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 Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Interesting bottle picked up in vancouver. A lot of interesting grains that yield a cerial of tastes, yet it doesn't all integrate together. Expresso and coffee so if you are a coffee drinker you probably liked this better. Dark and lacey despite a small head. big roast, above average mouthfeel of course. In a word, roasted grains.

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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 joemcgrath27
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Near pitch black, thumb of mocha head left solid lacing
S - strong milk chocolate, vanilla, medium coffee, roasty and sweet
T - bitter cold espresso, semisweet chocolate, vanilla and milk, but not as sweet as the nose suggests
M - chewy smooth, but finishes a little chaulky
O - a very tasty oatmeal stout, only slight knock being the chaulkiness but that is outweighed by its drinkability and great flavours

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

On tap at Concordia Alehouse today.

The SGS pours the expected blackish brown color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is likewise attractive, showcasing considerable licorice, dark chocolate, coffee grounds and light vanilla. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this at most moderately sweet stout, but with some nice underlying hoppy bitterness as well. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a fairly long, coffee ground and licorice finish. Drinkability is pretty good, and you really have to hand it to HUB that they managed to get this amount of flavor into such a low alcohol beer.

Nothing earth shattering here, but this is still a very solid offering from the folks at HUB.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark dark ruby red, two fingers of big bubbled beige head, solid retention and some nice spotty lacing.

S - Nice dark mocha and espresso notes, touch of sweet milk chocolate with some roasted peanuts on the finish.

T - Not quite as sweet as the nose implied comes off a touch bitter and dry, but the mocha flavours come through nicely alongside the espresso and dark cocoa.

M - Medium bodied ale that goes down smooth though finishes a tad too dry for my liking.

O - A tasty stout and definitely worthy seeking out if its available. Nice coffee notes and not overly bitter. The coffee on the finish is quite enjoyable!

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Photo of gford217
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from hopburster.

Pours dark, dark chocolate brown with a thin tan head that leaves a thick cap with bits of lacing.

Aroma definitely showcases the chocolate malts and freshly ground coffee. It's got a roasty character overall and I get hints of the different grains coming together.

Taste isn't as sweet as the aroma though the chocolate malts are supporting everything. The oatmeal is more evident as is the heavily roasted coffee. The finish is a bit dry, very smooth and roasty.

The mouthfeel is excellent for a 5.3% stout, medium bodied with good carbonation and extremely creamy.

This is one of the better <6% stouts I've had in recent memory. It integrates the coffee extremely well as it doesn't overpower the beer. Really well done.

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Photo of BeerLover99
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: deep brown, crimson shimmering hues, trace head,

S: big roasted coffee and earthy malt aroma

T: mild sweet roasted nuts, big malt middle, long coffee mild bitter dry finish

M: med body, mild chewy feel

O: My 1st experience with Hub Brewery, but certainly won't be my last. Delicious flavorful coffee stout with loads of malts. Just goes to show something at the low end of ABV + made organically can be so good.


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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 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 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 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 claspada
3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aromas of dark roasted, almost charred malts and cocoa powder. There is an underlying Italian espresso smells as well. It basically smells like a cup of joe.
The tastes begin with full roasted and chocolate maltiness which slowly transforms and finishes with a mildly bitter java flavor. There is very little sweetness to this stout so it fits the bill on that accord, but the mouthfeel is lacking the full and creaminess I require for my Oatmeal Stouts.
Overall this is a great coffee beer and a good beer overall. The lighter ABV is excellent but the coffee tends to become a bit overwhelming while attempting to finish the entire 22 oz bottle.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle poured into pint glass mar14 2011

A fairly dark until I held it to the sun where the reds so dark it could pass for purple, thick mocha head hangs around for a few minuets but leaves no lace

S sweet milk chocolate and cold dark roasted coffee

T what I smell but with a little raisin and a dark malty goodness that works well with some faint hops

M gets creamy fast from the bubbles, thick enough to please and lingering flavors

D pretty good for something I could drink all day without falling over

I could see myself drinking this again its working well for me right now so I'd say its worth a try

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Photo of nhindian
4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a snifter. Bottle generously provided as an extra by yuriruley, thanks Nate!

A - Pours a deep chocolate brown with a really nice, tightly condensed, 3-fingered head. The head is an off-white color with pretty low retention. Lacing is a complex web of thin lacing that covers the entire circumference.

S - Smell is of freshly roasted espresso covered with an absolute deluge of malts. It's really hard to distinguish individual characteristics in this beer as everything kind of meshes together. Some chocolate, some hops as well, but overall very heavy on the grains.

T - The taste is great for this beer. It's mellow, but it fits perfectly for tonight where I'm just looking for an easy-drinking beer to have while studying. First on the palate is a nice shot of espresso roast which is smothered smoothly by all of the malts in this beer. As the beer finishes, slight hops add a nice bitterness.

M - Mouthfeel is one of the smoothest beers I've ever had, easily explained by the multitude of malts. Low carbonation.

