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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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Ratings: 261
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 9.2%
Wants: 32
Gots: 13 | 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 -25.4%

projhex, Nov 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +24.4%

paulmcm, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

MichaelinFishers, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.2/5  rDev -20.4%
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
Photo of robwestcott
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thanks to erikkoppin for this one.

poured cold from the bottle near black to a founders brewing goblet with a 1/2 finger, short lasting, mocha head leaving just a bit of spotty lace after each sip.

aroma of milk chocolate and creamy starbucks espresso roast.

great big espresso roast up front, a big coffee beer. more sweet than bitter and perhaps a bit of chocolate and smoke in the wayback.

light bodied for the style, big carbonation, a tang to the tongue quickly fading to a subtle coffee bitter.

overall - very good coffee beer, coffee bender has a challenger !

robwestcott, Oct 02, 2011
Photo of Kegatron
4.1/5  rDev +2%
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.

Kegatron, Sep 26, 2011
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to black13 for sending me this one!

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a 2 inch puffy tan head that settles to a thin cap. Thin foamy rings of lace mark the drink down on the sides of the glass. Smell is of brewed coffee, coffee grounds, and grain aromas. Taste is very heavy on the coffee flavor, almost like a strong coffee that some coffee grounds got into. There are also some grainy flavors but I have never had amaranth or kamut so I have no idea if these are present. Bitter coffee ground flavors stick around after each sip. A low level of carbonation with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good stout that is heavier on the coffee than the grains. Still a solid brew that I am glad I got to try.

UCLABrewN84, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of MaltsOfGlory
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

MaltsOfGlory, Aug 20, 2011
Photo of dgilks
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark brown colour with a creamy tan head. Good head retention and nice lacing.

Rounded espresso aroma with some light chocolate sweetness. Good.

Bitter coffee is balanced out by a touch of sweetness. Very heavy on the coffee but still really tasty.

Medium body with moderately-low carbonation. Good.

A perfect winter beer. Great coffee flavour while still being a little balanced.

dgilks, Aug 10, 2011
Photo of Dan3279
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this bottle through a trade with my friend Jeff who sent me five bottles of west coast stouts. This was the first of five bottles and it poured black as night with a mocha colored head that left a small amount of sticky lacing on the glass. I have to say that the aroma coming out of the glass is mighty fine. Coffee dominated the aroma with strong hints of dark chocolate, toasted malts and grains. One of the best smelling beers I have ever come in contact with!

The taste was toned down from the aroma but in a good way. Its a nice medium bodied stout with a lot going on, the seven grains dance around your pallet in a balanced manner with no one flavor sticking out over the other. I didn't view this as a traditional stout and something more unique.

Overall a solid stout that I would defiantly seek out again if I had the chance to. I had no problem drinking the entire bomber, the ABV was on the low side and it made this beer that much easier to drink. I'm interested to see how this would taste with a year or two under its belt, but overall I enjoyed this one.

Dan3279, Aug 07, 2011
Photo of ccrida
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On draught at HUB, Seven Grain Survival is a cola brown with a small off-white head leaving scattered, foamy lace.

Smell is massive coffee, some caramel, and vanilla, very appealing without being ridiculously strong.

Taste is also primarily coffee. Roasted grains form the backdrop. I've had this a few times few the years since they opened, but it's been a while, and it seems like the coffee is really amped up. Maybe just because it's so fresh from the source? I like the taste, but it tempers the complexity.

Mouthfeel is soft and smooth, a little oily from the coffee. Medium-light bodied.

Drinkability is pretty good, a tasty coffee stout, super big espresso flavor. I've always found this to be a very good beer, and while today's offering delivers more coffee then I'm accustomed to, I miss some of the nuance I've enjoyed in previous versions.

ccrida, Aug 05, 2011
Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: 1/8" mocha coloured head that dissipated quickly over black liquid.

S: Coffee and toasted grains.

T: Toasted grains and coffee with a crisp finish.

M: Medium viscosity with a medium level of fine carbonation.

O: A drinkable stout with barley, wheat, oats, amaranth, quinoa, spelt and kamut. As I have nothing to compare it to in regards to the different grains, all I can say is that it is an enjoyable beer that I would have again.

DaftCaskBC, Aug 03, 2011
Photo of Sammy
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Sammy, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of Cyberkedi
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma has tones of semi-sweet chocolate and fine roast coffee, with a very strong smoky overtone and a hint of toffee. It pours a deep, warm sable with a thick, if not overly persistent, tan head that leaves some good lacing. Smoky flavor has roast coffee and woody tones with nutty, chocolate and toffee hints. Texture is smooth and fizzy, a teensy on the watery side but still more than acceptable. If ever you are in Oregon, look for this one!

