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Blast Furnace Stout - Church Brew Works

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89
very good

39 Ratings
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Ratings: 39
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.12%
Wants: 10
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Church Brew Works visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-24-2001

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Ratings: 39 | Reviews: 21
Photo of oberon
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of ppoitras
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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...

Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of WoodBrew
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Dogbrick
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of RoyalT
4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Photo of millerbuffoon
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Stinger80OH
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of PittBeerGirl
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Tyrawlings
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of misternebbie
3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mikeburd1128
3/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of apasternak
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Gww1864
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of aracauna
3.66/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of beergeek279
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
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).

Photo of ramrod666
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of bigdeuce
3.91/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Photo of vwbus7
5/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of treyrab
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

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Blast Furnace Stout from Church Brew Works
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