Oatmeal Breakfast Stout - Hoptown Brewing Company

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Oatmeal Breakfast StoutOatmeal Breakfast Stout

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87
very good

35 Reviews
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Reviews: 35
Hads: 38
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.18%
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 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. (564 characters)

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! (938 characters)

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. (614 characters)

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! (312 characters)

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. (653 characters)

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 (673 characters)

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. (1,023 characters)

Photo of rkhaze
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
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. (502 characters)

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. (2,639 characters)

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. (258 characters)

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Oatmeal Breakfast Stout from Hoptown Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.