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

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BA SCORE
3.89/5
Very Good
286 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#9,807
Reviews:
45
Ratings:
286
pDev:
12.34%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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12
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 286 |  Reviews: 45
Photo of mdfb79
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
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 +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of madelf66
4.11/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of seedyone
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
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 +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DrStiffington
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wattie83
3.59/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TimberSwanson
1.91/5  rDev -50.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Photo of alcohline_trip
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Drunkie
2.08/5  rDev -46.5%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of socon67
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mwinek
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JMFP
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DeutschesBier
3.03/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Dankenstein716
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A great brown ale... Good aroma with a pleasant coffee taste. Well balanced!

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Photo of smcolw
3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Thick foamy head that is slow to recede. Two rings of lace form after the first two sips. Lattice work in between. Cloudy, brown color to the liquid.

I smell cigarette ash first and then coffee second. Neither smell is attractive to me but I can appreciate what they are going for here.

Ash upfront followed quickly by a black coffee flavor. Again, not what I would ever seek out. Needless to say, this is not your typical brown ale so I'll give points for creativity and bravery. Full bodied for the style with an appropriate carbonation level.

Overall, I resist all things coffee so my review should be evaluated through that lens. The bartender said he loved this beer, but it's not for me.

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Photo of WookieNextDoor
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Adam7m
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Best coffee beer i have had

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 2/28/2016 at Pour Farm Tavern in New Bedford, MA, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep brown color, with a large dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains strong coffee, some maple, roasted oats and caramelized malts.

T: The taste likewise starts out with a very strong toasted coffee bean flavor that is followed by a heavy breadiness from a hearty malt character and roasted oats. There are some mildly sweet flavors of maple, caramel and brown sugar in the background. There is very little hops presence as would expect and there is a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, slightly filling, strong kick, good variation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while.

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Photo of MeganandDana
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of swalter
3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of zekeman17
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

C.O.B. (Coffee Oatmeal Brown) from Free Will Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 286 ratings