Strike Out Stout | Cooperstown Brewing Company

Strike Out StoutStrike Out Stout
BA SCORE
3.48/5
129 Ratings
Strike Out StoutStrike Out Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cooperstown Brewing Company
New York, United States
cooperstownbrewing.com

Style: English Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by OldFrothingSlosh on 10-23-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#39,771
Reviews:
97
Ratings:
129
pDev:
18.1%
Bros Score:
4.18
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
2
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 129 |  Reviews: 97
Photo of xgrigorix
3.08/5  rDev -11.5%
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 FranklinPCombs
3.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pretty standard off the rack stout look to this beer, with almost as much head as there would be beer if you could fit the whole thing into a glass in one pour. The smell is also fairly standard, with a nice light and sharp malt backbone with chocolates and coffees over the top of that. It's much lighter, and far sharper than some stouts I've had, and I'd say the smell is a bit weak overall. The taste as well, pretty straight forward, malts, hops with a good deal of burnt chocolate and roast coffee beans in it. The mouthfeel is very light and almost fluffy in some way, because of the large amount of carbonation. This beer is nice and simple, nothing astounding, but definately something good to drink.

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Photo of sabrills70
3.13/5  rDev -10.1%
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 ybnorml
4.07/5  rDev +17%
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 sulldaddy
4.05/5  rDev +16.4%
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 TheLongBeachBum
4/5  rDev +14.9%
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 wyllder
3.32/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours from the glass a deep black, allowing no light to slip through, with a weak, caramel colored fizzy head that eventually fizzles to nothingness.

Smells on the nose are mildly hoppy with a chocolate character behind the hops.

First hit on the palate is ok, with chocolate and coffee making themselves known, along with some average hoppiness. Progressing through the bottle, things tend to thin out and the moutfheel turns watery too quick.

What starts out with some potential quickly peters out to, at best, an average interpretation of the style.

Wyll-

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Photo of waughbrew
1.5/5  rDev -56.9%
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 PhantomVodoo
3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mega huge, dark tan head. Dark brown to black. Nearly opaque in the glass.
Mild aroma of chocolate and mild to medium roasty malt. Bit earthy.

Taste is good, but pretty mild. Chocolate and roasty malt. Smooth. Tad earthy. Nice balance.

Ton of carbonation to the mouthfeel.
Very drinkable. Crossover, session material.
Overall, a solid stout. Big thanks to OldFrothingSlosh for the bottle!

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
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 HappyHourHero
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Burnt malt, coco, vinuous alcoholic raisins in the aroma. Giant, active, dark hazelnut colored head left some decent lace. Dark opaque brown colored beer with the slightest ruby hue around the bottom edge of the glass. A light bodied beer with lots of carbonation keeps the flavor from touching the tongue. I swear this is an oatmeal stout, it's got that oat flavor and there's something about the aftertaste it leaves. The flavor is light, some bitter coffee, a pinch of coco, and a little dark wine. Reminds me a lot of the oatmeal stout I homebrewed, which I didn't think turned out all that well.

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Photo of CBFanWish
2.85/5  rDev -18.1%
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 OldFrothingSlosh
3.31/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This 12oz. amber bottle offering from Cooperstown poured a spectacular inky blackness with a noisy, rocky and frothy tan-colored head that eventually settled down to a finger-thin level. Very nice patchy lacing of the glass. Aromas are hard to pick up. Soft aromas of brewed coffe and sweet chocolate. Flavor falls short for the style. It just tasted like all of the "oomph!" had been taken out of this beer. Firm toasty base with cooking fire smokiness layered on top. Dark chocolate is also noted, but again, it's not doing much to make its case. Finishes with a sweet dryness that borders on puckering. Mouthfeel is definitely on the thin side, with a low-medium carbonation. Drinkability is tolerable, but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of marburg
4.13/5  rDev +18.7%
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 yankeeheel
1.9/5  rDev -45.4%
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 beernut7
3.4/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep black syrup with a very creamy mocha head. The aroma is heavily smoky with a distinct chocolate presence. The body is a bit sharp with smoke overtones and hints of black malt. The bitterness is moderate with a bit of hop spice in the finish. Like the porter, could us a bit more stoutness of body.

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Photo of goz
4.1/5  rDev +17.8%
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 UnionMade
2.91/5  rDev -16.4%
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 WesWes
3.76/5  rDev +8%
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 ElGuapo
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An opaque dark chocolate colored brew topped by a creamy mass of tan foam that coats the glass with lace. Aroma is sweet, lacking the roastiness I would want, but it does have a nice chocolate presence.

Roasty with a touch of coffee, and an ongoing chocolate flavor that is oh so nice. The body is medium full, but that is a tad thin for my liking. I would also ask for a bit more roastiness as there is a lot of sweet malts that need to take second in command to that deep dark character I love in a stout. Overall, this is a pretty good brew. I would sure love to check out a few more from this brewery, but it looks like someone stole my Benchwarmer.

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Photo of Gusler
4.03/5  rDev +15.8%
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 Bighuge
1.36/5  rDev -60.9%
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 pbrian
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lightly roasted and chocolately with a good fruity base. Medium bodied and spritzy on the tongue. Finishes dry and easy. Perfectly fine in all aspects but nothing that smacks you in the face, which, incidentally, makes it very enjoyable and drinkable.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.93/5  rDev +12.9%
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 Murph
3.98/5  rDev +14.4%
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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Strike Out Stout from Cooperstown Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.48 out of 5 with 129 ratings
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