Survival "7-Grain" Stout - Hopworks Urban Brewery

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Ratings: 294
Reviews: 122
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 8.96%
Wants: 34
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.72/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got this as a gift from Swimsum. Thanks Brent!

Poured into a Stone IRS tulip.

Appearance: Poured out nice and thick, yielding a half inch of tan froth. Body is an opaque black. Head retains as splotchy patch of large bubbles. Fantastic, web-like lacing. I'm a fan!

Smell: Intense, snappy, bold, medium-roasted coffee. I'm a total coffee head, and this may be the best coffee aroma I've ever come across in a beer! Wow! Amazing!

Taste: Coffee again - I'm guessing they used quite a bit of Stumptown in this one. Rich, complex, medium-roast coffee through and through. Very nutty, with cocoa and a hint of salty oats. Fantastic!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation and a very nice lingering finish. Mmmmm....

Drinkability: Probably the best pure coffee stout I've ever had. I can't remember ever encountering better coffee flavors and aromas in a beer. I'd buy this again in a heartbeat.

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 woosterbill
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber into a Weyerbacher tulip; shared at a tasting.

A: Black body w/brown highlights and light, frothy tan head. Mediocre, but not bad.

S: Bitter coffee, and not much else. A little thin.

T: Sweet malt and bitter coffee. Less than spectacular, but quite tasty.

M: Medium body and carbonation to match. Works great.

D: Yes, please.

Notes: Big thanks to Matt for sharing this sleeper stout from Portland. While not a particularly memorable brew, it was certainly a pleasure to drink.


Photo of sholland119
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a clear dark brown with a generous mocha head and no real lacing.

S-A bit lactic with some sweet malt.

T-Bittersweet chocolate in the front with some sweet maltiness behind. A nice sweet finish.

M-Nice smooth mouthfeel, maybe just a bit thin.

D-A tasty oatmeal stout. Very drinkable.


Photo of woemad
3.76/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber purchased at Pilgrim's in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho for $5.49. First HUB beer I'd come across. Funny that this is listed as an oatmeal stout, when oats are simply of seven types of grain used when brewing this beer, along with barley, spelt, wheat, amaranth, quinoa and kamut.

Poured what at first appeared to be black, but was soon given away by light brown at the edges. When held up to the light, there was a slightly rubyish hue visible. Big, beige, creamy-yet-rocky foam head that stuck aroound for quite a while. Sheets of lace were left on the sides o my glass.

Coffee and toasted grain in the nose. Rather bitter smelling.

Similar to the nose when tasted, but with the addition of dark chocolate. Rather like black coffee with a grainy, chocolaty aftertaste.

Lighter body than I would have expected. Rather dry, chalky mouthfeel.

I found this to be a rather average stout. I'm glad I tried it, but I don't see why I should need to try it again.

Photo of CascadeConan
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

At first it looks, and perhaps my expectations lead me to believe, this beer is black. Upon further examination it's a very deep brown with ruby edges as I tilt my glass towards the light, not much in the way of a head or retention but otherwise inviting.

The nose is primarily coffee up front, from the cold press addition, following up some roast, oats and perhaps a touch of smoke.

Sipping yields lots of pleasant coffee, earthy roasts, some sweet oats and a slight caramelized sugar note. The beer a medium body, perhaps a bit thin for a stout but incredibly sessionable.

I dig it. Very robust, round flavor a bit more than a typical stout in some areas. I hope they do an imperial soon.

Photo of djbreezy
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance - dark with generous head that settles quickly, some lacing

smell - big chocolate, coffee and malt

taste - the stumptown coffee is prominent as are roasted malts and chocolate notes, slight chocolate bitterness

mouthfeel - medium with some texture

drinkability - flavorful coffee stout, easy drinking, robust

Photo of charliedvrs
3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks Brian for sending this one out east! Really enjoyed getting to try a few of Hopworks offerings!

