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Strike Out Stout - Cooperstown Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
80
good

128 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 128
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 18.39%
Wants: 7
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cooperstown Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
English Stout |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: OldFrothingSlosh on 10-23-2001)
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Reviews by almychristopher:
Photo of almychristopher
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a dark brown bordering on black the tan head fades quickly but leaves a spring of effervesence making me think it might be alive. the aroma is slightly sweet not only due to the malt, which provides a nice chocolatey earthy aroma, but there's a bit of fruit ester as well. the taste is nice and earthy the malts come through well with a dry finish and plenty of carbonation.

almychristopher, Jun 24, 2008
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a near jet black but there was a touch of redish hue when in the light a thinner off white head on top that left no lace as it settled quickly.Highly roasted aromas of espresso roast coffee and unsweetened chocolate,this is one dry ass stout roasted to the hilt and quite earthy almost to much so dark roast coffee and cola flavors with dry woody-like finish.If you like ultra dry stouts this is for you I would have liked a touch of sweetness but this has some nice qualities to it.

oberon, Sep 10, 2006
Photo of sponberg
4.13/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled: 12 oz bottle, cellar temp, into pint glass.

Pours dark brown, almost opaque, with a decent head the color of the inside of a malted milk ball. The aroma is smoky, roasty maltiness.

Fairly well carbonated, with a fizz on the tongue. Starts out with a dryish malty flavor, blossoming at the end into roasted malt and unsweetened chocolate flavors - a hint of black dark roast coffee? Not much in the way of hops, save for a nice underlying bitterness. Worth trying for the way the flavors explode at the end alone. A very enjoyable, well made stout - good in the bottle, and exceptional on tap.

sponberg, Mar 31, 2002
Photo of generallee
4.1/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. There appears to be no freshness date on the label.

Appearance: The body has a deep dark brown, nearly black color. It is very dark and nearly opaque. On top sits a small one finger thick foam head. It is tan in color and quickly settles down to a thin wispy layer that just covers the top. Lacing is minimal and slippery.

Smell: There is a firm aroma of sweet roasted/toasted malts with notes of fresh brewed coffee and just a hint of dark chocolate.

Taste/Palate: There is a solid sweet roasted malty character with a good balance of toasted bready notes and dark roasted bitter coffee notes. As the beer warms hints of dark chocolate and mild spicy hops sneaks in there here and there as well as some mellow almost brandy like alcohol notes. The palate has a solid medium feel with mellow balanced carbonation.

Notes: This is just a good solid stout.

generallee, Nov 13, 2009
Photo of Jason
4.22/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz. brown long neck with a baseball motif label and cap. No freshness date.

Appearance: Pitch black in colour with a thin light brown lace.

Smell: Creamy ice coffee and hints of toffee.

Taste: Smooth with a increasingly rounded crisp roasted barley bite that goes a bit chocolaty with a touch of coffee. Hop bitterness is minimal yet still helps to balance. A mellow creamy and chewy malt sweetness slowly surrounds this flavourful brew as well as more roasted flavour that lingers.

Notes: A beautiful stout to say the least ... medium to heavy in body and very flavourful all the way through.

Jason, Apr 05, 2002
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.28/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This 12oz. amber bottle offering from Cooperstown poured a spectacular inky blackness with a noisy, rocky and frothy tan-colored head that eventually settled down to a finger-thin level. Very nice patchy lacing of the glass. Aromas are hard to pick up. Soft aromas of brewed coffe and sweet chocolate. Flavor falls short for the style. It just tasted like all of the "oomph!" had been taken out of this beer. Firm toasty base with cooking fire smokiness layered on top. Dark chocolate is also noted, but again, it's not doing much to make its case. Finishes with a sweet dryness that borders on puckering. Mouthfeel is definitely on the thin side, with a low-medium carbonation. Drinkability is tolerable, but nothing to write home about.

OldFrothingSlosh, Mar 16, 2004
Photo of yankeeheel
1.9/5  rDev -45.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Umm...this has some problems. First, highly overcarbonated. Wants to escape it's earthly bounds from my pint. Second, a very weak smelling stout. Weak coffee and chocolate at best. I'm being generous.

The taste. A lot of fizz but very little bang. Weak on flavor , strong on bubbles. Mild coffee and dark malt. Perhaps I got a bad batch but this is just horrid.

yankeeheel, Jan 14, 2004
Photo of BadBadger
3.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This fine brew pours a dark color from the growler. There was a descent sized head which lasted for a short period. The smell is good, being a mixture of roasted malt with chocolate under tones. The taste is pleasant, with nice roasted malts and a nice bitter bite. The mouthfeel is a bit watery. This is a good stout. While I wouldn't run out to buy this when there are so many alternatives out there, I certainly would not pass this up as an offering on tap, or if the choices are limited.

