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 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 angrybabboon
3.27/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for giving me a bottle of this

Consumed 8/14/12

Appearance: Black with some brown around the edges, pours with a very large, fizzy, tan head - quickly fades to a creamy, yet mostly fizzy cap, then to nothing - minimal lacing

Smell: Lots of chocolate - chocolate malts, dark chocolate - lightly burnt and roasty - some light sweetness, slightly candy-like, like a Tootsie Roll - some other malty aroma, kind of reminds me of oats

Taste: Again, chocolate and not much else - chocolate malts, dark chocolate, and Tootsie Rolls - lightly sweet, lightly burnt, not particularly bitter - roasty, earthy, and dry - a vague hint of grassy hops

Mouthfeel: Oddly fizzy and overly carbonated - kind of tastes like soda from a fountain - somewhat light body, weird

Overall: Good, but with some notable flaws

There are some good aromas and flavors here. Unfortunately, there are some notable issues with the mouthfeel. Dry and roasty, yet fizzy and seltzer-like. Not bad, but far from great.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Black, very carbonated, two finger tan head that doesn't last long, ruby brown around the edges.

S-Roasted malt, smokiness and coffee.

T-Starts with nice blend of roasted malt and coffee with some chocolate sneaking in.

M-Light to medium bodied and highly carbonated.

O-A nice beer, as it warms it doesn't seem to improve which I found odd for a stout.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.23/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a clear looking dark brown with a thick tan head. The beer looks, smells, tastes, and feels watery. The head falls flat quickly and does not leave lacing. The smell is a subtle roasted (maybe toasted) caramel. The aftertaste is a lingering bit of that roastiness.
Nothing special and I will probably never try this beer again.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown, almost black, with a beige inch and a half creamy head that leaves an even coating of thick lace.

Rich, roasted malt with milk chocolate, molasses, and some black coffee emanate from a Rohrbach pint glass.
Essentially one dimensional roasted malt. There is some milk chocolate with light sweetness and bitterness that carry into a short finish.

Medium body and smooth with fizzy carbonation and a drying sensation.

This stout is easy drinking and enjoyable with a burger. I would imagine it would be just as good with a steak. With such low alcohol, one could easily drink several in an afternoon.

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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 MsRif
3.32/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Had from a bottle at their brewery. Poured a dark brown/black color that was totally opaque. Decent head that receded slowly and left nice lacing. Had an aroma of sweet malts, chocolate and coffee. Taste was similar. Pretty basic stout.

Mouthfeel was medium which was the biggest bummer of all from this brew. When drinking a stout I don't want to sense any watery-ness to it. Unfortunately, this was. It wasn't bad, just basic, and I wouldn't have had more than a sample.

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Photo of smcolw
3.24/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dark brown where the barest of light comes through. The head is similar to soda pop fizz--it starts off large but dies within then dies within seconds.

Chocolately sweet to the nose. Powdered cocoa as a secondary aroma.

The flavor is closer to dry. The body is quite thin for the style and the very high carbonation exasperates this feature. Short aftertaste of weak coffee.

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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 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 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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Photo of Parrotbeak
3.67/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very dark shade of brown--bordering on black--with a massive, frothy, tan head that slowly recedes.
Smell is creamy, roasted malts with moderate notes of caramel, cocoa, and milk chocolate. Faint, fruity esters as well.
Taste is slightly bitter and roasty notes up front. Faint hops follow, with some equally faint cocoa and caramel on a clean finish.
For this style, the mouthfeel is a little off. The level of carbonation is too high, and it stunts the depth of flavor one should pick up in a good stout. Very tingly on the tongue, with a dry finish. Medium-light body.
Drinkability is good. Decent tasting beer that is quite easy to drink.

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Photo of Deuane
3.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Deep, black/brown with a thin dark tan head that reduces to a ring of retention and leaves spotty lace.

S-Roasted malt, earthy, fresh ground coffee and hints of sweet caramel and toffee.

T-Rather rich roasted malt with nice chocolate notes and a touch of coffee. Earthy hop notes in the finish.

M-Medium bodied and fairly smooth with good lingering flavours and a building charcoal like dryness.

D-Solid and well constructed yet, simple, unassuming and easy to drink. This is the type of beer you could have around and use as your "go to" stout.

