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Rise Up Stout - Evolution Craft Brewing Company

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Reviews: 91
Hads: 458
Avg: 4.12
pDev: 21.36%
Wants: 66
Gots: 71 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Evolution Craft Brewing Company
Maryland, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Stout | 6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Kegatron on 08-31-2009

40 IBU
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Reviews: 91 | Hads: 458
Photo of cyclonece09
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter from a bottle. Pours pitch black with a small brown head that dissipates fairly quickly. Smells of coffee, right from the pour. Tastes of coffee with a very slight dark grain, but the coffee dominates. Beer is medium bodied, but easily drinkable, nice carbonation. Overall, a very good beer.

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Photo of jhartley
3.56/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle with a November 2015 notching on the label.

Poured a dark brown to black with a thin amount of head the dissipated quickly to a thin ring around the edges. Some cola brown colors around the edges when held up to the light.

Very light aromas of coffee, like a strong brewed coffee that has been allowed to sit for a couple of hours and is now cold and slightly stale. Not picking up on much else other than a minimal amount of roast.

First sip has a mellowed coffee taste and roastiness with a nice hop bitterness. Not as much coffee flavor as I was expecting.

Medium mouth feel, lingering tongue coating bitterness.

Overall, this doesn't have as much coffee flavor or intensity as I would have liked, more of a regular stout, pretty average and easy to drink stout. It didn't impress me as a coffee stout; but it was an easy drinker.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle Oct, 2015:
Pours close to black with a bunch of fizzing head, which fades to a ring. Adding more to the glass bring back a rush of head. Clear brunette color visible at edges.

Nose isn't too strong, but the coffee notes are there atop a chocolate malt base.

Taste is bold roast notes, and more bitter overall than expected from the nose. Coffee is integrated completely with the malts such that, to me, it could easily be just a part of the malt bill. Weak coffee and dry woody bitterness in the end.

A decent stout as a stout. Coffee not overly recognizable versus other roast notes, so as a coffee beer, it could use a little more.

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Photo of hophugger
3.65/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep Chocolate-black with decent head and lacing. Aromas of coffee and chocolate are very present and they are also big in the taste. Balanced well and feels great on the palate

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Photo of bradco57
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had the Evolution Rise Up Stout tonight at my favorite burger joint.. Never had anything from Evolution before but I'll sure be looking for it after trying this stout.. This stout is chocolatey, smooth and delicious.. If you like that Guiness style of beer with a bit of flavor added in, you'll love this one.

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Photo of drtth
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a nice dark brown, almost black liquid with a 1" light brown head which recedes fairly soon to leave a thin island on the liquid and a small ring around the glass that remains for much of the beer. Sipping leaves several scattered patches of lacing that cling to the sides of the glass for a bit before sliding back down to the liquid.

The aromas include coffee, some moderate roastiness from either the coffee, the malt, or both. There's also a noticeable touch of rich, dark chocolate.

The flavors include the coffee that is the dominant flavor in the foreground as the dark chocolate and some noticeable sweetness remain in the background. In the back of the palate there's some roasted bitterness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly prickly from the very light carbonation. The finish is medium length and begins as the coffee and chocolate begin to fade. Eventually the sweetness is gone as some hop bitterness, some dark roast bitterness and the final dryness become noticeable before fading out.

Overall a nicely drinkable beer and I'll be pleased to finish off the last couple of bottles in the fridge. That said I'll probably not be buying this beer again since I prefer my coffee heated in a cup and have realized I'm not a big fan of having coffee forward among the flavors in a stout.

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Photo of puck1225
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pour very dark brown via draft into a half pint. A thin pleasantly dark chocolate colored head. Nice espresso smell and strong coffee taste. Overall a great stout!

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Photo of spacecake9
3.87/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up while traveling thru Maryland.
A - Pours an inky black with a small whitish tan head.
S - Smells like a cup of dark roast coffee.
T - Flavor is roasty coffee, dark chocolate and a hint of vanilla.
M - Low carbonation and medium mouth feel.
O - This is a very good but not great coffee stout.

