C.O.B. (Coffee Oatmeal Brown) | Free Will Brewing Co.

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276 Ratings
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C.O.B. (Coffee Oatmeal Brown)C.O.B. (Coffee Oatmeal Brown)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Free Will Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States
freewillbrewing.com

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This unique and complex seasonal ale is free will’s best-selling seasonal. This very strong brown ale has a delicious malty backbone with notes of caramel, brown sugar and graham cracker. Aged on a unique and complex bean that provides additional peppery and molasses like flavors in addition to the classic coffee presence in the aroma and on the palate.

Added by Flounder57 on 11-24-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
276
Reviews:
41
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
12.37%
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
60
For Trade:
1
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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a nonic pint glass, the appearance was a sturdy dark brown color with a finger’s worth of white foamy head that fell off at a moderate pace to leave some light lace running around the sides of the glass fairly nice. The aroma had a nice blended of roasted coffee, sweet oats/grains, some milk chocolate, dark chocolate, touch of vanilla, caramel, nuts, sweet wood and a touch of Irish coffee creamer at the end. The flavor leaned slightly to the sweet side allowing the roast to make a strong effort to come in for a balance but stays just a pinch behind. Aftertaste was a fully strong coffee sweet and roastiness. The finish was long, smooth, malty and sweet. The palate was about medium bodied with a good carbonation and ABV. Nice smoothness rolling over my tongue. Overall, pretty good brown ale that I would like to come back to if I could get it again.

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Photo of Jrodsmrs51
4.16/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Campodog
4.66/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TLA
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Timtac
3.66/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Erikshegda1994
4.59/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Greywulfken
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Another stab at a beer I have less than great expectations for, although the box and label descriptors were enticing, the moment I poured this clear, dark ruby brown ale, I knew I'd missed the mark. The only slim-bodied beers I typically enjoy are pale in color, and I was hoping this would be something a bit richer.

Aromas of coffee and mild malt on the nose, followed by flavors of the same - coffee, sweet toast, maybe a hint of maple or wood; thin-bodied, moderately carbonated, with a lightly bitter finish that lingers and presents a combination of burnt coffee and oaky tannins. Not a fave, but fans of light American brown ales with coffee may feel differently.

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Photo of metter98
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dbrauneis
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of GFD400
3.61/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of vande
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Patches826
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Barleycorn
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jlabs
4.16/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Drinkalot
4.6/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mdfb79
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

At Gingerman in NYC.
Pours a murky reddish brown color with one finger of light tan head and low carbonation evident. Nose definitely has peanut butter, chocolate, light coffee, toasted notes, bread and biscuit malts. Medium body and low carbonation, super smooth.
Overall an interesting beer and I dig the nose.

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Photo of 22Blue
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of madelf66
4.11/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of seedyone
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

10/9/16 From bottle at home. Still has that really smooth body & serious coffee elements. IMO virtually no loss.

On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Been on a brown ale kick during this seasonal transition.

They sure didn't skimp on the coffee.

Color-wise it looks a bit lighter then I expected. Nice copper tone with a lean head that does leave some lacing. The aroma lacks the assertiveness of the taste. This has a good strong coffee flavor that is not given away by the aroma.

It has a nicely balanced flavor but the counterpoint elements are muted to the coffee, not that I mind that at all

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Photo of hkyplyr73
4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DrStiffington
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wattie83
3.59/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TimberSwanson
1.91/5  rDev -50.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Photo of alcohline_trip
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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C.O.B. (Coffee Oatmeal Brown) from Free Will Brewing Co.
3.88 out of 5 based on 276 ratings.
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