Coke Oven Stout
Rust Belt Brewing Company

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American Stout
Ranked #944
Ranked #45,076
3.34 | pDev: 15.27%
Rust Belt Brewing Company
Ohio, United States
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Photo of Mikus
2.36/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Wanted to give this local a shot, price was right, planets lined up. Looked great. Pitch black with some frothy beige head. Fell off from there. Very little in the way of aroma, nothing noticeable or familiar. Lacked roastiness, lacked bitterness. Very blah. Thin on the mouthfeel, even for a standard, low ABV stout. Everyone in my homebrew crew has crafted a stout that blows this away (some from extract). Do not seek this out.

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Photo of nukem5
3.44/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a great black color with a nice tan cap.

S: Aroma is light and not very heavy. some mild malts darker roasted come thru slightly.

T: Taste is very mild coffee and caramel sweet and slightly fruity hop comes out.

M: Mouthfeel is Medium to light body.

O: Overall it was a very enjoyable experience and will drink it again .

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Photo of tom1983
4.53/5  rDev +35.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a growler...

Very dark. Head dissipates quickly, but it laces nicely on my glass. Usual coffee, and chocolate tastes. Overall a very solid stout. Very smooth going down, hence the 5% abv. I enjoyed this very much, and will look this up again.

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Photo of BB1313
2.49/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours black with brown hues; no head, no lacing. The aromas are full of subtle hints of chocolate malts. There's a also a subtle expresso aroma. Now the flavors start off bold and promising, but it becomes somewhat old pretty quickly. It starts off with a blast of roasted black coffee. It really seems to dominate. It's pretty bitter and lacks a sweetness to balance it out. More chocolate malts. There's also a touch of anise and smoke. Once again, the flavors are there but don't exactly follow through. Mouthfeel is very fizzy, almost too much carbonation. Very light and thin. Alcohol goes unnoticed, so it's easy to drink a few if you choose.

This one lacks depth and character. But some coffee lovers might enjoy this one.

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Photo of jifigz
3.26/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into my stemmed Allagash glass.

The appearance is the typical black with a nice head that is off-white/mocha in color. The head lingers quite a while due to the vigorous pour and that is where the 4 on appearance comes from: the head. The aroma is of milky and bitter chocolate. The flavors are smoky and burnt up front which gradually gives way to a bitter flavor that lingers and in the end coalesces with a slight milk shake/chocolate flavor. The mouthfeel seems pretty standard: lower carbonation and a nice medium body. This isn't a bad stout, but the flavors don't come together too well on it either. They seem very divided and the transfer from one to the other is not smooth. It has the typical stout flavors, but they aren't well balanced or rounded. This is, in my opinion, a mediocre American Stout.

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Photo of akorsak
3.03/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 22 oz bomber bottle from Vintage Estate.

A: The stout is black, yup. Not sure much more is needed to convey the beer's appearance. A white head, thin even on the first pour, never amounts to more than a thin band.

S: Roasted, burnt malts paired with semisweet chocolate. The result is a bitter, dark aroma that brings lighter, toasted aromas of bread and nuts.

T: Thin and undercarbonated, the stout doesn't get off to a good start. The dark roasted flavors are there, but without the bubbles it lacks power. Chocolate and coffee follow, picking up the pace a bit. Generally thin, the body doesn't do much with our without the carbonation. Passable as a stout.

M: The flavors are there, chocolate, coffee and toasted breads, but they don't come together nicely. The low carbonation levels don't do the stout any favors. Average at best.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.36/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The best part of this beer is the pour literally black as coal, with a deep dark tan head forming thick and dwindling slow. Aroma the dark roasted malts bring on hints of coffee and dark chocolate but really there's only dark roasted malt qualities, little to no herbal hops are detectable. Flavor has roasted malt driven flavors with little sweetness, dominated by bitter dark roasted barley nearly burnt flavors ride the palate. Espresso and dark baker's chocolate in a five percent by alcohol volume stout. As it warm's it rounds out a bit, newly bottled in 12 ounce portions I can't imagine drinking a whole sixpack and this is literally their best offering from the standard beers. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a dry earthy finish, dark roasted barley leaves burnt malts and espresso like strength bitterness on the palate. Overall a local beer from Youngstown Ohio less than an hour and a half away from me, it used to be a kickass railroad brewpub. Now it's a production brewery with sub par beers, this one as a whole isn't horrible maybe the best from the lineup.