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

Poured pitch black from a 12 oz bottle with no ABV or freshness date on the bottle and a MASSIVE dark tan head that dissipates slowly.
Aroma is roasted malts/coffee, dark cocoa and hints of alcohol and some fruity esters.
Taste is predominantly dark, bitter cocoa and roasted coffee. The heavy carbonation leaves a strange after-feeling. The carbonation is not visible thru the pitch black opaque beer, but the surface is constantly bubbling, and bubbling at some rate. Hints of roasted nuts in the aftertaste too.
There is hardly any lacing along the glass, and I am assuming it is due to the high carbonation.
Mouthfeel is not what I was expecting, and as mentioned earlier, it is the carbonation.
Overall, an interesting stout with a bevy of interesting flavors. Worth a try.

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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 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 r0nyn
3.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into my trusty Troegs pint glass.

Pours a dark, dark brown from the bottle that resolves into an inky black liquid in the glass. Big, thick bubbly tan head that quickly recedes to nothing. Can see quite a bit of carbonation bubbling at the top. Pretty standard look for a stout, but then again I never tire of the big, black boldness good ones have. Smells like dark chocolate with a lot of roasted malts. Hints of caramel and just a slight tinge of alcohol round out the nose. Really quite nice.

Starts out with an odd astringent bite that takes me by surprise. It slips into some of that roasted maltiness coupled with chocolate sweetness and coffee bitterness. The astringency is present from the initial sip to the finish, becoming almost tart. Not really unpleasant, just distracting. The flavor isn't as complex as it could be. Mouthfeel is where I really have to ding this beer, unfortunately. Carbonation is far too obtrusive, coating the tongue and exacerbating the astringency. On top of that, it's light bodied, so it doesn't really carry a stout oomph to it. A bit disappointed with this aspect.

The mouthfeel and odd taste issues give this brew a less than desirable drinkability, I'm afraid. It wasn't a drain pour for me, but polishing it off got a bit difficult at the end. Strike Out Stout starts off promising like a 3-0 count, but whiffs on some high cheese and off-speed stuff before finally getting punched out looking.

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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 jwinship83
3.51/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle that lacks freshness information drank out of a standard american pint glass. thanks to the people that brought this back from the brewery for me.

A- this one pouts out a pretty dark brown colored body with ruby red highlights that can be seen when it is held up to a light. a rather large head of khaki colored bubbles forms on top and sticks around for a while. small rings of lacing are left behind.

S- the smell on this one is pretty mild compared to what i was expecting. roasted malts up first. after that comes a decent amount of sweet milk chocolate and a lesser amount of semi sweet dark chocolate. a little bit of coffee at the end.

T- the taste is equally as subdued as the nose. the roasted malts are there, but come through rather weakly. the milk chocolate that i could smell is back and gives this one a nice overall sweetness. dark chocolate and the faintest coffee finish round this one out.

M- the mouthfeel is a little thin and watery for a stout. the carbonation seems on point, despite the rather large head.

D- english stouts arnt the style im most familiar with, so take the above review with a grain of salt. that being said, this was a sessionable beer with more flavor than many other beers of this strength. if i had this constantly available to me, i could see myself drinking this pretty often.

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Photo of mgbickel
3.45/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Perfect Pint glass. A single finger of tan foam quickly formed and dissipated almost as rapidly. The body is dark brownish black with amber edges.

The nose is pretty subtle...roasted malts, watery coffee, light cream and cocoa.

The taste is right in line with the nose...the malts are present throughout, but the roasted characters are only present at the finish. As the drink warms, the flavors get watered down and blander.

The mouth feel is pretty thin, watery and lightly carbonated.'s drinkable, but not sure I will buy another. Worth a try, but I think there are better examples of the style out there.

On a side note...awesome cap!

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A gift from Dave at Bellport Beer and Soda. Thanks buddy.

Sandy Kofax with a different number? Opaque black with a decent dark cocoa colored head. Few sticky lace structures left by a skim retention. Retention almost made it to glass bottom.

Smells of Hershey's chocolate and iced light roast chicory coffee. Aroma is good, just needs to be stronger.

Tea sour and sweet tobacco up front followed by a sensationally pleasing roast milk chocolate and herbal lemon hop in back. Like the back not so good from the front.

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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 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 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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