Oatmeal Breakfast Stout
Hoptown Brewing Company

Oatmeal Breakfast StoutOatmeal Breakfast Stout
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Stout - Oatmeal
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3.94 | pDev: 9.39%
Hoptown Brewing Company
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Oatmeal Breakfast StoutOatmeal Breakfast Stout
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magictrokini from California

3.59/5  rDev -8.9%
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?

Dec 09, 2008
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drseamus from New York

4/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Apr 03, 2008
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sinstaineddemon from Connecticut

4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
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

Feb 14, 2008
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stephendr from California

3.76/5  rDev -4.6%
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

Aug 15, 2007
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Gueuzedude from Arizona

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

May 02, 2007
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brewandbbq from New Hampshire

3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
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".

Mar 07, 2007
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Greenfloyd from California

4.12/5  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

Jan 21, 2007
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dblinkhorn from California

3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter glass.

Appearance - Pours with a thin tan head that is quite creamy. However it quickly dissipates to a thin coating of patchy lace atop the brew and a thin ring of head around the glass edge. Decent is lacing as you drink this beer. It is opaque black in color even when held up to light.

Smell - Oily and bitter hops up front with some interesting "fresh" spiciness behind this but of little strength. Some cream scents coming in as well, and notes of fresh-ground coffee and bitter chocolate. Some wood aromas...smells similar to some oak-aged beers. A full roasted malt aroma as a foundation with some slight earth tones. Little alcohol on the nose.

Taste - Creamy roasted malt up front, with thick and oily bittering hops behind this that coat your tongue nicely. Oats in the middle with slight traces of corriander for spice and hints of chocolate and espresso. Finishes with some biting alcohol, still subdued though, and some moderate earthiness no doubt from the oats. A foundation of rich roasted malts ties it together nicely. The aftertaste has a spike in alcohol as you get a nice warming aromatic alcohol as you swallow, along with rising earthiness and some lingering hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Interesting here. It starts off quite full-bodied with a burst of fizzy but not unpleasant carbonation. The carbonation quickly dies down to a very pleasant level, but the mouthfeel seems to thin out substantially after it initially enters your mouth. I prefer my stouts (especially oatmeal stouts) to have a full and smooth body. While it is very smooth, the mouthfeel is just a touch thin in my opinion.

Drinkability - Little alchohol at all except a bit of warming after you swallow. Average strength flavors for this style. Overall it has average drinkability for an oatmeal stout.

A good outmeal stout here. It has an interesting mouthfeel that seems to change significantly the longer you roll the beer around in your mouth (I mean substiantially more than most beers do). Still it has good flavor and a nice body overall. Definitely recommended.

Nov 12, 2006
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clickpush from Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

Nov 09, 2006
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IntriqKen from California

4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Sep 16, 2006
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jackorain from Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
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

Aug 05, 2006
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PeatReek from California

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bomber. Pours with ungodly gobs of foam; seriously about 2/3 of the glass, with a standard pour. The aroma has a nice malty sweetness, slightly caramely with more than a hint of raisin. After the foam subsides a bit I top it off and take a sip -- the very initial attack is more of the same raisiny sweet flavor I smelled, but then the huge roast bomb explodes. Lots of dark chocolate and coffee overtones here. It's unfortunately thin for an oatmeal beer, and the bitterness is someone stronger than ideal; I'd really like the huge roasty flavor to shine through here, even at the risk of making it a little sweet.

Jul 21, 2006
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AaronHomoya from Indiana

3.82/5  rDev -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.

May 08, 2006
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objectivemonkey from Minnesota

4.22/5  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.

Apr 16, 2006
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spazaru from California

4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
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!

Feb 27, 2006
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isubsmith from Minnesota

4.29/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Feb 17, 2006
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Jredner from Florida

3/5  rDev -23.9%
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.

Jan 28, 2006
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germaniac from California

4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Dec 17, 2005
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grindcore666 from California

4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
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..

Oct 19, 2005
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BuckeyeNation from Iowa

4.55/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

Sep 07, 2005
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baiser from Massachusetts

4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Aug 21, 2005
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Troyone from California

3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a black color with a little bit of an amber hue, light brown head that coats the top, and impossible to see the carb action.

Has a bready chocolate and coffee malt smell with a possible grass or orange hop aroma.

Moderately acidic and lightly bitter straw and coffee malt taste with a dead grass and maybe an orange hop flavor.

Medium bodied, dry kind of watery texture, almost fizzy and flat carbonation, and a smooth but chalky finish.

Drinkability is ok if one likes the watered down smooth Stout, not my cup of coffee.

Aug 15, 2005
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sulldaddy from Connecticut

3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Jul 26, 2005
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meathookjones from Virginia

3.18/5  rDev -19.3%
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.

Jul 21, 2005
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IceAce from California

3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

May 17, 2005
Oatmeal Breakfast Stout from Hoptown Brewing Company
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