Survival "7-Grain" Stout - Hopworks Urban Brewery
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Reviews by MaltsOfGlory:
4/5 rDev -1%
Pours a pretty solid one and a half finger head into a standard pint glass. The head is light brown in color and is pretty fluffy and pillowy. Head retention is pretty good so far, it's not going anywhere that quickly. We'll see about lacing, can't quite tell right now. The body is pitch black, only a few tiny hints of red in the color, other than that it's as dark as can be. We'll see how the lacing goes, but for now the appearance looks very nice, the head is still hanging in there. The smell is super big, really rich, and also yummy smelling. The two main smells I'm getting are rich dark malts and a generous amount of oats, also a fair amount of chocolate. The chocolate is also very rich. Maybe a tiny bit of hops in here too. Overall the smell is just very big and really really rich. It does smell a little bit sour from the hops and maybe something else. The sour smell is a little bit unfortunate. Overall it's a super good smell, I'm not sure if it's going to be my kind of stout, but I do really like the big smell and the rich smell. This beer might deserve a 4 for smells, because of the sour smell, but I'm gonna give it a 4.5 because it's really a nice big smell. Yeah this is really a hard beer to grade because it's such a good taste, it just has that damn sour flavor too it, it's not overpowering at all, but it's still there. Big oat flavor in here, and I mean BIG. Also a touch of chocolate and maybe even some coffee, in fact I think there is definitely some coffee here. I really have no idea what to give this beer for taste, there is a tiny bit of a watery flavor to it, but overall the flavor is pretty damn big. I guess the bottom line is that it's a good flavor, but it's not out of the world, and it is a bit watery, so I'll give it a solid 4. The mouthfeel isn't all that great, the flavor is a tad bit watery and that usually means the mouthfeel will be a bit watery too. The mouthfeel in this case is more watery than the taste was. Watery mouthfeel, and also the carbonation is a tin bit low for my liking, maybe if the body was bigger it would have worked, but not with this body. Not a terrible mouthfeel, it's smooth, but it's just too thin. Drinkability is pretty damn good, it's tasty and it's only 5.3%, which is pretty low for a stout. Overall it's a pretty good beer, it may deserve a 4.5 for taste, but it fell short in a few areas and I'm happy with a 4 there. Smell way great, mouthfeel was not so great. What more can I say, it's a good beer.
The appearance was a little interesting, the beer gave me pretty good lacing, not amazing though. The body looks good from the start and it still does. The one thing that kinda sucks is the foam and head on top of the body are completely gone now, and the top of the body kinda just reminds me of the mouthfeel, watery and thing. It's not a huge problem, because the overall appearance was good, but it makes it easier for me to give this beer a 4 for appearance rather than a 4.5.
08-20-2011 09:03:45 | More by MaltsOfGlory
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4.15/5 rDev +2.7%
Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #39 (Apr 2010):
Barley, wheat, oats, amaranth, quinoa, spelt and kamut with a dose of coffee. Sounds like a healthy breakfast to us.
Epic head retention, no doubt giving thanks to the grains. Nice Stout color, black. Aroma of iced dark-roasted coffee, charred wood, mild molasses, black currants and a faint whiff of alcohol. Smoothness drops the bomb; grains really come through for the mouthfeel in an exceptional way. Roasted grain character is a bit of controlled chaos; from charcoal to cocoa, fresh coffee to burnt sugar. Berry flavor within is dual play from the coffee and fruiti- ness of the yeast. Hops show up to the party; bitterness is there to balance with some citric herbal tone in the bitter, semi-dry finish.
Wow, what a way to take a Coffee Stout and turn it up a few notches.
01-11-2011 02:20:57 | More by BeerAdvocate
4.13/5 rDev +2.2%
Bottle courtesy of bu11zeye.
Pours black with a light brown head. The aroma is strong coffee with some roasted malt. The flavor is strong coffee with some bitterness as well as some chocolate. You also get some nutty characteristics. Medium mouthfeel but a little more watery than I expected. Very drinkable. Great beer.
01-01-2010 17:22:28 | More by Mora2000
4.14/5 rDev +2.5%
Kick ass they got this on cask! Kept a lot cooler than most casked beer. Great deep ass brown with hints of black color going on. Thin head, could be their unique mug/pints.
Taste, coffee jumps out, but is not as bitter nor astringent as some with this coffee forward of a stout. So nice to be drinkin stouts after a long hot wet summer. Coffe yet smooth, must be from the Egyptian oats. Well I don't think they're fro
Egypt, they just list it prolly as the place of origin.
In these times of gargantuan stouts, it's nice to have a delicious one under 7% that isn't an Irish dry or milk stout (for the record, I love gargantuan, irish, dry & milk stouts, so keep yr beermails to yrself touchy fanboys. $4.25 for 16 oz on cask. What mo you want for drinkability in a stout?
09-09-2010 19:48:00 | More by Beerandraiderfan
3.78/5 rDev -6.4%
Had a tasting out of a bottle, and all I can say is that I like my coffee black and alcoholic.
a-Pours pitch black with a slight head retention around the ring of the glass.
s-Smells like coffee, but you don't pick up much, if any, of the different grains.
t-Tastes purely of coffee, nothing else.
m/d-Light bodied for a stout with a little bit of a grainy texture as it goes down. Doesn't leave a strong or bitter aftertaste. Very enjoyable if you like coffee.
