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

Added by josiahschlender on 06-06-2008

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Photo of Hoptometrist
4.84/5  rDev +20.7%
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 ThreeWiseMen
4.72/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got this as a gift from Swimsum. Thanks Brent!

Poured into a Stone IRS tulip.

Appearance: Poured out nice and thick, yielding a half inch of tan froth. Body is an opaque black. Head retains as splotchy patch of large bubbles. Fantastic, web-like lacing. I'm a fan!

Smell: Intense, snappy, bold, medium-roasted coffee. I'm a total coffee head, and this may be the best coffee aroma I've ever come across in a beer! Wow! Amazing!

Taste: Coffee again - I'm guessing they used quite a bit of Stumptown in this one. Rich, complex, medium-roast coffee through and through. Very nutty, with cocoa and a hint of salty oats. Fantastic!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation and a very nice lingering finish. Mmmmm....

Drinkability: Probably the best pure coffee stout I've ever had. I can't remember ever encountering better coffee flavors and aromas in a beer. I'd buy this again in a heartbeat.

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Photo of Reidrover
4.68/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 oz bomber from Capital Market, Salem. Deepest,deepest black, black, black..wonderful frothy tan head. A thing of beauty art in a glass. Lovelly aromas, of fresh black french roast coffee, chocolate cakes,brazil nuts and cream. Taste much the same as the aroma but even more fresh dark gorgeous coffee, complex roasty ,toasty flavours assault the tongue..too many to define yet blening perfectly into a heavenly elixir. Wonderful full mouthfeel. Just a gorgeous I have had for ages

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Photo of loren01
4.56/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark black color, decent sized head with good lacing down the glass
S: Smell is very roasty, chocolate and espresso scents are abundant
T: Nice sweet milk chocolate up front, roasted malts along with a slight espresso flavor.
M: Medium to full bodied, one of the smoothest beers ever. Goes down really good.
D: This is my new favorite beer from HUB, excellent, I will be buying this again for sure.

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Photo of mwa423
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a jet black with a light tan head that quickly died to a healthy lacing.

S - Coffee, oatmeal and a hint of chocolate. Besides that, no other beer-like smells. No hint of hops or any other aroma.

T - Taste is full bodied and complex with lots of coffee, some malty sweetness but an aftertaste full of chocolate. The espresso is the overwhelming flavor. It certainly tastes like a far heavier beer than it is and has a quite pleasant sessionable flavor.

M/D - Mouthfeel is thinner but still filled the mouth well. This is about the most drinkable oatmeal/coffee stout I have ever had. Most in this style are far heavier and harder to get through. This is a beer that I wouldn't mind starting my morning with in my coffee cup.

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Photo of RedDiamond
4.49/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hopworks collected seven grains linked to four civilizations to produce this bold black ale. Ready to count? Barley, oats, and kamut (from Egypt), wheat and spelt (Mesopotamia), amaranth (Aztec), and quinoa (Incan). Throw in 15 pounds of "cold-pressed Stumptown Hairbender espresso" and you get both strong coffee flavor and east African influence.

All of the above presumably makes this the Swiss Army Knife of stouts and provides some reference to the name. I can't otherwise attest to its nutritional content, but Survival Stout emerges high on my list of beers I might want to take to a desert island. It's easily one of the best stouts in town. The aroma and flavor attest to a massive profusion of both roasted barley and coffee, the aroma being particularly compelling. Yet there's still an overarching wash of sweetness to the beer and the alcohol remains in comfortable mid-session range.

Survival has smooth contours all around. It is an ale of irrepressible character - aggressive yet agreeable. Highly recommended.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm a little surprised I've never reviewed this - have had from both draught and bottle on a number of's often counted among my 'must haves' for Portland visitors, as HUB bottles don't make it much further than biking-distance from the brewpub. Tonight, I was looking for something dark and malty but light on the alcohol; a recently purchased 22 oz. bottle fit the bill. Poured to a pint glass.

For anyone interested, the 7 grains used are: barley, wheat, oats, amaranth, spelt, quinoa, and kamut. Also, 15 lbs. of locally-roasted Stumptown 'Holler Mountain' are brewed into every batch.

A: As dark as can be at first glance, virtually 'black' but for a ribbon of ruby cutting through when held to light. First pour: a lofty pile of mocha foam, fizzling away in under a minute to a thin sheen, but leaving terrific lace that's somewhere between 'thick cobwebs' and 'clinging seafoam'. Lovely stuff...

S: Husky malt aroma that, while difficult to pick apart with all those competing grains, simply erupts from the glass with chocolate roast and slightly smoky richness. Seems sugary sweet at times then falls back to reveal deeper grain and a vague grass/earth heartiness.

