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Rise Up Stout - Evolution Craft Brewing Company

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Ratings: 266
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 8.65%

Brewed by:
Evolution Craft Brewing Company visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
40 IBU

(Beer added by: Kegatron on 08-31-2009)
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Photo of clayrock81


3.84/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a blackish body with two finger head that died quick and left some lace. A good aroma of roasted and coffee malts along with a bit of sweet chocolate and/or caramel. Beer is medium to heavy bodied, goes down smooth and not really haggard, dry finish, the roasted and coffee malts are noticeable and dominant but there's some sweet chocolate hanging around. Not a bad stout at all but not too complex and just basic which is not a criticism.

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2014 15:23:36 | More by clayrock81
Photo of cpetrone84


3.43/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pour is dark brown with a moderate amount of light brown head. Nose has a light roast and heavy coffee bean note. Clean but simple. Taste is a bit more roasted, stronger heavy roast coffee and bitterness towards the back. Faint chocolate and burnt caramel in the finish. Body is medium and creamy with strong carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 18:45:16 | More by cpetrone84
Photo of Stevedore


3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, May 2013 bottling date; poured into an unlabeled snifter today, 1/21/2014.

App- dark black body, 1cm mocha head with minimal retention. No lacing.

Smell- a good whiff of cold pressed coffee, sweet milk chocolate, bitter dark chocolate. Not super complex but is at decent strength with the notes it does deliver.

Taste- Cold pressed coffee, chocolates, cocoa, more coffee. Very coffee-forward despite being old.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied, creamy, well carbonated and easy to drink. ABV is negligible. Aftertaste of dark chocolates and coffee.

Overall- nice amount of coffee, which is appreciated by this habitual coffee drinker. Comes together well, good mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2014 03:48:30 | More by Stevedore
Photo of RblWthACoz


3.84/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A good coffee stout. Nice body. Good consistency. Apparently very easy to drink as I blew through it before I got to reviewing it. I guess I have had a lot of coffee stouts at this point, so my standards are high. This is good enough, but not enough to really jar my attention or keep me coming back for more.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2014 01:40:41 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of delta490


4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- poured black with no visible light. Minimal tan head has no retention and leaves no lacing

S- rich coffee aroma with some nice chocolate undertones

T- the coffee in the aroma takes a back seat to the stout. A nice mix of malt and earthy hops with some coffee in the background

M- a little oily slickness

O- a nice full flavor coffee stout

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2014 20:49:08 | More by delta490
Photo of kevanb


3.61/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Lawson's snifter.

The beer pours a deep jet black color, hues of cola brown around the rim of the glass. A thick, taut caramel colored color head jets up the glass, about a finger and a half high that vanishes quickly, leaving no trace film or lace behind. The aroma is distinctly coffee forward, fresh roast, light chocolate, strong grain behind it. It's simple, strong focus on the coffee and dark chocolate. The flavors are right in line, strongly roasted coffee, toasted dark malt, light bakers chocolate and some sweeter, richer malts smoothen out the end. Still, the level of roast on the tongue is extremely high, not to my liking, and the richness and sweetness just isn't enough to counteract it. The mouthfeel is okay, coats the tongue nicely, carbonation is lower, but unfortunately, rather than being thick and luscious, it's a bit thin and underwhelming. The finish is a bit dry and chalky.

Verdict: A decent coffee stout from Evolution. The nose offered some promise, but it was just too roasty and toasted for my palate. The dry finish didn't offer any consolation nor did the weak body, but for someone looking for an out and out coffee stout, this should definitely hit the spot.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2013 04:32:51 | More by kevanb
Photo of Titans77


4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black as night, with a half finger of head that vanished. Smells like a coffee forward, chocolate and dark malt stout. Coffee taste first followed by a dark roasty malt flavor. A little bit of dark chocolate malts, but not too much. Just enough carbonation to make it very drinkable. Silky smooth and a solid offering from Evo.

I would still recommend the Lot 6 DIPA from Evo before this, but still a great drink if you can find it.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2013 22:56:09 | More by Titans77
Photo of MikeWard


3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into standard pint glass. Notching on the side was between Feb & March 2013. I'll asume bottled on dates. If so, 9-10 months along.

Initially poured a lovely inky black, with a 1 finger tan head. However, this head fizzled away very quickly to none at all. Upon agitating the beer a few times, the head returned to between 1 & 2 fingers, but just as quickly evaporated. Needless to say, no lacing whatsoever. So, is this flat after 9/10 months? Looked like a black iced coffee.

Smell was very nice, if you like coffee, which I do. A faint whiff of choclate as well. Aroma never faded away.

