Church Brew Blast Furnace Stout
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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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopscotch (9520) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 30, 2004
Pitch black ale that turns out to be cola-colored when held up to bright light. Small, very creamy, khaki head. Good retention with stratus lacing. Malty and toasty nose... vanilla, cocoa and nuts. The flavor is perfectly balanced with tangy hops and other wonderful, roasted flavors, molasses and chocolate. Medium-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Lengthy, pleasantly bitter, lightly burnt finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (8677) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 21, 2006
Sample at the brewpub. Pours pitch black with a wispy tan head and thin spotty lacing. Pleasant aroma of coffee and malt. Smooth and rich mouthfeel with toasted malt, coffee and chocolate flavors. The finish is bittersweet chocolate with a lingering touch of hops afterward. Solid all around.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (8060) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 1, 2006
Draft @ Coles in Buffalo listed as Blast Furnace Oatmeal Stout. Black body with a small off white head. Muted roasty malt aroma, flavour is likewise. Mild roast in the flavour with very small touches of dark chocolate and lingering roast in the aftertaste. Average to medium palate. (3+) Bit simplistic but pleasant enough.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 20, 2007
Growler courtesy of lukin013. Pours brown with a creamy tan head. Smells nutty with some underlying chocolate. Tastes nutty with a nicely balanced amount ofroastiness. A bit on the watery side, but otherwise an above average stout with an herbal semi-sweet finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blipp (6349) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
douglas88 (6324) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
blankboy (6271) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 29, 2005
Draught at Cole’s, Buffalo NY. Pours a dark reddish-black with a spare off-white head. Mild aroma of oil and roasted malt -- it smells nice but it’s a little odd for a Stout. Flavour of roasted malt, chocolate, oatmeal and a touch of hops. Medium bodied. Pretty good, I’d gladly have it again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BBB63 (6154) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 15, 2004
Bottle: Nearly opaque with a creamy head and good lace. The aroma has notes of toasty, nutty, and smoky malts. Additionally a fruity (plum and apple) , floral, light pine and dusty yeast esters also greets the nose. The taste starts with a good roasted oat character balanced out by mild bitters. Fruity and earthy undertone. The feel is smooth and creamy. A wonderful brew with good complexity. Thanks Jeff for sharing the bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HogTownHarry (6129) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - NOV 26, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2006 Draught. At Cole’s, Buffalo NY. Poured deep reddish-black with a small beige head. Aroma of dark chocolate, roasty nutty malt, pine needles, very oily and resiny. Taste is solid over-roast malt, plenty of bitterness from the hops, roast coffee beans - gets a touch sour on warming. Average mouthfeel, slightly acidic and dry. Overall a solid stout, a little drier than your normal sweet stout, perhaps a little watery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SudsMcDuff (5935) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - AUG 23, 2012
Had on Draft as Oatmeal Stout .. last stop of the day- Church Brew Works brewpub; Pittsburgh,PA .. deep brown .. light head, medium lacing .. simple chocolate and brown bread crust .. . light mouth .. tasty but to simple .. . . hey! i need that to live!!

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