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 brentk56
3.42/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a pitch black color with a huge head - too much, in fact, though the retention is good; not much lacing, surprisingly

Smell: Dark chocolate, rather sweet, with a hint of coffee

Taste: Sweet, dark chocolate, up front; the same in the middle and in the finish; obviously, not much complexity

Mouthfeel: A real problem here, as the medium body is overwhelmed by fizzy carbonation, that prickles the tastebuds

Drinkability: The mouthfeel mars what would otherwise be a decent, though not complex, stout

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Photo of oberon
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a near jet black but there was a touch of redish hue when in the light a thinner off white head on top that left no lace as it settled quickly.Highly roasted aromas of espresso roast coffee and unsweetened chocolate,this is one dry ass stout roasted to the hilt and quite earthy almost to much so dark roast coffee and cola flavors with dry woody-like finish.If you like ultra dry stouts this is for you I would have liked a touch of sweetness but this has some nice qualities to it.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 WesWes
3.76/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark black with a thick tan head that doesn't last. The aroma is musty with a dark malt appeal. The taste is good. There seems to be lots of chocolate malt used in this one along with patent malt. It's smooth going down and leaves you with that dark malt aftertaste. It is a low bodied beer for being as dark as it is. It's an average stout at best. It tastes mysteriously like a homebrew that I conjured up. Not at all what I would consider a good commercial replica.

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Photo of biegaman
3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ink black in colour. Opaque complexion. A minimal level of creamy, ocher hued head. Dotty lacing. Simple, not overly attractive but certainly respectable. Looks the part for a stout.

The aroma harbors faint notes of chocolate and coffee. The malts carry a heavy roast element. There is even a considerable presence of smoked character. It is very nice. My only complaint (and a very valid one, I feel) is that it dies out far too quickly and can only be enjoyed through the demanding need for constant swirling.

The mouthfeel has a crisp bitterness, on the lower end of the scale, but present and sharp nevertheless. A coarse, chalky, mineral filled water must have been used, this certainly has aimed for (and hit) that aspect of the English style. The water profile suits the beer well, lending it some body. There is a slight note of smoke on the finish.

The flavours starts to delve closer to the American style, showcasing soft notes of coffee and roast, chocolate malts. Hint of tobacco. A good depth to the malt bill has created layers of flavour, all aspects balanced well. It pairs well with a number of deserts, including the chocolate chip cookies I plan to enjoy soon...

While many American brewers load up the malts, jack up the alcohol, and have kicked the stout up a few notches, Cooperstown keep their Strike Out Stout to more traditional means. For that reason it's largely unexciting in comparison, but that can't be held against it. All aspects considered this is a fine, rather sessionable stout.

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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 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 akorsak
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a pint of Strike Out Stout served in a tumbler.

Appearance: The ale is pitch black and allows no light to escape. There is a smallish head that was much more robust on initial pour.

Smell: The stout has some roasted malt aromas, as well as hints of chocolate.

Taste: The stout has nice roasted malt depth up front. That transitions into a smoother chocolatey flavor. My only complaint is that the flavors are kind of thin and don't last too long, although the roasted aftertaste lingers, if the flavor in the beer doesnt.

Mouthfeel: The ales flavors are a little thin, but what is there is good.

Drinkability: Not my first choice for a stout, this beer is still a decent representative.

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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 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 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 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 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 Dogbrick
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Courtesy of Kahn's in Indy. This beer is nearly opaque and almost black with a medium thick dark brown head. Thin and sticky lacing. The aroma is roasted coffee and some malt. Medium to rich body, with a sweet character here and there. Roasted coffee, malt and some hops in the flavor. The finish thins out a bit and is only mildly sweet, but this is still a fairly good Stout.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.26/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours black with a tannish carmel colored head. Aromas of caramel and a roasty malt presence. Tastes of the same, small amount of caramel, roasty malt and a chocolate presence. Light in the body with a clean end. It has a very nice flavor, for a lighter body.

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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 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 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 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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