Strike Out Stout | Cooperstown Brewing Company

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Strike Out StoutStrike Out Stout

Brewed by:
Cooperstown Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: English Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by OldFrothingSlosh on 10-23-2001

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Photo of rarevos
4.32/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass.

A: Pours almost jet-black with just a hint of red at the edges. Fluffy tan head that fizzes away quickly, but becomes a nice tight blanket of tiny bubbles.

S: Smoky, roasty, bit of licorice and a hint of chocolate.

T/M: Roasted grain flavor up front with a bit of caramel sweetness. Is pretty fizzy in the early stages. Bit of coffee and dark, unsweetened chocolate flavors come through before a very dry finish with a long, burned tail. There's a moderate amount of hoppiness here, just the right amount.

D: This is a nice, dry stout, and it's nice to see you can get a big, roasty stout at 4.6% abv; reaching for the Imperials all the time is a bit draining on the wallet. Along with the Benchwarmer Porter, I now have two favorites from this brewery.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.3/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep brown-black color with massive tabnnish head. Great retention sand perfect lacing.
Smell is a nice mixture of roasted malt, coffee, and bitter chocolate.
Taste matches the smell with nice coffee aspects and an almost smoky texture.
A bit thin in the mouth but nonetheless enjoyable.
A truly great beer. I wish I lived closer so that this beer was easier to get.

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Photo of Hoagie1973
4.22/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours opaque with a thin tan head. Minimal lacing. Strange was the small head and high remaining carbonation level even with a strong pour. However, that is about all that's wrong with this beer.
Smells roasty and malty with hints of cocoa and espresso.
Nice smooth flavor of rich roasted malts. Semi-sweet with a generous chocolate presence. Powdery dryness and a coffee-like bitterness in the finish from roasted malts and a touch of hops that perfectly rounds it out.
Extremely drinkable and tasty.

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Photo of JimmyK77
4.2/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With all the heavy, hoppy stouts being brewed by American craft brewers, it is refreshing to find a brewery who if emphasizing drinkability. Not that I mind other craft beers (at all!), but this stout is dark, dry, and roasty with light/medium body and nicely balance hop bitterness. This is not the stout I'd expect to win a competition, but it is a stout I'd like to drink several of.

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Photo of Jason
4.18/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz. brown long neck with a baseball motif label and cap. No freshness date.

Appearance: Pitch black in colour with a thin light brown lace.

Smell: Creamy ice coffee and hints of toffee.

Taste: Smooth with a increasingly rounded crisp roasted barley bite that goes a bit chocolaty with a touch of coffee. Hop bitterness is minimal yet still helps to balance. A mellow creamy and chewy malt sweetness slowly surrounds this flavourful brew as well as more roasted flavour that lingers.

Notes: A beautiful stout to say the least ... medium to heavy in body and very flavourful all the way through.

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Photo of adamette
4.15/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Notes from web site: "Strike Out" is brewed with 6 malts including a balanced portion of chocolate and crystal malts. It is also brewed with 5% flaked oats for a velvet-like mouth feel. English pale, Munich and black malt, plus roasted barley round out the malt bill. Considerably lower in alcohol than both Benchwarmer Porter and Old Slugger Pale Ale, "Strike Out" is a well-rounded stout, opaque black in color with a roasted palate. Original Gravity 1.048 / Final Gravity 1.012 / 4.6%. Served at the Brewery.

A Really dark, black body under a light brown frothy head. The head reminds me a lot of the Benchwarmer Porter. The body is much darker (can you get darker than black?).

S Deep, dark coffee like smell. Appropriate and pleasing.

T Really dark, even grainy coffee taste.

M Full, grainy mouthfeel. Very appropriate for the style.

D Suffers from heavy mouthfeel and fullness in terms of drinkability. This is a great stout.

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Photo of marburg
4.13/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Lip-smackingly delicious, superbly crafted, fabulously easy to drink stout. Feels just a tiny bit thin and/or lively, but I'll hardly say that's an overwhelming fault.

Poured with a very large, lingering, easy-to-revive tan head and deep, impenetrable dark body. Clean Three Muskateers-like chocolate aroma and Starbucks lattes. Pretty milky and far more soft than I'd have expected after I got into the flavors. Dominated by a roasted, coffee bean-like flavor. The roasted grains really drive the flavor of this beer. No tremendous hop presence here, but that works in the beer's favor. Smooth and delicate despite the foundation of the flavors lying in that potent roasted flavor. A bit milky. Definitely lively. Very, very good.

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Photo of generallee
4.1/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. There appears to be no freshness date on the label.

Appearance: The body has a deep dark brown, nearly black color. It is very dark and nearly opaque. On top sits a small one finger thick foam head. It is tan in color and quickly settles down to a thin wispy layer that just covers the top. Lacing is minimal and slippery.

Smell: There is a firm aroma of sweet roasted/toasted malts with notes of fresh brewed coffee and just a hint of dark chocolate.

Taste/Palate: There is a solid sweet roasted malty character with a good balance of toasted bready notes and dark roasted bitter coffee notes. As the beer warms hints of dark chocolate and mild spicy hops sneaks in there here and there as well as some mellow almost brandy like alcohol notes. The palate has a solid medium feel with mellow balanced carbonation.

