Survival "7-Grain" Stout | Hopworks Urban Brewery

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Survival "7-Grain" StoutSurvival "7-Grain" Stout

Brewed by:
Hopworks Urban Brewery
Oregon, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
The seven grains: Barley (Egyptian), Wheat (Mesopotamian), Oats (Egyptian), Amaranth (Aztec), Quinoa (Incan), Spelt (Mesopotamian), and Kamut (Egyptian).

Finished with 15 pounds of cold-pressed Stumptown 'Hairbender' espresso.

2011 - Finished with 15 pounds of cold-pressed Stumptown Organic Holler Mountain Coffee.

2012 - Finished with 20 pounds of cold-pressed Stumptown Organic Holler Mountain coffee.

35 IBU

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Reviews: 128 | Ratings: 332
Photo of Harrison8
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a finger of dense caramel-colored foam. Head retention is okay. Aroma is bitter coffee layered over mild chocolate, and roasted, toasted, and earthen malts. It has a biting naturalness. Flavor profile is roasted, toasted, caramel, and earthen malts. Coffee is an afterthought in the flavor profile, and when it hits, comes off as bitter, dry, and thin. Mouth feel is medium-thin with a watery-finish that comes off smooth and thin. Overall, coffee is present, as per the label, but not in a promising way.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 16oz can.

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Photo of hman43
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: It pours black with a moderately brown head. Head retention is good.

Smell: It has a strong coffee aroma with some low roast in the background.

Taste: There is a strong coffee flavor with a moderate roasted element. There is a slight burnt note in the background. It has moderately high bitterness.

Feel: It has a full body with a fairly dry finish. It has moderate carbonation with a very slight bit of astringency.

Overall, this is a good stout with coffee and roast flavors.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aside from the slightly metallic aroma and flavor, this is a pretty good and well made everyday stout. Plenty of roasted presence, and a smooth creamy feel make it very easy to pound. Cheers!

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Photo of NickSMpls
3.46/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at the brewpub in Vancouver, WA. Fresh beer- canned just two weeks ago. An interesting stout. Pour is pitch black, but not syrupy. Aroma is all grains, almost like sticking your nose in a bin full of granola. Taste is a little one-dimensional....not bad at all, but not overly complex with light bittering. I'd put this on the porter side of the spectrum, if that means anything, where a porter is a drier, lighter but still very dark beer. I can pick up on a few coffee notes but nothing stands out. There are a large number of much better stouts out there, IMHO.

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz can doesn't boast that it's '7 Grain', only that this is a Survival Stout, malt beverage brewed with coffee. Can born in September 2016, drank in February 2017, served in a snifter.

A: Pours brown from the can, and ruby colored light does show through the beer while in the glass. Light tan head recedes fairly quickly.

S: Earthy coffee beans, light to medium roast, and freshly ground. Solid aroma without being overpowering. Underlying sweetness, hints of vanilla. Faint pepper skin aromas.

T: Follows the nose with earthy coffee and espresso bitterness, balanced with a toasted, roasty malt character. Espresso bitterness lingers but isn't off-putting. Ghostly suggestions of a bready sweetness, possibly caramel? Char/roast shows up in the aftertaste.

MF: Doesn't feel like a big beer but drinks slightly bigger than the 5.8% abv the can boasts of. Light to medium body with enough carbonation to move the espresso bitterness across the tongue. Semi-dry finish.

O: Nothing wrong with this beer, it executes as it should. Not my favorite coffee beer, coffee profile isn't my favorite, probably won't revisit, but it's not bad.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has equal parts brown and black. Thin beige head. 1/3". Plenty of roasted notes bringing out coffee tones.

Taste is the same way, but the roast is not such that it creates a bitter acrid feeling, it still has plenty of smoothness. Oats? Very drinkable, not over the top, absorbs the alcohol. Just a real sessionable chewy no frills stout that is quite crushable.

