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Blast Furnace Stout | Church Brew Works

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4.03/5
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44 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Church Brew Works
Pennsylvania, United States
churchbrew.com

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-24-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#7,955
Reviews:
23
Ratings:
44
pDev:
9.93%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
3
Trade:
0
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3/5  rDev -25.6%

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3/5  rDev -25.6%

Photo of MarineHokie
3.38/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Opaque black-brown with a thin but creamy tan head.

S - Burnt dark malts dominate a slightly alcoholic aroma.

T - Slighlty vinous/sour. Dark malts present but not over powering. Tastes dubbel-like and alcoholic.

M - Thin body for OS, I'm just not picking up the oats.

D - Drinks like an 8-9% beer to me.

This brew was not what I expected based on its style and description. Not sure if it was me or the beer. Having enjoyed many Church brews in the past (pre BA for me), I will re-review in the future.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The appearance was a dark brown close to black color with a finger’s worth of white foamy head that dissipated pretty quick. Streamy lace. The aroma had a good amount of roasted dark malts, substantial milk chocolate tones, some dark chocolate, some woodiness and a little bit of smoke. The flavor was towards the roasty side at first and bit into the sweetness slightly. Long roasty aftertaste and finish. The palate was about medium bodied and leaning towards a decent sipping quality about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt fine. Roastiness doesn’t feel a bit bigger than expected but I didn’t mind. Overall, pretty damn good stout that I would love to have again.

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Photo of grayburn
3.56/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a pitch black with a dark head, reminiscent of a much larger stout. Decent lacing.
A bit of malt, little to no hops, decent nose.
A bit of a sweet stout, just a touch of lactose, kind of surprising. Good flavor, I could go for a few more ibus though.
very smooth in the mouth, and also very easy to drink. This beer did not blow me away, but was certainly an above average beer. Excellent place.

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Photo of BierReise
3.57/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz Bomber Overcarbonated bottle poured with all head to begin with. Eventually got a glass full. Black with a hint of ruby at the edges. Aroma is sweet with notes of chocolate and hops. Body is spoiled by too much carbonation. Eases up a bit after sitting awhile. Flavor like an oatmeal stout, sweet slightly nutty and hoppy. Roasted malts are nice. Overall a good stout but too much carbonation in my bottle.

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Photo of aracauna
3.66/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is black but with some brown around the edges with a good cream-colored head. There’s a nice roasty bloom in both the aroma and the flavor, but it’s short. It’s tasty, but it needs more body and something to give that roastiness a backbone on which to rest.

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Photo of brother_rebus
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Very dark blackish brown. Unfortunately the head dissipated almost immediately. No smell save a mossy smell. Tastes auite delicious. A bit burnt. A bit dry. Fleeting carbonation. Lingering malt like a porter. Not terrible. Wouldnt buy again. But would drink it if offered fo free.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of misternebbie
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Louski
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.87/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bigdeuce
3.91/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was the best beer I had at this nice, classy restaurant. The head was tight, never left, leaving nice lacing. Coffee, chocolate, and whiskey dominated the flavor. Seemed as if the beer was stronger than what it was, but a terrific session beer, and a cool place.

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Photo of sinistrsam
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a typical pint glass, the beer was brown-black, not much light getting through, with a weak-looking head.
The aroma was of roasted malts, caramel, very mild dark fruits if any, smoke, mild coffee. Overall pleasing.
The taste incorporated several things; coffee beans: that roasty, smoky, acrid taste. Sour but but tart. Roated malts, mild fruits, mild alcohol awareness.
The feel was very pleasant; a little thin and watery but left a good taste. Clean and dry aftertaste, somewhat smooth.
It was the best standard beer they had on tap, by far. That having been said, it was only a mediocre representation of the style, but a good try nonetheless.

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Photo of apasternak
4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a black hue with a one finger frothy tan head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a burnt grain, dry coffee and charcoal.

The taste consisted of an upfront dry burnt grain that softened up very little. Serious dry coffee at the finish.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a pretty good stout. A bit too dry for an oatmeal stout however.

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Photo of themanilow
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of ArkyVaughan
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PittBeerGirl
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of buzzedup
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of veggiemafia
4.01/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On cask in church in a nonic pint.

Came to the table VERY pretty. Creamy creamy luscious tan head on top of slightly brownish blackness.

Smell is a little...unique. Replete with warm smells of roasted malt, with an interesting hop backbone and something I can put my finger on. Maybe like walnuts or something like that. A little funky for me, but still very nice.

Taste is excellent. Very well balanced with a big hit from the roasted malt, especially evident on cask. Not the most complex brew, but very very nice, nonetheless.

Mouthfeel is, as indicated, perfect. Creamy and smooth and thick and warm and awesome.

This is a sipper when it's on cask, as opposed to a very easy drinker when it's on tap. The cask really brought out the roasted malt, which was nice, but you can't really throw it back as easily as you can on tap.

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Photo of smibroncos
4.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A.Poured a rich dark opaque black, with light particles. A creamy lasting tan head, arose from the brew. It had a nice lasting lace.

S. Leaves, oatmeal, bread, buscuits.

T. Not a coffe or chocolate flavor. More of oat bread, and barlet. Not too sweet, and a good bitterness.

M. Medium bodied, Chewy texture, and lively carbonation.

D. A gret brew, Not your typical chocolate, coffee, concoction. Lots of grain apppeal.

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