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Blast Furnace Stout - Church Brew Works

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35 Ratings
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Ratings: 35
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.54%
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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Photo of sinistrsam


3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-24-2006 00:22:12 | More by sinistrsam
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh


4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-15-2006 22:47:29 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
Photo of MarineHokie


3.38/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2006 16:03:14 | More by MarineHokie
Photo of hornetgobrew


4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: cask

08-11-2005 22:03:14 | More by hornetgobrew
Photo of ppoitras


4.45/5  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...

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2004 23:12:45 | More by ppoitras
Photo of BierReise


3.55/5  rDev -13%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2004 03:08:18 | More by BierReise
Photo of RoyalT


4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2004 03:07:53 | More by RoyalT
Photo of aracauna


3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2004 18:25:17 | More by aracauna
Photo of WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: cask

06-04-2004 16:47:23 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of beergeek279


4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
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).

Serving type: on-tap

05-28-2004 22:03:56 | More by beergeek279
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