ThisWangsChung (836) - 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 don’t like how fizzy it looks, nor do I like its poor retention. Forget about lacing on the glass, ’cause there isn’t 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: It’s 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, I’d still enjoy the coffee character a great deal.
T: At first, there’s a mild chocolate and caramel character. After the midpoint, coffee takes center stage. I also notice a distant aftertaste of mild hops. It’s 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. It’s 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: I’ve 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.
slowrunner77 (9937) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JUN 10, 2016
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rich coffee nose, full dark roast. green with a little berry even. Flavor is highly roasted as well...almost as good but a little greener on the coffee part. Good brew for a decent price.
Ed5388 (3168) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - MAY 23, 2016
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle from Manahawkin Spirits. Pour is black with a thick frothy dark tan head. Aroma of coffee, earth, charred malts, milk chocolate, and for some reason mint. Taste of rich black coffee, burnt black malts, sweet caramel, earth, and dark chocolate.
BierMeHoos (557) - Maryland, USA - APR 30, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Where: Old Line Fine Wine Spirits & Bistro.
How: 12 ounce bottle.
Appearance: pitch black with almost no head.
Aroma: coffee and chocolate but not overpowering.
Taste: follows the nose, mostly coffee chocolate and dark fruits.
Palate: thin to medium.
Overall: pretty good beer, stout on point.
altonbrownd (5474) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - FEB 29, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Perfect Pour. Dark brown body with thin mocha head. Nose is toasty, dark chocolate. Taste is also roasty, caramel, dark chocolate and of course coffee notes. It’s good but too rounded and easy. Would have wanted more of a kick to it.
drpimento (3076) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 23, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good, but not great. Natural coffee characteristics. Works nice as a sweet stout.
eggraid101 (71) - Virginia, USA - DEC 26, 2015
3.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This a coffee stout that has more actual coffee flavor than any other I've tasted. Which is interesting but maybe slightly overdone. Has an interesting smoky flavor I don't think I could drink more than one at a time
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anders37 (22692) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 5, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft @ R.F.D. Washington, Washington DC. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty coffee chocolate aroma. Roasted malty coffee flavor with hints of chocolate. Has a roasted malty strong coffee finish with hints of chocolate finish.
bytemesis (6583) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - NOV 3, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours deep black, small tan head, good lacing. Aroma is rich, roasty, espresso, mocha. Flavor is light plus sweet, light bitter, loads of coffee, some roasty malts, hint of ashtray. Medium body, creamy mouthfeel. Solid.
solidfunk (7351) - 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 (866) - 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. Evolution’s Rise Up Stout is not really very good. It pours dark brown, the head is average, the aroma is maybe a little burnt. There’s something slightly off. The flavor is a little better; that burnt quality doesn’t transfer to the tongue. After each sip I said "eh." Life is to short for "eh."