Oatmeal Breakfast Stout | Hoptown Brewing Company

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Oatmeal Breakfast StoutOatmeal Breakfast Stout

Brewed by:
Hoptown Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by TheLongBeachBum on 08-15-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 38 |  Reviews: 35
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.

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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.

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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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Photo of PeatReek
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

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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.

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Photo of jfcaa193
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Troyone
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

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Photo of dblinkhorn
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

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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

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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?

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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.

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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".

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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

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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.

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Photo of AaronHomoya
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of IceAce
3.88/5  rDev -1%
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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of Slatetank
4/5  rDev +2%

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.

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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

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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!

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Photo of Greenfloyd
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
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

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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!

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