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Coke Oven Stout - Rust Belt Brewing Company

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54 Ratings
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Ratings: 54
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 14.93%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Rust Belt Brewing Company visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: cpetrone84 on 01-28-2010)
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Reviews by khiasmus:
Photo of khiasmus
3.83/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Reminds me of Pittsburgh. The city of steel. I've only been there once, spent a few days up on a foothill about a mile from the mill. The smog hung in the air and there was soot on the tops of all the cars. Black. Black or dark brown, anyway. No tan on top, just a turbid darkness.
A burnt aroma would waft up... not nearly as metallic as you may expect, just a burnt-grain with the morning's strong coffee of the moustachioed workers as they trudged back down into that lung blackening hell again. Coffee all day and Stout at night. A life of blackness and soot.
The beer is good, albeit a basic working man's drink. The perfect beverage for a hot night in the mines or a cold night on the porch overlooking the mines and smelling the soot. A body just thick enough to be a dry stout, but not too thick, so that you can still throw back pint after pint... enough so that you can sleep through your nightmares, I suppose. A simple flavour, largely of dark roast, with a little bready yeastiness in the finish that lingers around a bit.
It takes a special breed of man to live that life. To me it seems the most bleak of existences. I was glad to board the plane to leave that place, but I'll never forget the moments I had observing the miner's life.

More User Reviews:
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.33/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The best part of this beer is the pour literally black as coal, with a deep dark tan head forming thick and dwindling slow. Aroma the dark roasted malts bring on hints of coffee and dark chocolate but really there's only dark roasted malt qualities, little to no herbal hops are detectable. Flavor has roasted malt driven flavors with little sweetness, dominated by bitter dark roasted barley nearly burnt flavors ride the palate. Espresso and dark baker's chocolate in a five percent by alcohol volume stout. As it warm's it rounds out a bit, newly bottled in 12 ounce portions I can't imagine drinking a whole sixpack and this is literally their best offering from the standard beers. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a dry earthy finish, dark roasted barley leaves burnt malts and espresso like strength bitterness on the palate. Overall a local beer from Youngstown Ohio less than an hour and a half away from me, it used to be a kickass railroad brewpub. Now it's a production brewery with sub par beers, this one as a whole isn't horrible maybe the best from the lineup.

Photo of RickS95
4.03/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark brown, almost oil-like, with the thickest head I've ever seen. The head starts immediately with only the slightest bit of pour and it sticks around for a good while. The head seems to form in layers...it's a neat sight.

Roasted malts and a hint of chocolate fill the nose. If you sniff long enough, you'll pick up an earthy, flowery hoppy smell.

This is almost difficult to drink because of the head. It just never stops. I can barely tell what's going on because my tongue is constantly being tickled by the head each time I take a sip.

I had to do something I've never done before in a craft beer, I had to swirl my finger around the glass to get the head to go down. It was the only way I could get to the actual beer.

The flavor is good. There's the faintest bits of coffee and chocolate with just enough of the hops to balance out the sweetness.

It's clearly a highly carbonated beer and you can tell each time the liquid hits your tongue. It gives it a refreshing, cleansing feel to it and gives it a lighter body than you'd think. Deep in the finish, those hops finally make an appearance.

Overall, this was a better beer than I expected. More alcohol would be appreciated.

Photo of tom1983
4.58/5  rDev +36.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a growler...

Very dark. Head dissipates quickly, but it laces nicely on my glass. Usual coffee, and chocolate tastes. Overall a very solid stout. Very smooth going down, hence the 5% abv. I enjoyed this very much, and will look this up again.

Photo of dailyminefield
3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of Lanstrum
4/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of alleykatking
3.05/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 22oz bottle.

A- Pours a dark cola brown color. When held to the light there is some red hues to this beer. One finger tan head shows poor retention. Some light specs of lace on the sides of the glass.

S- Bigger notes of chocolate right off the bat. There is some light bready notes to this that seem to be a little off. Coffee notes also come into play with a little mutedness. There is a roast aroma throughout the beer but it is more of a undertone than anything else. Metallic aroma on the backend...oh no!

T- Roasted malts make up the backbone flavor of this beer. A grainy presence comes into play as well in the front never really getting as big as it could be. Middle of the beer has chocolate flavors that once again doesn't get as big as it should be. There is a nice roast on the ending which doesn't show much or really any hop bite. The metallic aroma though comes through in flavor in the backend of the beer. The more I drank the sooner I would get the metallic twang finally just getting use to it.

M- Light mouthfeel for this style. Carbonation was good for the beer but not for the style. Light roasted malts and chocolate are left on the palate along with a metallic undertone. Aftertaste has some alcohol, light roast, and a overbearing metallic hint as well. Flavors were overall muted but went together nicely for the style. Off flavors were metallic that was over the top toward the end killing off a lot of the ending flavor. Light alcohol drying on the palate.

