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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 l_volky
1.89/5  rDev -52.9%
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 scottfrie
3.11/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

22oz bottle into imperial pint.

A: Pours a deep dark brown color with a finger of bubbly light brown head that faded into thick and lasting film leaving soapy lace down the glass.
S: Black coffee dominates with a little bit of spice. Pretty one dimensional.
T: More coffee, mild roast, bitter dark chocolate, touch of spice, almost no sweetness, and a bitter finish. Bitter chocolate aftertaste.
M: Thinner than I like, medium body, soda carbonation. Bitter and dry mouth.
O: Solid coffee stout. A bit thin, a bit one dimensional.

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Photo of RJLarse
3.15/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I bought a bomber of Survival 7 Grain Stout at a bottle store. $5.99. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a black walnut color and is opaque. Small beige head vanished quickly leaving a little froth on top of the beer.

Smell is subdued, with a coffee and roasted grain aroma.

Taste is all about roasted grain. There is a smokiness to it, and a bit of a bitter coffee finish. Not much sweetness in thos one and the flavor is a bit one dimensional.

Mouthfeel is thin for the style a bit watery.

Drinkable and sessionable, but not a particularly good stout. There are a lot better and at a much more reasonable price.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.22/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Look: Black with brown rings around the edges 1/4 inch tan head and no retention

Smell: Dark roasted coffee on the nose and it is strong

Taste: Upfront is the same roasted coffee note that that nose had but then it takes a turn for the worse, it transitions into a stale coffee flavor. Not sure if it is the organic ingredients or the coffee but it just taste stale and old. The beer was recently purchase from Belmont station so I know it's not too old

Mouthfeel: Medium body and medium to low carbonation

Overall: Just and ok beer. Not sure if it is the organic ingredients or the coffee but it has a funky flavor profile

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Photo of ralree
3.34/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Dark brown, great lacing, 1/2 finger head.

S: Strong coffee, some chocolate, and that's about it.

T: Insane coffee and chocolate, a bit sweet, but also a bit watery and flavorless after swallowing. Some would call that a clean finish, but it would be nice if it lingered a bit more.

M: Rather dry, non-astringent, under-carbonated though.

D: Goes down OK, but I've had better stouts to drink.

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Photo of Murrhey
3.36/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Reviewed live.

A- Three finger mocha colored head. Thick and creamy. Long retention. Nice lacing. About as dark a beer as you can brew. Wonderful looking stout.

S- Strong coffee notes. Roast malts and toffee form secondary aromas. Coffee is strong and the aroma definitely reflects that.

T- Surprisingly watery flavor. Has a smack of roasted malts to it. I thought it might be richer, but the roast flavors are secondary to watery, light flavor in the first sip.

M- Not nearly as thick as expected. Watery, with a dry finish. Not bad.

O- I had higher expectations for a beer that looked so good, but unfortunately it didn't hold up.

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Photo of CJS
3.38/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A Dark and a bit thin on the pour. Tanned head that turns into a tiny lacy collar. Non coating on the glass. Looks like a less carbonated soda.

S Very earthy smell. Almost like dirt. Caramel and bitter coffee.

T The earthy smell matches the taste right off. Very grainy. Malty with a dry bread-like body. Lastly a toasted cocoa appeal.

M Think and dry. Goes down easy enough though.

O The organic aspect is appreciated. I wish it had more of a variety in the flavor profile to balance out the earth tones. Really reminds me of a cold carbonated cup of coffee. Not a bad thing, but not what I expected. Would go great with a granola bar.

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Photo of philbertk
3.4/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Hopworks Urban Brewery--HUB--Survival "7-Grain" Stout--Malt Beverage With Coffee Added--Sustainable Organic Beer--2010 22 oz. Bottle. 5.30% ABV. 35 IBU's. (3.75 / 5.0) Foamy lacy light tan head. Thin coffee black color. Light roasted coffee cocoa hop hint delicate aroma. Slightly creamy sweet silky toasted dark biscuit grain bread roasted light coffee fruit mild Stout body. Smooth refreshing mild hop dry Session Stout end. If blindfolded I do not think I would think this was a Stout. Very mild dark malt character. Seems as if color comes from coffee, not malt. Sampled 8/14/2010. 2 @ $5.99 Each.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.48/5  rDev -13.2%
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 morimech
3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

More of a dark brown color with one finger of head that settled to a thin cap. Moderate amount of spotty lacing is left down the glass.

