creamy mouthfeel, which if you believe the bottle is a combination of …chocolate and roasted barley malts, and an aggressive yeast strain, combined with loads of rolled oats. Erm…OK. Whatever. It works.

Drinkability: Well I found the hoppiness in this Stout to be a very lovable part of the drink. Hopheads that may not like dark beers will certainly take to this Stout for sure.

Overall: I can usually stab at an overall mark for a beer when I review it in the first 30 seconds or so. I guessed at an Overall Mark of “4.0” for this one. I see I wasn’t that far off was I. As for whether this is a Breakfast Stout or not, well the bottle label says “great with Eggs, Bacon and Toast”, I am not so sure. When I stayed in Ostende at Easter 1994, the Hotel owner where we stayed served us a bottle of Rodendach Grand Cru with a Full Fried English Breakfast on two occasions, well I have to say, that this combination was fucking awesome and has yet to beaten 10 years later - this Oatmeal Stout may go well with Brunch though!!!

Nevertheless, enjoy this unusual ‘Hoppy’ Oatmeal Stout.

TheLongBeachBum, Dec 29, 2003
Photo of grindcore666
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wasn't able to have this one for breakfast, damn. Pours black with a head that prematurely filled half the glass, on a slow pour. Foam is the equivalent of brown sugar and bran embodied in powder.

Fragrance is of hot cereal and brown sugar from afar, then strengthens on a closer sniff. Light chocolate and alcohol, but still a good sense of why this is a "Breakfast Stout", as oats and sugar rush in.

Head still a thick finger, held up fantastic.

Wow. I'm at a loss of words for this one, but I'll try: hops are aggressive but so crunchy and satisfying. Black coffee, bran, brown sugar, a dash of vanilla, oats, bark. Thick, but crisp and lively. Sweet cigar aftertaste.

Quite filling, I could have this for breakfast alone. And what a way to start my day..

grindcore666, Oct 19, 2005
Photo of Zorro
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

.Pours a brew dark as hells heart and is impervious to light.

Smell is dark roasted chocolate malt with a complete symphony of coffeehouse scents to back it up. A Good strong Mocha defines the scent of this brew perfectly.

Taste is mildly sweet without the charred tasted that many stouts have. Fair bit of tartness in the taste and plenty of coffee flavors. I can't taste chocolate in this. It does however have many tart coffee flavors like black Colombian coffee. Lots of sour fruit flavors.

Mouthfeel is good.

Extremely drinkable provided you like your coffee strong and black and from Columbia in the morning. A masterful copy of strong coffee in beer form

Zorro, May 31, 2004
Photo of Piason
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Piason, May 11, 2012
Photo of isubsmith
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Inky, opaque black. Vigorous brown/tan spongy head that quickly filled the glass from a good pour. Dissipated slowly, with a wee bit sticking around the entire time.

Nose: Sweet, brown sugar and lactose notes - almost like the instant maple and brown sugar oatmeal stuff. Chocolate. Coffee. All around - sort of like a chocolate mocha with brown sugar. I really liked it. Subtle hops off in the distance.

Taste: Similar to the nose but in reverse. More of the bitter coffee and dark chocolate tastes. Much more hops on the finish. More oats now. Some of the sweetness from the nose, but I had hoped for a little more.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium bite from the carbonation. Smooth

Quite drinkable. Very nice. Next time I am in CA hopefully I can get some more of this.

isubsmith, Feb 17, 2006
Photo of objectivemonkey
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice dark black with a ruby ring around the bottom, good tannish head, shrinking a little too fast, bubbly lacing down the glass. The aroma is lovely, with darkish chocolate, roasted malt, and a heavenly brown sugar. Lovely. Delicious taste is again full of roasted malt, a kind of fudge-like chocolate, right in between sweet and bitter. But then there is a light and airy hop to the back end coinciding with the lighter body that is very appropriate for that 'breakfast' idea. I'd have this with eggs and bacon! A really good stout for when you don't want a soup-thick malty beast.

objectivemonkey, Apr 16, 2006
Photo of spazaru
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I agree with some of the reviewers before me that this is more of a dry stout than an oatmeal.

The beer pours dark brown, nearly black with a creamy looking brown head. Very appetizing.

The smell is roasty, but I don't smell the chocolate so prevalent in some of these brews.

I was tempted to hate it on the first sip, because as I said, I think the name misrepresents it. If they called it a dry stout, the first taste wouldn't have been so shocking. As it is, it tastes of slight soy sauce with very roasty overtones. Not unpleasant at all.

The mouthfeel is fairly full and chewy. Nice! Drinkability is excellent. Went down almost too quick, but since it's not an 11% imperial stout I guess that's ok!

Nice entry from Hoptown, just be aware that it's probably not really an oatmeal stout you're buying and enjoy!

spazaru, Feb 27, 2006
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The typical stout appearance, aroma (yeasty fruitiness, roastiness, soft caramel-accented maltiness), and creamy mouthfeel of this beer lead you to a delicious combination of bittersweet chocolate and berry-like yeasty fruitiness backed by a solid, esspresso-like roastiness and bone-dry bitterness. Nicely done!