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Photo of l_volky
1.89/5  rDev -53.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

I love coffee and I love beer. In fact, I've loved beer with coffee in it. This beer isn't one of them. It could be the 2010 fad grain quinoa talking. It could just be a poor choice in coffee. It is probably both. The only inspiration I can imagine for this beer is the ashtrays of Portland's dive bars that haven't been emptied in months put together. This beer tastes like old, wet cigarettes.

Look: It looks like a completely average weak stout. It's head is thin and white like the pimple I'm currently sitting on.

Smell: The red solo cup we kept on my porch for cigarettes when I was a college freshman. A week after a rain storm.

Taste: The hand rolled cigarette you found in a pair of pants you hid for a winter behind a radiator then dipped in the cold brew you let sit for 2 weeks in the back of your fridge.

Feel: Again, feels like a weak stout. Average marks because it's a completely average feeling.

Overall: I've had some fantastic Stumptown coffee freshly ground and brewed. I've also had their cold brew which I like a lot. I also remember HUB's other popular beer (the Hopworks IPA) being pretty okay. This beer, however, tastes like scraping the wet ashes from 2 packs of frat house cigarettes into a perfectly good oatmeal stout. Alternatively it tastes like the abandoned parking lot stogie I decided to smoke when I was 15. You choose.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.57/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look : Pours a light chestnut color from the can and develops into a mocha chocolate brown color in the weizen glass. Light striking through illuminates some cranberry hues. Opacity is 80%. The head is Guinness-like, almond colored and tightly wound, with tons of density @ 2 fingers tall. I could have taken a little more opacity.

Smell : Roast coffee, kilned malts, some nicely melted chocolate also. Whole coffee bean really owns this aroma. A little bit of damp soil as well.

Taste : Quite a lot of roast coffee, and an undesirable punch of pine and citrus behind that, followed by earth and tobacco, with a very faint corner of chocolate bar.

Feel : Medium bodied, a tad tarry, with a dry parch on the finish.

Overall : I was really looking forward to this one. Instead I got a stout infused with pine and citrus. Not a good combination. I'll pass next time.

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Photo of _RL_
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark with little head but not opaque like you would expect from a super thick stout.
Smells of coffee and little else. Not overpowering, but no vanilla, bourbon, spices, or anything else typical in a coffee stout.
Tastes like coffee, but an excellent blend between the base beer and the coffee. This is almost unbelievable for such a low ABV beer.
The mouthfeel is thin and matches the pour. Still, I don't expect a thick, chewy stout at this ABV.

Would definitely buy again. Seems like it would be a great base beer itself for barrels and flavored stouts.

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Photo of RenzoD
4.44/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

small head. dissipates very quickly. Not as deep black as I like when observing the stout in the glass. Smells unbelievable. Like a roast/coffeehouse. The aroma really is all there Taste is upfront stouty but really unoffensive. If youre ia stout head then this is very mild brew but still very flavorful and enjoyable. Very smooth and grainy. I really enjoy Hopworks and this stout was certainly no dissapointment.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.91/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pint on tap at Beer Revolution in Calgary. Pitch black with a creamy light chocolate brown head, great head retention.

Aroma is pungently roasted, tons of wood char, dark coffee, and cigar with an undercurrent of prunes and chocolate pudding. Taste-wise, this is weighted towards the ashy elements. Dry, somewhat harsh ... Mostly cacao powder, burnt nuts, strong coffee, and ashtray with the aforementioned sweet notes on the nose eventually coming through on the palate. Getting little in the way of berry or other fruit notes. Nice milk shake mouthfeel, though, smooth and rich, medium-bodied, feels like this ought to be sweeter than it is.

I'd be curious to taste these seven grains without such a potent dose of coffee in the mix. The latter flavor is too strong, masking the other goodies that one can sense are lurking beneath.

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Photo of souvenirs
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%

With espresso? Sounds perfect for beginning my day. (Okay, not actually.)

