Sohio Stout | Columbus Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Columbus Brewing Company
Ohio, United States

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 24 | Ratings: 162
Photo of buschbeer
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 FLUID OZ bottle
Served in a snifter

This beer pours jet black and is topped with two inches of mocha head that leaves decent lacing.

The smell is rich coffee and roasted malt.

The taste is pretty much just like it smells. There is a lot of coffee flavor, but the roasted malt comes through as well along with some cocoa flavor.

Full mouthfeel

This is an excellent beer from an excellent brewery.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with nearly two fingers of dense, caramel-colored foam on top. Head retention is good with thick lacing left behind. Aroma is roasted and toasted malts, with the roasty notes poking through at the foreground. A little bit of toffee, and caramel add a little to the aroma depth. Flavor profile is smooth, and well-balanced notes of caramel, toffee, molasses, and roasted and toasted malts. It has a roasty, almost smoky finish. It tastes straightforward and simple, providing a well refined stout for enjoyment. Mouth feel is a touchy fizzy and grainy, but is otherwise velvety smooth. It has a medium thickness. Overall, this is a great, plain stout. Don't mistake the wording of "plain" to mean boring, as it has plenty going on, rewarding sipping and savoring, or gulping.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 12oz bottle.

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Photo of ONUMello
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle dated 1/4/18 poured into a snifter
A: Pitch black with the thinnest of heads
S: Quite complex with chocolate, espresso, caramel and vanilla
T: Matches the nose, same notes just the coffee is a little less emphasized versus the sweeter notes. Great balance here, I'm almost surprised this didn't see any time in barrel (though Columbus... you need to do that!)
M: Medium+ bodied, smooth, balanced, a touch of sweetness, just a hint of bitter
O: This is a great stout. The only thing that could make it better for me is a touch more bitterness. Or time in a bourbon barrel. I'll also be tossing a bottle aside to see how age treats it

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Photo of Sabtos
3.94/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very thick, viscous pour of used motor oil has a dense tan head that quickly dissipates to a bubbly collar.

Smell has plenty of medium roast coffee with vanilla, cola and roasty but airy malt.

Taste is tangy roasted nuts and root beer with chocolate and cocoa via a smooth, medium body that finishes semi-dry to dry, and despite the abundance of coffee, leans overall semi-sweet.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.81/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

In 1973 I was in high school and working part time for Sohio, the Standard Oil Company of Ohio. My last job before retiring last year was for a spin off of Sohio (BP did not want what to keep became TravelCenters of America). Anyway, the namesake brew is pretty good, like most Columbus products.

It's black and fizzy and has a really good roasty smell. The taste is on the malty side of the spectrum, sweet and roasty. Hops are prevalent as well. The finish is slightly sweet and clean. Easy drinking double.

Recommended as an easy American style stout.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This excellent brew pours a murky
blackish brown with nice head of brown foam that settles to a thick ring,
thin light pool, and shows some excellent lacing. Nose of rich coffee, dark
roast with subtle char, toffee, and dark chocolate. Flavors hit a delicious balance
of coffee and dark chocolate that is semi sweet and flavorful with touches of
light cream and char and a very light herbal hop in the background. Excellent mouth
feel; full body, medium light carbonation that is just right to cut through the heft of the
brew, and a long lingering coffee note that is lightly bitter from the malt with touches of

Stout lovers, this one is a must. Excellent work from CBC


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Photo of NMA
4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

poured from bottle into NutSmasher Teku

pitch black with 1/4 inch off white creamy head

Smell: Roasty, smooth cold brew coffee

Taste: getting some lactose type sweetness with a smooth cold brew coffee and roasty finish

This is like a desert cold brew nitro coffee beer!

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Photo of SHDoyle
3.77/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Description: Dark black with a small amount of coffee colored head. The smell is coffee. A lot of coffee. And not much else. Like the smell, the taste is dominated by coffee all the way through with not too much else going on. Feel is medium, which means it's a bit on the light side for a stout.

Suggested food pairing: Chocolate cake

If you like this beer then you should also try: Sumatra Brown

Overall: 3.75 (This beer is good but I would not likely drink it again) Pretty straightforward. It's a coffee stout and delivers what it promises as far as that goes. But there's nothing really special about this that would set it apart or make it memorable.

