Death To Cereal | Urban Family Brewing Co.

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Urban Family Brewing Co.
Washington, United States

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.64%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Coffee stout with milk sugar and Sterling hops.

Added by ThatsThatDude on 03-02-2015

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Ratings: 100 |  Reviews: 29
Reviews by far333:
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2.81/5  rDev -25.1%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.19/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of AlarmClock314
4.09/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Photo of Jsonta
3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Thomasweir
3.41/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of En29356
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JamesStreet
3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Qabil
3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rossracing
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of riotontheroad
3.99/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jheezee
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of grahuba
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of russpowell
3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
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

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Photo of hophugger
3.05/5  rDev -18.7%
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

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.5/5  rDev +20%
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!

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Photo of ConradKenney
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of goochpunch
3.44/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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Photo of itracy63
3.17/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of jaydoc
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of peabody
4.16/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.34/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

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Death To Cereal from Urban Family Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 100 ratings