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

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275 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:
275
Reviews:
40
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
12.37%
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
60
For Trade:
1
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 275 |  Reviews: 40
Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of socon67
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mwinek
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JohnParadee
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DeutschesBier
3.03/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Dankenstein716
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
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 -11.1%
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 +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Adam7m
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
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 +0.3%
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 -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of swalter
3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of zekeman17
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dolphinsmarlins1
4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Fettpopps
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of xICooRsYIx
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of alucard
3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of smithj4
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of TimG_0913
3.76/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good coffee notes. Decent brew.

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Photo of lastmango
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a ruby medium brown color with a one finger tan head that dissipated to nothing. Moderate lacing. Aroma is like a coffee shake. Taste is sweet malt, coffee and chocolate. The coffee is more pronounced than in other brews that have had. Moderate body and carbonation.

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Photo of Griggsy
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BigMike
3.69/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gmann
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a translucent brown color with a short khaki colored head.

The aroma is of light sweet coffee, perhaps some hazelnut. Milk chocolate and caramel notes. Nice inviting aroma.

Big coffee flavor. Nice moderate roast with notes of kahlua. Milk chocolate and caramel provide a tootsie roll flavor. Some woody and tea notes from the malt.

Light to moderate feel with active carbonation. Sweet on the palate, perhaps a touch cloying. Drying towards the finish.

A good coffee brown. The tootsie roll/kahlua flavor wears on me a bit.

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C.O.B. (Coffee Oatmeal Brown) from Free Will Brewing Co.
3.88 out of 5 based on 275 ratings.
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