BadBadger, May 02, 2006
Photo of r0nyn
3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into my trusty Troegs pint glass.

Pours a dark, dark brown from the bottle that resolves into an inky black liquid in the glass. Big, thick bubbly tan head that quickly recedes to nothing. Can see quite a bit of carbonation bubbling at the top. Pretty standard look for a stout, but then again I never tire of the big, black boldness good ones have. Smells like dark chocolate with a lot of roasted malts. Hints of caramel and just a slight tinge of alcohol round out the nose. Really quite nice.

Starts out with an odd astringent bite that takes me by surprise. It slips into some of that roasted maltiness coupled with chocolate sweetness and coffee bitterness. The astringency is present from the initial sip to the finish, becoming almost tart. Not really unpleasant, just distracting. The flavor isn't as complex as it could be. Mouthfeel is where I really have to ding this beer, unfortunately. Carbonation is far too obtrusive, coating the tongue and exacerbating the astringency. On top of that, it's light bodied, so it doesn't really carry a stout oomph to it. A bit disappointed with this aspect.

The mouthfeel and odd taste issues give this brew a less than desirable drinkability, I'm afraid. It wasn't a drain pour for me, but polishing it off got a bit difficult at the end. Strike Out Stout starts off promising like a 3-0 count, but whiffs on some high cheese and off-speed stuff before finally getting punched out looking.

r0nyn, Oct 13, 2010
Photo of mdaschaf
2.53/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to THECPJ for grabbing a bottle of this for me up in Cooperstown.

A: Seemed to pour a little thin, but the color is a very deep brown with a one finger tan head on top. Not much retention with the head settling down to a very thin layer of bubbles. Not much lacing.

S: A little bit of roasted malt, a hint of chocolate. It has an aroma that remind of me my first homebrew, a little bit of a plastic bucket aroma.

T: Roasted malt up front with a hint of chocolate, but then the flavor seems to disappear. Slight roast on the finish.

M: Thin bodied with moderate carbonation. Thinner than I like in a stout, seems a bit watery.

O: Had some of the right flavor components, and while I applaud CBC for making a nice simple stout, but I would have liked a bit more.

mdaschaf, Aug 17, 2011
Photo of asabreed
4.08/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Dark and opaque with an initially mocha-colored head that doesn't stick around or provide much retention or lacing.

Smell: Nice and balanced roasted malts, mild but slightly sweet chocolate, and oatmeal creaminess and balance.

Taste: This packs the flavor for a brew with such a low ABV. A big presence of roasted malts, not charred here, with a good oatmeal cleanness and softness, along with some mildly sweet chocolate. Finishes semi-dry with a nice hint of sweetness, mild coffee, chocolate, and lingering roasted malts.

Mouthfeel: Initially mildly creamy but finishing with a big punch of carbonation, which makes it seem lighter-bodied than it probably really is.

Drinkability: At 4.6%, this is highly flavorful and pretty damn sessionable, especially as fall is upon us. One of Cooperstown's best, if not the best. I'll be picking up a case of this as soon as I can.

asabreed, Oct 20, 2010
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Opaque black color with a creamy tan head that holds quite well, but leaves no lace. The aroma is lightly roasty - coffee like - over a sweet chocolatey malt. The body is light-medium with a fine carbonation that's very smooth in the mouth. The flavor is of a gently fruity, sweet and roasty chocolatey malt. Well balanced with a bitterness that's quite subtle. It finishes dryish, with a short lingering roasty malt note. Not complex, nor rich, but well balanced and highly enjoyable.

NeroFiddled, Sep 29, 2002
Photo of Kegatron
2.55/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a dark brown/almost black with some garnet highlights around the edges and a finger width of foamy tan head. Retention was good but the lace didn't choose to stick on this one, instead opting to just slide down the glass. The aroma is roasted malt, chocolate sweetness, and some funky sour notes.

The taste is of roasted notes, smokiness, some light chocolate and malt sweetness. Unfortunately, that same funky sour character rears it's ugly head and completley kills the beer for me. The mouthfeel isn't much better, being thin and watery with way too much fizzy carbonation in the finish.

I don't know what happened with this guy. I'm not sure if I got a bad bottle or if the funky nature of this Stout just doesn't agree with me but it was one of the few times that I've drain-poured a beer. This guy will definitely be up for a re-review at some point down the line.

Kegatron, Jan 31, 2008
Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mega huge, dark tan head. Dark brown to black. Nearly opaque in the glass.
Mild aroma of chocolate and mild to medium roasty malt. Bit earthy.

Taste is good, but pretty mild. Chocolate and roasty malt. Smooth. Tad earthy. Nice balance.