A - Deep, dark brown with amber and cola highlights. A small, tan head sits on top and dissapears quickly.

S - Coffee hits the nose first. What I noticed is that it smelt more of black coffee in particular than any stout I could remember. The grains are very present in the nose especially the oats. Overall a very pleast aroma.

T - Better than average, but I found the coffee taste to be a bit overdone and unbalanced. Again, like drinking black coffee, even to the point where you have that slight burn on the finish. The way the hops, grains, and dark roasted coffee play together it creates a really interesting taste post-sip. There's a good hop presence, but it seems to accentuate that ending bite.

M - Lighter bodied, with a decent amount of granular dryness. The only part of the beer I found myself dissapointed in.

D - Good drinkability, to the point it almost felt like a porter. A decent beer, one I would look to try fresh if presented the opportunity but won't hunt down again.

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 wagenvolks
4.36/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bomber into a Duvel tulip, via the sdawson hook-up. Thanks!

Thin pour, more porter-like in its consistency with a cola brown body. Head is equally as thin, and forms a veil of mocha-colored foam that retains well. Aroma does right by me--very much so in fact. Big earthy notes of organic coffee, grainy chocolate malt, and espresso. Roasted and sweet, with cookie dough and a light dusting of hops.

Flavor mirrors the aroma nicely, with a hint of chocolate liqueur and roasted, dark malty goodness. A bit chalky on the finish with grain husks and oat sweetness, but still nice. Medium-thin body is a bit underwhelming, but the carbonation is spot on with a creamy, smooth finish. Overall, a very tasty Stout...great flavor and supremely drinkable, even in the summer Austin heat.

Photo of TMoney2591
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.

Thanks to hopsbreath and the Support Your Team! BIF for this bottle!

Enjoying the Survival stout after a blackout in my building (I hate it here in NoVa...). It pours a slightly translucent ruby-highlighted black-brown topped by about a finger of ecru foam. The nose comprises coffee, bitter chocolate powder, roasted malts, blackened oats, and a dash of black smoke. The taste is dominated by the roast and the coffee, with the toasted oats maintaining the darkness. It's nice and charry, without being overbearing. The body is a solid medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a smooth, almost watery feel. Overall, a very nice, rather dark-tasting stout, without being overpowering or too thick. A very nice, very drinkable dark beast, with sessionability to boot.

Photo of chumba526
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appears jet black in color with a small tan head.

It smells very strongly of dark strong coffee. There is also some nutty, oat and caramel notes to the smell.

The taste starts with a slightly smoky coffee like flavor. There is a hint of vanilla and a strong whole grain flavor. Like the smell though coffee dominates. The powerful grains used in the stout though help balance the strong flavor of the coffee. For a stout this is quite bitter. It is bitter more in a coffee way then in a hoppy way. This is an in your face strong stout. Though it is strong in flavor it is still quite creamy and smooth.

The carbonation is moderate low.

This is a really rich strong tasting stout but the drinkability is not too bad because it is creamy and smooth and the carbonation is quite low. However one bomber is all I could drink of this.

Overall this is a very good strong coffee stout that has strong flavor but is still quite smooth.

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 mwa423
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a jet black with a light tan head that quickly died to a healthy lacing.

S - Coffee, oatmeal and a hint of chocolate. Besides that, no other beer-like smells. No hint of hops or any other aroma.

T - Taste is full bodied and complex with lots of coffee, some malty sweetness but an aftertaste full of chocolate. The espresso is the overwhelming flavor. It certainly tastes like a far heavier beer than it is and has a quite pleasant sessionable flavor.

M/D - Mouthfeel is thinner but still filled the mouth well. This is about the most drinkable oatmeal/coffee stout I have ever had. Most in this style are far heavier and harder to get through. This is a beer that I wouldn't mind starting my morning with in my coffee cup.

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

Got as an extra in a trade...thanks Brad! Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Portsmouth snifter glass. Pours a very dark brown/black color, with just a hint of light shining through...but not when fully poured! Pitch black in the glass, with a very small toffee colored head...about a finger size, leaving small legs of lacing. As the head dissipates, it remains as a very small rim of cream.