Taste was really quite good, strong and delicious coffee, couldn't pick up any carbonation, even with agitating a couple of times and getting the head back.

Mouth was a little on the thin side. Coffee coated the tongue.

Overall, a rather odd experience. A flat beer, which still tasted pretty good. Have another in the fridge, and if it's significvantly different, I'll re-review.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2013 04:55:07 | More by MikeWard
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep black color stout with a nice large dark brown foamy head with light retention and almost no retention. Aroma of floral coffee notes is quite enjoyable. Taste is also dominated by floral coffee notes with some light black chocolate notes. Body is a bit thin for style and lack some creaminess. Coffee notes are really great but body is a bit too thin for the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2013 02:48:39 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of RacerX5k


4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Edit 9/13 lets up these scores after trying this (finally) on draft last nite at Capones ... this was amazing, and absolutely the best coffee beer ive had (reviewers note i consider bourbon county coffee the best chocolate beer with big coffee flavor and (on draft) the best beer ive had). full bodied, thick and rich, tons of coffee, perfect mouthfeel. unbelievable how well this complimented the hot wings, i usually prefer a wicked bitter to go with wings. this is the best beer at this abv level ive had, and one of the best overall. will return this weekend to get couple more pints, too bad capones doesnt fill growlers correctly (always flat). this was that fucking good. did i mention coffee? perfect.

Really delicious coffee beer that I call 1/2 BCBCS because I like how it looks, at 1/2 the ABV. Beautiful black, crimson highlights, very nice. Big coffee aroma and taste, while not forgetting its a stout. Finishes dry, more bitter than sweet, fruity, coffee. Overall outstanding, well worthy of its number 1 ranking. And $12 per 4 makes this a best buy.

Serving type: on-tap

09-13-2013 13:39:15 | More by RacerX5k
Photo of GonzoHomebrewer


4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice extra from Oline73, poured into a KtG tulip

A- Pours very dark, black with a reverse cascading mocha head, very nice

S- One dimensional, even for a coffee brew, roasted coffee beans and lot of it.

T- A little more to the taste, some roasted bean flavors followed by some fresh brewed coffee and then fades into some bitter dark malt.

M- I'd prefer a bigger body for a coffee beer, but it doesn't detract from the beer

O- very good, easy drinking coffee stout.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2013 15:34:59 | More by GonzoHomebrewer
Photo of EgadBananas


4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: black, dark tanned head, no lace.

Aroma: f*cking coffee man. Roast, chocolate and coffee. It's a real nice fresh bean aroma. Can't argue.

Taste: coffee and roast, chocolate, dark fruits, caramel.

Mouthfeel: not quite full bodied, might have a hint of bubbly carbonation, but not bad.

Overall: coffee like whoa. Might not be super complex, but the coffee is boss.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2013 00:54:51 | More by EgadBananas
Photo of Beerisheaven


4.46/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

One day while going through the basement recently, I found a 4 pack of Evolution Rise Up Stout that I had long forgotten I had purchased. What the heck, I threw it in the old frig and decided to have one tonight.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my awaiting 7venth Sun snifter.

A - Pretty sweet. Pours a rich dark brown with a nice mocha head that settles down into an oily slick above the beer. All in all I think that this looks like it is going to be a winner.

S - Well it lets you know what it is. Straight up coffee. Some have a cheap coffee aroma, some combine some bakers chocolate and dark malt, but this smells like good coffee that you like to smell first thing in the AM. Nothing burnt, nothing acidic, just straight up delicious joe.

T - It has been said in countless other reviews but this is wonderful for coffee stout lovers. I like this profile and am always interested in having another coffee beer to add to my list. I always find something that is somewhat amiss. Some have a burnt char to me like Founders Breakfast Stout, some are a bit too thin, some try to add something else whether it be vanilla, oat, etc. I have long settled on Peche Mortel and Wake n Bake as my favorites, but I would have to add this into the group as well. It is that good and IMO sits in the same class. Some say some choc and lactose but I simply get wonderful coffee. I should have mentioned Sumatra from Selinsgrove into my pantheon of coffee beers as well.

M - Delicious. Some will always say everything is too thin but at under 7% it delivers the goods.

O - I can't remember when I got this, only knowing that I picked it up at Capones. I will search this one out again. It is as good as any coffee beer made. Bravo!

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2013 01:04:17 | More by Beerisheaven
Photo of philbe311


4.41/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - A large late-to-develop billowing creamy medium brown colored with an active slightly rocky top layer comprised of mostly tightly packed bubbles with some large chunky ones mixed in... Rock solid retention... The head turns much creamier as it settles... The color is a deep dark brooding brown... Just a slight bit of sluggish-to-moderate paced carbonation... Not a bad looking brew by any means...

