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North Peak Dubious Black Chocolate Stout



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RATINGS: 35   MEAN: 3.42/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
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North Peak Dubious is a Dark Chocolate Stout that has the perfect combination of chocolate, roast and black malts resulting in a smooth rich beer. Judicious use of hops bring out a complex, yet subtle bittering finished off with a big Goldings nose. This swirl of aroma, flavor and body is underscored by the rich chocolate that is added at the end of the boil. This medium bodied beer is brewed in Traverse City, MI, on Old Mission Peninsula incorporating locally grown hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
superspak (2203) - Michigan, USA - APR 15, 2014
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 12/19/2013. Pours pitch black color with a 2 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, caramel, toast, dark bread, herbal, light char, and herbal/roasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of dark/roasted malt, cocoa, and light earthy hop notes; with decent strength. Taste of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, toast, dark bread, herbal, light char, and herbal/roasted earthiness. Light earthy herbal/roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, roast, coffee, toast, dark bread, herbal, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and robustness of dark/roasted malt , chocolate, and moderate herbal hop flavors; with decent complexity and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, creamy, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very solid chocolate stout. Good balance and robustness of dark/roasted malt, chocolate, and herbal hop flavors; and very smooth to drink. A pleasantly enjoyable offering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pressurewave (13) - Florida, USA - APR 13, 2014
Balanced and chocolatey stout, but light bodied, a little sweet, a little iced coffee. Good balance, another example of why the Great Lakes region is blowing up the stout scene right now. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
drfabulous (3646) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - APR 1, 2014
12 ounce bottle from Whole Foods. Black body. Big tan head. Chocolate, but not overwhelming or powerful. Light cocoa powder. Thin body. Decent.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
jhp40219 (254) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 9, 2014
12 oz bottle. Pours black with a small chocolate colored head that leaves spotty lacing. Aroma of bitter chocolate, soap, hints of vanilla and caramel. Taste is bitter cocoa, coffee grounds, caramel, soap. Dry finish of cocoa and roast coffee. Undoubtedly the highlight of this beer. Medium body, thin watery texture, average carbonation. Not bad, but ultimately nothing special. I had high hopes for this one too. Disappointing.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
tmongoose (1085) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 5, 2014
12oz bottle shared. Medium dark brown with off white head. The aroma is like bittersweet chocolate and coffee. The flavor is off for a stout. You get a bitterness from the chocolate that is not very good. It’s almost a thin bodied beer. Not very happy with this one at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
vyvvy (3607) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JAN 30, 2014
Pours very dark brown with a tan head. The aroma has chocolate, cream, vanilla, roast, dark caramel and light apples. It has a medium body with some crispness and light sharp carbonation. The flavor begins with dark cocoa, roast, light berries and is overall pretty dry. The finish has a touch of spice and some earthiness. Decent stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
ColovianTrader (191) - - JAN 26, 2014
Nice blend of both dark and milk chocolate, along with heavily roasted coffee and hints of nuts and light cream. Much too thin for the style. Improving the feel would probably make this a very good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pailhead (4414) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JAN 18, 2014
Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate dark chocolate, roasted nuts, coffee, dusty notes, and a touch of vanilla. It pours a dark brown with no transparency. It has a two finger beige head that eventually fades to a thin film outlined by a thicker ring. There is a good amount of dripped webbing left on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with a quick dose of dark chocolate. There is a touch of fruit in the background. The finish has moderate black coffee, roasted nuts, and light burnt notes. It’s light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall...yeah, there’s some chocolate here, but I wouldn’t say it’s much more than your average Stout brewed without chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
umich03jm (1577) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - JAN 11, 2014
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a very small head that quickly fades to a ring. Aromas are medium roasted coffee, chocolate, and burnt wood. Taste is bitter, roasted coffee grounds and some light chocolate and ash. Some spicy hops in the finish. Medium body but the mouthfeel seems a bit watery. Overall, surprisingly more roast and coffee than chocolate here. Average stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 5, 2013
Black with a very large foamy monster of a brown crown that fades away much to slowly. Aroma of coffee, roasted malt, grains, chocolate and a touch of sourness. Taste of dark roasted malts, coffee and notes of peat and very faint chocolate. Chalky and bitter.

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