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North Peak Dubious Black Chocolate Stout

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RATINGS: 40   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35   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.


3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcr (2165) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JUL 10, 2014
Bottle. Black body. Tan head, rapidly diminishing. Aroma of roasted malts, char, chocolate. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly bitter. It finishes lightly to moderately sweet and lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, moderate carbonation. Burnt taste along with some bitter coffee and chocolate.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
EtTuCthulhu (992) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - JUN 25, 2014
The beer pours black with a small tan head, and the aroma is predominantly Hersey’s chocolate syrup, which breaks down into caramel and chocolate malts and vanilla. The taste has a slight malt bitterness, slight sweetness, and a mild umami flavor, and the malt bitterness intensifies through the finish; the mouthfeel doesn’t match what the aroma suggests (and, therefore, causes the overall impression of this beer to fall somewhat flat) due to the thin texture, medium-light body, and soft carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bpar73 (413) - Bellaire, Michigan, USA - JUN 14, 2014
On tap. Black pour with a thin quickly dissipating head. Aroma and taste of dark chocolate, roasted malt and coffee. Nice, but not outstanding, stout.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AbbeyRoade (280) - Missouri, USA - JUN 3, 2014
Ideal chocolate stout. Thick, sweet, excellent flavors with plenty of coffee and malt to hold it all together.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Rperez (130) - Florida, USA - MAY 18, 2014
A light bodied stout with strong chocolate flavors, easy to drink, perhaps to easy, its a good beer to try if you are just getting into stouts ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
superspak (2416) - 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.

3.5
   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

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
drfabulous (3828) - 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.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
jhp40219 (299) - 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.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
tmongoose (1190) - 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.


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