Aroma is heavy dark roasted coffee beans, malts, and oatmeal. Can really smell the espresso! No booze in the nose...not a surprise.

Flavor...a stout with coffee! There's no surprise here, malts, barley, wheat, oatmeal, and lots of espresso! The coffee notes are dark roasted. Medium mouthfeel, carbonation is middle of the road, booze is down, doesn't have a lot of hop bitterness. Pretty drinkable, and enjoyable!

Photo of philbertk
3.4/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

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

Pours a flat black into a tulip with an inch of clingy tan head. Vivid aroma that captures the floral qualities of a nice Stumptown espresso.

Moderate carbonation and a light, almost thin mouthfeel. Immediate espresso flavor followed by some creamy oats/malt, more coffee, and a hint of dark chocolate on the distinctly bitter finish. I was expecting something with a more malty profile, but was pleasantly surprised by how much the coffee comes through.

This brew is extremely tasty, light, and easy-drinking. The flavor is perhaps less multi-dimensional than other stouts, but for those who love coffee, don't hesitate to pick this one up.

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.74/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a thinnish dark brown with excellent carbonation leaving a nice tannish head

S: Pretty faint, some grains perhaps

T: Espresso, chocolate, raostiness, Earthy

M: Has a chcoolate, espresso and bitter cocoa finish with some hop bitterness

D: Good

Photo of ralree
3.34/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

Photo of GeezLynn
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Been wanting to try this for a long time after seeing the list of ingredients. A buddy just happened to lug this back to ATL from Portland for me, completely unaware of the fact. Thanks Colin!

A: As black as black can get, with a big frothy tan head that forms picture perfect sticky collar.

S: Earthy, with lots of dark malts including chocolate and charred grains. To a lesser extent, there's also coffee, oatmeal and hops. And somewhere in there is a faint, skunky herbal smell (?!). Thinking this should taste pretty good.

T: Flavor is especially roasted and bitter, with the chocolate malt pushed to the background. The coffee is responsible for some of the bitterness, but I think there's plenty of roasted malt putting in work also. Ash/char flavors linger through the lengthy finish.

M: Body is about right for style, and very smooth with a medium degree of carbonation.

This is roasted and charred enough that 22oz goes a long way, but I really enjoyed this brew. Kudos to HUB for unique and flavor-packed stout.

Photo of BDTyre
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice "ancient" grain stout from HUB. Listed as an oatmeal stout, but this is far more than that.

Rich, ruby black with a very thin off-white head. Rich grainy scent with roasted malts and coffee...almost like a beer version of Kashi cereal.

A bit more bitter than I expected in the taste. Espresso really comes through, overpowering most of the other flavours that lurk in the background. I can pick-up dark chocolate, oats and roast malts but espresso really comes through. A biting, dark roasted coffee flavour.

Good, mild carbonation but the bitter taste really makes this an after dinner sipper. Even if this were served in smaller bottles, I think this is a once a night beer.

Photo of squaremile
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

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

In honor of the last episode of '24', I wanted to drink a beer that summed up Jack Bauer's life: Survival. I have had this beer in my cellar for about 10 months now, since bringing it back from Portland last summer. Poured into a stemmed glass. Very heavy amount of carbonation, almost like cola. Huge tan head formed atop the jet black body. Smell was like roasted oats and espresso. Taste was excellent. Heavy grain presence. Flavors of chocolate, coffee, and roasted barley. The coffee flavor was there but did not overwhelm. It was a nice balance. This stout was not as thick on the mouthfeel as I would have expected considering the ingredients. Still, with a low abv and a great smoothness, it's an outstanding oatmeal stout. I will have to try to pick up more HUB bombers if I can find them in the Northwest on my next visit this summer.

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.

Survival "7-Grain" Stout from Hopworks Urban Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 294 ratings.