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North Peak Dubious Black Chocolate Stout



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RATINGS: 57   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
zdk (1852) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 27, 2015
Tap at jolly pumpkin. Dark brown pour. Something is odd with this one... stale coffee and molasses. Warm bodied but thin and lacking carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - MAR 9, 2015
Bottle: Nearly black with a shimmer of dark ruby around the very edges; a light-tan layer of bubbles settles in nicely on top for a while. Aroma has lots of dark cocoa up front with a somewhat milky & creamy sweet component that underscores the roast coming from the malt. Hints of licorice & charcoal follow in the rear with maybe some prune? The flavor is a bit thin & not really as sweet as the aroma might advertise. Harsh roast, metallic astringency, bitter malts, & some unsweet cocoa powder. Quite abrasive & not all that good, really. Not sure why the huge disconnect between aroma & flavor here, but this bad boy needs some refinement.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beerman6686 (5619) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 2, 2015
This poured a medium brown with a beige head. Aroma was of chocolate and light roast, flavor similar, not too exciting, but creamy and nice body

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (12958) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 10, 2015
Bottle from Berkeley Bowl West. Pours dark brown/black with a transient, slight dark tan head. Aroma is chocolate with floral notes. Med+ body. Flavor is dark malt, dark chocolate. Floral notes seem to have gotten lost in the strong flavors. It’s a little earthy, tending towards dry. Some fruitiness comes forth with time. Very good for such low ABV.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rondphoto (3162) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - JAN 8, 2015
bottle @ Party Town / Florence KY --- Opaque brown/black with a light brown head cover, broken sheet of lace. Taste is toasted malt with light bitter chocolate that grows through the palate, adding more bitter in the finish. Uncomplicated, but satisfying. Solid brew for 5.3%.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TXBadger (2077) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 1, 2015
Pours a dark brown color with tan head. Raw dark chocolate on the nose, with some roasted malt; follows onto the palate. Finishes with more roasty notes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
JDBaker11058 (1647) - Maryland, USA - DEC 11, 2014
Appearance: near black, with a delightfully creamy, dense, dark tan head that wallowed around the top of my glass; dig the bottle shape from this brewery, but the bottle lends itself to very drippy pours. Aroma: dark roasty malts and bitter chocolate, with loamy earth and a mellow British hop character; sniffing the empty bottle the next day actually offered up more chocolate on the nose than the freshly poured beer. Taste: relatively light and muddled, with dark chocolate, hints of earth and pine, some licorice and mint. Finish: becomes a little vegetal and slightly dry at the end. Notes: Very average and felt pretty muddled. Perhaps I’ve just been having too many awesome stouts lately and this one suffered by comparison. Bottle from Knightly Spirits in Orlando, Florida, on the family Disney trip.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chucklemation (919) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - NOV 27, 2014
Pours a dark brown with a very small tan head. Aroma is roast and chocolate. Flavor is similar with some light bitterness. Pretty good. A nice, light beer with a lot of flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bkurtz (1009) - PERU - NOV 13, 2014
Bottle -Pours very dark with creamy, but quickly dissipating head. Bitter coffee and chocolate aroma. A little aqueous with chocolate notes. Not what I want from a stout,

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
koleminer20 (1377) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - OCT 12, 2014
12 oz bottle. The pour is a dark black with a nice dark khaki head and a couple spotty offerings of lace. The aroma is pretty malty, with light offerings of chocolate and roast. There is a strong metallic bit on the far back end. The flavor is just sooo light. Light cocoa and roast and nothing. Thin black water. The mouth feel is really thin with a minimal carbonation and just terrible. There is a strong metallic aftertaste and a little bitter cocoa. Not good ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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