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Photo of StevenShawSr
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

lovely pour into a 14.75 stout glass. great pour.1 finger head that quickly dissipates. nice feel and great taste, def will be visiting this brewery again...good job

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Photo of brentk56
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: A nice bubble show builds a three inch tan head layered on the fudge brown liquid; poor retention and minimal lacing; the head disappeared completely within a couple of minutes

Smell: Coffee tones, verging on espresso fruitiness, dominate with moderate roast and fudge underneath

Taste: The coffee flavors dominate the beer from start to finish; the result is a beer that is relatively sweet, with a decent amount of chocolate; fruity in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body and rather flat, once the head disappeared

Overall: A nice beer for coffee lovers but the beer as some issues

Thanks, larryi86, for the opportunity

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Photo of TBonez477
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Overall a very good coffee stout. The coffee flavor is very dark and roasted, espresso-like. Feel is lighter, crisper than the style typically is. More carbonation than I would have liked.

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Photo of richj1970
3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle dated March 2015 into snifter.

A: Very dark brown almost black with one to two finger light tan head that settles to a thin cap with some light lacing.

S: Faint coffee and light roasted barley.

T: Rich coffee and roasted malts. Subtle hints of vanilla and chocolate.

M: Medium body and average carbonation. Finish is a touch bitter.

O: Very nice basic coffee stout. Barrel age it in bourbon, and it's a home run.

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Photo of chinchill
3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours very dark brown, opaque in the glass, with a decent head that leaves a nice coat of lacing on the glass.
Fairly full and creamy smooth body with light+ soft carbonation.
Well chosen level of coffee allows the rich dark roasted malts to contribute nearly as much flavor.
Excellent sweet-bitter balance.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear coffee aroma with a prominent roast aroma. Seems more like prepared coffee than coffee beans.
Very black and dark tan head.
Flavor is more complex than aroma. Seems to have a cream or vanilla additional taste. Drying but only mildly so, for style. Some nice additional malt flavor with a hint of sweetness, and grain. Nice to have something other than just a coffee bomb. Bitterness on the finish grow as it warms and moves past most pleasurable.
Very nice soft feel. Enhanced by the well done carbonation.
I like this. Good level of alcohol - at a level that I think works well.

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Photo of JayQue
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid stout. Pours a dense brown color with a medium size dark tan head. Average retention and good lacing..

Nice aroma, roasted malt, strong coffee smell. Taste is more of the same. Roasted malt lots of coffee and a little bittersweet chocolate.

Mouthfeel is rich enough for the style, but since there is such a big flavor, you might be expecting a big rich Double Stout presence. Nice and smooth too. Abv not too high, very drinkable.

Would drink this one again

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Photo of tigg924
3.35/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Taste is of deep coffee grounds, roasted malt, and slight bitter hops. Super roasty, this is a coffee beer for coffee lovers. One to try, but for me I have had more balanced beers in the style.

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Photo of fx20736
3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

poured into a goblet at cellar temp

look: black with thick mocha head that disappeared completely

smell: roasted coffee

taste: coffee and chocolate

feel: full bodied

overall: ok stout

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Photo of Jeffreysan
3.4/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, pitch-black color with a quarter of a finger of caramel-colored head that quickly dissolved into a thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Very aromatic. Lots of coffee and roasted malt. Some subtle lactose and caramel.

Taste: Again, lots of coffee up front, including some subtle coffee bitterness, followed by lots of roasted malt, some brown sugar-like sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Chewy, with a touch of carbonation. With an ABV of 6.7%, there is no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: Not bad. Nice flavors of malt and coffee with some good sweetness, but just a tad too much of the coffee bitterness for me to really, really like it.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle

opaque black in color, thin off-white colored head that fades. as expected, a huge black coffee aroma. rich. taste is fairly strong and finishes dry - very roasty, slightly acidic. medium to thicker body, medium carbonation.

overall a nice beer to accompany a sweet dessert.

