Rise Up Stout - Evolution Craft Brewing Company

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Ratings: 423
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 9.47%
Wants: 55
Gots: 52 | FT: 7
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:
Beer added by: Kegatron on 08-31-2009

40 IBU
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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Fins in Rehoboth. Review from notes.

A: This beer is dark black, opaque in fact. A nice 1.5 finger tan head that has decent retention, but little lacing.

S: Lots of coffee and coffee grounds. Some roasted malt, vanilla, and some biscuit as well.

T: A great combination of coffee and chocolate. Not as coffee heavy as the aroma would lead to believe (to my relief). There are nice undertones of vanilla and caramel. The coffee intensifies as it warms.

M: Medium bodied with nice carbonation, but slightly thinner than expected. Slightly dry, roasty finish.

O: I like this beer more than I thought I would based off the aroma, since it is over the top coffee grinds. For anyone that likes coffee beer, this one is for them. The low abv makes this extremely drinkable. Also had this infused with oak chips and vanilla, which IMO, made it even better. It cut some of the coffee and drew out more of the chocolate and vanilla.

Photo of Roguer
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Very impressive appearance: lively, active, big foamy head, with fantastic retention, and thick spiderweb lacing.

Nose full of roasted barley, nearly overwhelming a dark black coffee aroma. Chocolate cowers in the corner from these two bullies, but it's there. A bit of spice or pepper.

Flavor follows the nose, with coffee taking a far more prominent role throughout - fore, mid, and back-end. Dark cacao tries to butt in at the beginning, but waits until the coffee has rolled past, and only really greets the palate on the finish. Strong, bitter roasted barley is a mainstay.

A bit thin cold, but very smooth, and far more chewy as it warms. The bitterness certainly steps up as it warms, as well.

Really a fantastic coffee stout, that puts the coffee front and center without overwhelming. Awesome brew.

Photo of Kegatron
4.62/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

64 oz growler picked up at the brewery on 8/30/09. This is the new Coffee Stout from Evolution, that uses a blend from nearby Rise Up Coffee in Salisbury, MD (a most kick-ass coffee company, check them out if your in the area!) This one went into an oversized tulip.

Pours with a nice dense black look, being topped with a finger of delicious looking chocolate tinted mocha colored head. This simmers down quickly but retains with some rich bunching around the edges and thin wisps that float around the center. This bristles up instantly when swirled, leaving back a creamy cascade that recedes into some heavy spotty lace. The aroma is just RICH with roast and coffee, that just dominate this, leaving a yummy dark crunch in the nose. Thick notes of chocolate and toffee sweetness add some beefy and gooey smelling tang. Good evenness to this, as both sides are equally robust. Damn, the espresso character is a real standout though, just POPPING in the nose. I love it!

The taste is just more of the same. Hefty chocolate and toffeed sweetness really standing out this time, with roast and coffee fighting back strong, darkening this up nicely with a drying bitter feel. Just the tiniest amount of smoky acrid astringency (which speaks to the quality of the blend that was used) comes out from the coffee, mixing with lingering notes of roast and bitterness. The mouthfeel is full bodied, with a BIG creamy feel to the carbonation that fills the mouth up nicely. Underneath lies that thick and viscous layer, that I knew was coming, which gives up all of that deep sweetness and the oils from the hops and coffee. Any traces of the higher ABV that are present, just can't compete with the bigness and all-around intensity of the flavors. This stuff drinks great!

Awesome! I love when both a great brewery and coffee company get together and make a Coffee Stout Baby of extreme awesomeness like this. This was just THICK with java, roast, sweetness, and the drinkibility was top notch. Be on the look out for this very soon in 12 oz bottles in the MD/DE markets. I pray that this remains as good as it is on draft.

Photo of Vonerichs
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of DeriusE
4.64/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a growler full of this as soon as they had it brewed. Entered in with high expectations after having had their Porter and ESB, and it didn't disappoint.

A: Dark, dark black, but it has some reddish highlights. Beautiful finger of brownish head which fades away into a slight layer or head as you drink. Doesn't leave much lacing.

