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Survival "7-Grain" Stout - Hopworks Urban Brewery

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

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248 Ratings

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Ratings: 248
Reviews: 114
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 8.91%
Wants: 31
Gots: 11 | 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:
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 added by: josiahschlender on 06-06-2008)
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3/5  rDev -25.7%

mendvicdog, Dec 18, 2013
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projhex, Nov 15, 2011
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duceswild, Dec 06, 2013
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ImperialStout, Jan 17, 2014
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3/5  rDev -25.7%

schnarr84, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of scottfrie
3.11/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

22oz bottle into imperial pint.

A: Pours a deep dark brown color with a finger of bubbly light brown head that faded into thick and lasting film leaving soapy lace down the glass.
S: Black coffee dominates with a little bit of spice. Pretty one dimensional.
T: More coffee, mild roast, bitter dark chocolate, touch of spice, almost no sweetness, and a bitter finish. Bitter chocolate aftertaste.
M: Thinner than I like, medium body, soda carbonation. Bitter and dry mouth.
O: Solid coffee stout. A bit thin, a bit one dimensional.

scottfrie, May 08, 2013
Photo of RJLarse
3.15/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I bought a bomber of Survival 7 Grain Stout at a bottle store. $5.99. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a black walnut color and is opaque. Small beige head vanished quickly leaving a little froth on top of the beer.

Smell is subdued, with a coffee and roasted grain aroma.

Taste is all about roasted grain. There is a smokiness to it, and a bit of a bitter coffee finish. Not much sweetness in thos one and the flavor is a bit one dimensional.

Mouthfeel is thin for the style a bit watery.

Drinkable and sessionable, but not a particularly good stout. There are a lot better and at a much more reasonable price.

RJLarse, Nov 29, 2010
Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.2/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Look: Black with brown rings around the edges 1/4 inch tan head and no retention

Smell: Dark roasted coffee on the nose and it is strong

Taste: Upfront is the same roasted coffee note that that nose had but then it takes a turn for the worse, it transitions into a stale coffee flavor. Not sure if it is the organic ingredients or the coffee but it just taste stale and old. The beer was recently purchase from Belmont station so I know it's not too old

Mouthfeel: Medium body and medium to low carbonation

Overall: Just and ok beer. Not sure if it is the organic ingredients or the coffee but it has a funky flavor profile

DarthKostrizer, Oct 12, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

EdmundBlackadder, Feb 15, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

Pearlstreetbrewingco, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of Murrhey
3.33/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Reviewed live.

A- Three finger mocha colored head. Thick and creamy. Long retention. Nice lacing. About as dark a beer as you can brew. Wonderful looking stout.

S- Strong coffee notes. Roast malts and toffee form secondary aromas. Coffee is strong and the aroma definitely reflects that.

T- Surprisingly watery flavor. Has a smack of roasted malts to it. I thought it might be richer, but the roast flavors are secondary to watery, light flavor in the first sip.

M- Not nearly as thick as expected. Watery, with a dry finish. Not bad.

O- I had higher expectations for a beer that looked so good, but unfortunately it didn't hold up.

Murrhey, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of ralree
3.35/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Dark brown, great lacing, 1/2 finger head.

S: Strong coffee, some chocolate, and that's about it.

T: Insane coffee and chocolate, a bit sweet, but also a bit watery and flavorless after swallowing. Some would call that a clean finish, but it would be nice if it lingered a bit more.

M: Rather dry, non-astringent, under-carbonated though.

D: Goes down OK, but I've had better stouts to drink.

ralree, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of CJS
3.4/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A Dark and a bit thin on the pour. Tanned head that turns into a tiny lacy collar. Non coating on the glass. Looks like a less carbonated soda.

S Very earthy smell. Almost like dirt. Caramel and bitter coffee.

T The earthy smell matches the taste right off. Very grainy. Malty with a dry bread-like body. Lastly a toasted cocoa appeal.

M Think and dry. Goes down easy enough though.

O The organic aspect is appreciated. I wish it had more of a variety in the flavor profile to balance out the earth tones. Really reminds me of a cold carbonated cup of coffee. Not a bad thing, but not what I expected. Would go great with a granola bar.

