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Columbus Sohio Stout | Columbus Brewing Company

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Columbus Brewing Company
Ohio, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Ryan011235 on 12-23-2012

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Reviews: 12 | Ratings: 105
Photo of Stevem68
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a rich motor oil black with no head. Aroma is a nice roasted coffee. Flavor is really nice. Great coffee flavor with a hint of vanilla and a bitter hop profile. Very drinkable and overall this is a delicious stout.

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Photo of TooHop4U
4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Probably the most coffee-forward stout I've ever had, so much so it chokes out other flavors. Good thing I love coffee! A little boozier than I remembered, especially at 8.5%.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Black in color with a small, yet brilliantly colored brown head. Looks great in the glass. Smells roasty and malty. The flavor is nicely roasted with notes of dark chocoloate, tobacco, earthy potting soil, something smoked, and lots of coffee. It was highly enjoyable. Would love to have this again and again.

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Photo of BierRunner
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

If you really like coffee stouts, and I do, this does not disappoint. Pitch black in color, dark coffee nose and a pleasant mouth feel with a long finish. No fancy spices here, just dark and satisfying.

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Photo of BrewUSA
4.48/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Columbus Sohio

Look 9/10
Smell 18/20
Taste 38/40
Feel 9/10
Drinkability 19/20

Overall 93/100

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Photo of LilSebastianJr
4.41/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Meaningless catagory. If the beer isn't disaster the look tells you nothing. Judge books by their cover? Then you probably judge beers by their look. It pours dark, just like a stout (Duh!)

Smell: One whiff definitely lets you know what you are in for. It is immediately bold and strong, like a good cup of espresso. The roast on the specialty malts is incredible prevalent. Don't like "coffee stouts"? Steer clear! There are subtle "chocolate" notes subdued in the coffee aroma.

Taste: Did I love the taste? No, not really. Did I appreciate the taste? Definitely. The brewers hit their mark. They made the beer they set out to (I would assume). It is a big, strong coffee stout. It finishes noticeably smoother than it starts, but that is a given as it starts so big.

Feel: Mouth-feel was on point. Perfect carbonation. kudos to them and the bar that poured it.

Overall: 4.25. It is the beer it is supposed to be. My favorite? No way. But the brewers at CBC made an excellent version of what they set out to make. Too many reviewers taste a Belgian peach session beer and report that they hated the peaches, the low abv and the yeasty finish. Rate the beer for what it is supposed to be you ding dongs! (Rant over)

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Photo of BB1313
4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

32oz growler filled at Heinen's in downtown Cleveland

Growler poured into a snifter. Pours black with little light getting through; small mocha head that fizzes away leaving basically no retention or lacing. The aromas are extremely roasty with strong coffee notes. Roasted dark chocolate with subtle hints of vanilla bean. Coffee is the star in the aromas and flavors. The flavors are bold and bitter. The bitterness is due to the coffee, not hops. Very roasty. Tons of burnt chocolate. Cocoa malts are there. This one doesn't have any sweetness going on. Very robust. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of full-bodied. There's active carbonation, but still smooth. Easy drinking. Well done.

This is a great coffee stout. If you're a fan of coffee stouts, then this is definitely worth seeking out if given the opportunity. This beer shows that Columbus can execute more than just hoppy brews, although they've proven that with Summer Teeth and Winter Warmer.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

32 ounce growler, filled earlier today. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch tan head that stays around for a while. There isn't much of any lacing at all. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like roasted malt, coffee, bittersweet and milk chocolate, and some molasses. I think the taste is the same as the aroma, with there being a good balance between the sweet and roasty bitter flavors. I do think the roasty coffee flavors are stronger overall, and get stronger as the beer warms. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and coating with low/moderate carbonation. I think it's a good stout, I'd certainly buy it again in the future. Nice to see that Columbus Brewing can make a tasty stout too, in addition to their great IPA's!

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Photo of Nunya
3.65/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this a couple of years ago and thought my initial rating must have been wrong but it was not. This is not a very complex beer. Sure it has a strong black coffee taste but you won't taste much of anything else. And coffee stouts are some of my favorites. Had this on draft at the same time as Founders Breakfast Stout and there was really no comparison. So many better coffee stouts available that I won't have this one again. If you want a really good coffee stout try Jackie O's Java the Stout.

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Photo of zimm421
4.68/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from an hour old growler into a snifter. Appears a very full brown, almost to the point of being black. There's a small head that doesn't stick around too long, and leaves no lacing.

Nose is very rich, full of coffee (shoutout to the Cafe Brioso guys on this one), and dark chocolate malts. The alcohol is almost non-existent. Smell is just wonderful. Taste is also very full and complex. The sweet malts come through first, with the coffee following up next. Simply very full and rich.

The body is very thick, with limited carbonation. Not overly sticky, and goes down very smoothly. This is pretty drinkable for what it is. I definitely recommend starting it out colder, and enjoying the changes as it warms, a completely different experience from start to finish. Overall, this is another outstanding offering from CBC. Love being able to get my favorite coffee flavors in a great brew!

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Photo of brewtus
4.12/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from growler. Pours black with a dark tan head. The head fades very quickly. Smell is earthy, espresso, dark chocolate. Taste is raw coffee beans, dark chocolate, nice subtle hops, some pepper. Texture is smooth, not very thick. Overall this is a coffee lovers stout, very easy drinking. The texture could be a little thicker, but I really liked this one. Keep up the good work CBC.

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Photo of Ryan011235
4.7/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can't remember when I jotted down these notes; it was shortly after the beer was released. I had it on tap at the restaurant.

Dark brown color; looks almost black in the glass. Pours 1/4th inch head. Not much for retention or lace - surprising for CBC.

The aroma is all about the roast and coffee. Fresh ground coffee beans, iced mocha, hints of espresso. Roasted dark chocolate emerges as the beer warms. Well-blended.

Coffee is much more prominent to taste, leading things off with coffee beans and carrying ultimately the finish with notes of fresh brewed coffee. All the while a burgeoning middle is flush with roasted dark grains and chocolate tones. Modest hop kick.

Smooth viscosity carries the medium body with ease. Cascading, rolling carbonation delivers the flavors with a vigor found in very few beers I have had.

Overall impression - My fussiness with the appearance aside, Sohio Stout is excellent through and through. I hope it stays around.

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Columbus Sohio Stout from Columbus Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 12 ratings.