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Oatmeal Breakfast Stout - Hoptown Brewing Company

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Oatmeal Breakfast StoutOatmeal Breakfast Stout

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38 Ratings
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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.44%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Hoptown Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

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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.

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!

Photo of Slatetank
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled April 2007
Pours with a three-finger thick, creamed-chocolate colored head that leaves a nice layered lacing pattern as it slowly subsides. The beer shows a clear, dark chocolate color as I pour it, but sits in the glass an opaque, almost black color. The aroma has light notes of chocolate, roasted barley. Really what becomes noticeable as I dig around in the aroma is a nice, toasty grain character that is a mix of biscuit malt, toasted grain, and a touch of browned grain husk aromatics.

The beer has a medium-full, soft, creamy mouthfeel to it up front. It is perceived as quite dry, with a solid backdrop of burnt grain acidity that does not quite meld with the rest of the beer. Roasted grain notes of espresso are noticeable especially at the forefront, but then again in the finish where a nice toasted grain character takes hold as well. As I work my way through this beer it becomes quite a bit lighter and not nearly as creamy as it first seemed. The acidity seems to have softened a bit as well, but I wonder if this is the reason it lost it fullness. The beer definitely finishes with a bit of astringency that seems to be a mix of burnt acidity, and harsh roast grain husk flavors. This is not a bad beer, it is just a touch out of balance; cutting back on the dark grain would help, or using a smoother variety might help as well.

Photo of weeare138
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
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!

Photo of Zorro
4.26/5  rDev +8.7%
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

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.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Photo of jfcaa193
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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.

Photo of brewandbbq
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Vintage 2005

Pours opaque black with a dense, thick, dark tan head. The batter-like foam rose to over an inch, and fell slowly to the surface. Remnants of clingy froth failed to stay on the walls of the glass, and only a trace of lacework remained as a result.
Aromatics are a nice blend of coffee and dark chocolate. Slightly acrid and heavily roasted, with a mild creamy note. Drizzeled caramel and chocolate syrup come forward in the end.
The mouthfeel is a bit spritzy and some overcarbonation keeps the brew from having any creaminess. Not a thick as I had hoped.
The pallet is laden with dark chocolate and burnt caramel. A strong espresso note follows through along with a generous dose of roasted malts and a hint of smoke.
Finishes slightly warming with a lingering bitter chocolate bite.
Lacking a lot of character that is eluded to by the moniker "breakfast stout".

Photo of magictrokini
3.59/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opaque brown, almost black pour, with no head. Aroma is semi-sweet chocolate and coffee. The taste is mostly the same with a scoop of oatmeal and cream mixed in. A milkshake-like mouthfeel. Very good, but lacking in something that would make it great, I just can't pu tmy finger on it. Barrel aging?

Photo of IntriqKen
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
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

Photo of Boilermaker88
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Photo of meathookjones
3.18/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black with a slight light brown head even with a hard pour. Some lacey webbing was left. Coffee and roasted malts come on quite strong in the aroma. It becomes mainly a sweet aroma upon warming a bit. Sweet caramel and a light roasty flavor hit you first but not much follows. A light chocolate and more sweetness. Not quite cloying but a bit too much. Definitely not a very complex oatmeal stout. Mouthfeel is about what you would expect and fairly creamy going down. Pretty easy drinking stuff. All around decent example but nothing to write home about.

Photo of objectivemonkey
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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.

Photo of OStrungT
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours very dark brown. The head is tan. The head fades very fast leaving almost no laces. It smells quite malty. There is a slight fruity hint to it. It tastes quite malty. There is not much hop balance to it. The lack of hops leaves something to be desired. It is a very smooth beer. Quite thin. It in barely carbonated. It could use a little more carbonation. This beer could be a session beer because of the smooth taste and the lack of alcohol. I personally like a stronger more robust and hoppy stout. I will probably not drink that one again, but if you like stouts, definately give this one a try.

Photo of Jredner
3/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma of malt. Some mild soy sauce hit me too. Deep black in head. Very small mocha head. Initially sweet, but then becomes bitter then mildly salty in turn. Very smooth and the bitterness lingers longer than any of the other flavors. Seems to me it has a lot less choclate flavor and sweetness than the best Sweet Stouts I have had. The salty flavor reminds me of some of the English style Imperial stouts.

Photo of donnebaby
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of jcalabre
3.64/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Originally sampled on 11 January 2002. I am writing this review from my notes. On draught. This has a Nice roasty, cocoa nose. A very easy drinking stout. Although it's the typical black color, the body is fairly light. I can't see having this for breakfast.

Photo of jackorain
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle, poured into pint glass. Label on this one is not very appealing. The multitude of colors is not very eye appealing, maybe eye catching though, hence.

A-Thick black pour nearly opaque a little light get through around the bottom of the glass showing a brown translucency. Very foamy head, 1/2 the glass on a proper pour. Bicolor tan and off-white head, fairly decent staying power. The foamy pour keeps this A from rating higher.

S-not much aroma, a little malt a little unidentifiable hop and some grains, I guess oats

T-Very roasted, almost burnt, malt. Charcoal, oats, bitter green hop finish. Didn't seem all that balanced at first but as it warmed up the flavors began to meld quite nicely and secondary flavors of coffee and chocolate came through finally pushing past the intense roasted flavor.

M- a little too carbonated for my stout tastes, medium body, coats palate nicely.

D-Better than average, however, after the flavours melded, I don't think I could go back to a fridge cold 2nd bottle.

Overall, this beer started out very disappointing but its flavor profile changed very dramatically as it warmed up closer to room temp. This one I would recommend drinking only slightly cooler than wine cellar temperature

Photo of stephendr
3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
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

Photo of clickpush
3.33/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour: 22oz bottle to tulip glass. Extremely dark body with tons of bubbles and a two and a half finger dark tan head that sticks a bit to the glass during its slow fall to the beer with some cave like lumps forming before a bit of lacing.

Nose: First impression is of celery. Further on more conventional stout smells of chocolate malts. A bit on the faint side, but sweet, delicious, and inviting.

Mouth: Very bitter - much more so than the aroma would imply. Light caramel flavor but the malts feel like they may have been roasted just a bit too long - the back characters are burnt up, like straight carbon, and it covers the hops up to the point that they're indistinguishable. Mouthfeel is nice with a consistent strong presence of carbonation. Drinkability isn't as difficult as the flavor sounds, but really not that enjoyable.

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Oatmeal Breakfast Stout from Hoptown Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.