CJS, Dec 03, 2012
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3.43/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Hopworks Urban Brewery--HUB--Survival "7-Grain" Stout--Malt Beverage With Coffee Added--Sustainable Organic Beer--2010 22 oz. Bottle. 5.30% ABV. 35 IBU's. (3.75 / 5.0) Foamy lacy light tan head. Thin coffee black color. Light roasted coffee cocoa hop hint delicate aroma. Slightly creamy sweet silky toasted dark biscuit grain bread roasted light coffee fruit mild Stout body. Smooth refreshing mild hop dry Session Stout end. If blindfolded I do not think I would think this was a Stout. Very mild dark malt character. Seems as if color comes from coffee, not malt. Sampled 8/14/2010. 2 @ $5.99 Each.

philbertk, Aug 14, 2010
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

CrazyDavros, Sep 25, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

OregonMicrobrew, Mar 01, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

CoryR, Nov 19, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Kylemif, Jan 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

egrace84, Jun 27, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Zaximus, Jul 03, 2014
Photo of morimech
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

morimech, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of iD9
3.55/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a glass stein with the Cal Poly green-and-gold mustang emblazoned on it.

Appearance: A pretty looking beer. The head forms a nice medium tan. At first the head looks a little thin but it sets nice and full and has some pretty good staying power. Laces nicely and retains an even layer of foam over the top. A few notes of dark mahogany dance back and forth in the brew.

Smell: Oh wow, very nice smell. A lot of roasty coffee smells and not that dry, burnt smelling roast that seems to make it in to some stouts. Small chocolate hints play well with the other aromas. Very pleasant. My only demerit would be that it is very basic. There is, however, a certain art in simplicity and I find that this pleasing aroma has some substance to it. It is strong, pronounced and up front.

Taste: The taste isn't as bold as the smell suggests but good none the less. It features a very smooth entrance, almost undetectable and finishes out in the back with nutty, earthy notes. Although I get the coffee and chocolate a bit, this beer seems to feature a grainier profile.

Mouthfeel: Pleasant if not a bit on the light side. I'd like to see just the slightest bit more body in this beer. A little density would round it out nicely. That being said the brew is smooth and doesn't blast the pallet with too much texture.

Drinkability: Definitely drinkable. The low-key mouthfeel and subdued taste preserve your tongue and don't nuke your taste buds.

All-and-all I am very impressed with this beer. I am not an "organic" (I view it as an effective marketing tool) and thus was wary of this beer. I believe this Survival "7-Grain" Stout would make an excellent "session" beer for the winter months. I'd love to have this on tap the next time I'm in the Portland, Or area.

iD9, Feb 26, 2010
Photo of squaremile
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I have had this on tap and in bottles. This is reviewed from a bottle in '10. Pours a dark brown with a minimal off-white head. Nose is strong espresso and roasted malts. Taste is coffee, toffee, burnt toast, and some bitterness. Mouthfeel is a bit thin but pretty good for a standard stout. A respectable coffee stout to be sure.

squaremile, May 31, 2010
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3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 650 ml brown bottle. Pours out a dark black, garnet/mahogany highlights when held to light. Tall chunky beige head with good retention that slowly settles. Thin patches of lacing.

Coffee, dry dark and burnt malt on the nose, hints of sourness from the burnt malt as well.

Coffee, roast malt and some burnt malt also in the flavour which all melds well together, with some astringent bitterness and the requisite dry sourness from the exotic grains more noticeable on the finish. The latter produces a bit of a puckering astringency in the aftertaste.

Medium-full mouthfeel, light and silky texture, medium carbonation.

Works for me for the most part, but some of the extra grains tend to detract more than add. In fact I think the coffee and any dark malt used helps to mask the sour astringency of them if anything. Otherwise hits the spot for a dry stout.

IronDjinn, Mar 28, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks, Matt.

Pours a near black color with a thin tan head and a bit of a collar as the small head settles down. The nose brings forward a pretty good amount of coffee plus a nice bit of roasted malt. Fairly-strong roast throughout. The taste carries this a bit further and is almost a bit too roasty without much else in the way of complexity. Slight coffee presence, but that's about it. Feel is pretty good with a medium body. Overall, a pretty decent beer though there wasn't anything all that special about it. I liked their IPA much more.

Thorpe429, Jan 04, 2011
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Survival "7-Grain" Stout from Hopworks Urban Brewery
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