ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAY 24, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle says 6.7%. Poured into a pint glass and consumed relatively warm.
A: Pours a dark burgundy color with good opacity. The head is a two finger khaki shade. I donít like how fizzy it looks, nor do I like its poor retention. Forget about lacing on the glass, ícause there isnít any. Addendum: at a colder temperature, the head has a creamier texture and retains itself more solidly. Therefore, it deserves a higher mark here.
S: Itís got the coffee character I like in my coffee stouts - not too stale or mild. A hint of balancing chocolate sweetness and mild hoppiness helps to break up the monotony. But even if it was completely one note, Iíd still enjoy the coffee character a great deal.
T: At first, thereís a mild chocolate and caramel character. After the midpoint, coffee takes center stage. I also notice a distant aftertaste of mild hops. Itís mostly a coffee bomb with only touches of chocolate, so thank cripes that it seems very fresh and flavorful to me.
M: Quite thin in body. Since this is a single stout, I can forgive that. Itís not really creamy, either, which is perhaps less forgivable. Still, the mouthfeel succeeds in providing a bone-dry finish while leaving lingering tones of coffee and chocolate on the palate. Superb drinkability as a result.
O: Iíve seemingly had a billion coffee stouts recently, but this is the one that could be mentioned in the same breath as the FBS/WnB pantheon and not get embarrassed as a result.
solidfunk (5661) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - AUG 21, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Lots of roast and some caramel. Milk chocolate. Pours black with great head and lacing. Creamy consistency. Bittersweet finish. Tap.
Darwenus (670) - Virginia, USA - JUL 23, 2015
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Maybe coffee stout has just been done to death, but for one to impress me these days it has to be really very good. Evolutionís Rise Up Stout is not really very good. It pours dark brown, the head is average, the aroma is maybe a little burnt. Thereís something slightly off. The flavor is a little better; that burnt quality doesnít transfer to the tongue. After each sip I said "eh." Life is to short for "eh."
Vaiz (3986) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JUN 29, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at home. Black pour, no head. Aroma of stale coffee, burnt malts, some bread, chocolate and licorice. Flavor is bitter, loads of old coffee and with a decent body. A bit low on carbonation and a bit strange coffee.
bnokk (288) - Ohio, USA - MAY 31, 2015
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
APPEARANCE - pure black with a chocolaty thick head. Beauty in a glass.
NOSE - super coffee nose right up front.
FLAVOR - very much coffee flavor in the beginning. Slightly sweet notes hang on the palate almost for ever.
NOTES - really nice balance between coffee in the front and solid stout with a bit if sweetness at the end.
snoworsummer (3496) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 28, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at rar. Pours black/brown with a thick, frothy light brown head. Tastes like rich, roasted coffee, semi-sweet chocolate, toasted malt, burnt toast, and light booze. Light/medium body and low carbonation. Smells like chocolate, roasted malt, burnt toast, dark coffee, and light booze.
Bulk_Carrier (2864) - Final Resting Place, Vermont, USA - MAY 12, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This was poured into a nonic pint glass.
The appearance was a dark brown close to black color with no head nor lacing.
The smell had a huge amount of dark bitter coffee beans and as it warmed there was a nice sweet balance of cocoa to broaden the aroma.
The taste was mainly bitter and lead to a decent dry sweet balance to the cocoa. A dry sweet to bitter coffee/cocoa aftertaste leads to a dry coffee bean finish.
On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. The carbonation seemed good for the style and for me. Bitter dry coffee sticks to my tongue.
Overall, I say this was a pretty good Foreign/Export Stout that I would have again.
chinchill (3219) - South Carolina, USA - MAR 23, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Pours very dark brown, opaque in the glass, with a decent head that leaves a nice coat of lacing on the glass.
Fairly full and creamy smooth body with light+ soft carbonation.
Well chosen level of coffee allows the rich dark roasted malts to contribute nearly as much flavor.
Excellent sweet-bitter balance.
Johnsense (1038) - - JAN 19, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown pour, medium to heavy body, smaller head. Aroma of fresh coffee grounds, roasted malt. Coffee dominates, but some molasses and brown sugar det cted as it warms. Quite smooth.
Sammy (9815) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 19, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very smooth, nice coffee. Little in the way of hops probably because its been a while. Very drinkable. Very brown bodied.
brigg (556) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 18, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle) Black body with a big, disappearing brown head. Aroma of coffee and molasses. Medium body, creamy texture. Sweet, burnt sugar, coffee flavor; light bitterness.