Hub City Oatmeal Stout | Hub City Brewing Company

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Hub City Oatmeal StoutHub City Oatmeal Stout

Brewed by:
Hub City Brewing Company
Iowa, United States

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Erdinger2003 on 12-31-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 81 |  Reviews: 75
Reviews by happygnome:
Photo of happygnome
3.36/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

a: pours a dark brown almost black color with about a quarter inch of head that disappears quickly leaving a slight bit of lace around the edge of the glass
s: dark roasted coffee hints of biscuits and chocolate
t: same as the smell, deep roasted coffee hints of chocolate
m: light bodied beer, really very surprising nice dark and flavorfull and this light? little carbonation is nice though

overall, i enjoyed this beer but there are some points that it could get improve on

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Kraken
3.17/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from notes. Consumed 8/3/09

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a water glass. Firm pour calls fourth a 1/4 inch of dark tan head that falls quickly leaving a very spotty lace. Color is jet black with a ruby tinge around the edge.

Nose- Deep molasses and caramel, vanilla and sherry.

Pallate- Molasses, roasted caramel, and vanilla. Notes of coco, and coffee. Thin bodied, short finish.

Mouthfeel- Thin, lacking in body for all its color.

Drinkability- Decent.

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Photo of frankiepop
4.15/5  rDev +27.7%
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.

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Photo of Metalmonk
2.93/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured a deep, abyss-like black, with very little head that forms a thin light tan crown. Looks appropriate in the Guinness pint glass.

Very straightforward smell of dark burnt grains. Typical for the style without any depth or added pizazz.

Flavor is also typical...burnt grains, chocolate...uh, that's about it. Not entirely bad, but boring. Bitter finish, but not at all from hops, and more due to a charred graininess.

Mouthfeel, despite wielding moderate carbonation, feels woefully thin. Bubbles up in the mouth after a bit, providing a tingle, but the beginning of the sip is extremely, unattractively watery.

Too bad Iowa's ancient beer laws encourage the state's few commercial brewers to make meek, average, run-of-the-mill beers. Then again Three Floyds has shown you can make 5% (or less) beer with tons of flavor. I wish this new Iowa brewery luck.

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Photo of Sammy
3.33/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours lack with huge off-white head, leaving some lace. Roasty and malty aroma. Rather average mouthfeel for an oatmeal stout, with a distinct but not extreme biter finish. Rather easy drinking though under-par compared to readily available oatmeal stouts, such as St. Ambroise. Not bad.

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Photo of bashiba
2.17/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Poured a dark brown with bright cola colored highlights.

Had a nice big nose with deep chocolate, coffee, burnt malts, and cereal nose. Spot on oatmeal stout nose.

The flavor and mouthfeel were both extremely underwhelming. The first thing I noticed was the incredible thinness for a stout followed quickly by the sour flavor. Some of the flavors were ok with a bit of chocolate, a touch of coffee, and a milky sweetness, but I struggled to get past the off sour flavors and the watery mouthfeel of it.

I would steer clear of this one. I am still suprised how a beer can smell so good but taste so bad. I don't think I can even finish it.

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Photo of morimech
3.12/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance- Pours very dark, appears dense black in the glass, small head that quickly settles to a thin skim. Minimal amount of spotty lacing.

Smell- Roasted and chocolate aromas. A little coffee and ash as well.

Taste- Very roasted flavor. Hints of coffe and chocolate. Has a ash aftertaste that hinders a solid flavor. Burnt malt bitterness.

Mouthfeel- An oatmeal stout is suppose to shine in the mouthfeel department. Where did the oats go? Very thin and watery. Not a body of a stout.

Drinkability- I suppose the bargain price for this beer adds some drinkability, but that is about the only reason you would take Hub City beer over anything else on the shelve.

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Photo of asoleilg
5/5  rDev +53.8%

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.1/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Sprecher nonic. No date or info.