S: Coffee, roast, and even more coffee. Very bold coffee smell which dominates, but also a hint of roasted chocolate. The smell just makes me want to drink it even more.

T: Tons of flavor in this - more of the same as the smell. Coffee comes through first for me, along with roasted chocolate and a smoky flavor also. Very stouty, very flavorful, and all-around wonderful. Can't even taste the 6.8%, although you can definitely feel it after a couple of these.

M: Creamy, thick and full bodied.

D: A bit thick to chug all night, but drinking quite a few of these in a night would is entirely feasible with the great flavor. Can't taste the high ABV at all, completely dominated by all the flavor in this beer.

I had been hoping for a good microbrewery to crop up in this area, as we've really only got one in the area, which is Dogfish Head, but it's not really within driving distance - but this place is literally right on the way home for me, couldn't be more perfect.

Haven't had a beer from them that I didn't enjoy yet, and the Rise Up Stout continues that trend. If you have a chance to get this beer, I very, very strongly recommend it.

Photo of akorsak
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A growler filled at the brewery yesterday. If you've never been to Delmar, it's worth a stop. Great people and great beer.

A: The stout is pitch black, pulling no punches when it comes to color. A tan head, like coffee with cream, sits by idly, although it generated a few fingers of head on pour.

S: A fan in the corner of my house is blowing an occasional blast of coffee my way, all thanks to Rise Up. Rich coffee, lots of it, creates a roasted aroma that pairs nicely with a lactic sweetness, a cafe au lait. Roasted malts remind you that there is a stout somewhere below the coffee.

T: The stout starts off strong, lactic and spicy, before yielding to the coffee. The lactic sweetness sets up the coffee and also adds a mild tartness. The coffee transitions nicely out of the lactic flavor, a full taste thanks to the cold steeping. The stout feels a little thin after the sip is swallowed, the flavors dropping off, although a bit of coffee lingers. The stout, roasted and burnt, peaks through the coffee. A very well-made coffee stout. I'm glad that gang at Evolution talked me into getting this third growler.

M: A lactic stout, sweet with plenty of coffee. I'll contentedly nurse on this growler for the rest of the afternoon.

D: An intense coffee flavor makes this a very good drink. I'll share a pint or so with ksak but that's it. The rest is mine.

Photo of philbe311
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
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...

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -15%
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.

Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ba Review #197
Served On: 07/23/2012
Glassware: Pilsner Glass (weird huh?)
Labeled ABV: -
Date/ Code: -

Had this at Finbars (Rehoboth) while visiting Coastal Delaware on summer vacation. The girl sitting next to me at the bar recommended it. I'm not sure why the bar tender served this up in a pilsner glass. Michael Jackson must have rolled over in his grave (God rest his sole). Mr. Jackson was certainly a great man and a true credit to craft brewing.

Look: Was a pitch-black color with a creamy 1/2" finger of light tan head. Can't really speak to the carbonation bubbles as the color was that dark.

Smell: Aroma was your typical roasted malts with hints of dark chocolate and roasted coffee bean. Some slight notes of vanilla extract came through, but were definitely in the background.

Taste: Mouth feel was semi-thick but not much heavier than a Porter. First off were the roasted malts. Then a nice creamy chocolate hit right when carbonation stepped in; bringing in a nice bitterness that worked as a transition to the lingering buttery finish. No alcohol warmth was present the entire time.

This was an enjoyable beer to finish off the night with. It would work well as a desert beer with some vanilla cake or even ice cream.

Photo of EgadBananas
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of smakawhat
4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass.

Real dark mahogany brown coming out of the bottle. Makes a nice tan dark head, with mocha coffee brown collar. Settles slowly with a nice mocha ring and collar. Body color is a very dark walnut brown with a good faint red tinge to it. A nice looking stout.

Nose is full of milky and creamy coffee. Good roasty character, and a nice ripping bean action. Hints at sweetness and fresh brew. Very nice coffee beer so far.

Very light bodied but seems fine for carrying the flavors. Mid palate brings some wet fresh coffee. There's a good hop lime like astringency mixing with this on the finish. Roast char and malts take some turns on the palate also. Light bodied and to style more than likely, but easily carrying the flavors through.