T: Oh man, where to begin...starts chocolate-y, with the slightest ashy woodiness. It's mineral, oatmeal grain sweetness, mineral dryness (almost chalky), a squeeze of citrus tart, then more grains - smoked, charred, brazen, husky. Coffee beans wobble between buoyant mildness and leaden acridness, and that's a good thing. Walks a fine line, but ultimately a wonderfully crafted and nearly-perfect (for my tastes) stout that seems to edge more toward the 'exceptional' every time I try it.

M: Active carbonation is lively at first, then smooths out to a more velvety feel. Maybe a slight bit thin, but mouth-filling char-bitterness and a lasting grain texture.

D: As enjoyable a stout as I can think well-balanced, bursting with flavor and aroma, mild enough to enjoy a second (or third) pint of. One of my 'go-to' beers when I'm looking for 'home-grown' staples...fine on it's own but a treat with everything from savory/smoky main courses to cocoa-rich desserts.




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Photo of rkuhnel
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 22 oz bottle this poured a very dark brown that looked nearly black in the glass with a foamy and rocky tan head that left lacing like carpenter's glue. Nose is roasted malts with aromas of chocolate, coffee, and grains. Very smooth and velvet mouthfeel. The flavor is malty but there are a lot of complex nuances in there making this a top flight stout.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma has tones of semi-sweet chocolate and fine roast coffee, with a very strong smoky overtone and a hint of toffee. It pours a deep, warm sable with a thick, if not overly persistent, tan head that leaves some good lacing. Smoky flavor has roast coffee and woody tones with nutty, chocolate and toffee hints. Texture is smooth and fizzy, a teensy on the watery side but still more than acceptable. If ever you are in Oregon, look for this one!

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Photo of RenzoD
4.44/5  rDev +10.7%
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 Docer
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Grabbed a bottle at The BeerMongers...

- Nice solid black... bubbly mocha head... lacing all about.

- Great grainy smell, oats, sugars, light coffee... chocolate malt....

- A stout many others should look up to... wonderful complex grains.... robust flavor, and such a light alcohol volume.... oats, sweet grains, chocolate malts... and a slight bit of that wonderful cold-pressed Stumptown coffee... very well balanced.

- Not at all dry and sticky... just smooth sailing.

- Huge marks on drinkability... the flavor is great, and the mouthfeel is great... I could sit and drink this stuff all day.

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Photo of seanthornton152
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Belmont Station. Poured into a Pivovarsky Dum beer stein glass.

Dark brown light tones of black, slight translucency. 2 thumb head.

Many scents, Coffee, Oatmeal, dark roasted malts, chocolate.

Really smooth, tastes of espresso roasts, roasted barley, hints of bittersweet chocolate.

Thin mouth feel, medium carbonation.

This is a great stout! Perfectly balance, well crafted brew. Sells for a decent price, this will be a staple stout in my fridge.

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Photo of grittybrews
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a flat black into a tulip with an inch of clingy tan head. Vivid aroma that captures the floral qualities of a nice Stumptown espresso.

Moderate carbonation and a light, almost thin mouthfeel. Immediate espresso flavor followed by some creamy oats/malt, more coffee, and a hint of dark chocolate on the distinctly bitter finish. I was expecting something with a more malty profile, but was pleasantly surprised by how much the coffee comes through.

This brew is extremely tasty, light, and easy-drinking. The flavor is perhaps less multi-dimensional than other stouts, but for those who love coffee, don't hesitate to pick this one up.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.39/5  rDev +9.5%
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 olympuszymurgus
4.39/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

growler for the lady. dark chocolate color with auburn within. i want this to be a part of my breakfast plan. this beer, small glass of oj, bacon, and scrambled eggs with fresh veggies and garlic. it will take the place of coffee and oatmeal. fills my mouth like a large thing that might fill someone's mouth, extending everywhere with its foaming goodness. coffee flavor is supportive and delightful. a bit of nuttiness from other grains - i am wondering if aramanth, spelt, quinoa are malted or just thrown in to give that nutty grainy thing.
this beer made me miss shizzy b throwing up in the bathroom the last time we went to portland. what a doll.

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Photo of Fatehunter
4.37/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out of a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass. A dark brown, opaque pour with a light tan inch of head.

S- Coffee, caramel, burnt malt and molasses. Wow. Amazing.

T - Burnt malt, coffee and slightly sweet malt at the end. Very good.

M - Light to medium body. Almost non-existent carbonation.

D - Easily a daily drinker. Excellent flavor and too drinkable. The smell is really the star here. Incredible.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.36/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bomber into a Duvel tulip, via the sdawson hook-up. Thanks!

