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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
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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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SportsandJorts

Virginia

3.84/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2013 00:27:42 | More by SportsandJorts
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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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FrankHammer

Michigan

3/5  rDev -15.5%

10-21-2013 14:19:31 | More by FrankHammer
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bob_d_j

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

08-23-2013 01:03:18 | More by bob_d_j
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ltltony

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

08-19-2013 03:50:20 | More by ltltony
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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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kwittlieff

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

08-02-2013 23:28:05 | More by kwittlieff
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kodt

Illinois

3/5  rDev -15.5%

07-30-2013 02:52:31 | More by kodt
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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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themilkman87

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

05-28-2013 02:15:39 | More by themilkman87
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EROCK75

Illinois

3/5  rDev -15.5%

05-13-2013 15:18:07 | More by EROCK75
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akttr

Michigan

3/5  rDev -15.5%

05-13-2013 04:03:09 | More by akttr
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Pillowburn

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

05-05-2013 02:18:57 | More by Pillowburn
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DruC4

Michigan

4/5  rDev +12.7%

05-04-2013 04:40:07 | More by DruC4
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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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Tek9ne

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

04-21-2013 03:31:51 | More by Tek9ne
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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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smonice

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

04-07-2013 11:13:00 | More by smonice
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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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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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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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drummermattie02

Texas

3/5  rDev -15.5%

01-28-2013 18:34:54 | More by drummermattie02
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zach60614

Illinois

3/5  rDev -15.5%

01-21-2013 02:02:42 | More by zach60614
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Stevie_Janowski

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

12-25-2012 23:10:51 | More by Stevie_Janowski
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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
Oronoko Cocoa Stout from Round Barn Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.