Death To Cereal
Urban Family Brewing Co.

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Urban Family Brewing Co.
Washington, United States
Stout - Sweet / Milk
Ranked #569
Ranked #22,217
3.75 | pDev: 10.67%
Nov 16, 2020
Mar 02, 2015
Very Good
Notes: Coffee stout with milk sugar and Sterling hops.
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3.75 by BEER88 from Washington on Nov 16, 2020
4.5 by 1971bernat from Virginia on Jan 04, 2018
4.1 by Noles9585 from Washington on Nov 30, 2017
3.03 by johnnyboy76 from Oregon on Nov 29, 2017
4.13 by Hop_God from California on Oct 18, 2017
4 by Adamostella from Washington on Jul 24, 2017
4 by ArkyVaughan from New Jersey on Jun 23, 2017
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4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

Poured into an English pint glass, the appearance was a dark rugged brown almost black color with a finger’s worth of white foamy head that dissipated at a nice pace. No lace. The aroma was practically perfect in it’s balance between the coffee bean to the cocoa bean. Bitterness to the sweetness - well balanced. Subtle vanilla is there. The flavor lends a hand somewhat to the bitter side first but ends up balancing superbly between the sweetness and the bitterness. Superb dry coffee to cocoa bean aftertaste leading into the finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body balancing spectacularly between the bitterness and the sweetness of the cocoa and coffee bean. It moves so nice on my tongue without leaving barely any grip. Carbonation feels very good as well. Overall, what a damn nice milk/sweet stout that I would love to have again! Spectacular in it’s entirety!

Jun 23, 2017
3.7 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois on Jun 16, 2017
3.77 by grahuba from Connecticut on Apr 22, 2017
3.76 by mattreitz49 from Florida on Apr 21, 2017
3.74 by DamienI from Washington on Mar 04, 2017
4 by Davit from California on Mar 04, 2017
3.5 by ConradKenney from Maryland on Feb 28, 2017
3.74 by JamesStreet from Louisiana on Feb 02, 2017
4.25 by Sweffin from Wisconsin on Jan 28, 2017
3.72 by cwreay90 from Texas on Jan 22, 2017
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3.18/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3
by ONUMello from Ohio

500mL bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Dark brown, nearly black with a thin head that dissipates quickly
S: Burnt coffee
T: Lots of espresso/coffee flavors, the coffee tastes pleasant but this is like drinking an iced coffee not a beer
M: Extremely thin, bitter. For being a milk stout there's nearly no body
O: This tastes pleasant but for $10 I'd rather head to Starbucks, add a shot of vodka and have $5 change. Beer is more than taste alone and unfortunately this doesn't deliver

Jan 08, 2017
3.73 by En29356 from Texas on Dec 29, 2016
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3.24/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.5
by Codyjsmith06 from Texas

The packaging is well done, as it begs to be lifted from the shelf. Clean, bold labeling outdoes it's competion. While a full glass appears black and opaque, smaller amounts are lighter, more transparent, and almost amber. An average pour results in a very thin, foamy head, leaving quite a bit to be desired in the appearance department. There is a strong coffee and mocha aroma, even stronger than your typical coffee stout. Also toasted malts and a touch of sweetness at the end.

Plenty of beers claim coffee and espresso flavors, but few, if any, are more dominant than here. The strong coffee flavors dominate this beer, perhaps to a fault. The coffee has a roasted aspect to it, the way critics describe a Starbucks coffee is tasting like the beans are burnt. A watery mouthfeel is not what the drinker would expect, but this beer lacks any thickness or creaminess. Initially, the aftertaste is difficult to describe. It's a bit of a sour, almost leathery finish. After a few sips the leathery aftertaste gives way to the overpowering coffee.

One won't ditch the oats, hot or cold, to make way for "Death to Cereal," but it could easily replace a cold-brew coffee, especially for an early kick in the morning.

Best for:
•alcohol replacement for coffee
•good tailgate starter
•rise-and-shine camping beer

Dec 27, 2016
3.58 by Rice_Nate_25 from Ohio on Dec 20, 2016
3.4 by Jsonta from New Jersey on Dec 08, 2016
2.25 by WritersBlock from Texas on Nov 23, 2016
Photo of Tone
3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by Tone from Missouri

Pours a black color. 1/4 inch head of a tan color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of strong coffee, alcohol, strong sweet malt, and slight roasted malt. Fits the style of a Milk / Sweet Stout. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. There is also a slight coffee bitterness. Tastes of strong coffee, alcohol, strong sweet malt, hint of dark citrus, and slight roasted malt. Overall, weak appearance, simplistic, but good body and blend.

Nov 18, 2016
Photo of DucksFan16
4.09/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by DucksFan16 from Tennessee


Nov 07, 2016
Photo of far333
2.81/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
by far333 from Connecticut

Dark brown and opaque with a low and nearly non-existent head despite a vigorous pour. Aroma of coffee and subtle cocoa, low floral hops. Flavor fairly matches the nose, with coffee dominating. Too much coffee, and not a rich flavor of darkly roasted gourmet coffee, but more your grandfather's favorite coffee shop serving weak dishwater coffee. Thin and watery mouthfeel. Could not finish this beer.

