1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Survival "7-Grain" Stout - Hopworks Urban Brewery

Not Rated.
Survival "7-Grain" StoutSurvival "7-Grain" Stout

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
90
outstanding

279 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 279
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 9.2%
Wants: 32
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hopworks Urban Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: josiahschlender on 06-06-2008

The seven grains: Barley (Egyptian), Wheat (Mesopotamian), Oats (Egyptian), Amaranth (Aztec), Quinoa (Incan), Spelt (Mesopotamian), and Kamut (Egyptian).

Finished with 15 pounds of cold-pressed Stumptown 'Hairbender' espresso.

2011 - Finished with 15 pounds of cold-pressed Stumptown Organic Holler Mountain Coffee.

2012 - Finished with 20 pounds of cold-pressed Stumptown Organic Holler Mountain coffee.

35 IBU
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 279 | Reviews: 119 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by beagle75:
Photo of beagle75
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

A: The full glass appears opaque black in color, with two fingers of beige foam head that soon collapses to a nearly continuous residual layer. Dark reddish-brown shows at the edges as the glass is emptied. Scant lacing remains on the glass.

S: Dark roasted grain, heavy coffee grounds, and light chocolate milk all make for a simplistic but rather appealing smell.

T: Begins dry, with assertive coffee grounds and milder black malt. Flavors become more earthy in the middle, further accentuating the coffee qualities. Occasional whiffs of caramel and chocolate are also detected. Restrained bitterness becomes detectable and continues through the finish that is mostly defined by the surging richness of the coffee.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, creamy on the palate, with low carbonation.

D: This beer represents a rare achievement in the world of stouts brewed with coffee--it allows all of the coffee's contributions to deliciousness that it is capable of providing, without struggling with the acidity and astringency issues that are typical of the style. While the "seven grain" advertising slogan smacks of hipster marketing in the vein of Dogfish Head, one cannot help but wonder if some quality of those grains are coming together here to smooth out the harshest qualities of the coffee. Or, do the talented brewers at HUB simply hold mastery over that unruly ingredient?

More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of FadetoBock
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of nomoon
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of aquazr1
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lgrec8
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of Mora2000
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

Photo of chossboss
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of sourdog
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of chickenm
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of TKEbeerman
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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?

Photo of kevwcamp
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of richkrull
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of hughesm4
3.82/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

Photo of LXIXME
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of degerbah
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of nhirsch04
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of InfernoBoss
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of biboergosum
3.67/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of seanthornton152
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Magpie14
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Survival "7-Grain" Stout from Hopworks Urban Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 279 ratings.