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 ChadQuest
1.35/5  rDev -61.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Head is short and fizzy, no strength in it at all, like soda pop. Cap falls into a beer that looks nearly still with no lacing or head except the constant carbonation rising to the surface.
Aroma is weak and watery roast with a lot of lactose.
Flavors have a lot of lactose also, i can't believe this is a regular beer for this brewery, it is such an obvious flaw. Watery coffee.
Thin mouthfeel with a lot of carbonation.

They need to stop making this, it's embarrassing.

3/c = average.

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Photo of Bighuge
1.36/5  rDev -60.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Almost black. Big Huge fizzy brown head. Good retention. Head forms craters as it dissintegrates. This beer appears to be very charged up by its appearance. Coffee bean, soap and leather are present on the nose. There's something wrong with this beer. (Actually, many things.) Mouthfeel is way too carbonated. I get so damn much gas in every gulp that a burp is always the aftermath. The taste is astringent. Husky. Tannin like. Soapy. Stale. No stout qualities to speak of. I haven't dumped a beer in months, but I just don't feel like burping 20 times by the time I finish this one.

Thanks to Davo for the sample (and burps). No fault of yours though.

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Photo of waughbrew
1.5/5  rDev -56.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Black with huge head that makes pouring this beer take about 10 minutes. Very soap-sudsy looking foam that is not appetizing. Strike one.

Milky-sweet aroma with thin roasted notes. A bit harsh. Ball one.

Taste is a lot of things, none of which are good. This is hard to describe because there is no chocolate, no coffee, no hops, no caramel, no anything very recognizable. I keep thinking of a bar of soap when I drink it, though it seems strange. Dirty minerally astringent water would be my best explanation. Strike two.

Mouthfeel is godawful. Huge carbonation and thin body with dirty bitter finish. STRIKE THREE, YOU"RE OUT!

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Photo of nlmartin
1.73/5  rDev -50.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Special thanks to bwyker for sending this beer along as an extra. Thanks for trying. The beer was served in a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer has a ruby opaque black coloration to the body. The head has a light tan coloration. The head has minimal retention.

Smell: The smell of the beer is very subdued. Lightly roasted coffee and chocolate great the nose.

Taste: Ever so slightly roasted coffee and light kiss of chocolate combine with an astringent lemon dish soap finish.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The body of the beer is light. The beer has a prickly carbonation. I let the beer warm to room temperature and it really didnt improve much. This beer met the sink after a half pint.

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Photo of yankeeheel
1.9/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Umm...this has some problems. First, highly overcarbonated. Wants to escape it's earthly bounds from my pint. Second, a very weak smelling stout. Weak coffee and chocolate at best. I'm being generous.

The taste. A lot of fizz but very little bang. Weak on flavor , strong on bubbles. Mild coffee and dark malt. Perhaps I got a bad batch but this is just horrid.

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Photo of frazbri
2.1/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Cooperstown Strike Out Stout poured black with an offwhite head and suspect bubble structure. Mild aroma of chocolate and fruit. Bittersweet chocolate, charcoal and a bit of fruit for flavor. High carbonation and medium-full body.

Stike One: bubble formation though tall, had the look of a gusher or my 1st attempts at homebrew.

Strike Two: Aroma & flavor not bad, but too weak to put the ball in play.

Strike Three: Gas, not Nolan Ryan's fastball, but good old carbon dioxide. This made it undrinkable. It was just plain gassy.

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Photo of allergictomacros
2.22/5  rDev -36%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A - Pours a pretty dark, almost pitch black, with ruby highlights. Head fizzes up and falls quickly like a soda.

S - Fruity and roasty, with notes of molasses and cocoa.

T/M - Whoa. Dry. Strong, black coffee and a hint of hops in the finish. Very astringent. The actual body itself I would call medium.

D - Not the best I've had. Very in your face with a tannic? astringency and dryness that is very puckery. Kinda harsh.

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Photo of jerryc123
2.38/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Agressive pour into a pint glass from a 12 oz bottle.

Appearance is a dark stout-like with foamy tan head that disappates quickly. No retention and little lacing.

Smell/Aroma/Nose is slightly disagreeable, with the aroma of rancid nuts. Old bottle?

Taste is just OK, not much going on here. What little I can ascertain reminds me of old burnt diner coffee, and is not complimentary. This is not the best example of a stout. Unremarkable with very little character.

Mouthfeel is light and thin for the category, and reminds me more of a porter.

Drinkability: Would not buy again.

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Photo of mdaschaf
2.53/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to THECPJ for grabbing a bottle of this for me up in Cooperstown.

