Oronoko Cocoa Stout - Round Barn Brewery
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Reviews by Dope:
4.08/5 rDev +15.3%
Served on-tap at BWWs, oddly enough.
A: Pitch black pour with a super dense and creamy medium brown head. Head retention is fantastic, it never faded throughout the entire tasting. Wall of thick lacing to boot.
S: Pretty much smells like pure cocoa and a little cream maybe?
T: Delicious sweet and creamy chocolate up front. Sweetness fades a bit making it almost a perfect cocoa flavor. Simple but tasty.
M: Thick, creamy, smooth and wonderful. Amazing for only 5.8%
O: An interesting brew. Super drinkable due to thick, creamy and smooth mouthfeel while having a deceptively low ABV. Wonderful chocolate/cocoa flavors really brings it home on this one. Can't rate it super high due to relatively simple flavor profile but it's really executed quite nicely and goes down so easily.
12-24-2012 05:05:17 | More by Dope
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3.33/5 rDev -5.9%
Cracked this one at Jeff's house the other night - thank to him for sharing. Pours slowly; deep, deep brown with dark ruby highlight all across it. A direct pour down the center results in no head - only a khaki colored ring that hangs around the edge. Surprised to see such seemingly low carbonation.
Taking a sniff and I get a big dose of chocolates; mildly creamy and mostly sweet with a bit of roast to back it up and bump up the robustness. Somewhere within the chocolate, I'm picking up a bit of a slight fruity tartness - almost like raspberries or grapes. Not so much strong in the fruit sense, but it gives the aroma a slight sour note and even maybe a mild astringency. Sweet overall. Sadly there isn't much else to the aroma profile - kind of a one-trick pony, and not necessarily a great one at that.
Cocoa Stout feels pretty thin on the palate - a little watery even, and certainly not as smooth and creamy as you'd expect from a milk stout. Carbonation is pretty damn low, too. There's a solid cocoa taste up front; milk chocolate, sweet and savory, with a small bit of ashy tones underneath. Not sure if the ash is coming from heavy roast or the hop profile, but it's fairly light overall anyway. In all honestly, this one doesn't have much flavor. The flavor that IS there is pretty good, but it's thin, watered down a bit, and again, pretty one-dimensional.
Not bad, and definitely drinkable, but sadly it's also pretty forgettable. A little boring and one-track minded. Not much going on here, and nothing that makes me want to come back for more. A little disappointed.
03-23-2013 05:27:48 | More by tectactoe
3.49/5 rDev -1.4%
New bottle, apparently; the pic used looks like a children's book illustration (not a bad one), whereas my bottle says "Oronoko Cocoa Stout" with a pic of a section of an old-school map.
Certainly stout in appearance, it's a pretty thick beer (think traditional stout), dark brown with some clarity at the edges. The small khaki-colored head that forms drops somewhat rapidly but leaves some behind, a well-kept island and always some at the edge. Lacing is left moderately by way of spotting.
I get some nice cocoa and roast, and I have to wonder if any lactose is used. It certainly seems like a milk stout, and I would have to question any denial of the inclusion of milk sugars. The nose has a nice roast, while the flavor brings out more of it with a little tangy edge along with a little bit of barley grains, with no harsh edge or acridity but a very gently balancing, extremely mild bitterness.
The feel is a little light for a stout, a bit light bodied after starting with the notion of some heft and then dropping off. There's a spritziness I can't get into as far as stouts go. It's not bad, but it's not a stout-like feel. Otherwise, this is a nice, easy-drinking but pretty flavorful beer.
08-06-2013 15:40:29 | More by Brenden
3.88/5 rDev +9.6%
A: definite blackness with deep reds and crimson. A dirty marshmallow foam gathered atop and fizzled away to a thin tight ring. Body looks pretty nice for a milk stout and a healthy oily darkness is prominent. Nothing special in the way of lace and nothing out of the ordinary
S: dry cocoa powder, chocolate malts, and light sugary notes. What else is interesting is a soft tanginess enveloping every whiff. Overall the nose is mild
T: the flavors are pretty enjoyable. I like this stout. The dominant flavor is all creamed cocoa and a pinch of sugar with some shavings of bittersweet chocolates to round things out. Chocolate and crystal malts seem to be in the mix as well and the lactose does this beer right adding a light tang and lusciousness. Also to note, very mild coffee flavors are poking through
M: this was poured at a nice temp and accentuates the creaminess. The feel is medium plus and carbonation is near perfect as gulping continues
D: this beer holds a bit sweet but in the right way. Very drinkable and worth a try. This is my first Round Barn brew and I am happy. Not sure about any other brews done by RBB but this one does good and in the right direction.
Thanks to the Wesley's for the beer and hospitality in Dewitt.
