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C.O.B. (Coffee Oatmeal Brown) - Free Will Brewing Co.

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C.O.B. (Coffee Oatmeal Brown)C.O.B. (Coffee Oatmeal Brown)

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BA SCORE
86
very good

167 Ratings
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Ratings: 167
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 13.54%
Wants: 5
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Free Will Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  8.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Flounder57 on 11-24-2012

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Photo of saison90
1/5  rDev -74%

the only way i can describe this beer is coffee pickles. the smell was reminiscent of stale espresso grounds, and it tasted like it was brewed with pickling brine. me and a friend each had a single sipped and dumped it.

Photo of Travcofarms
2/5  rDev -47.9%

Photo of cpetrone84
2.17/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Pour is a clear caramel brown with a small amount of tan head. Nose is slightly overly roasted coffee, roasted malts, faint sticky caramel, a bit thin. Taste is the same, it has a bit of a cola flavored coffee, overly roasted malt, a touch acrid, moderate bitterness, overly carbonated and stings the throat.

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2.25/5  rDev -41.4%

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

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3.08/5  rDev -19.8%

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3.2/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of wattoclone
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Aroma is coffee and hints of nuts. Pours a medium brown with tan head. Taste is not exceptional, but has coffee and some roasted malt. As usual for American craft brews, it has a high ABV which detracts from the experience. A mild craft beer like this should not hit you so hard. If I wanted to get sloshed fast I would just have a malt liquor.

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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of woodychandler
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I know that I am supposed to be on a moratorium against buying bottles, but I really like what Free Will B.C. is doing and so my Willpower is more Free than it should be! Ah, well.

From the bottle: "Blah blah blah blah blah IMPERIAL SOUTHERN ENGLISH-STYLE BROWN ALE blah blah blah blah INTENSE blah blah blah blah blah blah DELICIOUS blah blah ... Blah blah blah COFFEE blah AND THEN SOME MORE COFFEE!!!" Hey, I only transcribe what they print.

The initials C. O. B. in the navy stand for "Chief of the Boat" aboard submarines, so for all of my bubblehead brethren, I am going to sink ti one for you!

Caps Lock is now off and so is the cap. I went with my usual heavy-handed pour, resulting in my usual pseudo-cascade, settling into the usual two fingers of dense, light-tan head with moderate retention. Blah blah blah. Color was more of a Coppery-Brown (SRM = > 17, < 22) than a full-on Brown, but it had NE-quality clarity. Blah blah blah. Nose had an overly roasted coffee quality and although I like my coffee strong, bitter and black, like my women, I do not much dig that heavy roastiness. Blah blah blah. Mouthfeel was medium, at most. This in an Imperial version of the style?!? Blah blah blah. The taste was reminiscent of Kahlua in a boozy, coffee-infused way. Man, the first time I had Kahlua, I was a paperboy and these two cool cats had an apartment on Lancaster Avenue in the 400 block. One Friday night, when I was out doing weekly collections, one dude's hot sister in her mid-20s was visiting. She invites me in, we smoke some pot, she puts my head in her lap and begins pouring Kahlua into my mouth and then we were gettin' it on. No kidding! I was like sixteen or seventeen and it was not the first time that I had made it with somebody on that route. Pleasant memories, but I was not finding this beer to be all that pleasant. Blah blah blah. It just seemed too hot and the coffee was not making it happen either. Blah blah blah. Hey, don't get me wrong - I am all for experimentation, but sometimes, not everything works as planned. Blah blah blah.

Photo of HopBomb515
3.46/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Deep mohagany and brown color with nearly no head and not much of any lacing. Smell is coffee, slightly nutty, caramel and toffee. Coffee, burnt caramel, toffee and a slight nutty note on the back end. Thin mouthfeel is underwhelming, ok carbonation seems off and dry finish seems misplaced. Good coffee flavor, a little off on the finish and mouthfeel. The taste saves this from being a bust, but not one I'd seek out again.

Photo of Bdel34
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of mdillon86
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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C.O.B. (Coffee Oatmeal Brown) from Free Will Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 167 ratings.