A: Seemed to pour a little thin, but the color is a very deep brown with a one finger tan head on top. Not much retention with the head settling down to a very thin layer of bubbles. Not much lacing.

S: A little bit of roasted malt, a hint of chocolate. It has an aroma that remind of me my first homebrew, a little bit of a plastic bucket aroma.

T: Roasted malt up front with a hint of chocolate, but then the flavor seems to disappear. Slight roast on the finish.

M: Thin bodied with moderate carbonation. Thinner than I like in a stout, seems a bit watery.

O: Had some of the right flavor components, and while I applaud CBC for making a nice simple stout, but I would have liked a bit more.

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Photo of Kegatron
2.58/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a dark brown/almost black with some garnet highlights around the edges and a finger width of foamy tan head. Retention was good but the lace didn't choose to stick on this one, instead opting to just slide down the glass. The aroma is roasted malt, chocolate sweetness, and some funky sour notes.

The taste is of roasted notes, smokiness, some light chocolate and malt sweetness. Unfortunately, that same funky sour character rears it's ugly head and completley kills the beer for me. The mouthfeel isn't much better, being thin and watery with way too much fizzy carbonation in the finish.

I don't know what happened with this guy. I'm not sure if I got a bad bottle or if the funky nature of this Stout just doesn't agree with me but it was one of the few times that I've drain-poured a beer. This guy will definitely be up for a re-review at some point down the line.

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Photo of Da1nonlyBD
2.71/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Black, but not too black. Pretty much your average stout color.

S: Can smell the roasted malts right off the top. Not to strong, but good. Not much of a hop character going on.

T: i dont know what happened here, but it seems a litte watery for me. There's also a wierd veggie taste going on in the backround. Not much in the hops area.

M: Mouthfeel is fine. Carbonated just right.

D: Would be better if I wasnt getting that weird veggie taste.

I had this beer a month ago (didnt review it) and it was a very decent stout. Maybe I happened to get a bad one.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
2.77/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Cuzco for throwing me a few of these in a BIF.

Appearance: Pours a relatively clear darkish brown. Head forms quickly and aggressively. Dark tan/espresso. Huge carbonation. Head forms quickly and disappears almost as fast. It looks and pours like Coke. I'm looking at it, and if I didn't know it was beer, I'd think I just poured a soda. No head retention of lacing. Fizzy.

Smell: Sweet. Leather. Some touches of char. Loads of bitter, dark chocolate. Dark fruit gone a little over prime. Hits like a Tootsie Pop, as in candy sweetness layered over weird chocolate. Slightly roasted. Touches of caramel.

Taste: Milk chocolate. Bright carbonation. Some minor citrus notes? Old leather. Wet cardboard, but it's minor. Some roasted notes. Small caramel sweetness. Odd grassy earthiness. Chocolate, but it's not layered. Minor burnt.

Mouthfeel: Almost comes across as thin because of the carbonation. Seriously overcarbonated. Some dryness on the finish.

Overall: Beer soda.

Is this a real thing? Did I miss the memo? It's malted chocolate soda. It's interesting though.

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Photo of Pencible
2.8/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This poured pitch black with lots of bubbly tan head. It smelled like alcohol, raisins, and heavily roasted mocha. It tasted quite dry, like very dark and bitter chocolate with roasted coffee malt. It was fairly thin and very carbonated, with a mild coffee aftertaste. Overall this was not a good stout. There was no distinguishing character to it, and it was too thin. And like all of the Cooperstown beers, it had way too much head and carbonation. Their beers struggle to conceil the alcohol scent/flavor, and this stout was the only one without the lemon hops scent (thank goodness).

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Photo of CBFanWish
2.85/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours dark brown, almost black with a thick, very thick and frothy tan head. Very reminicent of a root beer. The aroma is dominated by caramel and a bit of a musty aroma. I also sence fruit. The taste isof caramel and in my opinion, not a very good example of a stout.

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Photo of UnionMade
2.91/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The beer pours a clear blackened red, with a thick almondy colored head. Good head retention, with some clumpy lacing.
Aroma is a little thin, but mostly roasted malts. Chocolatey and dark roasted coffee. Dry hoppiness, with a very light hint of cherry.
Flavor is much the same, with hops providing only a little dryness in the finish and a light undertone to the roastiness. Some chocolate and coffee roastiness throughout the sip, although it seems a bit thin. Relatively high carbonation, with a light body.
Not very complex, and I found it to be almost identical to their porter, but i liked that better. Kind of dull and unassuming, not Cooperstown's best effort. My bottle may have been a bit old. I didn't entirely trust the store that I got it from.

