Black H2O Oatmeal Stout | Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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Brewed by:
Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Minnesota, United States
townhallbrewery.com

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

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.

Added by ADR on 04-06-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
225
Reviews:
98
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
8.07%
 
 
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23
Gots:
13
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1
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Ratings: 225 |  Reviews: 98
Photo of LXIXME
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of mothman
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours about a finger of tan head. Not the best retention. Color is black.

Aroma: A big roasted malts with oats and chocolate. Some coffee shows. Pretty malty.

Taste: Coffee, roasted malts, creamy chocolate, oats, and cocoa powder. Light grassy hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, smooth. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends pretty clean.

Overall, a nice easy drinking oatmeal stout. Good amount of roast and creaminess to it. Decent drinkability as well.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Town Hall in August 2009.

Pours a dark black with a very nice brown head and a little bit of lacing. The smell is one of abundant roasted grains combined with bits of coffee and a few nibbles of chocolate. The oats work their way out as well. The taste brings the oats out a little bit more and also includes some mild bittering hops. The mouthfeel is very nice--medium-bodied and quite chewy. Very drinkable considering the style, and something I'd love to have a constant supple of as the leaves fall off the trees.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ the Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery (Minneapolis, MN) on 8/10/10. Served in a pint glass.

Pours black, with a finger of dark mocha colored head. This retains with a thin creamy layer of foam that leaves thick swathes of lacing back. The aroma has a nice thickness to it, with notes of coffee, roast, and sweet chocolate. The oatmeal is really sticking out strong here in the nose, adding a smooth feeling sweetness to the proceedings.

The taste is sticky sweet up front with chocolate, caramel and some earthy fruit, while roasted malts add a dark tangy feel to the profile. Nice feeling moderate bite of hops here, which leaves lingering roast and earth in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and crisp upon first sip but then gets a little stickier and softer feeling as you swallow. Pretty overall smooth on the palate though from the oats and drinks really nice despite some size to the body.

Full flavored and very drinkable, this may well be one of the best Oatmeal Stouts that I've had in a long time. I could just work between glasses of this and the Masala Mama and be a happy man here!

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Photo of nathanmiller
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of XmnwildX12
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had Black H2O fresh from the tap earlier tonight at Town Hall. Ebony with a hint of lighter brown along the bottom edge of the glass when held up to the sunlit front window. In other words, a near-complete black hole. The head was the color of cocoa powder and was small, but persisted at one finger throughout the life of the pint. A solid sheet of lace met my eyes whenever I tipped the glass up to drink and barely tattered sheets ended up adorning the glass in the end.

The main thrust of the nose was roasted malt and coffee. Truthfully, I didn't spend much time assessing the aroma as I was too interested in drinking. The flavor was of seriously roasted (though not 'burnt') black malt, espresso and hops. Espresso was dominant, almost completely crowding out bittersweet chocolate. I don't usually like coffee-centric stouts, but it seemed to work well in this case.

I also appreciated quite a bit of hoppiness which gave the beer an added dimension. The mouthfeel was, in a word, great. Moderately thick, rich (although not chewy) and creamy in the extreme. I won't hazard a guess as to the ABV, but it didn't seem overly high to me. I'd also have to compliment the superb drinkability since the pint was gone almost before I knew it.

Black H2O Oatmeal Stout is a quality beer from a quality brewpub. In fact, it's one of the better versions of the style that I've had the pleasure to drink. I'll be sure to order another pint when next I find myself at Town Hall. Sooner rather than later, I hope.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.74/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

64 oz. growler poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Black body, but not total opaque, with a huge mocha head. Great retention and great lacing. Love it. It looks luscious and rich.

Smell - Not a whole lot on the nose. Some roasted malts in the form of coffee, but it's faint.

Taste - Much better flavor. Chocolate primarily, with a lactose sweetness in the back end. It's coupled with a slight bitterness that prevents either flavor from coming through too much.

Mouthfeel - Thick, despite the low ABV (it's not that low, really). That lactose sweetness does it in a little bit for me, but it's still good. I had no problem putting away 32 oz. of this.

Overall - Nice, but not something I'd seek out again. Something I'd drink if I was in the area, for sure.

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

Town Hall did a decent job with this Oatmeal stout. It had just enough body to make it palletable. Any less and it would have tasted like typical micro-brew failings. This beer was dark...opaque with nice tan head that laced. The smell included roast and espresso. The taste was nice and balanced...others at the table thought bitter....but I didnt think so. Great balance with the roast, coffee, and enough hops to clean the pallet without being to bitter. The mouthfeel was good....more body would be nice....the ABV was perfect and this is definitely a good stout.

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Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of imbibehour
4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured on tap at Minneapolis Town Hall into a half pint (9 ounces).

Stark and matte walnut brown body, nearly black, with red highlights. A creamy top off tanned head presented with nice lacing while drinking. An excellent dark color and lace.