08-22-2010 22:52:19 | More by hughesm4
3.85/5 rDev -4.7%
Pours coffee black with eggshell colored head. The aroma is tremendously coffee-like. Which goes well with the unexpectadly light body. It's hard to rate this beer because as I drink it I keep forgetting its a beer and thinking that I'm jst drinking a cup of coffee that's gotten cold. There is no hint of alcohol at all anywhere in the taste and this is generally very drinkable. Not my absolute favorite.
08-22-2010 22:51:58 | More by degerbah
3.65/5 rDev -9.7%
22oz bomber. Wow, 7 different grains - so, this is like, healthy?
This beer pours a very dark, bordering on black, cola brown hue, with niggly amber highlights, and two fingers of fast-disappearing creamy beige head, which leaves a few swaths of chunky and blotchy lace around the glass in the process.
It smells of mildly roasted caramel malt, bitterly dry coffee, semi-sweet nutty chocolate, and musty earthy, leafy hops. The taste is bittersweet cocoa blended with dry coffee grounds, some oatmeal/wheat/hippie cereal graininess, and a touch of further bittering earthy, mineral-esque ash, the meek weedy hops bringing up the rear.
The carbonation is fairly soft, just a trilling frothiness for the most part, the body medium-light in weight, for the style, generally smooth, and more than a tad creamy. It finishes still on the sweet side, the acrid nature of the coffee retreating, leaving the mixed bag of malt and cocoa pretty much large and in charge - the weedy, earthy hop blend not really a contender.
Overall, a decent enough stout - smooth, sure, but silky, not so much. The different grains get lost in the mire, with only the barley, wheat, and oats standing out in their typical manner. If this thing had to survive on the other four, the whole house of cards would come tumbling down. Still, drinkable and enjoyable for what it is - a brewing geek marketing gimmick.
03-25-2011 03:01:55 | More by biboergosum
4.43/5 rDev +9.7%
Purchased at Belmont Station. Poured into a Pivovarsky Dum beer stein glass.
Dark brown light tones of black, slight translucency. 2 thumb head.
Many scents, Coffee, Oatmeal, dark roasted malts, chocolate.
Really smooth, tastes of espresso roasts, roasted barley, hints of bittersweet chocolate.
Thin mouth feel, medium carbonation.
This is a great stout! Perfectly balance, well crafted brew. Sells for a decent price, this will be a staple stout in my fridge.
08-09-2009 18:51:58 | More by seanthornton152
4.15/5 rDev +2.7%
A: the top formed quickly and stayed long. Head was frothy and chunky and colored much like a cold pour of draft root beer, only way better. The lacing is well above average. The body is a mix of dark reds and oranges with a dominant base of brown
S: the nose boasts a hearty dose of dark roasted grains and maltiness. This is further augmented by strong java beans and dry chocolate cocoa
T: the palate is a tight delivery of flavors. It holds a good roasted grain character that melds barley, malts, and a handful of oats nicely. What is really nice is the crushed oily/espresso coffee flavors that standout at back. Coffee is just a bit stronger on the tongue than in the nose...I like. Things get even better as a light cocoa creamy sweetness can be found in each and every sip. The finish is good and clean with a tad of bitterness
M: body is well to do medium while being creamy and smooth. Boy Hopworks got this one right, way easy to drink and could make a good session brew
D: I happen to really like this one, nice work Hopworks. As my glass heads toward room temperature thing get even tastier
05-20-2009 18:15:41 | More by Magpie14
3.73/5 rDev -7.7%
Interesting bottle picked up in vancouver. A lot of interesting grains that yield a cerial of tastes, yet it doesn't all integrate together. Expresso and coffee so if you are a coffee drinker you probably liked this better. Dark and lacey despite a small head. big roast, above average mouthfeel of course. In a word, roasted grains.
07-31-2011 14:28:37 | More by Sammy
3.95/5 rDev -2.2%
22oz bomber served in a tapered pint glass. Beer is deep brown with a small brown head that rises as the beer settles. Aroma of gently roasted coffee.
Flavor is also solidly of brewed coffee. Undertones are of grain, along with a bitterness that could only come from hops, but compliments the bitterness of the coffee perfectly. There's some sweetness from the malt, but there's no sugar in this coffee.
The beer is relatively thin for a stout, but at only 5.3% abv and 15°P is pretty much where it should be, mouthfeel wise. Given the prominence of "7-Grain" on the label -- and the relative obscurity of the fact that this is a coffee beer on said label -- the grains don't seem to be that prominent. I'm not sure the variety of them add much to the beer. This beer will not remind you of, say Tripel Karmeliet.
That said, I *should* do this side by side with Peak Organic Espresso Amber...if only the two could ever be found in the same place at the same time!
01-03-2012 00:30:38 | More by hreb
Survival "7-Grain" Stout from Hopworks Urban Brewery
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