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Blast Furnace Stout - Church Brew Works

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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.07%
Wants: 9
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Church Brew Works visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-24-2001)
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3/5  rDev -26.3%

mikeburd1128, May 10, 2013
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3/5  rDev -26.3%

carnoustie7, Apr 03, 2013
Photo of MarineHokie
3.38/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Opaque black-brown with a thin but creamy tan head.

S - Burnt dark malts dominate a slightly alcoholic aroma.

T - Slighlty vinous/sour. Dark malts present but not over powering. Tastes dubbel-like and alcoholic.

M - Thin body for OS, I'm just not picking up the oats.

D - Drinks like an 8-9% beer to me.

This brew was not what I expected based on its style and description. Not sure if it was me or the beer. Having enjoyed many Church brews in the past (pre BA for me), I will re-review in the future.

MarineHokie, Feb 17, 2006
Photo of BierReise
3.55/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz Bomber Overcarbonated bottle poured with all head to begin with. Eventually got a glass full. Black with a hint of ruby at the edges. Aroma is sweet with notes of chocolate and hops. Body is spoiled by too much carbonation. Eases up a bit after sitting awhile. Flavor like an oatmeal stout, sweet slightly nutty and hoppy. Roasted malts are nice. Overall a good stout but too much carbonation in my bottle.

BierReise, Sep 25, 2004
Photo of grayburn
3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a pitch black with a dark head, reminiscent of a much larger stout. Decent lacing.
A bit of malt, little to no hops, decent nose.
A bit of a sweet stout, just a touch of lactose, kind of surprising. Good flavor, I could go for a few more ibus though.
very smooth in the mouth, and also very easy to drink. This beer did not blow me away, but was certainly an above average beer. Excellent place.

grayburn, Mar 08, 2009
Photo of aracauna
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is black but with some brown around the edges with a good cream-colored head. There’s a nice roasty bloom in both the aroma and the flavor, but it’s short. It’s tasty, but it needs more body and something to give that roastiness a backbone on which to rest.

aracauna, Jun 07, 2004
Photo of Stinger80OH
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Stinger80OH, Jul 17, 2012
Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

dmorgan310, Mar 02, 2014
Photo of Louski
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%

Louski, Oct 26, 2014
Photo of bigdeuce
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was the best beer I had at this nice, classy restaurant. The head was tight, never left, leaving nice lacing. Coffee, chocolate, and whiskey dominated the flavor. Seemed as if the beer was stronger than what it was, but a terrific session beer, and a cool place.

bigdeuce, Feb 24, 2007
Photo of sinistrsam
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a typical pint glass, the beer was brown-black, not much light getting through, with a weak-looking head.
The aroma was of roasted malts, caramel, very mild dark fruits if any, smoke, mild coffee. Overall pleasing.
The taste incorporated several things; coffee beans: that roasty, smoky, acrid taste. Sour but but tart. Roated malts, mild fruits, mild alcohol awareness.
The feel was very pleasant; a little thin and watery but left a good taste. Clean and dry aftertaste, somewhat smooth.
It was the best standard beer they had on tap, by far. That having been said, it was only a mediocre representation of the style, but a good try nonetheless.

sinistrsam, May 24, 2006
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

apasternak, Feb 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Tyrawlings, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

plaid75, Aug 02, 2009
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

themanilow, Feb 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

PittBeerGirl, Nov 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

millerbuffoon, Aug 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

buzzedup, Oct 18, 2014
Photo of veggiemafia
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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.

veggiemafia, Jun 06, 2006
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4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

OldFrothingSlosh, Apr 15, 2006
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4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

smibroncos, Mar 29, 2010
Photo of RoyalT
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 Stout’s 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.

RoyalT, Aug 08, 2004
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4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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).

beergeek279, May 28, 2004
Photo of Dogbrick
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Dogbrick, Aug 31, 2006
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

WVbeergeek, Jun 04, 2004
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Blast Furnace Stout from Church Brew Works
90 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.