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Devout Stout - Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing

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47 Ratings
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Ratings: 47
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 17.74%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 06-18-2006)
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2.5/5  rDev -23.5%

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3/5  rDev -8.3%

jesus808, May 09, 2013
Photo of charlzm
2.68/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Consumed at the brewery on June 30th, 2012. Reviewed from notes.

Opaque, deep brown with mahogany highlights. Smallish tan head.

Coffee and chocolate aroma.

Moderate coffee up front that turns ashy and burned by the end of the sip. Low bitterness. No real malt base or hop character.

Medium bodied with hints of carbonation tingle.

Not a great stout; not much going on. At least it's tolerably better than most of their other offerings.

charlzm, Jan 07, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

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2.25/5  rDev -31.2%

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3/5  rDev -8.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -23.5%

ygtbsm94, Jan 29, 2012
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3/5  rDev -8.3%

Diomede, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of damndirtyape
2.83/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

22oz bomber poured into shaker pint glasses. No date on bottle.

Appearance: Black on the table with some hints of very dark cola brown at the edges when held up to the light. 1/4" tan head poured initially with a vigorous pour, but this died down to a thin ring across the top with no persistent lacing. Some sediment noted in the bottom of the bottle which did not come along.

Smell: Some hints of chocolate and burnt sweet BBQ sauce. No, I'm not kidding on that last one - definitely the smell of a brown sugar based sauce that has been burnt on the grill. A bit odd.

Taste: When first poured and still cold, some chocolate and coffee notes up front, but then this bitter and sharp finish. Sour and tangy finish even - again, like that BBQ sauce. I swear it's like they were grilling when they made this stout. Maybe it's the hops in the end giving it this flavor?

Mouthfeel: A little bit oily and sticky, some carbonation on the tongue. Not great.

Overall: Not a great stout, and not sure about the organic tag here or if it brings anything of value. I don't mind a bitter stout, but this one is too tangy and unbalanced. Even when fully warmed up it's still not much better. More of the classic stout flavors when the beer is quite cold, but the odd taste at the end is still a taste-killer for me. Oh well. Not all beers can be good or great.

damndirtyape, Jul 29, 2011
Photo of chumba526
2.42/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appears black with a large light brown head.

It smells of sour chocolate, butterscotch and toffee.

It tastes a bit like milk chocolate. I get a bit of a very mild coffee flavor. There is a very mild toffee flavor. There is an unpleasant tart sour like flavor to the beer though. The sourness seems out of place and kind of ruins the beer for me.

The carbonation is quite high. There is a very crisp light mouthfeel. The carbonation is too high for a stout.

The drinkability is ok but the odd sourness limits how much of it I would want to drink. It is not very smooth.

An odd tasting stout. I like some aspects of this beer but overall the beer is flawed.

chumba526, Mar 13, 2011
Photo of jdhilt
3.38/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a one finger light tan head that fades quickly to a thin ring leaving traces of lace. Light-medium carbonation and heavy bodied. Black color no highlights, ton of yeast left in bottle. Nose roasted coffee/chocolate. Flavor is same - roasted coffee/chocolate. $4.99 for a 22oz bottle from Liquorama Upland, CA.

jdhilt, Jul 09, 2010
Photo of MBABJJ
2.2/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - Pours jet black with little to no head formation despite a vigorous pour. What little head bubbles formed quickly disappear into a small loose ring around the edge of the glass. A gentle shake yields no additional bubbles below the headline...hmmmph

S - Smells like homebrew stout. Nothing that really holds or dominates. Some caramel, leather, and licorice notes.

T - Tastes like charcoal.

M - Lacking in body for what I prefer in a stout. Thin body and lack of bubbly make this rather dull.

D - Could drink it if if tasted good, but it doesn't. Must be the organic thing. Neat concept, stupid implementation. Seems to handicap beers more often than not. Not a fan.

MBABJJ, Jan 10, 2010
Photo of Dogbrick
3.43/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sample at the Most Honorable SuperHappyFun Stout Tasting. Bottle from Bevmo in Palmdale, CA. This beer pours blackish brown with a thin beige head that dissipates quickly. Stringy lacing. The aroma is both roasty and vinous with touches of malt and chocolate. Medium, dry body with notes of roasted malt, wine and coffee. The finish is roasted malt and caramel, with a light hops aftertaste. Slightly above average overall.

Dogbrick, Oct 31, 2009
Photo of Georgiabeer
2.48/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle purchased from Whole Foods in Santa Cruz. I like the fact that this beer is certified organic with both organic malt and hops, and I also like how attractive the beer is. Unfortunately, it goes downhill from there. Pours an extremely dark brown with a very tan head that is somewhat thin, but very tightly beaded and there is some lacing as well. Smells a little like a fresh cow patty- slightly sour, grassy, strangely earthy, sulphurous, and sharp. Tastes slightly sour up front and then earthy and a little gamey followed by some smooth malt and light cocoa. The mouthfeel manages to be in turns slick and sticky. Thick and mouthcoating. Can't say I really enjoyed this.

