Survival "7-Grain" Stout | Hopworks Urban Brewery

BA SCORE
89
very good
326 Ratings
Survival "7-Grain" StoutSurvival "7-Grain" Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hopworks Urban Brewery
Oregon, United States
hopworksbeer.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
326
Reviews:
125
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
9.48%
 
 
Wants:
35
Gots:
27
For Trade:
1
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Photo of NickSMpls
3.46/5  rDev -13.7%
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 fail to pick up on any coffee notes at all. There are a large number of much better stouts out there, IMHO.

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Photo of BlueSpader
3.81/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Scotchboy
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
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 DallasK
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerAndFilm
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of einman
3.76/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of timsoder
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of rodbeermunch
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
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 AdamSkylar
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Chris-1911
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of B_B
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dactrius
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lpothier
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of likeablepaper
3.52/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of davegray
3.87/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of johnpalisi
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

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 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 22Blue
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Erik-P
4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of drone
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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