Super dark, as you'd expect. Tan head. Cold, dark coffee in beer form. I'm reminded that I don't like black coffee.

This one's not for me.

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Photo of schad
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Served in a Spiegelau Stout glass. Appearance is a brownish-black with light tan lacing. Roasted malt on the nose. Very smooth mouthfeel, possibly from the variety of grains added. Bold taste of coffee leads to hints of chocolate malt.

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Photo of Bunman3
4.34/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a solid American stout from an equally solid brewery! I honestly can't tell if there are 7 grains or 3 grains in this beer - it's delicious either way! It pours with a nice foamy head, lovely color, and definite notes of coffee. The flavor is truly satisfying - Stumptown coffee, hints of dark chocolate, and roasted malt. This is a winner in my books!

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Photo of stevoj
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at PreFunk. Sharp peppery taste, pours out black with small beige head. Aroma is normal stout dark malt, roast grains. Slick, slippery mouthfeel, lingering pepper/spicy finish. Spiciness is a nice touch to what is an otherwise solid stout, lip smacking good

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Photo of flagmantho
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 16oz tall can into my Selkirk Abbey tulip. ABV is listed at 5.8% and the can doesn't say "7-grain", but it's definitely Survival Stout with coffee, so -- I assume it's the same beer.

Appearance: black body with some brown highlights around the edges. Head is a finger of frothy tan foam. It's an attractive beer.

Smell: plenty of coffee aroma with a little chocolate underneath. This beer does a good job of employing the coffee element without being too astringent or harsh. I like it.

Taste: coffee is more subdued in the flavor than in the aroma, which works well here. The overall effect is a light mocha with a hint of vegetal, earthy hops. It's a very smooth stout that I quite enjoy.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good carbonation and a nice creaminess for the style. I quite like it.

Overall: this beer, while good at the beginning, manages to keep growing on me. It's just a delightful and drinkable stout that, while not overly complex, is well-wrought and smooth as can be. Kudos!

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Photo of Phelps
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle into my fancypants new Sierra Nevada glass. Barley, wheat, oats, amaranth, quinoa, spelt and kaput are the seven grains.

Like coffee -- clear and brown as it's poured; pitch black in the glass. One inch of hyperactive foam pops and fizzles.

Major, acrid coffee aroma first. Dark chocolate and oats next. At once spicy and smooth.

The flavor is smoother, more balanced. Coffee, yes, then toasted wheat, sourdough, oatmeal and milk chocolate melding as one.

Silky medium-light body is a touch too thin. Alcohol is noticeable in the nose and on the tongue. Mild, tingly carbonation.

A decent coffee stout overall, and not too heavy or alcoholic. Easy to drink.

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Photo of mactrail
3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours an attractive ruby-tinted dark brown in the tall goblet. A low beige head caps the brew nicely. Some silky oatmeal consistency.

Well, the word for the flavor is "grainy." Interesting persistent spicy tang. Lots of blackened malt, or dark toasted amaranth, or some such. I wondered what the other unusual charred flavor was, and looking at the label, it's coffee. Some sweet malt offset by the rather bitter finish.

An interesting quaff, and I'm glad to see the experimentation with the non-traditional fermentables. Though I think the jury's still out on the oddball grains. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Bottleworks in Seattle.

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Photo of artoolemomo
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours up a decent amount of head that seems to have some retention. The head is a medium to slightly dark beige will the body is an opaque, dark chocolate brown. Some lacing- not as extensive as one might expect.

Nose- Not terribly complex, some presence. The bottle shows more roasted malt and nuttiness than the glass which is primarily coffee. After a while, the bottle is pretty much all coffee. I thought I got a light bit of bubblegum from the glass but it didn't last for long. Swirling intensifies the coffee notes.