Interesting aroma but coffee does not play that large of a role. More of a grain mill smell. Notes of chocolate and then earthy hops. Faint aroma of coffee.

Does not really taste like a stout to me. Really unique grain flavor which is not surprising considering the exotic ingredients. A little chocolate and earth adds more flavor. The coffee is faint and unfortunately not a large contributor.

Not the biggest body but considering the ABV, it is understandable. A touch over-carbonated which does not help the feel.

As a coffee beer, it fails as there are dozens of better ones in the market. As a exotic grain beer, it fairs much better as the flavor is unique.

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Photo of iD9
3.57/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a glass stein with the Cal Poly green-and-gold mustang emblazoned on it.

Appearance: A pretty looking beer. The head forms a nice medium tan. At first the head looks a little thin but it sets nice and full and has some pretty good staying power. Laces nicely and retains an even layer of foam over the top. A few notes of dark mahogany dance back and forth in the brew.

Smell: Oh wow, very nice smell. A lot of roasty coffee smells and not that dry, burnt smelling roast that seems to make it in to some stouts. Small chocolate hints play well with the other aromas. Very pleasant. My only demerit would be that it is very basic. There is, however, a certain art in simplicity and I find that this pleasing aroma has some substance to it. It is strong, pronounced and up front.

Taste: The taste isn't as bold as the smell suggests but good none the less. It features a very smooth entrance, almost undetectable and finishes out in the back with nutty, earthy notes. Although I get the coffee and chocolate a bit, this beer seems to feature a grainier profile.

Mouthfeel: Pleasant if not a bit on the light side. I'd like to see just the slightest bit more body in this beer. A little density would round it out nicely. That being said the brew is smooth and doesn't blast the pallet with too much texture.

Drinkability: Definitely drinkable. The low-key mouthfeel and subdued taste preserve your tongue and don't nuke your taste buds.

All-and-all I am very impressed with this beer. I am not an "organic" (I view it as an effective marketing tool) and thus was wary of this beer. I believe this Survival "7-Grain" Stout would make an excellent "session" beer for the winter months. I'd love to have this on tap the next time I'm in the Portland, Or area.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.57/5  rDev -11%
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 mactrail
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
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 squaremile
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I have had this on tap and in bottles. This is reviewed from a bottle in '10. Pours a dark brown with a minimal off-white head. Nose is strong espresso and roasted malts. Taste is coffee, toffee, burnt toast, and some bitterness. Mouthfeel is a bit thin but pretty good for a standard stout. A respectable coffee stout to be sure.

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Photo of stevoj
3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
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 IronDjinn
3.61/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 650 ml brown bottle. Pours out a dark black, garnet/mahogany highlights when held to light. Tall chunky beige head with good retention that slowly settles. Thin patches of lacing.

Coffee, dry dark and burnt malt on the nose, hints of sourness from the burnt malt as well.

Coffee, roast malt and some burnt malt also in the flavour which all melds well together, with some astringent bitterness and the requisite dry sourness from the exotic grains more noticeable on the finish. The latter produces a bit of a puckering astringency in the aftertaste.

Medium-full mouthfeel, light and silky texture, medium carbonation.

Works for me for the most part, but some of the extra grains tend to detract more than add. In fact I think the coffee and any dark malt used helps to mask the sour astringency of them if anything. Otherwise hits the spot for a dry stout.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.62/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks, Matt.

Pours a near black color with a thin tan head and a bit of a collar as the small head settles down. The nose brings forward a pretty good amount of coffee plus a nice bit of roasted malt. Fairly-strong roast throughout. The taste carries this a bit further and is almost a bit too roasty without much else in the way of complexity. Slight coffee presence, but that's about it. Feel is pretty good with a medium body. Overall, a pretty decent beer though there wasn't anything all that special about it. I liked their IPA much more.