S - A big nose that can be detected without bringing your nose anywhere near the glass... A big rich coffee aroma to start... The coffee also lingers and dominates throiughout... Some lightly roasted malts... A hint of chocolate... Just a slight kiss of licorice... Minor notes of marshmellow fluff... Wonderful balance, depth and complexity... New facets emerage with each and every whif..

T - All the of depth and complexities of the nose materialize on the palate... The coffee is toned down a bit... The roasted malts is dialed down a bit... All of the other facets (chocolate, licorice, cream) are present in a complimentary fashion... There is also a slight kiss of vanilla... Again solid depth and complexity...

M - On the fuller side of medium bodied... Smooth and lush to start... Bristling carbonation... Turns a bit chalky and gritty in the middle... The finish turns a bit bitter (in an enjoyable manner) and dry...

D - Big appearance... Big aroma... Big flavor... Big Mouthfeel... All at a respectable 6.8% ABV... This is one of the better American Stouts out there... I have no complaints and no suggestions for improvement... Highly enjoyable as are many of the recent Evolution brews I've sampled... They are starting to turnout some really solid brews and deserve to be recognized...

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2013 02:29:43 | More by philbe311
Photo of dtivp

West Virginia

4.46/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep dark black, I got a little aggressive with the pour which resulted in a 3 and a half finger mocha tan head the quickly faded to a one finger head with good retention and thick lacing.

Aroma was strong bold roasted coffee, with dark roasted malt. A very rich and bold to the nose.

Taste was dominated by the bold roasted coffee, burnt malt and some hints of chocolate. The coffee was there start to finish.

Mouth Feel was medium leaning full body, low carbonation, dry with a nice lingering bitterness.

Overall this is the way I feel stout should be, very enjoyable from start to finish.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2013 16:10:57 | More by dtivp
Photo of JMUbrewz


4.54/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this is the best coffee flavored beer I've ever had. It's incredible how much flavor and body is packed into a sub-7% stout.

Rise Up pours black with a fantastic, fluffy, khaki colored head. The nose is dominated by freshly roasted coffee and a bit of dark, unsweetened chocolate. I love coffee, but find that coffee flavor usually comes off as stale or at the very least subdued in most coffee forward beers I've tried. This beer is different though, the coffee flavor is sharp, roasty, and fresh. The body is also impressive for stout so flavorful.

Now I need to find this on tap!

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2013 17:14:40 | More by JMUbrewz
Photo of Vonerichs


4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Black body with a fluffy and dense tan head.

The coffee scent is present but not dominant. There a considerable amount of berry and earthy smells.

Again, a very nice coffee flavor but it doesn't overwhelm the rest of the beer. TLight roast. here's a leathery and acidic berry finish.

Mouthfeel is a little light, but still decent. Average carbonation for the style.

A very solid coffee stout with some nice hop characteristics to it.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2013 01:39:36 | More by Vonerichs
Photo of Alieniloquium


3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Quite dark with a small khaki head. Impressive color for such a relatively light stout. Medium khaki collar.

Smell - Coffee in the greatest proportion. Chocolate and roasted malts behind it. Simple, but a perfect amount of coffee.

Taste - Coffee up front, never overwhelms the other flavors. Chocolate and roast in equal quantities. Bitter coffee wells up in the end but subdues itself slightly before the finish.

Mouthfeel - It's kinda thin. I'd like something just a bit chewier, but it does make it drinkable as hell. Medium carbonation.

Overall - A sip of this does it no justice. A whole glass and you'll want more and more. The comparison to Founders Breakfast Stout is close, but this lacks a bit of the depth that FBS's malt flavor has.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2013 01:28:45 | More by Alieniloquium
Photo of smokeypeat


4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Glad to see Evolution branching out and adding a coffee stout to the mix. Pours a murky brown that's more black when held up to the light. Pretty aggressive dark khaki 2 finger head that faded out fairly quickly.

Smell is what I was hoping for. Deep roast quality is the highlight here.

Taste brings this thing home. None of that weak background coffee "accent" stuff here. They obviously used the good stuff in brewing this one. Some dark chocolate notes, and the lightest hint of smoke, but really the coffee is the star.

Mouthfeel on this one is above average but I thought it was just a hair too carbonated to take this beer to the highest elite levels. I was hoping for it to be a little smoother but it I'm just being nit-picky now.

