Strike Out Stout | Cooperstown Brewing Company

97 Reviews
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

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Added by OldFrothingSlosh on 10-23-2001

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - dark, like a stout should be, thick and dark with a tan head held aloft by obscured carbonation

S - not too complex of an aroma, chocolatey with some nice coffee notes, but rich roasted malts permeate and dominate

T - subtle and subdued flavors, espresso (chocolate/coffee) flavors hit first, some roasted malts fill out the background

M&D - smooth, and light bodied, a pretty good stout, definitely of the english variety, you can fell it in the body, not too thick and a mellow rounded flavor, but still a quality brew that upholds the Cooperstown reputation

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 bjohnson
3.62/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle. Apparently that's an mirrored Koufax on the label (said a brewery assistant).

A: Pours a very dark dark brown with slight red hues at the bottom of the glass. Huge two finger caramel colored head that looks like a rootbeer float. Very fizzy but dissipates to about one finger.
S: Aromas of coffee with a slight sweetness. Has a little metallic smell also.
T & M: Carbonation is pretty big up front making it slightly watery at first, but a nice smooth aftertaste of coffee and sweet toffee hangs towards the back of the mouth on the taste buds. Suprisingly smooth. Tastes a bit like coffee ice cream. Slight metallic taste at the front of the tongue. Low to medium body on this one.
D: A drinkable beer, but there are others out there that are a bit more full bodied. Very low abv allows this to somewhat be a session beer if you've got a bunch of them. Would like to see it on tap if possible.

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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 Ego
3.88/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from the "dugout" 12 pack, best by 6/30/6, finishing out the 6 beers from cooperstown... very up and down in their selections, the porter and special ale impressed.. will this one?

one full finger of head that dissapates at a reasonable pace, dark as kit, you know, the trans am from knight rider, except this beer doesn't have the ultra cool red light on the front going back and forth... on a side note, didn't it crack you the F up when people actually had that crap on their trans ams? man that was funny... anyway, back to the beer... the lacing is like a rising and falling tide (yeah, I use that analogy alot, what are you going to do about it tough guy?), the bubbles are uniform as all hell and there is a lovely O ring sticking around now that this one has settled in, this is a nice lookin stout, about half a chubby...

ringwood can be so damn distracting.. grrr, slightly roasted butterscotch, dunkin donuts coffee tones, sweet maltiness, not bad

taste etc...
the carbonation is interesting here, it is very prickly, unlike a lot of stouts, there is a rather nice ashen/burnt aftertaste left behind, full tasting in the mouth and going down, mouthfeel is very good, the hops are there in a mild fashion laying down a comfy sheet of subtle bitterness to accent the roasted tones here, the tones all around are pretty subtle aside from the aftertaste which makes this very drinkable... I prefer a deeper roast/coffee flavor but that is a personal preference...

this one is good, one of the better ones they make.

a note on the brewery.. if you are going to make baseball centric brews... why not have some history on the bottles promoting the game etc... it strikes me (pun) as odd that there is no such effort on the bottles...

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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 deBeers
3.56/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Just cracked the bottle (last night) and a quick whiff from the bottle suggests hints of rum, figs, plums and a touch of molasses.

This beer EXPLODES with gargantuan amounts of carbonation leading to a monsterously creamy head that will jump your glass if your not careful! I poured this into a chalice, wine glass, and brandy snifter for kicks.

Smells metallic once poured. Very audible & thick head that turns clumpy, yet still massive when it begins to dissipate in the chalice and wine glass. Looks more of a dark barleywine ale in the brandy snifter.

Tasted of roasted barley and toffee on the first sip. OVERPOWERING carbonation. Brankdysnifter glass is good make this more drinkible asap. The other two are nice to let set in. The chalice is ideal for letting this beer sit for about 45-60 minutes before drinking.

An hour later...there's a thin concentric ring of head in the wine glass and chalice w/the an island of foam in the middle of each one. The brandysnifter should be drank during the waiting period, or else it will go to flat especially if sitting for more than hour.

Light ruby brown in the light and a dark mahogany with ruby highlights on the sides of the glass out of direct light.

Yum, tasty beer when it sits a wee bit. If it was a bit thicker with more prouned flavor it would be an outstanding specimen. Right now it's mediocre at best but worth a try if you come across a bottle. Great bottle presentation if your a sportsfan too. Love the bottlecap. Not sure how it does in relation to the style (English stout).

Roasted coffee flavor is the dominant taste right now. Surprisingly quaffable w/o the carbonation. Nice, warming feeling as well. So make sure to fill the chalice or whatever glassware you deem fits!


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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.81/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Props to the cool bottle caps from Coops that have the baseball imprint. Cracked open with a sshhh!

Pours with a fury of a head cap of glass filling brown head cap foamer topping off the glass and then some capping a stormy night dark brown buh-lack hue. A pour dimple dent was left in the glass. This beer is happy to see me!

Aroma is plowing ahead roasted malts and some sharp metallic notes.

First swigs: Solid coffee and roasted malts to go around. Slight cocoa meets a cream & sugar coffee with plenty of sweet malt backing. Straight up stout flavors.

Last swigs: Flowing carbonation that seems unending in the ole kisser. Thanks to DeBeers for the bottle. A bit of a tongue coater. Glad to have finally tried this fine version.

Beer is good. Happy traded beering.

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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 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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Photo of Naes
3.86/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The appearance is jet black with a tall dark tan head that dissipates quickly with almost no lacing.

The aroma is dominated by its malt and gives off hints of chocolate.

Its flavor is a nice blend of velvety chocolate, toffee and coffee. This is a very malty brew with a tiny presence of hops in the finish.

Mouth feel is medium bodied and moderately carbonated.

This is an easy going beer that goes down smooth. It’s much better than I remember it being.

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Photo of palma
3.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Opaque dark brown body. Nice size fluffy tan head which then fades into a consistent lace.
Bitter coffee aroma. Hints of roasted nuts and very light clove.
Taste is instant coffee, mild hops, and light chocolate notes. Semi-dry finish. A little tart in the aftertaste.
It does have a thin mouthfeel. Especially for a stout. Although, I do like my stouts thinner than most people do.
Very drinkable. Im not a big stout fan, but this one went down real easy.

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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 FranklinPCombs
3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
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 -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 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 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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Strike Out Stout from Cooperstown Brewing Company
3.47 out of 5 based on 129 ratings.
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