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Photo of dbl_delta
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Revisited after initial review Nov 2014. Bottle poured into pint glass. Deep brown in color with a fine-textured tan head.

Coffee, chocolate, and some more coffee - plus some roasty malt. Coffee and chocolate are subdued, however, showing restraint on the part of the brewers. Medium mouthfeel - not as thick and chewey as some others in this style, but certainly not a thin brew. Smooth. Moderate carbonation. Little or no hops presence. Aftertaste is coffee/cocoa with little residual bitterness.

Pretty decent stout.

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Photo of jlindros
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%

Thanks to Craft_Compulsive (Reddit) for this one.

Pours a dark fizzy head that attempts to rise up but fades fairly quickly like a high acidity or abv, so no real lacing due to that, but decent legs, midnight black color. 4

Nose brings lots of black malts and roast, some roasted malt out front, with a hint of char, as well as a hint of espresso and fresh roasted coffee beans, and a mild black malt aroma. Then some cocoa, dark caramel and fudgey cocoa, dark chocolate like, dark chocolate covered espresso bean candy like. Great aroma, hints of the char and roast without getting acrid or burnt, and nice coffee and cocoa. 4.5

Taste brings more roast and coffee to start, a little black malt and faint acrid roast with a touch of a burnt coffee. There is some fresh roasted coffee and a bit of espresso, but a bit more bitter and acrid as opposed to the nose. Some charred malts, black malt, with touches of cocoa and super bitter dark chocolate but not a lot this time either. Mild creamy choc, and touch of a fudgey flavor. Then hops kick in, bitter earthy spicy hops, that start fairly bitter and get very bitter on the finish. Finish lingers for a while with spicy bitter hops, chewy hops even, and a little sticky feel as it attempts to dry but not quite, bit more coffee and roasted malts and coffee beans lingering. 4

Mouth is med to heavier bod, a touch syrupy, light on the carb unfortunately. 3.5

Overall pretty good, it has a great nose, the taste had some good aspects but dropped off on the cocoa and fudge while increasing the roasty slightly acrid burnt notes and big on bitterness. It had some great characters and was tasty in general, but the lack of carbonation made this feel like it was a lot bigger and syrupier than it actually was. A bit more carbonation would have made the mouth pop a bit more and the flavors come out more, and I think it would have bumped up quite a bit. 4

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Photo of Hermanater
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Beautifully black, thick and creamy tan head. Wonderful aroma of malty sweetness combined with coconut. Surprisingly less coffee than I would have thought noted in the aroma. It present in the flavor though. Starts stouty, fades to sweet notes of roasted coconut, finish with bitter coffee flavor. Could be flatter. Nitro tap would be awesome. I want to taste all of this with no CO2 interference.

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Photo of WesMantooth
3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is an excellent brew. Coffee is surely there, but very nicely balanced and not overpowering. I would describe it as a FBS less the oatmeal and a toned down on the beans. Roasted, chocolate malts with a very good aroma. A little on the thin/watery side, but very well done. Overall, I would give it a 4. Outstanding.

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Photo of Omnium
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served on-tap at House of 1000 Beers on 5-18-14

A - Black with one finger of tan foamy head medium lacing
S - Lot of coffee, roasted malts, dark bitter roasted chocolate.
T - Bitter sweet coffee flavor here, a little fig, some dark chocolate, and earthy tones
M - Lots of bitterness, and finishes dry, and even a little tart.
O - Pretty decent, but it feels like the coffee beans were a little "green"

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Photo of barhoc11
4.74/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Nice and dark with a hint of brown in the head

S: Perfect blend of coffee in the stout, it smells like coffee but what did you expect?

T: Just like the smell the coffee is pronounced but not overpowering

M: As good as a stout should be

O: This is really well done and actually my new favorite coffee stout, it beats Bell's Java Stout by a few points in my book, I just wish I could get this in my area!

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Rise Up Stout from Evolution Craft Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.