Notes: This is just a good solid stout.

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Photo of goz
4.1/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep black with some ruby tinges, small tan head that quickly diminishes, leaving minimal lacing. Aroma is strong chocolate, roasted malts, and toffee. Flavor is smooth creamy dark chocolate, some roasted maltiness, and a hint of toffee in the back. Medium-full body. My pick for Cooperstown's best brew.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.1/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours brown, black in the glass, with prominent ruby highlights. Tan head snap, krackels, and pops as it quickly shrinks from the top of my Fullers nonic pint glass down to a thick table top. Very little lacing.

Roasted (but not brunt) coffee dominates the nose. Chocolate notes in the background.

Mild coffee taste up front (coffee au lait? Is this a milk stout?). Subtle chocolate hints around the edges. Nice English hop dash combines with an increase in the roastiness in the finish.

Medium mouthfeel. Slightly thicker than a porter, far from an imperial. Fine drinkability, smooth.

Another enjoyable beer from the Cooperstown collection.

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Photo of sponberg
4.08/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled: 12 oz bottle, cellar temp, into pint glass.

Pours dark brown, almost opaque, with a decent head the color of the inside of a malted milk ball. The aroma is smoky, roasty maltiness.

Fairly well carbonated, with a fizz on the tongue. Starts out with a dryish malty flavor, blossoming at the end into roasted malt and unsweetened chocolate flavors - a hint of black dark roast coffee? Not much in the way of hops, save for a nice underlying bitterness. Worth trying for the way the flavors explode at the end alone. A very enjoyable, well made stout - good in the bottle, and exceptional on tap.

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Photo of asabreed
4.07/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Dark and opaque with an initially mocha-colored head that doesn't stick around or provide much retention or lacing.

Smell: Nice and balanced roasted malts, mild but slightly sweet chocolate, and oatmeal creaminess and balance.

Taste: This packs the flavor for a brew with such a low ABV. A big presence of roasted malts, not charred here, with a good oatmeal cleanness and softness, along with some mildly sweet chocolate. Finishes semi-dry with a nice hint of sweetness, mild coffee, chocolate, and lingering roasted malts.

Mouthfeel: Initially mildly creamy but finishing with a big punch of carbonation, which makes it seem lighter-bodied than it probably really is.

Drinkability: At 4.6%, this is highly flavorful and pretty damn sessionable, especially as fall is upon us. One of Cooperstown's best, if not the best. I'll be picking up a case of this as soon as I can.

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Photo of ybnorml
4.07/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a jet black beer with only brown highlights at best when held up to the light. It has a good brown head. The aroma is a bold roasted maltyness with a hint of something sweet in the background. The same roasted malt is in full charge of the taste with a little molasses sweetness just before the clean dry finish.

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Photo of oldirtycaffrey
4.07/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very good stout. Pours a dark black with slight red touches around the edges. The smell is delicious -- malts and a sweet chocolate coming through. The taste echos the smell. A little bitter, but very easy to drink. Fair amount of lacing on the glass. Just a really enjoyable beer.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.05/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I picked this one up at Halftime. I am sampling a chilled bottle in a pint glass. The beer pours a rich dark brown color with no light penetrating. A frothy soft, brown head develops nicely and easily about 1 inch. Fades to an edge layer gradually.
Aroma is rich and chocolatey sweetness mixed with some roasted malt qualities. No real hop presence. First sip reveals a thick viscous bodywith mild rolling carbonation. Flavor is as advertised by thenose. Chocolate, some coffee and roastiness abound. There is a rather coating quality of the beer on my tongue, which I find pleasant. Very smooth and easy to drink. QUite a tasty brew I think.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.03/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with no obvious lot code or expiration date. Sampled on October 6, 2009. The pour is dark brown with an explosve foamy, frothy tan head that seems to take forever to simmer down. The aroma comes off with a mix of roasted chocoalte malts and some mild hops in the background. The mouthfeel is sharp but medium with a lot of carbonation on the tongue. The taste has a roasted, chocolate malts and mild hops combo with a little bit of sugar to sweeten the punch. But with all the sweetness at the start there is a kind of sour finish. This is a well done, easy to drink stout.

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Photo of Gusler
4.03/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ah the hedonistic pleasure of a pulchritudinous dark and brooding stout, lazing away in my chalice, the head stupendous in size, creamy in its consistency and the fine chocolate brown latticework of lace that longingly caresses the glass. The sweet hint of toasted grain, bittersweet chocolate and coffee, quite a pleasure for the schnozzle, sweet at the front, thick and rich at the top. Finish is perfectly hopped, modest in its carbonation with a dry lingering aftertaste and a good representative to the sweet stout style, and a good beer for the novitiates to the dark side.

