Survival "7-Grain" Stout - Hopworks Urban Brewery

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Survival "7-Grain" StoutSurvival "7-Grain" Stout

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294 Ratings

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Ratings: 294
Reviews: 122
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 8.96%
Wants: 35
Gots: 18 | 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
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Reviews by nhindian:
Photo of nhindian
4.11/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a snifter. Bottle generously provided as an extra by yuriruley, thanks Nate!

A - Pours a deep chocolate brown with a really nice, tightly condensed, 3-fingered head. The head is an off-white color with pretty low retention. Lacing is a complex web of thin lacing that covers the entire circumference.

S - Smell is of freshly roasted espresso covered with an absolute deluge of malts. It's really hard to distinguish individual characteristics in this beer as everything kind of meshes together. Some chocolate, some hops as well, but overall very heavy on the grains.

T - The taste is great for this beer. It's mellow, but it fits perfectly for tonight where I'm just looking for an easy-drinking beer to have while studying. First on the palate is a nice shot of espresso roast which is smothered smoothly by all of the malts in this beer. As the beer finishes, slight hops add a nice bitterness.

M - Mouthfeel is one of the smoothest beers I've ever had, easily explained by the multitude of malts. Low carbonation.

D - Drinkability is high. Easily drank this bomber over the course of studying and it went down a lot easier than expected. Really surprising beer and wish I could get more!

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 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 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 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 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 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.

Photo of hreb
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of tempest
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber, this stout is pitch black with a tan head. The 7-grains are intriguing, but the star of this beer is the Stumptown espresso beans. The malt does get an unusual earthy, spicy taste from all the grains, but those beans deliver smooth java taste that reminds me of the best iced coffee I've ever had. Stout lovers looking for something different, or anyone that likes coffee beer, should check this out asap.

Photo of Fatehunter
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out of a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass. A dark brown, opaque pour with a light tan inch of head.

S- Coffee, caramel, burnt malt and molasses. Wow. Amazing.

T - Burnt malt, coffee and slightly sweet malt at the end. Very good.

M - Light to medium body. Almost non-existent carbonation.

D - Easily a daily drinker. Excellent flavor and too drinkable. The smell is really the star here. Incredible.

Photo of RenzoD
4.44/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

small head. dissipates very quickly. Not as deep black as I like when observing the stout in the glass. Smells unbelievable. Like a roast/coffeehouse. The aroma really is all there Taste is upfront stouty but really unoffensive. If youre ia stout head then this is very mild brew but still very flavorful and enjoyable. Very smooth and grainy. I really enjoy Hopworks and this stout was certainly no dissapointment.

Photo of Kegatron
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ the Hopworks Urban Brewery (Portland, OR) on 9/4/11. Served in a mug.

Pours black, with a ½ finger of burnt mocha colored head. This retains with a rich ¼ finger that has a nice flare-up to it, leaving back a sturdy cascade of spotty froth. Espresso jumps right out in the aroma, with an underlying layer to this of green citrus notes and a touch of cocoa and caramel sweetness. I’m enjoying the focus on the roast and hops here in the nose.

The taste is green citric bitterness melding with a maltier base of chocolate and caramel sweetness. A flush of delicious roasted coffee character comes across the backend, leaving this dry and burnt feeling with a touch of lingering hops. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a sharp and mouth-filling feel to the carbonation that really pops the entire roast and hops here on the palate. There is more of smoothness to this on the underside though that helps keep this more approachable overall.

Wow, this was good Stout, with those lush flavors just seeming to literally jump out of the glass here on draft. I became a big fan of Stumptown coffee during this trip, so I wasn’t surprised to find out that this ended up being finished with it, as the coffee character here was my favorite part of this. It was maybe a little too coffee heavy at times, as I really didn’t get any of the nuances from the multitude of grains used in this but whatever. Stouts this rich and flavorful are always appreciated when I find them.

Photo of glass_house
4.26/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Espresso, coffee, and more espresso. Thank you sir, may I have another?