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Photo of superspak
3.49/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle, no bottle date. Pours almost opaque dark brown color with a small 1 finger light tan head with good retention that reduces to a thin lacing cap. Some light lacing clings to the side of the glass as well. Aromas of roasted malt, caramel, light chocolate, light espresso, light spiciness, cola, and some sort of metallic off flavor or something. Ok aromas, but they got much more subdued after the initial pour. Taste turns out better: caramel, chocolate, roasted malts, light coffee, molasses, and spicy hops. Some decent bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, caramel, and spicy hops for a bit. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy mouthfeel that drinks quite easily. No alcohol noticed other than a slight warming after the finish. Overall: even though the aromas were off, the taste turned out better; and this is quite an enjoyable stout for being 5%.

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Photo of pitasoup
3.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: pours black with nice tan head that is quick to subside

S: I know this is called Coke Oven, but it smells a bit like the cola. Roasted barley, chocolate, and coffee are present as well, but the most prominent smell is cola, perhaps a touch of sass and purple drink.

T: Begins slightly sweet/fruity like cola, what the hell? Then basic stout flavors come through, burnt and roasted malts. Chocolate then slight coffee. No hop flavors but slightly bitter, moreso from the grain. Lingering metallic finish towards the end.

M: Thin for a stout. Easy drinking and 5% but still feels light on the body. Burnt malts leave the usual bit of chalkiness but that does not linger.

O: The cola flavors were entirely unexpected. It's nice to have a flavorful stout that isn't overwhelming with abv. That said, I would have liked a bit more body.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

dark black look to it and a nice head of maybe two inches,decent amount of lacing on the sides, but nothing spectacular The aroma was nice, mix of chocolate and roasted malts, hints of light coffee notes and a decent bit of dark fruit note carrying over. Started out very smooth with a rich and well defined chocolate note that dominated early before mellowing with a nice but of vanilla and coffee notes.

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Photo of tlazaroff
3.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A stout is a stout. Its dark black with dark brown highlights when held to light. A mocha colored head tops this beverage but dissipates quickly.

S: Big, deep espresso smell. In fact, it dominates so much that it's all you can smell and it smells great!

T: Flavor is a little light on this one. I get some of those espresso notes, and a tad of chocolate, but nothing interesting of note. It's not bad, it's just pedestrian.

M: Highly carbonated and a nice full body help this beer out a lot. I like the mouthfeel quite a bit.

D: Drinkability is nice at only 5%, its something I'd enjoy not as a winter warmer though, but in the cooler (not cold) fall months.

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Photo of RickS95
4.03/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark brown, almost oil-like, with the thickest head I've ever seen. The head starts immediately with only the slightest bit of pour and it sticks around for a good while. The head seems to form in's a neat sight.

Roasted malts and a hint of chocolate fill the nose. If you sniff long enough, you'll pick up an earthy, flowery hoppy smell.

This is almost difficult to drink because of the head. It just never stops. I can barely tell what's going on because my tongue is constantly being tickled by the head each time I take a sip.

I had to do something I've never done before in a craft beer, I had to swirl my finger around the glass to get the head to go down. It was the only way I could get to the actual beer.

The flavor is good. There's the faintest bits of coffee and chocolate with just enough of the hops to balance out the sweetness.

It's clearly a highly carbonated beer and you can tell each time the liquid hits your tongue. It gives it a refreshing, cleansing feel to it and gives it a lighter body than you'd think. Deep in the finish, those hops finally make an appearance.

Overall, this was a better beer than I expected. More alcohol would be appreciated.

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Photo of goblue3509
2.95/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark cola brown color with a thin half finger head which is a dark khaki color. The head goes to a skim and leaves some moderate lace on the glass. The aroma is faint, but it is of roasted malt and dark chocolate. Taste follows suit with the aroma perfectly, it is a dark chocolate up front and fades to a bitter roasted malt taste. The mouthfeel was a little overly carbonated and stingy at first but subdued some as the bottle went on. Overall I would say this is the definition of an average stout. After reading the bottle it is what it says it is a stout with roasted malt and dark chocolate. Not as complex as a lot of stouts but at the same time its flavor was solid.

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Photo of Bung
2.39/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

22 oz. Standar black coloring, some faint brown around the edges but very little. Head as just a whispy ring of off white.

Very subdued aroma, what there is could be called roast malt, dark chocolate. Some coffee as it warmed.

Taste is some roast malt, more coffee. Tinge of sour coffee grounds. Just all around muted.

Unfortunately very thin. Watery cold coffee mouthfeel. Some carbonation could really help this one out. Goes down easy enough and I like the low abv, but it just doesn't beg for one to drink more even as a light stout.