Thanks to Beerwolf77 for the four-pack of Hub City stuff culminating with this last review.

A - Not only was the beer as close to filled as possible, it's also insanely carbonated. The initial pour left me with one finger of clear, almost black mahogany amber beer to a full pint of strong tan foam. Superior retention but not a speck of lace left over. Shame. Also annoying.

S - A volumetric nose of creamy, soft oats has a warm and inviting aroma. Just the thing I was looking for tonight. Very roasted malts exude notes of fudge and black coffee. A bit of astringency within the roast brings it down a touch. No hop presence.

T - I have to it and wait forever just to get a sip that's not entirely foam. Aaah, well, it's not worth the wait so much either. Heavily roasted chocolate malts have bittersweet chocolate notes and a black coffee bitterness. Oats give it a nice background flavor but as the nose suggested, it's highly acrid.

M - I like the initial smooth mouthfeel of creamy, thick, full-bodied brew, but the finish in this one is lacking. It dries out heavily and becomes very roasted-bitter. It's also very highly carbonated, as one would imagine by the pour and appearance.

D - It's drinkability is pretty low, mainly because it's impossible to pour this beer without a glass full of foam! It's also bitter. Decent effort but changes need to be made here.

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Photo of FreshmanPour77
4.15/5  rDev +27.7%
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

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Photo of Ragingbull
3.24/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Thank heavens! This is the fourth and final beer of the Hub City selections I brought back from a recent trip to Iowa. It really saved my opinion of the entire brewery. Here is hoping I got some "bad batches" as they won't make it if its not improved.

This beer was black in color with very faint lacing and a rim of light brown bubbles. Some prickle bubbles in the beer. The nose has raw grains like right out of a brewer's kit. Some coffee and smooth malt flavors are coming through. The mouthfeel is watery and awkward. It looks and tastes thicker than it is. the flavor does have a little smoke that helps to dry it. The oatmeal is very faint in the nose and there is not a "lending of texture" from the oatmeal that you would expect in an oatmeal stout. Thank goodness that one of the Hub City beers passed muster though.

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Photo of Erdinger2003
3.92/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice 1/4 inch head that falls into a small layer that retains well. Color is black and unsee-through-able. The smell is strong coffee flavors with sweet almost chocolate flavors. Taste is sweet with some roasty flavors. Mouthfeel is good and smooth. Overall, it's a very good drinkable beer.

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Photo of biggred1
4/5  rDev +23.1%
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.

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Photo of FreshHawk
3.48/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Very dark brown/near black color with a very large, creamy, billowy and creamy head that is a very dark tan. Very good retention that settles into a nice thin, bubbly layer of lace.
S - A strong amount of black, roasted coffee and dark chocolate with coffee being the stronger of the two. Roasted malt and oat also comes out pretty strong. Somewhat breakfast/coffee stout like but with a bit stronger level of roasted/charred malt.
T - Similar to the aroma with a good amount of black coffee and chocolate, with coffee being the stronger of the two. Roasted malt and oat taste is always in the background. Not overly bitter, but there is a nice bittersweet taste to it.

M - On the lighter side of medium body with a good amount of carbonation. This is the biggest problem with the beer, it is just a bit too thin and light. It has a bit of a creamy feel, but not what I would expect in an oatmeal stout.

D - Easy to drink, well balanced beer. A nice bittersweet aspect and a good amount of coffee and chocolate. The bit of oat in the background is also nice.

Notes: This is probably my favorite beer from Hub City. Pretty good oatmeal stout, although nothing outstanding, just a basic oatmeal stout. I would get it again, if the price were right, but it's nothing that I would feel compelled to get.

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Photo of ghebel
3.95/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours black with a light brown, 1 1/2 inch head. Head drops quickly, but leaves a trail on the way down.

S - Roasted malts and chocolate.

T - Roasted malt, sweet with a nice bitter finish.

M - A bit thin for a stout, but I bet it would be good served from a nitro tap.

