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RATINGS: 65   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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To give this beer a wonderful roasted flavor, we added unmalted, very darkly roasted barley. The roasted barley is mixed with a generous portion of chocolate colored malt giving the Blast Furnace Stout a beautiful ruby hue.

We used our finest hops unsparingly to create a delicately balanced bitterness with a rich roastiness and fresh hop aroma. The East Kent Goldings hops were added with heavy hands at two different times. This unbridled addition grants a full hop flavor to our heavenly drink.

Editor’s note: This brewery uses Church Brew Blast Furnace Stout as a name for one of their beers (an oatmeal stout), but the name remains on the board at all times to signify that they always have a rotating stout which is not necessarily the BFS. Please check with your bartender to see which stout is currently on tap.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
agl108 (784) - Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2010
On draft at Church Brew Works. Poured deep, dark brown with bubbly tan head. Roasty nose. Flavor is of sweet malt with a roasty backbone. Some dark chocolate also noticeable as well. Extremely thin.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
douglas88 (5896) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 23, 2009
On tap at the brewery. Apparently this name covers a rotating version of Stouts, this was a Oatmeal Stout. Pours a dark brown color with a medium beige head. A sweet milky aroma, lightly roasted malts. The flavor was nice; milky chocolate, roasted malts, smooth and tasty. Nice.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
WVHouseofBeer (801) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - NOV 28, 2009
Had on tap at the Church Brew Works restaurant. Poured a pitch black with a small tan head that left a bit of lacing. Aromas and flavors of oatmeal, roasted malt, vanilla and coffee. Finished smooth and slightly sweet. A pretty good stout.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JaBier (4842) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - NOV 15, 2009
Sample at CBW. Darkest brown pour with a big beige head. Oatmeal and roast aroma with a hint of coffee. Roasted malt flavor with a bit of chocolate and a sorta thin finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pinkzambia (1456) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 16, 2009
Tap @ brew pub: Dark brown color with a unexpected, but pleasant hoppy aroma. You can definitely taste the additional hops which was different, but good for Church since most of their beers taste the same. This one actually stands out. I would add that it has less of a "Sweet Stout" finish and more of a Porter. Anyway, pretty good.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrZao (128) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 24, 2009
On tap at the Church. Deep brown black pour with very little head. Cocoa and coffee aroma was mild but very noticeable in the flavor, particularly on the finish which was nice, clean, and dry. Palate was nice and well rounded but not too thick, which I liked. Overall a nice stout, but I prefer their more rich and wine-like Imperial Stout.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
zach8270 (3423) - Henrietta, New York, USA - SEP 20, 2009
(draft @ Church Brew Works - Pittsburgh, PA) Dark black with a soapy looking tan head. Aroma is very roasty and malty with light hints of chocolate and bitter hops. Flavor is very nicely roasted, counterbalanced with a mild hop bitterness and light chocolate. Went down very smooth.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
auerbrau (3164) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - MAR 18, 2009
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a deep black-brown, with a creamy hazlenut whipped cream head. Silky. Nice solid roast nose, backed with fresh coffee, light alcohol, and cream. Flavor is soft and balanced, with fresh crisp black roast and nice soft alcohol content. Not overly expressive, but a bit salty and oaky as this kind of stout should be. Bright and fresh. Very nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blipp (5974) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - JAN 31, 2009
Draft from the brewpub. Pours dark brown with a beige head. Roasty aroma with a touch of sweetness. Dry roasted flavor, a little bit nutty, and a hint of coffee. Pretty bad.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Nate (3708) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 20, 2008
On tap at Club 3000, PNC Park. Nice roasted chocolate malt aroma, mild hops. Coffee and chocolate with roasted grain. Dark brown-black clear with light tan foamy lacing head. Medium body with light carbonation, not quite as heavy as body. Good chocolate taste, with roasted-burnt grain, coffee and molasses with light hoppy bitter finish. Not too harsh, nor cloying. Fairly well balanced and easy drinking.
Earlier Rating: 8/17/2006 Total Score: 2.7
Light roasted malt, mild smokiness and bit of coffee. Very mild hops in the nose. A tad chocolatey but not a strong aroma. Dark brown black clear with no head. Thin watery body with mild to medium carbonation. Mild sweet roasty notes. Light grains. Some chocolate. No real bitterness or dryness, with smooth sweet finish. Has a bit of vanilla. An OK stout, but again I think this is aimed at people used to IC Light or something.


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