Cyberkedi, Jul 17, 2011
Photo of joemcgrath27
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
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

joemcgrath27, Jun 09, 2011
Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Concordia Alehouse today.

The SGS pours the expected blackish brown color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is likewise attractive, showcasing considerable licorice, dark chocolate, coffee grounds and light vanilla. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this at most moderately sweet stout, but with some nice underlying hoppy bitterness as well. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a fairly long, coffee ground and licorice finish. Drinkability is pretty good, and you really have to hand it to HUB that they managed to get this amount of flavor into such a low alcohol beer.

Nothing earth shattering here, but this is still a very solid offering from the folks at HUB.

John_M, May 30, 2011
Photo of andrenaline
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark dark ruby red, two fingers of big bubbled beige head, solid retention and some nice spotty lacing.

S - Nice dark mocha and espresso notes, touch of sweet milk chocolate with some roasted peanuts on the finish.

T - Not quite as sweet as the nose implied comes off a touch bitter and dry, but the mocha flavours come through nicely alongside the espresso and dark cocoa.

M - Medium bodied ale that goes down smooth though finishes a tad too dry for my liking.

O - A tasty stout and definitely worthy seeking out if its available. Nice coffee notes and not overly bitter. The coffee on the finish is quite enjoyable!

andrenaline, May 15, 2011
Photo of gford217
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from hopburster.

Pours dark, dark chocolate brown with a thin tan head that leaves a thick cap with bits of lacing.

Aroma definitely showcases the chocolate malts and freshly ground coffee. It's got a roasty character overall and I get hints of the different grains coming together.

Taste isn't as sweet as the aroma though the chocolate malts are supporting everything. The oatmeal is more evident as is the heavily roasted coffee. The finish is a bit dry, very smooth and roasty.

The mouthfeel is excellent for a 5.3% stout, medium bodied with good carbonation and extremely creamy.

This is one of the better <6% stouts I've had in recent memory. It integrates the coffee extremely well as it doesn't overpower the beer. Really well done.

gford217, May 14, 2011
Photo of BeerLover99
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: deep brown, crimson shimmering hues, trace head,

S: big roasted coffee and earthy malt aroma

T: mild sweet roasted nuts, big malt middle, long coffee mild bitter dry finish

M: med body, mild chewy feel

O: My 1st experience with Hub Brewery, but certainly won't be my last. Delicious flavorful coffee stout with loads of malts. Just goes to show something at the low end of ABV + made organically can be so good.


BeerLover99, Apr 30, 2011
Photo of LazyL
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A dark black pour with a mocha coloured creamy head. The typical stout aromas of espresso, molasses and heavy roasted malts are all present. The taste however is a little lacking I find and comes off as a cold coffee. The mouthfeel is somewhat light and has a bit of a watery feel. There are some good flavours here and it is an easy drinker. Not bad but I've had better.

LazyL, Apr 27, 2011
Photo of loren01
4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark black color, decent sized head with good lacing down the glass
S: Smell is very roasty, chocolate and espresso scents are abundant
T: Nice sweet milk chocolate up front, roasted malts along with a slight espresso flavor.
M: Medium to full bodied, one of the smoothest beers ever. Goes down really good.
D: This is my new favorite beer from HUB, excellent, I will be buying this again for sure.

loren01, Apr 12, 2011
Photo of IronDjinn
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
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 biboergosum
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

biboergosum, Mar 25, 2011
Photo of claspada
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aromas of dark roasted, almost charred malts and cocoa powder. There is an underlying Italian espresso smells as well. It basically smells like a cup of joe.
The tastes begin with full roasted and chocolate maltiness which slowly transforms and finishes with a mildly bitter java flavor. There is very little sweetness to this stout so it fits the bill on that accord, but the mouthfeel is lacking the full and creaminess I require for my Oatmeal Stouts.
Overall this is a great coffee beer and a good beer overall. The lighter ABV is excellent but the coffee tends to become a bit overwhelming while attempting to finish the entire 22 oz bottle.

claspada, Mar 19, 2011
Photo of wordemupg
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle poured into pint glass mar14 2011

A fairly dark until I held it to the sun where the reds so dark it could pass for purple, thick mocha head hangs around for a few minuets but leaves no lace

S sweet milk chocolate and cold dark roasted coffee

T what I smell but with a little raisin and a dark malty goodness that works well with some faint hops

M gets creamy fast from the bubbles, thick enough to please and lingering flavors

D pretty good for something I could drink all day without falling over

I could see myself drinking this again its working well for me right now so I'd say its worth a try

wordemupg, Mar 15, 2011
Survival "7-Grain" Stout from Hopworks Urban Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 261 ratings.