Overall a real solid coffee stout, certainly the nose seems my favorite, but also better than many others I've had.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark brown, nearly opague with a nice tight tan head, very quick fade to a nice film with a good bit of lace. Lots of audible carbonation when poured was definatly noticeable.

Very nice robust caramel smell mixed with aromas of coffee and hints of roasted nuts and a touch of chocolate. Overall not bad. First impression was really just the perfect carbonation, great frothy and fluffy mouthfeel and just all around benefit to the palate. Lots of caramel flavors and again a bit of a smoked hint at the back. Small flavors of roasted nuits, chocolate and hints at black coffee. Very nice,

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pretty nice. Lots of bitterness and a tad thin, but smells great and tastes less filling. Good beer.

Photo of Immortale25
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Florida Beer Co. tapered glass. Notches on label are next to FEB 13.

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with a 3/4 inch light brown head that soon crackles away to a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a small patch of surface foam. Non-resilient lacing leaves a thick ring behind on the glass.

S- Rich aroma of roasted coffee, chocolate and vanilla. Semi-sweet with a slight nuttiness.

T- Taste follows suit with more nutty chocolate and some iced coffee. Very drinkable and smooth but there's an undeniable metallic flavor.

M- Semi-bitter from the roast and hops. Medium carbonation and a robust body.

O- It could be a bit creamier and the metallic taste throws things off but, for a small Maryland brewery barely anyone's heard of, it ain't too shabby.

Photo of metter98
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a finger high mocha colored head that left thick rings of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: There are moderate to strong aromas of roasted coffee beans in the nose.
T: Flavors of roasted coffee dominate the overall taste, which is very well balanced and only has a slight amount of bitterness and associated dryness.
M: It feels medium-bodied, creamy and very smooth on the palate with a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink and makes for a good accompaniment to breakfast.

Photo of Astrause
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I like Stouts and as far as they go this one has a great taste.
Great blend of Beer and Coffee. I drink many different micro brews
and this is my first review,just wanted to remember how great this was.
This also has a good Alc content 6.7% not to hi not to low!

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

Photo of HattedClassic
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

The beer pours a foamy brown head that dissipates quickly but leaves a bit of film on the top of the beer. The beer itself is a dark, nicotine brown that borders on chocolate black. The beer has a very roasted and coffee smell. The roast note pretty much dominates everything else and not much else is noticeable. One other note that slightly balances out the roast is a sweet dark chocolate note that is hidden but occasionally makes an appearance. The beer taste is roasted and cocoa. The dark chocolate note is still there but less so than in the smell. Overall, the taste is a bit more sweeter and creamier than the smell. The hop bitterness exists but is very very little and almost unnoticeable except in the aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is heavy bodied and smooth with a lot of biting carbonation. Overall, a very good and very delicious coffee stout

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at churchkey. Poured from tap at churchkey into snifter. Pours a black color with amber hue. No head but ok lacing. Phenomenal coffee aroma. It smells like the bean, not the drink. Really no other aroma.
Taste is of coffee...pure delicious coffee. Slight roasted malts and even hops?
It has a superb mouthfeel...not bitter at all. Super smooth, drinkable and just bursting with flavor.
This is truly a great stout. Although I stumled upon this, I'd seek this out for sure!

Photo of oline73
4.48/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass.

The beer pours black as night with a finger of thick tan head. A layer of head sticks around throughout the pour. The smell is full of smooth coffee, roasted malt, chocolate, and dark fruit. As good as this beer smells, the taste is even better. The coffee dominates, but the taste is still very smooth and extremely smooth. There is a touch of burnt malt in the finish, but it is balanced out by the malt sweetness. I'm getting some dark chocolate and dark fruit in the flavor as well, but the coffee is really the star. The body is velvet like and the carbonation is smooth as could be. This beer feels wonderful.

I'm a huge fan of this beer. I'll be having more in the future.

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Rise Up Stout from Evolution Craft Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 423 ratings.