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Stumbler's Stout - Columbia River Brewing Co.

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Stumbler's Stout
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BA SCORE
86
very good

12 Ratings
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Ratings: 12
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 8.44%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Columbia River Brewing Co. visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
34 IBU

(Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 11-12-2010)
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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

ColdBassHonkey, Nov 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

bernat1971, Jul 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

chossboss, May 17, 2014
Photo of artoolemomo
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours up about a finger's worth of head and has equally lackluster retention. The head is a medium beige while the body is a dark chocolate brown that shows glimmers of garnet when held up to the light. Spots of lacing here and there.

Nose- Starts off with mild but somewhat sharp notes of roasted malts, cocoa, and bubblegum from the bottle. The glass shows a much more rounder and creamier nose which shows chocolate and cocoa followed by roasted malts. Slight hints of smoke. Perhaps a touch of caramel. Slight nuttiness.

Taste- Starts off with roasted notes that hint at coffee until they build into actual coffee. Slight sourness on the finish from the coffee notes. Some chocolate and cocoa but these notes are much lighter than the nose. Slight woody bitterness on the finish. Not terribly complex but has pretty good balance and integration. I wasn't expecting much from a small brewpub but this a pretty solid beer given that. Slight sweetness suggests chocolate, then a slight amount of raisins. Fair presence and no real flaws that I can detect at the moment. Seems like an above average to good beer and possibly just a solid good beer. There's nothing about it that really distinguishes it but I don't think that is what the brewer was aiming at. I believe that the brewer was trying for a good, solid oatmeal stout and I think they succeeded. Some mild nuttiness. I like the fact that this tastes like it's on nitro even though I'm drinking it from the bottle.

Mouthfeel- About medium bodied with light carbonation. Fairly smooth and silky. There is a slight grittiness at the beginning but it seems to fade. This would be really good on nitro.

Drinkability- Very easygoing and very accessible. I don't remember the price but I think it was about 4 or 5 bucks for a bomber. Seems more than reasonable for a pretty competent and very local beer. I would definitely try this again if I saw it on nitro.

Overall- Pretty much a good, solid beer that was almost brewed in my backyard. Very competent and very consistent and worth a try. I will probably buy this again.

artoolemomo, Mar 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

dmorgan310, Dec 02, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

fishguyac, Sep 23, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

bluckbeyes, May 28, 2012
Photo of Rifugium
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at their brewpub

Dark black pour with a thin tan head; nice lacing. Roasty aroma, scents of cocoa, coffee, and lightly smoked oatmeal. Starts off sweet on the palate with malts and dark chocolate, slight fruit notes, followed by a bitterness that lasts til the end; smoke in the aroma barely noticeable in the taste. Smooth and on the heavier side of medium-bodied. Nicely drinkable.

Rifugium, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of MsRif
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at the CRBC. Poured a nearly impenetrable black color with a tiny bit of ruby on the peripheral when held up to the light. Nice cocoa head that retained well and left beautiful lacing. Had an aroma of roasty, dark malts with a touch of vanilla sweetness. Taste was of coffee, cocoa (dark chocolate), vanilla, dark malts and molasses. Sweet, but also dry from the roasty flavors. A nice, well-balanced stout.

Full bodied with low carbonation. Very enjoyable and recommended!

MsRif, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of msubulldog25
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After some samplers, this was what I picked for a full pint. At the CRBC pub, a true 'pint' (16 oz. glass).

A: 'Midnight' dark (nearly black) pour, with a slim head. Good ringing lace that trails fang-like tendrils of tawny film... but overall, eh it's just an average stout, nothing remarkable whatsoever.

S: A fairly strong smell of musty cocoa powder and smokiness.

T: Likeable, nay lovable, chocolate and fruit. A thick and transcending mouthful of ripe berries and milky/dark cacao. I really like the richness and the latent smokiness. Lasting bitterness that's silky smooth, fudgy without any surliness.

M: Fairly thick, moderately 'chewy' and sweet-ending. The 'oatmeal' in this stout lends a suitable creamy smoothness.

D: I picked this as my 'favorite' for a reason; very nice stout, flavorful and drinkable (within reason). After the success of CRBC's Paddler's Porter at last December's HAF, the Stumbler's doesn't lag far beyond. Well done.

msubulldog25, Feb 08, 2011
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3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at Baileys the other night. This review is from notes.

It appears a very dark reddish color with a small medium bodied brown head.

It smells a bit vanilla like. There is a nice smoky character to the smell. I get a bit of a coffee and chocolate type of smell to the stout. It smells like a textbook stout: but an excellently executed stout.

It tastes much like it smells. I get a smoky flavor that is balanced by a sweet vanilla like flavor. I also get a coffee like flavor and a sweet hot chocolate like flavor. The taste finishes with a bit of a bit of bitterness. A great conventional stout.

The mouthfeel is great. There is a low carbonation. The beer has a nice smooth creamy mouthfeel. The mouthfeel is perfect for a stout.

Drinkability is pretty good for a stout. I could drink two or three glasses of this if it was a cold winter night.

Overall a great textbook stout. It is a shame the owners and the employees turned to immature and shady marketing to promote their beer because if any of their beers are like this make good beer. Worth trying even if the owners marketing style is off-putting.

chumba526, Feb 06, 2011
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4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the pub.

- Dark, brown, solid, not clear at all.. light mocha head.. solid looking stout.

- Great floral and ester notes, grain, sweetness... bitter cocoa.. and a lovely touch of fig.. prune..

- Damn, this stout is solid. Dry, bitter, esters.. fig, prune, and chocolate.. all perfectly balanced. I think I may have found my favorite local stout.

- Dryingly good. Med. to light.. well carbonated and bubbly.. perhaps just a touch too much.

- Solid solid stout. As I said... one of the better stouts around town I have tried... Solid for the style.. dry, bitter, tasty, and robust. A must have.

Docer, Jan 25, 2011
Stumbler's Stout from Columbia River Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 12 ratings.