Blast Furnace Stout - Church Brew Works
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4.72/5 rDev +15.7%
I tried four different beers on this visit and this was by far the best, in fact I just had to take a growler of it home just to last me till my next visit. The bartender handed me a very dark brown almost black stout that smelled of sweet chocolate and coffee. Taste of oatmeal, coffee and a rich chocolate that tasted great together and was thick and creamy in my mouth. This beer left me wanting more of it and was highly drinkable.
11-15-2006 07:53:10 | More by Alkey
4.65/5 rDev +14%
Appearance: One of the rotating stouts in the Church Brew Works lineup. This one poured a dark chocolate brown with a brown bordering on pinkish head. Lacing up and down the glass and the head resembled the craters on the moon in its molten state, bubbling over periodically.
Smell: The aroma of this beer was malty, bready and a hint of sweetness. It was difficult to really pick up much of the scent due to the pleasant yet powerful odor of sweet wort being brewed behind the bar area.
Taste: Dark chocolate, unsweetened cocoa nibs. I could also detect some roasted/coffee flavors and a subtle bittering hop was hanging in the balance. The roasted flavors were there but not so much to overtake some of the sweet chocolate malt action. This beer was a pleasure to drink and it was served cold, which was much to my liking.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied and very smooth. Velvety with a prickly carbonation. Went down smooth and easy.
Drinkability: Well let it be said that this should be a regular bottled offering by CBW. On tap it was delightful and I am sure I will drink it again, soon. For some reason I love stouts with pizza and this one did not disappoint.
02-03-2010 18:29:08 | More by Stinkypuss
4.47/5 rDev +9.6%
The Blast Furnace Stout on the cask-conditioned hand pull was the best offering of the Church Brew Works in early August of 05. It had a darkly colored, deep head which slowly disappeared after the first couple of sips. The overall nose was that of intensely roasted malt - which fit with the title, yet it was not an overpowering smell, as the cask conditioning had an ample dampening effect on the roast character of the malts used.
Aroma hops were nearly non-existent, but upon quaffing the Blast Furnace Stout smoothly slid across the surface of the tongue and opened up with a fairly significant body. Upon close, the mouthfeel dries out beautifully - making you grab the pint again before your hand has even left the glass. The finishing flavor is a complex blend of the aromas which were first perceived, that of mellow, cask conditioned roastiness.
All in all, this had to be CBW's finest brew in early August.
08-11-2005 22:03:14 | More by hornetgobrew
4.45/5 rDev +9.1%
22oz bottle obtained as part of BIF 7 from Beergeek279. Thanks for the opportunity...
Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed 1/4" mocha brown head over the dark brown/black brew. Head is short-lived, and lacing is average. Aroma is dark malts, and little else, but not dominated by coffee like many can be, this is possibly the toasted oatmeal's presence at work. Taste is dark grains, apparently the toasted oatmeal again. A full, rich flavor, that doesn't have a bit of bitterness. Mouthfeel is great, although a bit more carbonation would help in my book. Drinkability is incredible. I could drink this all day, and the abv lets you do it...
09-27-2004 23:12:45 | More by ppoitras
4.33/5 rDev +6.1%
Easily the best of the beers I had at Church Brew Works,poured a deep nearly pitch black with a thinner but well sustained mocha colored head.Milk chocolate and somewhat of a nutty aroma not heavily roasted on the nose with a light but very noticable leafy hop presence,flavors of milk chocolate and coffee with that nutty presence showing up again its oh so easy going down its soft and pleasant with the flavors just melding together nicely.A very quaffable oat stout soft and pleasant and quite flavorful to boot.
07-03-2006 01:38:04 | More by oberon
4.3/5 rDev +5.4%
Had on tap at Church Brew works in Pittsburgh
A: Nice dark stout yet not opaque. Has a dark brown head that does not last nor does it lace too well, but it looks great otherwise.
S: The smell is of light coffee and coffee. It is a rather light smell, which I expected from the ABV.
T: The taste is very creamy, just like an oatmeal stout should be. The taste is a bit light, but the coffee and chocolate flavors are definitely there. The creaminess is really what sets this apart though.
Overall, this is a great brew, could use some more hops, but it is great.
08-17-2008 03:01:12 | More by treyrab
4.3/5 rDev +5.4%
Pours from the growler an opaque dark brown. A vigorous pour gives it just a thin brown head that quickly disappears. Lacing? Zip. Smell is definitely a creamy coffee. Hints of bitter chocoalte. Roasty. Tiny bit of vanilla.
A balanced taste, a balance of bitterness and sweetness int he malt. Almost like someone mixed a cream stout with an agressively bitter stout. Graininess in the mouth. Finish becomes a bit more bitter as you drink the pint. Mouth is medium and clean for a stout. Some lingering stickiness as you polish of the pint but mostly a bitter coffee aftertaste. Smooth.
A great drinker. At under 5% ABV, a nice session brew. I wouldn't have guessed this for an oatmeal stout. I love 'em but rarely are they this smooth. Check this one out if in Pittsburgh.
