Death To Cereal
Urban Family Brewing Co.

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Stout - Sweet / Milk
Ranked #752
Ranked #28,940
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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goochpunch from Texas

3.44/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Deep brown/black w/ ruby highlights. Very thin tan head. Smells of coffee and roasty malt. Big time coffee in the flavor. Base beer has some cane syrup and light fruit to it. Long lasting coffee aftertaste. Mouthfeel is pretty light and thin. Am I missing something here? Really overpriced beer for what this is. Passable and "good," but not doing much for me.

Aug 19, 2015
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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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peabody from Kentucky

4.16/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sep 05, 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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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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OKCNittany from Oklahoma

3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Sep 05, 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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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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jaydoc from Kansas

3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

May 20, 2016
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GRG1313 from California

4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aug 13, 2016
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DucksFan16 from Alaska

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


Nov 07, 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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Adamostella from Washington

4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jul 24, 2017
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djrn2 from New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jun 12, 2016
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smithj4 from New York

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

Jun 26, 2016
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riotontheroad from California

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

Aug 11, 2015
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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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kjkinsey from Texas

3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

May 10, 2015
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