Aroma is creamed warm coffee, good amounts of vanilla, with big notes of hazelnut quality. Piping with a sense of very minimal sweetness but just touching and slight chewy teeth clenching roasted grains.

Palate just bursts and rips. Creamed chocolate with a faint hint possibly of lactose sweetness which makes really good accents on the malt. Rich fudge and cake like flavors in a light but rich coating body. Some hinting tobacco on the finish, and even gives fruited raspberry esters as well. Excellently balanced as well.

Wow this is a real serious winner, I haven't had an oatmeal stout this good since drinking Founders and this might easily put it over the top of that.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oatmeal stout ranks high among my favorite styles, and I'm up to try any example, but this one went far beyond any expectations!

Appearance: a very perfect darkness, but perhaps soft around the sides, and not fully black, though entirely opaque, with a solid, standing 1/2" head of cocoa-colored foam.

Aroma: light and creamy on the very first sniff, but thereafter, bitter, but softly so, and rich and redolent with espresso character. This has to be the coffee-est of non-explicity-coffee-stouts I've encountered, and it's no wonder that Town Hall's Coffee Stout, made with this beer, drenched in grounds and such, has to be ranked as my favorite coffee stout of all, beating out Bell's Java, Z St. Mocha, and any/all comers.

On the tastebuds, every flavor found in the aroma has it's way with the senses.
Fully flavorful, all the way, not too bitter, not too sweet, just perfect!
Rich, roasty, rewarding. Malt is huge, hops small. Body isn't exactly full, finish is smooth and coffeeish to the last. A very easy-drinking stout, and extraordinarily packed with flavor for a style that doesn't often live up to it's potential, in many examples. This is definitely my kind of stout.

And this new assessment makes it harder to decide on my favorite beer from Town Hall. Too many good ones!
I took notes on a cask version at the end of last year...infinitely smoother, and the coffee character still stands tall.
P.S. I still don't know if the Doobie Brothers inspired the name of this beer, investigation is still pending...

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Photo of Gonzoillini
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of IrishColonial
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of drabmuh
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not my favorite oatmeal stout but a nice one for sure. Served on tap at the brewery. Beer is black with a nice off white head of small bubbles. Some lacing, decent retention.

Aroma is little weak, some grain, mild roast.

Beer is medium in body, bitter, sweet, good mouthfeel, nice beer throughout. I'd have it again but I wouldn't go out of my way.

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Photo of tempest
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In a head-to-head battle royale with Sammy Smith Oatmeal Stout, I put my money on the Black H20. It's just so smooth and creamy, all the while providing a chocolate malt body with a hint off roasted grains and coffee, it's hard not to love. This is a beer drinker's beer.

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

On tap at brewery. Pours a dark black with a nice creamy head. Smells of dark coffee. No real coffee taste as the oats give this a creamy smoothness to the taste and mouthfeel.

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Photo of KAF
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of fredmugs
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of jdhilt
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap - nitro (16oz glass, $3.75) at the Town Hall Brewery Minneapolis, Mn. Pours with one finger tan head that goes slowly leaving a good lace. Black color. Light carbonation and full bodied. Hints of coffee and smoky nose. Starts balanced and very smooth, finish has some roasted/burnt coffee flavor. The ABV is 6.0%.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.11/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

( Served in an American pint glass)

A- Dark black body with a faint hint of brown but to opaque to really see. A nice creamy tan head on top.

S- Black patient and other roasted grains with a slight sweetness. No sourness noticed but a hint of dried fruit like prunes in the background.

T- With the first cold sips I tasted notes of sweet dark chocolate bourbon and oak complexity with some tanginess but it was all condensed into one flavor. However the taste quickly changed with as it warmed slightly. It didn't have all that complexity but more of an off-taste that loosely held those notes of flavor. It tasted more like a defect rather than a quality. It had a faint hop bitterness but no real hop finish and the off-flavor seemed to dominate.

M- This beer has a medium full mouthfeel and no astringency.

D- This was an O.K. beer but the only real flavor was what I would call an off-flavor. It didn't really have any distinct flavors from the oatmeal no real nuttiness or grainy flavors.

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Photo of mattmarka1
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of greenspointexas
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ppoitras
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler filled and provided in trade by StuBob. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, only a film of a head over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Film that did form was quickly gone, we'll give the serving style the fault here, and lacing isn't half bad considering the lack of head. Aroma is a pleasant oatmeal, dark malt essence. Taste is sweet dark chocolate, with a light coffee presence, with plenty of oat heartiness. Mouthfeel could be a bit better with some more carbonation, again probably a presentation problem, and drinkabilty is great. I have to get out to this place and try this and many of their other brews at the source. With a young child, who knows when that may be... If you can, do so.

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Black H2O Oatmeal Stout from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
4.09 out of 5 based on 225 ratings.
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