01-24-2010 23:12:49 | More by Magpie14
4.08/5 rDev +15.3%
The last beer....the desert beer...on Christmas is the Cocoa Stout from The Round Barn Brewery. The beer pours a opaque color with 1/2" thick tan head. The scent carries sweet chocolate and roast. The flavor follows the scent with with good chocolate tones with a solid molassis and malt base. The mouthfeel is a medium to full body beer with ok carbonaiton. Overall this is a good beer and would recommend it to those that enjoy stouts.
12-26-2011 02:27:25 | More by WoodBrew
3.4/5 rDev -4%
Many thanks to hoppymeal for this one. Always look forward to trying Michigan beer.
Wow! Beware the cork on this one. It pops with force! Cocoa Stout pours a dark mahogany brown color. It's not quite opaque. A little light cuts through and reveals burgundy highlights. As expected, it is overcarbonated to an annoying degree. A tan head stretches about four fingers deep and takes its time dissipating. C'mon already. Lacing was rather light.
The nose is okay, but is a little weak in terms of strength. It's permeated with a cocoa-esque chocolate malt aroma. It falls a little on the sweet side, but not by much. An interesting sour-like aroma emerges. I'm not crazy about it, but it doesn't smell overtly bad. It smells a little yeasty late. Honestly, there's not a lot going on here. It's not a bad smelling beer. But, it's not good either. Average sounds right.
Cocoa Stout's flavor is a little better than the nose. It's above average, but isn't exciting by any stretch. Chocolate malt is easily the most prominent flavor. It is a little sweet, but has mostly a cocoa-like flavor. Surprise, surprise. There's a hint of coffee that's a nice surprise. It's not strong, but complements the cocoa and chocolate flavors well. It has a slight sour like flavor that really doesn't add anything. Doesn't hurt either. I don't know what the abv is, but it can't be that high. I don't notice at all. Finishes a little sour and chocolaty.
It has a lighter body and is plagued by overcarbonation. It needs more muscle and less bubbles. It doesn't have a bad feel, but it's not smooth. Drinkability is above average. Not great. The flavor is okay. I don't mind it, but I don't love it either. It goes down easy and doesn't feel too big. I'm happy to split the 750.
This is my first experience with Round Barn Brewery. The results are just alright. Cocoa Stout needs some work. It needs a little more of nearly everything honestly. Stronger aromatics, more flavor, more body. However, it does not need more bubbles. Carbonation needs to be dialed down somehow. It's an alright beer and is perhaps deserves a little more credit than I'm giving. It's worth a try, but I wouldn't suggest seeking it out. Glad I got to try it out nonetheless. Thanks, Derek.
10-30-2009 00:49:37 | More by prototypic
4.22/5 rDev +19.2%
Pint .9 oz. Dark brown pour reminiscent of a porter more than a stout, but still ok. Fluffy tannish head. Smells a bit like chocolate milk, with some roasty malt and nut tones. Tastes very much of that lactose. Mocha is there and almost gets to a drying bitter, but is smoothed by some malt and caramel. Very nice creamy mouthfeel. At first the finish is a bit blah, but then there is a lingering cocoa in the back of your throat. You're expecting most of these things because it states they use it on the bottle. You're trying to search for more, but they did not lie. Border line in the stout category, but a good drinkable brew. Could put down quite a bit of this.
Visit the brewery if you're ever around SW Michigan. They started out with wine and spirits, just recently getting into beer I guess. The building and land around where this is is very neat. Add it to the day trip while visiting the wineries in the area.
03-09-2009 03:42:13 | More by Bung
4.5/5 rDev +27.1%
A: Dark brown/black with a perfect tan creamy head that gradually settles off the pour just like a certain famous Irish stout...
S: Sweet, milky aromaticity. Not overpowering, just right.
T: Creamy, sweet taste with the slightest hint of cocoa. Milky/lactose flavors are apparent. Very drinkable but rich at the same time.
M: Ridiculously smooth, very very creamy but again not too rich or filling. Strikes the perfect balance of heaviness and drinkability.
O: I've had many, many stouts from every craft brewery I've ever been to, and this is the best by far. It has the universal appeal and versatility of a Guinness, but with a slightly more complex tasting profile. Like a Guinness, this beer might lose a little something when served from a bottle/can, so if you get the chance to have it on draught, do yourself a favor and have a pint.
07-05-2014 21:18:43 | More by therealdeesto
1.89/5 rDev -46.6%
I picked up a bottle of Round Barn Brewery's Oronoko Cocoa Stout a couple weeks ago for $2.39 at Scooby's Bottle Shop. Well it's Halloween today and since I don't have any new Pumpkin beers to try I thought I would go for something Chocolaty, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.