Probably a good ession brew on tap at the brewpub. This bottle is probably a bit old.

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Photo of mactrail
2.44/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Sudsy surprise and a weak finish.

Big foamer. Hard to get enough in the glass to taste. After the suds melt down, it seems to be a thin and dull black beer. Maybe it's the power of suggestion with the name, but it does taste rusty to me. Like water out of a tap that hasn't been run for a long time. Not actually terrible, just insipid like the flavor has oxidized out. Maybe a faint hint of caramel malt. Metallic aftertaste with some kind of unpleasant vegetable bitterness.

Picked this 22 oz up for $4.25 at a great beer store, but if I had bought it at the usual places with sales on all kinds of crap I would have figured I got what I paid for. No date.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
2.06/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a dark brown, with a minimal head that quickly fades to nothing. There is minimal lacing as you swirl the glass around.

Smell is minimal, almost non-existent. Is there actually beer in this glass? There is a minute aroma of coffee, molasses and cola, but boy, you got to work to smell it.

Taste is watery, thin, and slightly metallic. There is an aftertaste, almost like an afterimage, of coffee and cola. The more I drink, the more it tastes like a flat RC cola, with a hint of malt, with a burnt taste that begins to show.

Thin, watery, and weak, this actually has the lamest mouthfeel of any stout I have ever had.

When I bought this beer, I admit that I was skeptical that a decent beer could come out of Youngstown. I was hoping to be surprised; unfortunately, I was, but in a poor way. This has to be among the worst stouts I've ever had. This has turned out to be a $4.50 drain pour.

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Photo of alleykatking
3.07/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 22oz bottle.

A- Pours a dark cola brown color. When held to the light there is some red hues to this beer. One finger tan head shows poor retention. Some light specs of lace on the sides of the glass.

S- Bigger notes of chocolate right off the bat. There is some light bready notes to this that seem to be a little off. Coffee notes also come into play with a little mutedness. There is a roast aroma throughout the beer but it is more of a undertone than anything else. Metallic aroma on the backend...oh no!

T- Roasted malts make up the backbone flavor of this beer. A grainy presence comes into play as well in the front never really getting as big as it could be. Middle of the beer has chocolate flavors that once again doesn't get as big as it should be. There is a nice roast on the ending which doesn't show much or really any hop bite. The metallic aroma though comes through in flavor in the backend of the beer. The more I drank the sooner I would get the metallic twang finally just getting use to it.

M- Light mouthfeel for this style. Carbonation was good for the beer but not for the style. Light roasted malts and chocolate are left on the palate along with a metallic undertone. Aftertaste has some alcohol, light roast, and a overbearing metallic hint as well. Flavors were overall muted but went together nicely for the style. Off flavors were metallic that was over the top toward the end killing off a lot of the ending flavor. Light alcohol drying on the palate.

D- This beer was an average drinker. A little better than most BMC style stouts but not by much. ABV is low enough to have a couple pints of this but the off flavor and watery moutfeel really kills it for me. A average try for this company brewing to this style but they missed the mark a little making it just average at best.

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Photo of EricHeff
3.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A dark brown pour, almost like Coke. It had a thick head three fingers high that was really foamy almost like rootbeer. The smell was pretty normal for a stout. Nothing stood out to me there. Almost the same for the taste. Hints of chocolate in there, but really it was just a pretty average tasting stout. The part that was off for me what that it was really thin and almost watery mouthfeel. With stouts I expect something a little thicker and heavier. Their are some stouts that are thicker than others, but this was by far the thinest I have had. For this I gave it a low mouthfeel score, but I also upped its drinkability. Because of its thinness it was really easy to kill this whole 22oz bottle by myself.

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Photo of khiasmus
3.79/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Reminds me of Pittsburgh. The city of steel. I've only been there once, spent a few days up on a foothill about a mile from the mill. The smog hung in the air and there was soot on the tops of all the cars. Black. Black or dark brown, anyway. No tan on top, just a turbid darkness.
A burnt aroma would waft up... not nearly as metallic as you may expect, just a burnt-grain with the morning's strong coffee of the moustachioed workers as they trudged back down into that lung blackening hell again. Coffee all day and Stout at night. A life of blackness and soot.
The beer is good, albeit a basic working man's drink. The perfect beverage for a hot night in the mines or a cold night on the porch overlooking the mines and smelling the soot. A body just thick enough to be a dry stout, but not too thick, so that you can still throw back pint after pint... enough so that you can sleep through your nightmares, I suppose. A simple flavour, largely of dark roast, with a little bready yeastiness in the finish that lingers around a bit.
It takes a special breed of man to live that life. To me it seems the most bleak of existences. I was glad to board the plane to leave that place, but I'll never forget the moments I had observing the miner's life.

