Death To Cereal
Urban Family Brewing Co.

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Stout - Sweet / Milk
Ranked #751
Ranked #29,008
3.78 | pDev: 10.85%
Urban Family Brewing Co.
Washington, United States
Very Good
Notes: Coffee stout with milk sugar and Sterling hops.
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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
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ONUMello from Ohio

3.18/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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
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Codyjsmith06 from Texas

3.24/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.5

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
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Tone from Missouri

3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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
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far333 from Connecticut

2.81/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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
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hophugger from Virginia

3.05/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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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DoubleJ from Wisconsin

3.19/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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joe1510 from Illinois

3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
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AlarmClock314 from Wisconsin

4.09/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a motor oil-like ebony with 1 finger of tight mocha colored head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Strong coffee notes & a little dark chocolate

T: Follows the nose, a little roasty dryness & vanilla up front as well. More roastyness, a little caramel, dryness & more coffee as this warms. Finishes with vanilla & caramel sweetness, plus roasty coffee, just a little dryness too

MF: Medium body, slight carbonation & a little warming

Drinks easy, nice take on the style, wish it had a little more body

Aug 09, 2016
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ChugMan from Washington

2.49/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A/S - Very low head that quickly vanished. No lacing. Aroma and appearance alone it could easily be mistaken for a cup of cold brew.
T - Toast soaked in nutrasweetened coffee. Vanilla. Off-tasing nuttiness like pecan or coconut. Some alcohol and faint vegetable bitterness on the back of the tongue.
F - Syrupy up front and finishes really wet. Goes down smooth.
O - Based on the other reviews can't help but wonder if I got an old one. Unfortunately there's no date to be found. Probably a fine choice for a beer float.

Aug 07, 2016
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q33jeff from New Jersey

3.54/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5


Bottle to snifter...will take the rest in a plastic cup to the pool.
Brown-black murky
Small silty off white head.
Coffee, smoke
Coffee is dominant.
Thin for a stout.

A little disappointed...I guess the name got me excited. Not bad, but more coffee than stout.

Jul 12, 2016
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yesterdayfaraway from Missouri

4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: pours a thin dark drown but looks black in the glass
S: big coffee, but bitter. I also get chocolate to balance the aroma a bit
T: very nice. The coffee is not bitter, I get more of a milk chocolate and coffee mix. This is better than it smells. No alcohol and smooth.
F: easy drinking, coats well but not thick.

Jul 09, 2016
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Putting an end to boring old, soggy and cold breakfast fare- the flavors that give breakfast substance and gusto finds a home in stout thanks to the Pacific Northwest's Urban Family brewing team. Its milk and coffee stout is sure to perk you up any time of the day.

With no foam character at all, the still stout layers swiftly into the glass, looking exactly like cold-press coffee and its light viscous coat. Dark and ominously brown, the beer's scent is mute but swirls gently with deep roast, burnt toast, burnt sugar, cocoa and nuttiness. Its taste lays lumbered on the front of the tongue with seared brown sugar, sweet cream and toffee with earthen roast of coffee closely behind.

As the sweetness fades and the remnants of char remain, the roasted fragments of dark-roast coffee, bittersweet chocolate, vanilla, roasting walnut and burnt toast lay a robust trail across the middle palate and diving into a later bitterness of European hops that easily disguises of coffee & cream-type bitterness. Hints of cola and caramel persist through the lingering bitterness and char.

Full bodied and carrying the full weight of residual sweetness and char, the beer's absent carbonation prevents any creaminess to develop and keeps the stout trending more and more coffee-like. Seemigly flat late, it's easy to see the promise in the stout if carbonated even softly; but its thin character limits the beer's charisma.

May 31, 2016
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Buck89 from Tennessee

3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Opaque dark brown with a one-finger tan head. Somewhat muted roasted coffee aroma with milk, vanilla, and milk chocolate. I tasted a mildly bitter milky roasted malt up front, with cocoa, coffee, and a sweet finish. Very creamy smooth mouthfeel - the best part of the beer for me.

Apr 29, 2016
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Pourharddrinkslow from South Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look - Dark, thin, mocha head that is barely there.

Smell - bitter, malty, some chocolate

Taste - Very nice. Strong tastes, slightly bitter, cocoa, slightly sweet vanilla taste that hits very nicely at the end, but not a lot of sweetness.

Feel - Creamy, but still plenty carbonated. could be slightly thicker.

Overall - Nice standard stout, nothing fancy here.

