Oronoko Cocoa Stout - Round Barn Brewery

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Ratings: 86
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 15.34%
Wants: 0
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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Round Barn Brewery visit their website
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: 86 | Reviews: 38
Photo of cserrato02
2.99/5  rDev -15.1%
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 therealdeesto
4.49/5  rDev +27.6%
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 Mavigo
3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served in a snifter. Received this as a gift.

A: Pours a near opaque black color with a short off white head that vanishes quickly, leaving only a thin off white ring. Minimal lacing as well.

S: Smells of Barley, wheat, malts, chocolate, coffee

T: Tastes of milk chocolate, coffee, malts, wheat, barley, malts

M: Full bodied beer with over amounts of carbonation, masks the the flavor profile a bit.

O: This is a good beer, its not novel yet it's quite comforting. A decent stout. Recommended by me.

Photo of SerialTicker
3.44/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle had at Three Blind Mice in Mt. Clemens, Michigan.

I wasn't expecting too much out of this beer, but I enjoyed it a decent bit. It's a solid cocoa stout that offers up some nice chocolate flavor and a slightly creamy mouthfeel due to the addition of lactose. It's not bursting with heaps of chocolate, and it's not a very thick stout, but it's pretty tasty -- you get what you pay for, essentially. The bitterness is quite low, the chocolate flavor is added without being overwhelming, and the drinkability is quite high. Far from the best chocolate stout I've had, but one I'd not mind having another of.

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.82/5  rDev +8.5%
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 StoutHunter
1.89/5  rDev -46.3%
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 Brenden
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
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 tectactoe
3.32/5  rDev -5.7%
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 PorterLambic
3.98/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.28/5  rDev -6.8%
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 Dope
4.06/5  rDev +15.3%
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 MeowTom
3.21/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark dark beer with the dark brown head.

S- Light grains, eh, not very strong.

T- Nice barley and grains taste.

M- Carbonated lightly and smooth.

O- A good average beer that really isn't too much of anything. I feel like it should of been more then what it is. I'm not saying it's bad I just wish there was more of something distinctive in it.

Photo of WoodBrew
4.08/5  rDev +15.9%
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 FightingEntropy
3.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark, nearly opaque chocolate brown beer with a sizable tan head on top. Very clean cocoa, dark chocolate with light roast and floral notes in the nose. Light coffee underneath, but very little. Lactose added to the brew (according to website) makes for a very smooth mouthfeel, sweet and somewhat luscious in spite of a rather thin body otherwise. Cream and malt early, and the roast and coffee hit harder in the end. Nice, well done stout, especially for someone who's learning the style and wants something more accessible. Good stout, if a bit thin is all.

Photo of jale
2.6/5  rDev -26.1%
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.

Photo of Kidfrogger
3.73/5  rDev +6%
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 StoneTSR
3.64/5  rDev +3.4%
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 bfflo
3.21/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice even cool black, with a small cream head that fell quickly. Smell is cocoa, raisins, dark fruit notes, pruney, and something else I can't quite put my finger on, almost like wet brown sugar. Mouthfeel is light and smooth, drinkability is pretty high, but this one is kind of boring. Sort of toasted, pruney notes dominate, more than the cocoa, with some moderate carbonation which leaves you belching a bit. I actually like what's there with this one and it's easy to drink, but I just really don't pick up on much character or flavor profile overall. Its dullness is its main flaw, though it improves a little as it warms, at which time the cocoa comes out more, leaving it reminiscent of a porter.

Photo of grub
3.23/5  rDev -8.2%
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 Viggo
3/5  rDev -14.8%
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 mgbickel
3.41/5  rDev -3.1%
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 tpd975
3.13/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark black with a tall fizzy tan head. Prety nice retention with some large chunks of lace.

S: Aromas of roasted malt, lactose sugar, and light coffee.

T: Coffee up front for sure. Lightly roasted malts and a blast of lactose sugar come next. The finish has bakers chocolate and a light metallic tinge.

M: On the lighter side of body, the carbonation is to fizzy for the style.

D: Just average. Not alot of flavor here, and what is here just don't seem to mesh.

Photo of BarrytheBear
3.15/5  rDev -10.5%
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 malty
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of jampics2
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown with a tan head that dissipates but leaves moderate lacing.

Smells nice - cocoa sweetness, lactose, roasted malt. Nothing extraordinary but nice.

Taste is pleasant. Nothing crazy, but a nice mix of roasted malt, chocolate, and a slight coffee bitterness. There's just a flash of an unpleasant sharpness, but this is enjoyable after a few other MI beers I picked up on the same trip have been dissapointing.

Mouthfeel is good. Carb is spot-on and it's creamy w/o being syrupy or too viscous to be sessionable.

I enjoyed this - I'll seek out more of their offerings next time I'm in MI.

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Oronoko Cocoa Stout from Round Barn Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.