1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Oronoko Cocoa Stout - Round Barn Brewery

Not Rated.
Oronoko Cocoa StoutOronoko Cocoa Stout

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
81
good

76 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
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)
View: Beers (25) | Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 76 | Reviews: 37 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of StoutHunter
1.89/5  rDev -46.6%
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 Ineedabeerhere
2.48/5  rDev -29.9%
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 sweemzander
2.5/5  rDev -29.4%

Photo of jale
2.58/5  rDev -27.1%
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 doubledd
2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of AdamThomas
2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of chicagobeerriot
2.98/5  rDev -15.8%
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 acurtis
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of Michiana
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of zach60614
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of bcuz7
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of Viggo
3/5  rDev -15.3%
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 akttr
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of kodt
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of antoines15
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of drummermattie02
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of EROCK75
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of FrankHammer
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of tpd975
3.1/5  rDev -12.4%
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
3.13/5  rDev -11.6%
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 csmiley
3.15/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Many thanks to prototypic for popping this beer out t try.

Removing the cork sounds like a cannon going off so I'd be careful with this one. That sound can be followed by a beer volcano but this one stayed under control.

A - This beer pours a very dark brown and comes close to black. There is some light that gets through to reveal some cola colors with maybe a red tint. The medium tan head is completely out of control. It's pretty easy to get more head than beer when pouring. Retention is very good but that is to be expected with too much carbonation. Head quickly turns rocky and leaves some gobs of lace after a considerable amount of time to let it recede.

S - Aroma is underwhelming. Some alcohol is noted first. There is a little bit of graininess in the middle. Some chocolate might show up on the tail end but I have a feeling that is just wishful thinking. It's not bad I suppose, just more non-existent.

T - Flavor is on the mild side as well. Starts out with a dry cocoa powder that seems to come and go throughout the brew. Alcohol is also noticeable but it really stays mild and pretty far out of the way of the other flavors. Decent amount of smokiness pops in toward the end and that really helps this beer out quite a bit. Cocoa eventually turns to milk chocolate as the beer starts to warm.

M - Lighter bodied with so much carbonation that it starts to hinder the enjoyment. Finish is dry and disappears pretty quickly. Pretty average overall.

D - Drinkability is decent. It would be much better with the carbonation dialed back a little. This beer does go down very easy but I would interpret that as a testament to the mild to bland nature of the brew. This one could use some tweaking in a few areas. Glad I got to try this one out but it's not something I'd seek out again.

Photo of grub
3.2/5  rDev -9.6%
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 bfflo
3.23/5  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 Big_Dave
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of smonice
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Oronoko Cocoa Stout from Round Barn Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.