Overall this is one of the better beers to come out of Evolution so far, and when I have a hankering for a coffee stout I wouldn't hesitate to pick up a 4-pack.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2013 19:23:58 | More by smokeypeat
Photo of BMMillsy


4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On draft at the High Spot in Cambridge. Pours thick and dark with small brown head. Aroma of earthy coffee and some sweet chocolate. Flavor follows with a creamy motuhfeel with prickly carbonation at the front. Sweet chocolate and bitter earth balance well. Medium to heavy mouthfeel. Very nice beer. Surprising from something out of Salisbury.

Serving type: on-tap

05-12-2013 13:51:10 | More by BMMillsy
Photo of ColForbinBC

New Jersey

4.36/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a snifter

An ink black through the core with chestnut brown around the edges. A one+ finger khaki colored cap sticks around for a little while before completely fading away.

Rich, dark roast with milk chocolate and a nice layer of fresh coffee beans. Straightforward nose, but rich and lush. Not broad, but definitely deep.

Coffee beans dominate the profile. Dark roasted malt and milk chocolate poke through here and there, but never overcome the coffee. Really well done. Robust flavors toeing the line of overpowering but falling comfortably on this side of the fence.

Full, rich body. Low carbonation. A touch of cream pokes through mid palate and really smoothes out the feel, finishing light and fluffy. Lingering bitter coffee.

This is a damn fine coffee stout and it really impressed. This should be included in discussion among the elite in the category. Excellent job, Evolution.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2013 22:43:21 | More by ColForbinBC
Photo of jzeilinger


4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours pitch black with a thick, creamy, caramel colored head.

S - Dark roasted chocolate malt, coffee beans, and cocoa; coffee dominates the aroma.

T - Roasted dark chocolate, char, and coffee grounds with a bitter lingering coffee-like finish.

M - Medium body and a dry finish.

O - Heavy on the dark roast, more so than the majority of the stouts out there.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2013 02:13:35 | More by jzeilinger
Photo of ThisWangsChung


4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle says 6.7%. Poured into a pint glass and consumed relatively warm.

A: Pours a dark burgundy color with good opacity. The head is a two finger khaki shade. I don't like how fizzy it looks, nor do I like its poor retention. Forget about lacing on the glass, 'cause there isn't any. Addendum: at a colder temperature, the head has a creamier texture and retains itself more solidly. Therefore, it deserves a higher mark here.

S: It's got the coffee character I like in my coffee stouts - not too stale or mild. A hint of balancing chocolate sweetness and mild hoppiness helps to break up the monotony. But even if it was completely one note, I'd still enjoy the coffee character a great deal.

T: At first, there's a mild chocolate and caramel character. After the midpoint, coffee takes center stage. I also notice a distant aftertaste of mild hops. It's mostly a coffee bomb with only touches of chocolate, so thank cripes that it seems very fresh and flavorful to me.

M: Quite thin in body. Since this is a single stout, I can forgive that. It's not really creamy, either, which is perhaps less forgivable. Still, the mouthfeel succeeds in providing a bone-dry finish while leaving lingering tones of coffee and chocolate on the palate. Superb drinkability as a result.

O: I've seemingly had a billion coffee stouts recently, but this is the one that could be mentioned in the same breath as the FBS/WnB pantheon and not get embarrassed as a result. It definitely deserves to be the #3 rated American Stout on BA.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2013 23:40:07 | More by ThisWangsChung
Photo of stephenjmoore


4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Settles into the glass as a very very dark brown body with a fluffy mocha-colored head.

S- Mild coffee, hints of vanilla, roasted malts, some slight hints of chocolate.

T- Strong coffee presence that melds nicely with the roasted stout qualities. Very coffee-forward, tons of roastiness, still getting some slight hints of vanilla. There is also some noticeable bitterness at the end that goes past the bitterness from the coffee.

M- Full-bodied and rich, lots of flavor and fullness from the 6.7% abv.

O- Big, bold flavors, bordering on an imperial stout with the body and flavor. Huge coffee flavor that jumps out right away. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2013 00:52:51 | More by stephenjmoore
Photo of justintcoons


3.71/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Black with 2 fingers of brown head that recedes immediately. A little bit of light penetration around the edges.

Coffee grounds, dark chocolate and deep caramel.

Coffee grounds, semi-sweet chocolate and caramel. Touches of milk chocolate and medium-dark roast coffee beans. Slightly sweet with some citrusy hop bitterness on the end.

Medium bodied and very smooth.

Very quaffable. The coffee notes a strikingly similar to Founders Breakfast Stout.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2013 00:51:39 | More by justintcoons
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Rise Up Stout from Evolution Craft Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 266 ratings.