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Photo of foureyedgeek
3.6/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First time I've seen Rust Belt here in my region of the Rust Belt.

Pretty nice looking beer, nice head with some decent lacing that sticks around.

Smells roasty, a little chocolaty and a touch of coffee.

Tastes much the same. Not complex but plenty enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is a little on the thinner side.

Drinkability is good. While this stout is nothing new in terms of flavor, its a solid quaffable brew from eastern Ohio.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.62/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle picked up at the Home Economist Market in Charlotte a couple weeks ago. Split with my wife. Poured my allotment into a pint glass. Consumed on 10/3/10. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a very dense dark black. Faint light coming through on the edges. Small finger-width tan head rests on top. Disappears quickly. No lace left behind. I like the color though. Hints of chocolate, graham cracker, coffee, and vinous grapes in the nose.

The body creamy at first but finished chalky. Thin aspects at times. Basic flavors of milk chocolate, roasted malts and coffee beans. Finish was a bit drying and chalky as well. Different. A good stout, but nothing standout. I'd have it again.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.9/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - pours opaque, a mocha head of a finger plus. Rather short-lived but does hold out for a minute or two before ending up at a scant cover.

Aroma - roasty, sort of powdery grain aroma. Not much beyond that but resilient at least.

Taste - good roasty grain element right off the bat, very nice. Some dark chocolate mid-palate, dry and not too intense. Ends with lingering roast, not much hop presence but I don't mind.

Mouthfeel - good smoothness and body, moderate carbonation.

Drinkability - easily my favorite of the three Rust Belt bombers I tried. Good fireside beer for autumn, a good food companion as well.

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Photo of sixerofelixir
3.41/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber bottle with nice graphics on the label, lots of stuff to read.

Color is brownish black, with a thick, tan, pillowy head. Smell is muted burnt malt & coffee. A dark chocolate taste predominates, and is rather bitter at the end. Finishes thin, but decent, and is tasty enough to have another one. Quite an easy drinking stout.

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Photo of biglite351
3.65/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - a good bit of light around the edges. Tight head that quickly drops to a quarter inch, but then stays.

S - solid full scent to start. Roasted malts and mild chocolate. However, after sitting for a minute a bit of bitterness comes through.

T - roasted malts with a hint of smoke. Chocolate is certainly in thee but with something else, almost like raspberry truffle but just a hint.

M - a bit thin, very light coating. Nice action though with tingles moving around the tongue and mouth. It it wast so thin, this could have gotten a 5.

D - all nighter if need be, but not top pick.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

"I was curious to see which Courtney Love was going to show up: the smeared-lipstick crazy coke whore or the violent smeared-lipstick crazy coke whore."

--Sarah Silverman

Coca Cola brown that is almost dark enough to be considered ebony. No highlights and a creamy sounding pour are promising. A thick slice of cappuccino colored foam looks good enough, but leaves next to no lace.

The nose is roasted malty and smells low on hops, which is fine. A little more power and definition with warming might allow the next highest score to be granted (nope, doesn't happen).

I'm more than ready to have an above average beer from Rust Belt Brewing. Coke Oven Stout looked like it might get there after the first few mouthfuls, but now I'm not so sure. Like the nose, flavor delivery is less than bold. In the end, this ale tastes like a 4.0% Irish dry stout.

For starters (and, unfortunately, finishers), there isn't enough malt in what should be a malt-dominant beer. No good base to build from is not a good thing. Dark chocolate with hints of coffee is about it. What bitterness is present is more likely due to a shortage of balancing malt sugars than an abundance of hops. Hop flavor is essentially absent.

Keeping style and ABV in mind, the mouthfeel just does manage to cling to an average score. It's no bigger than light-medium and is bubbled capably enough. Nothing to get excited about here either.

Even though my hopes were semi-high for Coke Oven Stout, in the end, its mediocrity isn't surprising considering the impressions made by Rusted River Irish Red Ale and Old Man Hopper's India Pale Ale. These guys have some major work to do if they hope to compete in the world of craft beer. Just one man's opinion.

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Coke Oven Stout from Rust Belt Brewing Company
Beer rating: 79 out of 100 with 55 ratings