Thin pour, more porter-like in its consistency with a cola brown body. Head is equally as thin, and forms a veil of mocha-colored foam that retains well. Aroma does right by me--very much so in fact. Big earthy notes of organic coffee, grainy chocolate malt, and espresso. Roasted and sweet, with cookie dough and a light dusting of hops.

Flavor mirrors the aroma nicely, with a hint of chocolate liqueur and roasted, dark malty goodness. A bit chalky on the finish with grain husks and oat sweetness, but still nice. Medium-thin body is a bit underwhelming, but the carbonation is spot on with a creamy, smooth finish. Overall, a very tasty Stout...great flavor and supremely drinkable, even in the summer Austin heat.

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Photo of dgilks
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark brown colour with a creamy tan head. Good head retention and nice lacing.

Rounded espresso aroma with some light chocolate sweetness. Good.

Bitter coffee is balanced out by a touch of sweetness. Very heavy on the coffee but still really tasty.

Medium body with moderately-low carbonation. Good.

A perfect winter beer. Great coffee flavour while still being a little balanced.

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Photo of Bunman3
4.34/5  rDev +8.2%
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 CookstLiquor
4.31/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 650ml bottle. Pours a dark, dark brown colour. Notes of coffee and coffee grounds predominate. There are chocolate aromas, as well. Taste pretty much follows suit. Coffee dominates, but there are also rich grainy and nutty notes, with a bit of rye bread flavour and chocolate, as well. Mouthfeel is incredibly creamy.

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Photo of djbreezy
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance - dark with generous head that settles quickly, some lacing

smell - big chocolate, coffee and malt

taste - the stumptown coffee is prominent as are roasted malts and chocolate notes, slight chocolate bitterness

mouthfeel - medium with some texture

drinkability - flavorful coffee stout, easy drinking, robust

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Photo of josiahschlender
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have been quite impressed with the quality of Hopworks' beers! This is one of the best stouts from the many Portland breweries, in my opinion.

Here's the writeup from HUB's website and menu:
Beer of the Ancients! Barley (Egyptian), Wheat (Mesopotamian), Oats (Egyptian), Amaranth (Aztec), Quinoa (Incan), Spelt (Mesopotamian), and Kamut (Egyptian) sustain the soul with a nutrients cultivated through the millennia. Finished with 15 pounds of cold-pressed Stumptown Hairbender espresso. Unlock the mystery entombed in darkness.
5.3% ABV
15 Degrees Plato
35 IBU
Hopworks serves their beer in pint mugs with handles. A hearty glass for a hearty beer. This stout came out with a moderate tan-colored head that faded pretty quickly and left no lacing. Color is typical stout black, with a just a little light seeping through in the corners.

The aromas have a lot of good stuff going on but are fairly subtle. Dark roasted malts, lots of coffee/espresso. (Stumptown espresso, I might add, is considered by many, including myself, as the best coffee in Portland) Earthy hops and a husky, grainy smell.

Flavors are hearty, subtle and balanced. A lot of stouts I have drank recently rachet up the alcohol, chocolate, hops or something else. This one is definitely crafted with care and balance. I tasted roasted dark grains, coffee, earthy hops, maybe just a bit of bittersweet chocolate notes, too.

I'm not sure what the proportions of all the grains they used were, but it seems like the oatmeal had an influence, lending a silky smooth dimension. Finish was nice and long, dry at the end, lingering the flavors on the palate. On the downside, it had a little more carbonation than I liked.

Very drinkable, quite sessionable for a stout. Very impressive for all organic ingredients. Well done, HUB!

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Photo of _RL_
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
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 warmstorage
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: deep medium brown to light black, with limited medium beige head leaving only dispersed lacing.

Aroma: excellent roast and coffee notes. I don't get any of the other grains, but then, I'm not positive I know what they should smell like, so...

Taste: a nice assertive roastiness, distinct coffee, and hints at herbal sweetness. I almost want to say lavender, but that's silly. I think. But an excellent, dynamic, hard to place stout.

Mouth: somewhat creamy and slightly slick: excellent.

Overall: delicious, well done, and interesting. I can't say how all the unique grains specifically contribute, but the end product is great.

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Photo of DousedInStout
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured deep brown to black with a tan head. The head dissipates quick, but lacing stays to the last drop. The nose has some clear coffee notes, but also an underlying earthiness. The taste is pretty complex compared to your traditonal coffee stout - I love how the coffee is present but not overly powerful (it lacks that dominating roasted espresso note). You also get some sweet molasses, brown sugar, and milk chocolate in the taste, followed by a light balance of earthy hops. The carbonation is a bit low, making it highly sessionable. Well done!

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