Oct 30, 2016
4 by rossracing from Illinois on Oct 18, 2016
3.5 by suckaj from Florida on Oct 02, 2016
4 by sgregory from Connecticut on Oct 02, 2016
3.73 by BeerOps from Illinois on Oct 01, 2016
3.75 by JCarson410 from Maryland on Sep 26, 2016
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3.05/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
by hophugger from Virginia

Aroma is the best part with lots of roasted coffee. After that, not that great. Watery mouthfeel and flavors. Balance is nice and flavors are good, just not bold enough and almost does not (IMO) feel like a stout

Sep 22, 2016
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3.19/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3
by DoubleJ from Wisconsin

A few months in my fridge, yet not too late to try one of the few beers left from a trio to Seattle. Coming in a 500 ml bottle, on to the beer:

That is one tiny tanned head above, paper thin on top, while the body is black as one could expect. Those coffee beans sure hit your nose with delight, although it does some with burnt accents. Dark chocolate underneath the coffee.

Where's the carbonation? Death to Cereal certainly killed the bubbles. But there is acceptability to taste. Mocha and coffee are the most noticeable of the bunch, with a body that has a thickish feeling, a wee note of alcohol, and a mouthfeel that is dreadful.

On the breakfast scale, Death to Cereal will not put an end to me eating Frosted Flakes. Although, in the beer's current state, it might work better as a substitute for the milk.

Sep 20, 2016
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4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by StonedTrippin from Colorado

i expected a somewhat more dramatic beer here, with a name and label so bold. its nice beer, but not as different from what else is out there as i thought and hoped it would be. i have been very up and down on these guys, prettier packaging than beer a lot of the time, especially with their wild stuff, but this one is very solid. the coffee is very prominent in the aroma and flavor both of this shiny bright black brew that holds half inch of lighter brown head and has spiderweb lacing as it drinks down. aroma of bitter coffee, hints of milk chocolate, and not as sweet as other milk stouts, maybe scaled back a little on the lactose. the flavor is less sugary than others too, which i like a lot, perhaps the intense coffee cuts through it a bit, but this is a lot more drinkable and in balance than many of its peers. lots of body and a slick almost greasy mouthfeel, perhaps some oats in here giving it that boost. bitter chocolate and coffee both in the finish, but the smell is stronger than the taste in this beer for me. nice as a night cap or a beer to wake up with on the weekends, plenty of coffee all the way through, but not quite as exciting as it presents itself as being, and maybe a tad overpriced at more than ten bucks a bottle...

Sep 19, 2016
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3.99/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by joe1510 from Illinois

Steve's Liquor (Mineral Point) - Madison, WI

Death to Cereal has a cool presentation. A clean off white label with bold black lettering, to the point. Cool name too. he beer pours the blackest of blacks, swallowing any light that gets in the way. The foam takes an aggressive pour to get going but when it does it reaches a finger in height of dark frothiness. It fizzles out to a slim ring and some whispy islands. A patch of two silkily clings to the glass.

The nose is nice. A moderate roast leads the way and just before it hits the bitterness that milk sugar kicks in with a touch of sweet. The coffee is a nice compliment, medium roasted with both a nutty and dark chocolate character. There is a touch of noticeable graininess as well. Softly boozy, peppery, long with some underripe dark berries when it warms a bit. Me likey.

The flavor keeps up with the nose stride for stride. It's richly roasty off the bat and that milk sugar kicks in just before the bitterness hits. It's not sweet at all but well balanced. The coffee pops up mid palate with moderate roast and dark chocolate covered macadamia nuts. There's even a touch of rich peanut butter noticeable. Alcohol is peppery but soft and adds a layer of complexity along with the dark berries that are now ripe, as opposed to underripe in the nose. I like this beer, good stuff.

The body is moderate in weight with a bit of an oily, slick texture. There's a touch of roast bitterness that's left behind after each drink and accentuated by the wholly appropriate dry finish. This thing dries up fast. The alcohol never gets in the way, it's dry, and it's good. Those things all make for an incredibly easy drinker.

I'm a fan of Death to Cereal, a big fan really. It's roasty, yet balanced. Shows good coffee presence but it's complimentary and not dominant. It has its complexity. It's super easy to drink with the welcomed dry finish. Pretty much everything about this beer is good. With all that praise, I would probably pass it in the future based on price alone, unless format or pricing changed. Certainly worth a try though.

Sep 19, 2016
4.16 by peabody from Kentucky on Sep 05, 2016
3.67 by OKCNittany from Oklahoma on Sep 05, 2016
3.9 by epyon396 from Pennsylvania on Aug 25, 2016
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4.09/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by AlarmClock314 from Wisconsin

16.9oz bottle, no date, 7.4% ABV. Pours mostly black with a very small sized light khaki head; some sediment in the last pour. Smells of mostly fresh brewed coffee and roasted malt with some earthy hops and cocoa. The taste follows closely with lactose, coffee, roasted malt, earthy hops, and some nuttiness. Very pleasant smell/taste with medium intensity. Lightly bitter finish and subtle sweetness. No noticing alcohol. Relatively thin body but also smooth with lower carbonation. Overall, it's a pretty well done Milk Stout with lots of coffee and low carbonation, but could use more body.

Aug 20, 2016
4.75 by malfunxion from New York on Aug 19, 2016
Death To Cereal from Urban Family Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 100 ratings