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Oronoko Cocoa Stout - Round Barn Brewery

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Oronoko Cocoa StoutOronoko Cocoa Stout

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BA SCORE
81
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71 Ratings
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Ratings: 71
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 16.34%
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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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark mahogany with orange and bronze highlights. The caramel colored crown filled the upper third of the pint glass on the pour. It has a tight, sponge-like texture and a finely pitted upper surface. Pretty nice lace too.

Cocoa Stout smells like cocoa and stout. Go figure. It even has a little tanginess, due to the added lactose (milk sugar). Only a wee shortage of power keeps it from earning the next highest score. So far, this offering is ahead of Summer Wheat, the only other RBB brew to have entered my glass.

This isn't a bad little sweet stout. It tastes like the Round Barn brewers have done most things right, including adding enough chocolate malt and getting the milk stout tang just right. It even tastes like cocoa nibs, which is good because the name sort of sets up that expectation.

The flavor profile is on the simplistic side, but then show me a beer of this style that oozes complexity. Straightforward is often the right path to take. Specifics include sugared cocoa beans, dark caramel, splashes of coffee and sour milk, and a tea leafy bitterness that hits hardest (still a light jab) on the finish.

The ABV is probably somewhere in the vicinity of 5.0%. If so, then the body/mouthfeel is in the correct ballpark. Better quality bubbles would have helped, though it's hard to find too much fault.

Cocoa Stout is a solid, drinkable milk stout that should sell pretty well up Michigan way. It's a shame that these guys have to compete in one of the best craft beer states in America. Maybe it makes them try harder. In any case, this is pretty enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2009 12:32:17 | More by BuckeyeNation
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acurtis

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -15.5%

01-15-2012 02:25:31 | More by acurtis
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.28/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2013 08:26:40 | More by TMoney2591
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imperialking

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

04-29-2013 19:26:08 | More by imperialking
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brandoman63

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

11-29-2011 20:06:46 | More by brandoman63
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -15.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2010 19:47:16 | More by Viggo
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drummermattie02

Texas

3/5  rDev -15.5%

01-28-2013 18:34:54 | More by drummermattie02
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WoodBrew

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2011 02:27:25 | More by WoodBrew
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Brenden

Ohio

3.49/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2013 15:40:29 | More by Brenden
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sweemzander

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

04-21-2014 23:08:28 | More by sweemzander
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tpd975

Florida

3.1/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2010 17:39:26 | More by tpd975
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tectactoe

Michigan

3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 05:27:48 | More by tectactoe
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jaxon53

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

06-25-2013 23:12:32 | More by jaxon53
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prototypic

Ohio

3.4/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2009 00:49:37 | More by prototypic
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GbVDave

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +23.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2008 23:40:21 | More by GbVDave
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Bung

Michigan

4.22/5  rDev +18.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2009 03:42:13 | More by Bung
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Dope

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2012 05:05:17 | More by Dope
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grub

Ontario (Canada)

3.2/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2010 19:59:00 | More by grub
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StoutHunter

Michigan

1.89/5  rDev -46.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2013 03:40:21 | More by StoutHunter
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jampics2

Ohio

3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2010 02:14:28 | More by jampics2
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PorterLambic

Florida

3.99/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2013 01:11:07 | More by PorterLambic
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Kerrie

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

04-10-2013 23:27:27 | More by Kerrie
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leprechaunandfatman

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

11-12-2012 00:54:15 | More by leprechaunandfatman
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BarrytheBear

Wisconsin

3.13/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2010 01:18:18 | More by BarrytheBear
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FrankHammer

Michigan

3/5  rDev -15.5%

10-21-2013 14:19:31 | More by FrankHammer
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Oronoko Cocoa Stout from Round Barn Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.