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Photo of beertunes
3.62/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared a 22 with some friends. Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a nice solid black, with just hint of red around the edges. It had a thin cap of dark khaki head that had surprisingly low retention and very light lace.

I'm not a coffee person, but the amount of coffee in the nose is just right. There's a very solid grain scent supporting the the coffee and spice notes. On the tongue, the grains, coffee and trace of hops were very well combined and balanced.

The body was good, but way too thin for a stout. Drinkability was very good, I could have easily drank the entire 22 by self without getting bored.

Overall, a nice brew. Certainly worth trying if you see it and, perhaps, some effort to get.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at HUB, Portland, OR

Poured a dark brown-black with a thin tan head. Roasty aroma, dark malts, bits of smoke, coffee. More of the same in the taste basically, big on the roast, dark malts, lightly toasted oats, notes of coffee and cocoa, subdued sweetness, but mostly just roastiness. Medium body with some bitterness left in the mouth. Decent overall.

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Photo of LazyL
3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A dark black pour with a mocha coloured creamy head. The typical stout aromas of espresso, molasses and heavy roasted malts are all present. The taste however is a little lacking I find and comes off as a cold coffee. The mouthfeel is somewhat light and has a bit of a watery feel. There are some good flavours here and it is an easy drinker. Not bad but I've had better.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.67/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber. Wow, 7 different grains - so, this is like, healthy?

This beer pours a very dark, bordering on black, cola brown hue, with niggly amber highlights, and two fingers of fast-disappearing creamy beige head, which leaves a few swaths of chunky and blotchy lace around the glass in the process.

It smells of mildly roasted caramel malt, bitterly dry coffee, semi-sweet nutty chocolate, and musty earthy, leafy hops. The taste is bittersweet cocoa blended with dry coffee grounds, some oatmeal/wheat/hippie cereal graininess, and a touch of further bittering earthy, mineral-esque ash, the meek weedy hops bringing up the rear.

The carbonation is fairly soft, just a trilling frothiness for the most part, the body medium-light in weight, for the style, generally smooth, and more than a tad creamy. It finishes still on the sweet side, the acrid nature of the coffee retreating, leaving the mixed bag of malt and cocoa pretty much large and in charge - the weedy, earthy hop blend not really a contender.

Overall, a decent enough stout - smooth, sure, but silky, not so much. The different grains get lost in the mire, with only the barley, wheat, and oats standing out in their typical manner. If this thing had to survive on the other four, the whole house of cards would come tumbling down. Still, drinkable and enjoyable for what it is - a brewing geek marketing gimmick.

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Photo of MsRif
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at HUB in Portland, OR. Poured a dark coffee brown color with ruby highlights. Had an aroma of roasty malts, smoke and burnt caramel. Taste followed the nose for the most part though I also tasted cocoa (dark chocolate) and vanilla. Dry finish from the roastiness, but the malts smooth it out a lot.

Medium in body...I found it to be too thin for the style. Low carbonation. Not bad, but not great.

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Photo of souvenirs
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%

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 BDTyre
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice "ancient" grain stout from HUB. Listed as an oatmeal stout, but this is far more than that.

Rich, ruby black with a very thin off-white head. Rich grainy scent with roasted malts and coffee...almost like a beer version of Kashi cereal.

A bit more bitter than I expected in the taste. Espresso really comes through, overpowering most of the other flavours that lurk in the background. I can pick-up dark chocolate, oats and roast malts but espresso really comes through. A biting, dark roasted coffee flavour.

Good, mild carbonation but the bitter taste really makes this an after dinner sipper. Even if this were served in smaller bottles, I think this is a once a night beer.

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Photo of 6DaysBottomOcean
3.72/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From notes..

Pours with a nice mocha head, aromas of milk chocolate with a slightly roasted character. Taste is similar with cocoa leading the way into a mocha/coffee bitterness that finishes with a slight metallic touch. Mouthfeel is light for the style but considering the grains that are used its quite nice. Hopworks has managed to create an imperial stout that is very flavorful without being a sipper, i could drink a few pints of this without a problem.

I'd consider this more of an imperial porter based on the mouthfeel but its pretty damn good regardless.

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