D- This beer was an average drinker. A little better than most BMC style stouts but not by much. ABV is low enough to have a couple pints of this but the off flavor and watery moutfeel really kills it for me. A average try for this company brewing to this style but they missed the mark a little making it just average at best.

Photo of Bung
2.4/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

22 oz. Standar black coloring, some faint brown around the edges but very little. Head as just a whispy ring of off white.

Very subdued aroma, what there is could be called roast malt, dark chocolate. Some coffee as it warmed.

Taste is some roast malt, more coffee. Tinge of sour coffee grounds. Just all around muted.

Unfortunately very thin. Watery cold coffee mouthfeel. Some carbonation could really help this one out. Goes down easy enough and I like the low abv, but it just doesn't beg for one to drink more even as a light stout.

Probably a good ession brew on tap at the brewpub. This bottle is probably a bit old.

Photo of akorsak
3.03/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 22 oz bomber bottle from Vintage Estate.

A: The stout is black, yup. Not sure much more is needed to convey the beer's appearance. A white head, thin even on the first pour, never amounts to more than a thin band.

S: Roasted, burnt malts paired with semisweet chocolate. The result is a bitter, dark aroma that brings lighter, toasted aromas of bread and nuts.

T: Thin and undercarbonated, the stout doesn't get off to a good start. The dark roasted flavors are there, but without the bubbles it lacks power. Chocolate and coffee follow, picking up the pace a bit. Generally thin, the body doesn't do much with our without the carbonation. Passable as a stout.

M: The flavors are there, chocolate, coffee and toasted breads, but they don't come together nicely. The low carbonation levels don't do the stout any favors. Average at best.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a dark brown/black color with a half inch tan head that went away quickly. There's also a decent amount of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, and some coffee. Taste is similar to the aroma, but the coffee flavor overpowers the others. There's also a bit of a charred/burnt malt taste noticable. Mouthfeel/body is light and a bit watery. Decent carbonation. This is one of the lightest stouts I've had in a long time. With that being said, this beer is easy to drink. With the 5% ABV, it is a sessionable stout. Not a bad brew overall, my main complaint with this beer is that it is very light for a stout. Hopefully that can be fixed in the future.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

dark black look to it and a nice head of maybe two inches,decent amount of lacing on the sides, but nothing spectacular The aroma was nice, mix of chocolate and roasted malts, hints of light coffee notes and a decent bit of dark fruit note carrying over. Started out very smooth with a rich and well defined chocolate note that dominated early before mellowing with a nice but of vanilla and coffee notes.

Photo of tclapper
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of DrDemento456
3.88/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Damn bought this bottle thinking it was a heavy stout but it's like 5 percent. Ow well price was decent.

A- Passed this up a lot for its label, secondly for its ABV being small I couldn't see it on the label but I was buzzed so I picked it up. Pours a Black vicious impressive liquid with a tan head. Looks cool.
S - Well roasted malts and bitter hops play the nose but in a good way? Lets find out...
T - Very thin overall coffee or chocolate but it comes off like a milk stout with slight roast and a creamy finish
M - It's pretty light for a stout but it is pretty tasty.
D - I edited my review since I tried this again in the new 12oz size. Maybe I had an old 22 and the review reflected it. Regardless it's still just OK.

Photo of AWS2111
3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of BB1313
2.5/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours black with brown hues; no head, no lacing. The aromas are full of subtle hints of chocolate malts. There's a also a subtle expresso aroma. Now the flavors start off bold and promising, but it becomes somewhat old pretty quickly. It starts off with a blast of roasted black coffee. It really seems to dominate. It's pretty bitter and lacks a sweetness to balance it out. More chocolate malts. There's also a touch of anise and smoke. Once again, the flavors are there but don't exactly follow through. Mouthfeel is very fizzy, almost too much carbonation. Very light and thin. Alcohol goes unnoticed, so it's easy to drink a few if you choose.

This one lacks depth and character. But some coffee lovers might enjoy this one.

Photo of rypkr
2.75/5  rDev -17.9%

Photo of pogoowner
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of TheHoppiest
2.05/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a dark brown, with a minimal head that quickly fades to nothing. There is minimal lacing as you swirl the glass around.

Smell is minimal, almost non-existent. Is there actually beer in this glass? There is a minute aroma of coffee, molasses and cola, but boy, you got to work to smell it.

Taste is watery, thin, and slightly metallic. There is an aftertaste, almost like an afterimage, of coffee and cola. The more I drink, the more it tastes like a flat RC cola, with a hint of malt, with a burnt taste that begins to show.