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Photo of iceball585
4.03/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pitch black color, non-transparent, one finger thick dark brown head that lowered to a thin cover

S- Bakers chocolate, black coffee, creamy, hint of smoke

T- Dark chocolate, roasted malts, coffee beans, mild bitterness, slightly sweet finish

M- Medium body, medium carbonation, smooth, flavorful, well rounded

D- Decent session beer

This beer is fairly light feeling for a stout but it is definitely not lacking in flavor.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 ounce bottle with a Crown Cap that resembles a Baseball. The main label is just as the BA avatar. A black & white picture of a Baseball pitcher surrounded by the words ‘Cooperstown Brewing Company – Family Brewery Since 1995’. Listed as ‘Strike Out Stout’, but with no listed strength or bottling/freshness date.

Appearance: Black body that initially pours with a thick cocoa brown head, but this almost immediately disappears as soon as it is formed. Yet a gentle swirl eventually has it settling to thin but unbroken covering with a thicker halo like ring around the edge of the Glass. No lacing but average carbonation.

Nose: Cocoa, roasted coffee, toasted malts and a dark toffee cum caramel smell all meld together into a lovely rich nose, which whilst not strong, certainly lends a fantastic dimension to this Stout when deeply inhaled.

Taste: Smooth and creamy, the aromas soon transform into flavors, in the order that they are experienced in the nose. Some sweetness lingers in and around the middle, but the finish introduces a very nice hoppy character set in a creamy chocolate ending.

Mouthfeel: Rather thin feel, but it is does not detract at all. The creamy feel at the start and the hoppy milk chocolate finish are enough to lend a good feel to experience. Sits well in the mouth.

Drinkability: Quaffable Stout that is very easy to gulp down. The creamy texture, light body and flavorsome profile all contribute to a very decent low-gravity Stout that makes a good Session Stout.

Overall: Nicely put together and a very enjoyable Stout that has an excellent balance of sweet, roasted, toasted and bitter. Impressive!

Cheers to McCall for this excellent NY Stout.

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Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: dark brown black with a 1 finger mocha head

smell: roast, chocolate, barley, malts,

taste: roast, coffee, malts,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium to full body,

overall: nice stout not to heavy and thick pretty damn easy to drink.


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Photo of Murph
3.98/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pure black color with a thick brown head that never fully disappears. Sweet chocolatey malt aroma dominates the brew with a touch of bitter coffee thrown in as well. Sweet and rich chocolate flavors control the brew with a subtle roasted coffee flavor lingering in the background. As the brew finishes the chocolate flavors fade away a bit and allow the coffee bitterness to come forward. The brew is actually a bit thin for the style but is very drinkable and rather tasty. Thanks to Pbrian for this one.

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Photo of hyland24
3.97/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Aquired this one from fellow Ba Nasty15108. He brought me back a nice cooperstown sampling. Thanks GUY.

Poured black as night with a minimal 1/4 inch tan/brown head. This one let absolutely no light through. The smell was a nice nutty coffee mix with hints of dark chocolate. The taste was on par with the smell, starting off nutty and bitter with definite hints of coffee, cocoa, and toffee. Definite roasty malt character as well. The mouthfeel was not what I hoped for. Not much substance for a stout. A little too watery. Decent carb and nice aftertaste. Solid stout and definitely worth a try.

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Photo of BadBadger
3.95/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This fine brew pours a dark color from the growler. There was a descent sized head which lasted for a short period. The smell is good, being a mixture of roasted malt with chocolate under tones. The taste is pleasant, with nice roasted malts and a nice bitter bite. The mouthfeel is a bit watery. This is a good stout. While I wouldn't run out to buy this when there are so many alternatives out there, I certainly would not pass this up as an offering on tap, or if the choices are limited.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.93/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Opaque black color with a creamy tan head that holds quite well, but leaves no lace. The aroma is lightly roasty - coffee like - over a sweet chocolatey malt. The body is light-medium with a fine carbonation that's very smooth in the mouth. The flavor is of a gently fruity, sweet and roasty chocolatey malt. Well balanced with a bitterness that's quite subtle. It finishes dryish, with a short lingering roasty malt note. Not complex, nor rich, but well balanced and highly enjoyable.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.88/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow, this one takes me down memory lane. When I was at college at Oneonta State, this tiny, family run brewery was in its infancy and I used to go down there and mooch free samples, pick up a growler or three and talk nonsense for hours with the owner, his son (the head brewer), and the two or three of their friends who work there. The head guy, Stan, and his family have been upstate for ages and his grandfather was a hop farmer on the same land where the brewery is now. Some cool people and some cool times. I didn't really know much about beer yet besides the fact that I liked it but it was a nice, homey introduction to the world of craft beer. Definitely check them out if you're ever in the area, the brewery is only about ten miles from Cooperstown proper and the HOF and anytime but the winter it's a beautiful drive.
Strike Out is a medium bodied english stout, featuring a jet black color and a plethora of thick, frothy head. The smell is very malty but not too sweet.
The taste is rich and frothy with a choclaty aftertaste and a smooth character. Although mouthfeel is a little thinner than many stouts it also has a pleasant grittiness that fit's in with the beer's workmanlike persona. Maybe a little less carbonation woudn't hurt, after all, it is a stout.
Not a beer for a long session or sunny day at the beach but definitely a highly drinkable stout.

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Strike Out Stout from Cooperstown Brewing Company
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