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Photo of glass_house
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Among the best coffee stouts I've had. Smooth, medium roast coffee is front and center in both aroma and taste, but not overwhelming. Strikes an impressive balance between dark, slightly bitter roasted malts and rich semi-sweet coffee with cream. Body is medium and full, would like for it to be a bit more slick and viscous, but it fits nonetheless. If you like coffee beers you'll like this.

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Photo of SaltofOH
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 11-11-16. DFH Tulip.
Just getting over a cold.

A: pours a completely opaque black, with 2.5 fingers dark tan, frothy head. Some slight carbonation right at the edges. Lacing was incredible, retention good overall, great for the style. There was a lot of (presumably coffee) sediment, so good to give this one a swirl before pouring.

S: sweet and roasty. Doesn't smell as much like coffee as Bell's java stout. Very similar to FBS. Kind of fruity actually. Dark fig and date.

T: not terribly sweet on the arrival, quite tart and malty; coffee is there, but true to Brioso form it is an unwashed, berry loaded medium roast for sure. Tart and winey finish. Dark chocolate is an apt descriptor. Not too sweet. Mild coffee roast bitterness lingers.

M: mid to full bodied, lighter and less viscous/slick than many I've had. Modest carbonation, but fairly active for the style.

O: not the most "coffee tasting" coffee stout I've had, but probably the best. Distinctively berry and dark fruit angle, with medium body and great drinkability. CBC continues to set itself apart on the Columbus beer scene with both innovation and craftsmanship with this one.

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Photo of LAp
3.94/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle. Pours a thick, opaque black with a mocha head. Coffee dominates the nose and the palate of this beer (almost overwhelmingly so). There's a little less subtlety to the flavor profile than I would like, but ins gesamt, it holds its own. It's a very cohesive beer - one that embraces its coffee fetish and runs with it well.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a rich motor oil black with no head. Aroma is a nice roasted coffee. Flavor is really nice. Great coffee flavor with a hint of vanilla and a bitter hop profile. Very drinkable and overall this is a delicious stout.

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Photo of TooHop4U
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Probably the most coffee-forward stout I've ever had, so much so it chokes out other flavors. Good thing I love coffee! A little boozier than I remembered, especially at 8.5%.

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Photo of jp32
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Black in color with a small, yet brilliantly colored brown head. Looks great in the glass. Smells roasty and malty. The flavor is nicely roasted with notes of dark chocoloate, tobacco, earthy potting soil, something smoked, and lots of coffee. It was highly enjoyable. Would love to have this again and again.

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Photo of BierRunner
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

If you really like coffee stouts, and I do, this does not disappoint. Pitch black in color, dark coffee nose and a pleasant mouth feel with a long finish. No fancy spices here, just dark and satisfying.

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Photo of ClePaul
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Columbus Sohio

Look 9/10
Smell 18/20
Taste 38/40
Feel 9/10
Drinkability 19/20

Overall 93/100

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Photo of LilSebastianJr
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Meaningless catagory. If the beer isn't disaster the look tells you nothing. Judge books by their cover? Then you probably judge beers by their look. It pours dark, just like a stout (Duh!)

Smell: One whiff definitely lets you know what you are in for. It is immediately bold and strong, like a good cup of espresso. The roast on the specialty malts is incredible prevalent. Don't like "coffee stouts"? Steer clear! There are subtle "chocolate" notes subdued in the coffee aroma.

Taste: Did I love the taste? No, not really. Did I appreciate the taste? Definitely. The brewers hit their mark. They made the beer they set out to (I would assume). It is a big, strong coffee stout. It finishes noticeably smoother than it starts, but that is a given as it starts so big.

Feel: Mouth-feel was on point. Perfect carbonation. kudos to them and the bar that poured it.