NeroFiddled, Jan 31, 2005
Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to fartingdog, via Secret Santa '07

A - this stout pours with a huge head, requires a second pours, even a third to empty the bottle into two pint glasses, its a dark tan spongy head as well

S - coffee at first, with some pervasive oatmeal elements, both the breadiness and sweetness, hard to detect much else through the huge head

T - the oatmeal qualities hit first, the vanilla-esque sweetness and the...well...oatiness, followed by a nice coffee flavor in the finish, while throughout is a cloying chocolatiness that never really comes to fruition

M&S - all in all a great stout, well brewed, balanced and flavored, quite delicious and easy to drink

sinstaineddemon, Feb 14, 2008
Photo of Greenfloyd
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This tasty breakfast stout does pair incredibly well a plate of smoked meat, eggs, etc. This beer poured a very dark chocolate, with a coffee like, quickly dissipating head. The nose starts with strong chocolate malt with hints of caramel. The taste is darker chocolate, with light espresso tones, and a subtle underlying smokiness that pairs great with bacon, ham, pork chops, smoked fish, etc. The mouth feel is pleasant, not overtly heavy as a typical oatmeal stout can be, making it a bit more food friendly. Pairs with all the food mentioned above, but can be perfect with smoked cheddar and apples...Enjoy

Greenfloyd, Jan 21, 2007
Photo of weeare138
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow. Pretty cool stuff. I've been waiting to crack this bad boy open for about a month now.
Appears nice and hearty black with a small half inch brown head that soon fades. Leaves small tads of oily lacing throughout during the enjoyment of the drink.
Smells delicious. I'm getting whiffs of coffee, chocolate, vanilla, caramel and fruity sweetness.
Tastes awesome. Nice stouth with a kicking berry like sweetness followed by some roasty coffee and bitter chocolate slowly lingering from the front to the back. Very pleasant and enjoyable. Mouthfeel is good. It obviously doesn't get everything that I'd like but it's expected with this style. Gets the front of the tongue and the front part of the cheeks with the slow lingering down the back of the tongue with the light hoppiness and semi-dry bittersweet chocolates. Very smooth and buttery. This is a winner. I wish I had gotten more than just one of these.

Finger licking good!

weeare138, Apr 29, 2005
Photo of donnebaby
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Heavy black liquid body pours thickly from the bottle. Thicker than average tan collar and haze covering. Nose exudes coffee and sweet pears and apples.

Taste is lightly sweet and fruity -- strawberries, plums, apples. Great level of medium to high astringency built way up with puckering lemon and sharp volatile hops (chinook?). Roasted grain in the malt body. Light carbon dry roasted after, increases as it warms. Thick in the mouth -- heavy body. Lightened somewhat by the fruity sweet and sourness of the taste. Yummy oatmeal stout -- perfect for dessert.

donnebaby, May 17, 2005
Photo of Slatetank
4/5  rDev +2%

Slatetank, May 16, 2013
Photo of drseamus
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black body but with ruby highlights at the edges. Nice think mocha colored head.

S: A bit of sweetness and a slight roasty note. Has that typical oatmeal stout aroma. Slight caramel note.

T: Decently strong roast right up front. Very clear and not at all muddled. Good residual sweetness. Nice caramel flavor through the mid palate. Ends again with a good roasted flavor.

M: Nice and creamy, although the high roast level takes a bit away from that.

D: Very good. A bit over the top on roastiness for an oatmeal stout, but nice and tasty.

drseamus, Apr 03, 2008
Photo of RoyalT
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – This one was a beautiful red-ruby black in color with a good, off-white head.

Smell – The big, sweet oatmeal nose was mixed with some good berries, possibly blue or black berries. The light, sultry dark malts made up the base of the nose.

Taste – There are some terrific flavors here. The roasted malts were strong but not overpowering. The big, complex fruits were hard for me to nail down but tasted great. I couldn’t find any oatmeal, though.

Mouthfeel – This one was almost light in the body and had some modest bitterness at the tongue.

Drinkability – A bit of a lightweight but smooth as silk and very well-balanced.

RoyalT, Oct 25, 2004
Photo of sulldaddy
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A chilled bottle courtesy of watermelonman! Thanks!
I am pouring into a snifter. The beer pours a rich dark brown color with a fizzy and fluffy tan head foaming up 1 cm nicely. The head fades slowly to a surface layer.
Aroma is chocolate, molasses, and some coffee notes. There is a hit of roasted malt as well and just a bit of cheerios scent.
First sip reveals a fine fizzy carbonation that caresses my palate. The body is fairly thick but not syrupy.
Flavor starts with a bit of chocolate candy sweetness and then rolls to some roasted notes and a slight coffee finish. I dont find any hops mixed in anywhere.
The beer is very smooth and tasty. Goes down easily, but I think it is a little filling once it hits my belly.
A nice brew that I would drink again.

sulldaddy, Jul 26, 2005
Photo of IceAce
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Creamy oak-colored collar of foam is the greeting of this ink-black bodied brew. Nose is rich with chocolate, roasted barley, and alcohol esters which becon one to come inside...

Entry is smooth-n-creamy (very nitro-esque) for a CO² pushed beer, quickly making way for a roasted malt bomb detonation upon midtaste. The finish features a quick dose of hops on the inner cheeks followed by a beautiful chocolate fade into a very, very dry utopia.

IceAce, May 17, 2005
Photo of AaronHomoya
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown, almost black with a creamy khaki head. Sweet, chocolate aromas with a hint of alcohol smell. Taste is similarly malty, roasted dark with chocolate flavors. Smooth, pretty good mouthfeel. Pretty drinkable and an all-around good beer. A good oatmeal stout, but not anything exceptionally better than many other good craft examples.

AaronHomoya, May 08, 2006
Photo of stephendr
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle- color of black , with a dark tan colored head - light nose of chocolate , anise , and vanilla – taste of chocolate , anise , and malts - body is medium , sweet , and with medium carbonation – aftertaste of chewy , and dark baking chocolate

stephendr, Aug 15, 2007
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Oatmeal Breakfast Stout from Hoptown Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.