A- The label is ok, it's got a map of the county that this beer is named after, but it's a little simple and it's not too eye catching. It made a pretty loud hissing noise when I opened the cap and it poured a nice black color that was right on the border of being very dark brown and it let in just a slight amount of light with three and a half fingers worth of slightly darker tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left just a slight amount of spotty lacing behind. This was an ok looking beer, but the lacing was pretty weak.
S- The aroma starts off with a slightly lower amount of high sweetness followed by some malts that impart a nice roasted malt and chocolate aroma with some cocoa powder sticking out nicely making it live up to it't name. Up next comes a weird plastic like aroma with some cardboard in the background and it's followed by an off sour smelling aroma. The aroma was going in the right direction with some nice chocolate aromas, but it's quickly overpowered by too many off aromas.
T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness followed by some malts that impart a roasted malt and chocolate like flavor with cocoa powder still sticking out the most. Up next comes some some sweet and slightly sour flavor with some cardboard coming through. On the finish there's a pretty low amount of bitterness with a slight sour taste and it has a roasty malt and weird plastic like aftertaste. Just like the aroma it was going in the right direction, but after the malts came to many off flavors and a bad aftertaste.
M- Not that smooth, very crisp and prickly, on the real light side of being medium bodied with a very high amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was a mess and it was too prickly and over carbonated.
Overall I thought this wasn't a good beer and it wasn't a good example of the style, something was off with this beer, I think it might be old, but with no bottling date I have no way of knowing that so I'm going to hold that against them. This beer didn't have good drinkability, it wasn't that smooth and the taste didn't do a good job at holding my attention, one is more than enough for me and it turned into a chore to finish. What I liked the most about this beer was the appearance, it wasn't that great, but it was still the best part of this beer. What I like the least about this beer was pretty much everything, there wasn't anything about this beer that stuck out as being pretty good. I would buy another bottle if I could guarantee it was fresh, but since it doesn't have a date on it I don't see myself revisiting it anytime soon. I wouldn't recommend this beer as it is, it's just not an enjoyable beer. All in all I didn't like this beer, it did have some potential but it was overshadowed by all the off aspects. Better luck next time guys, this one was a let down. This is my second beer from this brewery so far I'm no too impressed.
11-01-2013 03:40:21 | More by StoutHunter
4.38/5 rDev +23.7%
Poured from a capped and corked 750ml bottle into a 20oz imperial pint. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!
A: Pours a deep & dark cola brown with some faint chestnut highlights at the edges. Immediately a creamy, tan-colored, three-finger head forms and retains for ages. Surprisingly, not much lace is left behind.
S: Very pleasant aromas of chocolate, roasted malt, a touch of creamy coffee, and a dusting of cocoa powder. Also noticed some hints of oak and dried dark fruit.
T: Right off the bat, milk chocolate and bittersweet cocoa start doing a little dance on my tongue. This is followed by roasted malt, toasted & rolled oats, coffee, and caramel sweetness. The label says this contains lactose and I could definitely detect the milk sugar sweetness.
M: Sweet and full with an excellent bitter dryness that lends nice balance. The finish is, at the same time, dry, roasty, sweet, and creamy. Very sticky.
D: An excellent, refreshing, and utterly drinkable stout. I suspect the abv is in the 4%-6% range making this dangerously sessionable.
08-11-2008 23:40:21 | More by GbVDave
3.84/5 rDev +8.5%
Appearance: dark brown color, opaque. a huge 3 finger plus head even when poured softly. light tan color and doesn't last long but does leave a lacing.
Smell: chocolatey. comes off sweet. slight roasted malts
Taste: opens up with chocolate not big bold taste but its there and its not bad. closes out with a touch of roasted malt that verges on the slightest coffee bitterness
Mouthfeel: good lighter stout. no lingering aftertastes. good drinkable stout
Overall: in a time full of big stouts, this is a fairly simple but well done drinkable stout. tasty not a palate wrecker and well brewed. my first exposure to round barn and certainly warrants a second look.
11-26-2013 00:27:42 | More by SportsandJorts
3.2/5 rDev -9.6%
thanks to abbddull for hooking me up with this one in the DLD in-person BIF this year.
12oz bottle. sampled oct 3/2010.
pours black but not quite opaque, showing crystal clear brown at the edges. the small fine light brown head quickly drops to a ring around the glass and leaves a bit of lace.
aroma is nice. licorice. cocoa and dark chocolate. biscuit and lightly toasted whole wheat bread. alcohol. light roast. fruity. the alcohol gets more prominent as it warms too.
taste is ok. dark chocolate. bit of licorice. roasty. toasted whole wheat bread. bit of biscuit. fruity. lots of alcohol. low bitterness level. bit of caramel.
mouthfeel is nice. medium body. medium carbonation level.
drinkability is ok. alcohol is a little hot. fairly one-dimensional. underwhelming.
10-03-2010 19:59:00 | More by grub
Oronoko Cocoa Stout from Round Barn Brewery
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