Apr 29, 2016
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Harrison8 from Missouri

3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours black, with a lacking, thin creme colored head. Dissipates quickly and leaves behind no lacing. Good coffee notes in the aroma, mixed in with a bit of lactose and cereal sugar. Taste is smooth coffee, with a bit of a lactose/cereal sugar twinge at the end. Mouth feel is thin. Overall, a solid beer, but not something I'd pick up again. Mouth feel is lacking, as is the look. Aroma and taste are both above average.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

Apr 23, 2016
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superspak from Michigan

3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle into snifter; no bottle dating, but is a recent release. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and foamy dark tan head with decent retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big nutty dark roasted coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa, toasted dark bread, vanilla, cream, light smoke/dark fruit, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of roast/bready malt, coffee/lactose, and moderate earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of big nutty dark roasted coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa, toasted dark bread, vanilla, cream, light smoke/dark fruit, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of nutty coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa, toasted dark bread, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of roast/bready malt, coffee/lactose, and moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great roast/hop bitter/sweet balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light dryness from roast/hop bitterness as well. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky, and fairly sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice coffee milk stout. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of roast/bready malt, coffee/lactose, and moderate earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Apr 09, 2016
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avalon07 from South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick texture. There was an inch of tan-colored, fizzy head that lasted a below average amount of time. Not much lacing.

S: A nice, warm aroma of coffee, chocolate, and malt. Coffee is especially prevalent.

T: Tasted a lot like the aroma: A good shot of coffee, with a lot of chocolate and roasted malt. Also present was a sweet milk taste, some vanilla, and a mild hoppiness in the finish. The flavor here got better as I went along. It's not overly sweet, but rather a good balance between the coffee and chocolate.

F: An average amount of carbonation with a super-smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Milk stouts can be some of the thinnest, least interesting of all stouts, but Death to Cereal is a surprisingly complex and flavorful brew.

Apr 02, 2016
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StraightNoChaser from Georgia

4.23/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

look: Very dark early opaque brown. Some cola highlights when held to light. Full, foamy mocha head on the pour that mostly fades.
smell:, cocoa, hints of vanilla.
taste: much like the nose. Very easy drinking. Nice job.

Mar 23, 2016
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours an opaque yet still clear extremely dark cola brown approaching jet black in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and moderate garnet red + cola brown highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dark tan foamy head that slowly reduces to a large patch of thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of cold pressed coffee with moderate aromas of roasted malts, vanilla beans, and lactose (milk sugars).

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of roasted malts with a hint of chocolate malts. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of dark roasted cold pressed coffee with light to moderate flavors of vanilla and moderate flavors of milk chocolate sweetness. Light to moderate amounts of lingering roasty bitterness.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth with a light amount of dryness in the finish.

O: A very nice coffee/breakfast stout and one that hides the alcohol quite well. Easy to drink and very enjoyable. Nice complexity to the coffee flavors and aromas when combined with the sweet/milk stout flavors and aromas.

Mar 19, 2016
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lordofthewiens from New Mexico

3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very dark brown color with a small tan head that faded quickly.
Strong coffee aroma with some roasted malt in the background.
Dominant taste of strong coffee. Slightly sweet aftertaste.
Smooth, easy-drinking beer.

Mar 12, 2016
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Cory_Barton from California

3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is heavy on the coffee, with some roasted grain a little lost behind. The coffee aroma is a little bit more old coffee than freshly brewed, which I feel is pretty common when whole or crushed coffee beans are added directly to the beer to impart flavor, though I have no idea if thats the case with this beer or not. If there was more rich, roasty malt alongside the coffee, I'd be more excited

Pitch black, can't work up even a trace of head. I think the cap was loose on this bottle, since it seems a pretty undercarbed too. Clear liquid when you look through a very thin spot.

Coffee is definitely dominant here, but I can get a lot more complex malt here than in the nose, especially as it warms. Light sweetness that comes across dark breadcrust.

Love the viscosity on this guy, creamy without being cloying or syrupy. The lactose probably helped with that as well. Very low carbonation, but as I mentioned earlier, decent chance the cap was loose on those guy.

Solid coffee stout definitely, but it could use some refining to balance the coffee and malt aromatics to make this a really stunning brew.

Mar 10, 2016
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LiquidAmber from Washington

3.34/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours nearly black, opaque in the glass, very foamy and almost like soda water on pour, but then develops a fine two finger khaki head that looks nice and with good retention. Aroma is coffee, mild toasted malt, cocoa. Flavor is coffee, citrus, hints of toasted malt, becoming more tart and citric into a acidic finish with light coffee. Not a stout profile. Highly carbonated and light bodied. Whoops, I'm not sure that this what was intended for this beer. No real stout qualities, decent coffee, but too tart and citric. If this isn't intentional, I think this is compromised. If it is, it's too tart with not enough dark malt for a stout. A miss that I hope is an infected bottle.

Jan 26, 2016
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