Georgiabeer, Aug 23, 2009
Photo of Magpie14
2.65/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: The head had swiss cheese like holes and craters. The caps color is yellow tinged brown sugar with plenty of bubbles remaining after it melted away. The pour consisted of ruby colors with mahogany browns and dark walnut, close to pitch black. The lacing was few and far between with just a sprinkling about the glass

S: exhumes dark roasted malts with fudge like accents and a waft of bitter coffee. Has a slight tangy pop in it as well. Otherwise, full of roasted goodness

T: whoops...this is not good. What looked and smelled promising tastes a bit awry. The sour mash flavors steal the show and cover up what good, if any, is in this brew. Strangely enough, the flavors do not linger that much. The lemon 'n' cherry sourness blasts the tongue up front and faintly hangs at the back with the rest of the flavors. I can gather some bitter nutty coffee notes with dry cocoa powder and flakes of roasted barley

M: the mouthfeel leaves room to be desired, not bad though. Medium plus body and it does not have the dimensions that I like in a stout (this might have to do more with the flavors contributing to a low score). In any event, it is drinkable and slides down good

D: glad I tried it. I will reach for something else next time. If you like stouts tart and sour this is your bag!

Magpie14, May 04, 2009
Photo of RunDWP
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I've had this on tap at the brewery and also from 22 once bottles. I noticed the flavor profile changes a little bit from batch to batch, so either they're tinkering with the recipe or there's something in their brewing process that isn't under control.

Interesting they call this Devout Stout since parts of this brew are certainly heavenly, and other parts seem to be from....well, let's just say another place.

The good stuff: Nice, slightly sweet milk chocolate roasted malt goodness in the brew, in both the nose and the taste. In previous tastings, I detected a more heavily roasted malt flavor, that really is best described as "burnt". It seems like they've improved their roasting process somewhat.

The bad stuff: There's a sour, hay-like like harshness to this brew, which is more noticeable as it warms.

Looks good in my tulip, very dark brown liquid, with a foamy light brown head floating on top. Some sheeting action on the glass. A little thin in the mouth feel department, but level of carbonation OK.

I'd have this again, but expect to be reaching for plenty of other stouts before this one.

RunDWP, Mar 06, 2009
Photo of illidurit
3.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery. Black with a wet frothy tan head. Aroma consists of semisweet chocolate, ashy roast, and earth. Flavor has a decent chocolate/coffee base but there's a sourish charcoal note that may be due to a crappy boil or some organic off flavor. Mouthfeel is on the thin side. Drinkability is okay.

illidurit, Feb 13, 2009
Photo of Arbitrator
3.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Dark black/brown coffee color with a little light penetration at the edges. It has a moderate creamy beige head, but it recedes too quickly to be impressive. The remaining ring leaves light lacing down the glass.

S: Roasted caramel malt with some coffee, nuts, and chocolate notes. A little alcohol heat.

T: The chocolate, coffee, and caramel malts hit hard at the front, blending into a sweeter mid-taste, where it gets a bit hot. The finish is a mildly roasted blend.

M: Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Kind of thin for a stout.

D: Not exceptional, but a decent showing. I'd love to see them make it thicker.

Arbitrator, Jan 30, 2009
Photo of magictrokini
2.73/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bomber. Pours watery black with a bubbly brown head. Aroma is nice, full of roasted malts, cocoa, toffee, and some hops. The taste is completely unbalanced. Tons of burnt coffee with a flavor that I can only describe as a custard/wood/charcoal mixture. Must be the organic part of the beer. Astringent and watery, both not good for a stout. Got better as it warmed, but never got good.

magictrokini, Dec 16, 2008
Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.85/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Devout nun's habit black with almost imperceptible lightening along the edges of the pint glass. The golden brown sugar colored head, although less than thick and creamy, looks decent enough and manages to deposit an acceptable amount of fine, bubbly lace.

The nose is dark and rich, just as a beer of this style should be. It's wall-to-wall roasted malty, with a hint of sourness and no detectable hoppiness. Simple is never a bad thing when beer smells this good.

Organic Devout Stout's flavor profile is a mortal sin. What was barely sour in the aroma is now annoyingly sour on the palate. There's enough chocolate and black malt (guesses) to help run interference, but this amount of tartness should not be present in an American stout.

ODS isn't very bitter, so it's hard to imagine that citrus fruit-like hops could be responsible for the lemon juiciness that underlies the cocoa and coffee beans. In the end, this ale's badness isn't that surprising if you've had the misfortune to drink Santa Cruz Mountain IPA. Now *that* was truly wretched beer. This is merely disappointing beer.

Even taking the ABV into consideration, the mouthfeel is too light and too loosey-goosey. It doesn't help that there was almost no noise on crown cracking, leading to something pretty close to flatness. Although it's still driveable, the rims are starting to take some damage.

It's tempting to say that Devout Stout should be renamed Sacrilegious Stout. It isn't that bad, but if you're in the market for a good, drinkable American stout, put your faith elsewhere.

BuckeyeNation, Oct 09, 2008
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Devout Stout from Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing
77 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.