Overall: 4.25. It is the beer it is supposed to be. My favorite? No way. But the brewers at CBC made an excellent version of what they set out to make. Too many reviewers taste a Belgian peach session beer and report that they hated the peaches, the low abv and the yeasty finish. Rate the beer for what it is supposed to be you ding dongs! (Rant over)

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Photo of BB1313
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

32oz growler filled at Heinen's in downtown Cleveland

Growler poured into a snifter. Pours black with little light getting through; small mocha head that fizzes away leaving basically no retention or lacing. The aromas are extremely roasty with strong coffee notes. Roasted dark chocolate with subtle hints of vanilla bean. Coffee is the star in the aromas and flavors. The flavors are bold and bitter. The bitterness is due to the coffee, not hops. Very roasty. Tons of burnt chocolate. Cocoa malts are there. This one doesn't have any sweetness going on. Very robust. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of full-bodied. There's active carbonation, but still smooth. Easy drinking. Well done.

This is a great coffee stout. If you're a fan of coffee stouts, then this is definitely worth seeking out if given the opportunity. This beer shows that Columbus can execute more than just hoppy brews, although they've proven that with Summer Teeth and Winter Warmer.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bought a 4pck of Sohio at Kroger just down the street. It poured an opaque black with tan head that is not leaving much lace. The scent is mocha. The taste is mocha. The Mouthfeel is medium in body with smooth carbonation. Overall it's a solid stout.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

32 ounce growler, filled earlier today. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch tan head that stays around for a while. There isn't much of any lacing at all. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like roasted malt, coffee, bittersweet and milk chocolate, and some molasses. I think the taste is the same as the aroma, with there being a good balance between the sweet and roasty bitter flavors. I do think the roasty coffee flavors are stronger overall, and get stronger as the beer warms. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and coating with low/moderate carbonation. I think it's a good stout, I'd certainly buy it again in the future. Nice to see that Columbus Brewing can make a tasty stout too, in addition to their great IPA's!

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Photo of Nunya
3.65/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this a couple of years ago and thought my initial rating must have been wrong but it was not. This is not a very complex beer. Sure it has a strong black coffee taste but you won't taste much of anything else. And coffee stouts are some of my favorites. Had this on draft at the same time as Founders Breakfast Stout and there was really no comparison. So many better coffee stouts available that I won't have this one again. If you want a really good coffee stout try Jackie O's Java the Stout.

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Photo of zimm421
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from an hour old growler into a snifter. Appears a very full brown, almost to the point of being black. There's a small head that doesn't stick around too long, and leaves no lacing.

Nose is very rich, full of coffee (shoutout to the Cafe Brioso guys on this one), and dark chocolate malts. The alcohol is almost non-existent. Smell is just wonderful. Taste is also very full and complex. The sweet malts come through first, with the coffee following up next. Simply very full and rich.

The body is very thick, with limited carbonation. Not overly sticky, and goes down very smoothly. This is pretty drinkable for what it is. I definitely recommend starting it out colder, and enjoying the changes as it warms, a completely different experience from start to finish. Overall, this is another outstanding offering from CBC. Love being able to get my favorite coffee flavors in a great brew!

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Photo of brewtus
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from growler. Pours black with a dark tan head. The head fades very quickly. Smell is earthy, espresso, dark chocolate. Taste is raw coffee beans, dark chocolate, nice subtle hops, some pepper. Texture is smooth, not very thick. Overall this is a coffee lovers stout, very easy drinking. The texture could be a little thicker, but I really liked this one. Keep up the good work CBC.

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Photo of Ryan011235
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can't remember when I jotted down these notes; it was shortly after the beer was released. I had it on tap at the restaurant.

Dark brown color; looks almost black in the glass. Pours 1/4th inch head. Not much for retention or lace - surprising for CBC.

The aroma is all about the roast and coffee. Fresh ground coffee beans, iced mocha, hints of espresso. Roasted dark chocolate emerges as the beer warms. Well-blended.

Coffee is much more prominent to taste, leading things off with coffee beans and carrying ultimately the finish with notes of fresh brewed coffee. All the while a burgeoning middle is flush with roasted dark grains and chocolate tones. Modest hop kick.

Smooth viscosity carries the medium body with ease. Cascading, rolling carbonation delivers the flavors with a vigor found in very few beers I have had.

Overall impression - My fussiness with the appearance aside, Sohio Stout is excellent through and through. I hope it stays around.

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Sohio Stout from Columbus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.26 out of 5 with 162 ratings