Thin, watery, and weak, this actually has the lamest mouthfeel of any stout I have ever had.

When I bought this beer, I admit that I was skeptical that a decent beer could come out of Youngstown. I was hoping to be surprised; unfortunately, I was, but in a poor way. This has to be among the worst stouts I've ever had. This has turned out to be a $4.50 drain pour.

Photo of foureyedgeek
3.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First time I've seen Rust Belt here in my region of the Rust Belt.

Pretty nice looking beer, nice head with some decent lacing that sticks around.

Smells roasty, a little chocolaty and a touch of coffee.

Tastes much the same. Not complex but plenty enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is a little on the thinner side.

Drinkability is good. While this stout is nothing new in terms of flavor, its a solid quaffable brew from eastern Ohio.

Photo of portia99
3.93/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Unlabeled 22oz bottle received from GoOSU as winnings in the Sunday Night Football Squares BIF. Thanks Steve! Poured into a Portsmouth goblet.

A - Pours a dark, dark brown (almost black) with a mahogany tint around the edges when held to the light. A finger of fizzy, soda-like beige foam sits for a minute before dying to an even, thick collar and a large central island of bubbles. No lacing on the glass.

S - Lots of burnt and dark roasted malts. Huge coffee aroma on top...feel like I just walked into a Starbucks. Very simple, but great smelling stout.

T - Coffee is definitely the focus of the flavor too. Some light fruity esters and green, hop flavors too. A bit of astringency from the black malt gives even more of a black coffee reminder. Quite tasty American stout.

M - A bit on the thin side, carbonation is a bit light...very well attenuated with no detectable residual sweetness...overall, a touch on the watery side...would like to see a bit more body here. Astringency lingers behind after the swallow.

D - Very easy drinker. Quite smooth in flavors, no noticeable alcohol. Light carbonation gives a soft feel and enhances the drinkability. This would be a good all night companion, or an excellent way to finish a night on the easy side. Thanks again Steve. Glad to have a chance to try this one...and without you, probably never would have hit the radar.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.93/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - pours opaque, a mocha head of a finger plus. Rather short-lived but does hold out for a minute or two before ending up at a scant cover.

Aroma - roasty, sort of powdery grain aroma. Not much beyond that but resilient at least.

Taste - good roasty grain element right off the bat, very nice. Some dark chocolate mid-palate, dry and not too intense. Ends with lingering roast, not much hop presence but I don't mind.

Mouthfeel - good smoothness and body, moderate carbonation.

Drinkability - easily my favorite of the three Rust Belt bombers I tried. Good fireside beer for autumn, a good food companion as well.

Photo of WRW1978
2.5/5  rDev -25.4%

Photo of avalon07
3.58/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a black color and a thick, dark texture. There was an inch of tan-colored, creamy, fairly long-lasting head. Not much lacing, though.

S: Had a burnt, smoky aroma, with traces of malt and cocoa. Not well defined, but potent.

T: Tasted of malt, cocoa, a little coffee and a that very prominent burnt/smoky component. Slightly underdone flavor, but decent enough.

M: An OK amount of carbonation and a slick finish. Full-bodied. Almost viscous in nature.

D: While uneven in nature, this is still a drinkable beer.

Photo of pitasoup
3.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: pours black with nice tan head that is quick to subside

S: I know this is called Coke Oven, but it smells a bit like the cola. Roasted barley, chocolate, and coffee are present as well, but the most prominent smell is cola, perhaps a touch of sass and purple drink.

T: Begins slightly sweet/fruity like cola, what the hell? Then basic stout flavors come through, burnt and roasted malts. Chocolate then slight coffee. No hop flavors but slightly bitter, moreso from the grain. Lingering metallic finish towards the end.

M: Thin for a stout. Easy drinking and 5% but still feels light on the body. Burnt malts leave the usual bit of chalkiness but that does not linger.

O: The cola flavors were entirely unexpected. It's nice to have a flavorful stout that isn't overwhelming with abv. That said, I would have liked a bit more body.

Photo of goblue3509
2.95/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark cola brown color with a thin half finger head which is a dark khaki color. The head goes to a skim and leaves some moderate lace on the glass. The aroma is faint, but it is of roasted malt and dark chocolate. Taste follows suit with the aroma perfectly, it is a dark chocolate up front and fades to a bitter roasted malt taste. The mouthfeel was a little overly carbonated and stingy at first but subdued some as the bottle went on. Overall I would say this is the definition of an average stout. After reading the bottle it is what it says it is a stout with roasted malt and dark chocolate. Not as complex as a lot of stouts but at the same time its flavor was solid.

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Coke Oven Stout from Rust Belt Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.