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Oronoko Cocoa Stout - Round Barn Brewery

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Oronoko Cocoa StoutOronoko Cocoa Stout

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81
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76 Ratings
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Ratings: 76
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 16.1%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Round Barn Brewery visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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).

(Beer added by: GbVDave on 08-11-2008)
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5/5  rDev +41.2%

lakersgt1, Jul 08, 2014
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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.

therealdeesto, Jul 05, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +27.1%

leprechaunandfatman, Nov 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +27.1%

kwittlieff, Aug 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +27.1%

Pillowburn, May 05, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +27.1%

Stevie_Janowski, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of GbVDave
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.

GbVDave, Aug 11, 2008
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4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

brandoman63, Nov 29, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

Will-I-Am, Jul 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

Hrodebert, Jul 21, 2014
Photo of Bung
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.

Bung, Mar 09, 2009
Photo of seaoflament
4.1/5  rDev +15.8%

Thanks goes out to TheRealBastard for this interesting extra. I had not heard about this brewery until I received this bottle and it seems this beer was just added too.

The Beer comes in a 750ml olive green bottle with just a cork, no cage, and no bottle cap either (although this could just be my bottle).

I have never poured a beer into my Duvel tulip but for some reason I thought it would be fun with this one, so here we go...

Pours a dark caramel color with close to two fingers of lightly tanned foam. Tiny bubbles, soft, and slowly receding head.

The aroma seems to me like a slightly more roasted nut brown ale. Very nutty on the nose with cocoa powder, brown sugar, molasses, vanilla, sugar cookies, and milk chocolate. A subtle, soft, but intriguing bouquet of sweet chocolate goodness. There are some hints of bitter-sweet chocolate, lactose, chocolate syrup, warm milk, and a bit of butterscotch too. I got some roasted barley as I went in to take my first sip. Maybe a little earthiness from the hops.

The taste is similar to the aroma, very subtle too but that makes this one easy to drink. Hints of roasted barley, nutty malts, milk chocolate, cocoa, and vanilla in the finish. In the second sip I swear this on has some oats. Lightly roasted coffee comes through in the middle. Oh, so far I'm a little torn on the score. On one side I wish it could be a little more robust and flavorful but I'm enjoying the simplicity and easy-drinking-feel on this one. Some days a beer just hits the spot.

The texture is really good, feels like this one has some oats, can taste them too. Lightly carbonated but very creamy and soft on the palate. Finishes a little dry which works really well since it cleans away the sweetness and prepares you for the next sip rather quickly. Beer gets a little thin when it gets closer to room temp, otherwise it would have received a slightly higher score.

Drinkability is pretty high since it is not overly sweet; it feels light on the stomach too.

I liked this one, a good surprise.

seaoflament, Aug 18, 2008
Photo of WoodBrew
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.

WoodBrew, Dec 26, 2011
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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.

Dope, Dec 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev +13%

DruC4, May 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev +13%

Diggy, Sep 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +13%

discreplayboss, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of GRPunk
4/5  rDev +13%

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.

GRPunk, Sep 22, 2009
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4/5  rDev +13%

Lynn, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of PorterLambic
3.99/5  rDev +12.7%

Fairly aggressively poured into a standard pint glass. A full 2" of creamy, cocoa colored foam now sits above an exceedingly dark brown liquid. It seemed to flow into the glass more than pour. Head settles to a solid 1/4" thick creamy layer and just stays there.
Smell is cocoa with toasted malts, some cardboard. Some dark fruit hint seems to be lurking deep in the back.
Taste is heavily roasted, no, toasted, almost burnt malts, baking chocolate, a very light hop note, a whiff of whiskey and some raisins (I think).
Fairly smooth, lightly drying. Warming especially after the temperature rises some. Smooth and mostly full bodied with a very light effervescence as one would expect. This is a really nice beer from a brewery I've never heeard of before. Go Blue.

PorterLambic, Feb 22, 2013
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3.9/5  rDev +10.2%

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.

BMoney575, Sep 01, 2009
Photo of Magpie14
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.

Magpie14, Jan 24, 2010
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3.88/5  rDev +9.6%

Just as pictured.

Pours an opaque black with no lighter colored/hued hi-lites or edges - just plain black. Semi-creamy tan head that settles at 1/4". No lacework at all to speak of :( And YES, my glass is clean.

Sweet, syrupy milk chocolate and tangy dark fruits in the nose. I'm in the swirling mood, so why stop with this glassful? Now I get graham crackers and pecans. Not bad from a few swirls, right? A couple more and I get...that's pretty much it. Goos smeller though.

Sweet. definitely a sweet stout here. Not overly sweet though, just accurate to style. Chocolate - check. Malted milk - check. Maybe a little chocolate liqueur - I'd agree. A little roasty - heck yes. Good, simple flavors here.

Mouthfeel is definitely oily and just shy of medium bodoed. Carbonation is about perfect, fine and moderate. Flavors don't last long, but they're pretty solid though.

Drinkability is good. If you like sweet, (as I do) you will like this. Opposite if you don't.

Overall a good milk/sweet stout from a Michigan brewery I've not yet visited. That might have to change this summer. I'd like to try more of there offerings. With that said, this is a good beer.

malty, Mar 21, 2010
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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.

SportsandJorts, Nov 26, 2013
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3.83/5  rDev +8.2%

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.

WakeandBake, Dec 28, 2009
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Oronoko Cocoa Stout from Round Barn Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.