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Photo of Reagan1984
2.92/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Well, this is the last of my Cooperstown beers. To be honest, I have not been overwhelmed. Ommegang is worth the trip to Cooperstown... But I'll leave it at that.

This beer poured with a finger thick beige foamy head that formed then immediately vanished. The beer was the color of cola and perhaps a shade or two darker. No lacing at all. Literally looks like soda in the glass.

Aroma was of cocoa powder and some grains.

Flavor was sweet, slightly of cocoa and them a touch of bitter hops near the end. Lots of grain flavor and a bit dry....almost astringent. A bit watery.

Mouth feel was very light. Too light in my opinion.

It's drinkable, but it's not very complex..

Not close to the top stouts I've encountered.

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Photo of ryantaussig
2.93/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Presented in a standard pint glass, this beer required a couple minutes to settle due to an extremely foamy head. After settling to a more manageable head it quickly dissipated with no lacing. Pitch black, even in the light. The nose is very subtle. Some barely malt comes through with a healthy dose of alcohol esters. Taste is malty to start, but very thin. The body leaves one wanting more. Dry finish with an almost soda-like feel. Despite the lack of body, this beer is rather drinkable. I could see myself drinking these in the backyard on a summer day simply because it's so light.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
2.96/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Look: Black with no traces of light passing through this beauty. Brown rings at the top and bottom of the beer. 1/4 inch tan head and very little retention

Smell: Light roasted malt and some chocolate with faint notes of coffee

Taste: Heavy on the roasted malt the flavor is. Ash and hints of black licorice pick up the back end.

Mouthfeel: The beer is way too thin and overly carbonated for my taste

Overall: This one just doesn't do it for me

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Photo of Derek
3.01/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours with a VERY impressive head.

S: Fruity. Dark spicy sugar (treacle, jaggery).

T: Not a lot of flavour. Dark malt, toffee, with a little fruityness from the British yeast.

M: Light body. Way too much carbonation.

D: It's light, without any overpowering flavours. If it wasn't for the carbonation, this could be a session brew.

Thanks Kevin!

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Photo of Gavage
3.06/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: deep black in color with a thick 3" tan colored head.

Smell: the aroma is quite weak as only some hints of coffee and roasted malts are picked up by the nose.

Taste: roasted malts, weak coffee, bitter chocolate, and very mild bitterness. There is a slightly overall burnt quality with this brew.

Mouthfeel: way too crisp for a stout as this is almost prickly on the tongue. Very dry from the start to finish.

Drinkability: the mouthfeel brings this category down a notch, and this is an overall average english stout.

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Photo of riversider76
3.06/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours the darkest of browns. One finger plus tan head, that did not disappear. Good lacing. Smell is weak, roasted coffee,and chocolate mostly. Body is thin with some carbionation.Taste is dry, and roasted, with almost a burnt chocolate aftertaste. I wouldn't go out of my way.

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Photo of Jredner
3.08/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma is mildly roasty, heavier on chocolate and has a very off warm plastic tinge to it. Body is black with a quickly diminishing two finger thick mocha head. This is one of the faster vanishing heads (of this size) I have ever seen. Nice roastey fore that is mildly bitter and a touch thin for a stout. Has some very faint coffee and chocllate notes, but is mostly dominated by the roasted malt flavors. It tastes pretty good actually just doesn’t go anywhere really-like an akward kid dancing in one spot afraid to move his legs. The finish is very watery even for a sweet stout and that really kills the feel of the beer style wise, but flavor wise it’s okish.

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Photo of xgrigorix
3.08/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Twelve ounce brown bottle - no dates.

Dark brown - borderline black. Beige coloured head quickly recedes into a thin halo.

Deep roasted grain aromas. Light notes of coffee.

Subtle coffee, & dry roast grain. Hints of fruit come & go. Pretty one dimensional in the flavour department. Medium bodied, easy carbonation. Not all that interesting.

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Photo of sabrills70
3.13/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an almost jet black with very little head but decent lace. Smells of an average stout, a nice roasted malt with some coffee and chocolate notes. Taste again of an average stout although more roasted maltiness than hop bitterness. High carbonation. A slightly better than average stout. Had qualities more of a porter than a stout, but a good brew.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.18/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Cooperstown Brewing, Milford, NY

An ok stout, but not quite as good as the porter. Poured heavy, dark brown to black, with some head. Aroma was of malts and slightly stale coffee, and the taste was similar. Not too potent in the taste department. Medium mouthfeel...not necessarily watery, but not quite what I look for in a stout.

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