Ton of carbonation to the mouthfeel.
Very drinkable. Crossover, session material.
Overall, a solid stout. Big thanks to OldFrothingSlosh for the bottle!

PhantomVodoo, Apr 27, 2004
Photo of puboflyons
4.03/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with no obvious lot code or expiration date. Sampled on October 6, 2009. The pour is dark brown with an explosve foamy, frothy tan head that seems to take forever to simmer down. The aroma comes off with a mix of roasted chocoalte malts and some mild hops in the background. The mouthfeel is sharp but medium with a lot of carbonation on the tongue. The taste has a roasted, chocolate malts and mild hops combo with a little bit of sugar to sweeten the punch. But with all the sweetness at the start there is a kind of sour finish. This is a well done, easy to drink stout.

puboflyons, Oct 06, 2009
Photo of akorsak
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a pint of Strike Out Stout served in a tumbler.

Appearance: The ale is pitch black and allows no light to escape. There is a smallish head that was much more robust on initial pour.

Smell: The stout has some roasted malt aromas, as well as hints of chocolate.

Taste: The stout has nice roasted malt depth up front. That transitions into a smoother chocolatey flavor. My only complaint is that the flavors are kind of thin and don't last too long, although the roasted aftertaste lingers, if the flavor in the beer doesnt.

Mouthfeel: The ales flavors are a little thin, but what is there is good.

Drinkability: Not my first choice for a stout, this beer is still a decent representative.

akorsak, Jul 27, 2006
Photo of bonbini26
4/5  rDev +14.9%

bonbini26, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of Jredner
3.13/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma is mildly roasty, heavier on chocolate and has a very off warm plastic tinge to it. Body is black with a quickly diminishing two finger thick mocha head. This is one of the faster vanishing heads (of this size) I have ever seen. Nice roastey fore that is mildly bitter and a touch thin for a stout. Has some very faint coffee and chocllate notes, but is mostly dominated by the roasted malt flavors. It tastes pretty good actually just doesn’t go anywhere really-like an akward kid dancing in one spot afraid to move his legs. The finish is very watery even for a sweet stout and that really kills the feel of the beer style wise, but flavor wise it’s okish.

Jredner, Jun 30, 2006
Photo of pbrian
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lightly roasted and chocolately with a good fruity base. Medium bodied and spritzy on the tongue. Finishes dry and easy. Perfectly fine in all aspects but nothing that smacks you in the face, which, incidentally, makes it very enjoyable and drinkable.

pbrian, Oct 02, 2002
Photo of Murph
3.98/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pure black color with a thick brown head that never fully disappears. Sweet chocolatey malt aroma dominates the brew with a touch of bitter coffee thrown in as well. Sweet and rich chocolate flavors control the brew with a subtle roasted coffee flavor lingering in the background. As the brew finishes the chocolate flavors fade away a bit and allow the coffee bitterness to come forward. The brew is actually a bit thin for the style but is very drinkable and rather tasty. Thanks to Pbrian for this one.

Murph, Sep 23, 2002
Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

jaydoc, Nov 12, 2013
Photo of tclapper
4/5  rDev +14.9%

tclapper, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of angrybabboon
3.28/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for giving me a bottle of this

Consumed 8/14/12

Appearance: Black with some brown around the edges, pours with a very large, fizzy, tan head - quickly fades to a creamy, yet mostly fizzy cap, then to nothing - minimal lacing

Smell: Lots of chocolate - chocolate malts, dark chocolate - lightly burnt and roasty - some light sweetness, slightly candy-like, like a Tootsie Roll - some other malty aroma, kind of reminds me of oats

Taste: Again, chocolate and not much else - chocolate malts, dark chocolate, and Tootsie Rolls - lightly sweet, lightly burnt, not particularly bitter - roasty, earthy, and dry - a vague hint of grassy hops

Mouthfeel: Oddly fizzy and overly carbonated - kind of tastes like soda from a fountain - somewhat light body, weird

Overall: Good, but with some notable flaws

There are some good aromas and flavors here. Unfortunately, there are some notable issues with the mouthfeel. Dry and roasty, yet fizzy and seltzer-like. Not bad, but far from great.

angrybabboon, Aug 14, 2012
Photo of sammy806
4.5/5  rDev +29.3%

sammy806, Jun 28, 2014
Photo of goz
4.1/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep black with some ruby tinges, small tan head that quickly diminishes, leaving minimal lacing. Aroma is strong chocolate, roasted malts, and toffee. Flavor is smooth creamy dark chocolate, some roasted maltiness, and a hint of toffee in the back. Medium-full body. My pick for Cooperstown's best brew.

goz, Dec 08, 2003
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Strike Out Stout from Cooperstown Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 128 ratings.