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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

168 Ratings
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Ratings: 168
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 13.54%
Wants: 5
Gots: 29 | 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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3/5  rDev -21.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of Slatetank
3.66/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at Brass Rail Deli, served chilled in a pint.

The color is a murky brown with light off white cap with ringlets of lace sticking and ultra fine bead not the best appearance, but better than average. The smell is a mix of sweet malt with fresh coffee odor with nutty light bean-like roasted nose and light herbal hop scent. The feel has a creamy, worty texture with sweet roasted grainy aspect and semi-dry finish with a slight coffee acidity mid palate.

The taste is good and pretty much follows the aroma with full malty toasted oatmeal aspect with a light coffee element and moderate hop influence with an herbal flavor. The coffee tastes good, but midway it starts to bring a vegetal element and there is light alcohol with nutty dry taste in the finish. Overall a pretty good brown, not great -if you take away the oats and coffee it is pretty ordinary and the coffee doesn't really improve it enough to warrant a second taste to me. I like the concept but it could use some refinement as it seems like an under attenuated strong ale. The sweetness level is ok and the coffee is more earthy than I prefer considering the style + Abv but it is good drinkability wise

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Rifugium
3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Canal St. Pub, Reading, PA.

Mahogany brown color, semi-translucent, with a small tan head that receded to a ringlet; minor lacing on the glass. Cold coffee grounds in the nose, toasted bread, caramel malts. About what I'd expect from a coffee brown ale. Taste was similar, cold pressed coffee, caramel malts, somewhat nutty, toasted oats and rye (though I'm not sure any actual rye was used in this beer), with a slight herbal bitterness in the finish. Body was medium, a bit thinner than I'd expect from an oatmeal beer, but about on par for a typical brown ale. Overall pretty decent. Good if you like coffee, good if you like brown ales.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Pours a dark blackish color with a short lived head.

Aroma is roasted malt, char, sweet vanilla, and booze.

In the taste, roasted malt, vanilla, coffee, a bit of char. Some alcohol and more nutty cocoa on the edges.

Good brew that drinks lighter than it truly is.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of claspada
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a translucent brown color with a khaki medium size head that recedes rather quickly.

Aromas begin heavy on the java with coffee grinds, then some toasted bready malt, toffee and some minimal cocoa powder. Not detecting much of an Oatmeal presence.

The tastes follow the nose with lots if coffee balanced by a strong molasses, cocoa and a nutty, biscuity maltiness. Sweetness is minimal.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium-low carbonation. Finish is slightly bitter but mainly subpar for any beer advertising Oatmeal; it is missing that creamy oat induced chewiness.

Overall this was a tasty beer and quite drinkable any day of the year but especially tasty late fall after a nice dinner. The only ding for me is the weak mouthfeel and semi-watery mouthfeel for much a strong beer.

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.8/5  rDev -1%

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.

Photo of ROGUE16
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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C.O.B. (Coffee Oatmeal Brown) from Free Will Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 168 ratings.