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Near pitch black, thumb of mocha head left solid lacing
S - strong milk chocolate, vanilla, medium coffee, roasty and sweet
T - bitter cold espresso, semisweet chocolate, vanilla and milk, but not as sweet as the nose suggests
M - chewy smooth, but finishes a little chaulky
O - a very tasty oatmeal stout, only slight knock being the chaulkiness but that is outweighed by its drinkability and great flavours

Photo of 6DaysBottomOcean
3.72/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From notes..

Pours with a nice mocha head, aromas of milk chocolate with a slightly roasted character. Taste is similar with cocoa leading the way into a mocha/coffee bitterness that finishes with a slight metallic touch. Mouthfeel is light for the style but considering the grains that are used its quite nice. Hopworks has managed to create an imperial stout that is very flavorful without being a sipper, i could drink a few pints of this without a problem.

I'd consider this more of an imperial porter based on the mouthfeel but its pretty damn good regardless.

Photo of morimech
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

More of a dark brown color with one finger of head that settled to a thin cap. Moderate amount of spotty lacing is left down the glass.

Interesting aroma but coffee does not play that large of a role. More of a grain mill smell. Notes of chocolate and then earthy hops. Faint aroma of coffee.

Does not really taste like a stout to me. Really unique grain flavor which is not surprising considering the exotic ingredients. A little chocolate and earth adds more flavor. The coffee is faint and unfortunately not a large contributor.

Not the biggest body but considering the ABV, it is understandable. A touch over-carbonated which does not help the feel.

As a coffee beer, it fails as there are dozens of better ones in the market. As a exotic grain beer, it fairs much better as the flavor is unique.

Photo of KTCamm
4.39/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a perfect pint glass. 1/10

Pours dark black. No foam, clear on top. Roasted coffee nose. Dark chocolate. Smooth creamy slightly sweet, balanced bitter close. Punchy carbonatiomn for a stout. Delicious grains. Coffee. Excellent.

Photo of souvenirs
3.7/5  rDev -8%

With espresso? Sounds perfect for beginning my day. (Okay, not actually.)

Super dark, as you'd expect. Tan head. Cold, dark coffee in beer form. I'm reminded that I don't like black coffee.

This one's not for me.

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

22 oz. Dark black/brown pour with some translucentcy to it. Small tan head that disappated fairly quickly to a ring. Subdued roast malt and coffee aromas. Taste is much more impactfull. Good roast malt and grain, quite a bit of coffee throughout. Accents of dark chocolate, maybe some oatmeal, more rye likeness. Medium body, nice carbonation, almost creamy. Finish is lingering coffee. Aroma becomes more pronounced as it warms. Very drinkable. Not sure I'd call it oatmeal, but a very nice stout none the less.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a dark tan head.
Nose shows lots of coffee and roasted grains. Little else showing.
Similar flavours, lots of roasted grains with a little coffee behind it. Again it seems to fall flat rather quick.
Nice creamy carbonation. Body could be a bit thicker.

Photo of Docer
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Grabbed a bottle at The BeerMongers...

- Nice solid black... bubbly mocha head... lacing all about.

- Great grainy smell, oats, sugars, light coffee... chocolate malt....

- A stout many others should look up to... wonderful complex grains.... robust flavor, and such a light alcohol volume.... oats, sweet grains, chocolate malts... and a slight bit of that wonderful cold-pressed Stumptown coffee... very well balanced.

- Not at all dry and sticky... just smooth sailing.

- Huge marks on drinkability... the flavor is great, and the mouthfeel is great... I could sit and drink this stuff all day.

Photo of schad
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Served in a Spiegelau Stout glass. Appearance is a brownish-black with light tan lacing. Roasted malt on the nose. Very smooth mouthfeel, possibly from the variety of grains added. Bold taste of coffee leads to hints of chocolate malt.

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Survival "7-Grain" Stout from Hopworks Urban Brewery
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