Oronoko Cocoa Stout - Round Barn Brewery

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84 Ratings
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Ratings: 84
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 15.58%
Wants: 0
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: GbVDave on 08-11-2008

Oronoko: The name of our local township. When spelled Orinoco: A type of cocoa that comes from the Orinoco River Basin in Central America, and the chocolate that is used in this stout. Contains lactose (milk sugar).
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Ratings: 84 | Reviews: 38
Reviews by WakeandBake:
Photo of WakeandBake
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A murky dark brown color body with a small frothy light tan head , lasting a bit then fading , some spotty lacing left , light carbonation. Aroma is very roasty , with some very bitter cocoa notes and a slight sour note , and a hint of oak in the background. Flavor is of light coffee , bitter chocolate and very dark roasted malt. Light body with a light mouthfeel for a stout, light bitterness more from cocoa or coffee than hops. an easy drinker, very sessionable . a roasty coffee finish , . A pretty good try and not a bad brew.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.32/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

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.

Photo of Brenden
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Magpie14
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of WoodBrew
4.08/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of prototypic
3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Bung
4.22/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of therealdeesto
4.49/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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.

Photo of StoutHunter
1.89/5  rDev -46.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.75

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.

Photo of GbVDave
4.35/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.82/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of grub
3.23/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.28/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Man, I need a pick-me-up from that last one... This stuff pours a very deep sienna-brown topped by a a finger of khaki foam. The nose comprises light coffee, roasted malts, mild baking cocoa, and a tiny, vague prick of mild vinyl. The taste brings in more of the same, with the vinyl cut out (always welcome). I may not have said it before, but things may not be bad, but they're definitely boring, if that makes any sense. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a decent little stout, one that's not sure if it's coffee- or chocolate-forward, but, either way, one that ends up being decidedly forgettable and, like I said above, boring.

Photo of BMoney575
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on 9-1-09

Pours dark red out of the bottle, but pitch black in the glass. A very thin head leaves behind quickly sinking lacing.

Smell is very light, a little malty and smoky. Rather pleasant, and not harsh at all.

Taste is little on the sweet side, but then the smoke comes through to help balance things out. The finish is slightly bitter chocolate, with a great smoky aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is super slick, carbonation is just right.

Drinkability is very good. I always appreciate a good session stout.

Overall, an easy, unassuming beer that I'd have again.

Photo of cserrato02
2.99/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Roasted with a bit of cocoa notes after taste. Somewhat bitter/hoppy but well balanced. A bit sour.

Photo of GRPunk
3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

A- A moderate pour left about 1/2 finger of light brown head that dropped pretty quickly to a full lace that left lots of nice rings on the glass. The body was a deep brown at the edges, nearing black throughout the center.

S- The initial aroma was of milk chocolate. There are hints of coffee and raisin behind the chocolate base. The warmer it got, the more chocolate I picked up.

T- The flavor was a good combination of powdered chocolate with very much lesser notes of coffee. Some nice roasty notes also come through along with something that makes me think of some oatmeal stouts I've had in the past. Maybe a hint of citrus from the hops.

M- Nice rich feel. It was pretty soft with medium-light carbonation and little hop bite.

D- It's a really easy drinker. It had the milk/sweet stout characteristics without being overly sweet. I could have more than one in a sitting.

Photo of mgbickel
3.41/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Perfect Pint glass from a 12oz bottle. A thick, 2 finger, tan head formed quickly and slowly dissipated down to a thin, but dense, layer of foam. The body is very dark brown, almost black, and allows some ruby edges when back-lit.

The nose is on the weak side...some roasted malts, watered down coffee and barley. Not much else present.

Good...the taste has more potency than what the nose indicated (but not much). Some roasted barley up front followed by a sweeter middle and another hit of roasted-ness at the finish.

The mouth feel is light and watery/creamy with moderate carbonation...not what you would expect from a stout of this style.