D - I could drink a few of these.

Overall - my curiosity is peaked. I saw this at a local grocery store and had to try it. May have to make a road trip to the brewery in the Spring.

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Photo of h00dak
3.92/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This came to me in my beer of the month club. I poured it into a pint glass. It poured dark, dark brown. Opaque. No head. No lacing.

I lift the glass to my nose. I smell dark chocolate... raisins and ripe grapes.

I take a swig. Mouth feel is medium bodied, not watery like some oatmeal stouts. Flavor is roasty, a little sweetness like brown sugar in the front. Dark chocolate in the middle with a little bit of alcohol. Finish is clean.

In terms of style I want to say this is more like a delicious stout than an oatmeal stout. The mouth feel is much heavier than oatmeal stouts that I've had in the past. Very good and drinkable beer. Not the most complex but still has some character.

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Photo of iacollector
2.28/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The first thing that strikes you is the absolute lack of head or carbonation. A very dark beer with a pleasant smell but that is quickly tempered by the flavor dominated by the roasted malt flavor. The mouth feel is quite thin and the lack of carbonation is noticeable. The strength of the burnt flavor and lack of carbonation make this beer somewhat of a chore to drink.
Something I have noticed with Hub City brews that they seem to have some variability from batch to batch so I might give it a try later.

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Photo of mooseisloose
4/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A new brewery from the Midwest in the BOTMC. Let's give it a whirl. Popping the top I get a nice whiff of milk chocolate and roasted malt. Got my money's worth on this one, the brew is a half inch from the top of the bottle! Pours to a rich deep brown, like liquid chocolate with a foamy two finger tan head. Taste is a classic oatmeal stout, well roasted malts right off the bat, followed by a scotch-like acidity in the middle, and a nice mellowly bitter finish. Mouthfeel has great viscosity with just right carbonation. Very fresh taste indeed. This brew is a winner.

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Photo of aasher
3.53/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of mrpoizun
1.76/5  rDev -45.8%
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.

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Photo of Listers
4/5  rDev +23.1%

Photo of PokerGod
1.69/5  rDev -48%
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)

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Photo of DT051
3.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Some sugary sweetness high backed with Roasted coffee and dark chocolate notes

Appearance: Pours nice and dark with a medium sized tan head that quickly dissipates with slight lacing. On the poor it looked a little thin.

Body and Texture: thin in mouth but not too far off from what I would expect with decent carbonation.

Flavor: A decent roasted coffee flavor to it backed dark chocolate with slight hop bitterness at the end. hints of cream and oat. I felt some berry present with the creaminess.
Could have used some more roastyness I thought. Reminded me of raspberry mocha which was nice to be reminded of.

Serving type: Bottle poured into a pint glass.

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Photo of dpnelson1978
2.51/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.
Original tasting: 12/30/2009

12 oz. bottle into glass pint.

$8.99 / 6 pk.

S: Smoke, coffee, and subdued roasted malt.

A: Opaque dark brown body. Small loose head that dissipates quickly leaving no lacing and no cover. How is that possible in an oatmeal stout?

T: Smoke and dark roasted malt on the inhale, and coffee notes throughout. Low hop bitterness.

M: Very light for a stout, and just a bit oily. Higher carbonation than I would expect for the style. Crisp rather than smooth.

D: Decent drinkability due to light body, low alcohol, and a taste that isn't offensive. That said, this brew is nothing to write home about.

O: Another poor performance from Hub City.

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Photo of shadow1961
3.47/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hub City Oatmeal Stout pours a bare ring of tan foam over an opaque black brew. Carbonation is moderate and steady, the nose is smoke, bitter chocolate, and a dark note of booze. The flavor is burnt malt, unsweetened chocolate, leather, with a sharp note of grassy hops off the back. Mouthfeel is also light for a stout, and finishes dry.

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Hub City Oatmeal Stout from Hub City Brewing Company
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