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Oronoko Cocoa Stout - Round Barn Brewery

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Reviews: 39
Hads: 93
Avg: 3.51
pDev: 23.36%
Wants: 0
Gots: 9 | 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:
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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Reviews: 39 | Hads: 93
Photo of jampics2
3.65/5  rDev +4%
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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Photo of Magpie14
3.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of WakeandBake
3.8/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Ineedabeerhere
2.46/5  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.

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Photo of prototypic
3.38/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of csmiley
3.09/5  rDev -12%
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.

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Photo of westweasel
3.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Given to me from my good friends the Daus as a birthday present. Poured from a 12-oz bottle into an actual Round Barn shaker glass.

Appearance - A dark brown almost opaque liquid with a lasting beige off-white head

Aroma - Dark roasted grains and coffee are most prevalent. Some dark chocolate notes also seem to be present.

MF - medium-full and creamy. Carbonation is on the low-side of medium. A bit of lingering astringency in the finish.

Taste - Roastiness, chocolate, and coffee are prominent. The finish is medium, bordering on sweet. I actually liked it a little more when it was colder. It had more of a prominent chocolate dessert-like quality.

Drinkability -This is a very drinkable beer. A slightly roasty example of a sweet stout. I found it best when it was cold.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of GRPunk
3.98/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of chicagobeerriot
3.02/5  rDev -14%
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.

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Photo of BMoney575
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Bung
4.22/5  rDev +20.2%
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.

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Photo of seaoflament
4.1/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.35/5  rDev +23.9%
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.

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Oronoko Cocoa Stout from Round Barn Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.