06-24-2006 23:30:21 | More by ViveLaChouffe
4.25/5 rDev +4.2%
Appearance: Deep ruddy brown tone almost black with a big ol' creamy tan head leaves frivilous amounts of lacing, nice. Aroma: Heavy creamy coffee note with tones of dark chocolate with a mild dose of hops oatmeal adds a softness to the overall tone not bad at all. Taste: Roasty malts give off chocolate mild hop dosage, this beers main draw is the creamy coffee edge so nice and the texture on cask creamy and big nicely brewed oatmeal stout. Mouthfeel: Creamy texture medium-light body low even hand pumped carbonation incredibly smooth and tasty. Drinkability: Excellent session stout with loads of flavor and a low abv compliments go out to Brian and Aran.
06-04-2004 16:47:23 | More by WVbeergeek
4.2/5 rDev +2.9%
Served in a pint glass at CBW. The color was black, with a wispy head. The smell was a nice roastiness. The taste was a solid coffee roastiness, with a bit of oatmeal dryness in the taste, and a bit of bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel was average. As for drinkability, this is nicely sessionable and one that I could have quite a few of.
Well, this was the beer I was drinking when I had the chance to meet Bryan Pierson, so that was a joy. The beer itself is a nice stout, as enjoyable as O'Bryans, and I would be glad to have this one again (and hopefully I will).
05-28-2004 22:03:56 | More by beergeek279
4.2/5 rDev +2.9%
Sample at the brewpub. Pours pitch black with a wispy tan head and thin spotty lacing. Pleasant aroma of coffee and malt. Smooth and rich mouthfeel with toasted malt, coffee and chocolate flavors. The finish is bittersweet chocolate with a lingering touch of hops afterward. Solid all around.
08-31-2006 20:16:06 | More by Dogbrick
4.18/5 rDev +2.5%
Appearance Very dark in color, almost black, with a moderate head.
Smell Big, burnt (blast furnace burnt) roasted malts with some dark, dark coffee, a hint of oatmeal, some good, dark chocolate, and a bit of smoke. I can pick up some sugariness here and there, but mostly this is a big, black, burnt beer.
Taste Oh, man, is this burnt. This is darkness incarnate. I really like the smokey character of this ale. It actually leans heavily towards the German Rauchbier style, though of course not as extreme. The sugary sweetness is very granular and mixes well with the Stouts malts.
Mouthfeel A little lighter than medium-bodied with a hint of carbonation. The real pleasure in this mouthfeel is the burnt, smokey character.
Drinkability This is not a heavy, drink on an empty stomach kind of stout. This will be just as good before dinner as after, and has a home by a winter fireplace as well as a summertime barbeque. Very nice.
Comments Thanks to skyhand for bringing this one back all the way from The Pitt.
08-08-2004 03:07:53 | More by RoyalT
4.15/5 rDev +1.7%
Best beer of the bunch we tried at the brewery. Dark and sinister-looking inky darkness. Chunky brown head with all sorts of lacing. Big nose of bittersweet chocolate, coffee beans. Flavorful blend of chocolate, coffee, oats, with a firm undertow of sweet malt + bittering hops. Thick and hefty mouthfeel and quite drinkable. One I'd revisit each time.
04-15-2006 22:47:29 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
4.15/5 rDev +1.7%
A.Poured a rich dark opaque black, with light particles. A creamy lasting tan head, arose from the brew. It had a nice lasting lace.
S. Leaves, oatmeal, bread, buscuits.
T. Not a coffe or chocolate flavor. More of oat bread, and barlet. Not too sweet, and a good bitterness.
M. Medium bodied, Chewy texture, and lively carbonation.
D. A gret brew, Not your typical chocolate, coffee, concoction. Lots of grain apppeal.
03-29-2010 01:13:39 | More by smibroncos
4.03/5 rDev -1.2%
On cask in church in a nonic pint.
Came to the table VERY pretty. Creamy creamy luscious tan head on top of slightly brownish blackness.
Smell is a little...unique. Replete with warm smells of roasted malt, with an interesting hop backbone and something I can put my finger on. Maybe like walnuts or something like that. A little funky for me, but still very nice.
Taste is excellent. Very well balanced with a big hit from the roasted malt, especially evident on cask. Not the most complex brew, but very very nice, nonetheless.
Mouthfeel is, as indicated, perfect. Creamy and smooth and thick and warm and awesome.
This is a sipper when it's on cask, as opposed to a very easy drinker when it's on tap. The cask really brought out the roasted malt, which was nice, but you can't really throw it back as easily as you can on tap.
06-06-2006 02:19:05 | More by veggiemafia
4/5 rDev -2%
Poured a black hue with a one finger frothy tan head. There was decent retention and lacing.
The smell featured a burnt grain, dry coffee and charcoal.
The taste consisted of an upfront dry burnt grain that softened up very little. Serious dry coffee at the finish.
The mouthfeel was typical of the style.
Overall a pretty good stout. A bit too dry for an oatmeal stout however.
08-02-2009 18:35:55 | More by plaid75
Blast Furnace Stout from Church Brew Works
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