Rise Up Stout - Evolution Craft Brewing Company

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Reviews: 80
Hads: 427
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 7.91%
Wants: 55
Gots: 58 | FT: 7
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Evolution Craft Brewing Company visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Kegatron on 08-31-2009

40 IBU
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Photo of bubseymour
3.25/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - perfect stout pour with billowing tan head and great retention. They got the look down perfect.

Smell - Pleasant scents of coffee, chocolate and some roasty malts

Taste - Somwhat bitter and somewhat burnt tasting. No sweetness of note, not much chocolate flavors either to balance. Very dry finish.

Mouthfeel - a tad watery

Overall - A somewhat unbalance stout that left me somewhat disappointed. Dry and bitter finish as well left an ashtray flavor in my mouth. Don't recommend this stout. So many better options out there. (541 characters)

Photo of tigg924
3.35/5  rDev -19.7%
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. (195 characters)

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.4/5  rDev -18.5%
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. (765 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
3.42/5  rDev -18%
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. (321 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%
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. (387 characters)

Photo of kevanb
3.64/5  rDev -12.7%
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. (1,224 characters)

Photo of justintcoons
3.71/5  rDev -11%
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. (527 characters)

Photo of yourefragile
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Frisco's, served in a standard pint.

Color is a syrupy milk chocolate near black brown with a quickly fading mocha head. Very retention but some thin webs of lacing.

Aroma is mild and roast coffee dominated. Malt and chocolate are also present with minimal char and burnt notes. Very pleasant and nice.

Mouthfeel is much fuller and thicker than I remember previous samples if this and mildly over carbonated producing a fizzy, toasty finish. Flavor is a soda like mix of chocolate and roast, and I have a hard time picking up any other characteristics or malt from the stout. The amount of coffee flavor is also a little disappointing as it is more roast and burn than actual coffee.

This is a very nice local coffee stout (much better than Flying Dogs recent take IMO) but the carbonation issues remind me of the lesser batches of Planet Bean and make the flavor one dimensional. (894 characters)

Photo of Omnium
3.78/5  rDev -9.4%
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" (402 characters)

Photo of MikeWard
3.81/5  rDev -8.6%
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. (996 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
3.82/5  rDev -8.4%
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. (683 characters)

Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
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. (1,241 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.85/5  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. (309 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
3.85/5  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. (447 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
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. (799 characters)

Photo of richj1970
3.92/5  rDev -6%
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. (452 characters)

Photo of fx20736
3.96/5  rDev -5%
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 (190 characters)

Photo of jmdrpi
3.96/5  rDev -5%
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. (296 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.99/5  rDev -4.3%
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. (325 characters)

Photo of WesMantooth
3.99/5  rDev -4.3%
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. (320 characters)

Photo of JayQue
4/5  rDev -4.1%
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 (474 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

4-pack from Nick's of Clinton.

the beer is opaque, sporting a near black body and a half inch of beige head. The aroma offers roast, coffee, bready malt. Roast and stout character lead the charge, with coffee playing a supporting role. Rich and dark, with a mild hop presence and perhaps a touch of earthiness. Medium bodied. Simple and straightforward. A solid stout and at a decent price. Recommended. (404 characters)

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From tap to plastic cup at Whole Foods in Alexandria, VA on 4/22/11
*From notes

A: Dark chocolate brown with a killer 1.5 finger head. I can't recall another beer which had a head this dark. Reasonable lacing considering I was drinking from a plastic cup.

S: It comes off like a blend of light roast morning coffee and fresh comb honey. It's extremely unique and instantly makes me want to dive into the brew.

T: Hints of tarnished silver up front, but it fades quickly away to dark malt char, molasses and some bitter hop oil.

M: It's a bit thin, but once I realized it's only 6.8% ABV, I suddenly realize this is really a well done and high quality brew. I can't believe how rich this is. The bubbles are slightly obnoxious up front, but easily managable as it warmed.

O: This is how you do a low ABV stout. Really complex, rich and extremely drinkable. I throughly enjoyed this one. A growler fill may be in my future. Thumbs up - yet another winner from Evo. (967 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
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. (782 characters)

Photo of stakem
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Kegatron for gifting me with a 12oz bottle of this. Poured into a snifter, the brew appears black in color with a dark khaki colored head about a finger strong that fades to a thin film supported by rising bubbles of carbonation. A swirl revives about a half finger and paints some stringy lacework on the glass.

The aroma has a very pleasant bouquet of fresh roasted coffee. Earthy and ashy with almost a touch of citrus. More roast from the grain emits smelling like chocolate and almost a vanilla or toffee sort of sweetness is present to contrast.

The flavor is dry and roasted with a bitterness seemingly coming from a combination of the highly kilned grain and straight shots of espresso. Some earthen and ashy flavors with a touch of citrus hops present to keep the flavors in check to remind you this is beer. The aftertaste is a bit burnt and earthen but in an enjoyable way.

This is a medium to lighter bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Overall a solid take on a coffee stout with well hidden alcohol. I love how fresh the coffee character was in this without turning musty and stale. I would drink this again for sure. Thanks again Heath! (1,182 characters)

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