D - Drinkability is high. Easily drank this bomber over the course of studying and it went down a lot easier than expected. Really surprising beer and wish I could get more!

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Photo of koopa
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber received in a trade with a generous BA thanks!

Appearance: Pours a dark chestnut with a 1.5 finger off white (dirty khaki) crown that displays moderate retention and lace. Nice oily sheen across the top.

Smell: Black malt, mild chocolate malt, almost no coffee presence until it warms a bit.
Taste: Same as nose with a tiny coffee bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with good carbonation.

Drinkability: Very high!

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Photo of spree92
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- A dark brown with a creamy head.

S- Espresso, molasses, and roasted malts

T- So many flavors in the mouth, one that really stand out is espresso, tastes a little burnt.

M- Almost no carbonation here. Smooth and balanced. No an overkill to the taste buds.

D- For someone that has a hard time finding stouts I like, this would rate right up there.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #39 (Apr 2010):

Barley, wheat, oats, amaranth, quinoa, spelt and kamut with a dose of coffee. Sounds like a healthy breakfast to us.

Epic head retention, no doubt giving thanks to the grains. Nice Stout color, black. Aroma of iced dark-roasted coffee, charred wood, mild molasses, black currants and a faint whiff of alcohol. Smoothness drops the bomb; grains really come through for the mouthfeel in an exceptional way. Roasted grain character is a bit of controlled chaos; from charcoal to cocoa, fresh coffee to burnt sugar. Berry flavor within is dual play from the coffee and fruiti- ness of the yeast. Hops show up to the party; bitterness is there to balance with some citric herbal tone in the bitter, semi-dry finish.

Wow, what a way to take a Coffee Stout and turn it up a few notches.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer is dark brown to black with a tan head that breaks and forms a halo of bubbles around the outside of the glass.

Lots of roast / coffee in the nose of this one, mild sweetness, roast wins.

Beer is medium bodied and has a strong roastiness throughout the beer. As an extra in a recent trade I'm pretty happy with it but overall it's a strong, bitter, coffee stout. I'd have it again but it was an above average beer to me in a style that I have a hard time really getting into, I can appreciate a good example but otherwise I'm fine.

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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 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 beagle75
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

A: The full glass appears opaque black in color, with two fingers of beige foam head that soon collapses to a nearly continuous residual layer. Dark reddish-brown shows at the edges as the glass is emptied. Scant lacing remains on the glass.

S: Dark roasted grain, heavy coffee grounds, and light chocolate milk all make for a simplistic but rather appealing smell.

T: Begins dry, with assertive coffee grounds and milder black malt. Flavors become more earthy in the middle, further accentuating the coffee qualities. Occasional whiffs of caramel and chocolate are also detected. Restrained bitterness becomes detectable and continues through the finish that is mostly defined by the surging richness of the coffee.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, creamy on the palate, with low carbonation.

D: This beer represents a rare achievement in the world of stouts brewed with coffee--it allows all of the coffee's contributions to deliciousness that it is capable of providing, without struggling with the acidity and astringency issues that are typical of the style. While the "seven grain" advertising slogan smacks of hipster marketing in the vein of Dogfish Head, one cannot help but wonder if some quality of those grains are coming together here to smooth out the harshest qualities of the coffee. Or, do the talented brewers at HUB simply hold mastery over that unruly ingredient?

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Photo of maximum12
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to writerLJBerg for this cool-looking extra with the "ride your bike" advice on the bottle. Why does it seem so many breweries tout their outdoors cred? It seems counter-intuitive. But I like it. Popped open after a stimulating night of lice-and-nit hunting through thick little girl hair.

Pours black (as one would expect from a grainy stout) into our two Free The Hops snifters. Smell is warm coffee, set off by a storied richness that I'm going to attribute to all the grains.

Hoping Survival Seven Grain Stout lives up to the nose, here we go. Coffee, with the bitterness toned down, & roast run through the whole beer. Nuttiness flows through the roast, with a bittersweet finish of hops & more roast. Did I say roast enough? Silky as a black Victoria's Secret nightie, ah, or so I hear.

This beer works on so many levels. Creepily drinkable, restrained ABV, coffee utilized in proper manner, simple, but elegant & brutally tasty. My first beer from Hopworks, & I'm impressed. Excellent beer, & a benchmark for those striving to make a good stout.

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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 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 BillHilly
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - pours dark with 3 finger lacing, excellent retention. Classic stout appearance.

Smell - Chocolate, coffee, beautiful roasted malt.

Taste - Starts with the roasted malt, coffee and chocolate, well balanced.

Mouthfeel - Little light for a stout, perfect carbonation. Excellent "drinker".

Drinkability - Definitely a smooth stout, very balanced, nothing prominent - which could also be a weakness to some reviewers. It's worth drinking, and the organic quality is a nice addition.

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Survival "7-Grain" Stout from Hopworks Urban Brewery
4.01 out of 5 based on 325 ratings.
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