Meh...the drinkability is there, but nothing jumps out at you with this one. I probably will not buy again.

Photo of BarrytheBear
3.15/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into my favorite stout drinking glass

looks like a thin stout

smells predominantly like powdered cocoa, Nestle Quick maybe? Hints at underlying baker's chocolate, quite faint

powdered cocoa up front with a thin, sour, metallic finish....not the strong suit of this beer

mouthfeel is very thin and nearly watery at the finish..highly carbonated, wish this beer had a bit more body to round her out

thanks to the sister-in-law for thinking of me on her trip to Michigan. For me, a one a done.

Photo of Viggo
3/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, thanks to grub for sharing.

Pours a pretty opaque dark brown/black, some dark orange highlights around the edges, thin big bubbled head forms and settles to a thin ring around the glass, a few lace spots stick.

Smell is weird, almost nothing there, sweet malt, a bit of caramel, very faint fruitiness and some grape, a touch of milkiness but chocolate.

Taste is weird as well, just not a whole lot there, a bit of dry cocoa, some caramel sweetness, lightly fruity, otherwise not much going on.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with low to medium carbonation. Nothing wrong with it but just not very much flavour. Thanks Russ!

Photo of Kidfrogger
3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: Dark Dark Black....so black almost purple. Muddy brown head that vanished after the 1st taste.

SMELL: nothing at first, after it warmed a bit I could smell what I had been tasting Cocoa and something sweet

TASTE: cocoa cocoa cocoa....smooth w/ linger of coffee. Def more cocoa then chocolate (there is a difference IMO)

MOUTHFEEL: Thin not gritty or thick or fizzy

OVERALL: Easy to drink and great tasting Would drink again.

Photo of chicagobeerriot
3.02/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours espresso brown with some dark ruby highlights when held to the light. One finger of tan head rapidly dissipates to a thin film on the surface.

The smell is milk chocolate with a bit of caramel and light soy.

The mouthfeel is on point for the style: creamy and smooth without too much carbonation.

The flavor is surprisingly light. There's a bit of milk chocolate and lacose sweetness at the beginning and a bit of roaty bitterness develops after multiple sips, but the flavors are too meek to be memorable.

Photo of Dope
4.06/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of StoneTSR
3.64/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: Deep dark black color with a thin, brownish head that dissipated rather quickly. Lacing was present, throughout the glass, roughly 30% coverage.

SMELL: Intensely smoky and a bit burnt, with notes of coffee.

TASTE: Smoky, chocolate-like flavor with a backbone of coffee flavor and an very subtle hint of citrus towards the end of the sip. Very tasty overall with a smoky and hoppy aftertaste.

MOUTHFEEL: A bit thin on the front end, but smooth and a bit oily.

OVERALL: Solid, and flavorful stout. Easy to drink and an excellent choice if you find yourself in Southwest Michigan.

Photo of Ineedabeerhere
2.46/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks for this one Dave!

Apparently this place used to be a winery... no ABV listed on the label. Let's give it a shot...

Pours a shade from black, a little brownish light peeking in on the edges. 1.5 finger tan head fading to film. No lacing or retention.

Smells sweet with a very fake, processed cocoa-powder thing going on here. Lactose and overly burnt roasted malt background.

Tastes of bittersweet chocolate and roasted malts with lactose sugar playing a big role. Bitter finish.

Creamy mouthfeel but the lactose sugar is oddly balanced. Not a huge fan of the style (note my bias), I struggled through the bottle.

Photo of jale
2.6/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Had on tap at the tasting room exit 6 off I-94.
A: Pours a cloudy dark brown with typical nitro-tap head.

S: Chocolate and light roasted coffee.

T: Chocolate upfront followed by bitter chocolate and not much else.

M: Very thin for a stout and the carbonation does not last in this.

O: Bland taste and way to thin for a stout. One and done. Nitro tap can't save this.

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Oronoko Cocoa Stout from Round Barn Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.