Taste- Starts off with a bit of nuttiness with some sourness that doesn't seem to be the normal sour note that I get from some coffee beers. It has a savory touch to it- plus, it comes closer to the front than the end. I'm guessing this comes from the grains I'm unfamiliar with. The sourness doesn't have an acrid quality at all and it works very well with the coffee. I am at some what of a loss to fully describe what I'm tasting. Savory, maybe a little onion, some grain. There's almost a berry like quality to it without the sweetness. Leaves a lot of cereal and a slight woody bitterness on the linger. A little odd but I think I really it. I think it would be a competent stout anyway but the ancient grains give it at uniqueness that many competent stouts lack. Solid, good beer to really good beer. Hopworks might not be the best brewery in Portland but they do deserve attention. They will continue to get mine.

Mouthfeel- More than medium bodied with a slight grittiness from the oatmeal. Mild carbonation makes it seem thicker than it is. I write “slight grittiness” because it's pretty smooth as well. Nice dry finish.

Drinkability- Low ABV and an interesting palate makes this one go down easy. Around 5 bucks a bomber is reasonable but I would probably only buy this on tap.

Overall- Solid, good beer to really good beer. Different enough to be interesting but orthodox enough to accessible. I would give this a try.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.39/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a perfect pint glass. 1/10

Pours dark black. No foam, clear on top. Roasted coffee nose. Dark chocolate. Smooth creamy slightly sweet, balanced bitter close. Punchy carbonatiomn for a stout. Delicious grains. Coffee. Excellent.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.48/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a dark tan head.
Nose shows lots of coffee and roasted grains. Little else showing.
Similar flavours, lots of roasted grains with a little coffee behind it. Again it seems to fall flat rather quick.
Nice creamy carbonation. Body could be a bit thicker.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.86/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours dark bround with a tan head, nice amount of lacing is left behind, and great head retention. The nose is heavy on coffee roast, carob, anda hint of molasses. There is a hint of roasted malt in there, but it is not pronounced. The taste is similar to the nose with bold and spicy coffee notes with an earthy quality towards the finish of the coffee. Some molasses is present and provides a bit of sweetness. Mouthfeel is light with moderate carbonation. Overall, this iOS a unique coffee infused stout, the coffee shies away from cocoa and chocoalate and gears towards spicy and earthy notes.

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Photo of LampertLand
3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hopworks Urban Brewing 'Survival 7 Grain Stout' @ 5.3% , served from a 650 ml bottle purchased for $6.50

A-pour is a dark brown from the bottle to almost black in the glass with a small tan head leaving a streaky lace along the pint

S-barley , oats , malts

T-again barley , oats , malts

MF-medium carbonation , medium body

Ov-ok/good beer , glad I tried it , too many better beers for less $

prost LampertLand

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Photo of Hoptometrist
4.84/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served on tap into a pint glass

A- Poured black with mocha colored head that left lots of splashy lace

S- Huge mocha aroma. Freshly roasted coffee beans, dark chocolate, vanilla

T- Big freshly roasted coffee bean notes, dark chocolate, tons of vanilla, caramel, and very bready. The coffee and chocolate flavors are very bold. Lots of sweetness balanced out by a lot of roastiness.

M- Medium body, prickly carbonation, mostly dry finish, pretty creamy, and very easy to drink

O- This is maybe the best stout I have ever had and one of the best beers ever. So amazingly complex, bold, flavorful, aromatic, and drinkable. Reminds me a lot of Oakshire's Overcast Espresso Stout, a personal favorite of mine. I would say the coffee is the star of the show, but there is so much else going on too.

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Photo of Ratman197
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured a clear reddish bown with a small lasting creamy tan head. Aromas of caramel, bakers cocoa, light vanilla and light coffee., Mouthfeel was light bodied and crisp with a dry finish which is a little off for a stout. Flavors of bakers cocoa, roasted malt,light coffee and a hint of vanilla with a crisp dry lingering roasted malt finish

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Survival "7-Grain" Stout from Hopworks Urban Brewery
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